CDC adds 3 places to ‘high’ risk list, including Mexico and UAE

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(CNN) – U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday placed three new locations in its “high” risk range for Covid-19, including North American Travel Behemoth.

Level 3 The “high” risk range is now the top range in terms of risk level. Level 2 is considered a “moderate” risk. Level 1 is a “low” risk.

Level 4, previously the highest risk category, is now reserved for special circumstances, such as the extremely high number of cases, the emergence of new types of anxiety or the collapse of health care infrastructure. Under the new system, no destination has been placed on level 4 so far.

The “Level 3: Covid-19 High” category now applies to countries where more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in the last 28 days.

There are three places joining Level 3 this week:

• New Caledonia
United Arab Emirates

Mexico, a favorite destination for US tourists, and the UAE, a glamorous hot spot in the Middle East, were at Level 2 last week.

New Caledonia, popular among scuba divers, was previously in an unknown category, meaning the CDC does not have enough data on Pacific Ocean destinations to assign a category.

As of June 13, there were approximately 115 destinations at Level 3. About half of the approximately 235 locations monitored by the CDC have Level 3 locations.

Level 3

A classic cityscape view of Florence, Italy.  The southern European country is at level 3.

A classic cityscape view of Florence, Italy. The southern European country is at level 3.

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Mexico and the UAE are not the only travel favorites in the “high” risk category. Many other popular travel destinations are also at Level 3.

With the onset of the summer travel season, much of Europe has been stubborn for months. As of June 13, the following popular European destinations were among those remaining at Level 3:

The Netherlands
United Kingdom

It’s not just the European favorites who find themselves at Level 3. Numerous notable travel destinations around the world fall into the ‘high’ risk category, including:

Costa Rica
South Korea

The CDC recommends that you get up-to-date with your Covid-19 vaccines before you travel to a Level 3 destination. To be “To date“It means you have not only the full initial vaccination but any booster for which you are eligible.

Level 2

The Oak Ridge area of ​​Rotan Island in Honduras at sunrise.  Honduras has come down to Level 2 this week.

The Oak Ridge area of ​​Rotan Island in Honduras at sunrise. Honduras has come down to Level 2 this week.

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In the last 28 days, 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in places designated as “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate”. On Monday, three locations were moved to this level:

Cape Verde
બા Saba

The move was good news for Honduras and the quiet Caribbean island of Sabah, which was at Level 3. Cape Verde, the Atlantic Ocean archipelago off the coast of Africa, was at Level 1.

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On June 13, Level 2 listed only 16 locations.

In her Comprehensive travel guideThe CDC recommends that you avoid all international travel until you have been fully vaccinated.
If you are concerned about a travel-specific health condition not related to Covid-19, Check it out here.

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Level 1

The classic car is part of the old air scene.  Cuba has been moved to Level 1, supposedly "Low" Risk to covid.

The classic car is part of the old air scene. Cuba has been moved to Level 1, which is considered a “low” risk for Covid.

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To stay in the “Level 1: Covid-19 Law”, the destination must have 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. On June 13, only two places were added to the category:

A Cuba

Both countries were at Level 2.


After all, there are places that the CDC considers to be at “unknown” risk due to lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, distant places or places of ongoing war or unrest. This week, two places have been added to this category:


Both were at Level 3 last week.

The CDC definitely advises against traveling to these places as the risks are unknown. Other locations in the range include Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Macau and Tanzania.

The medical specialist pays attention to the level of risk

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. According to Lena Wayne, the transmission rate is just “a guide” for calculating the personal risk of travelers.

We have “moved to a stage of epidemic where people need to make their own decisions based on their medical circumstances as well as risk tolerance when it comes to Covid-19 infection,” said Wayne, an emergency physician and professor. Health policy and management at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

According to Wayne, there are other weighting factors besides the transmission rate.

“The second is to be careful and follow where you are going and then the third is what you are going to do once you get there,” she said.

“Are you planning to visit a lot of attractions and go to the indoor bar? It’s very different from you where you plan to sleep on the beach all day and not talk to anyone else. It’s very different. It’s dangerous. A very different level. “

“Vaccination is the most important safety factor for travel, as non-vaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and infect others with COVID-19,” Wayne said.

And it is also important to consider what you will do if you test positive away from home.

“Of course, if people have symptoms or exposure while traveling, they need to be tested, and if they test positive, to follow CDC Isolation GuideWayne told CNN Travel on Friday.

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