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‘Do Not Travel To Thailand’ – CDC Tells Americans as Kingdom Reports 19,843 More Cases

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Don’t go to Thailand, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control told Americans Tuesday as it raised its warning against travel to the kingdom to its highest level due to the out-of-control coronavirus epidemic.

The CDC moved Thailand, Israel, France, and Iceland to its “Level 4: Do Not Travel” Covid-19 warning status as the delta variant fueled rapid spread of the coronavirus worldwide. Also rising to Level 4 were the West Bank and Gaza, Aruba and French Polynesia.

Thailand on Tuesday reported 19,843 new coronavirus cases along with a record 235 deaths.

“Because of the current situation in Thailand, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants,” the CDC said on its website.

Three other Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar – already were at Level 4.

The warning – especially the caveat about fully vaccinated travelers – hit a raw nerve in Thailand as the country has been trying to entice fully vaccinated tourists to holiday in Phuket under its “sandbox” scheme. Americans were among the Top 5 nationalities to arrive in Phuket in July.