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 17,849,853 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 four million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Brazil and Russia have recorded more than two million and 800,000 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 1,750,723 COVID-19 cases, out of which 567,730 are active cases, as of August 2. 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.

 

August 1, 10 p.m.: The Edinburgh Castle is to reopen for tourists this weekend for the first time since it was closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, only a 1000 visitors will be permitted per week, and some parts of the castle will remain out of bounds for visitors. Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle will also reopen this weekend. 

 

August 1, 8 p.m.: Kuwait resumed commercial flight services in a limited capacity today.  Kuwait International Airport will operate at 30% capacity starting today, and will service more flights in the days to come. However, the civil aviation authority of Kuwait also suspended flights to 31 high-risk nations till further notice to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The countries include India, Iran, Brazil, Mexico and China, among others. 

 

August 1, 6 p.m.:  Starting today, travellers entering France from 16 high-risk countries, including the U.S.A. and Brazil have to undergo a Covid-19 test on arrival. Those who test positive must quarantine for 14 days after arrival. 

 

August 1, 4 p.m.: Air India is expected to fly 700 flights in the fifth part of the Vande Bharat repatriation effort, which commences today. The airline, along with subsidiary Air India Express will repatriate an estimated 120,000 passengers from 53 countries. 

 

August 1, 2.30 p.m.: In Switzerland, parts of the Alps in the region of Wallis were lit up in amber as part of a pyrotechnic display to ring in the country’s National Day. The novel celebration was organized in keeping with the country’s social distancing guidelines.   

 

August 1, 1 p.m.: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand has been reopened for tourists. Tourists from other states will also be permitted to visit the valley, but are required to produce a Covid-19 negative test result issued less than 72 hours prior to the visit.  

 

August 1, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,695,988 and the death toll stands at 36,511. 

 

August 1, 10 a.m.: The Guardian reports that the state of calamity in Guatemala has been extended by 30 days. The South American country has recorded 49,789 confirmed cases and 1,924 deaths so far. 

 

August 1, 9 a.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, the Argentinian government will extend a compulsory lockdown in the country till August 16. The lockdown measures are strictest in capital Buenos Aires, which is one of the country;s Covid-19 hotspots. The country has now reported 185,373 confirmed cases and 3,466 deaths so far. 

 

August 1, 8 a.m.: The government of Peru has extended the state of emergency and localised quarantine measures till August 31. The country has recorded more than 400,000 confirmed infections and close to 20,000 deaths so far.

 

July 31, 11 p.m.: Due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in France, Lithuania will be imposing a 14-day quarantine on all travellers coming into the country from France, starting Monday. 

 

July 31, 10 p.m.: To prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnosn announced that the country’s reopening plans will be put on hold for the time being. He also warned that stricter measures will be implemented if people do not follow coronavirus guidelines and take the necessary precautions. 

 

July 31, 8 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation extended the suspension of international flights till August 31. However, repatriation flight services and special flights approved by the aviation regulator will be permitted. India has already agreed on travel bubbles with the U.S.A, Germany and France.

 

July 31, 6 p.m.:  As Covid-19 cases rise in Germany, the government announced that travellers coming from the three high-risk Spanish regions of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period to reduce the risk of imported transmission. 

 

July 31, 4 p.m.: For the second consecutive day, Poland has reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections, as 657 cases were detected over the past 24 hours. The total number of infections number more than 45,000, and 1,716 deaths have been reported. 

 

July 31, 2 p.m.: In France, new Covid-19 infections have shot up by 54% over the past week, the government announced today. The number of cases currently in intensive care have also increased in the country for the first time since April. 

 

July 31, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,638,871 and the death toll stands at 35,747. 

 

July 31, 10 a.m.: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced that coronavirus restrictions in Metro Manila have been extended till mid-August, as the country reported a record daily increase in cases this month.

 

July 31, 9 a.m.:  The Guardian reports that parts of Northern England are facing tighter coronavirus restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 31, 8 a.m.: Even though Japan reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections today, the government announced that a state of emergency will not be imposed again in the country. 

 

July 30, 10 p.m.: Amid a spike in new Covid-19 infections in the country, the Libyan government announced that the country will be put under lockdown starting Friday. It will last for at least five days, during which only essential services will be permitted. 

 

July 30, 8 p.m.: Citing a surge of Covid-19 infections in Belgium, the Norwegian government announced that it will impose a 10-day quarantine on persons travelling to Norway from Belgium

 

July 30, 7 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases rise in Iceland, the government tightened coronavirus restrictions today. Large gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited and face masks are mandatory on public transport. 

