Coronavirus: Latest Updates

As the pandemic continues to cripple part of the world, there are countries also reopening. We issue updates for travellers to track.  
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As second and third waves have started to hit various countries, travel in Europe has cautiously resumed. Photo by: Elisabeth Aardema/Shutterstock

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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 29,886,196 people have been infected, as the epicentre has shifted from China to Western Europe, and now to the Americas, over the past six months. While more than six million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., India has recorded more than five million cases (Johns Hopkins University). India was under coronavirus lockdown from March 25 till June 30, and curbs on movement and economic activity are now being relaxed gradually. The country has recorded 5,118,253 COVID-19 cases, out of which 1,009,976 are active cases, as of September 17. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. Here is the link for a state-wise breakdown of helpline numbers. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.

 

September 17, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,118,253 and the death toll stands at 83,198.

 

September 17, 9.30 a.m.: Starting Friday, tighter coronavirus restrictions are set to be imposed in some regions in Northeast England amid rising Covid-19 infections. There will be a curfew for pubs and restaurants and residents will not be permitted to socialise with other households to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. 

 

September 17, 8 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will reopen for some international tourists from October 1. Additionally, the country will move to the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions from September 21.

 

September 16, 10 p.m.: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that the country’s borders will remain closed for the time being, and that a second wave of Covid-19 is expected to hit the country in December or January. 

 

September 16, 8 p.m.: The Welsh region of Rhondda Cynon Taf will be put under a lockdown after authorities observed a steep rise in Covid-19 infections over the past few days. 

 

September 16, 6 p.m.: The Spanish region of Madrid is likely to announce targeted lockdowns in high-risk areas on Friday, September 18, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

September 16, 4 p.m.: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced that visitors no longer need to furnish a Covid-19 negative test result to enter the state. 

 

September 16, 2 p.m.: According to an industry report, chain-affiliated Indian hotels have lost 8000 crore rupees of revenue in the period from March to September 2020. Moreover, the report estimates that the figure could be double, if independent hotels are also considered.  

 

September 16, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,020,359 and the death toll stands at 82,066.

 

September 16, 9.30 a.m.: The Netherlands yesterday reported its highest ever daily increase of 1,379 Covid-19 infections over a 24-hour period. 

 

September 16, 8 a.m.: The Taiwanese government announced a 30-day visa extension for foreign citizens who came to the country on or before March 21, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the third such extension that the National Immigration Agency has announced. 

 

September 15, 10 p.m.: The South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the novel coronavirus may have infected close to 20% of the country’s population. The official number of infections in South Africa is greater than 650,000, and accounts for almost 50% of Africa’s tally. 

 

September 15, 8 p.m.: American airline Delta announced that the company will be able to avoid most involuntary furloughs for its employees, after October 1, when federal funding for the airline industry ends. 

 

September 15, 6 p.m.: Ireland announced that travellers returning from countries with a Covid-19 infection rate lower than 25 per 100,000 can forego the 14-day quarantine restriction on arrival. 

 

September 15, 4 p.m.: The Australian state of Victoria will ease lockdown measures tomorrow, announced Premier Daniel Andrews. Dining at restaurants, children’s sports and travelling for holidays will be permitted. 

 

September 15, 2 p.m.: The Thai Hotel Association has asked the national government for financial assistance to help the hospitality industry weather the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that over a million jobs hotel employees have been laid off so far

 

September 15, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,930,237 and the death toll stands at 80,776.

 

September 15, 9.30 a.m.: Spain is witnessing an alarming rise in Covid-19 infection rate, as more than 27,000 new cases were recorded over the weekend

 

September 15, 8 a.m.: The regions of Bordeaux, Marseille and Guadeloupe in the French Carribean will be put under tighter coronavirus restrictions in the wake of rising infections. 

 

September 14, 10 p.m.: The CEO of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus warned that the company may announce compulsory layoffs as demand for air travel remains low, spelling disaster for the aviation sector.  

 

September 14, 8 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, a partial lockdown has been imposed in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Parks, tourist spots and schools will remain shut and everyone who tests positive for the novel coronavirus will have to undergo two weeks of quarantine at a government facility.

 

September 14, 6 p.m.: The WHO reported that 307,930 new Covid-19 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours globally, the highest daily increase so far. Moreover, over 5,500 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded.

 

September 14, 4 p.m.: The Busan International Film Festival, one of Asia’s biggest film festivals will be scaled down considerably this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many sections moved online. The festival will take place from October 21-30, but all outdoor events and parties stand cancelled. 

