Coronavirus: Latest Updates

As the pandemic continues to cripple the world, we issue updates for travellers to track.  
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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 13,103,290 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 three million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Brazil and Russia have recorded more than 1.8 million and 7,00,000 cases respectively (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 9,06,572 COVID-19 cases, out of which 3,11,566 are active cases, as of July 14. 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.

 

July 14, 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 9,06,752 and the death toll stands at 23,727.

 

July 14, 9.30 a.m.: Reports suggest that around 15,000 employees of Delta Air Lines have expressed interest in early exit deals for the fall season, as the financial downturn brought on by the pandemic forces airlines to restructure.  

 

July 14, 8 a.m.: After Bengaluru, the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad and Kalaburgi will also go under lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad’s lockdowns will start on Wednesday and go on till July 22 and 24 respectively. Kalaburgi will observe lockdown starting today, till July 20. 

 

July 13, 10 p.m.: Reports suggest that Disneyland Hong Kong will be shut down on July 15, due to the rapidly rising Covid-19 infections in the city. The theme park opened last month with certain safety measures in place.

  

July 13, 9 p.m.: As the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections crossed 13 million today, the WHO warned that the situation could worsen in the days to come if healthcare precautions are not followed. A million infections were reported over just the last five days.  

 

July 13, 8 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown in Kazakhstan will be extended by two weeks until the end of July, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced today. The country reported a spike in infections in May, but the situation is now improving slowly, he said.

 

July 13, 6.30 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases rise rapidly in Hing Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that social distancing measures will be tightened again. Social gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of four people, and some businesses like gyms and gaming centres will be closed for a week. 

 

July 13, 4 p.m.: A Philippines government official announced that 2,50,000 people living in the Navotas area of capital Manila will go back into lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. The lockdown will last for fifteen days. 

 

July 13, 3 p.m.: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tourism industry in Kenya is facing losses up to 750 million USD this year, amounting to half of the sector’s total revenue in 2019. The country’s wildlife reserves, which are a top tourist draw, were completely booked for the holiday season before the pandemic brought all international travel to a halt, prompting tourists to cancel their trips. The country is set to resume international flights in August. 

 

July 13, 2 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in South Africa, the government announced that the national state of disaster in the country has been extended till August 15. A curfew will be imposed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, with immediate effect.  

 

July 13, 1 p.m.: For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, New York City reported zero coronavirus-related deaths over a 24-hour period yesterday. This is a milestone for the American city which was once the country’s most severe Covid-19 hotspot.

 

July 13, 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 8,78,254 and the death toll stands at 23,174.

 

July 13, 10 a.m.: The Security Minister of Honduras announced that the coronavirus curfew in the country will be extended further by a week, in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 13, 9 a.m.: After Bolivian President Jeanine Anez, the country’s Economy Minister Oscar Ortiz has also tested positive for Covid-19. He is the fourth member of Bolivia’s cabinet of ministers to test positive so far.   

 

July 13, 8 a.m.: The WHO reported a record daily rise in Covid-19 infections yesterday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,30,370 globally, over the last 24 hours. Close to 13 million infections have been reported around the world so far, and more than 5,65,000 have lost their lives to the virus. 

 

July 12, 10 p.m.: After movie actors Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, the latter’s wife, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus today.

 

July 12, 9 p.m.: The Education Secretary of the U.S.A., Betsy DeVos pushed for schools to reopen in the country today, stating that being back in school does not pose a danger to the students. However, she refrained from setting out a plan or guidelines for the reopening of schools. 

 

July 12, 8 p.m.: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she will not rule out imposing quarantine restrictions on visitors coming from England to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and protect public health in Scotland.  

 

July 12, 6 p.m.: The Hungarian government imposed restrictions on arrivals from some foreign countries. Travellers coming from countries like Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and neighbouring Ukraine will be barred entry into the country. Moreover, visitors from medium-risk countries like Serbia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will have to undergo health checks and quarantine upon arrival.

 

July 12, 4 p.m.: An official from the Uttar Pradesh state government announced that the state will henceforth be put under a strict lockdown on weekends, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Offices and markets will be closed, but banks will be allowed to stay open. 

 

July 12, 2.30 p.m.: A medical expert who is an advisor for the Hong Kong government has said that the city is in the throes of a sustained Covid-19 outbreak, and new infections are rising faster than ever. Unlike an earlier outbreak in March, the current resurgence is not due to imported infections from abroad, but is caused by local transmission. 

 

July 12, 1 p.m.: The city of Bengaluru will be under lockdown from July 14-22 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the state government announced. 

 

July 12, 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 8,49,553 and the death toll stands at 22,674.

 

July 12, 10 a.m.: A 24-hour lockdown has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district today, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The lockdown will end at 5 a.m. on July 13. 

