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US disease control agency says Covid-19 level in Singapore 'unknown' in updated travel notice

SINGAPORE — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the level of Covid-19 in Singapore is "unknown" in a travel health notice updated on Tuesday (Jan 4).

People watch a light projection on the facade of the Fullerton hotel in Singapore to usher in the New Year, on Dec 31, 2021.

People watch a light projection on the facade of the Fullerton hotel in Singapore to usher in the New Year, on Dec 31, 2021.

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SINGAPORE — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the level of Covid-19 in Singapore is "unknown" in a travel health notice updated on Tuesday (Jan 4).

"Because the current situation in Singapore is unknown, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants," the CDC said.

It advised people to avoid travel to Singapore. "If you must travel to Singapore, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel," it added.

The CDC uses Covid-19 data reported by the World Health Organization and other official sources to make determinations about travel health notice levels, according to its website.

"If a destination does not provide data, their travel health notice level is designated as 'unknown' and travellers are advised to follow travel health notice Level 4 recommendations," said the CDC.

Singapore was previously in the highest risk category of the CDC's travel health notice system. It was placed in Level 4, which indicates "a very high level of Covid-19", on Oct 18 last year.

In the week leading up to the date of that reclassification, Singapore averaged about 3,071 new Covid-19 cases a day.

The country has averaged about 455 new cases a day in the week leading up to and including Jan 4.

Other countries that the US CDC has classified as having an "unknown" level of Covid-19 include Afghanistan, Cambodia, North Korea and Syria. CNA

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