CDC warns against travelling to 22 countries with ‘very high’ levels of Covid-19

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The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning against 22 new destinations over rising Covid-19 cases, including highly-vaccinated countries like Australia and Israel.

Travellers are better off visiting China under the agency’s Covid Travel Health Notices, as the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is one of the few countries ranked the CDC’s the lowest warning level.

The CDC now recommends avoiding travel to more than 100 destinations in its "Level Four: Very High" category with this week’s new addittions amid a worldwide Omicron surge.

Another 20 new countries were added to its “Level 3: High” Covid level category, which recommends unvaccinated avoid nonessential travel.

Among the latest additions to the Level 4 list are countries with the most fully or partially vaccinated populations, including Argentina (86 per cent) Australia (82 per cent) Uruguay (81 per cent), Bermuda (75 per cent), Israel (72 per cent), and Panama (70 per cent), according to Our World in Data.

Other countries added to the highest warning level for the first time include Albania, Bahrain, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Destinations are added to the CDC’s “Very High” level 4 category when more than 500 cases of Covid per 100,000 residents are recorded in the most recent 28 day period.

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