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Bahamas: GROUNDED: Bahamas joins CDC’s “Do Not Travel” list; US State Dept hands down Level 4 advisory

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States has added The Bahamas to its “Do Not Travel” list, citing the “very high level of COVID-19 in the country”.

The US Department of State, which closely reflects the CDC, revised its travel advisory for The Bahamas from “Level 3: Exercise increased caution” to “Level 4: Do not travel”.

The advisory noted that the risk of contracting the virus or developing severe symptoms may be lowered for individuals who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine.

Local health officials have said The Bahamas remains in a surge, attributing the raging cases to increased travel, COVID-19 variants and clusters within workplaces, construction sites and social and communal gatherings

The Bahamas has recorded 2,625 cases this month so far, an increase of 20 percent since last month with a week remaining.

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