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

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.

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