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Surging numbers of coronavirus infections in Europe have prompted US officials to advise citizens against traveling to Germany or Denmark. The US State Department warned Americans Monday not to travel to Germany due to the “very high level of COVID-19 in the country.”
The advisory came after fresh advice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Avoid travel to Germany. If you must travel to Germany, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel,” the CDC warned.
“Because of the current situation in Germany, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” it added.
Denmark, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands have also been issued with the CDC’s highest Level 4 warning. Germany, the EU’s most populous nation, is currently grappling with its fourth, and most severe, wave of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, 45,326 new cases were reported, an increase of almost 13,000 a week ago. The seven-day incidence rate hit a record of 399.8 new infections per 100,000 people.
Intensive care units are filling up with COVID-19 patients at a rate German hospitals have never seen before, not even in 2020.
The latest surge has been blamed on a sluggish vaccine uptake. Only 68% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.