Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates

As the pandemic continues to cripple the world, we issue updates for travellers to track.  
Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates 10
As restrictions have started to ease up in the world, cyclists are back on the streets. Photo by: Jerome LABOUYRIE/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 6,524,369 people have been infected, as the epicentre has shifted from China to Western Europe, and now to the Americas, over the past three months. While  more than a million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Brazil and Russia have recorded more than 500,000 and 400,000 cases respectively.  U.K., Spain, and Italy have recorded more than 200,000 infections each (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently in its extended lockdown which will now officially continue till June 30, but with significant relaxations for the movement of people and economic activity. The country has registered 216,919 positive cases of COVID-19 as of June 4. The Ministry of Health 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.

 

June 4, 3 p.m.: Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto has announced that the country’s land borders with France and Portugal from June 22. It is likely that quarantine restrictions will also be lifted for those arriving from these two countries. 

 

June 4, 2 p.m.: Uzbekistan will move into the next phase of easing coronavirus restrictions on June 15, as some businesses, kindergartens and bus routes will be allowed to resume operations. However, a ban on mass gatherings will continue.

 

June 4, 1 p.m.: After the U.S. government issued a ban on passenger flights coming into the country operated by Chinese carriers, China has eased restrictions on incoming international flights. The government has said that all airlines will be allowed to fly two flights per week into China.

 

June 4, 11 a.m.:  According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,16,919 and the death toll stands at 6,075. 

 

June 4, 10 a.m.: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage on in Mexico, and Brazil, as both countries reported a record daily increase in deaths. While Mexico reported 1,092 deaths, Brazil saw 1,350 fatalities over the last 24 hours. Even as Covid-19 cases and deaths are on the rise everyday, some parts of Brazil have started easing lockdown, raising fears of a worsening of the crisis. 

 

June 4, 9 a.m.:  The U.S.A. has imposed a ban on passenger flights coming from China starting June 16. The ban would apply to flights operated by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines. 

 

June 4, 8 a.m.: The Spanish parliament agreed to extend the coronavirus emergency by two more weeks till June 21. This is the sixth and final extension to the emergency that has been in place since March 14. 

 

June 3, 10 p.m.: CNN reports that New York state has reported its lowest daily Covid-19 death toll till date, recording 49 deaths. New York City, the worst-hit region in the state is set to begin reopening on June 8. 

 

June 3, 9 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Belgium will allow restaurants and cafes to reopen on June 8. Moreover, gatherings of up to eight people will be allowed , up from four currently. The country will also reopen its borders on June 15. 

 

June 3, 8 p.m.: Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said that holidaymakers from the UK will be welcome to travel to Portugal for their vacations this summer, and that an air bridge between the two countries might be in place before the end of June. This would mean that arrivals from the U.K. would not have to go through a mandatory quarantine after entering Portugal. 

 

June 3, 6 p.m.: The Ministry of Home Affairs in India has loosened border restrictions to allow some categories of foreign nationals to enter India. Foreigners holding a business visa, healthcare professionals, healthcare researchers, engineers and specialist technicians are among those who will now be allowed to seek entry into the country.

 

June 3, 5 p.m.: Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced that starting tomorrow there will be no checks at Austria’s land borders. However, entry restrictions will remain at Austria’s border with Italy, and will be reviewed next week. Thus, Austria has opened borders to visitors from Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic after more than two months of border closures. 

 

June 3, 4 p.m.: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that travel restrictions for 29 European countries will be lifted on June 15. The government has currently issued a travel ban for these countries, which will now be replaced with travel guidelines or advice. He warned however, that though Germans are now allowed to visit other countries, the government urges against all non-essential travel, specifically to countries like the U.K., where quarantine rules are still applicable.  

 

June 3, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 8,863 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 423,741 and the death toll stands at 5,037.  

 

June 3, 1 p.m.: German airline Lufthansa posted a net loss of a whopping 2.1 billion euros, owing to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the aviation sector hard. This figure greatly dwarfs the 342 million euros losses the company posted in the year-earlier period. 

 

June 3, 11 a.m.:  According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,07,615 and the death toll stands at 5,815. 

 

June 3, 10 a.m.: Brazil recorded its worst daily increase in Covid-19 deaths, reporting 1,262 deaths over a 24-hour period. The tally of infections is 555,383, and 31,199 people have lost their lives to the virus. 

 

June 3, 9 a.m.: Latvia will open its borders for international travellers from other European countries today, without a mandatory self-isolation rule for most. For travellers who have been in Sweden, the UK, Portugal, Belgium, Malta, Ireland or Spain for the past 14 days however, the self-isolation measures will still be applicable. 

 

June 3, 8 a.m.: As the cyclonic storm Nisarga is expected to make landfall on India’s west coast today, flight services to and from Mumbai airport have been severely disrupted. Moreover, Section 144 has been imposed in Mumbai, and stepping outside the house  is prohibited till Thursday afternoon.

 

June 2, 10 p.m.: As 34 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Tokyo, a coronavirus alert has been issued in the Japanese capital. This is the first time since May 14 that more than 30 new cases have been reported in one day. Authorities said that businesses might be shut down if the rate of infection continues to increase.

 

June 2, 9 p.m.: A fresh cluster of new Covid-19 cases has prompted authorities in Hong Kong to extend social distancing measures by two weeks, till June 18. The 14-day home quarantine measures for foreign arrivals has also been extended till September 18. 

 

June 2, 8 p.m.: As coronavirus restrictions are further eased in Dubai, all shopping malls and private businesses in the Emirate will reopen fully tomorrow. 

