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 50,395,314 people have been infected, as most European countries and the U.S.A. are battling a second wave. India has recorded more than eight million confirmed cases (Johns Hopkins University). India was under coronavirus lockdown from March 25 till June 30, and curbs on movement and economic activity are now being relaxed gradually. The country has recorded 8,553,657 COVID-19 cases, out of which 509,673 are active cases, as of November 9. 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.
November 9, 6 p.m.: American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced today that the experimental vaccine candidate it has developed in collaboration with German firm BioNTech SE is more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infection.
November 9, 4 p.m.: In a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban extended a night-time curfew and ordered the closure of secondary schools and colleges across the nation. Large gatherings are set to be banned, and spectators will also not be allowed into sport venues.
November 9, 2 p.m.: Authorities announced that the New Year’s Eve celebrations will go ahead in Sydney this year, but with some changes in place due to the pandemic. Residents who wish to celebrate in public spaces can only do so, if they have a prior reservation or a ticket for specific venues. Additionally, frontline workers will get the best view of the fireworks display that takes place over Sydney Harbour every year.
November 9, 12 p.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that a travel bubble might be set up between New Zealand and the Cook Islands as early as in two weeks. A reconnaissance team from New Zealand will be visiting the Cook Islands soon to discuss the prospect and finalize the details of the travel bubble.
November 9, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,553,657 and the death toll stands at 126,611.
November 9, 8 a.m.: The U.S.A. has become the first country in the world to cross the grim milestone of 10 million confirmed Covid-19 infections today. The nation is in the throes of a third wave of infections, with a million cases reported just over the last ten days.
November 8, 10 p.m.: According to a tally by Reuters, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the world has crossed 50 million. October was the worst month in terns of new infections, as a second wave of coronavirus cases gripped Europe, Russia and the U.S.A.
November 8, 8 p.m.: Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales announced today that the 17-day lockdown in the country will end on Monday as planned, and that the ‘firebreak” measures have had a significant impact.
November 8, 6 p.m.: The Sri Lankan government announced today that the coronavirus curfew in the capital district of Western Province will be lifted on Monday. However, the government has urged residents to remain vigilant and prevent a third wave of infections.
November 8, 3 p.m.: After the country reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections, the Portuguese government announced that a night-time curfew will be imposed in some high-risk regions today.
November 8, 12 p.m.: As new infections continue to spike in the U.S.A., the state of Texas alone has crossed 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases. The country has reported more than 100,000 cases thrice in the past week.
November 8, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,507,754 and the death toll stands at 126,121.
November 8, 8 a.m.: Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Australia’s Victoria state, announced that travel restrictions within the state will be lifted and other curbs will be relaxed, as no new cases were recorded in the state for nine straight days.
November 7, 9 p.m.: As more than 9,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Iran over the past 24 hours, the government announced new lockdown restrictions to battle the third wave of the coronavirus in the country. Starting Tuesday, all non-essential businesses will be required to shut down at 6 p.m.
November 7, 6 p.m.: In a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Georgian government announced a night-time curfew in its largest cities starting Monday. Restaurants and cafes will also face new restrictions.
November 7, 3 p.m.: After reports of multiple Covid-19 outbreaks at Danish mink farms, the U.K. government has imposed a ban on travellers coming from Denmark to the U.K. British nationals and residents will be allowed in, but are required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.
November 7, 12 p.m.: According to a new deal announced by the Australian Prime Minister Scott morrison, direct flights between Tasmania and New Zealand might begin in 2021. This is the first time in twenty years that flights will be operated on this route, and is a welcome move for the regional tourism industry, given that Australia has closed its borders to most countries due to the pandemic.
November 7, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,462,080 and the death toll stands at 125,562.
November 7, 8 a.m.: A coronavirus state of emergency will come into effect across Portugal starting Monday, as the government scrambles to combat the spike in coronavirus infections and ease the pressure on the country’s health infrastructure.
November 6, 10 p.m.: Italy reported a record daily increase of 37,809 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. Four regions of the country will go under a partial lockdown starting today.
November 6, 7 p.m.: German airline Lufthansa will start trials of rapid pre-flight Covid-19 antigen tests starting next week. Passengers will need to test negative for the test in order to board their flight.
November 6, 4 p.m.: The Romanian government announced a night-time curfew in the country for a month starting Monday to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Cases are rising fast in the country as the daily increase in infections has doubled over the past two weeks.
