Virus-stricken US issues travel warning for three Caribbean countries

Virus-stricken US issues travel warning for three Caribbean countries

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC)— The United States, which has the highest number of people suffering or killed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has warned its nationals from travelling to three Caribbean Community countries because of the situation regarding the virus in those countries.

Washington has issued a travel warning for Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas and Haiti because they are battling a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Nassau earlier this week announced a total shutdown of the country, while the positive cases in Haiti have been increasing on a daily basis. Washington said in the case of Antigua and Barbuda, the island has lifted stay-at-home orders, and resumed some transportation options, and businesses operations.

“While Antigua received little damage during the 2017 hurricane season, Barbuda was seriously damaged. Infrastructure on Barbuda is still being rebuilt and there is power to fewer than half of the residences on the island,” Washington said, adding that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Antigua and Barbuda.

“With conditions improving in some countries while potentially deteriorating in others, the department has returned to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice — with levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions — in order to give travellers detailed and actionable information they need to make informed travel decisions.

“We continue to recommend US citizens exercise caution when travelling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.” Washignton said

“Under this return to country-specific levels of travel advice, the travel advisory for The Bahamas is now Level 4 (do not travel) due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions; US citizens are advised to exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime (the same as before the pandemic,” US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Daniel Durazo said in a statement.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT