Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates

As the pandemic continues to cripple part of the world, there are countries also reopening. We issue updates for travellers to track.  
Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates 16
Even as cases in India are growing at alarming rates, making it second-worst infected country in the world, the unlock proceedings are running parallel to the rise. Photo by: Manoej Paateel/Shutterstock

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 37,894,452 people have been infected, as the epicentre has shifted from China to Western Europe, and now to the Americas, over the past six months. India has recorded more than seven 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 7,175,880 COVID-19 cases, out of which 838,729 are active cases, as of October 13. 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.

 

October 13, 10 p.m.: Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus today. 

 

October 13, 8 p.m.: The Ukrainian government has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the country till December 31, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal announced today. 

 

October 13, 6 p.m.: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced today that the government will make the Covid-19 vaccine available to citizens for free, as part of the national vaccination program. 

 

October 13, 4 p.m.: The Dutch government is set to introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions across the country in an attempt to bring the rising infection rate under control. With more than 7,000 new infections being reported on Monday, the country has the highest per capita infection rate in the world. 

 

October 13, 2 p.m.: The U.S.A. has reported its first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in a 25-year old man in Nevada. Though confirmed cases of coronavirus reinfection have been rare thus far, they have raised concerns over long-term immunity from the virus.

 

October 13, 12 p.m.: Authorities in Papua New Guinea announced that all incoming foreign workers will be fitted with an electronic device on their ankles to ensure they are following quarantine protocol. The use of such devices has been announced by other countries like Singapore, Jordan and the U.A.E.

 

October 13, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 7,175,880 and the death toll stands at 109,856.

 

October 13, 8 a.m.: Donald Trump, the President of the U.S.A. has tested negative for Covid-19, announced Sean Conley, a White House doctor. Trump first tested positive earlier in October. 

 

October 12, 10 p.m.: The Kerala state government announced today that the state will reopen for tourism starting today, after a period of six months. While adventure tours, houseboat services on the backwaters, safaris and hill stations have reopened, beaches are off limits for tourists till November. 

 

October 12, 8 p.m.: For the second consecutive day, Iran reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 related deaths as the country battles a third wave of coronavirus infections. Authorities recorded 272 deaths and 4,206 new cases over the past 24 hours.

 

October 12, 6 p.m.: The Spanish government announced plans to institute travel corridors between other European countries and the Canary and Balearic Islands. To facilitate the travel corridors, the government will also devise new coronavirus testing protocol for visitors. 

 

October 12, 4 p.m.: Tighter coronavirus measures will be imposed in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and the neighbouring Selangor state to bring the infection rate under control. 

 

October 12, 2 p.m.: Air India Express announced today that Indians in the U.A.E. are no longer required to register with the Indian Embassy before travelling to India. Passengers can now book their travel tickets directly through the airline’s website.

 

October 12, 12 p.m.: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a three-tier coronavirus alert plan in Parliament to control the spread of the coronavirus in the U.K. The country will be classified into medium, high and very high risk areas, with different levels of coronavirus restrictions for each of the categories.   

 

October 12, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 7,120,538 and the death toll stands at 109,150.

 

October 12, 8 a.m.: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced yesterday that the government might impose nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The rate of new infections has spiked over the past few days in the country, prompting authorities to tighten restrictions. 

 

October 11, 10 p.m.: Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced today that the government could introduce coronavirus testing at airports for foreign arrivals from some countries, in place of a quarantine. Currently, most international travellers coming into the country are required to quarantine for 14 days. 

 

October 11, 8 p.m.: As new Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the country, the Czech government announced that though a total lockdown will not be imposed in the country, certain Covid-19 restrictions will be tightened in the days to come. 

 

October 11, 6 p.m.: Restrictions on working and public gatherings were tightened in the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Navarre for the next 15 days, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

October 11, 12 p.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will allow quarantine-free international travel with only a handful of low-risk countries initially. It could be possible that travel with the U.S.A. and Europe could be restricted till 2022, unless a Covid-19 vaccine is developed and made available before that. 

 

October 11, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 7,053,807 and the death toll stands at 108,334.

 

October 11, 8 a.m.: Ireland reported 1,012 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in the country since April 15. Like other European countries, Ireland too is witnessing a resurgence of the coronavirus over the past few days. 

 

October 10, 10 p.m.: The U.S.A. is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 infections, with more than 58,000 new cases recorded on Friday, the highest daily increase in two months. Additionally, ten states in the country recorded their highest daily increases on Friday. 

