(CNN) — Island destinations from the Caribbean Sea to the Indian Ocean joined a handful of Eastern European countries among the latest places deemed “very high” risk for travel by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Albania and Serbia on Monday moved to the “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” category on the CDC’s evolving list of travel notices.

Afghanistan, which has been in turmoil since the Taliban takeover and US withdrawal last month, also moved to Level 4, along with several more destinations.

People should avoid traveling to locations designated with the “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises.

• Afghanistan
• Albania
• Belize
• Grenada
• Lithuania
• Mauritius
• Saint Kitts and Nevis
• Serbia
• Slovenia

The CDC’s travel notices range from Level 1 (“low”) to Level 4 (“very high”).

Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 Very High” Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

All of the destinations listed above moved up from “Level 3: Covid-19 High.”

The Level 3 category applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

Israel was also listed as a Level 4 update on Monday afternoon. However, Israel was already listed in the Level 4 category before the weekly update. The CDC has not immediately responded to CNN’s request for clarification.

New ‘Level 3’ destinations

Four other destinations moved to the Level 3 category on Monday: Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Romania.

Brazil moved down from Level 4, while Australia, Ethiopia and Romania were previously listed in the Level 2 “moderate” category.

Australia has recently struggled to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, which has spread to the major population centers of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, leading to lengthy lockdowns.

In its broader travel guidance, the CDC has recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some Covid-19 variants,” the agency said.

Top image: Aerial view of Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada (Adobe Stock Photo). CNN’s Ben Westcott contributed to this report.

The residents of seven more third countries will face additional entry restrictions when attempting to enter Germany after the German Robert Koch Institute has added these countries to its list of high-risk areas regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, August 3, the RKI – which is an agency subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Health, responsible for disease control and prevention – has published the new list of countries and territories considered high-risk areas by the German authorities, including the following in this list:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Guatemala
  • Japan
  • The Palestinian Territories
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka

The list of high-risk areas was expanded with these countries, after all of them marked increasing COVID-19 number within the last weeks. Data by World Health Organization shows that in the last 24 hours, 17,456 cases have been detected in Japan alone, which is home to a population of 126.3 million.

The decision, which will become effective on Sunday, September 5, means that all visitors from these countries who are eligible to enter Germany, who are aged 12 and older, are obliged to present vaccination certificates, or test results, upon entry. They are also obliged to register at einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them when reaching the country.

In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign high-risk area or virus variant area, special registration, proof and quarantine requirements must be observed,” the RKI notes in its most recent update of the high-risk areas.

At the same time, it calls attention to the fact that due to the frequently changing situation in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic, “it may be necessary to designate new high-risk areas and virus variant areas at very short notice.”

Last week, on August 24, RKI had added the Greek islands of Crete and Tinos to the high-risk list. Throughout last month, other countries as Thailand, North Macedonia, Morocco and Montenegro have also become part of this list.

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Currently, non-vaccinated travellers can enter only from the following third countries: Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

However, even travellers from high-risk areas are permitted to enter Germany if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by the German authorities as valid proof of immunity.

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Germany currently is among the EU countries with the highest rates of COVID-19, alongside Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Latvia. Data by World Health Organization shows that Germany has reported 84.8 new cases per day within the last seven days per 100,000 residents, while France 143.85, Spain 80.63, and Portugal 135.01.

In the last 24 hours, on the other hand, Germany has recorded 14,251 new cases, bringing the total number of cases recorded since

America’s employers added just 235,000 jobs in August, a disappointing gain after two months of solid payroll growth – and economists say the spread of the highly contagious delta variant is to blame for the abrupt drop-off.

“The delta variant surge is the unsurprising story behind August’s big payroll miss,” said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial. “Leisure and hospitality jobs, a proxy for economic reopening, were flat month over month. The good news is that we see promising signs delta’s effect will wane in coming months and payrolls will resume growing at a fast clip.”

The August jobs figure the government reported on Friday fell far short of the 728,000 gain forecast by Refinitiv economists, in part because the recent COVID-19 spike forced employers to pull back on hiring. It marked a surprising slowdown after solid gains of 1.1 million in July and 962,000 in June.


