The United States yesterday raised a warning that recommended its citizens avoid any trip abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting improvements.
The State Department said that, instead of that general warning, it will return to consider the situation of each country, case by case and with a classification in four categories, where the fourth one is the one that does not have to be in any way by the level of coronavirus infections. And in this last category was Argentina.
“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system,” he said in a statement.
“We uphold the recommendation to US citizens to exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic,” he added.
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump seeks a quick return to normalcy in the United States, which is by far the country most affected by COVID-19 in the world.
The US borders remain closed for most of the passengers coming from the European Union (EU), which in turn maintains an entry ban for Americans due to the risk of contagion.
Under the current rating system, the State Department still recommends taking precautions when visiting most countries.
On the so-called “Level 1” of the scale, which means that there are no special concerns for that destination, very few countries appear, including Taiwan, widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, and Australia. Level 2 advises to increase precautions when traveling.
At “Level 3”, which indicates reconsidering the trip, the US located several of its allies, including the UK, France and Germany.
The warning to avoid any type of travel, or “Level 4”, was maintained for India, which has seen an increase in new coronavirus infections, and for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Russia, China and Iran.
On the website, the US embassy in Buenos Aires reports that those who travel to Argentina may face “closing borders, airports, travel bans, orders to stay at home, business closures, and other emergencies.”
The US alert came the day after Argentina confirmed on Wednesday its highest day of infections with 7,147 and 127 deaths.
The embassy explained that this type of decision is made by the State Department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which carry out “careful monitoring of health and safety conditions around the world.”
Likewise, it was indicated that they will periodically update their recommendations on specific destinations for US travelers, “as circumstances change.”
On March 19, Washington had asked its citizens to avoid traveling abroad in general. (AFP)