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EU COVID Travel Ban Slated For US Departures

As the number of instances of Covid-19 rises, the European Union has urged that all non-essential travel from the United States be halted.

For the first time since last winter, the daily average of hospital admissions has surpassed 100,000.

The Delta variety is driving the latest wave, which is most severe in the US South, although instances are spreading across the country.

The 27-nation bloc’s statement on Monday reverts to June’s policy, which removed restrictions on American travelers ahead of the tourist season.

The suggestion is nonbinding, which means that individual nations can determine whether or not to continue to admit US visitors with evidence of vaccination, negative testing, or quarantine.

Despite the fact that the EU abolished travel restrictions for Americans in June, the US has had its non-essential travel ban in place since March 2020.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen warned earlier this month that the lack of reciprocity will not be allowed to “drag on for weeks.”

The EU has also removed Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia from its safe travel list.

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients in the United States have risen to levels not seen since January, when the country hit an all-time record with almost 142,000 coronavirus patients in hospital beds.

According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Florida has the most Covid-19 patients in hospitals, with over 16,000, followed by Texas and California.

Hospitals and health-care personnel are under strain as a result of the recent spike. Approximately one out of every five intensive care units is at or near capacity.

Death rates have also increased, with an average of over 1,000 deaths each day. Covid-19 is completely vaccinated in little over half of all Americans.

With the US Food and Drug Administration’s complete clearance of the Pfizer vaccine last week, the Biden administration has stepped up its attempts to boost immunization rates.

According to a research released last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unvaccinated persons are 29 times more likely than fully vaccinated people to be sent to hospital with Covid-19.

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