The hiring plateau likely reflects both growing fears about the highly contagious delta variant and struggles that companies have reported in onboarding new workers, despite a record number of 10.1 million available jobs. In August, 5.6 million people reported they were unable to work because of the pandemic, a rise from 5.2 million a month earlier.

As coronavirus cases spiked and Americans pulled back on spending, hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector – which includes restaurants, bars and hotels – fell to zero last month.

Though it seems obvious in retrospect, economists likely did not factor in – or underestimated – the number of COVID-19 cases across the nation, and how businesses were responding to the rise. 


“Flat growth in leisure and hospitality employment suggests that the delta variant is taking a big bite out of the recovery,” said Curt Long, the chief economist and vice president of research at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions.

While the U.S. was making solid progress with vaccinations – 74.5% of adults have received at least one shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and infections began falling, cases have rebounded recently as the delta variant spreads among the unvaccinated population. 

The U.S. is averaging about 142,000 new daily cases in the last seven days, compared to the 11,000 seven-day average in June, according to the CDC.


“Today’s dreadful jobs report — which basically put the recovery on ice for a while — is yet another reminder that the virus is the economy. Delta roars and the recovery retreats,” Justin Wolfers, an economist at the University of Michigan, tweeted on Friday. “In a few weeks we’ll get the geographic detail on the slowdown in jobs growth, and it’ll be interesting to see how much more dramatic it

Hiring slowed sharply in August as employers added a disappointing 235,000 jobs, with COVID-19 surges dampening both consumer demand and Americans’ willingness to return to work.  

Restaurants and bars, which had been driving record employment gains, shed jobs.

The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, fell from 5.4% to 5.2%, the Labor Department said Friday.

Economists had estimated that 750,000 jobs were added last month, according to a Bloomberg survey.

So far, the U.S. has recovered 17 million, or 76%, of the 22.4 million jobs lost in the spring of last year, leaving the nation 5.3 million jobs below its pre-pandemic level.

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“Before delta, we were looking for (1 million plus monthly) payroll gains in the fall, but that’s now going to be a real struggle,” says Ian Shepherdson, chief economist of Pantheon Macroeconomics.

The setback, he says, will likely prompt the Federal Reserve to delay an anticipated announcement that it will reduce its bond-buying stimulus to December or even later, Shepherdson wrote in a research note.

In August, payrolls were unchanged in leisure and hospitality as restaurants and bars lost 42,000 jobs. The broader sector had gained an average of 350,000 jobs a month for the past six months. Retail was similarly affected by the rising infections, losing 29,000 jobs.

Professional and business services added 74,000 jobs. Private education added 40,000 jobs but state and local education lost 27,000, which could reflect the challenges Labor faces seasonally adjusting the August numbers, which typically show strong gains as all schools reopen, according to Contingent Macro Research. Transportation and warehousing added 53,000 jobs. And manufacturing added 37,000 in a sign persistent supply-chain bottlenecks may be easing somewhat.

Construction cut 3,000 jobs.

One consolation: Employment gains for June and July were revised up by a combined 134,000 as July’s advance was pushed above 1 million, the largest increase since August of last year

Rising COVID-19 infections, fueled by the delta variant, were widely expected to put a speed bump in the nation’s booming recovery from the pandemic, which saw about 1 million jobs created in both June and July despite a severe worker shortage. Over the past month, new daily COVID-19 cases have increased more than tenfold to about 155,000.

The spike prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revive its indoor mask mandate – including for vaccinated people in some regions – late last month. Restaurant seatings on OpenTable, an online reservation service, fell to 89% of their 2019 levels the week Labor conducted its jobs survey, down from 95% during a comparable week in July, according to Goldman Sachs.

Consumer confidence fell sharply last month to its lowest level since February on delta variant worries.

And Homebase, which supplies payroll software to small firms, said the numbers of employees working and business open fell about 4% and 2.5%,

“Delta is reducing consumer demand and threatening the reopening,” said Glassdoor Senior Economist Daniel Zhao. “Ultimately it’s just a harsh reminder that the pandemic has control of our destiny,” he told CNN Business.

