Coronavirus: Latest Updates

As the pandemic continues to cripple part of the world, there are countries also reopening. We issue updates for travellers to track.  
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While several parts of the world continue to show a rise in coronavirus cases, countries in Europe have started to open up, with restrictions in place. Photo by: Anna Mente/Shutterstock

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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 23,218,911 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 five million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Brazil and Russia have recorded more than three million and 900,000 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 3,044,941 COVID-19 cases, out of which 707,668 are active cases, as of August 23. 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 23, 4 p.m.: Amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Italy, the country’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza has said that the government is not considering a second lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. One of the worst-affected countries in Europe, Italy has seen a steady rise in infections over the past month. 

 

August 23, 2 p.m.: The World Health Organization released new guidance advising that all children above the ages of 12 must wear face masks to protect against Covid-19 transmission, especially in spaces where social distancing is not possible. 

 

August 23, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 3,044,941 and the death toll stands at 56,706.

 

August 23, 9.30 a.m.: South Korea reported 397 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest daily increase since early March. 

 

August 23, 8.30 a.m.: The French Health Minister announced that the novel coronavirus is spreading at a much faster rate among persons under 40 years of age, than among senior citizens, who were previously thought to be more vulnerable to the virus. France reported more than 3,600 new cases over the past 24 hours.

 

August 22, 10 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the global Covid-19 death toll has crossed 800,000. 

 

August 22, 8 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that India’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections has crossed 3 million.  

 

August 22, 6 p.m.: A record daily increase of 506 Covid-19 cases was reported in the Czech Republic over the past 24 hours. The country has recorded more than 21,000 confirmed infections and 411 deaths so far. 

 

August 22, 4 p.m.: Starting today, travellers returning to the U.K. from Croatia, Austria, and Trinidad and Tobago will be required to undergo quarantine for 14 days, after a spike in Covid-19 infections was reported in these countries. 

 

August 22, 2 p.m.: As a Covid-19 outbreak in South Korean capital Seoul spreads, the government has announced stricter restrictions on public gatherings and movement to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 22, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,975,701 and the death toll stands at 55,794.

 

August 22, 10 a.m.: STA Travels, a British firm that specialized in offering travel packages for young people has fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic and ceased trading. The company employed 500 people in the UK across 50 shops. 

 

August 22, 9 a.m.: The Delhi government announced that starting August 24, hotels and weekly markets in non-containment zones will be allowed to open. Wearing face masks, social distancing and the availability of hand sanitizers are few of the guidelines that must be followed according to the new SOP released by the Delhi government. 

 

August 22, 8 a.m.: CNN reports that the government of Paraguay announced a two-week social quarantine period in capital Asuncion and the country’s central region after a rise in Covid-19 cases was reported. Community activities will be limited and movement from one place to another will be restricted during this period. 

 

August 21, 10 p.m.: The Tunisian government today imposed a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. in two southern towns of Hamma and Hamma Gharbia after a spike in Covid-19 cases. 

 

August 21, 8 p.m.: Venezuela has closed its busiest border crossing with neighbour Colombia to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and reduce the risk of imported infections. 

 

August 21, 6 p.m.: A two-week partial lockdown and night-time curfew has started in Lebanon today, after a rise in Covid-19 cases was reported over the past few days. 

 

August 21, 4 p.m.: Birmingham, the second largest city of England is likely heading towards a coronavirus lockdown as Covid-19 cases are rising. Last week, statistics revealed that the infection rate has more than doubled over the course of one week. 

 

August 21, 2.30 p.m.: After a noticeable drop in the Covid-19 infection rate in Beijing, authorities announced today that it is not mandatory for residents to wear face masks outdoors anymore. The city has reported no new Covid-19 cases for the past 13 days. 

 

August 21, 1 p.m.: Hungarian Prime sinister Viktor Orban announced on state radio today that the the government will tighten border crossing restrictions as Covid-19 cases surge in neighbouring nations. 

 

August 21, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,905,283 and the death toll stands at 54,849.

 

August 21, 9.30 a.m.: Starting September 1, Japan will ease entry restrictions for foreign nationals who have residence visas. Thus, permanent residents and exchange students will be allowed to enter the country, but on the condition that they undergo coronavirus testing and quarantine on arrival. 

 

August 21, 8 a.m.: Moroccan King Mohammed VI announced that the country may be place under complete lockdown if the number of new Covid-19 infections continue to spike. More than 1,000 new cases are being reported daily in the north African nation over the past few days. 