 

July 30, 6 p.m.: Nepal will be opening up the Himalayan mountains including Mount Everest to mountaineers for the autumn climbing season, the government announced today. Climbers will have to comply with the government’s health protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 30, 4 p.m.: As Poland witnessed its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the government announced that it may reimpose quarantine restrictions for some foreign arrivals coming into Poland. The country has recorded more than 45,000 Covid-19 infections so far.

 

July 30, 2.30 p.m.: The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has extended the coronavirus lockdown till August 31. A strict lockdown will be imposed on all Sundays till the end of August.   

 

July 30, 1 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crossed 17 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. The U.S.A., Brazil and India continue to report thousands of new cases every day, and more than 667,000 have died from the novel coronavirus so far. 

 

July 30, 11 a.m.: This year, the 72nd edition of the Primetime Emmy Awards will be held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event will take place on September 20. 

 

July 30, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,583,792 and the death toll stands at 34,968. 

 

July 30, 9 a.m.: Starting August 5, the Japanese government will allow certain foreign nationals with permanent residence in Japan to re-enter the country. However, they will have to comply with requirements such as a PCR Covid-19 test. 

 

July 30, 8 a.m.: Even as new Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the country, Brazil has lifted the ban on international air travel and will now welcome tourists from all over the world.

 

July 29, 10 p.m.: After a fresh Covid-19 outbreak in the city of Danang, authorities have ordered bars and pubs to shut down in capital Hanoi, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. An infection linked to the Danang outbreak was also recorded in Hanoi today. 

 

July 29, 8 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs released a new set of guidelines today which will come into effect across the country on August 1, as part of ‘Unlock 3’. Night curfews will no longer be in place, and gyms and yoga institutes will be allowed to reopen on August 5. Moreover, there will be no restrictions on intra-state and inter-state movement of goods and people. 

 

July 29, 6 p.m.: The European Union will be dropping Algeria from the list of safe countries. Thus, non-essential travellers from Algeria will not be permitted into the EU. 

 

July 29, 4 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown in Kazakhstan has been extended by two more weeks, announced President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev today. Restrictions are thus likely to be eased in mid-August.

 

July 29, 2.30 p.m.: The New Zealand government announced that it will charge a fee for quarantine facilities from some foreign arrivals into the country. Temporary visa holders will be charged the fee, but New Zealanders returning to their homes permanently will be exempt.  

 

July 29, 1 p.m.: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that lockdowns will continue in the state till the end of August for two days every week, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 29, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,531,669 and the death toll stands at 34,193. 

 

July 29, 10 a.m.: The coronavirus lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram has been extended till further orders. However, some relaxations have been granted for areas lying outside containment zones.  

 

July 29, 9 a.m.: As the Australian government is limiting the number of foreign arrivals entering the country to minimize the risk of imported infections, Air New Zealand has suspended new bookings for flights to Australia till the end of August to minimize further disruption for passengers.  

 

July 29, 8 a.m.: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the state of emergency imposed in the country due to the Covid-19  pandemic will likely be extended till October.

 

July 28, 10 p.m.: The International Air Travel Association announced that it doesn’t expect global air traffic to reach pre-pandemic levels till 2024. The industry group expects the air traffic to drop by 63% in 2020.  

 

July 28, 8 p.m.: CNN reports that the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in Bolivia, has prompted the government to announced a state of public calamity in the country. The country has recorded more than 71,000 confirmed infections and 2,647 deaths so far. 

 

July 28, 6 p.m.: New coronavirus restrictions were imposed in North Korea after the country reported its first suspected Covid-19 case in the city of Kaesong.

 

July 28, 4 p.m.: As fresh Covid-19 infections break out in some Spanish regions including Catalonia, the German government has warned against non-essential travel to some parts of Spain.

 

July 28, 2.30 p.m.: China Southern Airlines announced the “Fly Happily” scheme under which passengers can buy a pass for 529 USD, that can be used for as many flights as they want from August 26 2020 to January 6, 2021.

 

July 28, 1 p.m.: The French government announced that it will reconsider plans to build a fourth terminal at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which has brought air travel to a standstill. 

 

July 28, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,483,157 and the death toll stands at 33,425.

 

July 28, 9.30 a.m.: The Veitnamese government has suspended all flights to and from the city of Danang, where at least fourteen new Covid-19 cases have been detected over the past three days. The city has reintroduced social distancing norms and bus and train services remain suspended too. 

 

July 28, 8 a.m.: Amid a surge in new Covid-19 cases, authorities in Lebanon will be imposing a strict two-week lockdown in the country, shuttering certain business establishments. Shops, private companies and banks will be allowed to operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but a total lockdown will be maintained on other days of the week, till August 10. 

 

July 27, 10 p.m.: As Covid-19 infections are on the rise in Belgium, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced that restrictions on public gatherings and family get-togethers will be tightened starting Wednesday. 

