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Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates

How is the world is adapting to new norms amidst a pandemic? We issue the latest COVID-19 updates for travellers to track.  
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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 65,408,787 people have been infected, as most European countries and the U.S.A. are battling a resurgence of infections. India has recorded more than nine 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  9,571,559 COVID-19 cases, out of which 416,082 are active cases, as of December 4. 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.

 

December 4, 10 p.m.: Dutch airline KLM announced that it will offer a Covid-19 tested flight between Atlanta and Amsterdam along with American airline Delta starting December 15. All passengers will be tested five days before departure and only those with a negative test result will be allowed to board the flight. 

 

December 4, 7 p.m.: As infections continue to rise in Slovenia, the government announced that a mass coronavirus testing drive will begin this month. Additionally, lockdown measures currently in place will be extended by at least a week. 

 

December 4, 4 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Cyprus will allow tourists to enter the country without a Covid-19 negative test result starting March 1, 2021, provided they can provide proof of being vaccinated against the virus. Currently, foreign visitors are required to furnish a negative Covid-19 PCR test report on arrival.

 

December 4, 2 p.m.: After South Korea reported its highest daily increase in infections over the past 24 hours, authorities announced that most business establishments in capital Seoul will be asked to shut down at 9 p.m. starting tomorrow. 

 

December 4, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,571,559 and the death toll stands at 139,188.

 

December 4, 10 a.m.: California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that coronavirus restrictions will be tightened across the state to curb a spike in Covid-19 infections. Outdoor dining will not be permitted, playgrounds will be cordoned off and hair salons are likely to be shut down as authorities impose the toughest coronavirus measures so far in the state. 

 

December 4, 8 a.m.: Amid a surge in coronavirus infections, a partial lockdown will be imposed in the Gaza strip starting tomorrow. Weekends will see a complete closure of all businesses, and movement and economic activity will be heavily restricted on the weekdays.

 

December 3, 10 p.m.: The nationwide medical emergency in Morocco has been extended till January 10, in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country has reported a spike in cases over the past few days, recording more than 5,000 new infections per day. 

 

December 3, 8 p.m.: A senior WHO official has said that the international body is considering promoting the widespread use of Covid-19 e-vaccination certificates to facilitate safe international travel in the near future. 

 

December 3, 6 p.m.: The Greek government announced today that the national lockdown has been extended till December 14 in the country. The restrictions were initially supposed to end on November 30, but have been extended as cases continue to rise in Greece. 

 

December 3, 4 p.m.: The Italian government has tightened travel restrictions for the upcoming Christmas holidays to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Residents will not be permitted to travel from one region to another from December 21 to January 6, across the country.   

 

December 3, 2 p.m.: German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Covid-19 restrictions in Germany will be extended till January 10, 2021. The number of new infections has dropped steadily in the country since partial lockdown restrictions were imposed in November, but the infection rate in the country remains high.

 

December 3, 12 p.m.: The Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree, a popular New York tourist spot during the holidays, will be lit up and open for the public to see this year too. However, as a Covid-19 precaution, visitors will not be allowed to crowd around the tree, and the surrounding streets will be closed off to traffic. 

 

December 3, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,534,964 and the death toll stands at 138,648.

 

December 3, 8 a.m.: The Brazilian health regulator has announced its readiness to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, and has published the requirements that companies will have to fulfill in order to secure approval for their vaccines. Vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Sinovac are currently undergoing late-stage trials in Brazil.

 

December 2, 10 p.m.: Estimates suggest that the Kenyan tourism sector faced a loss of 1 billion USD between January and October 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The sector is crucial for the country’s economy as it contributes 10% to the national output and employs over two million people. 

 

December 2, 8 p.m.: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced an easing of some coronavirus restrictions today so that citizens can celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Though households are permitted to host up to ten guests, citizens are advised to maintain social distancing even while celebrating, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

 

December 2, 6 p.m.: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced today that the country will roll out a free mass vaccination program in early 2021. The government is set to tighten coronavirus restrictions to prevent a surge in cases over the upcoming holiday season.

 

December 2, 3 p.m.: French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced today that authorities will begin random checks at the country’s national borders to prevent citizens and residents going abroad for ski vacations. This holiday season, ski resorts in France will remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

December 2, 1.30 p.m.: Regulatory authorities in the U.K. have approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech SE today. The vaccine will be available starting next week. The U.K. has this become the first Western country to approve the use of a Covid-19 vaccine for mass use. 

 

December 2, 12 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Australian Open, usually held in January every year, will take place in February in 2021. International players will be allowed to enter the state of Victoria in January, and will be allowed to train in quarantine before the tournament. 

 

December 2, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,499,413 and the death toll stands at 138,122.

 

December 2, 8 a.m.: Popular travel booking site Lastminute.com announced that it will pay 7 million pounds to over 9000 customers whose holidays were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes after a slew of calls from angry customers over refunds of flight and hotel bookings for canceled holidays in March and April. 

 

December 1, 10 p.m.:  To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Austrian government will ban ski holidays over Christmas, following pressure from the governments of France, Germany and Italy. The decision is likely to be announced formally on Wednesday. 