November 6, 2 p.m.: The U.S.A. reported a record 120,276 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. This is the third day in the past week that cases have risen by more than 100,000, raising concerns about a severe outbreak as the holiday season approaches.
November 6, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,411,724 and the death toll stands at 124,985.
November 6, 10 a.m.: The Chinese government has announced that non-Chinese travellers from India, France and the Philippines will not be allowed entry into China citing the high Covid-19 infection rates in the country. The announcement comes a day after the decision to bar travellers from Britain and Belgium.
November 6, 8 a.m.: Travellers coming to the U.K. from Denmark will now be required to undergo two weeks of quarantine on arrival as the Nordic country witnesses a spike in infections.
November 5, 11 p.m.: Starting tomorrow, the four Italian regions of Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Aosta Valley will go under partial lockdown. Italy reported more than 34,000 new cases over the past 24 hours, prompting the government to announce stricter measures in these high-risk regions.
November 5, 8 p.m.: As England steps into a second coronavirus lockdown, home rental platform Airbnb announced today that it will restrict bookings in the coming days. Additionally, only guests with the requisite legal exemptions will be allowed to book longer stays.
November 5, 6 p.m.: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced stricter coronavirus restrictions today, as Norway battles a second wave of infections. Additionally, citizens are urged not to travel domestically, and to stay home as much as possible to minimize the chances of transmission.
November 5, 4 p.m.: In a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Greek government announced a nationwide lockdown today. The lockdown will come into effect on November 7 and will remain in place for three weeks.
November 5, 2 p.m.: The Chinese government announced that travellers from Belgium and the U.K. will be barred from coming into China because of the high Covid-19 infection rates in the two countries.
November 5, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,364,086 and the death toll stands at 124,315.
November 5, 10 a.m.: The U.S.A. confirmed a record 99,660 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. More than 9.4 million people have been infected in the country so far, and the death toll stands in excess of 233,000.
November 5, 8 a.m.: As the coronavirus infection rate continues to climb in Cyprus, the government has announced a night-time curfew across the country. The curfew, along with other measures will remain in place at least for another month.
November 4, 10 p.m.: The Lithuanian government has declared a three-week long nationwide lockdown starting November 7 to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Like other European countries, Lithuania too is witnessing a second wave of infections over the past few days.
November 4, 8 p.m.: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the night-time curfew in the country till January 3 among other restrictions. The East African nation witnessed a spike in infections over the past month, prompting the government to ramp up anti-coronavirus measures.
November 4, 6 p.m.: Oxford University will likely publish late-stage trials of the Covid-19 vaccine under development before the end of 2020, said Andrew Pollard, the Vaccine Trial Chief Investigator. This increases the chances of a vaccine being rolled out by December 2020 or early 2021.
November 4, 3 p.m.: The Polish government is expected to tighten coronavirus restrictions today as new cases continue to climb, putting immense pressure on the country’s health infrastructure.
November 4, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,313,876 and the death toll stands at 123,611.
November 4, 10 a.m.: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a nationwide night-time curfew and ordered the closure of bars and entertainment venues to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
November 4, 8 a.m.: The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a slew of additional coronavirus measures across the country to slow down transmission. Meetings of more than two people from different families are prohibited, and curfews and school closures are being considered by the government. Additionally, all citizens and residents are urged not to travel abroad for holidays.
November 3, 10 p.m.: The government of Georgia announced additional anti-coronavirus measures across the country today. Wearing masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors and social events are prohibited, among other restrictions imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus.
November 3, 8 p.m.: The Spanish government has approved a financial aid package worth 475 million Euros for Air Europa. The airline has been adversely impacted by the travel restrictions put in place because of the pandemic, and its flight schedule was cut by 95% in the second quarter.
November 3, 6 p.m.: Delhi International Airport Limited announced today that domestic air passengers can now get tested for Covid-19 before departure if they wish to. Previously, this facility was only available to international passengers. The test will produce a result in four to six hours, and will cost 2400 rupees.
November 3, 4 p.m.: According to information released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, the number of foreign visitors visiting the country in September fell by 87% as compared to last year. Additionally, 75% fewer tourists visited Spain in the first nine months of 2020, as compared to the corresponding period in 2019.
November 3, 2 p.m.: Starting today, inter-state bus services have resumed in Delhi as three main bus terminals in the Union Territory were reopened after seven months. However, buses coming into Delhi from other states will be capped at 50% of pre-pandemic levels.
November 3, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,267,623 and the death toll stands at 123,097.
