CDC removes all countries from top COVID risk category

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday removed all the remaining countries from its highest coronavirus risk advisory category.


The designation, now known as “Level 4: Special Circumstances/Do Not Travel,” warns travelers to avoid all non-essential travel to the areas and urges vaccinations in the event travel is required, the CDC’s website said.


More than 100 locations, including Australia, Canada, France and the U.K., are still listed at the agency’s “Level 3: COVID-19 High” warning.


“Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to these destinations. If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to these destinations,” the advisory for that level said.


Many of the “Level 3” locations were listed as level 4 as recently as Sunday. At that time, the level was known as “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High.”