 

December 1, 8 p.m.: After Vietnam reported its first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in nearly three months today, the government announced that all inbound commercial flight services will be suspended to prevent further transmission of the virus.  Evacuation flights will be allowed to operate, but all incoming passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine. 

 

December 1, 6 p.m.: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced yesterday that coronavirus lockdown measures will be tightened across the country as infections continue to rise. Turkish baths, swimming pools and amusement parks have been ordered to close down.

 

December 1, 4 p.m.: Due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, the planned travel bubble between the city-state and Singapore has been postponed to next year, authorities announced today. Social distancing rules have been tightened in Hong Kong in preparation for a potentially severe wave of infections. 

 

December 1, 2 p.m.: A locally transmitted Covid-19 infection was detected in  Vietnam yesterday after a gap of 89 days. The country has been largely successful in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, and has reported only 1,347 cases so far. 

 

December 1, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,462,810 and the death toll stands at 137,621.

 

December 1, 10 a.m.: The World Tourism Organization has made calls for a standardized procedure for travellers’ health checks and the establishment of air travel corridors to better enable the revival of the tourism industry post the pandemic, The UN body also said that a uniform Covid-19 testing regime must be devised and implemented for travellers. 

 

December 1, 8 a.m.: The Colombian government’s migration agency announced that the country’s land and river borders will remain closed till January 16, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

November 30, 10 p.m.: American pharmaceutical company Moderna announced today that according to trial results, its Covid-19 vaccine candidate is 94% effective at protecting individuals from infection. The firm has moved to seek emergency regulatory approval for the vaccine in the U.S.A and Europe. 

 

November 30, 8 p.m.: In a bid to revive Japan’s tourism industry, an 18 metre-tall moving statue of the popular Gundam robot was unveiled today in the city of Yokohama. Gundam robots first made an appearance in a 1970s television cartoon show, and have spawned numerous films and toys since. The statue will be opened to the public on December 19 in the Yokohama Gundam Factory complex. 

 

November 30, 6.30 p.m.: According to Oman’s state media, the government will begin issuing tourist visas to tourists who have planned trips with tourism or hotel companies. The country resumed international flights in October, but entry was restricted to citizens and foreign nationals with a valid residency/work permit. 

 

November 30, 4 p.m.: The Taiwanese government announced that it will restrict the entry of Indonesian workers into the country after a spike in imported infections over the past few days. Despite a steady rise in imported infections, Taiwan has now recorded more than 200 days without domestic Covid-19 transmission. 

 

November 30, 2 p.m.: Amid rising Covid-19 cases, a night curfew will be imposed in a total of thirteen districts of Rajasthan from December 1 to December 31. Additionally, containment zones across the state will enter a coronavirus lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. 

 

November 30, 12 p.m.: The Tamil Nadu state government announced today that lockdown restrictions in the state will be extended till December 30. However, the famous Marina beach in Chennai will be reopened to the public after December 14. 

 

November 30, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,431,691 and the death toll stands at 137,139.

 

November 30, 8 a.m.: American infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that the U.S.A. might see “surge upon surge” of Covid-19 cases over the next few days, as millions return home after travelling for the Thanksgiving holidays. The country is already in the throes of a severe outbreak, reporting more than four million cases in November alone. 

 

November 29, 10 p.m.: In the midst of a third wave of coronavirus infections, the South Korean government announced that year end parties will be banned to avoid Covid-19 transmission. The government also ordered the shutdown of public saunas and some cafes. 

 

November 29, 7 p.m.: As the number of new infections are declining in the Czech Republic, the government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on December 3. The government will also downgrade the coronavirus risk in the country by one notch, from level 4 to level 3. 

 

November 29, 4 p.m.: Indonesia reported a record daily increase of 6,267 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country has the most confirmed cases and deaths in the Southeast Asia region. 

 

November 29, 2 p.m.: In Singapore, a woman who tested positive for the coronavirus in March during her pregnancy has given birth to a baby who was not infected, but has Covid-19 antibodies. This is an important development in the scientific community’s efforts to understand how the infection, as well as immunity against the same, is transferred from mother to child.

 

November 29, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,392,919 and the death toll stands at 136,696.

 

November 29, 10 a.m.: Greece reported 121 coronavirus related deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in the country so far. The country is currently under a nationwide lockdown till December 7.  

 

November 29, 8 a.m.: As the coronavirus rages on in South Korea, authorities will consider tightening social distancing restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. The ongoing third wave of infections has been the most severe in the country since the pandemic began. 

 

November 28, 10 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that all market places in Dehradun will remain closed tomorrow, as the district will face a weekly lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

 

November 28, 7 p.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 infections, a night curfew has been imposed in Leh district, authorities announced today. Additionally, gatherings of more than four people will also be banned. 

 

November 28, 5 p.m.: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced today that partial lockdown restrictions in the country could last till spring next year, if the Covid-19 infection rate is not brought under control.  

 

November 28, 2 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections recorded in the U.S.A. has crossed 13 million. The country is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations as the Thanksgiving holiday season approaches. 

