Apr 29, 2021 - Health
State Department urges U.S. citizens to leave India as COVID crisis worsens
The State Department has advised U.S. citizens to leave India as soon as possible, and avoid traveling there, as coronavirus cases surge in the country amid a widespread oxygen shortage and slow vaccine rollout.
The big picture: The advisory comes as India logs daily records in new COVID cases, with hospitals and morgues overwhelmed.
- India reported 379,257 new COVID-19 infections and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, its highest number of fatalities in a single day to date.
- The country's total number of cases now sits at over 18.3 million, per Johns Hopkins University data.
Details: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice, while the State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory — the highest level — advising Americans against all travel to India.
- "Access to all types of medical care is becoming severely limited in India due to the surge in Covid-19 cases," according to the government warning.
- "U.S. citizens are reporting being denied admittance to hospitals in some cities due to a lack of space," per the statement.