The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has de-escalated Sierra Leone from Level 4: COVID-19 High Risk to Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate Risk in it’s updated international travel guidelines.
The new international travel guidelines was released today, August 2, 2021.
“This is a validation of our national efforts to suppress the third wave.
“With significant decline in case numbers, low positivity, low incidence rates and just 8% of beds at treatment and community care centers occupied, the measures are certainly working”, Solomon Jamiru, Sierra Leone’s National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (NaCOVERC) spokesperson said.
Recall that the British government recently added Sierra Leone to the long list of countries with very high prevalence of COVID infections, from which travellers are banned from entering England.
Sierra Leone was downgraded from amber to red in the recent reshuffle of the government’s traffic light lists for international travel.
However, Solomon Jamiru, the NaCOVERC spokesperson cricitized the decision of the British government while emphasising that recent measures by government has yielded positive impact in reducing number of cases in the country.