More Island Destinations Added to CDC’s ‘Very High’ COVID-19 Travel Risk List – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

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(CNN) – Island destinations from the Caribbean Sea to the Indian Ocean have joined a handful of Eastern European countries among the latest places deemed ‘very high’ risk for travel by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Albania and Serbia moved to the “Level 4: Very high COVID-19” category on the CDC’s evolving list of travel advisories on Monday.

Afghanistan, which has been in turmoil since the Taliban takeover and the US withdrawal last month, has also moved to Level 4, along with several other destinations.

People should avoid going to places designated with the “Very High Level 4: COVID-19” notice, recommends the CDC. Anyone who needs to travel should first be fully vaccinated, the agency advises.

These destinations were upgraded to the level 4 list on September 13:

• Afghanistan
• Albania
• Belize
• Grenada
• Lithuania
• Mauritius
• Saint Kitts and Nevis
• Serbia
• Slovenia

CDC travel advisories range from Level 1 (“low”) to Level 4 (“very high”).

Destinations that fall into the “very high COVID-19” level 4 category have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

All of the destinations listed above have been upgraded from “Level 3: High COVID-19”.

The level 3 category applies to destinations that have recorded between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days.

Israel was also listed as a Level 4 update on Monday afternoon. However, Israel was already in the Level 4 category before the weekly update.

New “Level 3” destinations

On Monday, four other destinations moved to level 3: Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Romania.

Brazil moved up from level 4, while Australia, Ethiopia and Romania were previously in the “moderate” category of level 2.

Australia recently struggled to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, which has spread to major population centers in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, resulting in long lockdowns.

The country has announced plans to try vaccine passports as it prepares to reopen its international borders.

In its broader travel guidelines, the CDC recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully immunized.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading certain variants of COVID-19, ”the agency said.

You can view any destination’s CDC risk level on its travel recommendations page.

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