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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...
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...
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...