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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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
IndiGo faces worse-than-expected loss due to Covid crises
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IndiGo faces worse-than-expected loss due to Covid crises

[ad_1] The carrier, operated by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., posted a loss of 11.5 billion rupees ($157 million) in the three months through March, its fourth quarter. That compared with a loss of 8.7 billion rupees a year ago. The average forecast from analysts was for a loss of 4.5 billion rupees.“This has been a very difficult year with our revenues slumping hard due to Covid, showing some signs of recovery during the period December to February and then slumping again with the second wave of the Covid,” Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta said in the statement. “While we have seen a sharp decline in revenues in March through May, we are encouraged by the modest revenue improvements starting last week of May and continuing through June.”While the pandemic has pushed many airlines arou...
Covid-19: Italy, Czech Republic removed from Germany’s list of risk areas
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Covid-19: Italy, Czech Republic removed from Germany’s list of risk areas

[ad_1] Germany's disease control centre announces dropping of Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, some parts of Croatia and of Switzerland, including Zurich and Basel, from its travel list of 'risk areas' amid Covid-19 PTI | UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2021 08:57 PM IST Germany is removing Italy, the Czech Republic and much of Austria from its list of “risk areas,” meaning most remaining travel restrictions will ease.The change of status announced by Germany's disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, takes effect on Sunday.Austria is being removed with the exception of its two westernmost provinces, Tyrol and Vorarlberg.Some parts of Croatia and of Switzerland, including Zurich and Basel, are also dropped.Countries classified as “virus variant areas” -- Germany's highest risk cat...
Britain’s U-turn on travel catches many UK vacationers off guard
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Britain’s U-turn on travel catches many UK vacationers off guard

[ad_1] Just a few months ago, Britain was the envy of continental Europeans. A rapid vaccination push opened a path to reopen the UK. economy, from shops to restaurants to international travel. The European Union, by contrast, looked stuck in inoculation bureaucracy and endless Covid-19 lockdowns.Now the tables are turning, with the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the defensive following a sudden policy U-turn on travel that caught many UK vacationers off guard. On the other side of the channel, holiday bookings from Germany to France to Spain are gathering pace, in line with a vaccination drive covering a growing part of the population and depressing infections.The UK’s surprise decision on June 3 to remove Portugal from a small list of countries where travel had been rel...