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CDC puts Mexico at highest risk for travel destinations amid rise in COVID-19 cases

On June 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed Mexico at the highest risk level for a travel destination, recommending travelers stay up to date with their vaccinations or avoid traveling to Mexico.

On June 13, a popular American tourist destination was upgraded to a travel hazard level 3. Since May 30, the number of cases of COVID-19 has been on the rise in Mexico, with an average of about 4,500 cases recorded in the last week.

Along with Mexico, New Caledonia and the United Arab Emirates were also added to Tier 3 for June 13 travel risks.

New Caledonia averaged 42 cases per day with no new cases on June 13, while the United Arab Emirates reported about 1,300 new cases on June 13, averaging just over 1,000 cases over the past seven days.

On April 18, the CDC revised its travel risk rating system. Tier 3 is now considered a “high” tourism risk category, with Tier 4 reserved for special circumstances.

A level 3 risk means that more than 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported, while a level 4 risk indicates a strong recommendation to avoid the destination.

The news comes after the federal government lifted negative COVID-19 testing requirements for international air passengers arriving in the United States on June 10.

The CDC will “remove the COVID-19 testing requirement for air passengers entering the country.” This was stated by White House spokesman Kevin Munoz. on Twitter, adding that he will “assess his needs based on scientific evidence and in the context of the options circulating.”

In recent days, travel industry groups have pressed the Biden administration to end the mandatory testing requirement, calling the rule harmful and unnecessary.

In recent months, several countries have already eliminated negative testing requirements for entry into their countries. This includes Canada, which lifted pre-arrival testing requirements for vaccinated people in April.

Roger Doe of the US Travel Association said that as COVID-19 restrictions on many other businesses have been lifted, “the travel industry continues to suffer disproportionately from this requirement.”

“Other countries with which we compete directly for travelers around the world have canceled their pre-departure testing requirements and reopened their tourism economies, putting the US at a serious competitive disadvantage in terms of export dollars,” Dow said in a statement. dated May 31 after the meeting of the leaders of the tourism industry. with White House staff.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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Marina Zhang is based in New York and covers US and health news. Contact her at marina.zhang@epochtimes.com.au.

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