November 3, 10 a.m.: The Canadian government has extended international travel restrictions in place due to Covid-19 till the end of November. However, citizens and permanent residents and their immediate family members are exempted from the travel restrictions.
November 3, 8 a.m.: The famed Toyosu fish market in Tokyo reopened yesterday to a handful of visitors who were chosen by lottery. The market is a popular tourist attraction of the city, and visitors flock to the city’s largest food market to catch a glimpse of the tuna auction. To maintain social distancing and prevent transmission of the coronavirus, the number of visitors will be limited to 27 a day.
November 2, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that stricter coronavirus measures will be imposed in the city of Geneva in Switzerland. The country has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in Europe and similar measures might be introduced in other regions of the country.
November 2, 8 p.m.: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that coronavirus restrictions in the country will be tightened as cases continue to rise. However, the government will stop short of imposing a total lockdown.
November 2, 6 p.m.: To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in northern Greece, the government has imposed a lockdown in the Thessaloniki and Serres regions. Apart from a night-time curfew in the two regions, flights in and out of Thessaloniki will be suspended for two weeks.
November 2, 4 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, a partial lockdown has come into effect in Germany starting today. Schools and shops will be allowed to stay open, but most pubs, bars and restaurants will remain shut in the country for the coming month.
November 2, 2 p.m.: Reports suggest that the United Nations is currently reviewing a global aviation manual that will provide guidelines for efficient screening of passengers before flights to detect the coronavirus. The manual, called The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures is likely to be released in November.
November 2, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,229,313 and the death toll stands at 122,607.
November 2, 10 a.m.: The Goa state government has given a go-ahead for the Sunburn Music Festival which will take place in Vagator in December. However, a government minister has said that attendance will be restricted to around 12,000.
November 2, 8 a.m.: Reports suggest that an air travel bubble might be established between the cities of Singapore and Hong Kong by late November. The travel corridor was first announced in mid-October and the governments are currently finalising details of the same.
November 1, 10 p.m.: The Iranian government announced that it will impose restrictions on travelling in and out of cities that have been the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures will come into effect tomorrow.
November 1, 8 p.m.: As per the new Covid-19 lockdown restrictions imposed in England, overseas travel for leisure purposes is prohibited from Thursday till December 2.
November 1, 6 p.m.: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced stricter coronavirus measures across the country and extended the state of calamity till November 15.
November 1, 3 p.m.: Russia reported its highest ever daily increase of 18,665 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country is facing a second wave of the virus, and the death toll has crossed 28,000.
November 1, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,184,082 and the death toll stands at 122,111.
November 1, 10 a.m.: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week lockdown across England to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Starting Thursday, pubs, bars, restaurants and most non-essential shops will be closed for a month under the new restrictions.
November 1, 8 a.m.: Amid rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections, the Austrian government has announced a night-time curfew across the country and ordered the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants.
October 31, 10 p.m.: The U.K. has crossed 1 million confirmed Covid-19 infections today, as the country faces a resurgence of cases. Reports suggest that anew national lockdown is likely to ba announced soon.
October 31, 7 p.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Greece, the government is expected to tighten restrictions on movement and social activity to keep the nation’s health facilities and hospitals from becoming overburdened.
October 31, 4 p.m.: Starting tomorrow, November 1, Kerala’s beaches will reopen to the public. The state government has already opened up hill stations, backwaters and other tourist spots to the public on October 12.
October 31, 2 p.m.: As a result of the financial downturn caused due to the pandemic, Walt Disney World announced that it will lay off more than 11,000 employees. When put together with job cuts announced earlier this year, the Florida resort will be slashing a total of almost 18,000 positions due to the pandemic.
October 31, 12 p.m.: As Covid-19 infections continue to rise in Belgium, the government has tightened restrictions on economic and social activity, but has not yet imposed a full lockdown. The country currently has the worst Covid-19 infection rate in Europe.
October 31, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,137,119 and the death toll stands at 121,641.
October 31, 8 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the U.S.A.’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections crossed 9 million today. Many states are witnessing a resurgence in cases since mid-October leading up to the Presidential election.
October 30, 11 p.m.: The Guardian reports that South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries in the world on October 1 as coronavirus restrictions are further relaxed in the country.
October 30, 9.30 p.m.: For the second consecutive day, Delhi reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections today, as 5,891 new cases were confirmed over the past 24 hours.
October 30, 7 p.m.: The U.S.A. reported a record 91,248 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday. The country’s medical infrastructure is under immense pressure as 21 states saw their highest daily increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations.