 

June 2, 6 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Germany’s warning for Europe will be lifted tomorrow. While the travel warning stands for the rest of the world, it will be replaced with travel advice for countries in the EU and associated states. 

 

June 2, 5 p.m.: CNN reports that British cruise operators P&O Cruises will not resume operations at least till October 15, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

June 2, 3 p.m.: According to a report by the Associated Press, the international airport in Ecuador’s capital Quito will resume international passenger flights on June 3. Arriving passengers will have to undergo a mandatory 15-day quarantine period.  

 

June 2, 2 p.m.: Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir will be resuming flights to destinations like Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cebu, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Medan, Melbourne and Osaka. The airline will thus service 27 destinations over the next two months. 

 

June 2, 1 p.m.: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government cancelled the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, in which hundreds of thousands of Indonesian citizens participate every year. Authorities in Saudi Arabia have also said that the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages are suspended indefinitely.

 

June 2, 11 a.m: The Covid-19 infection seems to be under control in New Zealand, as it reported no new cases for the eleventh straight day. There remains only one active Covid-19 case in the country, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the government might further ease restrictions as early as next week.

 

June 2, 9.30 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 198,706, and the death toll stands at 5,598.

 

June 2, 8 a.m.: Brazil recorded 11,598 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 526,447, second only to that of the U.S.A. The death toll stands at 29,937.

 

June 1, 10 p.m.: Spain reported 71 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, and no deaths. This is the first time since March that no new death was recorded in the country. 

 

June 1, 9 p.m.: The DGCA instructed airlines to keep the middle seats vacant on flights as much as possible. If the middle seat is booked due to a high passenger load, those passengers must be given special protective equipment like wrap around gowns, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

June 1, 7.30 p.m.: Iran saw the largest daily increase in cases since April 1, as 2,979 confirmed Covid-19 infections were detected since yesterday. The total number of cases is now 154,445 and the death toll stands at 7,878.

 

June 1, 5.30 p.m.: Coronavirus curbs were further eased in Turkey today, as cafes and restaurants were allowed to reopen. Domestic flights have also resumed, and international flights might start next week, according to reports. 

 

June 1, 4.30 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the Union Territory’s borders will be sealed for the next one week, to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. Essential services will be exempted from this restriction. 

 

June 1, 3 p.m.: The Japanese MotoGP, which was to be held on October 18, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not take place. 

 

June 1, 1.30 p.m.: Russia reported 9,035 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 414,878. The death toll rose by 162 to 4,855. 

 

June 1, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 190,535 and the death toll stands at 5,394.

 

June 1, 10 a.m.: As new cases continue to decline in Moscow, lockdown restrictions will be eased today in the Russian capital. Residents will be allowed to leave their house for designated days of the week in permitted time slots, and shopping centres and parks will be reopened too. 

 

June 1, 9 a.m.: As the rate of new infections slows down in Japan, the government is considering allowing travellers from some countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand in the days to come.  Around 17,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 900 deaths have been reported in the country so far. 

 

June 1, 8 a.m.: Many states in Australia eased social distancing restrictions today. Public attractions like zoos, art galleries and libraries were allowed to reopen, and restaurants and cafes will be allowed to host more patrons at a time, than was previously permitted. 

 

May 31, 10.30 p.m.: Abu Dhabi authorities announced that movement to and from the Emirate will be banned for one week starting June 2, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Movement between different regions within the Emirate will also be prohibited in this period. 

 

May 31, 9 p.m.: As lockdown restrictions are relaxed in Italy, some of its most iconic tourist sites are opening up for visitors. The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened yesterday, the Colosseum and Vatican Museums are set to reopen tomorrow, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence on Tuesday. However, visitors are required to observe social distancing norms and take precautions such as wearing face masks.

 

 May 31, 8 p.m.: Temple Mount in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites for Muslims and Jews reopened today, after a closure of almost two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors are screened for symptoms before entering and are required to wear face masks.

 

May 31, 7 p.m.: Even as the state remains under lockdown till June 30, coronavirus curbs will be lifted in three stages in Maharashtra over the next few weeks. This phased reopening plan allows for citizens to exercise,  standalone shops to open, and for government and private workplace to resume operations with 15% and 10% staff respectively. Inter-district bus services are prohibited, but city buses are allowed to ply with only 50% of their capacity occupied.

 

May 31, 5 p.m.: Air India has made it mandatory for its pilots and cabin crew to test themselves for Covid-19 and ensure that their test results are negative, before they operate any flight services. The move comes one day after an empty Delhi-Moscow flight returned midway as the pilot was found to be Covid-19 positive.    

 

May 31, 3.30 p.m.: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended by two more weeks till June 21. However, the movement of citizens will not be restricted after this extended lockdown.  

 

May 31, 3 p.m.: Given that Canada’s borders are closed to foreign travellers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government will invest 30 million Canadian dollars to promote domestic tourism. 

  

May 31, 1.30 p.m.: Russia reported 9,268 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections 405,843, and the death toll stands at 4,693.

 

May 31, 11.30 a.m.: Reports suggest that the government of Singapore is in talks with countries like Australia and South Korea to develop ‘green lanes’ for travel between Singapore and these countries. China has already established a green lane with Singapore earlier this week. 

 

May 31, 11 a.m.: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that international air travel will remain suspended in India till June 30. 

 

May 31, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 182,143, and the death toll stands at 5,164.

 

May 31, 9 a.m.: CNN reports that lockdown restrictions will be eased in Venezuela starting June 1. Economic activity will resume for five days, after which a quarantine period of ten days will be imposed again. President Nicolas Maduro announced that the country’s borders will remain closed for the time being. 

