CDC adds more popular tourist destinations to high-risk category

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added three popular tourist destinations to its “Level 3: COVID-19 high” travel warning.

According to WTOP.com, the CDC’s official website added Anguilla, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to Tier 3, which advises Americans traveling to the areas to be fully immunized or avoid visiting those destinations.

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In April, the CDC updated its warning level policy for international travel, reserving its Level 4 warning only for cases of extreme COVID-19 threats. Level 3 is now considered high risk, while level 2 is moderate and level 1 is low.

The Tier 3 distinction has been awarded to approximately 110 destinations around the world, including the majority of popular tourist hotspots in the Caribbean. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Saint Kitts and Nevis, however, have all moved to Tier 2.

The other top travel destinations affected by the CDC’s Level 3 advisory are Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea , Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

As of June 1, there were approximately 20 destinations listed at Level 2 and more than 50 countries and territories listed at Level 1.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice filed a federal petition to overturn a district court judge’s ruling earlier this year that ruled mask requirements on all forms of public transportation illegal.

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