 

August 20, 10 p.m.: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Moroccan government has tightened coronavirus restrictions in Marrakech and Casablanca.The country has reported more than 46,000 infections and 743 deaths so far. 

 

August 20, 8 p.m.: Citing the threat of Covid-19 transmission at gatherings, Airbnb has indefinitely banned parties at all rental properties listed on its platform. The ban is applicable for all properties worldwide. Moreover, the company has capped the number of occupants at 16 per rental. 

 

August 20, 6.30 p.m.: To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Punjab government will reimpose a daily night curfew starting August 21. Moreover, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that weekend lockdowns will be imposed in the state.

 

August 20, 4 p.m.: The state of West Bengal will observe a strict coronavirus lockdown today and tomorrow, to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the state. 

 

August 20, 2 p.m.: Colombia reported a record daily increase of 13,056 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country’s tally of infections has now crossed half a million, and close to 16,000 deaths have been recorded so far. 

 

August 20, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,836,925 and the death toll stands at 53,866.

 

August 20, 10 a.m.: Germany, France, Spain and Italy are all witnessing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, as all four countries reported highest daily increases in new infections since their lockdowns were eased.

 

August 20, 9 a.m.: Owing to a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections in Croatia, the U.K. government is set to move the country to the ‘red list’ and impose a 14-day quarantine quarantine on returning travellers. 

 

August 20, 8 a.m.: Australian airline Qantas Airways declared an annual loss of 1.41 billion USD, driven by impairment charges  and restructuring costs. This is one of the biggest year-on-year losses for the company, and has been brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 19, 11 p.m.: The Norwegian government announced that travellers coming from Britain, Greece, Austria and Ireland will have to undergo a ten-day quarantine starting August 22, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 19, 8 p.m.: Due to rising cases in Croatia, the Slovenian government is urging its citizens to return from Croatia before the end of the week, or face a two week quarantine on arrival. 

 

August 19, 6 p.m.: In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s carnival season is likely to be cancelled, reports The Guardian. The carnival season is to begin on November 11, and usually attracts millions of participants from all over the country. 

 

August 19, 4 p.m.: The Finnish government announced that starting August 24, it will allow only essential travel from Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus, San Marino and Japan. Moreover, arrivals from these countries will have to self-quarantine for two weeks to minimize the risk of imported Covid-19 infections.

 

August 19, 2 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Indonesian island of Bali will tentatively reopen for international tourists on September 11. However, it is likely that there will be a two-week quarantine for all international arrivals, given that Indonesia is still reporting close to 2,000 new Covid-19 infections every day. 

 

August 19, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,767,273 and the death toll stands at 52,889.

 

August 19, 10 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed covid-19 infections has crossed 22 million globally. More than 780,000 people have lost their loves to the virus so far. 

 

August 19, 9 a.m.: The Irish government announced stricter coronavirus measures yesterday, in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Outdoor as well as indoor gatherings are restricted and residents are urged not to use public transport. The country has seen a surge in infections over the past three weeks, and the infection rate is now the fourth highest in Europe. 

 

August 19, 8 a.m.: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Lebanese government announced that a lockdown and an overnight curfew will be reimposed in the country. 

 

August 18, 10 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases surge in France, the government announced that face masks will be mandatory in most of the country’s workplaces starting September 1. The average daily increase in confirmed infections has nearly doubled since the start of August.  

 

August 18, 8 p.m.: A minister of the Goa government has said that authorities are cracking down on illegal parties which are being held in the state, despite the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Goa has recorded more than 12,000 Covid-19 infections so far. 

 

August 18, 6 p.m.: Luxembourg is now offering free Covid-19 tests to all travellers returning from abroad, as part of a mass testing policy. The country has reported a high infection rate, but the government claims it is due to mass testing.

 

August 18, 4 p.m.: A government official has said that the Delhi airport will likely have a Covid-19 testing facility for international arrivals. Passengers who test negative for Covid-19 on arrival will be exempted from the seven days of mandatory institutional quarantine. 

 

August 18, 2 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that additional coronavirus curbs have been imposed in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala starting today. Non-essential movement of goods and people is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and residents are urged to avoid all non-essential travel on weekends. 

 

August 18, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,702,742 and the death toll stands at 51,797.

 

August 18, 10 a.m.: After 11 Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong were linked to New Delhi, the city’s authorities have banned Air India from flying to Hong Kong, as they believe the airline did not carry our proper pre-flight testing. 