 

May 31, 8 a.m.: After announcing earlier that it will open its airports for travellers from 29 countries, Greece has issued a revised policy for foreign travellers coming into the country, on May 30. According to this modified policy, air travellers from all countries will be allowed to enter Greece, but travellers coming from countries other those on the list will have to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test, and a quarantine period.   

 

May 30, 11 p.m.: In Colombia, coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted or relaxed in all cities, except for capital Bogota, Cali and Cartagena, where a large number of Covid-19 infections have been recorded. Officially, the lockdown has been extended till July 1 in the country, but significant relaxations have been announced in most of the country. 

 

May 30, 10 p.m.: The Austrian government has given the green light to the Formula One races that are to be held in the country on July 8 and July 12. These will be the first races of the delayed F1 season, and no spectators will be allowed at the races. 

 

May 30, 8.30 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown has been extended till June 30 in India. However, considerable relaxations have been announced in this first phase of reopening the economy. Hospitality services like hotels and restaurants, as well as places of worship and malls will be allowed to resume operations from June 8. Though international air travel remains prohibited, inter-state and intra-state travel is allowed across the country. The relaxations do not apply to containment zones. 

 

May 30, 6 p.m.: The Rajasthan state government announced that the historical monuments that come under the purview of its Archaeology and Museums Department will be reopened on June 1. The monuments will be open for specific time periods in the day and monuments in Covid-19 containment zones and curfew areas will remain closed.  

 

May 30, 5 p.m: The Spanish government announced that coronavirus restrictions will be further eased on four of its islands as they enter the third phase of lockdown. Hotels, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate with relaxed restrictions, and museums can resume special activities. The four islands are La Graciosa, El Hierro and La Gomera in the Canary Islands, and Formentera in the Balearics.

 

May 30, 4 p.m.: An Air India flight travelling from Delhi to Moscow has returned midway to Delhi airport, after the airline’s ground team realised that the pilot was Covid-19 positive. The flight was not carrying any passengers and was flying empty to Moscow to bring back Indians stranded there.

 

May 30, 2 p.m.: New York State Governor Chris Cuomo announced that New York City will begin a gradual reopening on June 8, as construction and manufacturing activities will be allowed to resume. The five regions of Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country and Central New York will move to the second phase of lockdown on the same day.   

 

May 30, 1.30 p.m.: Russia reported 8.952 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 396,575. The death toll stands at 4,555. 

 

May 30, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 173,763, and the death toll stands at 4,791.

 

May 30, 10 a.m.: Many states across Australia will be lifting certain restrictions and relaxing others, starting June 1. Specific information about the different states’ new rules can be found here

 

May 30, 9 a.m.: The Director of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera confirmed that the film festival will take place from September 2 to 12, 2020. 

 

May 30, 8 a.m.: After state officials approved plans to reopen Walt Disney World and SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, the two theme parks are set to begin a gradual reopening on July 11, and June 10 respectively.

 

May 29, 11 p.m.: The Greek government announced that flights from 29 foreign countries will be allowed to land at the Athens and Thessaloniki airports starting June 15. The list includes 16 EU countries like Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic, but leaves out France, Spain, Britain and Italy. Non-EU European countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Serbia, as well as non-European countries like Japan, Australia, China and South Korea have also made the list. The government said that more countries might be added to the list in July, when other regional airports in Greece will resume operations.  

 

May 29, 9.30 p.m.: The Danish government announced that travellers from Iceland, Finland, Norway and Germany will be allowed to come into the country starting June 15. Visitors from Sweden will not be permitted to enter Denmark however, owing to the country’s high infection rate. The Norwegian government announced that Norway will be opening its borders to travellers coming from Denmark, and that it is in talks with the other Nordic countries and Germany about a potential opening up of borders. 

 

May 29, 8.30 p.m.: As France further eases lockdown restrictions, the Louvre Museum in Paris announced plans to reopen on July 6. Visitors will have to book their visits in advance, wear a face mask and observe social distancing at all times.  

 

May 29, 6 p.m.: Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri announced that Air India will operate additional flights under the Vande Bharat Mission. The flights are as follows: Delhi to Auckland on June 4, Delhi to Stockholm on June 5, Delhi to New York, Frankfurt and Seoul, and from Mumbai to London and Newark on 6 June. Bookings for these flights will begin on 11 a.m. on May 30.

 

May 29, 4 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown has been extended in Algeria till June 13. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, the country has reported 8,997 Covid-19 cases and 630 deaths so far. 

 

May 29, 3 p.m.: Starting June 1, coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed in the city of Tokyo, as it moves into the second phase of lockdown. Businesses, cinemas and theatres will be allowed to reopen, but restaurants and bars won’t reopen till the third phase. 

 

May 29, 2 p.m.: The United Nations has postponed the COP-26 Summit, which was to be held this year, to the next year citing the Covid-19 pandemic. Touted to be one of the most crucial summits for global climate action, the COP-26 Summit will now be held from November 1-12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

 

May 29, 1 p.m.: According to a travel advisory issued by the Embassy of the U.S.A. in Beijing, Chinese authorities are considering extending the restrictions on international passenger flights till June 30. The Chinese government has severely restricted international flights coming into the country, and is allowing 134 flights per week, according to restrictions imposed at the end of March.  

 

May 29, 11 a.m.: The city of Sao Paulo in Brazil is set to ease lockdown restrictions from June 1 as authorities have permitted shops and businesses to reopen. Sao Paulo is one of the worst-hit regions within Brazil, reporting 6,382 of the 26,417 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the country on Thursday.  

