3 destinations added to COVID 'high risk' countries by the CDC

As the summer is approaching, many are planning their summer holiday. Even though COVID is slowing down, some countries are still ‘high risk,’ according to CDC.

On Monday, June 13, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to place three countries on the level 3 ‘high risk’ COVID list, as reported by CNN. Which countries are on level 3 and which three new countries were added?

When is a country considered Level 3?

The CDC considers a country to be at level 3 risk when it has had more than 100 cases per 1000,000 residents in the past 28 days. The CDC used to have a level 4 risk, but as the pandemic slows down, this high level is reserved only for special circumstances like when a new variant appears and causes concern of ‘health care infrastructure collapse’.

So far, no country has been added to Level 4 with the new guidelines.

Three countries added to Level 3

The CDC has decided to place Mexico, New Caledonia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the level 3 category. Mexico is a popular tourist destination among US citizens and was on level 2 just last week, as reported by CNN.

New Caledonia has only just been added to the list as until now, the CDC didn’t have enough data from the country to place it in a category.

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Other countries on the list

There are a total of 115 countries on level 3 as of June 13. Some of the countries are popular destinations in Europe, such as:

Other level 3 countries include:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Thailand
  • Costa Rica

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