 

July 27, 8 p.m.: Authorities in the German state of Bavaria are making arrangements for mass testing of travellers returning from abroad to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Remote testing kits will be made available at all airports, railway crossings and road crossings at the country’s borders. 

 

July 27, 6 p.m.: Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter have tested negative for Covid-19, 15 days after first testing positive for the virus. 

 

July 27, 4 p.m.: Meghalaya’s Shillong will be under a 72-hour lockdown starting today, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 27, 2.30 p.m.: Irish airline Ryanair reported a loss of 185 million Euros for the last quarter, which is lesser than what analysts had projected. The airline is currently flying 40% of its full-fledged flight schedule and hopes to fly 60% and 70% of its schedule in August and September respectively.  

 

July 27, 1 p.m.: As a third wave of the novel coronavirus sweeps through Hong Kong, authorities have introduced new containment measures. Wearing face masks is mandatory in all outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than two people are prohibited and restaurant dining is also not allowed. 

 

July 27, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,435,453 and the death toll stands at 32,771.

 

July 27, 9.30 a.m.: Over the past 24 hours, China reported 61 new Covid-19 infections, the highest daily increase since April. Most of the new cases were detected in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region, where a fresh outbreak was reported in mid-July. 

 

July 27, 8 a.m.: As Covid-19 cases spike in the country, the Moroccan government will prohibit movement in and out of major cities like Tangiers, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech starting today. The country has reported more than 20,000 Covid-19 infections so far, and 313 deaths. International flights remain suspended for the time being. 

 

July 26, 10 p.m.: After the reimposition of a 14-day quarantine on travellers returning to the U.K. from Spain was announced yesterday, the Spanish government is hoping that the British government will exempt the Balearic and Canary Islands from the rule, reports suggest. 

 

July 26, 8 p.m.: TUI, Britain’s largest tour operator announced that it will cancel all holidays to mainland Spain after the British government reimposed a 14-day quarantine rule for travellers from Spain. 

 

July 26, 6 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown has been extended in Sikkim till August 1, to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 26, 4 p.m.: Social distancing norms have been reimposed in the Vietnamese city of Danang, where the country’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 infection in 100 days was detected. 

 

July 26, 2.30 p.m.: South African trade minister Ebrahim Patel has tested positive for Covid-19

 

July 26, 1 p.m.: The state of Tripura will be under lockdown for three days starting tomorrow to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 26, 11 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported globally has crossed 16 million. The Americas, India and South Africa are recording high infection rates. 

 

July 26, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,385,522 and the death toll stands at 32,063.

 

July 26, 9 a.m.: Authorities in North Korea have imposed an emergency in the city of Kaesong over the first suspected Covid-19 case in the country. 

 

July 26, 8 a.m.: As Spain sees a spike in Covid-19 infections, the U.K. government has reimposed the 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers returning to the U.K. from Spain.

 

July 25, 10 p.m.: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he tested negative for Covid-19, more than two weeks after he first tested positive.

 

July 25, 8 p.m.: Emirates airlines plans to cover coronavirus-related medical and quarantine expenses for passengers who test positive, in a move to boost demand. 

 

July 25, 6 p.m.: For the first time in four months, South Korea reported more than 100 new Covid-19 infections over a period of 24 hours. Most of the 113 new cases were imported infections. 

 

July 25, 4 p.m.: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has tested positive for Covid-19, and is now under quarantine. 

 

July 25, 2 .30 p.m.:The ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus has reopened for some open-air performances today. Strict safety guidelines have to be followed during the performances and only 45% of the theatre’s capacity is being utilized. Officials also intend to conduct live streaming of today’s performances, a first for the 2,300 year-old monument. 

 

 July 25, 1 p.m.: After 99 days of reporting no new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, Vietnam recorded a case of community transmission today. Vietnam now has 51 active novel coronavirus infections.

 

July 25, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,336,861 and the death toll stands at 31,358.

 

July 25, 10 a.m.: The WHO reported a record daily increase of 284,196 new Covid-19 cases globally over the past 24 hours. A sustained increase in number of infections is being seen in the U.S.A., Brazil, India and South Africa.

 

July 25, 9 a.m.: The U.K. added Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to its ‘safe travel’ list. Travellers coming to the U.K. from the countries on this list do not need to quarantine themselves on arrival. A notable exclusion from the list is a notable exclusion from the list is Portugal, which welcomes close to two million British tourists every year.  

 

July 25, 8 a.m.: As Spain is reporting a resurgence in Covid-19 cases over the past few days, the Norwegian government announced that it will re-impose a ten day quarantine on arrivals coming from the country. Meanwhile, entry restrictions will be eased for travellers from Sweden.