 

May 29, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the total number of Covid-19 cases is 165,799 and the death toll has risen to 4,706.

 

May 29, 9 a.m.: The Boston Marathon 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The prestigious marathon was previously rescheduled from April 20 to September 15, but has now been called off by city authorities. However, the race will now be held virtually from September 7-14, i.e. registered participants can get a finisher’s medal if they are able to prove sufficiently to organizers that they ran 26.2 miles under six hours.

 

May 29, 8 a.m.: Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced that starting June 1, 70% of the country’s population will move to a phase two lockdown. With new infections and deaths slowing down, the Spanish government has taken the decision to gradually ease the lockdown, in a bid to return to normalcy. 

 

May 28, 11 p.m.: The Indian Railways has increased the advance ticket booking window from 30 days to 120 days for Rajdhani trains already in operation, as well as the new trains that will resume services on June 1. These changes will come into effect on May 31, at 8 a.m. 

 

May 28, 10 p.m.: The English Premier League, one of the most popular football leagues in the world will resume on June 17, reports suggest. The last match of the league was played on March 9, after which all ties were suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

May 28, 9 p.m.: Norwegian borders will be opened for business travellers from other Nordic countries, starting June 1. Thus, business travellers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland will be able to enter Norway without the 10-day quarantine, which is currently a requirement for most foreign arrivals. 

 

May 28, 8 p.m.: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila, or the national capital region will relax coronavirus restrictions starting June 1. Some buses, trains, and private taxis will be allowed to ply and limits on socialization will also be eased in some regions.

 

May 28, 6 p.m.: In a bid to boost its tourism sector amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Cyprus announced that it will extend financial support to foreign tourists who get infected with the novel coronavirus when in Cyprus. International flights into Cyprus resume on June 9, initially only from 19 countries.  

 

May 28, 4.30 p.m.: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that visitors from 20-25 nations will be allowed to visit Greece soon. Though the full list of the countries has not been released yet, he mentioned Cyprus, Israel and other Central European countries. German tourists will be allowed to visit the country starting June 15, and international flights will resume on the same date. 

 

May 28, 3 p.m.: As new Covid-19 clusters crop up in South Korea, authorities decided to re-impose coronavirus restrictions which were lifted earlier this month. Parks, art galleries and museums will be shut down for two weeks, starting Friday, May 29. Citizens are also discouraged from gathering in groups at restaurants and cafes. 

 

May 28, 2 p.m.: Russia reported 8,371 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 379,051. The death toll stands at 4,142. 

 

May 28, 1 p.m.: U.K. based budget airline EasyJet announced that it will be cutting 30% of its workforce foreseeing a reduced demand for air travel in the months to come. The company employs a total of 15,000 individuals, which means that 4,500 employees will be laid off. 

 

May 28, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 158,333, and the death toll stands at 4,531.

 

May 28, 9 a.m.: As South Korea fights a resurgence in Covid-19 infections, 79 new cases were reported over the last 24 hours in the country. This is the largest daily increase since April 5, and the third consecutive day when cases have been increasing. 

 

May 28, 8 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.A. has crossed the 100,000 mark. The country has reported more than 1.7 million infections so far, and is the worst-hit in the world. However, a decrease in new infections has prompted some businesses to reopen, after two months of lockdown.

 

May 27, 10 p.m.: As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the aviation sector to a standstill, Boeing announced plans to eliminate 12,000 jobs in the U.S.A. alone. As part of this plan, 6,770 employees will be laid off in the country, and thousands more will be announced soon, company officials said. 

 

May 27, 9 p.m.: SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World Orlando have proposed plans for a phased reopening starting June 11, and July 11 respectively. 

 

May 27, 8 p.m.: The Japanese government is considering a plan to revive the country’s tourism sector by subsidizing holiday-goers’ expenses in the country. The subsidies will be disbursed through discounts at shops, restaurants, souvenir shops and also on domestic travel within Japan, and will be made available for tourists who make bookings through Japanese travel agencies or directly with hotels and traditional ryokan inns. This plan will likely be put into action in July, after coronavirus travel restrictions are completely lifted. Though the plan does not explicitly exclude foreign travellers, only domestic travel expenses within Japan will be subsidized, and not overseas travel. 

 

May 27, 6 p.m.: Scandinavian Airlines or SAS announced some of its short and long haul operations in early June. Along with flights within the Scandinavian group of countries, flights to destinations like New York, Chicago and Amsterdam will also resume.

 

May 27, 5 p.m.: Starting May 30, citizens will not be required to wear face masks in public in Poland. Cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and gyms will reopen on June 6, and public gatherings of up to 150 people may be permitted in the days to come. 

 

May 27, 4 p.m.: After Montenegro moved to deny entry to people from neighboring Serbia, Serbia has retaliated by banning all inbound flights operated by Montenegro Airlines. The government of Montenegro earlier declared the country coronavirus-free, and announced that the country’s borders will be opened for countries whose infection rate is less than 25 per 100,000 people. Serbia’s infection rate happens to be more than this limit. 

 

May 27, 2.30 p.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that a plan for a possible Trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand might be ready by early June. Such an agreement would allow the free movement of travellers between the two countries, without a mandatory quarantine or other restrictions. 

 

May 27, 2 p.m.: Cafes, restaurants and bars will reopen on Monday, June 1 in Bulgaria, as the government further eases lockdown measures. Cultural and entertainment events will also be permitted, but discos, night bars, and piano bars will stay closed till June 14. Citizens are still supposed to follow social distancing measures. 