 

September 14, 2.30 p.m.: WHO’s European branch announced that the region will witness higher mortality due to Covid-19 in the months of October and November. Europe has seen a resurgence of infections over the past few weeks. 

 

September 14, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,846,427 and the death toll stands at 79,722.

 

September 14, 10 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the government will likely ease coronavirus restrictions on September 21 in most of the country. However, restrictions may remain in Auckland, which is the epicentre of the second wave of infections in the country. 

 

September 14, 9 a.m.: Amid a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, Israel will undergo a three-week complete lockdown starting Friday. Restrictions will be reimposed on economic activity and movement, and schools may also be shut down. 

 

September 14, 8 a.m.: The Saudi Arabian government will partially lift the ban on international flights from September 15, to allow “exceptional categories” of travellers among citizens and residents to travel. All restrictions on air, land and sea are expected to be lifted on January 1, 2021. 

 

September 13, 10 p.m.: With 1,541 new Covid-19 cases reported over the past 24 hours, the Czech Republic recorded its largest ever daily increase in infections since the pandemic began. This is the third consecutive day that the record has been breached.

 

September 13, 8 p.m.:  The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said today that in-flight photography will be permitted, but air passengers are not allowed to operate recording equipment that compromises in-flight safety, creates chaos or violates norms. The clarification came a day after the DGCA released a statement in which in-flight photography was included as a violation of in-flight norms. 

 

September 13, 6 p.m.: Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that the future of the Air France-KLM airline group is in doubt if costs are not lowered. The French and Dutch governments have provided the group with financial assistance of 10.4 billion Euros to weather the pandemic, but the group has announced thousands of job cuts.

 

September 13, 4 p.m.: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that the country is witnessing the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 infections, and that the country may soon record more than 1,000 cases per day.  

 

September 13, 2 p.m.: Social distancing rules have been eased in South Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Area for the next two weeks, even though Covid-19 infections are on the rise in the country.  

 

September 13, 12 p.m.: In the absence of air travel, “plane cafes” in Pattaya and Bangkok allow patrons to experience flight travel, without actually flying. While Pattaya’s plane cafe is situated inside a retired commercial plane, Bangkok’s is at the Thai Airways headquarters.  

 

September 13, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,754,356 and the death toll stands at 78,586.

 

September 13, 8 a.m.: The Guardian reports that the Australian state of Victoria will begin its phased exit from lockdown tomorrow. In Melbourne, curfew timings will be pushed back, and restrictions on exercising will also be relaxed. 

 

September 12, 10 p.m.: The Cuban government has extended the coronavirus curfew in capital Havana till the end of September to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Additionally, inter-provincial transport is prohibited across the country.

 

September 12, 8.30 p.m.: Trials of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine have resumed in the U.K. They were paused this week after a trial participant showed adverse symptoms.

 

September 12, 6 p.m.: The U.A.E. reported 1,007 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in cases so far. The country has been witnessing a resurgence of Covid-19 since August.

 

September 12, 4 p.m.: The U.K. government will impose a 14-day quarantine period for travellers coming from Portugal, French Polynesia, Reunion and Hungary starting today.

 

September 12, 2 p.m.: Ukraine reported its largest ever daily increase in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, recording 3,144 new cases.

 

September 12, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,659,984 and the death toll stands at 77,472.

 

September 12, 9.30 a.m.: The Indian Railways will operate 40 new pairs of special trains starting today. Bookings for the same opened on September 10, and the full list of trains can be found here

 

September 12, 8 a.m.: France reported more than 9,000 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, for the second straight day. Despite the steady rise in cases over the past few days, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the government will not impose a total lockdown. 

 

September 11, 10.30 p.m.: The Baltic travel bubble has burst, after the Latvian government announced that it will impose a quarantine on all travellers coming from Estonia, as Covid-19 infections spike in the country. Earlier in May, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania entered into Europe’s first travel bubble agreement.

 

September 11, 9 p.m.: The state of coronavirus emergency in Armenia has ended, the government announced today. International flights are set to resume in mid-September, and international arrivals will not have to quarantine if they test negative for Covid-19 on arrival. 

 

September 11, 8 p.m.: Starting September 14, Switzerland will impose a quarantine on travellers coming from some parts of Austria and France, including Vienna and Paris, but won’t impose restrictions on border areas. 

 

September 11, 6 p.m.: In an attempt to boost the tourism industry, Finland will allow travellers from Sweden, Germany and other low-risk countries to visit for up to three days, without quarantine. 

