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HEALTH officials of the CNMI and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands or USAPI will meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

The USAPI includes Guam, American Samoa, Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.

The CDC-Global Health Division earlier classified the islands as “high risk” for Covid-19 even though most of them have no Covid-19 cases.

As of Tuesday evening, Guam had 434 confirmed cases and five deaths since March 12 while the CNMI had 49 cases and two deaths since March 28. The U.S. had 5.08 million confirmed cases and 163,000 deaths.

Muna said CDC officials who are working with the USAPI have praised the island for having one of the world’s safest places.

“So to put us as high risk, in my opinion, doesn’t seem right,” she added.

However, she said, CDC may be using other factors to determine the classification. “So I want to know what those factors are,” she added.

As for the CDC message, which is to minimize nonessential travel, “I agree with that,” Muna said. “Our goal here is to try to protect the community. We have relaxed some of our directives, but we continue to enforce border protection.”

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