The Scandinavian country of Norway has moved into the ‘very high-risk category for travel due to a surge in coronavirus cases. So far, it has surpassed 8,000 suspected cases this year. The last time that Norway experienced such a surge was during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak that killed over 2,200 people.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (N.I.P.H.) has requested that people who plan on traveling to countries where the virus is prominent, such as the U.S.U.S., Mexico, and Brazil, stay home during their time of infection and for at least five days after their fever subsides. N.I.P.H.’s Anne Hafstad urged people to monitor their temperature and call a physician to experience feverish symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, and sore throat. This week, N.I.P.H.’s testing site has been overwhelmed with patients due to the high volume of people who plan to travel during the upcoming Christmas holiday season.
This comes after the country relaxed its domestic restrictions of Covid-19 over the weekend. In Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has gone up to the level 4 category as of Monday.
According to C.D.D.C., areas that fall under the High-Risk level 4 category are the ones that have surpassed 500 cases among 100,000 residents for the past 4 weeks.
The C.D.C. is advising against traveling to all the 90 destinations that have been labeled as level 4 high-risk category. If one must travel, one must be fully vaccinated.
Previously, Norway and Bulgaria were a level 3 category risk area with a population of between 100 to 500 among 100,000 testings positive for the novel virus within 28 days. The C.D.C. has not mentioned the U.S.U.S. in any of their travel advisories.
While Norway and Bulgaria moved to level 4 category, 3 destinations moved down to level 3 category. They are St. Barts, Panama, and Bangladesh. Other locations in the level 3 category are Singapore, Slovakia, and Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea had been listed as a level one high-risk area category but moved to level 3, while Slovakia and Singapore were listed as group two categories.
Level 2 risk designations have moderate Covid-19 cases with 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
In a broader scope, C.D.C. urges people to avoid international travel until they are fully vaccinated. The agency says fully vaccinated individuals are at a lower risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19. Nevertheless, the agency says that international travel might be posing a high risk even for the fully vaccinated individuals to acquire and distribute some variants of the virus.