United States puts Thailand on ‘avoid travel’ list

The coronavirus is now spreading fast enough in Thailand that it has been flagged as a place people should avoid visiting.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, added Thailand yesterday to a list of countries experiencing the worst outbreaks that Americans should reconsider traveling to.

Thailand is now categorized a Level 4 nation in its four-tier system, which means travelers who still must travel should, per the CDC, wear face masks, stay 2 meters apart and be fully vaccinated before travel. At Level 3, the CDC simply discouraged unvaccinated people from traveling unnecessarily.

But its advice for travel to nations deemed Level 4 suggests that even fully vaccinated visitors are at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.

Other than Thailand, more than 70 other nations are classified as Level 4, including France, Iceland, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Thailand today confirmed yet another new daily high in COVID-deaths: 235. New cases remained high at 19,843.

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