The State Department advises US citizens to reconsider any international travel, as it updates its coronavirus warning
The State Department issued a travel advisory on Wednesday warning Americans to "reconsider travel abroad" due to the coronavirus outbreak. The State Department referred to the late-night notice as a "Global Level 3 Health Advisory." It is the department's second-highest advisory. The late-night notice comes after President Donald Trump said in a press conference that he would be suspending travel from Europe for 30 days.
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The State Department issued a travel advisory on Wednesday warning Americans to "reconsider travel abroad" due to the coronavirus outbreak, which causes a disease called COVID-19. The State Department referred to the late-night notice as a "Global Level 3 Health Advisory." It is the department's second-highest advisory. "Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported nay restrict travel without notice," the department said.
In late-night alert, @statedept advises Americans to reconsider any international travel due to coronavirus: pic.twitter.com/RGK2AuVWUF — Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) March 12, 2020
The notice came after President Donald Trump said in a press conference that he would be suspending travel from Europe for 30 days. The UK was not included in the ban. The Department of Homeland Security later clarified that the travel ban will not apply to United States citizens or permanent residents currently abroad. Trump also said that the ban would "not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo but various other things." Trump later clarified that trade "would in no way be affected by the 30-day restriction on travel to Europe." The disease has so far infected over 1,300 people and killed at least 38 others in the US. Globally, the number of infections has topped 121,000. At least 18 US states so far have declared states of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Trump's comments come after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The CDC issued Level 3 advisories for Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea late last month, countries with the highest numbers of coronavirus cases.
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