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WASHINGTON, Dec.6 (Reuters) – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised Americans against traveling to France, Jordan, Portugal and Tanzania, citing concerns over COVID-19 .

The CDC now lists 83 destinations as “Level 4: Very High” and also added Andorra, Cyprus and Liechtenstein to the highest level of travel advice on Monday.

France said on Monday it would close nightclubs before Christmas and tighten social distancing measures in response to the emerging Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but that there was no need for new lockdowns or curfews.

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Prime Minister Jean Castex said a fifth wave of the pandemic was on the rise, but with 52 million people now vaccinated – nearly 90% of those eligible – the situation was better than in previous outbreaks.

The United States has imposed new rules, which took effect Monday, requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of their trip.

Under previous rules, vaccinated international air travelers could show a negative test result within three days of the day of departure.

Some airline officials told Reuters there was a three-day grace period to allow some travelers to return to the United States with tests performed outside of the one-day window.

A spokesperson for the CDC declined to confirm this, but said that “the CDC exercises some discretion as this requirement is put in place.”

As of November 29, the White House banned nearly all foreign nationals from entering the United States from eight southern African countries over fears of the spread of the Omicron variant, but did not extend these travel restrictions to other countries where the new variant was discovered. .

France announced Monday that it had identified 25 positive cases of the Omicron variant.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that travel restrictions in Africa were “assessed and discussed on a daily basis.”

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Reporting by David Shepardson, editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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