THE United States Center For Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Zimbabwe to the moderate risk destination for COVID-19.
The development comes after the CDC overhauled its ratings system for assessing Covid-19 risk for travelers in April this year. Under the new categories, the CDC has added four places to its list of “high” risk destinations for Covid-19, including St. Kitts and Nevis, part of the Leeward Islands east of Puerto Rico, which were placed on the Level 3 category on Monday.
The Level 3 “high” risk category is now the top rung in terms of risk level. Level 2 is considered “moderate” risk, and Level 1 is “low” risk. Level 4, previously the highest risk category, is now reserved only for special circumstances, such as extremely high case counts, emergence of a new variant of concern or health care infrastructure collapse. Under the new system, no destinations have been placed at Level 4 so far.
Destinations carrying the “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” designation reported 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. Just two places were moved to this level on Monday and these include Guatemala and Zimbabwe.
Mayan ruins, Guatemala was at Level 3 last week. The move was bad news for safari destination Zimbabwe in southern Africa. It had been at Level 1. There were about 15 destinations listed in Level 2 on June 6.