October 30, 4 p.m.: Russia reported more than 18,283 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase recorded thus far.
October 30, 2 p.m.: As New Zealand’s quarantine facilities are heading towards full capacity, the government has ordered Air New Zealand to freeze all bookings for international flights to make sure that all returning travellers will have quarantine accommodation.
October 30, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,088,851 and the death toll stands at 121,090.
October 30, 10 a.m.: Citing an increase in the Covid-19 infection rate in Cyprus and Lithuania, the U.K. government has removed the two countries from the list of travel corridors. Travellers returning from the two countries will now be required to quarantine for 14 days.
October 30, 8 a.m.: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few days, the Greek government will impose a regional lockdown in some parts of the country, including its second-largest city of Thessaloniki.
October 29, 10 p.m.: The Spanish government announced today that Spain will remain in a state of emergency till May 2021 as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country.
October 29, 7 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Saudi Arabian government will allow pilgrims from all over the world into the country for the Umrah pilgrimage starting November 1.
October 29, 4 p.m.: Russia reported 17,717 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase recorded in the country since the pandemic began.
October 29, 2 p.m.: Today, Taiwan marks 200 days since the last case of locally transmitted Covid-19 was detected. Taiwan has been largely successful in controlling the coronavirus outbreak and is the only country to attain this distinction.
October 29, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,040,203 and the death toll stands at 120,527. India has become the second country after the U.S.A. to cross 8 million confirmed infections.
October 29, 10 a.m.: While the French government announced a second nationwide lockdown in effect till December 1, German ChanceLlor Angela Merkel also announced a month-long emergency lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
October 29, 8 a.m.: After the Spanish government declared a coronavirus state of alarm, authorities in Aragon, Asturias, Basque Country, Navarre and La Rioja have sealed their regional borders.
October 28, 10 p.m.: The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced that India has entered into an air bubble agreement with Tanzania. The East African country has thus become the 19th country to sign an air bubble pact with India.
October 28, 8 p.m.: Reports suggest that amid rising Covid-19 infections in the country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a partial lockdown across the country. The new curbs could restrict public gatherings and operation of pubs and restaurants.
October 28, 6 p.m.: The DGCA announced today that the suspension of regular international flights has been extended till November 30. However, flights will be permitted under special air bubble arrangements that the Indian government has signed with 19 other countries.
October 28, 4 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Europe continues to see record increases in confirmed Covid-19 infections. Over the past 24 hours, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have reported their highest daily spikes in cases, while Russia and Ukraine reported their highest daily death tolls.
October 28, 2 p.m.: The coronavirus state of emergency has been extended till the end of November in Thailand.
October 28, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,990,322 and the death toll stands at 120,010.
October 28, 10 a.m.: According to airports trade body Airports Council International Europe, 193 of Europe’s 740 commercial airports could be insolvent in the coming months if the demand for air travel does not pick up. The tourism and aviation industries have been hit especially hard by the pandemic as nations across the world imposed severe border restrictions earlier this year and international travel ground to a sudden halt.
October 28, 8 a.m.: The Governor of Hawaii announced yesterday that visitors from Japan will not be required to undergo two weeks of quarantine on arrival if they produce a Covid-19 negative test result before departure.
October 27, 10 p.m.: Delhi reported 4,853 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest ever daily increase in the Union Territory.
October 27, 8 p.m.: Indian airline SpiceJet announced today that it will offer Covid-19 testing facilities for passengers in India and the U.A.E. The service is being offered in partnership with VFS Global. Test results will be available within 24 to 60 hours after the submission of the passengers’ samples.
October 27, 6 p.m.: Vistara announced today that it will operate non-stop flights between New Delhi and Dhaka starting November 5 under the air bubble agreement between the India and Bangladesh. SpiceJet has also announced flights between the two countries yesterday.
October 27, 4 p.m.: As the coronavirus infection rate falls in Hong Kong, the government announced that public beaches will be reopened and restrictions on seating at bars and restaurants will be relaxed.
October 27, 2 p.m.: Authorities in Russia have made it mandatory for citizens to wear a face mask in public spaces. Regional authorities have been asked to consider shutting down bars and restaurants at night as the country faces a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
October 27, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,946,429 and the death toll stands at 119,502.
October 27, 10 a.m.: The government of the Czech Republic announced a 9 p.m. curfew across the country along with other curbs to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
October 27, 8 a.m.: As Europe battles a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, the Italian Foteign Ministry has advised citizens and residents against travelling abroad as the holiday season approaches.
