The US is telling Americans with pre-existing conditions to avoid trips to Italy

The US is telling Americans with pre-existing conditions to avoid trips to Italy

Business·2020-02-25 11:32

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Military officers wearing face masks stand outside Duomo cathedral, closed by authorities due to a coronavirus outbreak, in Milan, Italy February 24, 2020.

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REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

The US State Department and Center for Disease Control have issued travel warnings for Italy amid the spread of COVID-19.

The European country currently has the highest number of novel coronavirus cases outside of Asia, with more than 200 infected, and six deaths.

The State Department issued a level two warning for Italy back in January stemming from terrorism concerns.

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The Center for Disease Control issued a travel warning for Italy, after more then 200 cases of the novel COVID-19 were discovered in the northern region of the country.

At least six people have died from the virus. The CDC issued a level 2 warning, urging Americans who are “high risk travellers” to reconsider “non-essential” travel. Older individuals or those pre-existing conditions should try and avoid travel to the country.

Additionally, while the CDC is not recommending an entire ban on travel, it does encourage travelers to avoid people who are sick and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer more frequently.

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