Barbados Welcomes Its COVID-19 Severity Downgrade By The US

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Stressing the need for a safe reopening of the island’s tourism, Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins on Friday welcomed the news that the US government’s disease watchdog is expected to downgrade its COVID-19 level warning for travel to Barbados.

The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes six weeks after the foreign affairs arm of the US Government, the US State Department, listed Barbados as “Level 4: Very High level of COVID-19” and warned against travel here. The move drew the ire of Barbadian officials including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which said the island did not deserve that level of warning.

The CDC website, which was last reviewed on April 2, said: “Because of the current situation in Barbados, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Barbados”.

But as the island continues to record a positivity rate of less than two per cent of daily COVID-19 cases and roll out its vaccination programme, Senator Cummins said the warning was expected to change slightly.

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“Certainly, yesterday’s advice from the CDC out of the United States that Barbados had moved from level 4 to level 3 is a positive signal, and it is a nod to the confidence from the United States, one of our major source markets, that we depend on each other in more ways than ever,” said the tourism minister.

“Level 3” indicates a “High” level of COVID-19. There are two other categories “Level 2: Moderate” and “Level 1: Low”.

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