CDC places Canada on ‘very excessive’ danger for journey due to Covid spike

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(CNN) — Canada was moved to the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s highest-risk class for journey on Monday.

The world’s second-largest nation by whole space, Canada has seen a steep rise in instances because the Omicron variant spreads. The nation recorded 294,437 new instances for the week ending January 8, in response to Johns Hopkins College figures, its highest weekly whole of the pandemic.

Canada was joined by one different vacation spot — the Caribbean island of Curaçao — in shifting as much as the CDC’s Stage 4: Covid-19 Very Excessive class on Monday.

The CDC locations a vacation spot at Stage 4 when greater than 500 instances per 100,000 residents are registered prior to now 28 days. The CDC advises vacationers to keep away from journey to Stage 4 international locations.

Canada had beforehand been at Stage 3 since August 30, 2021. Curaçao, a self-governing nation inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands, had been at Stage 3 since November 22, 2021.

Most worldwide guests to Canada are required to be vaccinated and to have a unfavorable Covid-19 check consequence.

Pastel colored buildings line the waterfront of old town Willemstad, Curaçao. This Dutch island has been moved up to risk Level 4 by the CDC, joining 'ABC' sister islands Aruba and Bonaire.

Pastel coloured buildings line the waterfront of outdated city Willemstad, Curaçao. This Dutch island has been moved as much as danger Stage 4 by the CDC, becoming a member of ‘ABC’ sister islands Aruba and Bonaire.

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Along with new entries Canada and Curaçao, a number of the greatest journey names stay firmly lodged on the CDC’s Stage 4 for now:

• France
• Iceland
• Italy
• Netherlands
• Portugal
• South Africa
• Spain
• Switzerland
• United Kingdom

Greater than 80 locations had been rated Stage 4 as of January 10. You possibly can view the CDC’s danger ranges for international locations on its journey suggestions web page.
The CDC doesn’t embrace the USA in its checklist of advisories, however it was color-coded at Stage 4 on January 10 on the company’s map of journey danger ranges.
In its broader journey steerage, the CDC has really useful avoiding all worldwide journey till you’re totally vaccinated.


The Norwegian Gem, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, is moored at PortMiami in August 2021.

The Norwegian Gem, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, is moored at PortMiami in August 2021.

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Stage 3 additions

The Stage 3 class — which applies to locations which have had between 100 and 500 instances per 100,000 residents prior to now 28 days — noticed 10 new additions on Monday from quite a lot of areas:

• Armenia
• Bahrain
• Belarus
• Cape Verde
• Ethiopia
• Lesotho
• Singapore
• United Arab Emirates
• Zambia
• Zimbabwe

The Stage 3 designation was really excellent news for Armenia and Belarus, which had beforehand been at Stage 4.

It was additionally excellent news for Lesotho and Zimbabwe, two of eight southern African international locations that landed at Stage 4 on the finish of November after the Omicron variant was found within the area. The US journey ban affecting these international locations was lifted on December 31.

It was a transfer within the incorrect path for Bahrain, Cape Verde, Ethiopia and Zambia, which had been at Stage 2. The United Arab Emirates jumped up two danger ranges from Stage 1.

And Singapore, which was listed as unknown final week due to a lack of know-how, moved into Stage 3.

Stage 2

Locations carrying the “Stage 2: Covid-19 Average” designation have seen 50 to 99 Covid-19 instances per 100,000 residents prior to now 28 days. That stage noticed eight new additions Monday, 5 of them in Africa:

• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• El Salvador
• Fiji
• Kuwait
• Liberia
• Rwanda
• São Tomé and Príncipe
• Togo

Stage 1 and Unknown

Within the class of “Stage 1: Covid-19 Low” locations, fewer than 50 new instances per 100,000 residents have been logged over the previous 28 days. There have been no updates to that class on Monday.

Lastly, there are locations for which the CDC has an “unknown” danger due to a lack of know-how. Often, however not all the time, these are small, distant locations. No new locations had been listed within the “unknown” class on Monday.

Concerns for journey

Transmission charges are vital to contemplate when making journey selections, however there are different components to weigh as properly, in accordance Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst, emergency doctor and professor of well being coverage and administration on the George Washington College Milken Institute College of Public Well being.

“The transmission charges are one guidepost,” Wen stated. “One other is what precautions are required and adopted within the place that you are going after which the third is what are you planning on doing when you’re there.

“Are you planning to go to plenty of points of interest and go to indoor bars? That is very completely different from you are going someplace the place you are planning to lie on the seashore all day and never work together with anybody else. That is very completely different. These are very completely different ranges of danger.”

Vaccination is essentially the most important security issue for journey since unvaccinated vacationers usually tend to change into unwell and transmit Covid-19 to others, Wen stated.

She stated folks ought to be sporting a high-quality masks — N95, KN95 or KF94 — anytime they’re in crowded indoor settings with folks of unknown vaccination standing.

Earlier than you journey, it is also vital to contemplate what you’d do if you find yourself testing optimistic away from dwelling, Wen stated. The place will you keep and the way simple will or not it’s to get a check to return dwelling?

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