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Washington (CNN) The State Department announced Monday that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change that "will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel, to approximately 80% of countries worldwide."
"This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC's existing epidemiological assessments," the department said in a media note.
The update to the State Department's travel advisory system comes as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed more than 3 million lives worldwideIn the note Monday, the department noted that "the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers."
"In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad," it said.
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