 

May 27, 1 p.m.: The Vietnamese government has decided to resume e-visa services for travellers from 80 countries, including India, Belgium, Germany and South Korea. Foreigners can enter or exit the country through the following eight airports: Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, Hai Phong’s Cat Bi Airport, Da Nang Airport, Thua Thien-Hue Province’s Phu Bai Airport, Khanh Hoa Province’s Cam Ranh Airport, HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, Can Tho Airport and Kien Giang Province’s Phu Quoc Airport. Alternatively, they will also be permitted to enter or exit through the country’s 29 land and sea border gates. 

 

May 27, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 151,767 and the death toll stands at 4,337.

 

May 27, 9 a.m.: Social distancing rules have been extended till June 29 in Germany. Gatherings of up to ten people will be permitted, but citizens are urged to minimize contact with others. The country has reported more than 179,000 Covid-19 cases, and 8,300 deaths. 

 

May 26, 10 p.m.: A day after domestic flights resumed operations in the country, a passenger on board IndiGo’s flight from Chennai to Coimbatore tested positive for Covid-19 after landing at the Coimbatore airport. The individual was shifted to a medical facility, and members of the flight crew have since been grounded and put under a 14-day precautionary quarantine. 

 

May 26, 9 p.m.: Hungarian Justice Minister Judith Varga said that the state of emergency in the country will likely end on June 20. The country has reported 3,771 Covid-19 cases and 499 deaths so far. 

 

May 26, 8 p.m.: The Spanish government has declared a ten-day official mourning period in the country in remembrance of close to 27,000 citizens who lost their lives to the novel coronavirus. The mourning period will begin on Wednesday, May 27, and its end will be marked by an official ceremony presided over by the country’s head of state. 

 

May 26, 7 p.m.: After two months, cafes and restaurants reopened in Iran as coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased in the country. Tourist sites opened on Sunday, and places of worship on Monday. The country is one of the worst-hit in Asia and has reported 137,724 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 7,451 deaths so far. 

 

May 26, 6 p.m.: The U.K. Office for National Statistics reports that the country recorded 4,210 deaths in the week ending May 15, the lowest in six weeks. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the U.K. has recorded a total of 262,547 Covid-19 infections and 36,996 deaths so far. 

 

May 26, 4.30 p.m.: Russia reported 8,915 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 362,342. The death toll rose by 174, a record daily increase, and now stands at 3,807.

 

May 26, 3 p.m.: The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, considered to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ reopened today, as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West Bank region. The church was shut since March 5, and is currently allowing only 50 visitors to enter at a time. Visitors must not show symptoms like fever, and be wearing face masks at all times.   

 

May 26, 2 p.m.: Latin America’s biggest airline, the LATAM Airlines Group has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S.A. due to the restrictions on air travel that have been put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities have said that this move will not affect passenger and cargo operations, flight reservations or employee salaries. 

 

May 26, 1 p.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told members of the press that the country’s borders are unlikely to reopen anytime soon. However, he mentioned that discussions are ongoing between the Australian and New Zealand’s governments about the possibility of a Trans-Tasman safe travel zone, wherein the two countries will open their borders to each other.  

 

May 26, 12 p.m.: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that transit services will resume partly at the city’s international airport on June 1. The spread of the novel coronavirus has been brought under control in the city, and no local infections have been recorded for the past 11 days now. 

 

May 26, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 145,380, and the death toll stands at 4,167.

 

May 26, 10 a.m.: The curfew in Saudi Arabia will be lifted on June 21, except in Mecca, where the curfew timings will be revised. Domestic travel, public prayers in mosques and attendance in public and private sector workplaces will also be permitted from May 31. 

 

May 26, 9 a.m.: The Interior Minister of Kuwait announced that the 24-hour curfew in the country will come to an end on May 30. A partial curfew will remain however, and details will be released later this week. 

 

May 26, 8 a.m.: The German government has offered a 9.8 billion USD bailout package to the Deutsche Lufthansa AG group of airlines. As part of the deal the government will also own a 20% stake in the company, and a veto over the company’s strategic decisions. The deal is yet to be approved by the European Union. 

 

May 25, 11 p.m.: The alert level in Iceland has been lowered from ‘emergency’ to ‘alert’, and bars and gyms were allowed to reopen today. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are now permitted. The country has reported 1,804 Covid-19 infections and ten deaths so far.

 

May 25, 10 p.m.: Maharashtra reported 2,436 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 52,667. The death toll increased by 60 to 1,695. With 31,972 recorded cases, capital Mumbai is the worst-hit city in the state. Maharashtra currently accounts for more than a third of India’s coronavirus cases and deaths.  

 

May 25, 9 p.m.: The Guardian reports that the Prime Minister of Mongolia announced earlier today that quarantine conditions will remain in the country till a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is found.  

 

May 25, 8 p.m.: As Japan completely lifted the coronavirus emergency, its government has expanded its travel ban to 11 other countries, namely India, Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa and Tajikistan. With these additions, Japan’s travel ban now applies to travellers coming from 111 countries.  

 

May 25, 6 p.m.: Greece has reopened cafes and restaurants, and has resumed ferry services between the country’s mainland and its islands. The country has been largely successful in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, and hence taken these steps way earlier than the stipulated date of June 15.  

 

May 25, 4.30 p.m.: Russia reported 8,946 confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 353,427. Only the U.S.A. and Brazil have reported more cases, and the death toll stands at 3,633.

 

May 25, 3 p.m.: The Supreme Court of India has allowed Air India to operate flights with the middle seat booked for ten days. 

