CDC raises Covid travel advisory level in Singapore and Hong Kong

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the travel warnings for Singapore and Hong Kong by one level on Monday.

Singapore has been upgraded from level 2 to level 3, Indicating the “high” level of Covid-19 in the country. The CDC stated that unvaccinated travelers should avoid unnecessary travel to Southeast Asian countries.

The agency said: “Due to the current situation in Singapore, all travelers may be at risk of infection and spread of Covid-19 variants.”

The number of new coronavirus infections in Singapore soars to a new high In the past week. Stricter restrictions were implemented on Monday to slow the spread of the virus.

The U.S. State Department has also revised its recommendations for Singapore to level 3, suggesting that citizens “reconsider traveling.” Due to Covid-19, this city-state was previously classified as Class 2, which suggests that travelers should be “more cautious”.

Hong Kong Tourism

According to the department’s recommendations last updated on June 16, travelers should also reconsider their travel to Hong Kong.In the notice, the State Council cited “Arbitrary enforcement of local laws” and travel restrictions related to Covid.

This week, the CDC raises the travel health warning level in Hong Kong from level 1 to level 2, Indicating the transition of Covid from “low” to “medium” levels.

The updated recommendation states that unvaccinated travelers are at increased risk of severe illness from the coronavirus and should avoid unnecessary travel to Chinese cities.

The agency stated that passengers traveling to a level 2 or 3 destination should ensure that they have been vaccinated before visiting.

In the past week, Hong Kong’s daily reported cases of the new coronavirus have remained in the single digits. All infected cases are imported cases.

According to our data world, as of Sunday, the United States reported an average of 359 new Covid cases per million people every day in the past 7 days, compared with 244 cases per million people in Singapore and 0.62 cases per million people in Hong Kong.

Travel advice

CDC has four levels Covid-19 travel health advice:

  • Level 1: Low
  • Level 2: Medium
  • Level 3: High
  • Level 4: Very high

All passengers are advised to avoid going to level 4 destinations. The agency also noted that it relies on data from the World Health Organization and other official sources to make decisions. However, the CDC stated that there is insufficient data for areas classified as “Unknown Level” and travelers should follow Level 4 recommendations.

The State Department’s travel advisory system also has four levels, but includes broader factors in its classification. While CDC is concerned about health, the State Department also assesses risk factors such as crime, terrorism, unrest, natural disasters, and kidnapping.

  • Level 1: Take normal precautions
  • Level 2: More cautious
  • Level 3: Rethink travel
  • Level 4: Do not travel

The department’s recommendations now include relevant Covid risk for each destination, Often quote CDC travel health advice.

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