U.S. urges Americans to ‘reconsider’ Canada travel

The Peace Arch sits on the border between the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Department of State is urging Americans to avoid traveling to Canada due to rise in COVID cases.Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times/Tns

The U.S. Department of State issued a new warning Monday for people hoping to visit Canada in the near future, urging them to “reconsider” their plans as the country faces a “high level” of infections.

The new Level 3 advisory, which is the second highest on the agency’s scale, says unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Canada or make sure they are fully vaccinated before doing so.

The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Canada has been on a “strong resurgence trajectory” in recent weeks, according to the country’s Public Health Agency. The national seven-day average of new cases reported daily between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26 was near 2,850, an increase of 29% over the previous week, the agency said in a statement.

The alarming surge involves “primarily” unvaccinated people, with the highly contagious delta variant accounting for the majority of new infections, according to the statement.

In the U.S., meanwhile, multiple states are also facing another wave of new cases and hospitalizations, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and Texas.

Nationwide, the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases was close to 130,000 over the past week, slightly lower than each of the past two weeks but still higher than every week since early February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The relentless health crisis led the European Union to recommend that Americans be banned from nonessential travel to its member states. However, it’s up to each country to decide whether to impose such a ban.

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