 

October 10, 8 p.m.: The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson announced today that the city will likely soon go into a Tier 3 lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The U.K. is witnessing a resurgence in infections, prompting authorities to impose local lockdowns. 

 

October 10, 6 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced today that wearing face masks will be compulsory in indoor and outdoor spaces in capital Tehran as the country fights a third wave of the coronavirus.  Fines will be imposed on those who do not wear face masks. 

 

October 10, 4 p.m.: The CEO of Malaysian Airlines, Izham Ismail announced that the airline may have to shut down if investors reject the company’s latest restructuring plan. Like the rest of the aviation industry, the airline is struggling in the wake of a pandemic that has brought air travel to a grinding halt. 

 

October 10, 2.30 p.m.: Reports suggest that Japan and Vietnam will allow short term business travel to resume between the two countries as early as the end of October. Similarly, Japan will ease restrictions for business travel with Singapore and South Korea too. 

 

October 10, 11 a.m.:  According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,979,423 and the death toll stands at 107,416.

 

October 10, 9 a.m.: Over the past 24 hours, France reported a record increase in infections as 20,330 new coronavirus cases were detected. The country’s tally is nearing the 700,000 mark as it battles a resurgence of the coronavirus.  

 

October 9, 10 p.m.: For the first time since the pandemic began, more than 100,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections were reported in Europe over a 24-hour period. The U.K., Spain, France, Italy and other European countries have been recording a sharp rise in cases over the past few days, raising concerns over second and third waves of the virus. 

 

October 9, 8 p.m.: As coronavirus infections continue to rise in Madrid, the Spanish government has imposed a state of emergency in the capital. The state of emergency will last two weeks, during which restrictions on movement will be imposed. 

 

October 9, 6 p.m.: Authorities in Oman have announced a night time curfew from October 11 to 24, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The restrictions on movement will be in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 

October 9, 4 p.m.: A Russian official from the vaccine development program said today that the country will register its second coronavirus vaccine on October 15. The vaccine is being developed by Siberia’s Vector Institute. 

 

October 9, 1 p.m.: As Romania records a steep rise in Covid-19 infections, authorities have banned flights to and from 49 high-risk countries. Theatres, cinemas, restaurants and bars will also be shut down in the capital Bucharest. 

 

October 9, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,906,151 and the death toll stands at 106,490.

 

October 9, 8.30 a.m.: The Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero announced that most of the country will reopen for international tourists next week after bringing the coronavirus outbreak under control. Thirteen of Cuba’s sixteen provinces will welcome tourists as the November to March tourist season approaches. 

 

October 8, 10 p.m.: The Singaporean government has approved luxury cruises to nowhere wherein residents will remain on the ship for the entire duration of the cruise. However, only 50% of the vessel’s capacity will be allowed onboard.  

 

October 8, 8 p.m.: British airline easyJet announced today that it will open a new base in the Portuguese city of Faro in the Algarve region. The airline has been hit hard by the pandemic and is currently running only 25% of its full flight schedule. 

 

October 8, 6.30 p.m.: The Polish Prime Minister announced today that wearing face masks outdoors will be compulsory in the country starting October 10. 

 

October 8, 4 p.m.: After Paris and Marseille, reports suggest that the French government will also put Lyon and Lille on the highest level of Covid-19 alert as infections continue to rise. 

 

October 8, 2 p.m.: The Guardian reports that the Italian government has made coronavirus swab tests mandatory for travellers arriving from four countries, including the U.K., Belgium, Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

 

October 8, 12 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Brazil has crossed 5 million. The global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed 36 million.  

 

October 8, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,835,655 and the death toll stands at 105,526.

 

October 8, 8 a.m.: Starting next month, Japan will lift a travel ban for travellers from twelve countries including China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia.

 

October 7, 10.30 p.m.: Wearing face masks is now compulsory in outdoor spaces in Italy. Coronavirus infections have been rising in the country with the daily increase in cases rising to its highest level since April today.

 

October 7, 7 p.m.: Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases, authorities in Berlin and Brussels have imposed restrictions on the cities’ night life establishments.

 

October 7, 4 p.m.: As coronavirus cases surge in Sri Lanka, the government has tightened the coronavirus curfew across the country and warned of legal action against those avoiding treatment for Covid-19.

 

October 7, 2 p.m.: The IRCTC announced today that it will resume the Tejas Express trains between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and between Delhi and Lucknow from October 17. However, every alternate seat will be left vacant and passengers will have to install the Aarogya Setu app on their phones.  

 

October 7, 12 p.m.: The New Zealand Ministry of Health announced today that all domestic Covid-19 cases in the country have recovered. This is the second time that New Zealand has eliminated community transmission of the novel coronavirus. The city of Auckland is expected to move to the lowest level of coronavirus alert tonight.

