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Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries
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Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries

[ad_1] Philippines government has extended the ban on inbound travel from seven countries, including India, until June 15 to prevent transmission of the Covid-19 variant -- B.1617.According to CNN, the Philippines government announced on Monday the extension of the ban on travellers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.President Rodrigo Duterte approved the extension of the restrictions on travellers from the seven countries upon the recommendation of the national task force against Covid-19, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.In a series of announcements from late April to mid-May, the country barred the entry of travellers from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates until May 31...
Malaysia imposes second coronavirus lockdown to tackle worsening Covid-19 surge
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Malaysia imposes second coronavirus lockdown to tackle worsening Covid-19 surge

[ad_1] Malls and many businesses in Malaysia shuttered Tuesday as the country began its second nationwide lockdown to tackle a worsening surge of the coronavirus that has put its health care system on the verge of collapse.The Southeast Asian nation imposed a partial lockdown on May 12, banning all social activities but allowing the economic sector to operate. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin caved in to growing calls for large-scale lockdown after daily infections breached 8,000 on Friday and soared to a record 9,020 on Saturday.“If this drastic action is not taken immediately, it is feared that our health care system will collapse and we will face a bigger catastrophe,” Muhyiddin said in a national broadcast late Monday.This will be the country’s second nationwide lockdown since the st...
Bangkok to ease curbs on massage shops, clinics, parks despite Covid-19 spike
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Bangkok to ease curbs on massage shops, clinics, parks despite Covid-19 spike

[ad_1] While schools, cinemas, gyms and zoos will remain closed, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said it was relaxing Covid-19 restrictions in venues such as massage shops, clinics and parks where there had been no clusters of coronavirus infections Reuters | UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2021 01:16 PM IST BANGKOK, May 31 (Reuters) - Bangkok will ease bans on venues such as massage shops, clinics and parks applied to stop the spread of COVID-19, but schools, cinemas, gyms and zoos will remain closed, the Thai capital said in a statement on Monday.Thailand has been battling since April its deadliest coronavirus outbreak so far. It reported 5,485 new cases on Monday, with 1,356 of those in Bangkok.The Southeast Asian country also reported 19 new deaths on Monday, bringing to 1,031 ...
American and Southwest airlines postpone serving alcohol after in-flight assault
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American and Southwest airlines postpone serving alcohol after in-flight assault

[ad_1] Two major US airlines -American and Southwest - have postponed plans to resume serving alcohol on flights to stop a surge of "unruly and violent" behaviour by passengers, who have shoved, struck and yelled at flight attendants.Both airlines announced the policies this past week after the latest assault was captured on a viral video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento, California, to San Diego on Sunday, The New York Times reported.The flight attendant lost two teeth in the assault, according to her union, and the passenger, who was identified by the police as Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, has been charged with battery causing serious bodily injury. She has also been barred for life from flying Southwest, the airline ...
No more coronavirus restrictions for Egypt from June 1, cabinet says
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No more coronavirus restrictions for Egypt from June 1, cabinet says

[ad_1] Egypt will lift restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including easing the early closure of shops and restaurants, from Tuesday, the cabinet said.Since May 6, stores, malls and restaurants had to close by 9 pm after a rise in infections.Egypt imposed strict measures at the start of the pandemic, closing its airspace and setting nightly curfews to combat the spread of the virus, but it has remained largely open since June 2020.As part of its efforts to save the tourism sector, it completed vaccinating workers in all hotels in Southern Sinai and Red Sea provinces and plans to vaccinate all residents of the two resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik, the cabinet said on Sunday.Tourism revenue, an important source of foreign currency for Egypt, plunged by 70% in...
Egypt to wow back tourists amid Covid-19 with new ancient artifacts in museums
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Egypt to wow back tourists amid Covid-19 with new ancient artifacts in museums

[ad_1] Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. The dig is at the foot of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, arguably the world’s oldest pyramid, and is one of many recent excavations that are yielding troves of ancient artifacts from the country’s largest archaeological site.As some European countries re-open to international tourists, Egypt has already been trying for months to attract them to its archaeological sites and museums. Officials are betting that the new ancient discoveries will set it apart on the mid- and post-pandemic tourism market. They need visitors to come back in force to inject cash into the tourism industry, a pillar o...
More US states ease off Covid-19 regulations as vaccination rates rise
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More US states ease off Covid-19 regulations as vaccination rates rise

[ad_1] Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, more US cities and states are shrugging off lingering Covid-19 restrictions as vaccination rates rise and the number of infections falls.Massachusetts lifted a mask requirement Saturday, a day after New Jersey dropped its mandate. In New York City and Chicago, officials reopened public beaches, though winds and cool temperatures kept crowds away.“Welcome back, Chicago," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a video announcement. “The lakefront is open."Chicago's Navy Pier also reopened retail stores and restaurants, carnival rides, and tour boats and cruises after the pandemic forced months long closures at the busy tourist destination.It's one more sign of progress that reflects increasingly positive health data. On Saturday, Illinois' Department of...