 

August 18, 9 a.m.: Starting today, the government of Oman will allow tourist and international restaurants to open. Swimming pools in hotels will also be allowed to reopen. 

 

August 18, 8 a.m.: The Nigerian government announced that starting August 29, international flights to and from Nigeria will be allowed to resume. The airports in Lagos and Abuja will service international flights, but travel within cities will be resumed at a later date, the government announced

 

August 17, 10 p.m.: British airline EasyJet will be closing three of its bases in the U.K., due to the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The closing of the bases will result in the loss of 670 jobs. The airline has previously said that it would likely cut 4,500 jobs across Europe.    

 

August 17, 8 p.m.: Amid a rise in Covid-19 infections, the government of the Czech Republic announced that wearing face masks will be mandatory on public transport and in indoor public venues starting September 1. 

 

August 17, 7 p.m.: As quarantine restrictions are tightened for international travellers across Europe, Ryanair has cancelled one in five flights due to a drop in bookings over the past ten days.  

 

August 17, 6 p.m.: Under the bilateral air bubble agreement signed between India and the U.A.E., SpiceJet will service flights from Dlehi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Madurai and Kozhikode to Dubai starting tomorrow. GoAir and Vistara are already operating flights to the U.A.E.

 

August 17, 4 p.m.: Social distancing measures have been extended till August 25 as the country battles a third wave of novel coronavirus infections. 

 

August 17, 2 p.m.: A Lebanese government minister has said that the country must go under lockdown for two weeks to fight the resurgence of Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks. Accordingly, a state of general alert has been issued. 

 

August 17, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,647,663 and the death toll stands at 50,921.

 

August 17, 9.30 a.m.: The Guardian reports that starting today, some social distancing measures will be relaxed in Israel. Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather indoors, and thirty in outdoor public spaces. Moreover, quarantine restrictions are likely to be relaxed for some foreign workers. 

 

August 17, 8 a.m.: A four-day complete lockdown will be imposed in Mizoram’s Aizawl starting today. The decision to impose restrictions came after the state reported its highest daily increase of 64 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. 

 

August 16, 10 p.m.: After a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in Italy, the government decided to close all the country’s discos, and has mandated face masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible, reports The Guardian. 

 

August 16, 8 p.m.: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the coronavirus lockdown in the state will be lifted in a stepwise manner after August 31, in order to minimize the threat of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. 

 

August 16, 6 p.m.: Iraq reported a record daily increase of 4,293 new Covid-1 infections over the past 24 hours. The tally of infections has now crossed 170,000, making it one of the Middle East’s worst-hit nations. 

 

August 16, 4 p.m.: Reports suggest that Indian airline Vistara will soon resume flights to the U.K., Germany and France as part of the bilateral air bubble arrangements India has with the three countries. 

 

August 16, 2 p.m.: Strict curbs on movement will be imposed in the Malaysian island of Penang as Covid-19 cases are on the rise, after more than 100 days without any new Covid-19 infections being reported. 

 

August 16, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,589,682 and the death toll stands at 49,980.

 

August 16, 10 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an easing of lockdown restrictions, and said that the country had passed its peak of Covid-19 infections. The ban on travelling between provinces will be lifted, and restaurants and taverns will be allowed to resume operations. 

 

August 16, 8 a.m.: After five months of coronavirus lockdown, mosques, beaches and parks will reopen in Algeria as the Covid-19 infection rate is thought to have stabilized. The easing of restrictions will be a gradual process and thus, curfews remain in many parts of the country.

 

August 15, 11 p.m.: Along with other famous tourist sites, the statue of Christ the Redeemer has reopened to the public in Rio de Janeiro today, after five months of closure.  Visitors are required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 15, 10 p.m.: The U.K. recorded 1,012 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day that that more than 1,000 infections have been reported. 

 

August 15, 8 p.m.: The ‘complete lockdown’ has been extended in Manipur till August 31, amid rising Covid-19 infections in the state. 

 

August 15, 6 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crosses 21 million globally, and the death toll has crossed 767,000. 

 

August 15, 4 p.m.: Starting August 22, wearing face masks will be compulsory on all public transport in Denmark, an effort to stem the surge of Covid-19 infections in the country. 

 

August 15, 2 p.m.: New Zealand reported seven more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, six of which were linked to the cluster of locally transmitted infections that has emerged over the past week. 

 

August 15, 11 a.m.: After capital Seoul recorded a five-month high of 166 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the South Korean government tightened social distancing  restrictions in the city. Most of the new cases are locally transmitted infections. 