In normal times the August report would have been a reason to celebrate, but nowadays it’s a sharp slowdown from the buoyant jobs reports earlier in the summer. Friday’s report fell far short of economists’ already reduced expectations: Predictions for Friday’s jobs report had been revised down to 728,000 from 750,000 earlier after Wednesday’s ADP Employment Report, which count private payrolls, also disappointed.

Nearly a year and a half into the recovery, the US economy remains 5.3 million jobs short of where it was in February 2020, before Covid-19 threw a wrench into the gears.

Last month, 5.6 million people said they hadn’t been able to work or worked reduced hours because their employer was affected by the pandemic.

Amid all the bad news, there were also some silver linings: The unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in August from 5.4% before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Also, the job gains for July were revised up to 1.1 million, the first gain of a million jobs or more since August 2020.

The Delta variant is leaving its mark

Meanwhile, the leisure and hospitality industry, which led job gains during much of the recovery after the sector got hit the hardest during lockdowns, wasn’t among the top hirers in August. Instead, professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, private education and manufacturing recorded the biggest job gains. In leisure and hospitality, jobs were mostly unchanged in August, but restaurants and bars registered a loss of 42,000 jobs.

The leisure and hospitality sectors had cited worker shortages in previous months, noted Zhao. But the Delta variant has caused Covid-19 infections to rise across the nation, leading to a return of mask mandates and health safety guidance — halting some people’s travel plans.

The retail sector also shed jobs in August.

Concerns about getting infected and what Delta might mean for the recovery also began weighing on consumer sentiment, which collapsed to its lowest level since December 2011 in August.

The slowdown in jobs growth is the latest dark cloud hanging over the recovery in recent months. Economists are increasingly concerned about the rest of the year. Some worry about a repeat of last winter — when Covid cases rose and led to renewed restrictions that resulted in job losses in December. That would be bad news for the recovery.

Economists had been hopeful that the return to school this month would help ease the childcare burden on so many Americans and allow many people to go back to work. But Delta could ruin that, too.

“It does seem like school reopenings will be disrupted, which will continue to keep parents out of the workforce,” Zhao said.

The recovery has been uneven, and that trend continued in August.

Unemployment rates fell for White, Asian and Hispanic workers, while

The numbers: Businesses in the U.S. created a lackluster 374,000 new jobs in August, a new ADP survey found, suggesting the delta strain of the coronavirus depressed hiring last month.

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The increase in private-sector jobs was weaker than expected. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 600,000 gain.

ADP sometimes acts as an early-warning system of sorts for the government’s more comprehensive employment survey that comes out a few days later. Yet the two reports also diverge quite sharply from time to time and that’s been especially true during the pandemic.

In July, for example, ADP said 326,000 private-sector jobs were created. The Labor Department reported a much larger 703,000 increase.

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Big picture: Forget the month-to-month differences between the ADP and Labor Department job reports. Both show a big increase in private-sector employment since May — more than 2 million new jobs.

It’s no surprise. Companies have a record number of job openings to fill and they are trying to hire workers in anticipation that the latest coronavirus flareup will fade.

To be sure, the delta variant has spurred companies to exercise more caution, especially restaurants and other businesses that deal face to face to customers. And it’s caused some consumers to avoid large crowds again.

That probably helps explains the somewhat slow in hiring in August, a notoriously fickle month to assess because so many people go on vacation..

Yet by and large, the economy has held up well and it’s still growing at a fairly strong pace. Hiring is likely to acclerate if delta cases start to decline in the next few months.

Key details: The biggest increase in hiring took place in leisure and hospitality. Hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and the like added 201,000 jobs. That’s up from 138,000 in July.

That’s the sector that should have experienced the brunt of delta, but it doesn’t seem to have been the case.

Jobs in education and health care rose by 59,000. And construction companies increased payrolls by 30,000.

The rest of the new jobs were scattered across a variety of industries such as manufacturing, finance, transportation and professional work.

Mid-sized businesses created 149,000 new jobs, followed by 130,000 at large companies

Small businesses, which have been hurt the most by the pandemic, only added 86,000 new jobs, ADP said.