 

September 11, 4 p.m.: The governments of Singapore and Japan announced a green lane between the two nations, for business travellers and other official travellers starting September 18. 

 

September 11, 2 p.m.: As the Covid-19 infections surge in Myanmar, the government has announced the toughest coronavirus restrictions so far in the country. Travel out from the capital Yangon will be banned, and all domestic flights will be grounded, till October 1.

 

September 11, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,562,414 and the death toll stands at 76,271.

 

September 11, 9.30 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 infections recorded globally has crossed 28 million according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. While the infection rate has dropped in the Americas, Europe is witnessing a surge in infections, prompting governments to re-impose coronavirus restrictions. 

 

September 11, 8 a.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 cases, some coronavirus restrictions are to be reimposed in Lisbon and Porto cities in Portugal. 

 

September 10, 10.30 p.m.: Maharashtra recorded 23,446 new Covid-19 cases, as the state alone nears the 1 million mark. The death toll also increased by 448 in the country;s worst-hit state. 

 

September 10, 7 p.m.: Clinical trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been paused at Pune Serum Institute of India today. Trials of the vaccine have been put on hold across the globe after a study participants showed adverse symptoms.  

 

September 10, 4 p.m.: United Airlines announced today that it will operate daily flights between Delhi and Chicago from December, and Bengaluru and San Francisco from next spring. India currently has an air bubble agreement with the U.S.A.

 

September 10, 2 p.m.: The Singaporean Health Ministry announced that travellers from India will be required to take a Covid-19 test less than 72 hours prior to their flight to Singapore, and present a negative test result before boarding.  

 

September 10, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,465,863 and the death toll stands at 75,062.

 

September 10, 10 a.m.: CNN reports that the U.S. government will end the limit on international arrivals from certain countries to 15 airports, starting September 14. Instead, incoming arrivals will be put through enhanced health screening to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

September 10, 8 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the official Covid-19 death toll has crossed 900,000 globally.

 

September 9, 10 p.m.: The Netherlands and Portugal reported their highest daily increases in Covid-19 infections since April today. Though the pandemic is steadying in the Americas, Europe is witnessing a resurgence of infections over the past few weeks. 

 

September 9, 8 p.m.: Authorities in the Turkish-administered part of Cyprus or Northern Cyprus announced the temporary suspension of all inbound flights due to a surge in Covid-19 infections over the past few days.

 

September 9, 6 p.m.: The German Foreign Ministry announced that the travel warning for non-European countries has been extended till September 30. 

 

September 9, 4 p.m.: A report prepared by industry group CII and hospitality consultancy Hotelivate estimates that the Indian travel and tourism industry will likely lose Rs. 5 lakh crore due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

September 9, 2 p.m.: Wearing face masks in all indoor public spaces will be mandatory in the Czech Republic starting tomorrow, as the daily increase in infections crossed the 1,000 mark today. 

 

September 9, 11 a.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 cases, the U.K. government has restricted social gatherings to a maximum of six people starting September 14. 

 

September 9, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,370,128 and the death toll stands at 73,890.

 

September 9, 8 a.m.: The late-stage trials of the highly-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold for safety reasons, after an adverse reaction was recorded in one of the study participants. 

 

September 8, 10 p.m.: The Namibian government has eased travel and quarantine restrictions for foreign tourists, with a view to boost the country’s tourism sector. International tourists will now be allowed to stay at a particular destination in the country for up to five days without getting tested for Covid-19. Earlier, all tourists were required to quarantine for seven days at their first destination within the country. 

 

September 8, 8 p.m.: The Guardian reports that 40 communities in Israel will be put under a week-long coronavirus curfew to stem the spread of Covid-19. Previously, the government had decided to impose localised lockdowns, but have instead announced a curfew after protests by the public. 

 

September 8, 6 p.m.: A new QR-enabled contactless check-in mechanism has been installed at the Mumbai Airport, so that passengers can operate the check-in and baggage drop kiosks without touching it. 

 

September 8, 4 p.m.: Starting Friday, coronavirus restrictions will be further relaxed in Hong Kong. The government is also engaged in discussions with Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam for the formation of travel bubbles. 

 

September 8, 2 p.m.: The Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra are set to reopen to the public on September 21, with certain restrictions. While a maximum of 5000 visitors will be permitted into the Taj Mahal per day, the cap on visitors is 2500 per day at the Red Fort. Face masks will be mandatory, and tickets must be purchased online prior to the visit.

 

September 8, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,280,422 and the death toll stands at 72,775.