 

July 12, 9 a.m.: The U.K. government has drawn up a list of 20 regional councils where new Covid-19 outbreaks have been reported. If infections continue to rise, localized lockdowns might be imposed in these areas. The entire list can be found here

 

July 12, 8 a.m.: Between July 12 and July 26, Etihad Airways will operate special flights from six Indian cities to Abu Dhabi, specifically for the repatriation of UAE citizens who are currently in India.

 

July 11, 10 p.m.: Arrivals from the English city of Leicester will be required to quarantine for two weeks after entering Belgium, owing to a high Covid-19 infection rate in the city.

 

July 11, 8 p.m.: The Meghalaya state government announced that capital Shillong will be put under lockdown for two days starting Monday, after a spike in new Covid-19 cases was reported in the city. 

 

July 11, 6 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for large gatherings like weddings to be cancelled in Iran in the wake of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the country. Thus, wedding and mourning venues have been shut down in the country indefinitely.

 

July 11, 4 p.m.: The President of Emirates announced that a tenth of the carrier’s workforce has been laid off over the course of the pandemic, and that more job cuts may follow. He also said that it might take four years for the airline to recover completely from the pandemic. 

 

July 11, 2.30 p.m.: As new Covid-19 infections rise, a lockdown will be imposed from July 10-13 in Kashipur, Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand reopened to domestic tourists last week with restrictions. 

 

July 11, 1 p.m.: The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant announced that despite a rise in Covid-19 cases, the state will not go under lockdown. Goa reopened to domestic tourists with restrictions last week.

 

July 11, 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 8,20,916 and the death toll stands at 22,123. 

 

July 11, 9.30 a.m.: Over the past 24 hours, the U.S.A. reported close to a staggering 69,000 new Covid-19 cases. This is the third consecutive day that the country has reported a record daily increase in infections. 

 

July 11, 8 a.m.: The Australian state of Queensland opened its borders to travellers from other Australian states yesterday. Authorities are screening all arrivals at the state’s border checkpoints. The state of Victoria meanwhile, is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, and the city of Melbourne has been put under lockdown. 

 

July 10, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that starting Monday, the Colombian capital of Bogota will go under strict lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 10, 9 p.m.: Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some parts of rural parts of Pune district will go under strict lockdown from July 13 to July 23 to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the region. Only essential services will be allowed during this period. 

 

July 10, 7 p.m.: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the state of emergency in the country will likely be extended beyond its July 31 deadline. The six-month period of emergency was imposed in late January after the first Covid-19 cases were detected in the country. 

 

July 10, 6 p.m.: The Norwegian government announced that the country will lift restrictions for travel to and from 14 countries including U.K., Germany, France and parts of Sweden, starting July 15. Earlier, in mid-June, the government lifted travel restrictions for Iceland, Denmark and Finland.

 

July 10, 4 p.m.: To minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission from abroad, the Australian government will limit the number of Australian citizens and residents returning home from foreign countries to 4,175 per week. Additionally, all foreign arrivals will have to pay for a 14-day quarantine in hotels, to relieve the overburdened quarantine facilities. 

 

July 10, 2.30 p.m.: For the second day in a row, Tokyo has reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 cases. Over the past 24 hours, 243 infections were detected in the Japanese capital, which is one of the worst-hit cities in the country. 

 

July 10, 1 p.m.: Despite the fact that Florida is witnessing one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the U.S.A., Disneyland theme parks are set to reopen over the weekend. While Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on Saturday, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will welcome visitors starting July 15. 

 

July 10, 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 7,93,802 and the death toll stands at 21,604 

 

July 10, 10 a.m.: Bolivia’s President Jeanine Anez has tested positive for Covid-19. A total of seven ministers in the government have tested positive so far, including the Health Minister.

 

July 10, 9 a.m.: The Italian government has banned foreign arrivals from 13 countries citing high Covid-19 infection rates in those countries. The list comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic.

 

July 10, 8 a.m.: The Guardian reports that Greek authorities have warned the public that restrictions on public movement and travel could be re-imposed, if coronavirus guidance is flouted. Though Greece has reported low infection rates, the number of new Covid-19 cases has been on the rise ever since restrictions were lifted a few weeks ago. 

 

July 9, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Tunisia has dropped quarantine restrictions for arrivals from the U.K., shifting the country from the amber list to the green list. 

 

July 9, 8 p.m.: The Serbian government has cancelled plans to impose a weekend curfew in the capital Belgrade after protests broke out in the city today. However,indoor and outdoor gatherings have been restricted to a maximum of ten people to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  

 

July 9, 6 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crossed 2,50,00 in Iran today. The country reported 221 deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest daily death toll so far. Iran is one of the worst-hit nations in Asia, and is witnessing a resurgence of infections over the past few days. 

 

July 9, 4 p.m.: Starting on the evening of July 10, there will be a total lockdown in the Golaghat district of Assam, as per the orders of the District Magistrate. The lockdown will last till the evening of July 17, and has been ordered after a surge in cases was recorded in the district over the past few days.

