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US raises Taiwan's COVID risk level from 'low' to 'moderate'

Taiwan the only destination moved from low to moderate risk Monday

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US raises Taiwan's COVID risk level from 'low' to 'moderate'

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday (May 2) raised the risk level for Taiwan from "low" (Level 1) to "moderate" (Level 2) in its COVID-19 travel recommendations.

The daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan has continued to go up in recent weeks, with Tuesday’s (May 3) number breaking the 20,000 mark for the first time. The five deaths reported Tuesday also marked a record high for 2022.

According to CNN, the risk level for COVID-19 in five destinations in the world was changed to "moderate" in the updated Travel Health Notices issued Monday by the CDC, including Taiwan. However, Taiwan is the only destination that moved from "low" to "moderate" risk; Mexico, Iran, Belize, and Antigua and Barbuda's risk was adjusted down from "high (Level 3)."

According to the report, even though Taiwan has loosened some international travel restrictions, the U.S. CDC still recommends travelers not go there for the time being if they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC warned that even if travelers are fully vaccinated, they may still be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Among the 235 travel destinations monitored by the agency, the risk levels of 110 are currently listed as "high", including destinations in Europe that are traditionally popular among American tourists, such as France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the U.K.