 

October 7, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,757,131 and the death toll stands at 104,555.

 

October 7, 8 a.m.: The Governor of New York state Andrew Cuomo announced that schools, places of worship and businesses will be shut down in parts of the state to prevent the spread of the virus. New York was one of the country’s most severe Covid-19 hotspots in March and April, and is now seeing a resurgence in infections over the past few days.

 

October 6, 10 p.m.: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced today that targeted lockdowns will be imposed in the country’s high-risk areas. The country is battling with a sudden surge in cases over the past two weeks, reporting 691 new infections over the past 24 hours. 

 

October 6, 8 p.m.: Amid a spike in coronavirus infections, authorities in Moscow have restricted students and elderly citizens from travelling on public transport. Over the past 24 hours, Russia reported the highest daily increase in infections since May 11. 

 

October 6, 6 p.m.: The Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said that the government might make face masks compulsory in outdoor spaces to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country is witnessing a resurgence of infections over the past few days. 

 

October 6, 4 p.m.: Amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request to order schools and business in hotspots to shut down. 

 

October 6, 2 p.m.: The Central Government today released guidelines for the gradual reopening of multiplexes and cinema theatres starting October 15. Among other restrictions, cinema halls are allowed to seat up to 50% of their full capacity, and show timings are to be staggered in a way that minimizes crowding.

 

October 6, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,685,082 and the death toll stands at 103,569.

 

October 6, 10 a.m.: The Guardian reports that the government of Papua New Guinea will soon allow flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Solomon Islands in addition to flights from Australia, which were already permitted. 

 

October 6, 8 a.m.: Reports suggest that the governments of Japan and South Korea will resume business travel between the two countries soon. Along with business travellers, expatriates and long term residents will also be allowed to travel between the two countries, provided they have tested negative for Covid-19.

 

October 5, 10 p.m.: Reports suggest that Ireland will not be entering a phase of lockdown as suggested by the country’s health officials. However, current restrictions are likely to be tightened to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

October 5, 7 p.m.: A WHO official said today that one in ten people in the world might have contracted the novel coronavirus. According to this estimate, over 760 million people have been infected, a figure that far exceeds the official tally of 35 million cases. 

 

October 5, 4.30 p.m.: Authorities in Paris have ordered bars and cafes to shut down, in a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. New social distancing guidelines will also come into effect in the city starting tomorrow.   

 

October 5, 2 p.m.: Amid rising concerns over the high Covid-19 infection rate in the Russian capital Moscow, authorities may reimpose a strict lockdown in the city to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

October 5, 12 p.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that coronavirus restrictions in Auckland will be lifted on Wednesday, and the city will move to alert level 1. The restrictions were reimposed in Auckland after a fresh cluster of infections was reported in August. However, it has been ten days since the last case was detected. 

 

October 5, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,623,815 and the death toll stands at 102,685.

 

October 5, 9.30 a.m.: After months of shutdown, restaurants, bars and food courts in Maharashtra are set to reopen today. However, establishments will have to follow the government’s guidelines, such as hosting only up to 50% of their dine-in capacity, to maintain social distancing as much as possible. 

 

October 5, 8 a.m.: Citing an alarming rise in the Covid-19 infection rate in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended that most parts of the country return to the highest level of lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

October 4, 10 p.m.: In the U.S.A., nine states recorded a daily increase in new Covid-19 infections over the past week. The spike in cases is likely because of cold weather, which is prompting residents to stay indoors. 

 

October 4, 7 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections recorded in Poland crossed 100,000 today. Like other European countries, Poland too is reporting a resurgence in infections over the past dew days. 

 

October 4, 4 p.m.: For the first time since May, Russia recorded a daily increase of more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. One of the worst-affected countries in the world, Russia is witnessing a resurgence of cases over the last few days. 

 

October 4, 2 p.m.: The Saudi Arabian government announced that it will allow pilgrims to undertake the year-round umrah pilgrimage in Mecca starting today.  While only pilgrims from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to take part in the pilgrimage, the government will allow foreign pilgrims from November.

 

October 4, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,549,373 and the death toll stands at 101,782.

 

October 4, 10 a.m.: France recorded 16,972 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic began. After being one of the first virus hotspots globally in March and April, the country is witnessing a resurgence of infections, prompting authorities to impose regional lockdowns in high-risk areas. 

 

October 4, 8 a.m.: Health experts in Singapore suggest that the city-state would soon move into a calibrated third phase of reopening as restrictions in the second phase have been further loosened over the past few days. Most businesses and social activities are now permitted in Singapore.