 

August 15, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,526,192 and the death toll stands at 49,036.

 

August 15, 9 a.m.:The German government has designated most of the Spanish mainland, the Balearic Islands and Mallorca as high-risk zones after a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. Thus, it is likely that travellers returning from these parts of Spain will be required to undergo a Covid-19 test on arrival or go through quarantine.  

 

August 15, 8 a.m.:The U.S.A’s Department of Homeland Security announced that a ban on non-essential travel to neighboring Canada and Mexico will be extended by 30 days till September 21 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

August 14, 11 p.m.: The Austrian Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for Croatia to minimize the risks of imported Covid-19 transmission.

 

August 14, 8 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases rise in Greece, the government has tightened restrictions on public gatherings. Moreover, travellers coming from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will have to provide proof of having tested negative for Covid-19.

 

August 14, 6 p.m.: Serbia announced that travellers coming from Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Northern Macedonia will have to produce a Covid-19 negative test result on arrival to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

August 14, 4 p.m.: As a fresh Covid19 outbreak was recorded in New Zealand’s Auckland, the Prime Minister announced that the three-day lockdown in the city will be extended by 12 days. Public places will remain shut and most businesses will not be allowed to stay open, as the new cluster of infections has grown to 29. 

 

August 1, 2.30 p.m.: The French government declared Paris and Marseille as high-risk Covid-19 zones as new infections are rising rapidly in the two cities. Coronavirus restrictions are likely to be reimposed in the days to come. 

 

August 14, 1 p.m.: To promote travel and tourism between the two countries, the Indian government has established an air bubble with the Maldives, and flights to Male, the island nation’s capital are slated to begin on August 18. Indian nationals are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival in Maldives. 

 

August 14, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,461,190 and the death toll stands at 48,040.

 

August 14, 10 a.m.: Airbnb will limit those under 25 years of age from booking entire homes through its platform, in order to prevent unauthorized parties wherein the risk of the novel coronavirus spreading is heightened. This restriction will be imposed for holidayers in Spain, U.K. and France for now. 

 

August 14, 9 a.m.: As France is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, the country will be added to the U.K. government’s quarantine list. Travellers returning to the U.K. from France will then be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days on arrival. 

 

August 14, 8 a.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 infections across the Pacific, the Trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been put on hold for the time being, the Australian Minister for the Pacific announced.

 

August 13, 10 p.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 cases in Malta and the Netherlands, the U.K. government will add the two countries to the quarantine list. The government’s decision on its travel corridor with France is awaited soon.

 

August 13, 8 p.m.: The Portuguese government announced that capital Lisbon will be under stricter coronavirus restrictions than the rest of the country, at least till the end of August. The curbs on movement and economic activity were introduced after a steady rise in Covid-19 infections in June and July. 

 

August 13, 6 p.m.: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said today that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Film Festival of India will go ahead as planned in the month of November. 

 

August 13, 4 p.m.: New Zealand, after going more than a hundred days without any case of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection, reported 13 new cases over the past 24 hours, as a fresh outbreak was recorded in Auckland. The city has been under  a three-day lockdown which may be extended. 

 

August 13, 2.30 pm.: Australia, where Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in the past few days, recorded 292 new infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase In almost three weeks. The state of Victoria is the worst-hit by this second wave of infections, reporting 278 of the 292 cases. 

 

August 13, 1 p.m.: As holidaymakers return to their homes, Germany and France are seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases. While Germany recorded more than 1,200 new infections over the past 24 hours, 2,524 infections were reported in France, the highest daily increase since May. 

 

August 13, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,396,637 and the death toll stands at 47,033.

 

August 13, 10 a.m.: The Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced that the coronavirus lockdown has been extended in five regions in the country as Covid-19 infections surge among children and adolescents.

 

August 13, 9 a.m.: Chile, which registered one of the worst Covid-19 infection rates in the world at one point of time has seen a steady decline in new cases over the past two months. The government thus announced that the lockdown in parts of capital Santiago will be eased step by step, almost five months after restrictions were first imposed in March.

 

August 13, 8 a.m.: The Italian government made it mandatory for travellers coming from Malta, Greece, Croatia and Spain to get tested for Covid-19 on arrival, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Moreover, Colombia has been added to the list of countries under a complete travel ban due to rising Covid-19 cases in the South American country. 

 

August 12, 10 p.m.: The government of Uzbekistan announced the lockdown in the country will be lifted over the course of a few days, starting Saturday. Air and rail services within the country will be resumed on Saturday itself, and bus services on August 20.  