 

November 28, 12 p.m.: The Italian government announced that anti-coronavirus measures in the five regions of Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Sicily and Liguria will be relaxed starting tomorrow. The easing of restrictions comes after a steady decline in hospitalizations and new infections in the country over the past few days. 

 

November 28, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,351,109 and the death toll stands at 136,200.

 

November 28, 8 a.m.: Amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, authorities have issued a stay-at-home order in Los Angeles County, which will come into effect on Monday. Public and private gatherings involving people from multiple households will remain banned for three weeks according to the new restrictions. 

 

November 27, 10 p.m.: A nationwide night curfew will be imposed in Cyprus from November 30 to December 13, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country. 

 

November 27, 8 p.m.: Amid rapidly rising Covid-19 infections in Iran, the government as tightened coronavirus measures, ordering government offices employees to work from home if possible. Additionally, citizens have been urged to postpone their visits to government offices. 

 

November 27, 6 p.m.: Vistara announced that starting January 16, it will operate three flights per week on the Mumbai-London route. Currently, the airline is running four flights per week on the Delhi-London route under the bilateral air bubble signed by India and the U.K.  

 

November 27, 4 p.m.: Russia reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, as officials registered more than 27,000 new cases. 

 

November 27, 2 p.m.: According to the tiered lockdown restrictions announced by the U.K. government, coronavirus measures are set to be tightened in most of the country starting December 2. Close to 55 million residents of the country are set to enter tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions, which prohibits residents from mixing with other households indoors. 

 

November 27, 12 p.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Germany has crossed 1 million. Germany is only the fourth European country, after France, Spain and the U.K. to reach this grim milestone. 

 

November 27, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,309,787 and the death toll stands at 135,715.

 

November 27, 8 a.m.: New global trials will be conducted to further test the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Previously, it was announced that a smaller dose of the vaccine could be 90% effective, but the claim was questioned by some critics who believed that the developers had embellished trial results. 

 

November 26, 10 p.m.: French President Emmanuel Macron announced today that winter resorts in the country will be allowed to reopen, but ski lifts will continue to remain closed to the public. Prime Minister Jean Castex said that while mountain holidays were still possible for citizens, skiing would not be possible this winter because of the risk of Covid-19 transmission. 

 

November 26, 8 p.m.: Amid a spike in coronavirus infections over the past few days, the Georgian government will introduce new restrictions on economic activity and public life for a period of two months. Curfew hours will be tightened, most shops will be shut down and sport and cultural events will be banned.  

 

November 26, 6 p.m.: The nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Greece has been extended till December 7, the government announced today. The country is witnessing a surge in infections since October.

 

November 26, 4 p.m.: Disney announced that it will cut 32,000 jobs in 2021 due to the financial downturn brought on by the pandemic. Majority of the layoffs will be from the company’s U.S. theme park divisions. 

 

November 26, 2 p.m.: The DGCA announced today that regular international flights in and out of India will remain suspended till December 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, international flights will continue under travel bubble agreements India has signed with other countries and the Vande Bharat repatriation effort.

 

November 26, 12 p.m.: The Goa state government announced that all air and railway passengers coming to Goa will have to undergo thermal screening on arrival. Only after screening will they be allowed to proceed to their destination within the state. Individuals with  higher body temperatures will be required to take a Covid-19 test after paying a sum of Rs. 2000. 

 

November 26, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,266,705 and the death toll stands at 135,223.

 

November 26, 8 a.m.: German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced yesterday that the partial lockdown in the country will be extended till December 20. The infection rate has fallen steadily since the partial lockdown was imposed earlier this month, but restrictions will remain in effect to further slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

November 25, 10 p.m.: The WHO Regional Branch PAHO (Pan-American Health Organization) announced today that the Americas region reported more than 1.5 million Covid-19 cases over the past week, marking the worst week for the region. While infections have surged in the U.S.A. over the past few weeks, Canada is also witnessing a spike in coronavirus infections among indigenous communities and the elderly. 

 

November 25, 8 p.m.: Iran reported its highest daily increase in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. More than 13,000 new cases were registered, taking the country’s tally of confirmed infections closer to the 900,000 mark. 

 

November 25, 6 p.m.: The Central government released new Covid-19 guidelines today, which will come into effect across India on December 1. According to the new guidelines, only essential activities will be permitted inside containment zones and states will have the authority to impose night curfews and other localised restrictions to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

November 25, 4 p.m.: Amid concerns about a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in December, the Punjab state government announced that a night curfew will be imposed across the state starting December 1. The curfew will be reviewed after two weeks on December 15.  

 

November 25, 2 p.m.: Singapore has now reported no new locally transmitted Covid-19 case for 14 straight days. The island-country had among the highest infection rate in Southeast Asia, but has successfully eradicated the virus. However, borders remain closed for international travellers, and wearing masks is mandatory. 

 

November 25, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,222,216 and the death toll stands at 134,699.

