“Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19,” the advisory says. “There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Italy. Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in Italy.”
The additional travel restrictions come amid the administration’s concerns over the disease’s continued spread.
A senior administration official told CNN on Friday that a meeting of leaders of Southeast Asia nations and President Donald Trump scheduled for next month in Las Vegas has been postponed.
“As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Nations) leaders meeting previously scheduled for mid-March,” a senior administration official told CNN. “The United States values our relationships with the nations of this critical region, and looks forward to future meetings.”
Reuters first reported the postponement of the summit, which was scheduled for March 14. Exact plans for the meeting had not been announced, but administration officials had said they expected Trump to attend and to have bilateral meetings while there.
Since its initial outbreak, the coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 people globally, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 83,000 global cases, with infections in every continent except Antarctica.
CNN’s Melissa Bell contributed to this report.