CDC shifts more European countries to the highest level of COVID-19 travel risk

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added two European countries this week. List of “very high” risk travel destinations, When the United States moved to vaccinated foreign travelers to reopen the border on Monday.

The Netherlands and Luxembourg were one of the countries of Northwestern Europe Added to listThe Cayman Islands and Faroe Islands are also listed as up-to-date destinations with a “Level 4: Very High” warning, and federal agencies are urging individuals to “avoid traveling” to the region.

Countries on the CDC’s Level 4 Travel Health List mean that more than 500 new COVID-19 infections are reported per 100,000 people per 28 days.

Those traveling to countries in the CDC Level 4 category are advised on their website that they should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. ..

On Thursday, Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO), said all countries in Europe and Central Asia “are facing or are already fighting the real threat of the resurrection of COVID-19.” Said.

“The current pace of infection in 53 countries in Europe is a serious concern,” Kluge added.

Last week, Belgium, Russia, Slovakia and Burkina Faso were added to the CDC’s Level 4 category. As of November 8, the CDC’s Level 4 list includes 80 countries, including the United Kingdom, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey and the Maldives.

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Hans Kluge, European Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), will speak at a press conference on COVID-19 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 27, 2020. (IdaGuldbaek Arentsen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP / Getty Images)

Health experts are optimistic that natural exposure to the COVID-19 vaccine and the CCP virus has plunged many countries into the worst of pandemics, but cold weather and upcoming holiday gatherings will increase cases. I warn you that there is a possibility.

“I think this will be able to control this virus by the end of 2022 … it can significantly reduce serious illness and death,” said epidemiologist and WHO COVID-19 technical lead. Maria Van Kerkhove said. Reuters on November 3rd.

Meanwhile, the United States resumed overseas travel on Monday, welcoming vaccinated Europeans and others who were unable to enter the country for nearly two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The US travel ban, first enforced by former President Donald Trump and later enforced and extended by President Joe Biden, blocked travelers from 33 countries, including many in Europe, the United Kingdom and China.

The United States is currently accepting international travelers who have been fully vaccinated with COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved for emergency use by WHO, as well as those used in the United States.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabelle van Brugen

Isabelle van Brugen



Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.