US CDC says COVID-19 level in Singapore ‘unknown’ in updated travel notice

SINGAPORE: The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the level of COVID-19 in Singapore is “unknown” in an updated travel health advisory on Tuesday, January 4.

“Because the current situation in Singapore is unknown, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19,” the CDC said.

He advised people to avoid traveling to Singapore. “If you have to go to Singapore, make sure you are fully vaccinated before you travel,” he added.

The CDC is using COVID-19 data reported by the World Health Organization and other official sources to make decisions on travel health advisory levels, according to its website.

“If a destination does not provide data, its travel health advisory level is designated as ‘unknown’ and travelers are encouraged to follow the level 4 travel health advisory recommendations,” the CDC said. .

The other countries that the US CDC has classified as having an “unknown” level of COVID-19 are Afghanistan, Cambodia, North Korea and Syria.

Singapore was previously in the highest risk category of the CDC’s travel health advisory system. It was placed at level 4, which indicates “a very high level of COVID-19”, on October 18 of last year.

In the week leading up to the date of this reclassification, Singapore recorded an average of around 3,071 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

The country recorded an average of around 455 new cases per day in the week leading up to and including January 4.

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