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CDC adds more popular travel destinations to high-risk category

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added three popular travel destinations to its “Level 3: High COVID-19” travel alert.

According to WTOP.com, the CDC’s official website has added Anguilla, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to Tier 3, recommending that Americans traveling to the regions get fully vaccinated or avoid visiting those places.

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

Level 3 has been awarded to approximately 110 destinations around the world, including most of the popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. However, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Saint Kitts and Nevis have moved to Tier 2.

Other popular CDC Level 3 travel destinations include Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

As of June 1, there were about 20 destinations in Tier 2 and more than 50 countries and territories in Tier 1.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal appeal Tuesday seeking to overturn a decision by a district court judge earlier this year that held the requirement to wear on all forms of public transportation to be illegal.

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