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    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the US, several American states have imposed their own coronavirus travel advisory maps, but the Buckeye State appears to have introduced a most mind-twisting restriction.

    The Ohio Health Department on Wednesday rolled out coronavirus-related travel restrictions that target the very state of Ohio, recommending that residents to avoid travelling to their Buckeye State - although they are obviously already there.

    "This is the first week since April where Ohio’s positivity for COVID-19 has increased above 15%. The state has seen record levels of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the past week, and all Ohioans can help to limit the spread and impact of this virus", the health department said on its website after posting an advisory map in which Ohio is marked in yellow - just like other states that the health officials advise to avoid.

    According to the guidance, Ohioans must self-quarantine for two weeks after travelling from - or to - their own state.

    Screenshot of an Ohio Health Department coronavirus travel advisory map, showing Ohio added to the list of states that Ohioans are being asked to avoid
    Screenshot of an Ohio Health Department coronavirus travel advisory map, showing Ohio added to the list of states that Ohioans are being asked to avoid

    Despite grim COVID-19 coronavirus case numbers in the state, residents were quick to laugh at the self-canceling advisory in social media.

    "We’re already here?? I came home from work, all in Ohio. I should stay home for 2 weeks? Crazy enough it made me laugh", one of the users grinned.

    ​Ohio was added to the map after health officials registered a rise in the state's infection rate, to above 15 percent, since the start of the pandemic.

    According to the state's health department, Ohio has registered over 440,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 6,600 related deaths.

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