October 26, 10 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that the popular Nuremberg Christmas market in Germany will be cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
October 26, 8 p.m.: The Iranian government has extended coronavirus restrictions in capital Tehran and other high-risk regions across the country. Additionally, 21 of the country’s 31 provinces have been put on red alert.
October 26, 6 p.m.: As Malaysia recorded its highest ever daily increase in cases, the government has extended the partial lockdown in capital Kuala Lumpur and the neighbouring Selangor region by two weeks.
October 26, 4 p.m.: A report suggests that the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca induces a robust immune response among the elederly. More specifically, the vaccine successfully produces protective antibodies and T-cells to combat the novel coronavirus among senior citizens.
October 26, 2 p.m.: A new Covid-19 outbreak has come to light in the Chinese city of Xinjiang. A total of 137 asymptomatic cases have been reported in the city, marking the first local infections in China since October 14.
October 26, 12 p.m.: Daniel Andrews, Premier of Australia’s Victoria state announced today that some coronavirus restrictions will be eased in the state starting tomorrow night after no new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. Cafes and pubs will be allowed to reopen and limits on social gatherings will be relaxed.
October 26, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,909,060 and the death toll stands at 119,014.
October 26, 8 a.m.: Coronavirus infections continue to soar in France, as the country recorded more than 52,000 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest ever daily increase. Currently, 46 million people living in France are living with a night-time curfew in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
October 25, 11 p.m.: Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Comte announced tighter restrictions for pubs, bars, restaurants and other public gatherings, starting tomorrow. The country is battling a surge in cases over the past few days, and the restrictions have been imposed in order to avoid a full national lockdown.
October 25, 9 p.m.: The WHO reports that a record 465,319 new Covid-19 cases were detected globally over the past 24 hours. This is the third consecutive day that the record has been breached, largely due to a second wave of infections in Europe.
October 25, 7 p.m.: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared today that a new state of coronavirus emergency will be imposed across the country. Night time curfews will come into effect in high-risk areas and inter-regional travel will be restricted.
October 25, 5 p.m.: The DGCA announced that Indian airlines are cleared to operate close to 13,000 domestic flights per week in the winter schedule which begins today. Currently, carriers are allowed to operate 60% of their pre-pandemic flight schedules.
October 25, 3 p.m.: Starting tomorrow, the Australian island of Tasmania will reopen to most of the mainland states. All arrivals at airports and seaports will undergo health screening and a Covid-19 test if they show symptoms.
October 25, 1 p.m.: For the second consecutive day, the U.S.A. reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections today. Close to 89,000 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, with Northern and Midwestern states reporting major spikes.
October 25, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,864,811 and the death toll stands at 118,534.
October 25, 8 a.m.: Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria state in Australia announced this morning that the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the state will be delayed due to a fresh outbreak of infections in capital Melbourne. He hinted that restrictions will remain in place till November 1.
October 24, 10 p.m.: Asia became the second region after Latin America to cross 10 million cases today. However, the rates of infection seem to be dropping across the continent, including in hotspot India over the past few weeks.
October 24, 7 p.m.: As Spain fights a deadly second wave of the novel coronavirus, the government will discuss the prospect of imposing a new state of emergency in a special cabinet meeting today. Spain became the first European country to cross 1 million confirmed infections earlier this week.
October 24, 4 p.m.: Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in isolation.
October 24, 2 p.m.: The Guardian reports that amid rising Covid-19 infections, South Yorkshire has been moved to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.
October 24, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,814,682 and the death toll stands at 117,956.
October 24, 10 a.m.: The U.S.A. recorded 83,948 new Covid-19 new infections over the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase since the pandemic began.
October 24, 8 a.m.: Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez announced that coronavirus restrictions in the country will be extended till November 8.
October 23, 10 p.m.: As Covid-19 infections continue to surge in the country, the Portuguese government announced that wearing face masks will be mandatory in crowded outdoor areas.
October 23, 8 p.m.: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said today that the total number of coronavirus infections in the country might be around 3 million. The official tally crossed 1 million yesterday, making Spain the first European nation to cross the grim milestone.
October 23, 6 p.m.: Among other measures, the Belgian government has banned fans from sports events, closed theme parks and restricted public gatherings in cultural spaces to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.
October 23, 4 p.m.: The Australian government is considering introducing smartphone apps and ankle bracelets to track incoming arrivals’ movements instead of a two-week hotel quarantine.
October 23, 2 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, the Greek government has imposed a night-time curfew in virus hotspots including capital Athens. The country reported 882 new cases over the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase so far.
