STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week added four countries, including the Netherlands and Luxembourg in Europe, to its list of countries at high risk for transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) .
The Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean have also been added to the CDC’s âlevel fourâ designation which includes countries at âvery highâ risk for travelers.
Destinations are placed in this category when countries have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the last 28 days.
More than 70 countries are currently on the CDC’s “level three” list for “high” risks, including Canada. The agency advises travelers to get fully vaccinated before traveling.
The latest additions come as Hans Kluge, World Health Organization director for Europe, said the region “is back at the epicenter of the pandemic,” The New York Times reported. âIf we stay on this trajectory, we could see another half a million deaths from COVID-19 in Europe and Central Asia by February 1 of next year,â Kluge said.
Many countries in Europe are seeing a significant increase in the number of new cases while deaths are also on the rise, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases in Germany, for example, has risen sharply in recent weeks and has reached record levels.
“We are at another critical point in the resurgence of a pandemic,” Kluge said in The Times report.