US State Department officials have advised all American citizens who are currently abroad to return home as the coronavirus crisis worsens.
They issued an unprecedented Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory on Thursday.
The advisory explains: ‘The Department of State advises all US citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of Covid-19.
‘In countries where commercial departure options remain available, US citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.’
State Department officials also advised US citizens living abroad not to travel internationally amid as the number of travel bans grows across the world.
It explained: ‘If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.’
The advisory came after US imposed a travel ban on non-citizens arriving from Europe and Canada last Wednesday.
Announcing that crackdown, President Donald Trump said customs officers would continue to allow US citizens and green card holders back into the country.
Thursday’s announcement appears to suggest that those people may soon be blocked from returning home as Donald Trump’s administration battles to contain the pandemic, which has infected more than 11,000 in the and caused economic chaos.
Airlines across the world have been badly hit by the travel bans, with America’s biggest airlines American and Delta both warning that they face bankruptcy without government assistance.
Diagnosis numbers rocketed to more than 11,600 on Thursday afternoon, with 171 confirmed to have died of Covid-19.
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