 

May 25, 2 p.m.: Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto said that foreigners can book vacations in Spain starting July, and that the mandatory two-week quarantine measures will likely be suspended by then.  

 

May 25, 1 p.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions in the country on Friday, May 29. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.

 

May 25, 11 a.m.: The coronavirus emergency of Japan is set to be lifted completely as economic activity resumed today in Tokyo and four other prefectures that are still under emergency. This easing of restrictions has come earlier than expected, as the rate of infection continues to slow. The country has reported 17,200 Covid-19 cases and 853 deaths so far. 

 

May 25, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 138,845 and the death toll stands at 4,021.

 

May 25, 9 a.m.: The White House imposed a ban on travellers coming into the U.S.A. from Brazil, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The U.S.A. is the worst-hit country in the world, with more than 1.6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, followed by Brazil, which has recorded more than 360,000.  

 

May 25, 8 a.m.:  Fiji Airways announced that it will lay off 51% of its staff permanently, a move that will affect 758 employees. The remaining employees will also face a 20% pay cut.

 

May 25, 7 a.m.: As domestic flight operations resume in most of the country today, flights will be allowed in the state of Andhra Pradesh from tomorrow, and in West Bengal from May 28.

 

May 24, 9.30 p.m.: West Bengal recorded its highest single-day spike of  208 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its total tally to 3,667. The state’s death troll stands at 272.

 

May 24, 8.30 p.m.: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the return of Indians stranded abroad due to the lockdown, mentioning it will be a paid service and preference will be given to those under duress, those who have lost their jobs, and to pregnant women. SOP was also issued by the government for those stranded in India and wishing to travel abroad.

 

May 24, 7 p.m.: Maharashtra recorded its highest single-day spike with 3,041 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday as the state’s tally crossed the 50,000 mark to soar to 50,231 cases. 58 new deaths were reported. Mumbai’s cumulative tally stands at 30,542 cases, while it’s death toll is 988. 39 of the new deaths were reported on Sunday. Simultaneously, the Maharashtra government has announced that it will allow 25 flights to and from (25 take off, 25 landings each day) Mumbai from Monday. As per ANI reports, the state government will issue guidelines regrading the same soon.

 

May 24, 6.30 p.m.: Tamil Nadu recorded 765 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking TN’s tally to 16,277. With eight new deaths, the state’s death toll also rose to 111.

 

May 24, 6 p.m.: Here are the updated regulations for both domestic and international travel as issued by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

 

May 24, 5.30 p.m.: The state of Karnataka reported 97 new cases, even as it went under lockdown till Monday morning. Uttarkhand registered 54 fresh cases and Kerala 53. Puducherry and Manipur recorded five and three new COVID-19 cases respectively.

 

May 24, 5 p.m.: AirAsia India has opened bookings for 21 destinations.

 

May 24, 3.30 p.m.: On the international front, Lufthansa is set to resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June
Destinations include Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Faro, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga, an airline spokeswoman said, adding that flights would depart from their hub in Frankfurt.

 

May 24, 3 p.m.: Although the Indian Airlines will resume a third of their domestic flights from Monday, some states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have said they are not prepared. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned that it would be extremely ill-advised to open up the red zones.

 

May 24, 12.40 p.m.: China has reported 39 and South Korea 25 new COVID-19 cases.

 

May 24, 12.30 p.m.: Close to the heels of the devastating Cyclone Amphan, the state of West Bengal recorded 127 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total to 3,459. 67 fresh cases in Odisha, 52 in Rajasthan, 11 in Goa and six in Himachal Pradesh  have also been recorded.

 

May 24, 12 p.m.: The Goa government announced that those coming to the state by air, rail or road travel will have the option of choosing between a paid COVID-19 test at the entry point or a 14-day home quarantine.

 

May 24, 11.30 a.m.: A total of 21 out of 73 people who had arrived from the U.S.A. to Haryana’s Panchkula
on May 19 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials. Meanwhile, a flight carrying 93 Indians stranded in the U.K. arrived in Indore on Sunday morning.

 

May 24, 11 a.m.: As Mumbai recorded over 1,500 new cases and 40 deaths as of Saturday night, the Maharashtra government stood by its earlier order of no resumption of air travel till 31 May. Meanwhile, states like Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Chhatisgarh have said that passengers entering the states even on domestic flights will be quarantined. Alliance Air announced that it will resume flight services from May 25, operating 57 daily services.

 

May 24, 10.30 a.m.: The Delhi government is set to  hire 200 taxis from Ola and Uber to strengthen its ambulance service, under pressure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

May 24, 10 a.m.: As the U.S. added 1,127 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours (Johns Hopkins University), India recorded its highest one-day spike with 6767 new COVID-19 cases and 147 deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes India’s total number of cases to 1,31,868.

 

May 23, 7.30 p.m.: The Himalayan state of Sikkim saw its first coronavirus case as a 25-year-old student who recently returned from Delhi tested positive for the disease.

 

May 23, 5.30 p.m.: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has announced a 14-day home quarantine for anyone coming to Punjab by domestic flights, trains and buses.

 

May 23, 5 p.m.: India’s Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has expressed the possibility of international flights resuming before August, should the virus behave in a predictable manner and if adequate arrangements can be made. “Why not start by June middle or end July?” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

 

May 23, 4.30 p.m.: Russia and Brazil continue to record the highest numbers of COVID-19 infections after the current epicentre U.S.A. Brazil’s death toll rose by 1,001 in 24 hours, the third time in four days it has come in over 1,000.

 

May 23, 4 p.m.: Karnataka has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 with 196 new cases, and one death.