 

September 8, 9.30 a.m.: The Russian Health Ministry announced today that Sputnik V, the country’s Covid-19 vaccine, has been released into civil circulation. The vaccine was registered on August 11, but medical experts the world over have raised doubts about its safety due to limited trials and testing. 

 

September 8, 8 a.m.: A local coronavirus lockdown will be imposed in Caerphilly County of Wales today after a surge in Covid-19 infections was reported over the past few days. Though schools, bars and restaurants are to remain open, residents will have to wear face masks in shops, and movement in and out the county will be restricted. 

 

September 7, 10 p.m.: The U.K. government announced that travellers returning from the seven Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival starting Wednesday. 

 

September 7, 8 p.m.: The Guardian reports Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggesting that the government could reimpose some coronavirus restrictions in Scotland if the Covid-19 infection rate does not drop. 

 

September 7, 6 p.m.: Etihad Airways announced that it will provide financial assistance to cover the medical and quarantine costs for passengers who test positive for Covid-19, to boost demand for air travel. Under this scheme, the airline will cover medical expenses up to 150,000 Euros and quarantine costs of upto 100 euros per day for 14 days, if a passenger tests positive for Covid-19 less than 31 days after the date of travel.

 

September 7, 4 p.m.: Emirates airline announced that it has processed over 1.4 billion USD in refunds since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports suggest that the UAE government has also provided 2 billion USD to help the airline brave this crisis. 

 

September 7, 2 p.m.: Many places of worship in Rajasthan, including the Ajmer Sharif Dargah reopen today, after months of Covid-19 shutdown. 

 

September 7, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,204,613 and the death toll stands at 71,642. India now has recorded the most number of Covid-19 infections in the world, after the U.S.A.

 

September 7, 9.30 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world has crossed 27 million. Though the infection rate is dropping in some parts of the Americas, India continues to report record daily increases, and Europe is also witnessing a resurgence of infections.

 

September 7, 8 a.m.: Almost 3,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the U.K. over the past 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in infections since May 22. 

 

September 6, 10 p.m.: As Covid-19 infections are rising rapidly in Israel, the government is set to impose nightly curfew restrictions in 40 high-risk cities. The country’s Covid-19 death toll crossed 1,000 today.

 

September 6, 8 p.m.: An official from the Railway Board said today that rail passengers in India will have to carry their own bedsheets and blankets on train journeys, even after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. The decision has been taken to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and maintain hygienic conditions on the train. 

 

September 6, 6 p.m.: Authorities in France have declared a Covid-19 high alert in seven major cities including Lille, Strasbourg and Dijon, owing to an increase in the coronavirus infection rates. 

 

September 6, 4 p.m.: The Madhya Pradesh state government announced today that water tourism in the state will be allowed to resume at 50% capacity. Boat and cruise operators will have to follow all necessary Covid-19 precautions and undergo regular medical check-ups themselves. 

 

September 6, 2 p.m.: A 27-year old woman has tested positive for Covid-19 again, after she was treated and tested negative for the novel coronavirus in July. She first tested positive on July 6, was treated for the virus and discharged on July 24, but has tested positive again after showing symptoms over the past few days. This is South India’s first case of Covid-19 reinfection. 

 

September 6, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,113,811 and the death toll stands at 70,626.

 

September 6, 9.30 a.m.: Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews announced that stage 4 lockdown restrictions will be extended in Melbourne till September 28. 

 

September 6, 8 a.m.: The Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah in Delhi is set to reopen after more than five months of coronavirus shutdown today. Face masks will be mandatory and the premises will be sanitized thoroughly. 

 

September 5, 10 p.m.: The U.K. reported 1,813 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. While the daily increase in cases had steadied around 1000 a day in August, there has been a surge in infections over the past few days.  

 

September 5, 7.30 p.m.: The Railway Board announced that the Indian Railways will run 80 special trains from September 12, in addition to the 230 trains currently in operation. 

 

September 5, 4 p.m.: The Indian Council for Medical Research has issued a new advisory according to which Indians can now avail of Covid-19 testing on-demand.

 

September 5, 2 p.m.: Coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed in England’s Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Lancashire regions. Restrictions were tightened on September 2, to contain localized Covid-19 outbreaks. 

 

September 5, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,023,179 and the death toll stands at 69,561.

 

September 5, 8 a.m.: No new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Vietnam over the past 24 hours. While the total tally of infections is 1,049, the death toll stands at 35. 

 

September 4, 10 p.m.: Maharashtra recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 infections, as 19,218 new cases were reported. The state currently has more than 200,000 active cases of Covid-19.