 

July 9, 2.30 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Russia rose to 7,07,301 today, as more than 6,500 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours. Russia has recorded the fourth highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world, behind only the U.S.A., Brazil and India. The country’s death toll has crossed 10,000. 

 

July 9, 1 p.m.: Thailand’s plans to create travel bubbles with other low-risk countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong will likely be pushed back. The government had initially announced that it aims to have the travel bubbles in place by September, but fresh Covid-19 outbreaks across the world have prompted authorities to postpone the plans. The government is expected to release a 722 billion USD package to boost the tourism sector in July.

 

July 9, 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 7,67,296 and the death toll stands at 21,129.

 

July 9, 10 a.m.: The Australian National Cabinet will move to restrict movement into the country by lowering the cap on the number of international arrivals. Additionally, the state of New South Wales has proposed charging all international arrivals for hotel quarantine to aid the burdened quarantine facilities in the state. These policy changes are being ushered in as the state of Victoria is witnessing a resurgence on Covid-19 cases, and Melbourne goes back under lockdown. 

 

July 9, 9 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crossed 12 million globally. Close to 5,50,000 people have lost their loves to the virus so far. 

 

July 9, 8 a.m.: United Airlines intends to send a furlough notice to 36,000 of its staff, amounting to 45% of its total workforce in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, everyone who receives a notice will not necessarily go into furlough, depending on the number of employees who accept temporary leaves or early exit packages. The furloughs will begin on October 1, and flight attendants will likely be the worst-hit employee group.

 

July 8, 10 p.m.: Starting July 10, Scotland will scrap quarantine restrictions for foreign arrivals from 57 countries. However, the government has retained the quarantine measures for travellers coming from Spain and Serbia, as the two countries have a higher infection rate than other European countries.

  

July 8, 8.30 p.m.: Patna, the capital of Bihar will be put under strict lockdown from July 10 to July 16 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Only essential services will be allowed during this period. Today, the state recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases, reporting 749 infections over the past 24 hours. 

 

July 8, 6 p.m.: Austria issued travel warnings for Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, citing an increase in the number of fresh Covid-19 infections in the three countries. Moreover, those arriving from these countries will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine, or produce a Covid-19 negative certificate.  

 

July 8, 4 p.m.: Netherlands closed its borders to visitors from Serbia and Montenegro, because of a spike in Covid-19 infections in the two countries. Netherlands had earlier permitted travellers from the two countries to enter on July 1, in line with EU guidelines. 

 

July 8, 3 p.m.: Africa has now reported more than half a million confirmed Covid-19 cases. The number of recorded infections stands at more than 508,000, but the real number may be way higher, as testing has been limited in the region. 

 

July 8, 2 p.m.: The auditors of Malaysian budget airline Air Asia have said in a statement that the future of the airline is in “significant doubt” in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that has had a severe impact on the aviation sector. The carrier posted heavy losses in 2019, and its currently liabilities exceed its current assets.  

 

July 8, 1 p.m.: Today, Britain’s National Gallery will become the first major art gallery to reopen in London. Visitors are required to book their visits in advance, and are advised to wear face masks and observe social distancing norms throughout. The gallery will operate with reduced working hours initially. 

 

July 8, 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 7,42,417 and the death toll stands at 20,642. 

 

July 8, 10 a.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the country’s coronavirus emergency cabinet will consider restricting the entry for some of its citizens and residents returning from foreign countries, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 8, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded in the U.S.A. has crossed 3 million. The populous states of Arizona, California, Texas and Florida among others, have been reporting major spikes in infections over the past few days. 

 

July 8, 8 a.m.: Colombian President Ivan Duque announced that the coronavirus lockdown in the country will be extended by more than two weeks till August 1. The country has been under lockdown since March, and has reported more than 1,24,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections, and 4,359 deaths so far. 

 

July 7, 10 p.m.: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19. Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world, and has reported more than 1.5 million confirmed cases so far. 

 

July 7, 8 p.m.: The West Bengal government announced that starting July 9, the state’s containment zones and buffer zones will be put under a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Movement of people into and outside these areas will be prohibited.  

 

July 7, 6 p.m.: Lufthansa announced that it will cut 20% of its leadership positions, along with a reduction of around 1,000 administrative jobs. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan put in place to counter the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the airline’s financial situation.  

 

July 7, 4 p.m.: Mumbai’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections and fatalities has crossed that of China. Mumbai is one of the worst-hit cities in India, having reported more than 85,000 Covid-19 cases and close to 5,000 deaths. 

 

July 7, 2.30 p.m.: Russia reported 6,368 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total close to 7,00,000. The death toll also rose by 198 to 10,494.

 

July 7, 1 p.m.: After a spike in Covid-19 cases, the city of Melbourne in Australia will be put under lockdown for six weeks starting Wednesday midnight.  

 

July 7, 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 7,19,665 and the death toll stands at 20,160. 