 

October 3, 9 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced a slew of new coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to rise. Among other restrictions, the government announced fines and penalties for not wearing a mask, and concealing one’s infection. 

 

October 3, 6 p.m.: The Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare announced the country has recorded its first novel coronavirus infection. 

 

October 3, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 9,859 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. This is the greatest one-day increase in cases since mid-May. 

 

October 3, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,473,544 and the death toll stands at 100,842. 

 

October 3, 10 a.m.: As new Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the country, authorities in Lebanon have ordered the imposition of local lockdowns in hotspot towns and cities across the country, from October 4 to October 12. 

 

October 3, 8 a.m.: Though the suspension of regular international flights has been extended till October 31 by the central government, India has entered into bilateral travel bubble agreements with nine more countries, namely Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman, and Qatar. Additionally, India already has travel bubble arrangements with Canada, France, Germany, the Maldives, the U.K., the U.S.A., and the U.A.E. 

 

October 2, 10 p.m.: Starting 10 p.m. today, Spanish capital Madrid will go into lockdown. Madrid will become the first European capital to enter a second lockdown. 

 

October 2, 7 p.m.: The Kerala state government has imposed Section 144 restrictions in the state for a period of one month in light of rising Covid-19 infections. According to the new restrictions, public assemblies of more than five people are prohibited. 

 

October 2, 4 p.m.: Amid a rising coronavirus infection rate, face masks will be made mandatory in all outdoor spaces in Rome and the nearby Lazio region. 

 

October 2, 2 p.m.: Russia recorded 9,412 new infections over the past 24 hours.This is the highest daily increase in the country since May 23. 

 

October 2, 12 p.m.: The U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19 and will undergo quarantine. 

 

October 2, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,394,068 and the death toll stands at 99,773. 

 

October 2, 8 a.m.: Starting tomorrow, travellers from Poland and Turkey arriving in the U.K. will be required to quarantine for 14 days, as both countries are witnessing an increase in cases over the past few days. 

 

October 1, 10 p.m.: After initially opposing the imposition of lockdown restrictions as ordered by the Spanish central government, regional authorities in the Madrid region have agreed to implement the proposed restrictions. According to the new partial lockdown rules, public gatherings will be restricted to six people and bars and restaurants will have to operate at only 50% of their capacity. 

 

October 1, 8 p.m.: The German government has lifted the general travel warning for countries outside the European Union after a period of six months. The country, however, has issued country-specific warnings for other European nations that are witnessing a resurgence of infections. 

 

October 1, 6 p.m.: The Peruvian government announced that it will resume some international flight services to and from Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Panama starting October 5. All incoming travellers will be required to undergo coronavirus tests.

 

October 1, 4 p.m.: The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the coronavirus state of emergency in the country will be extended till the end of January 2021. The country was one of the first Covid-19 hotspots globally earlier in the year, and is witnessing a resurgence in infections over the past few days.  

 

October 1, 2 p.m.: American Airlines and United Airlines, two of the U.S.A.’s biggest airlines announced that 32,000 employees will be put on furlough as federal funding for airlines comes to an end. The airlines were hoping for a bailout package from the government but it has not come to pass, prompting airlines to take this step. 

 

October 1, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,312,584 and the death toll stands at 98,678. 

 

October 1, 9.30 a.m.: The Cuban government has eased the coronavirus curfew in capital Havana after a marked decrease in new infections over the past few days. 

 

October 1, 8 a.m.: The South African government announced that starting today, the country;s borders will be reopened to other African countries. However, border restrictions remain for high-risk countries like India, U.K., Russia, France and the U.S.A.

 

September 30, 10 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown in Maharashtra has been extended till October 31, the state government announced today. However, significant relaxations have been announced. Hotels, restaurants, bars and food courts will be allowed to function at 50% capacity starting October 5. Train services within the state will also be allowed to resume. 

 

September 30, 8 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, the government of the Czech Republic declared a state of emergency in the country starting Monday. Restrictions on public gatherings and concerts will also be tightened. 

 

September 30, 6 p.m.: The Air Transport Action Group projects that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a loss of 46 million jobs in the travel industry globally. The pandemic has severely impacted travel and tourism and is likely to threaten the jobs of 4.8 million employees in the aviation sector alone.

 

September 30, 4 p.m.: A survey of more than 29,000 Indian subjects conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research reveals that up to 63 million Indians could have been infected by the novel coronavirus so far. This estimate is roughly ten times the country’s official tally of infections.

