CDC adds Caribbean, African travel destinations to COVID warning list
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added four countries on Monday to its list of high-risk travel destinations for COVID-19.
Countries include Taiwan, the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda and the South African countries of Lesotho and South Africa.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center released figures on Tuesday announcing 65,833 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 65,794 of which have spread within the country.
Two omicron sub-variants are driving infections in South Africa, moving case numbers there from 300 per day early last month to 8,000 per day last week. However, symptoms were mild and severe cases and deaths did not rise, The Associated Press reported Saturday.
Lesotho, a country located within the larger country of South Africa, has experienced a similar wave.
The CDC maintains a list of countries divided into four COVID-19 severity levels: Low, Medium, High and “Special Circumstances / Don’t Travel.” It also includes a name for “COVID-19 Unknown,” which is currently available in 52 countries.
The COVID-19 High category, to which four new countries were added this week, was the largest of the groups, with 110 countries in total.
Currently there are no countries on the “Special Conditions/Don’t Travel” list.
The announcement of the additions to the list of High risk countries came the same day the CDC reported that the U.S. had reached 1 million deaths from the virus.
The COVID-19 death toll continues to rise in the U.S., which has seen more deaths per capita than neighboring Canada or Western European countries, even if the death rate has fallen sharply as vaccines, a bag -treatment pill from Pfizer known as Paxlovid and The new variants reduce the risks of the virus.
Since 2021, deaths resulting from COVID-19 have occurred differently than those who have not received an initial dose of the vaccine or booster shot.