COVID-19: Regulator adds more countries to ‘Highest Warning Level’ of travel advisory

*The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) again, announces that fully vaccinated travellers though less likely to get and spread COVID-19, being vaccinated is now ‘a must’ if consumers plan on travelling internationally

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its various variants especially the Delta increase across the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) has added four more countries to its travel warning list.

ConsumerConnect gathered that there are now four more countries on the health regulatory agency’s “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High”.

These are Dominica (an island in the Caribbean that shouldn’t be confused with the Dominican Republic), Jersey (near the coast of north-west France), Montenegro (part of the Balkans in Southeastern Europe), and Turkey, agency report said.

The CDC, therefore, advises that all travellers should “avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”

While the US regulator added those four countries to its highest travel advisory level, it also moved five countries to its “Level 3: Covid-19 high” category, report stated.

Those countries include Chile, Mozambique, and Uruguay, which moved down from Level 4, and Kosovo and North Macedonia which moved up from Level 2.

Much like the higher levels, the CDC says consumers should avoid nonessential travel to locations on its Level 3 list.

Travellers who must go to these areas are also urged to get vaccinated before departing.

The CDC said: “Fully vaccinated travellers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.”

An ever-evolving list

Report indicates if there’s ever been any doubt about how quickly travel advisories can change, the new CDC update puts that to rest as of now.

The prime example in the new advisory is Dominica. In the agency’s last update, it was listed as a low-risk, Level 1 destination.

But within two weeks, the country’s 7-day average of positive cases moved from 1 to 81, according to report.

Turkey’s designation has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. In mid-April, the country’s 7-day average of cases was around 60,000.

That number had plummeted to 5,000 by mid-June, but it rose again to nearly 24,000 over the weekend.

Montenegro went from a 7-day average of 17 in mid-June to nearly 400 on August 16, and Jersey went from a 7-day average of zero cases in early June before rising to 259 by the end of July 2021.

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