It is an alert, however, including two countries among the best vaccinated in Europe.

The American authorities asked their nationals on Monday to avoid traveling to a dozen countries including France and Portugal, in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic on the old continent.

"Avoid traveling to France," recommended the State Department to American nationals in its new bulletin raising to level 4 its level of alert for this country, the highest level of warning.

"Due to the current situation in France, even fully vaccinated travelers can run the risk of catching and spreading the variants," explained the main US health agency, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. (CDC).

New restrictions in France

The list of countries affected by this CDC alert includes, in addition to France and Portugal, Cyprus, Andorra and Liechtenstein in Europe, as well as Jordan and Tanzania.

The State Department adds Mali and the Fiji Islands, which notably reported their first case of the Omicron variant on Monday.

France, where the number of new daily cases now numbers in the tens of thousands with 42,252 cases on Sunday, announced new restrictions on Monday evening: strengthening of the health protocol at school, closing of nightclubs for 4 weeks, facilitation of vaccination over 65s ...

Portugal, which has the highest vaccination coverage rate in Europe (87% of the total population), had reinstated epidemic control measures last week (wearing a mask, health pass), while launching a new vaccination campaign with a forced march.

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