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CDC Hikes Alerts for Spain, Cuba, Israel Over COVID-19 Cases

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Two tourists walk without face masks in La Laguna on the day the Canary Islands government imposed stricter rules to control a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, on the island of Tenerife, Spain, on July 26, 2021. (Reuters/Borja Suarez)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday warned against travel to Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Cyprus and Kyrgyzstan because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.

The CDC raised its travel advisory to “Level Four: Very High” for those countries telling Americans they should avoid travel there.

Spain reopened its borders to U.S. tourists in June.

The CDC also raised concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, lifting its travel health notice by two levels to “Level 3: High.”

In June, the CDC had lowered its travel advisory rating for Israel to “Level 1: Low.”

CDC also raised Armenia to “Level 3.”

The “Level 3” rating says unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to that country and is one level below the CDC’s most severe travel rating.

By David Shepardson

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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