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UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19
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UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19

[ad_1] The UK government is said to be weighing up a delay of around a fortnight beyond the June 21 timeline set for the final stage of a roadmap to end all legal lockdown restrictions, amid a continuing rise in the cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in parts of the country.The delay being considered is to enable all over-50s to be fully vaccinated with both doses of a vaccine, found to be most effective against the highly transmissible variant of concern (VOC) first identified in India, and also to leave sufficient time for the jabs to take effect.'The Times’ newspaper quoted a Cabinet source as saying that a delay of “between two weeks and a month” is to be expected and another said that a delay made more sense than a partial lifting of lockdown restrictions to avoid any “confusio...
Spain respects Morocco’s summer restriction on sea travel amid Covid-19
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Spain respects Morocco’s summer restriction on sea travel amid Covid-19

[ad_1] Spain respects Morocco's decision to restrict sea travel between the two countries during the summer as it was based on health criteria, the government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.Between 3 million and 3.5 million Moroccans living in Europe usually make the crossing each summer, many of them through southern ports from Spain, and Spanish authorities take measures to help them.The summer exodus did not happen last year because of restrictions imposed to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, and Morocco has said it would be the same this year."We are living a situation very similar to last year's, with even a higher incidence, and we all agree the more convenient was to suspend the 'Straits crossing' operation," spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero told reporters.The Moroccan foreign ministry ann...
Tourist guides struggle to make ends meet as pandemic hits sector hardest
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Tourist guides struggle to make ends meet as pandemic hits sector hardest

[ad_1] Faheem Khan, a government-registered tourist guide, familiarised foreign tourists to Delhi at Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monuments in the city until March last year when the Covid-19 pandemic prompted a nationwide lockdown. As someone who largely guided foreign tourists, Khan could not fully resume work even after lockdown restrictions were eased. The surge in Covid-19 cases this summer worsened the situation of guides such as Khan. They say they do not expect the situation to get better as foreign tourists were unlikely to return anytime sooner. “International flights were stopped... Since then, our work has halted,” said Khan, a Persian language expert with a doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University.Financial distressWith all his savings drying up and no s...
Spain opens borders to vaccinated tourists, cruise ships
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Spain opens borders to vaccinated tourists, cruise ships

[ad_1] Spain jump-started its summer tourism season on Monday by welcoming vaccinated visitors from most countries as well as European tourists who can prove they are not infected with coronavirus. It also reopened its ports to cruise ships.The move opened borders for the first tourists from the United States and other countries outside of the European Union since those travellers were banned in March last year, when the pandemic hit global travel.Matthew Eisenberg, a 22-year-old student, excitedly stepped out of Madrid airport, ready to enjoy the Spanish capital along with two more American friends.“We came to Spain the first day we could, because we are very excited to travel here,” Eisenberg said, showing a certificate for the two Moderna vaccine jabs he received in February and Marc...
Goa nightclubs, bars to remain shut ’till Covid-19 comes under control’
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Goa nightclubs, bars to remain shut ’till Covid-19 comes under control’

[ad_1] Nightlife in Goa should not be allowed to resume till the Covid-19 situation in India comes under control, state Ports Minister and BJP leader Michael Lobo said on Monday as he stressed the need to protect the lives of people.Lobo represents the Calangute Assembly segment which has many nightclubs and bars.Speaking to reporters, Lobo said it will take another year for the pandemic-hit economy to return to normalcy."Goa is a world-famous destination for its nightlife. The nightlife has been shut down (due to Covid-19 curbs) and I feel that it should continue to remain closed till the Covid- 19 situation in the country comes under control," he said.The minister said the lives of people are more important than the economy of Goa."We have seen our close friends dying due to Covid- 19...
IndiGo to start flights connecting Darbhanga with Kolkata, Hyderabad from July 5
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IndiGo to start flights connecting Darbhanga with Kolkata, Hyderabad from July 5

[ad_1] A statement by IndiGo airline said that the Kolkata-Darbhanga flights as well as Hyderabad-Darbhanga flights will be daily flights. This announcement has come at a time when India and its aviation sector have been badly hit due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. PTI | UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2021 06:00 PM IST IndiGo on Monday said it will start flights connecting Darbhanga with Kolkata and Hyderabad from July 5 onwards."Being the 6th largest metropolis in Bihar, Darbhanga is also one of the fastest growing cities of India owing to the increasing opportunities in manufacturing and trade across the states," a statement by the airline said.The Kolkata-Darbhanga flights as well as Hyderabad-Darbhanga flights will be daily flights, it said.This announcement by IndiGo...
Thailand gears up to reopen Phuket for Covid-19 vaccinated tourists from July 1
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Thailand gears up to reopen Phuket for Covid-19 vaccinated tourists from July 1

[ad_1] Thailand began a mass vaccination drive to quell the worst Covid-19 outbreak to date, with a target of inoculating 70% of its residents before the end of this year to prepare the tourism-reliant nation for a wider reopening.The Southeast Asian nation plans to administer about 500,000 shots per day starting Monday, compared to about 100,000 daily average over the past week, according to health ministry officials. The target population in the initial phase of the nationwide rollout include residents in Bangkok, the epicenter of the current outbreak, and those in Phuket, which is scheduled to test the reopening for vaccinated tourists from July 1, they said.The ramp-up in vaccine rollout comes amid the country’s worst wave of infections that began in April, causing a sixfold jump in...
International travellers can pick up genes that promote microbial resistance
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International travellers can pick up genes that promote microbial resistance

[ad_1] "Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew that international travel was contributing to the rapid global increase and spread of antimicrobial resistance," said Alaric D'Souza, an MD/PhD student at Washington University and a co-first author of the study to be published June 6 in Genome Medicine. "But what's new here is that we've found numerous completely novel genes associated with antimicrobial resistance that suggest a worrisome problem on the horizon."The research confirms that international travellers often return home with an unexpected bounty of new bacterial strains jostling for position among the thousands that normally reside within the gut microbiome.Poverty, poor sanitation and changing agricultural practices have turned many low-income, developing regions into hot ...
Cruise ships restart in Venice after 1.5 years, spark environmental protests
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Cruise ships restart in Venice after 1.5 years, spark environmental protests

[ad_1] The first cruise ship since the pandemic wended its way Saturday through the heart of Venice, escorted by triumphant water-spouting tugboats and elated port workers as it traveled down the Giudecca Canal but also protested by hundreds on land and a small armada of wooden boats waving “No Big Boats” flags.The battle for Venice’s future was stark as the MSC Orchestra set sail with some 1,000 passengers. The voyage heralded the return of cruise ships to the historic city of canals after more than 18 months, but the vessel reignited an anti-cruise movement that for more than a decade has opposed the passage of the enormous ships through the fragile lagoon due to environmental and safety concerns.Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s government pledged this spring to get cruise ships out of ...
China’s Guangzhou cancels most inbound and outbound flights as Covid-19 resurges
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China’s Guangzhou cancels most inbound and outbound flights as Covid-19 resurges

[ad_1] China's Guangdong province has registered seven new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases and all of them were recorded in the provincial capital Guangzhou.The cases were reported on Saturday in the Chinese metropolis as the local authorities continued to increase prevention measures to curb the spread of the virus.Starting from Monday noon, passengers leaving Guangzhou, are required to present negative nucleic acid test results within the last 48 hours, Global Times reported."Party and government agencies at all levels, enterprises and institutions, schools and travel agencies should take the lead in implementing the requirements for not leaving Guangzhou or leaving the Guangdong Province on non-essential trips," said Chen Bin, Deputy Director and spokesperson of the Guangzhou City...