Singapore placed at level 4, “highest risk” for Covid – .

Singapore placed at level 4, “highest risk” for Covid – .

(CNN) — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week added a new location to their list of “very high” risk travel destinations.
Singapore’s state-of-the-art city-state has moved from Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19, to Level 4, the agency’s highest risk category.

The news follows a recent move by Singapore to further ease restrictions and add eight new countries, including the UK and US, to its Vaccinated Travel Lane program. Fully vaccinated people arriving from these countries can request entry without quarantine.

Destinations that fall under the Level 4 “Very High Covid-19” category have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

People should avoid going to designated places with a Level 4 advisory, recommends the CDC. Anyone who needs to travel should first be fully vaccinated, the agency advises.

This latest update is a long way from early August, when the CDC added 16 destinations in one week at level 4, and cases of Delta variants were increasing rapidly across much of the planet. This is the first week since early August that a single nation has been added to level 4.

Popular favorites remaining at level 4

However, other popular international vacation spots remain on this highest alert level, evidence of Covid-19’s continued entrenchment. The current list of Tier 4 destinations includes the following:

• Austria
• Belize
• Botswana
• Croatia
• Greece
• Ireland
• Malaysia
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• UK

In the case of the United Kingdom, it has been housed at level 4 since July 19 and Greece has been there since August 2.

New level 3 locations

Budapest is the capital of Hungary, which was classified as Level 3 (‘high’ risk for Covid) by the CDC on October 18.

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The level 3 category applies to destinations that have recorded between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days.

Six new destinations have been assigned to this “high” risk category, three of which have been upgraded from level 2:

• Angola
• Djibouti
• Hungary

The Level 3 designation was good news for those interested in the following three destinations, which were previously at Level 4:

In Swaziland

Some options at level 2

Destinations with the designation “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” have recorded 50 to 99 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 28 days.

Popular destinations in this less risky category on October 18 were:

• Dominican Republic
• Egypt
• Peru

Just keep in mind that the CDC list is updated weekly, and your low-risk destination of choice might increase once you start making plans.

In the category of “Level 1: Covid-19 Low” destinations, less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded during the last 28 days. New Zealand falls into this category, but it has yet to open its doors to vacationers.

In its broader travel guidelines, the CDC recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully immunized.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading certain variants of Covid-19, ”the agency said.

Top image: A view of the Singapore skyline and waterfront. (Huiying Ores / Bloomberg / Getty Images)


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