 

July 24, 11 p.m.: The Malinese government announced that country’s air borders will reopen on July 25, and that land borders will reopen on July 31. Mali’s borders have been closed since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

July 24, 9 p.m.: The DGCA announced that the fare restrictions on domestic flights will remain in place till November 24. Moreover, airlines will continue to operate only 45% of their flight capacity, as demand for air travel hasn’t picked up yet. 

 

July 24, 7 p.m.: The German government announced that it will offer free coronavirus tests to citizens returning from holidays abroad to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. 

 

July 24, 6 p.m.: Russia will resume some international flights in August. However, in the initial phase, only flights to and from Tanzania, Turkey and the U.K. will be allowed to ply. International flights have been grounded in Russia since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

July 24, 4 p.m.: Hong Kong reported 123 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the third consecutive day that more than 100 cases were detected in the city. Hong Kong is currently battling a resurgence of infections, and local transmission has been on the rise.  

 

July 24, 2.30 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that a Janata Curfew will be observed in the city of Nagpur on July 25 and July 26 to contain the spread of Covid-19. Only essential services will be allowed during these two days.  

 

July 24, 1 p.m.: The Indian government has released an advisory, urging citizens to conduct muted Independence Day celebrations this year on August 15, to prevent the spread f the novel coronavirus. The advisory strictly directs against large gatherings and congregations.

 

July 24, 11 a.m.:  According to an order issued by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, wildlife trade has been banned in the country. The order bans “imports of live wild animals and wildlife products, eliminates wildlife markets, and enforces prohibitions on illegal hunting and trading of wild animals”.

 

July 24, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,287,945 and the death toll stands at 30,601.

 

July 24, 9 a.m.: Coronavirus restrictions were tightened in the Australian state of New South Wales as more clusters of infections were detected in the state over the past few days. Group dining will be restricted to a maximum of ten people, and public gatherings are also restricted. 

 

July 24, 8 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the U.S.A. has crossed 4 million. The country’s death toll stands at 144,167. 

 

July 23, 10 p.m.: After a meeting with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Air India announced that it will not lay off any employees, and there will be no salary reductions for an category of employees.  

 

July 23, 8 p.m.: To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Belgian government announced that restrictions will be tightened in the country starting July 25. Face masks will be mandatory in crowded public spaces and customers will be required to provide their contact information at restaurants and bars, for tracing purposes.

 

July 23, 6 p.m.: As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases crossed 100,000 in Iraq, the Baghdad International Airport resumed scheduled international flight services today after four months of closure.

 

July 23, 4 p.m.: Tokyo reported 366 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a record daily increase since the pandemic began. The government has raised the coronavirus alert in the city to the highest level, as it is witnessing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

 

July 23, 2 .30 p.m.: Indian airline SpiceJet has been designated scheduled Indian carrier to operate flights to and from the US.A.

 

July 23, 1 p.m.: To boost the domestic tourism and hospitality sectors, the Irish government announced a ‘staycation subsidy’, whereby holiday-makers and diners can claim a tax rebate of up to 125 Euros each. The subsidy scheme is applicable for hotel bills, food and non-alcoholic restaurants, and will run from October 2020 to April 2021.

 

July 23, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,238,635 and the death toll stands at 29,861.

 

July 23, 10 a.m.: Southwest Airlines tightened its face mask requirement policy for passengers, eliminating exemptions for passengers with medical conditions that were previously allowed. When the revised policy comes into effect on July 27, only children below the age of 2 will be exempt from wearing face masks when flying with Southwest. Passengers who are not wearing a mask will not be allowed to fly. 

 

July 23, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections recorded globally has exceeded 15 million. The U.S.A. has reported close to 4 million cases, the most for any country. Brazil and India have recorded more than 2 million and 1 million infections respectively. 

 

July 23, 8 a.m.: For the first time in 75 years, the United Nations General Assembly which is to be held in September, will not take place in New York, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, world leaders will send video statements.

 

July 22, 10 p.m.: Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced that it will be closing its base in Frankfurt-Hahn after German pilots rejected proposed pay cuts. An official memo also announced that more bases could follow and shut down in the days to come. 

 

July 22, 9 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that the state of Manipur will be under strict lockdown for fourteen days starting tomorrow, to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 22, 8 p.m.: As new Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Hong Kong, the government announced that those coming from high risk nations of the U.S.A. and Kazakhstan, will have to produce a Covid-19 negative test result before boarding flights to Hong Kong, starting next week. 

 

July 22, 7 p.m.: United Airlines will require its passengers to wear a face mask at the airport, throughout the process from baggage check-in to baggage claim, starting Friday. This updated face mask policy will be applicable at all 360 airports serviced by the carrier. Previously, since May, the airline only required passengers to wear a face mask onboard the flight.  

