US issues travel alert for El Salvador for COVID-19 and crime

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The United States embassy has issued a travel alert for citizens of your country to El Salvador.

A statement issued Wednesday with states: “Reconsider traveling to El Salvador due to crime and COVID-19.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notification for El Salvador due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country, “the text reiterates.

The US Travel Alert Scale has four levels: low, moderate, high, and very high.

The statement comes at a time when the Salvadoran health authorities maintain that the cases of infection and deaths have dropped considerably.

The text also maintains that the risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms could be lower if people are fully vaccinated with one of the immunizations authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The travel alert also warns that violent crime, such as armed robberies, homicides and rapes, are concerning in large parts of the country, although it says gang activity varies between departments and municipalities.

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They warn that the Salvadoran police “may not have the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.” However, the concentration of resources in tourist areas means that these tend to have a greater police presence than urban areas.

“Sustained decline”

The travel alert occurs at a time when the Health authorities of El Salvador affirm that there is a “sustained decrease” in confirmed cases of coronavirus, as well as deaths. On December 28, only one person died of COVID-19 was registered.

Health authorities maintain that the decrease in cases responds to the vaccination strategy. According to the most recent update, more than 80% of the population has applied the first dose of the vaccine and 72% of Salvadorans already have the second dose. 16% have already completed the vaccination schedule for the third dose.

The Central American country has registered 121,741 infections and 3,821 deaths, and more than 107,088 have overcome the disease.

El Salvador, with a population of 6.7 million, plans to immunize 5.7 million people.

[Contiene información de AP]

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