October 23, 12 p.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson announced that the government will ease the limit on Australians returning home from abroad. In July, the government capped the number of returning Australians in an attempt to minimize the risk of imported infections. As the rate of infection steadies in Australia, the government is set to ease the limit in November, a welcome move for the 26,000 Australians stranded abroad.
October 23, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,761,302 and the death toll stands at 117,306.
October 23, 8 a.m:, The Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos have been moved to the U.K.’s quarantine-free list after reporting steady declines in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. Travellers returning to the U.K. from these countries will thus no longer be required to self-isolate for fourteen days.
October 22, 10 p.m.: Less than a week after a night time curfew was imposed in Paris, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the curfew will be extended to 38 more administrative departments in the country as the coronavirus infection rate continues to rise. The restrictions will likely remain in place for the next six weeks.
October 22, 8 p.m.: The government of Cyprus announced today that wearing face masks will be mandatory in outdoor spaces across the country. Additionally, a night-time curfew will also be imposed in some high-risk areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
October 22, 6.30 p.m.: As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across Europe, Germany has issued travel warnings for popular ski destinations in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. For the first time since the pandemic began, Germany recorded more than 10,000 new infections over the past 24 hours.
October 22, 4 p.m.: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs announced that all existing visas, except the electronic, tourist, and medical categories will be restored with immediate effect. Additionally, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and foreign nationals can now visit India on all types of visas other than the tourist visa.
October 22, 2 p.m.: The International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of British Airways announced that the airline’s flight schedule for the rest of the year will be slashed by 70%, after the group posted a loss of 1.3 billion Euros over the last financial quarter.
October 22, 12 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Japanese government will relax entry restrictions for business travellers from up to 30 countries and regions for trips up to three days. China, South Korea and Taiwan and other nations with close business ties to Japan are likely to make the list.
October 22, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,706,946 and the death toll stands at 116,616.
October 22, 8 a.m.: Authorities will impose a night time curfew across Italy’s Lazio region, including national capital Rome, starting Friday to counter a surge in Covid-19 infections.
October 21, 10.30 p.m.: German Health Minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in home quarantine.
October 21, 8.30 p.m.: To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Polish government is likely to introduce tighter curbs on public life and movement tomorrow.
October 21, 6 p.m.: Amid a surge of new Covid-19 infections, the national government has ordered most shops and services to close in the Czech Republic. Additionally, residents are urged to limit non-essential travel to a minimum to prevent transmission of the virus.
October 21, 4 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Slovakia and Poland have recorded their highest ever daily increases in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The infection is spreading at an alarming rate in Poland, with cases doubling in less than three weeks.
October 21, 2 p.m.: The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that around 300,000 excess deaths have occurred in the country this year, as compared to the average annual deaths in the years 2015-2019.
October 21, 12 p.m.: A man in Victoria, Australia has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in October, after first testing positive in July. Though it has not been confirmed by officials, the patient might be Australia’s first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection. Only six confirmed reinfections have been reported globally, but they nevertheless raise questions about the body’s immunity against the virus after recovery.
October 21, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,651,107, and the death toll stands at 115,914.
October 21, 8 a.m.: Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific announced that it will cut 5,900 jobs in light of the financial downturn brought on by the pandemic. The airline will also end its regional carrier Cathay Dragon, which means that a total of 8,500 employees will be laid off. Airlines have been hit hard because of the drop in demand for air travel due to the pandemic.
October 20, 10.30 p.m.: The Guardian reports that after witnessing a record daily increase in cases, face masks have been made mandatory in Bulgaria.
October 20, 8 p.m.: A night-time curfew has been imposed in Italy’s Campania region to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The region has seen a sharp increase in infections over the past few days.
October 20, 6 p.m.: At London’s Heathrow airport, departing passengers are now offered a rapid Covid-19 test which produces a result in an hour. The tests cost 80 pounds and are intended for passengers travelling to countries where a pre-departure Covid-19 test is a requirement for entry.
October 20, 4 p.m.: The Spanish region of Navarre will enter a 15-day coronavirus lockdown starting Thursday. The region’s hospitals and healthcare facilities are under immense pressure due to a spike in infections over the past few days, prompting authorities to impose lockdown measures.
October 20, 2 p.m.: In Italy’s Lombardy region, authorities have decided to impose a night time curfew to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Lombardy is one of the country’s worst-hit regions, and residents will likely be allowed to leave their homes only for essential purposes.
October 20, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,597,063, and the death toll stands at 115,197.
