The European Union reviewed its list of countries whose citizens can visit the continent for non-essential travel despite the pandemic, and the U.S. still doesn’t make the cut, the European Council said Thursday.
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America continues to grapple with a roaring outbreak in stark contrast with Europe, which has managed to largely stamp out the hot spots that made it made the epicenter of the pandemic in the winter.
The bloc began to reopen its doors to more than a dozen countries a month ago. Countries on the EU’s list include Canada and Japan.
The U.S. has suffered through the the world’s most deadly coronavirus outbreak, according to official tallies, and the daily drumbeat of cases has grown over the course of the summer while Europe’s outbreak receded.
America’s catastrophic COVID-19 death toll climbed above 150,000 on Wednesday.
“As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated,” the European Union said in a statement on Thursday.