As we all know, our country’s Covid-19 daily cases have been racking up from thousands to ten thousand in just a week to the point where the Health Ministry decides to announce the total daily cases with the relevant data to avoid mass panic.
Following this surge in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed Malaysia as one of the countries in high-risk travel destinations for tourists.
According to CNN, the CDC placed Malaysia in ‘Level 4: Highest Risk’, where more than 500 cases per 100,000 population were registered in the past 28 days.
The 3 other countries that were newly included in this category are Brunei, Bhutan and Iran. With this, there would be 140 locations on CDC’s Level 4 list.
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen also warned tourists of visiting Level 4 countries for the sake of their health.
“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,” she said.
In early January, there were only about 80 destinations listed in Level 4. Unfortunately, the rapid spread of the Omicron variant around the world this year has caused the list to swell to where it is today.
Other tourists spots currently listed under CDC’s Level 4 list include South Korea, France, Peru and Mexico.
Despite the surge in Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said Malaysia will soon open its borders and would ease the process of travelling, especially for Malaysians who are residing overseas.
Ismail also said Malaysians will eventually need to learn to live with Covid-19.
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