October 20, 9.30 a.m.: The Irish government has imposed a six-week lockdown in the country because of the rising coronavirus infection rate. Among other restrictions, non-essential retail shops are to be shut down, restaurants and pubs are only allowed to offer takeaway and citizens are not permitted to travel more than five kilometres.
October 20, 8 a.m.: Argentina has become the fifth country to cross 1 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, after the U.S.A., India, Russia and Brazil. Argentina is the smallest nation to surpass this grim figure, and has recorded in excess of 26,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
October 19, 10 p.m.: The U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today that by December 1, the government will roll out a test-and-release system for international arrivals into the country. It is likely that under this system, travellers will have to undergo a Covid-19 test a week after arrival, which would reduce the duration of quarantine by seven days.
October 19, 8 p.m.: A member of a central government committee said today that 50% of India’s population is likely to be infected with the coronavirus by February 2021. The committee estimates that around 30% of the population is infected currently.
October 19, 6 p.m.: The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that a two-week lockdown will be imposed across the country to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
October 19, 4 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world has crossed the grim 40 million landmark. More than 1.1 million people have lost their lives to the virus so far.
October 19, 2 p.m: Amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, the Belgian government announced a nationwide night time curfew today. Additionally, masks have been mandatory in Switzerland in an attempt to minimize coronavirus transmission.
October 19, 12 p.m: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,550,273, and the death toll stands at 114,610.
October 19, 10 a.m: A week after international air travel resumed in Panama, authorities are offering incoming passengers a Covid-19 test to minimize the risk of imported coronavirus infections.
October 19, 8 a.m: Direct flights between Goa and London have resumed under the air travel bubble arrangement between India and the U.K. The weekly flight service will ply twice a week starting November.
October 18, 10 p.m.: After new coronavirus infections were detected in towns near the border with Myanmar, the government of Thailand has closed all border crossings with Myanmar.
October 18, 7 p.m.: Metro services are set to resume in Mumbai tomorrow after more than six months. Passengers will be thermally screened on entry and will adhere to social distancing norms.
October 18, 5 p.m.: Travellers coming to Israel from the U.K. will now be required to quarantine for 14 days due to a rise in the latter’s infection rate over he past few days.
October 18, 2.30 p.m.: The Guardian reports that the French administered Wallis and Futuna Islands in the Pacific Ocean, have registered their first Covid-19 case. Because of their remote locations Pacific islands like Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are believed to be Covid-19 free at the moment.
October 18, 12 p.m.: A night-time curfew has come into effect in Paris and other French cities last night, to bring the rising coronavirus infections rate in the country under control.
October 18, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,494,551, and the death toll stands at 114,031.
October 18, 8 a.m.: After three weeks, a case of community coronavirus was detected in New Zealand yesterday. The country has been successful thus far in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, and has largely eliminated its spread in the community.
October 17, 10 p.m.: Amid rising coronavirus infections in the country, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to announce tighter restrictions on public life across Italy tomorrow.
October 17, 8 p.m.: Starting October 28, flights will resume between Bangladesh and India under a bilateral travel bubble arrangement. Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir will be the five Indian airlines to operate flights to and from Bangladesh.
October 17, 6 p.m.: IndiGo announced today that it will charge passengers a fee of Rs. 100 if they check in their baggage at the airport counter. The additional charge has been brought into effect to incentivise passengers to use the web check-in services and by doing so, minimize contact at airports.
October 17, 4 p.m.: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged citizens to minimize travel as much as possible and to limit social contact, in order to bring the rising Covid-19 infection rate under control. Like many other European countries, Germany too is witnessing a resurgence of cases over the past few days.
October 17, 2 p.m.: Express Covid-19 RT-PCR testing facilities have been introduced at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. All departing passengers can get tested before the flight and avoid quarantine at their destination by producing the negative test result on arrival.
October 17, 12 p.m.: Thailand’s Covid-19 administration centre announced that two new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country today. This is the first instance of local transmission in Thailand in more than a month.
October 17, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 7,432,680, and the death toll stands at 112,998.
October 17, 8.30 a.m.: Maltese Prime Minister Abela announced that in light of the rising Covid-19 infection rate in the country, face masks will be made mandatory in public places. Additionally, bars and clubs will have to shut shop by 11 p.m.
October 16, 10 p.m.: Authorities in Hong Kong have banned Air India and Vistara flights from India after passengers onboard the flights tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. This will mark the third time that Air India flights to Hong Kong have been banned because of passengers testing positive.