 

September 4, 8 p.m.: Iraq reported 5,036 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase recorded so far. The tally of infections increased to 252,075 and the death toll stands at 7,359. 

 

September 4, 6 p.m.: Air India will operate direct flights between Kolkata and London twice a week from September 16 to 24, for repatriation purposes, as part of the Vande Bharat mission. 

 

September 4, 4 p.m.: A record daily increase of 2,723 new Covid-19 infections was reported in Ukraine over the past 24 hours. Lockdown measures in the country have been extended till the end of October to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

September 4, 2 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections in the city, Level 2.5 social distancing measures have been extended in Seoul by another week. 

 

September 4, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,936,747 and the death toll stands at 68,472.

 

September 4, 9.30 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the restrictions currently imposed in the country will be retained at least till mid-September to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

September 4, 8 a.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 infections, the Israeli authorities announced that a partial national lockdown will be imposed starting next week.

 

September 3, 10 p.m.: The Norwegian government announced that it will impose a ten-day quarantine on travellers arriving from Italy and Slovenia from September 5, in light of rising infection rates in the two countries. 

 

September 3, 8 p.m.: Today, Thailand reported its first locally transmitted Covid-19 infection after a coronavirus-free period of 100 days. Though the infection rate has been brought under control in Thailand, borders remain closed to most international visitors. 

 

September 3, 6 p.m.: The Russian government has resumed international flight services to Egypt, the U.A.E. and the Maldives. While three flights to Cairo have been permitted per week, the government has also authorized two flights each to Dubai and the Velana International Airport in the Maldives.

 

September 3, 4 p.m.: Authorities in Singapore have recorded new clusters of Covid-19 infections in foreign worker dormitories, which were previously reported to be coronavirus-free. A large majority of the confirmed infections in Singapore have been linked to foreign workers dormitories. 

 

September 3, 2 p.m.: Vietnamese state media announced that the country will resume some international flights to and from Guangzhou, Tokyo, Seoul, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Taipei from mid-September. 

 

September 3, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,853,406 and the death toll stands at 67,376.

 

September 3, 9.30 a.m.: Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson announced on social media today that he and his family tested positive for Covid-19 a few weeks ago, but have now all recovered. 

 

September 3, 8 a.m.: The Turkish government announced that the country is witnessing a second peak of its coronavirus outbreak. New restrictions on weddings and social gatherings were also declared, to help contain the spread of Covid-19. 

 

September 2, 10 p.m.: The Indian government has released a Standard Operating Procedure for the staggered resumption of metro rail services across the country starting September 7. However, metro services will not resume in the state of Maharashtra this month.

 

September 2, 8 p.m.: After household restrictions were imposed in the city of Glasgow, similar measures have been announced for Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of west Yorkshire to contain the surge in Covid-19 cases.

 

September 2, 6 p.m.: Though some coronavirus restrictions are set to be relaxed in Hong Kong, the annual fireworks display which is held on October 1 to mark the occasion of Chinese National Day has been cancelled. 

 

September 2, 4 p.m.: The Chinese aviation regulator announced that direct flights to Beijing from eight countries will be allowed starting tomorrow. The list of countries includes  Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, and Canada.

 

September 2.30 p.m.: After Covid-19 infections were recorded in resorts across the Maldives, the government has tightened entry restrictions for international tourists. All visitors will now be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival. 

 

September 2, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,769,524 and the death toll stands at 66,333.

 

September 2, 9.30 a.m.: A curfew has been imposed in the Cuban capital of Havana after a surge in Covid-19 infections was reported in the city over the past few days.  

 

September 2, 8 a.m.: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new coronavirus restrictions in three Scottish Councils, including Glasgow city, amid a spike in Covid-19 infections.

 

September 1, 10 p.m.: The Malaysian government announced that it will ban the entry of long-term immigration pass holders from India, Philippines and Indonesia from September 7, to prevent cases of imported Covid-19 transmission. 

 

September 1, 9 p.m.: After six months, the White House tours will be operational again, starting September 12. However, face coverings will be mandatory and tour sizes will be restricted to 18% of normal capacity to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission. 

 

September 1, 8 p.m.: According to information released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air passenger traffic fell by 79.8 percent in the month of July 2020, as compared to July 2019. 

 

September 1, 6 p.m.: Amid an increase in the Covid-19 infection rate in Portugal, reports suggest that the country will be added to the U.K.’s quarantine list again.