 

July 22, 6 p.m.: Travel companies SOTC and Thomas Cook have partnered up with ICMR to provide clients with Covid-19 negative certification services for travel purposes. The first-of-its-kind offering has been devised because many countries now require incoming foreign tourists to produce a Covid-19 negative test certificate on arrival, to reduce the risk of imported transmission. 

 

July 22, 4 p.m.: The annual Hindu pilgrimage, Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

July 22, 3 p.m.: President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of the national health emergency today. The reopening of businesses, schools and borders will take place through a three-phased process. International flights and airports will resume operations in the last stage, on August 15. 

 

July 22, 2 p.m.: Ireland’s government has released a ‘green list’ of 15 countries, where Irish citizens and residents can travel to, without having to self-isolate for 14 days on return. The fifteen countries are Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino. Neighbouring U.K. is a notable exclusion from the list. This list will be reviewed every fortnight, and updated accordingly. 

 

July 22, 1 p.m.: The Australian state of Victoria reported 484 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the highest ever daily increase for not just the state, but the entire country. 

 

July 22, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,192,915 and the death toll stands at 28,732.

 

July 22, 10 a.m.: The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that starting today, a curfew will be imposed in the country from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Only essential services will be allowed to continue during the hours of the curfew. 

 

July 22, 9 a.m.: United Airlines has suffered a loss of 1.6 billion USD in the last quarter, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic which drastically cut demand for air travel in a matter of weeks, in early 2020. The airline was losing close to 100 million USD per day in April, according to an official statement, and continues to lose 40 million USD everyday. 

 

July 22, 8 a.m.: For the first time since 1956, the Nobel Foundations’ traditional December banquet has been canceled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The banquet usually marks the end of the Nobel Week, when the awardees are invited to Stockholm for the award ceremonies. The Foundation also announced that the award ceremonies will be “held in new forms” this year.  

 

July 21, 10 p.m.: A state government official announced that there will be a complete lockdown in West Bengal on July 23, 25 and 29, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Only essential services will be allowed to continue in the state during these three days of lockdown. 

 

July 21, 8 p.m.: The government of Nepal announced that starting midnight of July 22, the nationwide coronavirus lockdown will come to an end. The lockdown was imposed on March 24. National borders will remain closed till August 17, after which international flights will be allowed to resume. 

 

July 21, 6 p.m.: For the first time in seven weeks, Delhi reported less than 1,000 Covid-19 infections over a span of 24 hours. The Union Territory has recorded more than 123,000 infections so far and 3,663 deaths. 

 

July 21, 4 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Oman, authorities announced that the country will be put under a complete lockdown from July 25 to August 8. Public gatherings and movement between provinces will be prohibited during this period. 

 

July 21, 2. 30 p.m.: China’s aviation authority announced that all arriving air passengers will need to provide a Covid-19 negative test result before boarding, to mitigate the risk of imported infections in China. The test must be completed at a testing centre recognized by the Chinese Embassy in the home country, and must be administered a maximum of five days before departure. 

 

July 21, 1 p.m.: To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government of Bahamas has banned all commercial international flights coming into the country, except for those coming from the U.K., Canada or the European Union. Travellers from the U.S.A. are also prohibited due to its high Covid-19 infection rate. 

 

July 21, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,155,191 and the death toll stands at 28,084.

 

July 21, 10 a.m.: The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford has shown promising results after the first of three phases of human trials. The vaccine had no negative side effects on the subjects, and elicited a strong immune response. However, the report of the trial results also mentions that it will take at least a year to determine if the vaccine provides long-term protection against the virus. 

 

July 21, 9 a.m.: Saudi Arabian authorities announced that this year’s scaled-down Hajj pilgrimage will begin on July 29. Only 1,000 people will be allowed to make the pilgrimage, and they will be required to quarantine themselves after its conclusion.   

 

July 21, 8 a.m.: Ronojoy Dutta, the Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo, India’s biggest private airline announced that 10% of its staff will be laid off. The airline employed more than 23,000 employees in March 2019 and has had to take this step in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which has severely impacted the aviation industry.  

 

July 20, 10 p.m.: The government of Nepal will resume domestic and international flights starting August 17, after four months. Nepal has recorded more than 17,000 confirmed infections so far.  

 

July 20, 8 p.m.: After President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Minister of Citizenship Onyx Lorenzoni has tested positive for Covid-19. He is the third minister in the national government to test positive for the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 20, 6.30 p.m.: The Egyptian Parliament resolved to extend the national state of emergency three months beyond July 27. The country has reported more than 87,000 cases and 4,302 deaths so far, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. 

