Ray of Hope: CDC Adds No New Destinations to Highest Risk Category

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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has beamed a ray of sunshine on the travel industry this week as it did not add a single new destination to its highest-risk category for travel
  • This comes after several months of adding several destinations to its Level 4 category, which considers such places as having a "very high" risk of COVID-19
  • The CDC places a destination at Level 4 COVID risk when more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents are registered in the last 28 days. The number of destinations added to the category has been on the rise since the omicron variant emerged early this year
  • In late February, more than 140 destinations had been moved up to this risk category as the omicron wave peaked, but has since been on a slow decline as cases drop around the world
  • The CDC said the only destination added to the category in the week before was the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar; currently, about 115 destinations are still in the category, nearly half of the 240 destinations the CDC monitors for COVID risk