 

August 12, 8 p.m.: TUI, Europe’s largest travel and tourism company has secured a 1.4 billion USD coronavirus aid package from the German government. 

 

August 12, 6 p.m.: The Paris Marathon 2020 has been cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in France. The race, which attracts over 40,000 participants from all over the world every year, was previously postponed to November 15 due to the pandemic, but has now been called off. 

 

August 12, 5 p.m.: The coronavirus state of emergency in Armenia has been extended till September 11, even as the country’s infection rate continues to drop. Though the country;s borders remain closed and international flights have not resumed yet, the ban on foreigners entering the country has been lifted, provided they self-isolate on arrival. 

 

August 12, 4 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases surge in the Belgian capital Brussels, authorities have made face masks compulsory in all public spaces. The country has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in Europe, with around 60 confirmed infections per 100,000 residents. 

 

August 12, 2 p.m.: The Chinese government eased entry restrictions for travellers from 36 European countries today. According to the new rules, individuals from these countries will be eligible to apply for a Chinese visa without a invitation letter, provided they have a valid residence permit in China.

 

August 12, 11 a.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 cases in Spain’s Madrid and Basque Country, the German government has issued a travel warning for the two regions, adding to the warning issued earlier for the Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra regions.

 

August 12, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,329,628 and the death toll stands at 46,091.

 

August 12, 9 a.m.: The Dutch government announced plans to make home quarantine mandatory for individuals who have come into contact with Covid-19 patients. Additionally, travellers returning from high-risk countries will also likely be mandated home quarantine. 

 

August 12, 8 a.m.: After a five month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and budgetary issues, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem – home to the Dead Sea Scrolls – is bound to reopen today

 

August 11, 10 p.m.: As the Covid-19 infection rate is increasing in France, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the ban on public gatherings will be extended till August 31 in the country. 

 

August 11, 8 p.m.: Amid a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in Nepal, the government has extended the suspension of international flights till August 31. Earlier, the government had announced that domestic and international flights would resume on August 17.   

 

August 11, 6 p.m.: Hong Kong, currently battling a third wave of the novel coronavirus, reported 33 new infections over the past 24 hours. The city marked a sharp decline in cases from yesterday, when 69 new cases were recorded. 

 

August 11, 4 p.m.: Four new cases of Covid-19 community transmission were detected in Auckland today, following which New Zealand Prime Minister announced that the city will go under lockdown for three days. 

 

August 11, 3 p.m.: The Bhutanese government announced a nationwide lockdown today, after a returning resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after being discharged from quarantine. The country has reported 113 infections so far, and is yet to report a Covid-19 fatality. The country had already closed its borders to international tourists in March. 

 

August 2.30 p.m.: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the country had registered the world’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus today. The President said that the vaccine had passed all tests, but medical experts around the world have expressed fears about the fast-track approach adopted for the vaccine trials.

 

August 11, 1 p.m.: Flights to Kolkata from the six coronavirus hotspots of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur will remain suspended till August 31, a state government official announced today. 

 

August 11, 11 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections has crossed 20 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. A quarter of the infections were reported in the U.S.A., and Brazil and India have reported more than three million and two million infections respectively. The three countries thus account for more than half of the world’s Covid-19 caseload. 

 

August 11, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,268,675 and the death toll stands at 45,257.

 

August 11, 8 a.m.: Amid a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in Finland, the government announced that foreigners travelling to Finland from high-risk countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days, or face a fine of up to three months in prison.

 

August 10, 10 p.m.: The Greek government announced that travellers from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will be required to produce a Covid-19 negative test result to gain entry into Greece.

 

August 10, 8 p.m.: A total of 743 employees at the prestigious Tirumala Temple in Andhra Pradesh have tested positive for Covid-19 since the temple reopened to the public on June 11. The temple was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic for a month and half before it was opened in June. 

 

August 10, 6 p.m.: Air travellers visiting Assam for less than 72 hours will not have to quarantine, provided their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results are negative on arrival. However, those who test positive will have to undergo self-isolation measures as per Covid-19 protocol.  

 

August 10, 4 p.m.: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19.

 

August 10, 2 p.m.: Yesterday, the U.K. reported 1,062 new Covid-19 cases, marking the first time more than 1,000 cases were recorded in a day since late June. 

 

August 10, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,215,074 and the death toll stands at 44,386.

