The U.S. State Department expanded its “Do Not Travel list,” issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The agency cites “ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Canada, Mexico, Germany and the U.K are included in the list. A Level 3 warning is in place for a smaller group of nations, such as China, Australia and Iceland. 33 countries were on the U.S. Do Not Travel list about a week ago. The U.S State Department warned the list would include about 80 % of the world’s countries in it. More than 150 highest-level travel advisories are in effect — more closely reflecting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department says.
Last week, Brazil and Russia were two of the only large COVID-19 global hotspots on the State Department’s most serious warning list. They’re now joined by India and almost all of Europe. Many of the new or updated Do Not Travel notices cite high levels of coronavirus transmission in the relevant country. But the State Department says it also takes other factors into account, from the availability of coronavirus testing to any travel restrictions the countries might have against U.S. citizens.
More than 3 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 144 million coronavirus cases have been reported globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
For clients utilizing our Travel Risk Management services, used to monitor and respond to incidents while employees travel, Riskovery works collaboratively with organizations to establish a cadence on how frequently to check-in with their employees. Organizations are able to analyze the health and well-being check-in results to detect any anomalies in behavior. When health and well-being check-ins are sent, employees can mark themselves in distress if they need help, creating a direct line of communication to their organization and local emergency services. This adds a level of comfort and security, reducing the amount of stress for both organizations and their employees that ensures emergency response in the event employee well-being is in jeopardy.
Monitoring employee health and well-being is imperative in today’s climate. As employees are adapting to a new normal, organizations should ensure employees are healthy both mentally and physically.
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