January 19, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

The USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Australia to its highest tier of COVID-19 travel advice, advising Americans to avoid travelling to Australia due to high numbers of coronavirus cases.

Twenty-one other countries or regions were also added to the “avoid travel” list yesterday, on account of high case numbers, including Israel and the Bahamas.

Canada was added to the “avoid travel” list earlier this month, while destinations like the UK and the Maldives have been on the list since July and May 2021 respectively.

Yesterday Australia reported over 72,800 new cases. The latest CDC data has over 855,000 new cases in the latest daily reporting period, with the nation’s seven day average running at just over 700,000 daily cases.

At the end of December, the CDC also recommended against travelling on cruise ships, providing a fresh blow to a sector of the travel industry that has been particularly heavily impacted by the pandemic.