CDC puts Russia on the best COVID-19 travel warning list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added Russia to COVID-19’s highest travel risk category on Monday following a surge in new positive coronavirus cases.

The CDC has designated Russia as a Level 4 rating after being reported to have reached more than 500 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the past four weeks in a row.

Russia also set a record of 1,163 COVID-19 deaths on Friday. Associated Press..

“Avoid traveling to Russia. If you need to travel to Russia, make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling,” said the CDC. Website Let’s talk about Level 4 countries.

“Due to the current situation in Russia, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of obtaining and disseminating the COVID-19 mutant,” he added.

Belgium, Burkina Faso and Slovakia were also added to the list of Level 4 countries on Monday.

In addition to these four countries, a total of nearly 80 countries remain at level 4 on the CDC list.

Moscow was put under a recent blockade for the first time since June 2020. Authorities announced Thursday as Moscow reported an increasing wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

“Our job today is to protect the lives and health of our citizens and minimize the effects of dangerous infections,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“To achieve that, we must first slow down the pace of transmission and mobilize additional reserves for healthcare systems that are currently functioning under heavy loads,” he added.

During the partial blockade of Moscow, only shops selling food, medicine and other major infrastructure will be allowed to operate.

All non-essential services such as cinemas, gyms, entertainment venues and most stores are closed. Schools and state kindergartens are also closed, and restaurants and cafes only allow takeaway and delivery services.

Putin also ordered a nine-day non-operation period from October 30th to November 7th. During this period, most state organizations and private companies will be shut down.

Only about 32 percent of Russians Completely vaccinated As of October 23. Another 36% have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.

Many believe that high distrust of the government is spreading vaccine hesitation throughout Russia. Others believe that they simply do not get COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.

The Levada Center, a Moscow-based polling service, reported in October: Half of the respondents They said they were not afraid to get infected with the coronavirus.

In addition, Russia has also reported a large number of people using fake COVID-19 vaccine credentials, providing some Russians with a way to avoid taking the vaccine.

Lorenz Duchamps contributed to this report.

Christopher Burrows


Christopher Burrows reports on the latest news from The Epoch Times.