The U.S. Labor Department on Friday is expected to report that the economy generated 720,000 new jobs in August. These figures include employment at local, state and the federal government.

Another strong report could nudge the Federal Reserve to move up its plans to start unwinding its easy-money strategy meant to prop up the economy. The central bank has said it plans to do so before the end of the year.

What they are saying? Job growth remains inextricably tied to the path of the pandemic,” said Mark


The labor market added only 374,000 private sector jobs in August, missing economists’ average expectations of 625,000 and prompting experts to warn that the delta variant of Covid-19, which has thus far had only a modest impact on the market, could be starting to curtail the economic recovery.

Key Facts

According to ADP’s monthly employment report, August employment data highlights a “downshift” in the labor market recovery marked by a decline in new hires following significant job growth from the first half of the year. 

Despite the slowdown, ADP chief economist Nela Richardson says job gains are approaching 4 million this year but are still 7 million jobs lower than employment before the pandemic.

Service jobs continued to head up growth, with the leisure and hospitality sector adding 201,000 jobs, followed by the healthcare industry’s job gains of 39,000.

August job additions were in line with July gains of 326,000, but trail behind additions of more than 600,000 each month since April.

Key Background

With the unemployment rate of 5.4% still stubbornly above pre-pandemic levels below 4%, experts have cautioned that the post-Covid labor market recovery could drag on for years. Despite strong gains in past months, the Federal Reserve last week said its performance was still too “turbulent” to warrant a change in pandemic-era monetary policy, and Wednesday’s disappointing report should only bolster that argument.

Crucial Quote 

“The delta variant of Covid-19 appears to have dented the job market recovery,” Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said in a statement alongside the report, adding that the labor market remains strong, but well off its performance in recent months. “Job growth remains inextricably tied to the path of the pandemic.”

What To Watch For

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its August jobs report on Friday. Economists expect the economy to have added 720,000 jobs last month, compared to 943,000 in July. 

Further Reading

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Job creation at private companies tumbled in July as fears mounted over the spreading Covid-19 delta variant, payroll processing firm ADP reported Wednesday.

Employers added 330,000 positions for the month, a sharp deceleration from the downwardly revised 680,000 in June. It’s also well below the 653,000 Dow Jones estimate. June’s final total fell from the initial estimate of 692,000.

July’s job growth was also the smallest gain since February.

“The labor market recovery continues to exhibit uneven progress, but progress nonetheless,” ADP chief economist Nela Richardson said. “July payroll data reports a marked slowdown from the second quarter pace in jobs growth.”

Markets fell after the report, with Dow futures down nearly 120 points and most government bond yields pulling back.

According to ADP, the biggest job gains for July again came in leisure and hospitality, which added 139,000 payrolls. Education and health services added 64,000 while professional and business services increased by 36,000.

Goods-producing industries contribute just 12,000 to the total, with manufacturing up 8,000. Natural resources and mining gained 3,000, and construction added just 1,000 new positions.

A ‘We’re Hiring!’ sign is displayed at a Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard on June 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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From a size standpoint, companies with 50 to 499 employees added 132,000 jobs. Bigger firms added 106,000 while small business payrolls increased by 91,000.

The ADP count, done in conjunction with Moody’s Analytics, comes two days before the more closely watched Labor Department nonfarm payrolls release. The two reports can differ significantly but have been fairly close this year: Through June, ADP had averaged about 30,000 fewer jobs a month than the official government tally.

Unlike ADP, the Labor Department’s count includes government jobs and is expected to show a total gain of 845,000 after June’s 850,000 increase.

The letdown comes amid concerns that the spreading delta variant could contribute to an overall climate that indicates the post-recession economic boom is slowing. Though the variant’s spread is largely concentrated among a handful of states where vaccinations are low, the total case count has eclipsed the peak of the original Covid spread and is sparking worries that it will slow activity.

The economy is also in the throes of an aggressive inflation wave, though economists and policymakers largely see the current factors as temporary and likely to ease ahead.

