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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...
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...
Hawaii set to lift travel quarantine once 70% of its population is vaccinated
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Hawaii set to lift travel quarantine once 70% of its population is vaccinated

[ad_1] Hawaii will also lift its requirement that people wear masks indoors once that level has been reached, he said.The state Department of Health website said 59% of Hawaii's population has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52% finished their dosing regimen.The state is using its figures, and not those provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to calculate thresholds for lifting restrictions. Health Department Director Dr. Libby Char said that's because Hawaii's numbers are more accurate. She said it appears the CDC has been counting some of Hawaii's doses twice.Right now, travellers arriving from out of state must spend 10 days in quarantine or, to bypass that quarantine, they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before departure for...
Coronavirus pandemic: Here’s what it’s like to visit Rome right now
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Coronavirus pandemic: Here’s what it’s like to visit Rome right now

[ad_1] At sunset, the tables that spill outside Canova bar in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo are bathed in golden light as couples and groups of friends drink spritzes and nibble on canapés for their aperitivo. It’s the ideal spot for locals to wind down after work—or for travelers to refuel before heading up Pincio hill to watch the sun descend against the silhouette of St Peter’s Dome. For months, Canova sat quiet. Now, humming with life, it’s a sight most Italians had almost forgotten.Since last March, the Eternal City has seen countless changes to its normal rhythms. While it hasn’t suffered from the pandemic as drastically as the country’s northern regions, where Covid-19 caseloads and deaths were significantly higher per capita, its restaurants and bars have followed a 6 p.m. closing ti...
Melbourne extends Covid-19 lockdown for a week as coronavirus cluster grows
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Melbourne extends Covid-19 lockdown for a week as coronavirus cluster grows

[ad_1] Melbourne has been the epicenter of Australia’s battle to eliminate Covid-19 and is now in its fourth lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic began. The current cluster originated from a breach in a hotel that was being used to quarantine Australians returning from overseas. Bloomberg | UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 09:35 AM IST Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended beyond the initial seven days as authorities struggle to contain a Covid-19 cluster that’s grown to 60.The current restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday. The lockdown in the city and the rest of the state started on Friday. Restrictions in regional areas are proposed to begin easing from 11:59pm ...