 

November 25, 10 a.m.: French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the national lockdown will be eased this weekend and non-essential shops will be closed. The second peak of infections has passed in France, but bars and restaurants will remain closed till January 20. 

 

November 25, 8 a.m.: As the spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed down considerably in Australia, the government will ease inter-state border restrictions to boost domestic travel. The government has said that a vaccine might be available in the country around March 2021.  

 

November 24, 10 p.m.: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that airlines around the world are set to face losses of up to 157 billion USD in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though there is optimism about a potential vaccine, the recovery of air traffic will not take place before mid-2021, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said in an interview. 

 

November 24, 7.30 p.m.: Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has said that the global airline industry could recover to its pre-pandemic levels only by the year 2025. He also urged European governments to open borders and institute a testing regime for passengers to ensure safe travel. 

 

November 24, 4 p.m.: In the wake of rising Covid-19 infections in Sapporo and Western Osaka city, the Japanese government announced that the “Go-To” campaign will be suspended in the two cities. The campaign was launched across Japan earlier this year to promote domestic travel through subsidies, in order to resuscitate the country’s battered tourism industry. 

 

November 24, 2 p.m.: The Chief of Australia’s national airline, Qantas said in an interview that in the future, international travellers will be required to provide proof of being vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding the airline’s flights. Qantas reported a heavy annual loss of 1.46 billion USD in August this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic that brought international air travel to a grinding halt overnight. 

 

November 24, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,177,840 and the death toll stands at 134,218.

 

November 24, 10 a.m.: The U.K. Transport Secretary announced that starting DEcember 15, incoming foreign travellers will have the option of taking a Covid-19 test after five days in quarantine. If their test returns a negative result, individuals can forego the remaining days of quarantine. Currently the government requires travellers to undergo two weeks of quarantine after arrival. 

 

November 24, 8 a.m.: The global aviation body, International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the process of developing a set of apps which would help air passengers navigate Covid-19 travel restrictions. Moreover, the apps will allow travellers to securely share information about testing and vaccination with airlines and governments. The suite of apps will be called the Travel Pass platform and will likely be available for iOS and Android users in the first half of 2021.

 

November 23, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that cafes, restaurants, bars, cinemas and gyms will be closed down in Luxembourg till December 15 as the country is witnessing a surge in infections over the past few days.   

 

November 23, 8.30 p.m.: The Portuguese Tourism Secretary Rita Marques said today that the country’s tourism industry is set to lose 60,000 jobs this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. She estimates that international travel will pick up around the third quarter of 2021, but said that international tourism might return to pre-pandemic levels in the year 2023. 

 

November 23, 6 p.m.: The Maharashtra state government announced today that people travelling into the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will not be allowed entry if they cannot produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result. While air passengers will have to take the test a maximum of 72 hours before scheduled arrival in Maharashtra, train passengers can take the test up to 96 hours before the scheduled arrival. Road passengers will be screened at the state’s border checkpoints and symptomatic individuals will be administered an antigen test. 

 

November 23, 4 p.m.: New data released today revealed that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Oxford University and AstraZeneca is up to 90% effective in preventing infection across different age groups. Moreover, the dosage found most effective is smaller, which means that more people could be vaccinated with a smaller quantity of the vaccine. 

 

November 23, 2 p.m.: A record daily increase of 25,173 new Covid-19 cases was reported in Russia over the past 24 hours. While the cities of Perm and Voronezh are the highest in terms of the risk of infection, the risk of contracting the virus is lowest in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

 

November 23, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,139,865 and the death toll stands at 133,738.

 

November 23, 10 a.m.: After the U.S.A., the British and German governments announced their plans to start a Covid-19 vaccination program by December 2020. Spain will also begin vaccinations in January.

 

November 23, 8 a.m.: Even though health experts in the U.S.A. have urged against travelling during the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, millions of Americans will likely undertake trips over the coming weeks, raising concerns about a surge in infections. The U.S.A. is the worst-hit country in the world, and has reported more than 12 million confirmed infections.

 

November 22, 10 p.m.: A senior official from the U.S. government’s Covid-19 vaccination effort said today that the country will initiate a vaccination program in early December. The Food and Drug Administration will be meeting soon to deliberate granting approval to vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna, which have been found to be 95% effective. 

 

November 22, 7 p.m.: A spokesperson from the French government announced today that lockdown restrictions in the country will be eased in the weeks to come. However, to prevent a surge in cases, restrictions will be eased gradually, in three phases. 

 

November 22, 4 p.m.: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that England will enter a three-tiered system of localised coronavirus restrictions after the end of the national lockdown on December 2. 

 

November 22, 2 p.m.: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced today that all schools will be shut across the country in the upcoming holiday season. Additionally, all domestic travel will also be banned in order to keep the Covid-19 infection rate to a minimum ahead of Christmas. 

 

November 22, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,095,806 and the death toll stands at 133,227.

 

November 22, 10 a.m.: The Rajasthan state government announced that a night curfew will be imposed in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara districts starting today, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

 

November 22, 8 a.m.: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned citizens and residents against undertaking cruise trips, owing to the high risk of Covid-19 transmission on cruise ships.

