US CDC warns against travel to 22 countries including Egypt over COVID-19

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised on Tuesday against travel to 22 nations including Egypt, Israel and Australia over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in these countries recently.

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The 22 countries were added to the Level 4 “COVID-19 very high” list which includes over 100 countries, already including Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

“Avoid travel to these destinations, if you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel,” The CDC told American citizens.

Egypt has seen a sharp surge in coronavirus cases, especially in the past week, as the country has been struggling with the fourth coronavirus wave since August.

According to presidential adviser for Health affairs Awad Tag El-Din on Monday, the highly infectious coronavirus variant Omicron is responsible for the “vast majority” of coronavirus cases recorded recently in Egypt.

The Egyptian health ministry has urged people suffering from common cold symptoms to consider that they may have contracted COVID-19 and should therefore self-isolate and avoid sharing personal tools with family members.

Till date, Egypt has recorded 401,308 cases of coronavirus officially since its outbreak in February 2020 including 22,170 fatalities and 334,629 recoveries.

So far, Egypt has secured around 129 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines, Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar told the media on Friday.

Egypt has administered around 36 million first vaccine shots, 24 million second shots, and half a million booster shots, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

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