U.S. CDC issues top warning against traveling to Canada: “travelers should avoid all travel to Canada”

The United State’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a top-level warning to all Americans against travelling to Canada.

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The warning is issued on the CDC website.

The travel health notices are based on a 4-level system that goes as follow: 

  • “Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19
    • Travellers should avoid all travel to these destinations.
  • Level 3: High level of COVID-19
    • Travellers should avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations.
  • Level 2: Moderate level of COVID-19
  • Level 1: Low level of COVID-19

The CDC issued a top-level warning against travelling to Canada: “Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”

The CDC recommended that those who must travel to Canada be fully vaccinated and respect mask-wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing. 

Although deaths and hospitalizations remain stable in most parts of Canada, cases have been trending upwards due to the spread of new, more contagious, COVID variants such as the P.1 from Brazil or the B1351  from South Africa. 

The increasing spread in Canada is largely due to the poor vaccine rollout. 

Canada has been lagging behind on the vaccination campaign from the beginning. The Trudeau government’s inactions and reliance on Chinese and international suppliers left the country with very few doses for months. 

While the United States has fully vaccinated nearly 20% of its population, Canada has not yet reached 3%

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