 

July 7, 9.30 a.m.: The New Zealand government announced that the number of citizens returning to the country will be restricted over the next few days to relieve the overburdened state quarantine facilities. Thus, the national airline, Air New Zealand, will not be offering bookings for the next three weeks. 

 

July 7, 8 a.m.: After a spike in fresh Covid-19 cases was recorded in the country, Israeli authorities have closed down bars, gyms and event halls to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 6, 10 p.m.: The Louvre in Paris has reopened today after three months of shutdown. Visitors have to pre-book their visits and social distancing norms must be followed. 

 

July 6, 9 p.m.: The Maharashtra government will allow hotels, lodges and guest houses located outside containment zones to resume operations at 33% of their capacity starting July 8. The establishments will have to adhere to guidelines set by the government including thermal screening and crowd management. 

 

July 6, 8 p.m.: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the country will begin a phased reopening, and that international flights will resume in the first phase, on August 1. Domestic flights will resume on July 15.

 

July 6, 6 p.m.: The Greek government announced that regular flights between Greece and the U.K. will resume July 15. 

 

July 6, 4 p.m.: The Quint reports that the state of Himachal Pradesh has reopened for tourists. Only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to enter. Moreover, prior to arrival, visitors should have a hotel booking for a stay of at least five days in order to enter the state. 

 

July 6, 2.30 p.m.:  SWISS airline has made it mandatory for passengers to wear face masks on board its flights starting today. The Swiss government has also announced that face masks will be mandatory on all means of public transport. 

 

July 6, 1.30 p.m.: The Pacific island nation of Fiji reported a Covid-19 case today, the first in 78 days. The individual tested positive in a state-funded quarantine center after returning from abroad, and is the 19th confirmed case recorded in the country. All visitors to Fiji are currently required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.

 

July 6, 11 a.m.: Starting midnight tomorrow, the border between the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales will be closed and movement between the two states will be prohibited, except for essential services. Authorities have taken this step in the wake of a surge in new Covid-19 infections in the state of Victoria over the past few days. 

 

July 6, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,97,413 and the death toll stands at 19,693. India has now crossed Russia’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections, making it the third worst-affected country in the world, behind the U.S.A. and Brazil.

 

July 6, 9 a.m.: Though the Tourism Ministry of India had announced yesterday that the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra will reopen for visitors from today, local authorities have extended the lockdown curbs currently imposed on the monuments to prevent the risk of new Covid-19 infections. Authorities have not revealed when the monuments will reopen.

 

July 6, 8 a.m.: From July 6 to July 15, Greek authorities will not allow travellers from Serbia to enter the country in order to prevent the risk of new Covid-19 infections. Serbia is currently witnessing an increase in Covid-19 cases, and an emergency has been declared in capital Belgrade last week. 

 

July 5, 10 p.m.: Starting 6 a.m. tomorrow, the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala will be placed under a strict lockdown for a week. The decision to impose a lockdown came after more than 22 of the 38 new Covid-19 cases reported in the state over the past 24 hours were recorded in the capital city. 

 

July 5, 8 p.m.: After a lockdown was imposed in the Spanish region of Catalonia yesterday, authorities in the northwestern Galicia region have imposed lockdown restrictions on around 70,000 residents to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 5, 6 p.m.: The Guardian reports that in England, places of worship have reopened for the first time in three months. However, worshippers have to observe social distancing and are advised to wear face masks.  

 

July 5, 4 p.m.: After curfews were lifted last month in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., the number of new Covid-19 infections is on the rise. While Saudi Arabia’s tally of confirmed cases has passed 2,00,000, the U.A.E. has now recorded more than 50,000 infections. Among other Gulf states, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar did not impose a curfew, and a partial curfew remains in Kuwait. 

 

July 5, 3 p.m.: The Indian Tourism Ministry announced that the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and other monuments will be reopened for visitors tomorrow. However, social distancing norms will have to be followed, and all visitors will be required to wear face masks.  

 

July 5, 1 p.m.: After reporting 523 Covid-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours, Mexico’s death toll is the fifth-highest in the world, surpassing that of France. A total of 30,336 people have lost their lives to virus in the country, and more than 2,50,000 infections have been recorded so far.  

 

July 5, 11 a.m.: As pubs and restaurants reopen in the U.K., quarantine rules have been loosened for sporting teams and film and TV crews arriving from abroad for production in the U.K. 

 

July 5, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 6,73,165 and the death toll stands at 19,268. 

 

July 5, 8 a.m.: The WHO, on Saturday reported the highest daily increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases globally. More than 2,12,000 infections were recorded in 24 hours, way higher than the previous highest increase of around 1,90,000 as seen on June 28.

 

July 4, 11 p.m.: The Guardian reports that in Jordan, authorities are using electronic bracelets to keep a track on foreign travellers and to ensure they are following home quarantine measures. Currently, all incoming travellers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period in designated hotels on the shores of the Dead Sea, before self-isolating for 14 more days in their homes. 