 

September 1, 4 p.m.: Starting tomorrow, Poland will ban direct flights from 44 countries, including the U.S.A. India, Spain and Israel to prevent imported Covid-19 infections. 

 

September 1, 2.30 p.m.: According to data released today, the number of international tourists visiting Spain has fallen by 75% in the month of July, as compared to the year 2019, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

September 1, 1 p.m.: The Hungarian government announced that despite the ban on most foreigners entering the country, travellers from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia will be allowed, if they present a negative coronavirus test.

 

September 1, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,691,166 and the death toll stands at 65,288.

 

September 1, 10 a.m.: A voluntary mass Covid-19 testing drive has been initiated in Hong Kong today to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the city. The city is battling a third wave of Covid-19. 

 

September 1, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the U.S.A. has crossed the 6 million mark. The country is the worst-affected by the Coovid-19 pandemic, and more than 183,000 deaths have been recorded. 

 

September 1, 8 a.m.: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the state’s borders are now open to all, and that visitors to the state will not have to mandatorily test for Covid-19. Bars and restaurants in the state will also be allowed to reopen, provided they are following guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

 

August 31, 10 p.m.: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the coronavirus lockdown in the state has been extended till September 30. However, significant relaxations have been announced. Inter-district movement of goods and people is now permitted without restrictions and private buses and mini-buses will also be allowed to operate. 

 

August 31, 8.30 p.m.: Turkish Airlines announced wage cuts for pilots, cabin crew and other personnel in order to avoid job cuts in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

August 31, 6.30 p.m.: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee passed away today after developing a lung infection. He had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month. 

 

August 31, 4 p.m.: The DGCA announced today that scheduled international passenger flights will remain suspended till September 30. 

 

August 31, 2 p.m.: The city of Auckland in New Zealand is no longer under lockdown as the fresh Covid-19 outbreak has been brought under control.

 

August 31, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,621,245 and the death toll stands at 64,469.

 

August 31, 9.30 a.m.: In Australia, the state of Victoria reported 41 new Covid-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in the death toll for the country so far. However, the state reported 73 new infections since yesterday, the lowest increase in seven weeks. 

 

August 31, 8 a.m.: President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana announced that the country’s air borders will be reopened on September 1, for the first time since they were closed in March. Land and sea borders however, will remain closed. 

 

August 30, 10 p.m.: The U.K. reported 1,715 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in infections since June 4. 

 

August 30, 8.30 p.m.:The Tamil Nadu government has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till September 30. However, most restrictions have been relaxed. Hotels and resorts will be allowed to reopen, and there will be no total lockdown on Sundays.

 

August 30, 4 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported globally has crossed the 25-million mark. More than 842,000 people have lost their loves to the virus thus far. While the infection rate is dropping in the Americas, Europe is seeing a resurgence of cases, and India is reporting daily increases of more than 70,000 infections.  

 

August 30, 2 p.m.: The government of Haryana revoked an order dated August 28, instructing markets and shops in the state to remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in September. The move comes a day after the Central government announced that state governments will not have the power to impose a lockdown in ‘Unlock 4’.

 

August 30, 11 a.m.: The Economic Times reports that the state of Tamil Nadu will observe a lockdown today to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 30, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,542,733 and the death toll stands at 63,498.

 

August 30, 8 a.m.: Authorities in Auckland announced that the city is on track to relax lockdown restrictions in the coming days, and will shift to a lower level of restrictions starting tomorrow. 

 

August 29, 11 p.m.: Delhi reported a daily increase of 1,954 Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases in August. 

 

August 29, 8.30 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs announced new guidelines, according to which a lockdown will remain in the country’s containment zones till September 30. However, there will be no restrictions on the inter-state or intra-state movement of goods and people. However, international air travel will be prohibited unless permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

 

August 29, 6 p.m.: Ukraine reported a record daily increase of 2,481 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The coronavirus lockdown in the country has been extended till the end of October.

 

August 29, 4 p.m.: The government of Azerbaijan extended coronavirus restrictions in the country till September 30 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among other restrictions, international borders will also remain closed till the end of September. 

 

August 29, 2 p.m.: Namibian President Hage Geingob announced that the nationwide lockdown will be relaxed and international travel will be permitted again starting Tuesday, when the Hosea Kutako International Airport will be allowed to reopen.  

 

August 29, 12 p.m.: In a strange move, authorities of the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha announced that the group of islands will welcome international tourists only if they can prove that they have tested positive for Covid-19.

 

August 29, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,463,962 and the death toll stands at 62,550.

