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A general view of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30, 2014. REUTERS / Tami Chappell

WASHINGTON, Aug.9 (Reuters) – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday warned against travel to Israel, France, Thailand, Iceland and several other countries due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in these countries.

The CDC has raised its highest COVID-19 level to “Level 4: Very high” as cases spread around the world. The United States added Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, as well as other places, including Aruba and French Polynesia.

The US State Department also released its parallel Level 4 “Do Not Travel” advisories for Iceland and France on Monday.

In July, the CDC raised concerns about Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, raising its travel advisory from two levels to “level 3: high.”

The CDC has also increased alert levels to “level 3: high” for Austria, Croatia, El Salvador, Azerbaijan, Guam, Kenya and Jamaica. The CDC says unvaccinated travelers should avoid non-essential travel to these countries.

Reporting by David Shepardson; edited by Jonathan Oatis and Marguerita Choy

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