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Singapore-Australia quarantine-free travel corridor may take months to open
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Singapore-Australia quarantine-free travel corridor may take months to open

[ad_1] Australia and Singapore are “putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge between Singapore and Australia as it does now occur between Australia and New Zealand,” Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a joint virtual press conference after meeting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday. He cautioned that any corridor is still some time away.Such a bubble hinges on vaccination rates, Lee told reporters. “Once the majority of the population is vaccinated, it becomes much easier for us to contemplate these openings up,” he said.That means an operational air-travel corridor could be months away, at least. Only about 5.5 million out of 26 million Australians have had at least one jab, meaning some border restrictions are likely to remain we...
Covid-19: WHO urges responsible summer travel in Europe as delta variant spreads
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Covid-19: WHO urges responsible summer travel in Europe as delta variant spreads

[ad_1] The World Health Organization’s Europe director warned that the highly transmissible Covid-19 variant first identified in India is “poised to take hold in the region,” as many countries prepare to ease restrictions and allow more social gatherings and travel across borders.During a press briefing on Thursday, WHO’s Dr. Hans Kluge said the variant also known as the delta variant, has shown signs of being able to evade some vaccines and warned that many vulnerable populations, particularly those over age 60, remain unprotected.“We have been here before,” warned Kluge, WHO’s European regional director. “Over the course of last summer, cases gradually rose in younger age groups and then moved into older age groups, contributing to a devastating resurgence,” he said. Kluge said that s...
Priyanka Chopra is ‘so jealous’ of bikini clad Parineeti Chopra’s Turkey vacay
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Priyanka Chopra is ‘so jealous’ of bikini clad Parineeti Chopra’s Turkey vacay

[ad_1] Parineeti Chopra is enjoying the success of her latest onscreen offering alongside Arjun Kapoor, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. And the actor took some time off for a much needed vacation as she jetted off to Turkey, making cousin Priyanka Chopra Jonas 'so jealous'. By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 01:38 PM IST Parineeti Chopra was missing from the big screen for quite a while, but when the Ishaqzaade actor finally did appear on our screens alongside Arjun Kapoor in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, the actor blew away audiences with her convincing performance of Sandy aka Sandeep Walia, an ambitious woman who turns righteous after a tumultuous experience.And after much hardwork and spending most of the coronavirus lockd...
Covid-19: Abu Dhabi to place new curbs on the unvaccinated in malls, beaches
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Covid-19: Abu Dhabi to place new curbs on the unvaccinated in malls, beaches

[ad_1] The United Arab Emirates' second-most populous emirate Abu Dhabi will limit entry to shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15 to those who have been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the novel coronavirus.The new rules were announced late on Wednesday as the UAE, a federation of seven emirates, has seen daily cases rise over the past three weeks. The UAE, which does not give a breakdown for each emirate, recorded 2,179 new infections on Wednesday, up from 1,229 on May 17.The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centres, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi's media office said.Visitors will have to prove they are vaccinated or have recently tested negative throug...
Hong Kong considers shorter quarantine for some fully vaccinated travellers
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Hong Kong considers shorter quarantine for some fully vaccinated travellers

[ad_1] Inoculated people who have tested negative for the virus and are coming from countries not classified as “high-risk” should qualify for a seven-day hotel quarantine, David Hui, a member of the government’s scientific committee, said at a briefing Wednesday evening. The proposed exemption would require a positive antibody test result conducted in Hong Kong after arrival, he said.“The purpose of checking the antibody is to show evidence of response to vaccination,” the panel said. “If the serology test result is negative, the shortening of the quarantine period could not be considered.”Travellers would still be required to self-monitor for another week after the seven-day quarantine at a designated hotel, Hui said. Covid tests will be administered more frequently, potentially every...
Joe Biden, Boris Johnson to vow at G7 to speed up opening US-UK travel
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Joe Biden, Boris Johnson to vow at G7 to speed up opening US-UK travel

[ad_1] The two leaders will meet for the first time in Cornwall, southwestern England, and launch a joint task force to explore options to resume travel between their countries. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 5 million Britons visited the U.S. and over 4.5 million Americans visited the U.K. every year, according to figures released by Johnson’s office.The U.S. is expected to make a similar commitment to the European Union next week when Biden meets continental leaders in Brussels, according to a draft statement seen by Bloomberg. In a dramatic agenda-setting gesture, Biden will announce on Thursday the U.S. will buy 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc.’s shots to share internationally.At the same time, Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, downplayed the chances of t...
Annular solar eclipse on June 10, visible in India only from Arunachal, Ladakh
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Annular solar eclipse on June 10, visible in India only from Arunachal, Ladakh

[ad_1] An annular solar eclipse is going to occur on Thursday but it will not be visible in India except in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh for a few minutes before the sunset, a prominent astrophysicist said.The annular solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and the earth come in a straight line and almost on the same plane. It is a partial eclipse when a ring of fire appears in the sky.The path of the eclipse will not touch almost any part of India, barring the North-Eastern extremes of the country in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Director of M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari, said in Kolkata on Tuesday."In Arunachal Pradesh, people can see, just before the sunset, a minuscule fraction of the sun covered by the moon, that is also very low in the horizon, lasting at t...
US eases travel warning for Japan ahead of Olympics, France, Germany, others
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US eases travel warning for Japan ahead of Olympics, France, Germany, others

[ad_1] The US State Department loosened its travel warnings for dozens of nations including France, Canada and Germany, in a move that could ease airline restrictions for people wanting to go overseas as the coronavirus pandemic wanes in parts of the world.The department changed its travel warnings Tuesday for nearly 60 nations and territories from level 4, or “do not travel,” to level 3, “reconsider travel,” according to the agency’s website. In a statement, the department said it was updating the advisories after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the methodology for its travel health notices.Countries affected by the latest change included France, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Singapore. Another 16 nations were downgraded from level 3 to level 2, or “e...
Covid-19 travel update: South Korea seeks travel bubble, Maldives extends curfew
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Covid-19 travel update: South Korea seeks travel bubble, Maldives extends curfew

[ad_1] The European Union and the US are set to back a renewed push into investigating the origins of Covid-19 after conflicting assessments about where the outbreak started, according to a document seen by Bloomberg News.The US is easing travel advisories for dozens of nations, including Olympics host nation Japan. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on Covid-19, issued a warning about the delta variant that was first identified in India. The World Health Organization said the strain is markedly easier to transmit and more virulent than previous mutations.The Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine will be tested in children under 12 in a late-stage study. The UK will join the US to rally the Group of Seven behind a plan to make shots available to low-income nations.Key ...
Australia’s 5 million in Melbourne exit two-week coronavirus lockdown
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Australia’s 5 million in Melbourne exit two-week coronavirus lockdown

[ad_1] Five million Melbourne residents will exit lockdown Thursday after Australian authorities said their adherence to strict rules had "changed the course" of a coronavirus outbreak in the city.After two weeks under stay-at-home orders, the toughest restrictions in Australia's second-biggest city will be lifted from 11:59 pm Thursday, after just one new virus case was recorded on Tuesday."This is a good day. Everyone should be absolutely proud of what we have all achieved together," Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino said Wednesday.He said collective efforts had steamed the outbreak in the city, which has seen more than 80 people test positive for either the Kappa or Delta strains that originated in India."But we know this isn't over yet, and until we have widespread vaccina...