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USA officials said Thursday the State Department could soon issue a new alert urging Americans not to travel overseas under any circumstances.

The jump from level 3 travel advisory to a level 4, the most serious warning, has been approved by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Politico reported.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

The level of alert being applied globally is unprecedented, according to the Associated Press news agency.

President Trump, who has already partially closed the US borders with Canada is prepared to do so with Mexico and restricted entry of non-U.S. citizens flying from Europe, said in a briefing he was consulting with the State Department on how to execute the new policy.

"Airlines have cancelled many global flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips", the statement continues.

The department says a Level 4 advisory means that "during an emergency, the USA government may have very limited ability to provide assistance".

The State Department on Thursday advised US citizens to avoid all worldwide travel as the world grapples with the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

The State Department has warned that USA embassies are now working with reduced staffing around the world.

Particularly large numbers of American travelers have been stranded in Morocco, Peru, Honduras and Tunisia, where some have complained that US embassies have not provided adequate help in getting them home. "We are working to try and solve problems for each of those American citizens".

On Thursday, President Trump told reporters at the White House that the United States was considering calling on the military to help stranded travelers, including hundreds of Americans in Peru, though he did not offer specifics.

Nine Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to express their "urgent concern" for USA citizens stranded overseas.

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