 

September 30, 2 p.m.: Ukraine reported yet another record daily increase of 4,027 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country is one of several European countries witnessing a resurgence of cases. 

 

September 30, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,225,763 and the death toll stands at 97,497. 

 

September 30, 10 a.m.: Citing the financial downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Walt Dinsey announced that 28,000 employees will be laid off from its theme park business. Even after reopening, the theme parks have not witnessed substantial attendance, prompting upper management to take this step.   

 

September 30, 9 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that travel between New Zealand and some parts of Australia might be possible by Christmas. A restriction-free Trans-Tasman travel bubble between the two countries has been in talks ever since travel restrictions were first imposed. 

 

September 30, 8 a.m.: German airline Lufthansa has cancelled all planned flights to India till October 20, after Indian authorities rejected its planned flight schedule. Flights between India and Germany have resumed under a travel bubble agreement between the two countries.

 

September 29, 10 p.m.: India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating. 

 

September 29, 8 p.m.: The Tamil Nadu government announced today that the coronavirus lockdown in the state has been extended till October 31. However, most restrictions will be eased significantly. Hotels will be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the Chennai airport will be permitted to service up to 100 flights a day. 

 

September 29, 6.30 p.m.: The Italian government is likely to extend the ongoing state of emergency in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Like other European nations, Italy too is witnessing a rise in infections over the past few days.

 

September 29, 4 p.m.: Singapore Airlines announced that it will not go ahead with its planned “flight to nowhere” because of environmental and financial concerns. However, the airline will offer dining services on one of its aircraft, as well as offer tours of its training facilities. In the absence of routine international air travel, many airlines have opted to fly passengers around the country aboard planes, offering passengers the experience of air travel without violating travel restrictions. 

 

September 29, 2 p.m.: Next week, Thailand will welcome around 120 foreign vacationers from Guangzhou as the country will allow an incoming international flight for the first time since the pandemic. Thailand sealed its international borders in April, but is slowly expected to ease restrictions on foreign tourists over the coming months. 

 

September 29, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,145,291 and the death toll stands at 96,318.

 

September 29, 9.30 a.m.: Amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections, a coronavirus state of emergency is likely to be declared in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. 

 

September 29, 8 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the official global coronavirus death toll has crossed the 1 million mark. Experts believe that the true figure could in fact be way higher, as many deaths have gone unreported over the past few months. 

 

September 28, 10 p.m.: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the nationwide curfew will be extended, but will end two hours earlier every day. 

 

September 28, 8.30 p.m.: The government of Azerbaijan announced that some lockdown restrictions in the country will be extended till November 2. The country’s borders will also remain closed for the time being. 

 

September 28, 7 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Dutch government is likely to restrict travel to and from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. 

 

September 28, 4 p.m.: Twelve crew members aboard the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship operated by TUI have tested positive for Covid-19 after the ship docked in Greece. The Mein Schiff 6 was the first cruise ship to dock in Greek waters since the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

September 28, 2 p.m.: Amid rising concerns over a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Dubai, authorities have imposed stricter curbs on nightlife, ordering all establishments to shut shop by 1 a.m.

 

September 28, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has crossed 6 million today. The country has reported 6,074,072 infections so far, and the death toll stands at 95,542.

 

September 28, 10 a.m.: The G20 Leaders’ Summit which was to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November, will now be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The summit will focus on “restoring growth” and “addressing the vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic.” 

 

September 28, 8 a.m.: Reports suggest that the British government is set to impose a social lockdown in parts of Northern England, and possibly London as well, to fight a second wave of Covid-19.

 

September 27, 10 p.m.: A local lockdown will be imposed in the Welsh regions of Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

September 27, 8 p.m.: Netherlands reported a record daily increase of 2,995 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. Like other European countries like Ukraine, Czech Republic and France, the Netherlands to is witnessing a resurgence of cases over the past few days. 

 

September 27, 6 p.m.: The Australian Minister for  Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said today that the Trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand might materialize by the end of 2020. 

 

September 27, 4 p.m.: The Gujarat government announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Navratri events stand cancelled in the state this year.

 

September 27, 2 p.m.: The Saudi Arabian government announced plans to resume tourist visas in early 2021. The country banned all inbound and outbound movement of people in late-March because of the pandemic.

 

September 27, 11 a.m.: The coronavirus curfew in Melbourne is set to be lifted and schools will reopen, announced the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews. 

 

September 27, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,992,532 and the death toll stands at 94,503.

 

September 27, 8 a.m.: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that cinema theatres will be allowed to reopen starting October, and other cultural events like plays, concerts and jatras will also be allowed to take place, ahead of the Durga Puja festival. 

