Avoid traveling to France, recommended the State Department to American nationals in its new bulletin raising to level 4 its level of alert for that country, the highest level of warning, in the run-up to the end of the year holidays threatened by the new variant, Omicron.
Due to the current situation [relative à la COVID-19, NDLR] in France, even fully vaccinated travelers can be at risk of catching and spreading the variants, explained the leading US health agency, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC ).
The list of countries affected by this alert of CDCincludes, in addition to France and Portugal, Cyprus, Andorra and Liechtenstein in Europe, as well as Jordan and Tanzania.
The State Department adds Mali and the Fiji Islands, which notably reported their first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Monday.
France, where the number of new daily cases now numbers in the tens of thousands with 42,252 cases on Sunday, announced new restrictions on Monday evening: strengthening of the health protocol at school, closure of nightclubs for 4 weeks, facilitation of vaccination of over 65s.
Portugal, which has the highest vaccination coverage rate in Europe (87% of the total population), had reinstated epidemic control measures last week (wearing a mask, health passport), while launching a new vaccination campaign with a forced march.
The pandemic has killed at least 5,253,726 people worldwide since the office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from an official source on Monday.