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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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...