The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added an extra seven destinations to its “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High Risk”. The list now includes almost 135 countries; this makes it the longest list of high-risk countries ever.
As a result, the CDC recommends against all non-essential travel to these nations. Last week, the CDC added Mexico and 14 other nations to the list.
Nations on the CDC’s “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” list have witnessed an infection rate of 500 cases per 100,000 people within the last 28 days. If the nation has fewer than 100,000 people, it must have recorded 500 cases cumulatively in the last 28 days.
The New ‘Very High Risk’ Nations
The CDC has now added Cuba to its “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” list. The largest Caribbean island—which has become a popular tourist destination for Americans in recent years—has a 7-day case average of 1,361.
The CDC has now added Japan to its “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” list. The Asian nation has a 7-day case average of 94,058 cases. Like almost all Asian countries, Japan has pursued a zero-COVID policy for most of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, cases are soaring to an all-time high due to Omicron.
The CDC has now added Israel to its “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” list. Israel has always pursued a zero-COVID policy during the pandemic. And, famously, Israel had the fastest vaccine rollout. Still, the nation has a 7-day case average of 45,690; the highest since the pandemic started.
The CDC has placed Armenia on its Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” list. Armenia currently has a 7-day case average of 3,307; the highest number of cases since COVID-19 began.
Other Nations Added To The Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk
- The Democratic People’s Republic of Congo
The Full List Of Nations On The “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High-Risk List“
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- The Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Faroe Islands
- French Guiana
- Isle of Man
- Jersey (part of the UK)
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sint Maarten
- South Sudan
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.)
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
Additions To The Level 3: COVID-19 High-Risk Category
The CDC didn’t add three nations to the Level 3: COVID-19 High-Risk Category this week:
- South Africa
The CDC dropped South Africa down to the Level 3: COVID-19 High-Risk Category this week due to decreasing COVID-19 cases.
Nations in the level 3 category have recorded between 100-500 cases per 100,000 people in the last 28 days.
Additions To the Level 2, 1, And Unknown Lists
The CDC only added Pakistan to the “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” list this week. Nations on the “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” have recorded 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 28 days.
The CDC didn’t add any new nations to the “Level 1: COVID-19 Low” list this week. Nations on the “Level 1: COVID-19 Low,” have recorded 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the previous 28 days.
However, the CDC has listed Tanzania, Cambodia, and the Canary Islands in the unknown category because of a lack of information on COVID-19 cases within the country.
The CDC currently includes cruise ships on its destinations list. On December 30, 2021, the CDC placed all cruise ships on the “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk.”
The CDC now advises against all travel to over 70% of the world’s nations. However, travelers can still visit these nations.
The CDC just recommends all U.S. travelers visiting “Level 4 COVID-19 Very High Risk” countries have received full vaccination.
We will keep you updated weekly on the CDC’s travel advisories.
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