 

August 10, 10 a.m.: As Australia battles a resurgence of Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that internal borders will likely remain closed till Christmas this year, to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 10, 9 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands could be established by the end of 2020. 

 

August 10, 8 a.m.: Greece recorded 203 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily increase in infections since the pandemic began. Greece imposed a strict lockdown early on, and was one of the first major European tourist destinations to welcome travellers during the pandemic. 

 

August 9, 10 p.m.: Goa reported a record daily increase of 506 Covid-19 infections, and three deaths over the past 24 hours.

 

August 9, 7.30 p.m.: The Cuban capital of Havana has been put under a strict lockdown once again, after a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. Public transportation is now suspended and beaches are off limits for residents.

 

August 9, 5 p.m.: The novel coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down in Brazil, where the number of Covid-19 deaths has crossed the milestone of 100,000. While it took the country three months to record 50,000 deaths, the toll doubled in just 50 days since. 

 

August 9, 3 p.m.: Australia’s Victoria state reported 394 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. Moreover, 17 deaths were also recorded in the country, making it the deadliest day in Australia since the pandemic began.

 

August 9, 1 p.m.: Early this morning, a fire broke out in a hotel in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh, that was being used as a Covid-19 care facility. The fire claimed the lives of nine coronavirus patients.  

 

August 9, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,153,010 and the death toll stands at 43,379.

 

August 9, 9.30 a.m.: Today, New Zealand marks hundred days since the last case of community transmission of Covid-19 was recorded. There are currently only 23 active cases in the country. 

 

August 9, 8 a.m.: Reuters reports that the number of conformed Covid-19 cases in the U.S.A. has crossed 5 million. The country has recorded more than 160,000 Covid-19 deaths so far.  

 

August 8, 11 p.m.: Maharashtra reported a record daily increase of 12,822 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally past 500,000. 

 

August 8, 9 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases rise in Romania and Bulgaria, the German Foreign Ministry has issued a warning against travelling to some parts of the two countries. 

 

August 8, 7 p.m.: The popular French resort of Saint Tropez has made it compulsory to wear face masks in public. Those who do not comply with this rule will have to pay a 160 USD fine. 

 

August 8, 4 p.m.: Starting today, face masks will be compulsory in museums, places of worship and aquariums in England and Scotland. In Northern Ireland, face masks are compulsory in all enclosed public spaces. 

 

August 8, 2 p.m.: The state of West Bengal will be under lockdown today, as announced by the state government in late July. In the coming weeks, a lockdown will be observed on August 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31. 

 

August 8, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,088,612 and the death toll stands at 42,512.

 

August 8, 9.30 a.m.: Due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Morocco over the past few days, the European Union has dropped the North African country from its safe country travel list. The European Union has deemed Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay safe, and is allowing non-essential travel from these countries. 

 

August 8, 8 a.m.: As air travel has ground to a halt in Taiwan, Starlux Airlines, along with booking platform Klook has started plying flights that take off from Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan and return in some time, after cruising within Taiwan’s borders. The novel flight service was initiated so that the public can get a taste of the flying experience even though international borders remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Noting the success of the first flight, the airline has said that another will be offered sometime in mid-August. 

 

August 7, 10 p.m.: In the wake of rising Covid-19 infections in the country, the Norwegian government has urged citizens to avoid all foreign travel. Close to 9,500 new infections were reported on Friday in Norway. 

 

August 7, 8.30 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs announced that Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders from the U.K., U.S.A., Germany and France will be allowed to visit India. India has entered into travel bubble agreements with these countries and thus, travellers from these countries will be allowed to visit India on business, medical and work visas as well. 

 

August 7, 7 p.m.: British Airways announced that around 6,000 of its employees have applied for voluntary redundancy. British Airways has faced severe losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting the move to restructure the company’s workforce and cut costs.  

 

August 7, 4 p.m.: As Hong Kong battles a third wave of the novel coronavirus, the government announced that free Covid-19 tests will be made available for citizens and residents. 

 

August 7, 2 p.m.: The Pakistan government will ease coronavirus restrictions in the country starting August 10 after five months. The country has registered a significant decrease in infection rate over the last month. Some restrictions on movement will be lifted, and restaurants will be allowed to reopen. However, strict social distancing guidelines will have to be followed by all establishments.  

 

August 7, 11 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the global tally of Covid-19 infections has crossed 19 million, with the U.S.A., Brazil, and India still reporting high infection rates. European countries like Germany, France and Belgium are also witnessing a resurgence of infection over the past few days. 

