CDC Warning Travelers To Avoid These High-Risk Nations

CDC Warning Travelers To Avoid These High-Risk Nations

These Countries Have Been Declared “High Risk” by the Government

( – The CDC has been tracking large COVID-19 outbreaks and warning travelers which nations or regions to avoid due to spikes in cases since the pandemic’s start. While we’ve more or less learned to live with the virus at this point, the agency still regularly updates its advisory lists. On July 18, several countries were upgraded to level 3, indicating high COVID levels.

The CDC issues the Level 3 designation when more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people occur in the past 28 days. If you’re planning to travel to one of these countries, the agency suggests you remain up to date with your vaccines and boosters.

The five nations the CDC added to the Level 3 tier on July 18 include:

  • Paraguay
  • Iraq
  • Colombia
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia

These nations join more than 100 already on level 3, including Mexico, Canada, the UK, and many Caribbean islands.

With the new variants Omicron BA.2, BA.4, and BA.5 showing higher transmission rates, countries — including the United States — have experienced a rising number of infections over the past few months. In Europe, rates have tripled while hospitalizations have doubled, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Globally, cases have increased for the past five weeks.

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