 

November 21, 10 p.m.: The planned air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been postponed owing to a sudden spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. Authorities in Hong Kong have said that the air bubble has been pushed back by at least two weeks. 

 

November 21, 8 p.m.: After a drop in coronavirus infections in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that shopping centres will be allowed to reopen next week. However, he urged citizens and residents against travelling for Christmas holidays, in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

 

November 21, 6 p.m.: Russia reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, as officials registered close to 25,000 new cases. This is the third consecutive day that the record has been breached.   

 

November 21, 4 p.m.: As coronavirus infections continue to surge in Japan, the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced the suspension of the government’s “Go-To” campaign in hotspots. The campaign was launched earlier this year to promote domestic travel and boost the tourism industry which was battered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

November 21, 2 p.m.: Authorities in Hong Kong have banned Air India flights from India for after some passengers tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. This is the fifth instance of passengers onboard Air India flights to Hong Kong testing positive, and the ban will be in place till December 3. 

 

November 21, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,050,597 and the death toll stands at 132,726.

 

November 21, 10 a.m.: In an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Iranian government announced that new restrictions will be imposed in capital Tehran and close to 160 other high risk areas starting today. Non-essential businesses and services will remain closed under the new measures. 

 

November 21, 8 a.m.: The Portuguese parliament has agreed to extend the coronavirus state of emergency by 15 days as new infections continue to surge in the country.

 

November 20, 10 p.m.: After imposing a night curfew in Ahmedabad from today, the Gujarat state government has announced that a night curfew will come into effect in Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat from tomorrow. Similarly, the Madhya Pradesh government announced that a night curfew will be imposed in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha and Ratlam districts to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus. 

 

November 20, 7 p.m.: The Madrid region of Spain will close all of its borders from December 4 to 13. Regional authorities have taken this step to prevent the movement of people in and out the region during the holiday week, which could lead to a higher Covid-19 infection rate in the lead up to Christmas.   

 

November 20, 4 p.m.: The Economic Times reports Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain as saying that a house to house survey will be undertaken in the Union Territory’s containment zones starting today, to check up on symptomatic patients. Delhi is witnessing a third wave of infections over the past few days, prompting authorities to take active steps to contain the spread of the virus. 

 

November 20, 2 p.m.: Close to 40 million residents of California will enter a coronavirus curfew as infections continue to spike in the state. Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a stay-at-home order for all non-essential work.

 

November 20, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,004,365 and the death toll stands at 132,162. India is only the second country in the world after the U.S.A. to cross 9 million confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

 

November 20, 10 a.m.: Northern Ireland will enter a coronavirus lockdown for two weeks starting next Friday. Non essential businesses and hospitality establishments will remain closed as the government scrambles to combat the rapid rise in infections over the past few days. 

 

November 20, 8 a.m.: The United States government has extended the travel restrictions on non-essential travel at land border crossings with neighbouring Canada and Mexico till December 21. 

 

November 19, 10 p.m.: Amid a rapid rise in coronavirus infections, a nightly curfew will be imposed in the city of Ahmedabad starting tomorrow, the Gujarat state government announced today. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and will stay on indefinitely for the time being. 

 

November 19, 8 p.m.: The WHO Regional Director for the Middle East has warned that a second wave of coronavirus infections might hit the region if governments do not impose tougher restrictions and the people do not follow guidelines like social distancing and wearing masks. Iran, Jordan and Morocco were highlighted as especially high-risk countries, along with Pakistan, and Lebanon.

 

November 19, 6 p.m.: According to new information published by reputed medical journal, The Lancet, the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University shows a robust immune response in older adults. Results of the third phase of trials will likely be published around Christmas. The news follows reports of two other vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna respectively, being 95% effective against the virus.  

 

November 19, 4 p.m.: The tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Russia crossed the 2 million mark today, as more than 23,000 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours. While officials have taken note of the surge in infections over the past few days, the government has not re-imposed lockdown restrictions in the country as yet.  

 

November 19, 2 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that while the government has not planned any new restrictions, the country is on “maximum alert” after recording its highest ever daily increase in cases. Of more than 2000 infections confirmed over the past 24 hours, close to 500 came from capital Tokyo. The government has urged citizens and residents to follow social distancing norms and wear face masks to prevent transmission. 

 

November 19, 12 p.m.: Samoan Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced that the Pacific island nation has recorded its first confirmed Covid-19 infection. The patient, a repatriated sailor who returned from Auckland last week, tested positive in a quarantine facility. 

 

November 19, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,958,483 and the death toll stands at 131,578.

 

November 19, 8 a.m.: Starting today, tighter coronavirus restrictions will come into effect in South Korean capital Seoul. According to the new restrictions, large gatherings will be banned and sport venues will only be allowed to seat upto 30% of their capacity. Over the past 24 hours, the country reported its largest daily increase in cases in three months with 313 new infections. 

 

November 18, 10 p.m.: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will not be held in person this year. The award ceremony usually takes place on December 10 in Oslo, but will be scaled down and conducted digitally. 

