CDC moves Ukraine to its highest level of travel risk of Covid-19


On Monday afternoon, architecturally rich Ukraine, Europe’s second largest land-based nation, went from level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19, to level 4, the highest risk category in the world. agency.

These last two October updates are a far cry from the situation in early August, when the CDC added 16 destinations in a week at Level 4, and cases of Delta variants were rising rapidly across much of the planet.

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

Popular favorites are at level 4

View of the Bonis windmill and the old port of Mykonos, Greece. This popular holiday nation remains at CDC level 4.

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Popular international vacation spots remained housed at this highest alert level, evidence of the continuity of the Covid-19. The current list of level 4 destinations includes:

• Austria
• Bahamas
• Botswana
• Croatia
• Greece
• Ireland
• Jamaica
• Maldives
• Swiss
• Thailand
• Turkey
• United Kingdom

In the case of the UK, it has been housed at level 4 since 19 July. Greece has been there since August 2. Thailand has been there since August 9th.

In total, there were 77 destinations worldwide still at level 4 on 25 October.

Many new entries at level 3

The Level 3 category, which applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, has had more action this week.

Being at level 3 was a sign of progress in these seven destinations, all coming down from level 4:

• Guatemala
• Lebanon
• Libya
• Mauritius
• Puerto Rico
• Sant Martí
• Sri Lanka

For three destinations, the move to level 3 was a sign of worsening conditions. Egypt and the Dominican Republic had been at level 2 (“moderate” risk) and Cayman Islands had been at an enviable level 1 (low risk).

Level 3 cruise

The CDC has updated the guide on cruises on ships like the Norwegian Gem.

The CDC has updated the guide on cruises on ships like the Norwegian Gem.

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The CDC also added cruise ships, including river boats, to its Level 3 warning this week and advised that only fully vaccinated people sail. The CDC said the Covid-19 “spreads easily among close people aboard ships and the possibility of getting [it] on cruises it’s high. “

Some options at level 2

Destinations bearing the designation “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” have recorded between 50 and 99 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days.

Popular destinations in this less risky category on October 25 included the following:

• Colombia
• Peru
• Poland

Just keep in mind that the CDC list is updated weekly and that your chosen lowest-risk destination could increase after you start making plans.

Level 1 and no qualifications

In the destination category “Level 1: Covid-19 Low”, less than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents have been registered in the last 28 days. New Zealand falls into this category, but has not yet opened its doors to leisure travelers.

Finally, there are destinations for which CDC has an “unknown” risk for lack of information. As of October 25, this included Monaco, the Azores and Tanzania.

In its broader travel guide, the CDC has recommended avoiding all international travel until you are completely vaccinated.

“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 greater risk of obtaining and possibly spreading some variants of Covid-19. Covid-19, ”the agency said.

Top image: view of the left bank of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. (Photo by STR / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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