 

September 26, 10 p.m.: More than 20,000 new Covid-19 infections were recorded in Maharashtra over the past 24 hours. Additionally, 430 fatalities were also reported, taking the state’s death toll to 35,191. 

 

September 26, 8 p.m.: According to an official of the pilots’ union in the U.K., British low-cost carrier easyJet is “hanging by a thread” due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also said that the airline might go bankrupt because of the lack of demand for air travel over the summer. 

 

September 26, 6 p.m.: As the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across Iran, President Hassan Rouhani authorised regional governments to impose lockdowns wherever necessary. The country is witnessing a surge in infections over the past few days.

 

September 26, 3 p.m.: Russia reported more than 7,500 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase since June 22. The country has recorded more than 1 million cases so far. 

 

September 26, 12 p.m.: In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed that Japan would host the Olympics in 2021. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

September 26, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,903,932 and the death toll stands at 93,379.

 

September 26, 8 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the U.S.A. has crossed 7 million. The country accounts for more than 20% of the global tally of cases. 

 

September 25, 10 p.m.: In Brussels, a theme park dedicated to the European Union called Mini-Europe will shut down on December 31 2020 due to the financial downturn brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The theme park contained miniatures of European landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Mount Vesuvius and the Acropolis. 

 

September 25, 9 p.m.: The Guardian reports that new coronavirus restrictions will be imposed in Blackpool and Stockport in England, and in Cardiff and Swansea in Wales, as coronavirus infections continue to rise. 

 

September 25, 6.30 p.m.: The South Korean government announced that social distancing measures will be tightened during the Chuseok autumn holiday weeks, i.e. from September 28 to October 11. The stricter curbs will be enforced in at least eleven high-risk areas in capital Seoul.    

 

September 25, 4 p.m.: Amid rising coronavirus infections in the city, the mayor of Moscow has urged residents to work from home as much as possible. More than 1,000 cases were recorded in the city over the past 24 hours, for the first time in three months.  

 

September 25, 2 p.m.: The coronavirus infection rate is dropping steadily in Australia’s Victoria state, and authorities will likely relax restrictions in the coming days.

 

September 25, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,818,570 and the death toll stands at 92,290.

 

September 25, 9.30 a.m.: For the first time in 100 years, the Rio Carnival has been postponed, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities announced that the 2021 edition of the carnival, which is held in February every year, will have to be postponed indefinitely. 

 

September 25, 8 a.m.: Due to a rising Covid-19 infection rate in Iceland, Denmark, Slovakia and the Carribean island of Curacao, the four countries have been taken off Britain’s quarantine-free travel list, starting tomorrow. 

 

September 24, 10 p.m.: The Portuguese government announced that coronavirus restrictions in the country will be extended till mid-October as cases continue to rise. A nationwide state of contingency was announced on September 14. 

 

September 24, 9 p.m.: United Airlines announced that it will provide Covid-19 testing to some passengers. The pilot program will begin on October 15, for passengers flying from San Francisco to Hawaii, but is likely to be expanded across the country. The 15-minute rapid coronavirus tests will allow passengers to skip the 14-day quarantine after landing in Hawaii if they test negative. United is the first American airline to introduce such a testing program. 

 

September 24, 7 p.m.: Swedish football star Zlatan Abrahamovic has tested positive for Covid-19 today. 

 

September 24, 4 p.m.: The Austrian Foreign Ministry will issue travel warnings for Czech capital Prague and the French capital Paris in light of rising coronavirus cases. Similar warnings will also be issued for Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Israel, Kuwait and the Maldives, and will come into effect on Monday, September 28. 

 

September 24, 2.30 p.m.: As Indonesia’s official coronavirus death toll passed the 10,000 mark, the country reported its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases so far. Over the past 24 hours, authorities registered 4,634 new infections and 128 deaths.  

 

September 24, 11 a.m.: As Covid-19 infections continue to rise in Israel, the government has decided to tighten lockdown measures across the country. The new curbs are likely to restrict operations of certain non-essential businesses. Israel went into a second lockdown on September 18. 

 

September 24, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,732,518 and the death toll stands at 91,149.

 

September 24, 8 a.m.: The French government announced that the country will be classified into zones based on Covid-19 risk. Currently, only the city of Marseille and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe have been put on the maximum alert level. The government has also instructed local authorities in these regions to impose stricter restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.

