September 2. According to a new report from CNN, as of this week, seven new destinations have officially been added on to the list of high-risk destinations. To be deemed “Covid-19 Very High” Level 4, countries must have experienced more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, as per the CDC’s standard. The list of countries newly added to said “Level 4: Very High” category are:
- North Macedonia
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Lucia
And to give you an idea of what we’re up against with this new Delta variant — there were 264 thousand new COVID cases confirmed on August 29 of last year, globally. On August 29 of this year, there were 384 thousand new cases.
And while it’s certainly disturbing on a multitude of levels, it’s even more so for countries like Puerto Rico and Saint Lucia, both of which rely heavily on tourism and will likely suffer economically from a drop-off in visitors for the second time in a year and a half.
Source: Inside Hook