 

July 4, 8 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that face masks will be made mandatory in indoor public spaces, and that authorities will deny public services to any resident who hasn’t worn a mask. Iran has reported more than 2,37,000 Covid-19 infections and more than 11,000 deaths. 

 

July 4, 6 p.m.: Authorities have imposed a lockdown on around 2,00,000 people living in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain after the region witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases. Some restrictions on travelling have been imposed, but residents will not be confined to their homes. 

 

July 4, 4 p.m.: The Indian Express reports that the iconic Jama Masjid in Delhi has reopened today. Visitors will be permitted from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and they will have to follow social distancing norms. 

 

July 4, 2.30 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brazil has now crossed 1.5 million, second only to the U.S.A. where more than 2.7 million cases have been reported so far. Earlier, President Jair Bolsonaro diluted a law that made it mandatory for citizens to wear masks in public. According to the modification, masks will not be necessary in shops and churches. 

 

July 4, 1 p.m.: As new Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the Australian state of Victoria, authorities have put some suburbs and nine public housing towers under a total lockdown. 108 infections were reported over the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily increase in three months.

 

July 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 6,48,315 and the death toll stands at 18,655. 

 

July 4, 9.30 a.m.: Though the novel coronavirus refuses to let up in Brazil, capital Rio de Janeiro has reopened, raising concerns about a higher infection rate in the days to come. The city of Sao Paulo is also expected to begin reopening next week. 

 

July 4, 8 a.m.: Air France announced plans to cut 7,580 jobs, of which a 1000 will be cut from its subsidiary airline, HOP! The airline has suffered a 95% drop in revenue due t the Covid-19 pandemic, and has faced losses of up to 15 million euros a day during the past few months.

 

July 3, 10 p.m.: Starting July 4, Spain will open its borders for tourists from 12 non-EU countries. The countries are Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Serbia and Uruguay. Spain has already opened its borders to other EU states on June 21. 

 

July 3, 8 p.m.: As Thailand welcomed international tourists after three months, the Suvarnabhoomi airport in Bangkok has introduced rapid coronavirus tests for incoming arrivals. The swab tests will be carried out for all business travelers, diplomats and government guests classified as ‘fast-track visitors’. 

 

July 3, 6 p.m.: Authorities have declared a coronavirus state of emergency in Serbian capital Belgrade after a spike in Covid-19 infections. Residents will be required to wear masks in public spaces and public gatherings will be restricted. 

 

July 3, 4 p.m.: The British government announced that it will drop coronavirus quarantine restrictions for travellers coming from 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Thus, from July 10,  British holiday-makers returning from these countries will not have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. 

 

July 3, 3 p.m.: Philippines recorded its largest daily spike in Covid-19 cases on Friday, reporting 1,531 new cases, taking the country’s tally past 40,000. 

 

July 3, 1 p.m.: Authorities in the Nigerian state of Kano have lifted a three-month lockdown in the region. Kano is one of the most severely affected regions in the country, and has confirmed hundreds of Covid-19 deaths.

 

July 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 6,25,544 and the death toll stands at 18,213. 

 

July 3, 9.30 a.m.: Despite a rise in Covid-19 cases in the capital Tokyo, Japan will not revive the coronavirus state of emergency that ended in late-May. Tokyo reported more than 120 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase in two months.

 

July 3, 8 a.m.:The Mexican state of Sonora is considering implementing stricter controls at its border with Arizona state in the U.S.A. Arizona has been reporting a very high Covid-19 infection rate over the past few days.

 

July 2, 10.30 p.m.:Starting July 6, the Swiss government will require incoming travellers from certain high-risk countries to register with authorities and undergo compulsory self-isolation for ten days. The list of 29 countries includes Sweden, U.S.A, Brazil and Russia. 

 

July 2, 8 p.m.: The U.K. government has drawn up plans to resume full-time education in schools and colleges across the country, in September. The restrictions on public gatherings will likely be relaxed by then. 

 

July 2, 6 p.m.: South Africa recorded its highest daily increase in the number of Covid-19 infections today. 8,124 new cases were reported, taking the country’s tally past 1,59,000. No other African country has reported more confirmed infections than South Africa.

 

July 2, 4 p.m.: Amid rising cases, the Kazakhstan government announced that a softer lockdown will be imposed in the country starting July 5. Travel will be limited, public gatherings will be restricted and non essential businesses will remain closed.  

 

July 2, 2.30 p.m.: Reports suggest that the U.K. government is planning to abandon efforts to establish air corridors with other countries, and instead do away with quarantine restrictions for travelers from around 75 countries. 

 

July 2, 1 p.m.: As the state of Hawaii prepares to loosen coronavirus restrictions for travellers on August 1, Hawaii Airlines plans to add hundreds more flights to the island. Starting August 1, visitors will not have to undergo a 14-day quarantine that is currently mandated. 

 

July 2, 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 6,04,641 and the death toll stands at 17,400.