 

July 20, 4 p.m.: A new Covid-19 outbreak in northwestern China’s Urumqi has now spread to the neighbouring city of Kashgar, which is a historic town on the Silk Route.

 

July 20, 2.30 p.m.: Credit rating agency Moody’s released a report today, according to which the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact the airline industry well into 2022, and possibly beyond. The report estimates that the global demand for air travel fell by 90% in a matter of a few weeks as the pandemic spread in early 2020. 

 

July 20, 1 p.m.: The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele announced that the country’s plans to move into the second phase of reopening will be postponed as per advice from health experts. The country has recorded more than 11,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections so far.  

 

July 20, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,118,043 and the death toll stands at 27,497.

 

July 20, 10 a.m.: CNN reports that Delta Airlines will begin telling passengers unable to wear face masks because of health conditions to not fly and stay at home instead. If the passenger is absolutely unwilling to wear a face mask, they will have to go through a health screening, based on which the airline will decide whether they should be allowed to fly without a mask. 

 

July 20, 9 a.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 cases in the region, Kalaburagi district officials have extended the lockdown in the district till July 27

 

July 20, 8.30 a.m.: Papua New Guinea recorded its first Covid-19 fatality in capital Port Moresby. This is the first coronavirus-related death in Melanesia, outside of U.S. territories.  

 

July 19, 10 p.m.: For the first time in four months, no local transmission of Covid-19 was reported in Cuba over the past 24 hours. The country has now moved into the final phase of resuming normal activities, with social distancing and face masks. 

 

July 19, 8 p.m.: Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive for Covid-19, he announced today. Nigeria has recorded more than 36,000 Covid-19 infections and 778 deaths so far. 

 

July 19, 6 p.m.: To check the spread of the novel coronavirus, Turkey has suspended flights to Iran and Afghanistan as high infection rates have been reported in the two countries.  

 

July 19, 4 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Hong Kong, authorities have tightened coronavirus restrictions, shuttering certain types of establishments for another week, and making face masks compulsory in indoor public areas. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that over a hundred infections were reported in the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase so far.  

 

July 19, 3 p.m.: Beijing’s municipal authorities announced today that the coronavirus emergency response in the city will be lowered from Level 2 to Level 3 on July 20. The emergency response was raised to Level 2 when a new Covid-19 outbreak was detected in the city in mid-June. However, no new cases have been reported in the past two weeks, promoting authorities to take this step.  

 

July 19, 1 p.m.: A minister in the Karnataka state government said that inter-state travellers coming from high-risk states like Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have contributed to the rise in Covid-19 infections in the state over the past few days. The government has imposed a lockdown in the state till July 22 to slow the infection rate.  

 

July 19, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,077,618 and the death toll stands at 26,816.

 

July 19, 9.30 a.m.: In a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Australian state of New South Wales capped the number of overseas travellers arriving at Sydney at 350 per day, starting July 20. 

 

July 19, 8 a.m.: For the second day in a row, the World Health Organization reported a record daily increase in infections globally, with 259,848 new cases coming to light over the past 24 hours. The U.S.A., Brazil, India and South Africa were among the countries that reported a major spike in cases. 

 

July 18, 10 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed 3 lakhs today, as more than 8,300 infections were recorded over the past 24 hours. It is the worst-hit state in India, accounting for close to a third of the country’s confirmed infections. More than a lakh cases have been reported in Mumbai alone.

 

July 18, 9 p.m.: The French government announced that wearing face masks will be compulsory in indoors public spaces like markets, banks and shops from Monday, July 20. The move comes amid concerns surrounding a resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the western and southern parts of the country. 

 

July 18, 7 p.m.: The coastal belt from Edava to Pozhiyoor in Thiruvananthapuram has been put under lockdown for ten days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Movement is greatly restricted, and only essential services are permitted.

 

July 18, 5.30 p.m.: A lockdown has been imposed in the Narasaraopet town in Telangana’s Guntur district to curb the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown may continue for seven to ten days, authorities have said.

 

July 18, 4 p.m.: Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani said today that according to a Health Ministry report, over 25 million people in Iran have been infected with the novel coronavirus, and a further 35 million are at risk of getting infected. The official number of confirmed cases in the country is 269,440, and the death toll stands at 13,791. 

 

July 18, 2 p.m.: CNN reports that Colombia has reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 deaths for the second day in a row. Over the past 24 hours, 8,934 new infections were detected, and 259 deaths were recorded, taking the national death toll to 6,288. 

 

July 18, 12 p.m.: The Civil Aviation Authority of Panama announced that the suspension of international flights in the country has been extended by a month till August 22 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. International flights to and from the country have been suspended since March.

 

July 18, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,038,716 and the death toll stands at 26,273.

