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With Olympics looming, US advises against travel to Japan due to COVID-19

CoronavirusMay 25, 2021 02:36AM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. State Department on Monday urged against travel to Japan because of a new wave of coronavirus cases just two months before the Tokyo Olympics are set to begin.

The department also issued its "Level 4" warning against travel to Sri Lanka amid surging infections there. It saw a lower risk in visiting the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda , lowering the islands to a "Level 3 – Reconsider Travel" designation.

The U.S. "Do Not Travel" advisory and guidance for Japan did not mention the Olympics specifically but warned against visiting the country now. A top Olympic official last week said the Games would start as planned on July 23 even under a state of emergency after being postponed in 2020 during the pandemic.

"Travelers (NYSE:TRV) should avoid all travel to Japan," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance. "Because of the current situation in Japan even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Japan."

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, which oversees Team USA, said in a statement to Reuters that is has been made aware of the updated State Department advisory as it relates to Japan.

"We feel confident that the current mitigation practices in place for athletes and staff by both the USOPC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, coupled with the testing before travel, on arrival in Japan, and during Games time, will allow for safe participation of Team USA athletes this summer," the statement said.

With Olympics looming, US advises against travel to Japan due to COVID-19
 

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Jouni Matero
Jouni May 25, 2021 2:53AM ET
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Wait a minute. Market is rising hyperbolic because Covid is done, right? Lol
YC Teng
YC Teng May 24, 2021 11:45PM ET
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Vaccines not the silver bullet. Practice good hygiene, wear masks and moderate exercise on regular basis, help everyone to come out ahead in this war against viruses 🤗✌️
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel May 24, 2021 3:15PM ET
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Seems the vaccine is completely ineffective
danny Levine
danny Levine May 24, 2021 2:56PM ET
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I wonder what is the point of vaccines if vaccinated people still have high risks of catching covid in Japan?
Joel Hauser
Joel Hauser May 24, 2021 2:05PM ET
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See the contrast of two neighbors while japan was indecisive in imposing restrictions and lockdowns to appease businesses and profiteering, South Korea was taking all precautions prioritizing health of citizens and stayed humble and quiet with minimal controversy.South Korean health sector is an inspiration to the rest of the world
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ben sc May 24, 2021 2:05PM ET
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What about China, lowest covid #'s=great healthcare, right? China Joel! Japan has had phenomenal success combating covid without the repercussions of ineffective lockdowns.
 
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