 

August 7, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 2,027,074 and the death toll stands at 41,585. India thus became the third country to cross 2 million confirmed Covid-19 infections, after the U.S.A. and Brazil. 

 

August 7, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has crossed 1 million. However, due to limited testing, the true number of infections is feared to be much higher. 

 

August 7, 8 a.m.: Citing rising Covid-19 infection rates in Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas, the U.K. government announced that travellers from these countries will have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. 

 

August 6, 10 p.m.: Norway will impose a ten day quarantine for travellers coming from France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic due to the high Covid-19 infection rate of those countries.

 

August 6, 8 p.m.: The Embassies of Spain and Slovakia announced that they will grant Gratis Visas to Indians who were granted visas earlier but couldn’t travel because of the covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 6, 6.30 p.m.: Finland will reintroduce border controls with Andorra, Belgium and Netherlands due to the rising Covid-19 infection rates in the three countries. 

 

August 6, 4 p.m.: The Daily Mail reports that the U.K. government will reimpose a 14-day quarantine for travellers returning from Belgium, due to a rise in Covid-19 infections in the country over the past few days. 

 

August 6, 2.30 p.m.: Early this morning, a fire broke out in Ahmedabad’s Shrey Hospital, which was being used to treat Covid-19 patients. Eight patients died as a result of the fire, and the remaining 37 were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital. 

 

August 6, 1 p.m.: CNN reports that Peru recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths over the past 24 hours. While 7,734 new cases were registered, 221 more people lost their lives to the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 6, 11 a.m.: A coronavirus lockdown has been imposed in the Scottish city of Aberdeen after a cluster of 54 infections connected to the city’s bars has come to light.

 

August 6, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,964,536 and the death toll stands at 40,699.

 

August 6, 9 a.m.: As more than 380 Covid-19 infections have been reported in Greece over the past week, the government has tightened coronavirus restrictions and announced a ‘wake-up week’, wherein messages and daily announcements will be made to warn citizens about the dangers of the pandemic. 

 

August 6, 8 a.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 cases in Belgium’s Antwerp province, the German Foreign Ministry has advised against all non-essential travel to the region. Moreover, travellers coming into Germany from the region will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. 

 

August 5, 10 p.m.: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that quarantine checkpoints will be set up across the city to make sure that travellers from the U.S.A.’s Covid-19 hotspots are following quarantine rules after entering the city. New York was the epicentre of the novel coronavirus in the country, but the infection rate has slowed considerably in the city over the past few weeks. 

 

August 5, 8 p.m.: As new Covid-19 infections continue to rise in Spain, Switzerland has reimposed a ten-day quarantine for incoming travellers from the Spanish mainland. 

 

August 5, 6.30 p.m.: According to new guidelines released by the Airports Authority of India, all air travellers going to Goa are required to undergo 14 days of institutional or home quarantine. Institutional quarantine will be mandatory for symptomatic passengers while awaiting their Covid-19 test result. However, arriving passengers can avoid quarantine if they furnish a Covid-19 negative test result from less than 48 hours before arrival. 

 

August 5, 4 p.m.: The Czech Republic reported 290 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase since the end of June. More than 17,000 infections have been recorded so far, and 383 have died. 

 

August 5, 2.30 p.m.: Australia-based airline Virgin Australia announced that it will lay off a third of its current workforce, and focus on domestic and short-haul delivery flights in the months to come. The airline, which has been unprofitable for seven years was further impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

August 5, 1 p.m.: The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed 700,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. While the U.S.A. has reported more than 150,000 fatalities, Brazil accounts for a further 90,000 deaths, followed by Mexico with 45,000.

 

August 5, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,908,254 and the death toll stands at 39,795.

 

August 5, 9.30 a.m.: Starting Saturday, the Australian state of Queensland will close its borders to the states of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

 

August 5, 8 a.m.: British airline Virgin Atlantic has filed for bankruptcy in New York due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The company estimates that it will run out of funds by September if a planned rescue package is not realized. 

 

August 4, 10 p.m.:  As Covid-19 infections are rising rapidly in Ireland, the government has decided to roll back reopening measures. Restrictions on public congregations will remain, and pubs will not be able to reopen before September.   

 

August 4, 6 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America has crossed 5 million today. More than 200,000 people in the region have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus. 

 

August 4, 4 p.m.: The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti has tested positive for Covid-19, and is self-isolating in his home. 

