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CDC adds 7 destinations to ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list, including Puerto Rico and Switzerland
(CNN) – Switzerland and Puerto Rico are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s regularly updated list of travel advisories.
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.

  • Azerbaijan
  • Estonia
  • Guam
  • North Macedonia
  • Porto Rico
  • St. LUCIA
  • Switzerland

CDC’s evolving list of travel advisories ranges from Level 1 (“low”) to Level 4 (“very high”).

Destinations that fall under the Level 4 “Very High Covid-19” category have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria. The level 3 category applies to destinations that have recorded between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days.

Switzerland has recorded 659 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past four weeks, according to the country’s Federal Office of Public Health. On August 29, nearly a third of Swiss intensive care units were occupied by people with the coronavirus. In North Macedonia, just under a quarter of residents were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of August 30, while 9% were partially vaccinated. And out of the population of around 185,000 in Saint Lucia, it fully vaccinated 15.1% and partially vaccinated 4.8%.

New “Level 3” destinations

Ten other destinations moved to the “Level 3: Covid-19 High” category on Monday.

Bermuda, Canada, Germany and Moldova have moved from Level 2. Bahrain, Indonesia, Namibia, Oman, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have moved up from level 4.

CDC guidelines for level 3 destinations urge unvaccinated travelers to avoid non-essential travel to these locations.

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 may be at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading certain variants of Covid-19. “the agency said.

Top photo: People sit outside by Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 3.