 

August 29, 9 a.m.: The Canadian government has extended a ban on international travellers coming from countries other than the U.S.A. till September 30. Meanwhile, Canada’s border crossings with the U.S.A. are to remain closed at least till September 21. 

 

August 29, 8 a.m.: Hungary’s government announced that starting September 1, the country’s borders will be closed to most foreign travellers amid a surge in Covid-19 infections. Hungarian citizens returning from abroad will have to quarantine for 14 days, unless they provide two negative Covid-19 test results. 

 

August 28, 10 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation announced today that it will now permit airlines to serve meals onboard domestic flight services. Additionally, airlines now have the authority to put passengers on the no-fly list if they refuse to wear a face mask onboard the aircraft. 

 

August 28, 8 p.m.: The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced that the coronavirus curbs in the country will not be relaxed as a precaution, even though infection numbers are dipping steadily.

 

August 28, 6 p.m.: The Malaysian government announced that the curbs on movement of individuals has been extended till the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. 

 

August 28, 4 p.m.: The Royal Schipol Group, which operates airports in the Netherlands announced that it will cut ‘several hundreds of jobs’ due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has severely impacted air travel and allied industries. 

 

August 28, 2 p.m.: Starting Saturday, travellers coming to the U.K. from Jamaica, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will be required to self-isolate for two weeks, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

 

August 28, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,387,500 and the death toll stands at 61,529.

 

August 28, 10 a.m.: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced that Phase 2 social distancing guidelines will be extended in the country by at least another week, as 371 new Covid-19 infections were recorded over the past 24 hours. South Korea is currently witnessing a surge in cases over the past few weeks. 

 

August 28, 9 a.m.: Through a company memo, United Airlines announced that it plans to lay off 2,850 pilots in October, as the demand for air travel has greatly shrunk due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 28, 8 a.m.: From September 2, Poland will impose a ban on flights from 46 countries including Spain and France, according to a daft document published yesterday. The flight ban is an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country without having to impose a complete lockdown. Other countries on the list are Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, the United States, Israel, Mexico and Brazil.

 

August 27, 10 p.m.: The government of Punjab announced that a lockdown will be imposed in the state of Punjab from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on all days of the week to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state has seen a surge in Covid-19 infections over the past few days, with 1,746 new cases being reported over the past 24 hours. 

 

August 27, 9 p.m.: The West Bengal state government announced that flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad will resume on September 1. However, flights from these six cities will only be allowed thrice a week.

 

August 27, 8 p.m.: French footballer Paul Pogba has tested positive for Covid-19

 

August 27, 6 p.m.: Face masks will be mandatory in all outdoor spaces in Paris as the rate of Covid-19 infection continues to rise, announced French Prime Minister Jean Castex today.  

 

August 27, 4 p.m.: The Guardian reports WHO Regional Director Europe as saying that the continent is seeing a rise in Covid-19 infections, especially among younger people. France, Germany, Spain, Italy, among other countries have seen a spike in infections over the past few days. 

 

August 27, 2 p.m.: Germany is likely to extend a ban on large gatherings till the end of the year, according to a draft document released today. Concerts, sporting events and festivals are currently prohibited till the end of October.  

 

August 27, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,310,234 and the death toll stands at 60,472.

 

August 27, 9.30 a.m.: Global Covid-19 infections have crossed 24 million today. While the infection rate has slowed down in the Americas over the past few days, it has picked up in some parts of Western Europe and Southeast Asia. 

 

August 27, 8 a.m.: The coronavirus lockdown in the Egyptian city of Gaza has been extended by three days, as Covid-19 cases continue to spread. So far, 26 Covid-19 infections and two deaths have been recorded in the outbreak.

 

August 26, 10 p.m.: Gatwick Airport, the U.K.’s second busiest airport in the U.K. will cut 600 jobs, or 25% of its workforce as it is currently operating at only 20% capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 26, 8 p.m.: The government of Ukraine has issued a temporary ban on foreigners from most countries till September 28 due to a surge of Covid-19 infections being reported in the country over the past few days. Lockdown measures have also been extended till October in the country. 

 

August 26, 6 p.m.: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the nationwide coronavirus curfew will be extended by thirty days. Bars and nightclubs will also be shut down for 30 days as cases continue to rise outside capital Nairobi. 

 

August 26, 4 p.m.: Germany’s Foreign Ministry is set to extend the travel warning for non-European countries till September 14. 

 

August 26, 2 p.m.: The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala reopened to devotees today after months of coronavirus shutdown. All visitors will have to register online a day prior to their visit. Moreover, the number of devotees allowed inside the temple will be restricted.