 

July 18, 9.30 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported globally crossed 14 million today. The last million cases were recorded in less than 100 hours, as India, Brazil and the U.S.A. continue to report high infection rates. 

 

July 18, 8 a.m.: The West Bengal state government barred flights from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai to Kolkata till the end of July to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. 

 

July 17, 10 p.m.: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further easing of coronavirus restrictions for England today. Starting August 1, citizens will be allowed to use public transport for their commutes, and employers will have more discretion to allow their staff to return to office.  

 

July 17, 8 p.m.: Authorities in the Catalan region of Spain have urged residents to stay at home, as Covid-19 infections are on the rise. Public gatherings of more than ten people have been prohibited.  

 

July 17, 6 p.m.: Amid rapidly rising Covid-19 infections in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced that a lockdown will be implemented in the state this weekend. Guidelines for the weekend lockdown will be released by the state government soon, he said. Uttarakhand reopened for domestic tourists two weeks ago.

 

July 17, 4 p.m.: As Tokyo reported its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases, the Japanese government decided to exclude residents of the capital city from its multi-billion dollar tourism campaign. The “Go to” campaign is worth 16 billion USD, and aims to promote the tourism industry by giving citizens subsidies on domestic trips. 

 

July 17, 2.30 p.m.: The Israeli government announced that full weekend lockdowns will be implemented in the country starting July 24. Malls, shops, zoos, and pools will remain shut during the lockdowns in a bid to curb the Covid-19 infection rate in the country. 

 

July 17, 1 p.m.: The U.S.A. reported around 77,300 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a record daily increase for any country since the pandemic began. The U.S.A. has reported more than 3 million cases, and the rate of infection continues to rise in many of the country’s populous states like Florida and California.

 

July 17, 11 a.m.: More than 600 scheduled international flights were cancelled at the Urumqi Diwopu International Airport in Urumqi, Western China, after a locally transmitted Covid-19 infection was detected in the region today. Subway services  in the city have been temporarily suspended. 

 

July 17, 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 10,03,832 and the death toll stands at 25,602.

 

July 17, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Brazil has crossed 2 million, and the death toll now exceeds 76,000.  

 

July 17, 8 a.m.: As Covid-19 infections continue to rise, authorities have tightened restrictions on movement and economic activity at some of Mexico’s popular tourist sites like Veracruz, Cancun, Yucatan and Tulum.

 

July 16, 10 p.m.: Of the 35 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Greece over the past 24 hours, thirteen are reportedly foreign tourists who were tested on arrival into Greece. Greece was one of the first countries to open its borders to foreign tourists during the pandemic.  

 

July 16, 8 p.m.: The Israeli government is likely to introduce a fresh set of coronavirus restrictions in the country today, as Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Public gatherings might be restricted and weekend lockdowns could be imposed.  

 

July 16, 6 p.m.: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma announced that all entry points into the state will be sealed off from July 24-31, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The flow of vehicles will be permitted for essential services.  

 

July 16, 4.30 p.m.: The Italian government has banned travellers coming from Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro from entering the country citing high Covid-19 infection rates in these countries. 

 

July 16, 3.30 p.m.:The Indian Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri announced that bilateral air bubbles will be the the way forward for international flights to resume. International air travel has been suspended in India since March, but is now set to resume gradually. Air France will be operating 28 flights between Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Paris from 18 July to 1 August, and flights to the U.S.A. will also ply between July 17 and July 31. 

 

July 16, 1.30 p.m.: Ireland will not move into the fourth phase of reopening the economy that was supposed to begin on Monday. The government decided to scale back reopening plans as Covid-19 cases have spiked over the past few days. 

 

July 16, 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 9,68,876 and the death toll stands at 24,915.

 

July 16, 10 a.m.: According to a memo published by the top two executives at American Airlines, the company will notify 25,000 of its employees about a potential furlough starting October 1. Among the employees identified for the potential furlough are 10,000 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots. All over the world, airlines have announced restructuring plans and job cuts, and some have also filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought the air travel industry to its knees. 

 

July 16, 9 a.m.: To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that a night curfew will be observed in the state till August 10. Additionally, a three-day lockdown will be imposed in the state from the night of July 16 to the morning of July 20. Goa reopened for tourists from other Indian states on July 2, with some border restrictions in place. 

 

July 16, 8 a.m.: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time yesterday, a week after he first confirmed that he was infected by the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 15, 10 p.m.: Senegal has resumed international flight services after a period of four months. Land and sea borders remain closed and all arrivals by air are required to produce a Covid-19 negative test certificate issued in their country of origin. 

 

July 15, 9 p.m.: The Board of Directors of Air India have given Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal the authorization to send certain employees on unpaid leave for a period of up to five years subject to a range of criteria. The airline has thus started the process of evaluating and identifying employees for unpaid leave, thereby cutting redundancy within the organization. 

