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Surging Covid-19 Cases Makes EU Drop US Travelers from its Safe List

Following an increase in Covid-19 cases in the United Nations, the European Union suggested on Monday that Americans be barred from non-essential travel to its member states. Nations in the 27-nation bloc, including France, Italy, and Germany, have been instructed to reinstate coronavirus-related restrictions and stop tourists from the United States and five other countries from arriving.

The advice is non-binding for EU member states and now applies to Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia. That implies it is up to each EU country to determine whether or not to allow fully vaccinated travelers to travel to the EU for no reason. In May, Europe began to open up to US visitors, with places that rely on tourism revenues from across the Atlantic keen to recoup hefty losses made during previous lockdowns.

In June, the EU’s governing body, the European Council, suggested that 14 countries, including the United States, travel freely inside the bloc. Covid-19 infections in the United States, on the other hand, have risen sharply in recent weeks as the highly contagious Delta strain spreads among unvaccinated Americans. Cases of Covid-19 in youngsters have also been increased to levels not seen since the winter.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52.1 percent of the population was fully vaccinated as of Saturday. However, according to data from federal health officials and Johns Hopkins University, Florida had the highest Covid-19 hospitalization rate in the US on Saturday, with 75 patients per 100,000 residents in hospitals with the virus. According to state data, it also hit a new pandemic high for Covid-19 cases on Friday, with 690.5 new cases per 100,000 individuals reported each day from August 20 to August 26.

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