MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – Following a rise in number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added the Philippines under the “high” risk or Level 3 category for COVID-19, joining Nepal and Russia.

“Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to the Philippines,” the US top health agency said in an advisory.

“If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to the Philippines,” it added.

A country with over 100 COVID-19 new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population is considered Level 3 category.

In its advisory, the US CDC warned travelers that those even “up to date” with coronavirus jabs, they may still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.

“Anyone 2 years or older should properly wear a well-fitting mask in indoor public spaces,” the CDC said.

“If you have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk for severe disease, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, talk with your clinician about your risk, and consider delaying travel to the Philippines,” it added.

Last week, the Philippines recorded 28,008 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health.

To date, there are 72 million Filipinos fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the tally, some 16.8 million have received their additional jab while 1.7 million have gotten their second booster shots. (MNS)