The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) on Monday eliminated all of the remaining international locations from its highest coronavirus threat advisory class.
The designation, now referred to as “Stage 4: Particular Circumstances/Do Not Journey,” warns vacationers to keep away from all nonessential journey to the international locations and urges vaccinations within the occasion journey is required, the CDC’s web site stated.
Greater than 100 areas, together with Australia, Canada, France and the U.Okay., are nonetheless listed on the company’s “Stage 3: COVID-19 Excessive” warning.
“Ensure you are updated along with your COVID-19 vaccines earlier than touring to those locations. If you’re not updated along with your COVID-19 vaccines, keep away from journey to those locations,” the advisory for that degree stated.
Most of the Stage 3 areas have been listed as Stage 4 as lately as Sunday. At the moment, the extent was referred to as “Stage 4: COVID-19 Very Excessive.”
However final week, the company introduced that it could reserve “Stage 4” warnings “for particular circumstances, comparable to quickly escalating case trajectory or extraordinarily excessive case counts, emergence of a brand new variant of concern, or healthcare infrastructure collapse,” in accordance with a press release.
“With this new configuration, vacationers can have a extra actionable alert for when they need to not journey to a sure vacation spot (Stage 4), no matter vaccination standing, till we now have a clearer understanding of the COVID-19 scenario at that vacation spot,” the assertion added.
Earlier this month, the CDC stated that 2021 was the deadliest 12 months in American historical past because of the pandemic. The info revealed via the tip of the third quarter of 2021 indicated that the U.S. noticed a demise price of 1,058.8 per 100,000 individuals.
These figures marked an almost 10 % enhance over the 12-month interval the prior 12 months and a 21 % soar from 2019.
The pandemic precipitated 415,000 American deaths final 12 months, in accordance with the CDC.