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US lowers COVID-19 travel advisory for Pakistan, India

CDC had issued a "Level 2 Travel Health Notice" for Pakistan. (Source: Reuters)

WASHINGTON: The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered its COVID-19 travel advisory to “Level One: Low” for Pakistan, Japan, India, Liberia, Gambia, and Mozambique after a drop in coronavirus infections in six countries.

The CDC, in its latest advisory, also advised against travel to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Iceland because of a rising number of Covid-19 cases in those countries.

It raised its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the three countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there.

In August this year, the CDC had issued a “Level 2 Travel Health Notice” for Pakistan, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. Pakistan had recorded its all-time lowest Covid-19 positivity ratio on Saturday at 0.78 percent and saw a considerable drop in the number of cases.

The last time the country had reported cases below 231 was 14 months ago when 213 people got infected on Aug 30, 2020. Similarly, the positivity rate on Saturday was the lowest ever recorded since the relevant authorities started measuring infection rates in March last year.

On Tuesday, Pakistan recorded less than 300 coronavirus cases for the fourth day in a row, reporting 216 infections during the last 24 hours. The positivity ratio dropped even further to 0.63pc today.


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