Antigua and Barbuda may have recorded its best ever tourism figures in August but it was added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "very high" risk category on Monday.
The CDC added Antigua and Barbuda as well as Bermuda and Guyana on its "Level 4: Very High" COVID-19 travel advisory. Americans are advised to avoid travelling to locations designated Level 4. The CDC also advises that anyone who must travel to these locations be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Destinations designated as Level 4 have reported more than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents within the past 28 days. Antigua recorded two more Covid related deaths over the weekend - a 48-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man.
Antigua has recorded 13 deaths so far in September, the youngest of which was a 25-year-old woman. A number of those deaths were described as having underlying health problems.
Latest available statistics reveal that around 37,000 people have now taken two doses of a Covid jab in Antigua and Barbuda of a population of 98,000.