 

September 23, 10 p.m.: Finland is set to launch a pilot program wherein specially trained sniffer dogs will be used to detect coronavirus in incoming travellers at Helsinki airport. Scientists have suggested that dogs’ superior sense of smell might enable them to pick up and identify traces of coronavirus in human sweat. However, conclusive evidence can only be obtained after large-scale trials such as this one. Similar experiments have been conducted in Dubai earlier this year. 

 

September 23, 8 p.m.: Belgian Prime Minister announced that citizens and residents will not be required to wear face masks outdoors starting October 1. Additionally, individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus will only have to self-isolate for seven days, down from fourteen as required currently. The easing of measures comes even as the country reports a spike in infections. 

 

September 23, 6 p.m.: The Singaporean Ministry of Health announced that it will pilot a new business travel pass for senior executives who are required to travel inter-regionally or internationally. Pass holders will be able to travel to a wide range of countries, but will have to follow the coronavirus restrictions applicable in other countries. Upon returning to Singapore, they can choose to get tested for Covid-19 or self-isolate.

 

September 23, 4 p.m.: Starting September 28, the Chinese government will allow foreigners with a valid residence permit to enter the country without having to reapply for visas. Foreigners whose residence permits have expired since March 28 can reapply for visas at Chinese consulates and embassies.

 

September 23, 2 p.m.: Reports suggest that amid rising Covid-19 infections, public gatherings of more than ten people are set to be banned in the city of Paris.

 

September 23, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,646,010 and the death toll stands at 90,020.

 

September 23, 9.30 a.m.: The Guardian reports that Russia’s famed Bolshoi theatre, which reopened this month, will be cancelling some performances on account of artistes testing positive for Covid-19. 

 

September 23, 8 a.m.: Reports suggest that the Japanese government might ease entry restrictions for some foreigners starting October. However, existing curbs will remain for foreigners who wish to visit for solely tourism purposes. 

 

September 22, 10 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the U.S.A.’s official Covid-19 death toll has crossed the grim 200,000 mark. The country is the worst-hit in the world, and accounts for more than a fifth of all coronavirus-related deaths recorded globally.

 

September 22, 8.30 p.m.: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nobel Prize awards ceremony will not take place in Stockholm this year. Instead, organizers announced that prizes will be handed out in a televised ceremony in December, and that the laureates will receive their awards in their own countries. 

 

September 22, 6.30 p.m.: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slew of new Covid-19 restrictions in the wake of rising infections in the country. Indoor sports will be banned, and the limit on guests at wedding ceremonies will be reduced from 30 to 15. The government estimates that these measures might be in force for the next six months. 

 

September 22, 4 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections in the U.K., Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove advised citizens and residents to work from home as much as possible. The government also announced earlier that pubs, bars and restaurants will have to shut by 10 p.m. starting Thursday. 

 

September 22, 2 p.m.: Authorities in Hong Kong have barred Air India flights into the city for the next two weeks, after six passengers who travelled on Air India’s Delhi-Hong Kong flight on September 18 tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. 

 

September 22, 11 a.m.: Disneyland Hong Kong is set to reopen to the public on September 25. However, face masks will be compulsory for visitors and the park will remain closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

 

September 22, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,562,663 and the death toll stands at 88,935.

 

September 22, 8 a.m.: As the Covid-19 infection rate continues to rise in the United Kingdom, health officials in the government are considering a second national lockdown. Estimates suggest that the country could record around 50,000 new cases daily by mid-October, if strict measures are not implemented. 

 

September 21, 10.30 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, coronavirus restrictions are set to be tightened in Northern Ireland and Wales.

 

September 21, 9 p.m.: Amid a reimposition of travel restrictions across Europe, German airline Lufthansa announced that it will lay off more employees than the 22,000 job cuts previously announced to survive the financial downturn brought about by the pandemic.

 

September 21, 7 p.m.: Citing concerns over France’s rising Covid-19 infection rate, Italy will make coronavirus testing mandatory for travellers returning from Paris and some other parts of the country.

 

September 21, 4 p.m.: The Indian Express reports that India’s Covid-19 recovery rate has crossed 80%. More than 93,000 recoveries were recorded over the past 24 hours, marking the third straight day that the figure has exceeded 90,000. 

 

September 21, 2 p.m.: The Taj Mahal reopened to visitors today, after a six-month coronavirus shutdown. A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed per day, split across two shifts. Visitors must book their visits in advance online and all Covid-19 protocol must be followed.

 

September 21, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,487,580 and the death toll stands at 87,882.

 

September 21, 9.30 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that Covid-19 measures in most of the country will be lifted starting tonight. However, some restrictions will remain in Auckland for the next two weeks. 