 

August 4, 2 p.m.: In a novel scheme to attract customers, Emirates announced that it will pay 1500 Euros for a passengers’ funeral, should they lose their life to the novel coronavirus after flying with the airline. 

 

August 4, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,855,745 and the death toll stands at 38,938.

 

August 4, 9.30 a.m.: No new Covid-19 cases were reported in New Zealand over the past 24 hours. The country now has only 22 active cases, but authorities have advised caution. 

 

August 4, 8 a.m.: The government of Hong Kong has extended social distancing measures by another week till August 11, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Hong Kong has been battling a third wave of Covid-19 infections over the past few weeks. 

 

August 3, 10 p.m.: The West Bengal state government has changed the schedule of lockdown for the month of August. Earlier, the government had announced a state-wide lockdown will be imposed for two days every week for the month of August. According to a revised schedule released today, the lockdown will be in effect on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31. 

 

August 3, 8 p.m.: The Philippines government announced that the capital Manila and surrounding regions will be put under a partial lockdown starting August 4. Residents will be barred from non-essential travel, and most businesses will be closed. 

 

August 3, 6 p.m.: Singaporean authorities announced that starting August 11, some incoming travellers will have to wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they are following quarantine guidelines. The device will use GPS and Bluetooth signals, which will trigger an alert if the person leaves their home during the quarantine period.  

 

August 3, 4 p.m.: The Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten announced today that it will be halting all of its expedition cruises til further notice, after at least 40 people onboard one of its cruise ships, the MS Roald Amundsen, tested positive for Covid-19. 

 

August 3, 2.30 p.m.: The U.S.A. reported more than 47,000 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase in four weeks. The U.S.A. is the worst-hit country in the world, and accounts for roughly a quarter of all the cases confirmed globally.

   

August 3, 1 p.m.: The government of Honduras announced that the coronavirus curfew in the country has been extended by another week, till August 9.

 

August 3, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,803,695 and the death toll stands at 38,135.

 

August 3, 10 a.m.: B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka tested positive for Covid-19 and has been hospitalized.  

 

August 3, 9 a.m.: Just weeks after the cruise ship industry resumed operations in some parts of the world, at least two ships have been hit by Covid-19. While 40 passengers onboard the MS Roald Amundsen tested positive after an Arctic voyage, one crew member has tested positive on the Paul Gauguin, which is docked in the Pacific waters off Tahiti.

 

August 3, 8 a.m.: The total number of confirmed Covidp19 infections recorded globally has crossed 18 million. A million cases were reported over just the last four days. The United States of America, Latin America and the Caribbean account for more than half of the world’s cases.

 

August 2, 10 p.m.: The Indian Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has tested positive for Covid-19. 

 

August 2, 8 p.m.: The 100th edition of the historic Salzburg Festival started yesterday. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the month-long music festival will feature 110 performances, down from the 200 events initially planned. The performances will be conducted with stringent safety measures like mandatory face masks for spectators.

 

August 2, 6 p.m.: Today, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released a new set of guidelines for international travelers coming into the country. States and Union Territories have the power to formulate rules and guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Moreover, all international travellers will be required to submit a self-declaration form 72 hours prior to their arrival. However, they can apply for exemption from quarantine if they submit a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test on arrival. 

 

August 2, 4 p.m.: With over 5,000 new Covid-19 infections reported over the past 24 hours, the total number of confirmed cases crossed 100,000 in the Philippines today. The country is South East Asia’s second worst-hit nation, after Indonesia. 

 

August 2, 2 p.m.: The government of Jammu & Kashmir extended the coronavirus lockdown till August 5. Over the past 24 hours, 613 new infections were recorded in the Union Territory taking the total number of infections close to 21,000.

 

August 2, 11 a.m.: Due to rising Covid-19 cases, a state of disaster has been declared in the Australian state of Victoria. As 671 new infections were recorded over the past 24 hours, authorities announced that the state will be put under stage three lockdown starting Thursday. A stage four lockdown will be imposed in the city of Melbourne starting tonight.  

 

August 2, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 1,750,723 and the death toll stands at 37,364.

 

August 2, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in South Africa has crossed the 500,000 mark. The rate of infection has surged over the past two months as the government eased coronavirus restrictions to boost the economy. The country has recorded more than 8,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far. 

 

August 2, 8 a.m.: Israel will resume international flights services from August 16, the government announced today. Passengers arriving from countries with lower Covid-19 morbidity will not have to quarantine themselves. Authorities will also be setting up rapid coronavirus testing arrays for some arriving passengers.

 

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