 

July 15, 7 p.m.: The Austrian Foreign Ministry announced that it will lift the travel warning issued previously for Lombardy in Italy, as the Covid-19 infection rate falls in the region. Thus, flights between Vienna and Lombardy’s Milan are expected to resume soon.

 

July 15, 6 p.m.: Russia scrapped its mandatory two-week quarantine rule for foreign arrivals today. International tourists and Russian citizens returning from abroad will, however, have to produce a Covid-19 negative test result on arrival into the country, or take a Covid-19 test within three days of entering Russia. Those who test positive will have to self-quarantine.  

 

July 15, 4 p.m.: Authorities have raised the coronavirus alert to the highest “red” level in Tokyo, as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the Japanese capital. In this second wave of infections, younger citizens are testing positive more than before, and many are asymptomatic cases.

 

July 15, 2.30 p.m.: Around 1,60,000 residents of Spain’s Catalonia region have returned to coronavirus lockdown, as authorities scramble to contain fresh outbreaks in the region. Residents are allowed to leave their homes only for work and essential services. 

 

July 15, 1 p.m.: The U.S.A.’s borders with neighbours Canada and Mexico are likely to remain closed for non-essential travel till at least late-August. The decision comes as many American continue to report record daily spikes in Covid-19 infections, and the national tally nears 3.5 million. 

 

July 15, 11 a.m.: As Covid-19 cases continue to spike in Pune, the Maharashtra state government announced that a second phase of lockdown will begin in the city from July 18 to July 23. Pharmacies, dairies, hospitals and other essential services will be allowed to remain open.  

 

July 15, 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 9,36,181 and the death toll stands at 24,309.

 

July 15, 9 a.m.: Airbnb announced that it accepted over 1 million bookings globally on July 8, a sign of recovery after the slump brought on by the pandemic. This was the first time since March that the number of bookings accepted in a day crossed a million. Majority of the bookings are for trips in early August, and the increase in reservations can be attributed partly to pent-up demand. 

 

July 15, 8 a.m.:  The Guardian reports that a lockdown is set to be reimposed in the Venezuelan capital Caracas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The restrictions will also apply to the neighbouring state of Miranda. The country has reported 9,707 confirmed infections so far, and 93 deaths,but experts believe that the actual figures may be higher. Air travel has been suspended in the country till August 12. 

 

July 15, 7 a.m.: Tourists sites in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands reopened yesterday, three months after they were shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors will be required to wear face masks, use disinfectant gel, and will be allowed to stay in crowded recreational sites for a maximum of three hours. While mainland Ecuador has reported more than 68,000 Covid-19 infections, the Galapagos Islands have recorded only a hundred.

 

July 14, 10 p.m.: The European Union has dropped Serbia and Montenegro from the list of countries from where non-essential travellers are allowed. The move comes as Covid-19 infections are on the rise in these two countries. 

 

July 14, 8 p.m.: As Covid-19 infections rise rapidly in Colombia’s second-largest city Medellin, authorities announced that a lockdown will be imposed for four days, starting Friday. 

 

July 14, 6 p.m.: The Governor of Iran’s capital Tehran has reimposed some coronavirus restrictions, ordering mosques and some businesses to shut down for a week after a spike in Covid-19 infections has been reported in the country over the past few days. Iran is one of the worst-hit nations in the Middle East, reporting more than 2,62,000 cases so far. 

 

July 15, 5 p.m.: Jammu and Kashmir will be reopening to tourists from July 14, however all wishing to travel to the state will have to abide by a strict set of guidelines. For instance, only travellers arriving by air will be allowed for now, and they will have to provide proof of a return ticket out of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as a confirmed booking with a hotel/stay. Travellers will also be tested for COVID-19 at the airport.

 

 

July 14, 4 p.m.: Amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, the government of Bihar has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till July 31. Essential services will be exempted from lockdown restrictions. 

 

July 14, 2.30 p.m.: July 14 is the French National Day, and marks the anniversary of the storming of Bastille prison, an important event in the French Revolution of 1789. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrations will be scaled down across the nation. The annual military parade down the Champs-Élysées in Paris will not take place, and the gathering of soldiers at the Place de la Concorde will be limited to 2000 soldiers only. President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier that this July 14 will be dedicated to those who are engaged in the fight against the novel coronavirus. 

 

July 14, 1 p.m.: Governments of the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand are working on a quarantine-free travel bridge between the two countries. Though no date has been finalized for the travel bridge to come into effect, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands said that it could be as early as next week. While the Cook Islands have not reported a single Covid-19 case, the infection rate has been successfully brought under control in New Zealand. 

 

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. 

 

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