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US warns citizens against travel to Malaysia over high Covid-19 risk

US warns citizens against travel to Malaysia over high Covid-19 risk
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised Americans to avoid all travel to Malaysia.

This comes after the US listed Malaysia as "Level 4", signifying a “very high” number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

In a statement on its website, the CDC said because of the current situation in Malaysia, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants, and they should avoid all travel to Malaysia.

“If you must travel to Malaysia, get fully vaccinated before travel.

“All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6ft (about 1.83m) from others, avoid crowds and wash their hands,” it said.

Meanwhile, it said all air passengers going to the US, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative Covid-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the US.

Malaysia’s number of daily Covid-19 cases remained above the 2,000 level for the seventh consecutive day yesterday, with 2,340 new infections detected.

According to data provided by Statista, a German company specialising in market and consumer data, as of yesterday, there were 143.68 million coronavirus cases worldwide, with the US leading globally with 32.54 million cases in total, followed by India with 15.62 million cases and Brazil the third with 14.05 million cases.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg today reported that India saw a record one-day jump with more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections, marking a grim milestone for the country as a deadlier second wave showed no signs of abating.

The South Asian nation, with the world’s second-largest outbreak, reported 314,835 new cases today.