“Bottlenecks in hiring continue to hold back stronger gains, particularly in light of new COVID-19 concerns tied to viral variants. These barriers should ebb in coming months, with stronger monthly gains ahead as a result,” Richardson said.

Federal Reserve officials have echoed the transitory theme but have vowed to keep monetary policy loose and interest rates low until the employment picture shows greater progress.

Fed Governor Christopher Waller told CNBC on Monday he would be willing to start reducing the pace of the central bank’s asset purchases if the August and September jobs reports are strong.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its travel list on Monday to include six countries with a very high risk of Covid infection, including the Bahamas and Morocco.

Other countries that have recently had their levels changed to high-risk include Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon and Sint Maarten. If you must travel to these places, “make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel” advises the CDC.

Following a surge in cases in Oahu, Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, has asked visitors to stay away. “It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said in a news conference on Monday. “The visitors who choose to come to the island will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit Hawaii.”

Restrictions will go into place from Wednesday, 25 August when “we will be suspending all large gatherings for four weeks. This includes trade shows, conventions, concerts and other live events,” explained Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.

There are currently 80 destinations on the CDC’s Level 4 category list of the highest risk countries, which have at least 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

The Bahamas currently has a curfew in place between 8pm and 5am. It recorded a record-high 527 Covid cases on 16 August, and has recorded 17,386 coronavirus cases and 338 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Just over 14 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Brunei and Liechtenstein have also been moved from Level 1 countries to Level 3 countries on the CDC travel list, the category recommends unvaccinated travellers avoid non-essential visits to those locations.

Most of the new jobs added were in the leisure and hospitality sector. Photo by Chris Stone

The unemployment rate in San Diego County increased to 7% in June, up from a revised 6.3% in May but still well below the year-ago estimate of 13.5%, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8% for California — which increased from 7.5% in May — and 6.1% for the nation — up from May’s 5.5% — during the same period.

Between May 2021 and June 2021, nonfarm employment actually increased by 5,700 despite the rise in unemployment, from 1,401,600 to 1,407,300. Agricultural employment increased by 100, from 9,400 to 9,500.

The rise in unemployment and jobs could reflect that more people are returning to the job market but have not yet found employment.

Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs over the month with an increase of 4,800 jobs — gaining for the fifth consecutive month and representing 84% of the region’s gains. Accommodation and food services boosted the overall sector by 2,800 jobs, while arts, entertainment and recreation — up 2,000 jobs– completed the overall sectoral gain.

Manufacturing added 2,000 jobs, with the bulk of the additions recorded in durable goods — up 1,800 jobs. Within durable goods, computer and electronic product manufacturing accounted for most of the job gains with 1,200 added. Non-durable goods added 200 jobs.

Educational and health services grew by 1,000 jobs. Health care and social assistance — up 1,500 jobs — made up all jobs gained but was offset by a loss of 500 jobs in educational services. Trade, transportation and utilities gained 700 jobs, information added 300 jobs, and other services grew by 200 jobs. Mining and logging remained unchanged.

Government produced the largest month-over-month loss, losing 1,600 jobs. All subsectors shed jobs over the month; local government down 1,000 jobs, state government down 500 jobs and federal government down 100 jobs. Three other sectors contracted over the month.

Between June 2020 and June 2021, nonfarm employment increased by 68,900, or 5.1%. Agricultural employment decreased by 400, or 4%.

Leisure and hospitality led year-over gains, with an addition of 23,400 jobs. Accommodation and food services — up 19,000 jobs — accounted for 81% of the gain, specifically in food services and drinking places — up 14,700 jobs. Arts, entertainment and recreation completed the overall gain with 4,400 jobs.

Professional and business services increased by 11,500 jobs. Professional, scientific and technical services added the most jobs within the sector, with 6,500 jobs, followed by administrative and support and waste management — up 4,100 jobs.

Educational and health services added 9,800 jobs. Of that, 96% of the boost was in health care and social assistance — up 9,400 jobs — with job additions specifically in ambulatory health care services — up 5,300 — and social assistance with 4,500 jobs gained. A gain of 400 jobs in educational services completed the overall increase. Six other sectors