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The US State Department on Monday advised against travel to Japan due to a new wave of coronavirus cases just two months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

The department also issued its “level 4” warning against travel to Sri Lanka amid a rise in infections there. He saw lower risk in visiting the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, lowering the islands to a “Tier 3 – Reconsider Travel” designation.

The US “Do Not Travel” advisory and advice for Japan did not specifically mention the Olympics, but warned against visiting the country now. Last week, a senior Olympics official said the Games would start as scheduled on July 23, even under a state of emergency after being postponed to 2020 during the pandemic.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance. “Due to the current situation in Japan, even fully immunized travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19 and should avoid all travel to Japan.”

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which oversees the U.S. team, said in a statement to Reuters it had been made aware of the State Department’s updated advisory with respect to Japan.

“We are confident that the current mitigation practices put in place for athletes and staff by the USOPC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, coupled with pre-travel testing, upon arrival in Japan and during the Games , will allow for the safe participation of Team USA athletes this summer,” the statement read.

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