 

November 18, 8 p.m.: American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced today that the Covid-19 vaccine candidate it has developed in collaboration with German firm BioNTech is 95% effective. 

 

November 18, 6 p.m.: A spokesman of the French government said that authorities are unlikely to lift the partial coronavirus lockdown in the country anytime soon. However, some restrictions may be relaxed next month as Christmas draws near.

 

November 18, 4 p.m.: Starting next month, those travelling to Taiwan will be required to produce a Covid-19 negative test result before arrival. Taiwan has been successful in mostly eliminating local transmission of Covid-19, but a sharp rise in imported infections has prompted the government to tighten travel restrictions. 

 

November 18, 2 p.m.: Amid a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that partial weekend curfews will be imposed across the country.

 

November 18, 12 p.m.: Since the famed ski slopes of Switzerland started welcoming visitors in October after months of coronavirus shutdown, officials have tightened restrictions to ensure that the risk of transmission is minimized for skiers. Wearing face masks is mandatory in cable cars, open-air chair lifts and in queues. Additionally, staff members are required to wear plastic face shields on the slopes. 

 

November 18, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,912,907 and the death toll stands at 130,993.

 

November 18, 8 a.m.: As United Airlines and British Airways have launched pre-departure Covid-19 testing for their passengers, the airlines have urged the British government to further open the Trans-Atlantic travel corridor by allowing regular flights between the U.K. and the U.S.A.

 

November 17, 10 p.m.: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions will be imposed in the west of Scotland as infections surge in the country.

 

November 17, 8 p.m.: The Guardian reports that the American states of Michigan, Washington, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon and the cities of Chicago and New York will tighten coronavirus restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

November 17, 6 p.m.: French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced today that the government has not yet decided when to end the ongoing national lockdown. Moreover, he reiterated that travel restrictions will not be lifted on December 1.  

 

November 17, 4 p.m.: British airline Easy Jet suffered its first ever annual loss in the 25 years since its establishment as demand for air travel slumped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline posted an annual loss of 1.27 billion pounds, but ticket bookings shot up by 50% after encouraging developments concerning a potential coronavirus vaccine came to the fore this week.  

 

November 17, 2 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that his government is considering a lockdown in the Union Territory’s Covid-19 hotspot markets. Delhi is currently witnessing a sudden surge in infections over the past few days, and it is believed that the rising air pollution and dropping temperature could be contributing to the spread of the virus. 

 

November 17, 12 p.m.: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said today that the country is in the midst of a crisis as coronavirus infections continue to surge. The government has tightened social distancing measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. 

 

November 17, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,874,290 and the death toll stands at 130,519.

 

November 17, 8 a.m.: Governor Gavin Newsom of California announced that the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the state will be rolled back immediately, as the state is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 infections. Last week, California became the state American state to report more than 1 million confirmed cases after Texas.

 

November 16, 9 p.m.: Chandigarh has decided to re-open famous tourist spots like Rock Garden, State Museum, Tagore Theatre, and other places that draw visitors, but under strict COVID-19 protocol and safety guidelines.

 

November, 8 p.m.: While Maharashtra reports 2,535 new COVID-19 cases, Rajasthan reports a surge of 2,169 cases. Haryana reports 2153 new COVID-19 cases and West Bengal records another 3,012 infections in the state. Around 75 doctors and 250 paramedics from the paramilitary forces from different parts of the country are on their way to Delhi to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, as the city faces a manpower shortage.

 

November 16, 7 p.m.: Early reports suggest that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is “94.5 per cent effective” in preventing the infection. The company also said that the vaccine doesn’t have any significant side effect. Following this, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease doctor reportedly said that vaccinations could begin next month.

 

November 16, 6 p.m.: Karnataka has relaxed its regulations on its safety guidelines towards international passengers. Whereas before they were compelled to undergo mandatory home quarantine, this is no longer the case as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 certificate.

 

November 16, 5 p.m.: France Health Minister Olivier Veran has said that the country has passed the peak of its coronavirus outbreak. In an interview he was reported to have said: “Over the past 10 days, there’s been a decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases, and the positivity rate has been declining, so everything suggests that we have passed a peak of the epidemic.”

 

November 16, 4.30 p.m.: The Union Health Ministry of India has reported that the country’s daily COVID-19 recoveries is overtaking the number of daily infections for the 44th consecutive day, with 43,851 recoveries over  30,548 newly detected cases in the past 24 hours.

 

November 16, 4 p.m.: While Russia has reported of 22,778 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the national tally to 1,948,603, Germany’s infections has risen by 10,824 in one day, bringing the total number of cases to  801,327 in the country.

 

November 16, 3 p.m.: The Australian state of South Australia has reintroduced several of its social distancing restrictions and also halted international flights coming into its capital, in an attempt to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases.

 

November 16, 2 p.m.: Britain health minister Matt Hancock has said the country is expecting to roll out its Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine before Christmas this year, if deemed safe.

 

November 16, 1 p.m.: Donning masks and sticking to the strict COVID-19 protocols, devotees trekked up the holy hill at Sabarimala, as the shrine opened today for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku season.

