CDC puts Sweden and 2 other places on ‘high’ risk list for Covid-19

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(CNN) – T.U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed Nordic travel favorites on its “high” risk list, along with two other locations for Covid-19.

Representing three continents, there are three places added to the list on Tuesday:


Level 3, or “higher” is now the top category in terms of risk level and applies to locations where more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have occurred in the last 28 days. Level 2 and level 1 are considered “moderate” and “low” risk, respectively.

The three new entries at Level 3 on Tuesday were previously at Level 2.

Sweden, famous for its culture and natural beauty, is one of only a few European nations to have been removed from the ‘high’ risk list by a change in rating. With Romania, it has moved on in the world. “Moderate” risk list on June 21. This week, Romania remains at Level 2.

There were about 115 destinations on Level 3 as of July 5th. About half of the approximately 235 locations monitored by the CDC have Level 3 locations.

Level 4, which was 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.

More at level 3

The village of Oia on the island of Santorini is Greece's favorite tourist destination, located on level 3 of the CDC.

The village of Oia on the island of Santorini is Greece’s favorite tourist destination, located on level 3 of the CDC.

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Most of Europe has been stubborn at Level 3 for months as the summer travel season is in full swing. As of July 5, the following popular European destinations were among those remaining at Level 3:

The Netherlands
United Kingdom

It’s not the only high-profile places that find themselves on level 3. Numerous other locations around the world are in the “high” risk category, including:

Costa Rica
South Korea

The CDC recommends that you stay up to date with your Covid-19 vaccines before traveling 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

Ballback is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon, which has reached the CDC. "Medium" Risk range.

Ballback is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon, which has been ranked in the CDC’s “Moderate” Risk Range.

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Places with the designation “Level 2: Covid-19 Medium” have reported 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. The CDC on Tuesday moved three locations to this level:

Northern Macedonia

The move was not good news for Jordan and Lebanon in the Middle East, which were at Level 1. For northern Macedonia in the Balkans of Europe, the move was in a positive direction, having previously been at Level 3.

There are 20 places in the “moderate” risk range this week.

In her Comprehensive travel guideThe CDC recommends that you avoid all international travel until you have been fully vaccinated.

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Level 1

To be listed as “Level 1: Take Covid-19”, the destination must have 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. On July 5, only two small island destinations were added to the category:

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• St. Pierre and Miquelon

Saba, in the Caribbean, was at Level 2. St. Pierre and Miquelon were on Level 3, a French archipelago south of Newfoundland, Canada.

The most popular destinations in the “low” risk range this week include Indonesia, India and the Philippines.


The Hungarian Parliament is overlooked by the arches of the Fisherman's Fortress in Budapest.  The CDC warns against traveling to places where there is a risk of Covid-19 "Unknown"

The Hungarian Parliament is overlooked by the arches of the Fisherman’s Fortress in Budapest. The CDC warns against traveling to places where the Covid-19 risk is “unknown”.

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Finally, there are places that the CDC considers to be “unknown” risk due to lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, distant places or places of ongoing war or unrest. Four places were added to this category this week:

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Haiti, Iran and Mozambique were all at Level 1 last week. Hungary, the favorite stop on the Eastern European Travel Circuit, was at Level 3.

The CDC definitely advises against traveling to these places because the risks are unknown. Other destinations in the series that usually attract more tourists include French Polynesia, Macau and the Maldives.

The medical specialist pays attention to the level of risk

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. According to Lena Wayne, transmission rates are just “a guide” for calculating the personal risk of tourists.

We have “moved to a stage in the 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 factors to weigh in addition to the transmission rate.

“The second is that care needs to be taken and followed where you are going and then the third is what you plan 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 communicate with 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 tourists are more likely to get sick and infect others with Covid-19,” Wayne said.

And it’s also important to consider what you’ll do if you finish a positive test 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 recently told CNN Travel.
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Top image: Tjorn Island off the west coast of Sweden. (Peter Adams / Stone RF / Getty Images)

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