MALAYSIA AT LIST OF ' VERY HIGH RISK ' DESTINATIONS - UNITED STATES
PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR : Malaysia has been added to the list of " very high risk " travel destinations by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Countries are placed at " Level 4 : COVID-19 Very High " risk when more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents are registered over a period of 28 days.
According to a CNN report, three other countries were also added to the Level 4 list on February 22, 2022 namely as Bhutan, Brunei and also Iran. Malaysia was at Level 3 last week.
As reported on February 22, 2022, 7,747 non-critical COVID-19 beds in hospitals and low risk treatment centres were being utilised by patients, or 66% of the total capacity. COVID-19 ICUs were at 34% of total capacity of 836 beds.
The CDC warned travellers against visiting countries in the Level 4 list.
" You should interpret Level 4 to mean this is a place with a lot of community transmission of COVID-19. So, if you go, there is a higher chance that you could contract the coronavirus," according to CNN medical analyst Dr Leana Wen.
Other tourist hotspots in an earlier Level 4 list include Mexico, Canada, France, Peru, Singapore, and Spain. The United Kingdom has been on Level 4 since July year 2021.
In its wider travel advisory, the CDC recommended avoiding all international travel for those who are not fully vaccinated.
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