 

September 21, 8 a.m.: The CEO of Air New Zealand Greg Foran said that the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, which would allow restriction free travel between Australia and New Zealand is unlikely to come into being for the next six months at least 

 

September 20, 10 p.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 infections, the government of Myanmar has issued a stay-at-home order in capital Yangon starting tomorrow. 

 

September 20, 8 p.m.: The Health Minister of the Czech Republic announced that the government could impose a coronavirus state of emergency if infections continue to rise as they have been over the past few days.  

 

September 20, 6 p.m.: Vistara CEO announced that the airline has not laid off any of its 4,000 employees in the wake of the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic. Moreover, he said that the salary cuts announced earlier will be reviewed in January 2021.

 

September 20, 4 p.m.: Cathay Dragon announced the suspension of its flight between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong after five passengers on the flight last week were found to be Covid-19 positive. The flight is suspended till October 3.  

 

September 20, 2 p.m.: The Economic Times reports Vistara CEO Leslie Thng as saying that demand for air travel is picking up and that the airline will operate 100 flights per day by the end of September.

 

September 20, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,400,619 and the death toll stands at 86,752.

 

September 20, 9.30 a.m.: The Uttarakhand state government issued new guidelines for inter-state travellers. All inbound travellers will be thermally screened at border checkposts, railway stations, airports and bus stands. Those found to be symptomatic will be administered an antigen test. 

 

September 20, 8 a.m.: France reported 13,498 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hour, a record daily increase.

 

September 19, 10 p.m.: Kerala reported its largest daily increase in Covid-19 cases as 4,644 new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours. This is the third consecutive day that new cases have increased by 4,000, raising fears of a resurgence of Covid-19.  

 

September 19, 7 p.m.: Amid fears of a second wave of the novel coronavirus, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that additional measures may be required to curb the spread of the virus in the city. 

 

September 19, 4 p.m.: Indonesia reported a record daily increase of 4,168 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The provinces of Jakarta and East Java are witnessing a steep rise in infections over the past few days. 

 

September 19, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,308,014 and the death toll stands at 85,619.

 

September 19, 9.30 a.m.: As the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are set to reopen on September 21, hotels in Agra have also reopened to the public, and are now welcoming tourists.  

 

September 19, 8 a.m.: Authorities in Greece have imposed stricter coronavirus measures in the city of Athens, in a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. All concerts are suspended, and limits on public gatherings are tightened. 

 

September 18, 10 p.m.: After it was announced earlier that authorities in the U.A.E. had suspended Air India Express flights from India to Dubai till October 2, the airline announced that flights to Dubai will operate as per the original schedule starting tomorrow. A three-tier checking mechanism will be implemented to make sure that no Covid-19 positive passenger is allowed to board the aircraft.  

 

September 18, 8 p.m.: A government official announced today that Iran is moving towards the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country is reporting a daily increase of more than 3,000 new infections over the past few days.  

 

September 18, 7 p.m.: London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations in the city will be cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

September 18, 3 p.m.: Irtish budget airline Ryanair announced a 20% reduction in its flight schedule for October, citing travel restrictions imposed by the EU in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

September 18, 11 a.m.: Air India Express flights from India to Dubai are suspended till October 2, after a passenger who was Covid-19 positive was allowed to board a Jaipur to Dubai flight on September 4. 

 

September 18, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,214,677 and the death toll stands at 84,372.

 

September 18, 8 a.m.: According to the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the world crossed the grim 30 million mark today. India and the U.S.A. together account for a third of the global tally. 

 

September 17, 10 p.m.: The French Health Minister, Olivier Veran announced that additional measures will be undertaken in Lyon and Nice. Due to a rise in Covid-19 infections, the two cities are now designated as coronavirus high-risk zones.   

 

September 17, 8 p.m.: Coronavirus restrictions on movement and assembly of people has been extended till September 30, according to a police official. Section 144 has been imposed in the city since the pandemic began.  

 

September 17, 6 p.m.: Etihad Airways announced today that travellers from abroad will have to wear a tracking device during the 14 days of home quarantine. Moreover, those arriving from high-risk countries might be asked to undergo quarantine at a state-run facility. 

 

September 17, 4 p.m.: Limited flight services have resumed between China and South Korea, even as the latter is facing a resurgence of untraceable Covid-19 infections over the past few days.  

 

September 17, 2 p.m.: In the absence of regular air travel, Australian airline Qantas will offer a six-hour sightseeing flight today that will take off from and land at Sydney. The one-off flight will cover iconic Australian sites such as Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Gold Coast. 

 

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.

 

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