 

November 16, 12 p.m.: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the city is past its third waves of COVID-19 and thus there are no plans of reimposing a lockdown.

 

November 16, 11 a.m.: Maharashtra has reopened its places of religious worship today. However, the government has issued a set of safety guidelines to be followed for all devotees.

 

November 16, 10 a.m.: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had tested positive for coronavirus before, self-isolates after contact tests positive.

 

November 16, 9 a.m.: After the United States surpassed over 11 million cases on Sunday, several states across the country have moved to impose new restrictions in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus. States like Washington and Michigan are taking important measures to ensure that the restrictions are followed through.

 

November 16, 8 a.m.: India has recorded 30,548 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest single day spike in cases since July 14. The total number of cases in the country now stand at 88,45,127.

 

November 15, 9 p.m.: After a COVID-19 review meeting was chaired by Amit Shah, the Centre on Sunday announced a slew of measures from increased testing to more ICU beds in hospitals, in the wake of recent spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi.

 

November 15, 8 p.m.: Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple to allow 1,000 devotees from tomorrow, reports PTI.

 

November 15, 6 p.m.: Domestic travellers flying into Perth, Australia, were in or a rude shock on Sunday when authorities told a planeload of people that they must either leave the state or undergo a two-week self-quarantine after the Western Australian (WA) government changed its border policy while they were mid-flight.

 

November 15, 4 p.m.: For the eight day in a row, India has reported under 50,000 new daily COVID-19. Meanwhile, the US has reported more than 100,000 new cases for 12 consecutive days.

 

November 15, 2 p.m.: Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll reached 165,658 on Saturday after 921 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.

 

November 15, 12 p.m.: Pfizer and Moderna will likely seek emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration for their coronavirus vaccines within the next few weeks, Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said Friday at a White House briefing. If approved, vaccinations could begin in December, he said.

 

November 15, 10 a.m.: Greece will close all primary schools and nurseries on Monday for two weeks, in light of an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Greek Minister of Education said Saturday. The country had aslp imposed a nationwide lockdown last weekend and tightened the night-time curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local as of Friday.

 

November 15, 8 a.m.: With 41,100 new COVID-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total cases rise to 8,814,579.

 

November 14, 10 p.m.: The US has a record number of increase in coronavirus cases of 184,514, and making the total number of cases over 10.7 million, as per John Hopkins University.

 

November 14, 8 p.m.: Lebanon has enforced a new two-week lockdown as cases have crossed the 100,000 mark, reports AFP. Measures include a night-time curfew, however the airport and essential services will remain operational.

 

November 14, 6 p.m.: Austria is planning to move from its current night-time curfew to a full lockdown starting from Nov 17 to Dec 6, reports Reuters.

 

November 14, 4 p.m.: All religious places to reopen from Nov 16 in Maharashtra, wearing of masks compulsory, announces CM Uddhav Thackeray.

 

November 14, 2 p.m.: Both Russia and Ukraine have reported a record increase in coronavirus cases, of 22,702 and 12,524 respectively, reports the Guardian.

 

November 14, 12 p.m.: As per PTI, Nagaland govt decides to impose fine of Rs 100 on people who don’t wear face masks in public places and Rs 500 on institutions without handwashing facilities with immediate effect.

 

November 14, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,773,479 and the death toll stands at 129,188.

 

November 14, 8 a.m.: While cases in Germany and Italy continue to soar, those in France have slowed down. However, the lockdown will be extended in all countries, reports the Guardian.

 

November 13, 11 p.m.:  The Slovakian government announced that some coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed starting Monday, after a successful mass testing program.

 

November 13, 9 p.m.: Egyptian footballer Mohammed Salah has tested positive for the novel coronavirus

 

November 13, 6 p.m.: A German government spokesperson announced today that an easing of anti-coronavirus measures in the country will not be possible for the time being as the country reported a record increase of 23,542 cases over the past 24 hours. The Premiers of different German regions are set to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel next week to review the nationwide lockdown imposed on November 2. 

 

November 13, 4 p.m.: After several passengers onboard the SeaDream 1 cruise ship tested positive for the coronavirus, operator SeaDream Yacht Club has halted the cruise at the Carribean island of Barbados. The cruise was the first to resume sailing in the Carribean after the pandemic struck. 

 

November 13, 2 p.m.: The Guardian reports that 11,617 coronavirus-related deaths were registered over the past 24 hours globally, the highest daily increase thus far. The number of confirmed cases also grew by more than 666,000, yet another record increase.

 

November 13, 12 p.m.: Citing limited quarantine facilities, Australian Prime Minister announced today that foreign students will not be allowed back into Australia just yet. He said that Australian citizens and residents stranded abroad will receive priority over foreign students for the time being. 

 

November 13, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,728,795 and the death toll stands at 128,668.

 

November 13, 8 a.m.: The Portuguese government announced today that night-time curfew and weekend lockdowns will be expanded to include more municipalities, as infections continue to surge. 

