The U.S. State Department has raised its travel advisory alert for Canada to a “level 3 – reconsider travel” status amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a statement on Tuesday.
Along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the department warned Monday not to travel to Switzerland because of increasing cases of novel coronavirus.
The CDC raised the COVID-19 travel alert to “level 4, very high”, for U.S. islands territories Puerto Rico and Guam.
Puerto Rico announced Tuesday that it will close certain private businesses, and ban alcohol sales at midnight starting Thursday.
Also, the Caribbean island stated that it would require mandatory mask use in places where more than 50 people gather. It also prohibits elective surgery, which is subject to certain medical criteria and requires post-operative intensive treatment units.
Reporting by Susan Heavey, David Shepardson and Peter Cooney; Editing By Peter Cooney
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