The US State Department urged its citizens not to travel to Germany and Denmark due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe.
The US government’s warning is level 4, the highest grade, and it advises against traveling to both European countries due to “a very high level of COVID.”
Prospective travelers were also warned that “there are restrictions affecting the entry of US citizens into Denmark.”
Europe’s return to the epicenter of the pandemic has been attributed to the low vaccination rate in some countries, the highly contagious Delta variant, and colder weather that brings people back to life indoors.
In Germany, the most populous nation in the EU, only 68% of the population is fully immunized. The country has urged all vaccinated adults to receive a booster dose to combat the decline in the effectiveness of the vaccine after six months.
“Probably by the end of this (boreal) winter, as is sometimes cynically said, almost everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn, urging more citizens to get the vaccine.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that current COVID-19 restrictions in Germany, including a ban on the unvaccinated from entering certain public spaces, “are not enough.”