October 16, 8.30 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections in the country, the Belgian government is likely to introduce tighter coronavirus measures today. Restrictions could include mandatory work from home, and limits on meeting people.
October 16, 7 p.m.: As the coronavirus infection rate declines in Israel, the government will ease the ongoing nationwide lockdown. Beaches, national parks and nature reserves will be reopened to the public and limits on movement of people will be relaxed.
October 16, 6 p.m.: The French Transport Minister announced today that rapid Covid-19 testing facilities will be introduced at airports this month. The move will likely help boost air travel demand as rapid tests could be a substitute for lengthy quarantines currently in place.
October 16, 3.30 p.m.: According to the World Health Organization, the drug remdesivir does not significantly affect Covid-19 mortality. The drug has previously been touted to be an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus by some experts during the course of the pandemic. Additionally, the drug also has little effect on the amount of time patients remain hospitalized.
October 16, 12 p.m.: The U.S.A. surpassed 8 million confirmed Covid-19 infections today. The country is the worst-affected in the world, and accounts for 20% of the world’s tally of cases. The last million cases have been recorded in less than a month.
October 16, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 7,370,468 and the death toll stands at 112,161.
October 16, 8 a.m.: The German Foreign Ministry issued a warning against non-essential travel to France, the Netherlands, Malta and Slovakia starting Saturday amid high coronavirus infection rates in these countries.
October 15, 10 p.m.: The WHO’s regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge announced that Europe recorded its highest weekly rise in Covid-19 infections over the past seven days. WHO experts have warned that Europe could see very high daily Covid-19 deaths within months if social distancing measures are not adhered to.
October 15, 7 p.m.: In an easing of coronavirus restrictions, the Israeli government has lifted the ban on citizens flying out the country today. Starting tomorrow, those who have booked their tickets before September 25 will be allowed to enter the airport and fly.
October 15, 4 p.m.: Amid new travel restrictions imposed across Europe, Irish carrier Ryanair will cut their winter flight schedule by 33%. The airline will also close its bases in Toulouse in France and Cork and Shannon in Ireland.
October 15, 3 p.m.: Reports suggest that tougher coronavirus restrictions will be imposed in British capital London. The city is currently at medium alert level, and is likely to shift to the high alert level.
October 15, 2 p.m.: A travel bubble will be set up between Singapore and Hong Kong, authorities of the two cities announced today. Though travellers will not have to quarantine, they will have to provide a Covid-19 negative test certificate in order to travel.
October 15, 12.30 p.m.: Germany recorded 6,638 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the highest ever daily increase in cases since the pandemic began. The country is battling a second wave of infections over the past few weeks, prompting the government to tighten coronavirus restrictions.
October 15, 11 a.m.: The World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist, Soumya Swaminathan said that young and healthy people might have to wait till 2022 to receive their coronavirus vaccination, as health workers and high-risk individuals will be prioritized first. Dr. Swaminathan also said she was hopeful that at least one successful coronavirus vaccine will be available by 2021.
October 15, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India is 7,307,097 and the death toll stands at 111,266.
October 15, 8 a.m.: A public health emergency has been declared by the French government due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The emergency was first declared in March, and was lifted in July when the infection rate was dropping steadily. However, the country is in the midst of a second wave of infections,prompting the government to declare an emergency once again. Reports suggest a night time curfew could be imposed as well.
October 14, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that starting tomorrow, tighter coronavirus restrictions will be imposed in Portugal as the coronavirus infection rate continues to rise in the country.
October 14, 7.30 p.m.: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced today that an air bubble agreement has been signed with Ukraine, and that the two countries’ carriers will operate flights between them. The air bubble will be in place till November 30.
October 14, 4 p.m.: The Czech government announced that a three week partial lockdown will be imposed in the country to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Czech Republic currently has the highest new infection rate per 100,000 in Europe.
October 14, 2 p.m.: Authorities in Israel have extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown till Sunday night. The country’s reopening plans have thus been delayed due to the high Covid-19 infection rate.
October 14, 12 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 infections, tougher restrictions will be imposed in Northern Ireland. Schools will likely be shut down and hospitality establishments will be required to adhere to stricter curbs.
October 14, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 7,239,389 and the death toll stands at 110,586.
October 14, 8 a.m.: American pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has paused clinical trials of its Covid-19 antibody treatment drug for safety reason. Yesterday, it was announced that Johnson & Johnson had also paused large-scale trials on its coronavirus vaccine after a volunteer fell sick.
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