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US advises against travel to India as coronavirus case numbers surge
Published: Apr 21, 2021 04:08 PM
A medical worker tests a passenger at a train station in India on Monday. India’s daily COVID-19 cases jumped to a record 273,810 on Monday as the health system crumbled under the weight of patients, bringing total infections closer to that of the United States, the world’s worst hit country. India’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,619 to reach a total of 178,769. Photo: Xinhua

A medical worker tests a passenger at a train station in India on Monday. India’s daily COVID-19 cases jumped to a record 273,810 on Monday as the health system crumbled under the weight of patients, bringing total infections closer to that of the United States, the world’s worst hit country. India’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,619 to reach a total of 178,769. Photo: Xinhua


The United States has warned against travel to India, where authorities on Tuesday imposed tighter restrictions to combat an explosion of COVID-19 cases.

India has recorded more than 3 million new infections and 18,000 deaths this month, bringing its caseload to the world's second-highest, after the United States. 

The updated US travel advisory comes after the State Department announced Monday it would apply "do not travel" guidance to about 80 percent of countries and regions worldwide, citing the unprecedented risk posed by the pandemic. 

"Even fully vaccinated travelers... should avoid all travel to India," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Singapore also boosted restrictions on arrivals from India Tuesday, adding a week to the previously required 14-day quarantine period. These moves follow Britain's decision on Monday to add India to its "red list," and Hong Kong's ban on all flights from the country.   

India has been struggling to rein in its raging outbreak, with hospitals running out of beds and the government forced to reimpose economically painful restrictions.

Its capital and worst-hit city New Delhi entered a weeklong lockdown on Monday, with parks, cinemas and malls closed.

"Delhi's health system is at a tipping point," said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who on Tuesday went into self-­isolation after his wife tested positive.

The lockdown announcement ­prompted tens of thousands of migrant workers to flee Delhi, in scenes reminiscent of the national shutdown a year ago that inflicted economic and human misery. 

Mumbai's home state of Maharashtra, the epicenter of the recent surge, on Tuesday further tightened restrictions on grocery shops and home deliveries. 

All nonessential shops and malls in the western state are currently shut until May 1.

Uttar Pradesh, home to some 240 million people, on Tuesday announced a weekend lockdown from Friday evening, whilst Telangana state in the south became the latest to impose a night curfew.


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