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On Monday, the State Department said it will increase its "Do Not Travel" advisories to about 80 percent on countries, according to CNN.

The agency hopes to make its recommendations more in line with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This modification “will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel, to approximately 80% of countries worldwide.”

“This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC's existing epidemiological assessments,” the agency said in a statement.

Level 4 is the highest travel advisory level that the State Department has at its disposal.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers,” the statement also said. “In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.”

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