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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department will urge Americans not to travel abroad or to return to the United States or else plan to shelter in place, two U.S. government officials told Reuters on Thursday, saying an announcement was expected soon.

One of the sources familiar with the issue confirmed that the State Department was expected to issue the Level 4 advisory not to travel worldwide.

Politico earlier reported that the State Department is preparing to announce a level four travel advisory – its most serious warning – for all international travel.

Trump declined to confirm the plan earlier. “We haven’t had the meeting yet,” Trump told reporters at a news conference at the White House.

The advisory would warn American citizens to return to the United States or prepare to stay where they are, and would also instruct Americans not to travel abroad, according to the report.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Alexandra Alper, Ted Hesson and David Shepardson; Writing by Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul, Bill Berkrot and Marguerita Choy.

Originally posted: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-travel/u-s-to-urge-americas-not-to-travel-abroad-sources-idUSKBN2162P7