 

August 26, 4 p.m.: Germany’s Foreign Ministry is set to extend the travel warning for non-European countries till September 14. 

 

August 26, 2 p.m.: The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala reopened to devotees today after months of coronavirus shutdown. All visitors will have to register online a day prior to their visit. Moreover, the number of devotees allowed inside the temple will be restricted.

 

August 26, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,234,474 and the death toll stands at 59,449.

 

August 26, 9.30 a.m.: The Guardian reports the World Health Organization as suggesting that the rates of Covid-19 transmission are slowing down in many parts of the world. While the rate of infections seems to be falling in the Americas, Southeast Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean continue to report a high incidence of Covid-19 infections. 

 

August 26, 8 a.m.: Two cases of Covid-19 reinfection have been confirmed in Telangana, the state’s health minister announced yesterday. The announcement comes a day after the first case of Covid-19 reinfection was confirmed in Hong Kong.

 

August 25, 10 p.m.: American Airlines announced that it will cut 19,000 jobs in October due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 25, 8 p.m.: Finnish airline Finnair announced that it will cut close to 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its total workforce. Additionally, the firm will continue long-term temporary layoffs for thousands of other employees in Finland. 

 

August 25, 6 p.m.: After a case of Covid-19 reinfection was reported in Hong Kong this week, two more cases have been detected in Europe, one each in the Netherlands and Belgium. 

 

August 25, 4 p.m.: According to new guidelines released by Air India Express, it is mandatory for individuals travelling to the U.A.E. to submit a valid Covid-19 RT-PCR test result on the airline’s website prior to departure. The test must be taken not more than 96 hours before the scheduled departure.

 

August 25, 2.30 p.m.: A company memo circulated by Etihad Airways urged cabin crew members to take up to six months of unpaid leave, to help the airline recover from the financial losses incurred due to the pandemic. 

 

August 25, 1 p.m.: Hong Kong is set to relax some social distancing measures from August 28, as locally transmitted infections continue to fall. The city is currently battling a third wave of Covid-19 infections. 

 

August 25, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,167,323 and the death toll stands at 58,390.

 

August 25, 10 a.m.: Delta Airlines announced that it will furlough 1,941 pilots on its payroll in October, in order to survive the financial downturn brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 25, 9 a.m.: Jamaican sprinter and Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt tested positive for Covid-19 after celebrating his birthday party last week.

 

August 25, 8 a.m.: A 48 hour full lockdown has been declared in the Egyptian city of Gaza, after four members of a family in Central Gaza became the first confirmed cases among the city’s general population. 

 

August 24, 10 p.m.: A 33-year old man has tested positive for Covid-19 four and a half months after first testing positive. The man was discharged on April 14 after he tested negative for the virus. He is thus the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the world.

 

August 24, 8 p.m.: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has tested positive for Covid-19

 

August 24, 6 p.m.: Authorities announced that the Indonesian island of Bali will remain closed to international tourists for the rest of 2020. Earlier, the island was set to reopen to foreign visitors on September 11, but the plan has been postponed as the novel coronavirus continues to spread on the island.  

 

August 24, 4 p.m.: A French minister has said that the government will impose a reciprocal 14-day quarantine on travellers returning from the U.K.

 

August 24, 2 p.m.: Reports suggest that Russian authorities will announce the resumption of international flight services to France, Hungary, Malta, Cyprus, Jordan, Egypt and China’s Shanghai this week. 

 

August 24, 11 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the Level 3 coronavirus restrictions in the country’s largest city Auckland will continue till Sunday. The rest of the country will remain at Level 2 restrictions. 

 

August 24, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,106,349 and the death toll stands at 57,542.

 

August 24, 8 a.m.: South Korea reported 266 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours marking the eleventh straight day that more than 100 infections have been recorded. On Sunday, the government banned large gatherings, shut down night spots and churches, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 23, 10 p.m.: According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), the Indian domestic aviation industry will require a capital infusion of 5 billion USD to survive the ongoing crisis brought on by the CoVid-19 pandemic. The consultancy estimates that the industry has faced losses of up to 6-6.5 billion USD. 

 

August 23, 8 p.m.: The Indian government released new Standard Operating Procedures for the resumption of shooting for film and TV shows. 

 

August 23, 6 p.m.: The Guardian reports that individuals travelling from the U.K. to France will have to self-certify that they do not suffer from any Covid-19 symptoms. Travellers returning from France are required to undergo 14 days of quarantine on arrival in the U.K.

 

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