The United States Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for all international travel in an effort to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period,” the warning reads.
“Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.”
The warning comes as governments around the globe try to stop the spread of COVID-19. The virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, is now in 178 countries and territories. Aside from the U.S., a number of other countries have also advised citizens to stay home to help stop the spread.
The news, while negative, also comes as Wuhan reports its first day of no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started earlier this year.