 

November 12, 10 p.m.: Reports suggest that the WHO is in talks with the institute that developed Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, to discuss the possibility of listing the vaccine candidate for emergency use. Sputnik V was the first vaccine candidate in the world to receive governmental approval in August. However, some experts believe that the vaccine has not gone through extensive testing before approval and is thus not entirely safe for use. 

 

November 12, 8 p.m.: Austria reported 9,262 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, marking the first day that the figure has crossed 9,000. The country is currently under a partial lockdown, and the government is under increasing pressure to introduce tougher restrictions.

 

November 12, 6 p.m.: Reports suggest that American carriers including Southwest, American and United Airlines will start selling all seats on their flights from December 1. Thus far, the airlines are selling only a certain percentage of seats in order to maintain social distancing on the aircraft. However, as demand for air travel slowly picks up, airlines will likely sell more seats in the weeks to come, raising concerns about Covid-19 transmission onboard the aircraft. 

 

November 12, 4 p.m.: As Delhi reported 8,593 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a senior government health official has warned that the approaching festive season could be a super-spreader event. Moreover, the dropping temperature and rising air pollution will likely contribute to the spread of the virus in the Union Territory over the next few days. 

 

November 12, 2 p.m.: As the U.S.A. reports record daily increases in Covid-19 infections, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced tighter restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Additionally, gyms and restaurants serving alcohol will be required to shut down by 10 p.m. 

 

November 12, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,683,916 and the death toll stands at 128,121.

 

November 12, 10 a.m.: Amid a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections, the Greek government will tighten the nationwide night-time curfew, and will allow movement for work and health reasons only. The country entered a second lockdown last week to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  

 

November 12, 8 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that travellers from all countries will be allowed to visit South Africa soon, as long as they follow health protocol and present a Covid-19 negative certificate on arrival. However, no specific date was mentioned during the address. South Africa has recorded more than 740,000 confirmed cases so far, the highest among African countries.  

 

November 11, 11 p.m.: The Spanish Health Ministry announced today that all travellers coming from high-risk countries will have to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test result on arrival in Spain.  

 

November 11, 10 p.m.: Italy has recorded more than 1 million confirmed Covid-19 infections, after reporting more than 32,000 new cases over the past 24 hours. Italy is the fifth European country after Russia, Spain, France and the U.K. to cross this grim milestone. 

 

November 11, 7 p.m.: The coronavirus state of emergency in Slovakia will be extended till the end of 2020, the government announced today. Like other European countries, Slovakia too is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few days. 

 

November 11, 4 p.m.: The Mongolian Health Minister confirmed the country’s first case of domestic Covid-19 transmission today. A three-day lockdown has been imposed in capital Ulaanbaatar. The country has been lauded for its handling of the coronavirus by sealing the border with China in January and promptly shutting down schools and public places.

 

November 11, 2 p.m.: The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, which was unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic thus far, has confirmed its first infection today. The patient is a 23 year-old man who returned from the U.S.A. 

 

November 11, 12 p.m.: Starting November 22, flight services between Singapore and Hong Kong will resume under an air travel bubble agreement between the two city-states. Initially, one flight per day into each city will be permitted, and the number of passengers will be capped at 200 per flight.  

 

November 11, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,636,011 and the death toll stands at 127,571.

 

November 11, 8 a.m.: Amid a sudden spike in infections in the Middle East, Lebanon will go under a two-week coronavirus lockdown. In Iran, a night-time curfew will be imposed on businesses in capital Tehran and other major cities in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. 

 

November 10, 10 p.m.: According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, Delhi is now witnessing a third spike in coronavirus infections. Air pollution, colder weather and the festive season are believed to have contributed to the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few days.  

 

November 10, 8 p.m.: Despite the drastic drop in demand for air travel over the past few months due to the pandemic, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has said that passenger traffic on their network will likely return to 75-80% of pre-pandemic levels by summer next year.

 

November 10, 6 p.m.: After reporting its quarterly figures today, budget airline Norwegian Air announced that it may have to halt all operations by early 2021 if it does not receive financial assistance soon. Yesterday, the Norwegian government rejected a plea of state support for the airline, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

November 10, 4 p.m.: Russia reported 20,977 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day that new infections have exceeded 20,000. 

 

November 10, 2 p.m.: For the third consecutive day, no new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Australia over the past 24 hours. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the country might open its borders to some low-risk Asian nations including parts of China, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.  

 

November 10, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in India is 8,591,730 and the death toll stands at 127,059.

 

November 10, 10 a.m.: After Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective, senior WHO official Bruce Aylward has said that a vaccine could be rolled out to the most vulnerable, by March 2021. An effective vaccine will likely be the gamechanger in the global fight against the novel coronavirus, which has affected most countries in the world. 

 

November 10, 8 a.m.: Starting tomorrow, coronavirus restrictions will be further tightened in the the Tuscany, Liguria, Abruzzo, Umbria and southern Basilicata regions of Italy.

 

November 9, 10 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. 

 

November 9, 8 p.m.: Iran recorded its highest ever daily increase of more than 10,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country is facing a third wave of infections, and the government has introduced strict anti-coronavirus measures for a month. 

 

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