The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday lowered the alert level for travel to Brazil from “very high” to “high” concerns about COVID-19.
In absolute terms, Brazil is the second country with the most deaths from the disease, behind only the United States, and third after the United States and India.
However, the country has seen a reduction in pandemic numbers in recent weeks as it progresses in its vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
The 14-day moving average of daily deaths reached 535, compared to a peak of nearly 3,000 in April.
The CDC also advised Americans against travel to Afghanistan, Albania, Serbia, Belize and Lithuania, among four other destinations.
The level of travel guidance has been increased to nine destinations to the “very high” level. The CDC said Americans should avoid traveling to these places, which also include Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia and Mauritius.
The CDC also raised its ratings for Australia, Romania and Ethiopia to higher levels.
The US State Department on Monday also raised its parallel “do not travel” alert level for most countries designated by the CDC. On August 31, the State Department extended Afghanistan to a “do not travel” category.