 

May 23, 3.30 p.m.: The identity cards of legislators in Madhya Pradesh will now be accepted as the legitimate e-pass for travelling amidst the coronavirus lockdown, applicable even in a red zone.

 

May 23, 3 p.m.: India will try to restart a reasonable share of international passenger flights before August, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Saturday. This comes close to the heels of his announcement of resumption of domestic flights from May 25.

 

May 23, 2.40 p.m.: Domestic flights from Delhi will operate from Terminal 3 of IGI Airport as per ANI reports. Meanwhile, domestic flight services will resume from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) from May 25 as per the instructions of Union Civil Aviation Ministry. Six Indigo and SpiceJet flights will be operated from Mangaluru to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai. Air-India is yet to finalise its schedule, according to reports.

 

May 23, 1 p.m.: Across India: 48 new cases in Rajasthan took the state’s tally to 6,542, while 61 fresh COVID-19 cases in Bihar spiked its count to 2,166 on the same day that Odisha reported 80 fresh cases—Odisha’s total tipping over the 1,200 mark. Andhra Pradesh reported 47 new Covid positive cases, taking the total to 2,561.

 

May 23, 12.50 p.m.: West Bengal has asked the Indian Railways  to not send Shramik Special trains to the devastated state till May 26, in view of Cyclone Amphan.

 

May 23, 12.40 p.m.: The first COVID-19 vaccine to reach phase I clinical trial has been found to be safe, well-tolerated, and capable of generating an immune response against the virus, according to the study of 108 adults. The vaccine produced neutralising antibodies, and a response mediated by the immune system’s T-cells against virus. 

 

May 23, 12.30 p.m.: Belagavi-Bengaluru tri-weekly special train started its maiden run at 8 am today with 99 passengers boarding the train at Belagavi, said South Western Railway.

 

May 23, 12 p.m.: Incoming domestic flight passengers from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh will undego seven-day insititutional quarantine, followed by home quarantine, announced Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood. The J&K government, on the other hand, has said that all passengers coming to Jammu and Kashmir by air/rail will be kept in institutional quarantine for 14 days and subsequently tested using RTPCR test. If tested negative they will be sent home, otherwise they will be hospitalised. 

 

May 23, 11 a.m.: India  has seen its highest one-day spike in the number of COVID infections with 6,654 new cases and 137 deaths in the last 24 hours. This puts India’s tally at 1,25,101. 

 

May 22, 10 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has crossed the 100,000 mark, reports the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The novel coronavirus has also claimed more than 3,100 lives. However, lockdowns imposed in 54 of the continent’s countries helped slow the spread of the pandemic. 

 

May 22, 9 p.m.: Starting Monday, May 25, the coronavirus lockdown will be eased in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona. Outdoor dining will be allowed at restaurants, and gatherings of up to ten people will be permitted. The government also announced that more relaxations will follow in the days to come. 

 

May 22, 7.30 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Serbia’s Exit Festival, which is one of Europe’s biggest music evens will take place in August 2020. This year marks the 20th edition of the festival, and was previously supposed to be held in Novi Sad in mid-July before being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, given that the situation has been stabilizing in the country, the government announced that the event could go ahead in August 2020. Authorities have not released an exact date yet.

 

May 22, 5.30 p.m.: Intrastate train services have resumed after a gap of two months in Karnataka. A tri-weekly train between Bengaluru and Belgavi, and two special daily trains between Bengaluru and Mysuru have started running. 

 

May 22, 4 p.m.: Singapore reported 614 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 30,426. Most of the cases are foreign workers living in dormitories. 

 

May 22, 3 p.m.: Thailand’s Covid-19 task force has said that the state of emergency in the country will be extended till the end of June. The ban on international passenger flights into the country is also extended till the end of June.  

 

May 22, 2 p.m.: Bulgaria will allow visitors from the European Union and the Schengen visa zone countries to enter the country. a ban on foreign travellers was imposed in mid-March, but has now been lifted. Visitors from Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and Vatican City will also be permitted into the country. Foreign arrivals will have to go through a 14-day quarantine period, but the government has allowed exemptions for some visitors.  

 

May 22, 1 p.m.: The Australian Border Force has extended the ban on cruise ships till September 17. The ban was put in place on March 27, and prohibits any ship carrying more than 100 people on board from operating cruises in Australia, including direct arrivals and round trip cruises.

 

May 22, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 118,447 and the death toll stands at 3,583.

 

May 22, 10 a.m.: Brazil recorded its highest one day increase in Covid-19 fatalities, as 1,188 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. The country’s death toll has risen past 20,000, and the tally of confirmed infections is 310,087, the highest in the world after the U.S.A. and Russia. 

 

May 22, 9 a.m.: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that hotels in Austria will reopen as planned on May 29. The government will ramp up testing and screening of hotel staff to reassure tourists that it is safe to visit Austria. The country will be loosening its border controls with neighboring countries in June. 

 

 May 22, 8 a.m.: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the state of emergency has been lifted in the three prefectures of Kyoto, Hyogo and Osaka. The state of emergency in capital Tokyo, and the Hokkaido prefecture may be lifted as early as next week. Japan has reported more than 16,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 790 fatalities so far. 

 

May 21, 11 p.m.: Foreign citizens and Serbian nationals will be allowed to enter Serbia without a mandatory coronavirus quarantine or a coronavirus test starting May 22. Air Serbia, the national airline also resumed its commercial flights today, but passengers have to undergo strict precautions before and during the travel.  

 

May 21, 9.30 p.m.: For the first time since March 16, the daily coronavirus death toll in Spain has fallen below 50. The 48 new deaths takes the total number of fatalities in the country to 27,940. 