 

July 2, 9.30 a.m.: The U.S.A. recorded its highest ever daily increase in confirmed Covid-19 infections, reporting more than 48,000 cases over the past 24 hours, reports Reuters. The rate of infection has spiked over the past few days, with the number of infections in 14 states doubling over the month of June. 

 

July 2, 8 a.m.: After around three months of closure, the Egyptian government is now welcoming tourists again to the Great Pyramids of Giza. International flights to and from the Cairo International Airport have resumed as well. 

 

July 1, 10 p.m.: The Swiss government announced that it will impose a 10-day quarantine on visitors coming from countries with a high rate of Covid-19 infection. The quarantine measures will begin on July 6, and the government will release a list of countries affected by this move.  

 

July 1, 8 p.m.: A study conducted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development concluded that the global tourism industry could lose up to 3.3 trillion USD of revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

July 1, 6 p.m.: The Brazilian government issued a decree stating that it will restrict the entry of foreigners into the country for 30 days, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Foreign nationals with work authorizations, residency permits and families in Brazil will be exempt from the decree. 

 

July 1, 4 p.m.: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced that there will be a total lockdown in the state on July 5. 

 

July, 1, 2.30 p.m.: Section 144 has been imposed in Mumbai till July 15, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly. The presence or movement of four or more people is thus prohibited in public areas, with immediate effect.  

 

July 1, 1 p.m.: Mexican airline Aeromexico intends to file for bankruptcy in the U.S.A. after facing unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has brought air travel to a grinding halt this year. Earlier, Chilean airline LATAM, and Colombian airline Avianca also filed for bankruptcy. 

 

July 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 5,85,493 and the death toll stands at 17,400.

 

July 1, 9.30 a.m.: After a four month shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DineySea reopened today. Visitors must book tickets in advance, undergo mandatory thermal screening, and observe social distancing norms at all times when at the theme parks. 

 

July 1, 8 a.m.: As the U.S.A. recorded 44,358 confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the country’s leading health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that if the outbreaks in the western and southern states are not brought under control, infections could increase at a rate greater than 100,000 cases a day.

 

June 30, 10.30 p.m.: The European Union announced today that travellers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay will be allowed to enter EU countries starting July 1. China might be added to the list provided China lets visitors from the EU into its borders. The U.S.A, Brazil, Turkey and Russia are notably absent from this list of ‘safe’ countries, owing to the severity of the outbreak they are facing. 

 

June 30, 9 p.m.: The Guardian reports Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as having announced that a “very difficult tourist period” lies ahead for the country as international flights to and from all destinations are set to resume tomorrow. The tourism industry, which is a major component of Greece’s GDP, is bound to take a hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, even as Greece was one of the first European countries to open borders. Travel links with the U.K. and Sweden will remain suspended however, and will be reviewed on July 15. 

 

June 30, 7 p.m.: After announcing that its production will drop by 40% over the next two years, Airbus is expected to cut thousands of jobs. Industry experts believe that between 14,000 and 20,000 jobs are expected to be lost as part of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

June 30, 5 p.m.: In West Africa, Nigeria and Senegal have eased some coronavirus restrictions. All internal travel restrictions have been lifted in Nigeria. In Senegal, the government announced that international flights will resume on July 15. 

 

June 30, 3 p.m.: The Thai government extended the emergency decree by one more month till the end of July, to prevent the risk of a second wave of the novel coronavirus.

 

June 30, 2 p.m.: The government of Uzbekistan imposed new coronavirus restrictions in some parts of the country, including capital Tashkent, as the country is witnessing a rise in infections over the past few days. 

 

June 30, 1 p.m.: Amid a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections over the past few days, few parts in the state of Victoria, Australia will be put under lockdown starting tomorrow. The lockdown restrictions will stay in place till at least July 29.

 

June 30, 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 5,66,840 and the death toll stands at 16,893.

 

June 30, 10 a.m.: Despite recording the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the country, Mexico City reopened on Monday, allowing some businesses to resume operations and subway stations to reopen. 

 

June 30, 9.30 a.m.: According to new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the second phase of reopening starting July 1, the number of domestic flights and trains will be increased over the next few days. International air travel, which has thus far only been allowed under the Vande Bharat repatriation effort, will also be increased in a calibrated manner.

June 30, 9 a.m.: The city of Leicester will be put under lockdown by the U.K. government after a worrying increase in cases in the city. The city accounted for 10% of all Covid-19 infections reported in the country over the past week. Non essential shops will be closed starting today, and schools on Thursday. 

 

June 30, 8 a.m.: The Broadway League, a theatre industry group, announced that New York’s famed Broadway theatres will remain closed till January 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

June 29, 11 p.m.: After the Thai government announced that foreigners with work permits, permanent residence or families in Thailand will be allowed to enter the country, the aviation regulator announced that the ban on international flights will be lifted on July 1. 

