State Department Approves Departure of Nonemergency Government Officials From India

The State Department announced on Wednesday that it would approve the voluntary departure of nonemergency U.S. government employees in India as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.

According to a travel advisory posted on the State Department’s website, the agency is urging U.S. citizens to take advantage of commercial flights out of India and has also approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees.

India’s surge in Covid-19 cases has prompted other countries to take precautions concerning who is allowed within their borders. Earlier this week Australia began a travel ban, making it

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State Department Orders Departure Of Nonessential Personnel From Kabul Embassy

Ahmad Nazar


4.27.21 4:21pm

Updated April 27, 2021 at 4:21 PM ET

The State Department is downsizing the U.S. embassy in Kabul, ordering some nonessential personnel to leave amid concerns about heightened violence as U.S. and NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan.

The department “ordered the departure from U.S. Embassy Kabul of U.S. government employees whose functions can be performed elsewhere,” it noted in a travel advisory issued Tuesday.

U.S. officials would not confirm the number of embassy personnel departing, but insisted it would be small and that all offices and services will remain open at the embassy.


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Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department modifies operations |

Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department is continuing to evaluate local, state and national guidelines in regards to COVID-19 and the phased reopening plan issued by the state.

The main priority is, and will continue to be, the health and safety of patrons and staff. The Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department announced the following modifications in operations for the Iredell County Recreation Center, in effect now:

Reservations are no longer required for the fitness center or group exercise classes. The capacity will be monitored and set to 40 people for the fitness floor and indoor group

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Canada added to State Department ‘do not travel’ list | Local News

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia closed its borders to visitors from several Canadian provinces, including Ontario and Quebec. And officials in British Columbia reported that a virus variant that overwhelmed India had appeared in that Canadian province.

Variants from the United Kingdom and Brazil have fueled the third and worst wave of the pandemic in Canada.

And while Canada’s vaccination rate has increased recently, its reliance on hard-to-get imported vaccines slowed the start of its vaccination effort. According to the Our World in Data Covid-19 Data Explorer, only 2.54% of Canadians had been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. That compares to 26.1%

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State Department To Issue Travel Warnings Amid ‘Unprecedented’ COVID-19 Risks : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

The U.S. Department of State will add a slew of countries to its “Do Not Travel List” later this week because of coronavirus danger.

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The U.S. Department of State will add a slew of countries to its “Do Not Travel List” later this week because of coronavirus danger.

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The U.S. State Department on Monday announced plans to expand travel advisories, urging U.S. citizens to stay home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose “unprecedented risks” around the globe.

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State Department travel alerts upped for COVID

Travelers researching international trips during the coronavirus pandemic have been confronted with conflicting government advice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one system of rating the risks by country, the U.S. State Department another, producing different travel alert levels for the same country in many cases. Mexico, a popular vacation spot with American vacationers this year, is considered a Level 4 by the CDC – meaning avoid all travel – but a Level 3 by the State Department – meaning “reconsider travel.” The Bahamas was just raised to a Level 4 by the CDC and

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