 

May 21, 8 p.m.: First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced relaxations to lockdown measures in Scotland. Starting May 28, citizens will be allowed to go out, meet friends, sunbathe, and shopping will be allowed at garden centres. Outdoor sports like tennis and golf will also be allowed to restart next week.  

 

May 21, 6 p.m.: Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri announced that for the next three months, the government will fix domestic air fares. The airlines will have to adhere to a minimum and maximum price limit for all routes. 

 

May 21, 4.30 p.m.: Russia reported 8,849 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the tally of infections to 317,554. The death toll stands at 3,099.  

 

May 21, 3 p.m.: British budget airline EasyJet will resume some domestic flights in the U.K. and France on June 15. Passengers will have to wear face masks, but the middle seat will not be blocked. No food and drink will be served on the flight in the initial stages.

 

May 21, 2 p.m.: The Danish government announced that the country will move into the next phase of easing coronavirus restrictions. Museums, theatres, art galleries, zoos, etc will now be allowed to reopen. Starting May 25, the country will also relax border controls. The relaxation means that persons who have permanent residence in other Nordic countries or Germany will be allowed to enter the country if they own a home in Denmark, are visiting a relative in Denmark, or have official business in the country. 

 

May 21, 1 p.m.: According to the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of Covid-19 infections has crossed 5 million globally. 

 

May 21, 11 a.m.: The Airports Authority of India has issued a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to all airports for the resumption of domestic flight services starting May 25. According to the SOP, passengers will be required to download the Aarogya Setu app on their phones, undergo thermal screening and compulsorily wear face masks and gloves, among other requirements. 

 

May 21, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest updates,the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 112,359, and the death toll stands at 3,435.  

 

May 21, 9 a.m.: The Jordanian government announced that a strict three-day curfew will be imposed in the country from midnight of May 22 to midnight of May 24. The move comes as the country has seen an increase in infections over the past few days. Jordan has reported 649 Covid-19 cases, and nine deaths. 

 

May 21, 8 a.m.: Walt Disney World Resorts’ Disney Springs in Florida will partially reopen for visitors on May 20. Third party shops within Disney Springs will be allowed to open, and Disney shops will be allowed to reopen only on May 27. Visitors will have to mandatorily wear face masks. 

 

May 21, 7 a.m.: The WHO reported that 106,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded globally over the past 24 hours, making it the largest one day spike, since the pandemic began. Nearly two-thirds of these cases were reported in only four countries, though the officials did not identify which countries. The total number of Covid-19 cases recorded across the world is approaching 5 million. 

 

May 20, 11 p.m.: After the Ministry of Railways announced yesterday that 200 trains will be operated daily starting June 1, the Indian Railways has released the schedule and reservation rules for the trains. Bookings for the trains will begin at 10 a.m. on May 21. The full list and schedule of trains can be found here

 

May 20, 10 p.m.: As coronavirus curbs ease further, churches and other places of worship will be reopened in Switzerland on May 28, earlier than was previously planned. Religious ceremonies will also be allowed to resume, given that the rate of infection has been brought under control in the country. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country exceeds 30,000, and more than 1,600 have died from the coronavirus.

 

May 20, 9 p.m.: Maharashtra recorded 2,250 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 39,297, the highest in the country. The death toll also rose by 65, to 1,390. The capital Mumbai alone has reported 23,935 infections and 841 deaths so far.  

 

May 20, 7 p.m.: The Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri announced that domestic flights will resume in a phased manner in India, starting May 25. The Ministry will issue a Standard Operating Procedure for passengers soon. 

 

May 20, 4.30 p.m.: British jet manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced that it will cut 9,000 jobs, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought air travel to a halt. Most of the layoffs are likely to be from the civil aerospace division of the company, which currently employs a staff of 52,000 globally. 

 

May 20, 3 p.m.: Cab aggregator service Ola will be laying off 1,400 of its employees. In a note to employees, CEO Bhavish Aggarwal cited the uncertainty surrounding the Covid- 19 pandemic, and the heavy losses incurred in the past two months as reasons for the layoffs.

 

May 20, 2 p.m.: Russia reported 8,764 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country past 300,000. However, this was the lowest daily increase in cases since May 1, and a WHO representative has said that the “situation is starting to stabilize”. The country has recorded 308,705 infections and 2,972 deaths so far. 

 

May 20, 1 p.m.: The Spanish Health Ministry has made it mandatory for all citizens, even children over six years of age, to wear face masks in public spaces where maintaining two metres of distance between two persons is not possible. The rule will come into effect on May 21. Spain has reported 232,037 Covid-19 cases, and the death toll stands at 27,778. 

 

May 20, 11 a.m.: Due to the threat posed by the Cyclone Amphan on India’s eastern coast, all operations at the Kolkata airport have been suspended till 5 a.m. on May 21. The cyclone is expected to hit West Bengal and Bangladesh today afternoon. 

 

May 20, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 106,750 and the death toll stands at 3,303.

 

May 20, 9 a.m.: The Australian state of New South Wales has scrapped travel restrictions within the state starting June 1. The state’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged residents to plan their vacations to destinations within the state, and that the state will welcome visitors from other Australian states too. Museums, art galleries, and other cultural sites will also be allowed to reopen from June 1.  

 

May 20, 8 a.m.: Colombian President Ivan Duque has extended the quarantine measures in the country till May 31. The state of health emergency has also been extended till May 31. Though some businesses like construction, manufacturing have been allowed to reopen, domestic and international flights and inter-municipal travel within Colombia will not resume just yet, the President announced.  

 

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