 

June 29, 9 p.m.: The Abu Dhabi government announced that entry into the emirate is now allowed for those who have tested negative for Covid-19 in the 48 hours prior to arrival.  

 

June 29, 7 p.m.: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked his government to devise a set of coronavirus restrictions for the country, after an increase in Covid-19 infections over the past few days. 

 

June 29, 5.30 p.m.: Starting Wednesday, the Greek government will require all incoming tourists to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours prior to their arrival, which will determine whether or not they need to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. Filling the questionnaire will be mandatory for all tourists till August 31. 

 

June 29, 3 p.m.: The number of Covid-19 cases rose by 305 in the Czech Republic over the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in infections since April 3. 

 

June 29, 2 p.m.: On Wednesday, pubs and bars in Thailand will be allowed to reopen, five weeks since the last case of local transmission was recorded in the country. Moreover, foreigners with work permits, residency permits, and families in Thailand will be allowed to enter the country. 

 

June 29, 1 p.m.: Airbus announced that due to the slowdown in the aviation industry brought on by the pandemic, the firm’s production will fall by 40% over the next two years. The company announced that job cuts might be announced soon. 

 

June 29, 11 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 related fatalities recorded globally has crossed half a million. Over 10 million have tested positive for the virus so far and infections continue to spike in the U.S.A, Brazil and India. 

 

June 29, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 5,48,318 and the death toll stands at 16,475.

 

June 29, 9 a.m.: As China reported 12 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, residential complexes and villages in the county of Anxin near Beijing have been sealed off to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

June 29, 8 a.m.: The Sudanese government announced that the coronavirus lockdown will be extended by a week, till July 7 in the state of Khartoum. Starting July 8, the restrictions will be eased gradually, but a night curfew might remain. The Khartoum international airport will remain closed till July 12. The country has reported 9,258 Covid-19 cases and 572 deaths so far.

 

June 28, 11 p.m.: The nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Sri Lanka came to an end today

 

June 28, 9 p.m.: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the coronavirus lockdown will continue even after June 30 in Maharashtra. However, some of the restrictions will be relaxed in the days to come.

 

June 28, 7.30 p.m.: The global tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crossed 10 million. More than 4,97,000 people have lost their lives to the virus.

 

June 28, 3 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced today that starting next week, wearing face masks will be compulsory in some areas, and in certain kinds of spaces. The rule will stay in place till July 22, and might be extended further if need be.

 

June 28, 2 p.m.: The re-opening of the international airport at Colombo in Sri Lanka has been delayed beyond August 1, the date when it was scheduled to resume operations. Authorities have said that even though the country has reported no local Covid-19 transmission since April, the re-opening is delayed as arrangements need to be made to fly back Sri Lankan expatriate workers.

 

June 28, 1 p.m.: Though Ireland will be easing the 14-day quarantine requirement for foreign arrivals from certain countries, the rule will remain in place for travellers coming from the British mainland for now.

 

June 28, 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 5,28,859 and the death toll stands at 16,095.

 

June 28, 10 a.m.: American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announced that the company will furlough more employees in October, in keeping with a projection that the airline will have 10% to 20% more staff that necessary by July 2021. He said that the furloughs are more likely to affect cabin crew and other staff than pilots. 

 

June 28, 9 a.m.: According to a ministerial order published yesterday, Spain will uphold a ban on cruise liners docking at its ports, in order to prevent the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak, even as the rest of the tourism sector reopens.

 

June 28, 8 a.m.: The Karnataka state government announced that there will be a lockdown in the state every Sunday, starting July 5. Only essential services and supplies will be allowed. The current curfew timings of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be revised to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the state, starting June 29.

 

June 27, 11 p.m.: The government of Peru extended the coronavirus state of emergency till July 31, even though most restrictions will be lifted starting July 1. 

 

June 27, 9 p.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 infections reported in the region, the city of Bethlehem will go under lockdown for 48 hours starting Monday. 

 

June 27, 8 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Egypt lifted many coronavirus restrictions today allowing cafes, clubs, gyms and theatres to reopen after three months of shutdown. The loosening of restrictions comes amid a spike in Covid-19 infections recorded over the past few days. 

 

June 27, 6 p.m.: According to CNN, Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte announced that schools in the country will begin reopening on September 14. 

 

June 27, 3 p.m.: Russia recorded 6,852 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the lowest one-day increase since April. The total number of infections is 627,646, and the virus has claimed 8,969 lives so far. 

 

June 27, 2 p.m.: The Pakistani government announced that it is willing to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan starting June 29. The corridor was closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

 

June 27, 1 p.m.: The Czech Republic reported 168 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in infectious since April, and it comes just as the holidays begin. 

 

June 27, 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 5,08,953 and the death toll stands at 15,685.

 

June 27, 10 a.m.: Coronavirus restrictions have been tightened in and around Buenos Aires in Argentina, after a spike in Covid-19 infections over the past few days. 

 

June 27, 9 a.m.: The U.S.A. reported its highest ever spike of more than 45,000 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. As many states continue to record increasing infection rates, state level authorities are rethinking plans to reopen the economy. 

 

June 27, 8 a.m.: The Italian Civil Aviation Authority has prohibited the use of overhead baggage lockers on passenger flights flying to and from Italy as they pose a risk of transmission and may lead to additional contact between passengers. 

 

June 26, 10 p.m.: Orly Airport which is Paris’ second largest opened today after three months. Out of four sectors of the airport, only one is operational currently and the remaining three will resume services as demand for air travel picks up. A dozen airlines are expected to operate 70 flights per day in this initial period. 

 

June 26, 8 p.m.: American Airlines announced today that starting July 1, it will not restrict the number of passengers on its flights and that flights will be allowed to fly at full capacity. Meanwhile Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines announced that restrictions on seating capacities will remain on their flights till October. 

 

June 26, 6 p.m.: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa announced that there will be no lockdown in Bengaluru, despite a spike in Covid-19 infections over the past few days. Previously, authorities were considering re-imposing lockdown restrictions in some parts of Bengaluru. 

 

June 26, 4 p.m.: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced that the country will lift the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule for some foreign travellers starting July 9. A green list of countries that have successfully controlled the Covid-19 outbreak will be released, and the quarantine restriction will be lifted for travellers from these countries.

 

June 26, 3 p.m.: Vietnam has opened its borders for Japanese business travellers. This is the first time that Vietnam closed its borders to most international travellers in March. 

 

June 26, 1 p.m.: Russia confirmed 6,800 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 6,20,794. The death toll stands at 8,781.

 

June 26, 11 a.m.: Mexican carrier Aeromexico announced that starting July, it will double domestic flights and quadruple international flights in the month of July. The number of flights to New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and Seoul will be increased, and new destinations like Austin, Tokyo and Sao Paulo will also be serviced.  

 

June 26, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,90,401 and the death toll stands at 15,301.

 

June 26, 9 a.m.: The U.K. government is in the process of finalizing a series of travel corridors with other European countries, reports suggest. If the travel corridors are established, travellers from these countries will not be required to go through the 14-day quarantine that is currently imposed on all incoming visitors into the U.K. Such an arrangement will likely be struck with France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey and Finland. 

 

June 26, 8 a.m.: Portuguese government announced that parts of capital Lisbon will go into lockdown again, from July 1 to July 14, after the region has seen a worrying spike in Covid-19 infections over the past few days.

 

June 25, 10 p.m.: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is on course to enter the third phase of reopening on July 6. Outdoor sports will be allowed from this date, and beaches will be open from July 1. Earlier, it was announced that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen in late-August. 

 

June 25, 8 p.m.: The representatives of the tourism industry in Cambodia have urged the government to do away with a coronavirus deposit scheme that was made mandatory for all incoming tourists earlier this month. According to this policy, all tourists visiting Cambodia are required to pay a coronavirus deposit of USD 3000 to the government authorities. The money from the deposit is to be used for the tourists’ medical expenses if they contract the novel coronavirus. Additionally, all incoming tourists are required to have an insurance package worth USD 50,000 

 

June 25, 6 p.m.: The Guardian reports the WHO as announcing that more than two dozen European countries have seen a spike in Covid-19 infections over the last week, after lockdown restrictions were relaxed.  

 

June 25, 4 p.m.: Delhi is now the worst-hit city in India, as the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases surged past 70,000 today, exceeding Mumbai’s tally of 69,528. The capital is seeing a very high rate of infections, and authorities intend to test all homes within containment regions to stem the spread of the virus. 

 

June 25, 2.30 p.m.: The Eiffel Tower in Paris has reopened for visitors today, with certain restrictions in place. Visitors will not be able to access the highest level of the tower, and will not be allowed to take the lift to the viewing levels till July 1 at least. Face masks are mandatory for all visitors over the age of 11. 

 

June 25, 1 p.m.: Hawaii, where all incoming travellers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, will allow travellers to forego the quarantine if they are able to produce a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival. This policy will come into effect on August 1. 

 

June 25, 11 a.m.: Australian airline Qantas will cut 6000 jobs, and extend the ongoing furlough for 15,000 other staff.  After the government hinted that the Australian borders will be closed till 2021, the airline cancelled most of its international flights scheduled till October. 

 

June 25, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,73,105 and the death toll stands at 14,894.

 

June 25, 9 a.m.: Walt Disney Co. announced that the gradual reopening of Disneyland California and Disney California Adventure has been pushed back from July 17, when the parks were supposed to reopen. A new date for reopening has not been set yet. 

 

June 25, 8 a.m.: The U.S.A. recorded its highest daily spike in Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, as 34,700 new infections were reported. The rate of infection seems to be slowing in initial hotspots like New York and New Jersey, but has picked up in Arizona, California, Texas and Mississippi. 

 

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