Coronavirus: Latest Updates

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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 9,273,773 people have been infected, as the epicentre has shifted from China to Western Europe, and now to the Americas, over the past three months. While  more than two million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Brazil and Russia have recorded more than one million and 5,00,000 cases respectively (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently in its extended lockdown which will now officially continue till June 30, but with significant relaxations for the movement of people and economic activity. The country has recorded 4,56,183 COVID-19 cases, out of which 1,83,022 are active cases, as of June 24. The Ministry of Health 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.


June 24, 9 p.m.: The Croatian government will reinstate the 14-day quarantine rule for travellers coming into the country from Bosnia, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia, as these countries have reported a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past week or so. Croatia had previously opened its borders to ten EU states on June 1. 


June 24, 8 p.m.: The West Bengal State government announced that the coronavirus lockdown will be extended till July 30.


June 24, 6 p.m.: The Guardian reports that coronavirus restrictions have been tightened in Lisbon and surrounding areas, as thousands of new cases have been reported over the past few days in the region. 


June 24, 3 p.m.: After registering a spike in infections over the past few days, Bulgaria will extend the nationwide coronavirus emergency till July 15. The country reported over 600 new cases over the past week, the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began.  


June 24, 2 p.m.: Amid a second wave in Covid-19 infections, Israeli and Palestinian authorities have re-imposed strict restrictions on movement and economic activity in some parts of central Israel and the West Bank. 


June 24, 1 p.m.: The Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan announced that international flights to and from Afghanistan will resume on June 24. Turkish Airlines and Emirates Airlines will service Kabul starting June 24 and 25 respectively. 


June 24, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,56,183 and the death toll stands at 14,476.


June 24, 10 a.m.: Brazil recorded more than 39,000 Cvid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally past 1.1 million. The death toll has now crossed 52,000, as 1,374 coronavirus deaths were also reported over the past 24 hours. 


June 24, 9 a.m.: The New York Times reports that EU countries are likely to restrict entry to travellers from Brazil, Russia, and the U.S.A., among others, as the countries have not been successful in arresting the spread of the novel coronavirus.  


June 24, 8 a.m.: The No.1 ranked men’s tennis player on the professional circuit, Novak Djokovic has tested positive for Covid-19. He organized and participated in an exhibition tournament called the Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia, following which three other participants have also tested positive.  


June 23, 10 p.m.: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced that the night time curfew that was imposed in the country will be lifted from Saturday. Restaurants, cafes and places of worship will be allowed to reopen with some restrictions. 


June 23, 8.30 p.m.: Delhi has recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases today. The tally of cases has crossed 66,000, as 3,947 infections were detected over the past 24 hours. The death toll stands at 2,301.  


June 23, 6 p.m.: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that social distancing measures will be eased in the U.K. starting July 4. Citizens will be advised to maintain at least one metre distance from each other, down from the two metres currently advised.


June 23, 4 p.m.: In Western Germany, the region of Guetersloh has been put under lockdown after a Covid-19 outbreak related to a meat packing plant in the area. 


June 23, 3 p.m.: Russia confirmed 7,425 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country’s tally close to 600,000. This is the lowest daily increase in cases since April. The death toll stands at 8,359. 


June 23, 1 p.m.: The Jagannath Rath Yatra pilgrimage kicked off in Puri, Odisha today, but without the throng of devotees like every year. The pilgrimage usually attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, but will be carried out in a restricted manner due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


June 23, 11 a.m.: President Donald Trump, through an executive order, extended the suspension of non-immigrant work visas like the H-1B till the end of the year 2020. The move is intended to free up jobs for Americans in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to heavy job losses in the U.S.A.  


June 23, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,40,215 and the death toll stands at 14,011.


June 23, 9 a.m.: Reuters reports that Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea will reopen on July 1.  Oriental Land, the firm that operates the two amusement parks in Japan made the announcement earlier today.


June 23, 8 a.m.: The Guardian reports that Saudi Arabia has barred foreign pilgrims from participating in the Hajj pilgrimage which sees more than 2 million people descend upon Mecca and Medina each year. Only a few citizens and permanent residents will be permitted to make the pilgrimage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


June 22, 10 p.m.: Cruise operator Carnival Cruise Line announced today that their operations across North America will remain suspended till September 30. 


June 22, 9 p.m.: The Tamil Nadu government imposed strict lockdown restrictions in Madurai and surrounding areas after a spike of Covid-19 cases in the state. The lockdown starts tomorrow and will carry on till the end of the month. 


June 22, 8 p.m.: Walt Disney Co. announced that Disneyland Paris will partially reopen starting July 15. 


June 22, 5 p.m.: To stem the rise in Covid-19 cases, the government of Kazakhstan will impose a lockdown in the city of Kostanay and four other towns on the June 27-28 weekend. Citizens will not be allowed to leave their homes, except for work or emergencies. 


June 22, 3 p.m.: Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, some areas in Bengaluru have been put under lockdown again. KR Market, Siddapura, VVPuram, Kalasipalya, and surrounding areas are among the regions where stringent lockdown measures will be re-imposed. 


June 22, 1 p.m.: Starting Tuesday, movement restrictions within Abu Dhab will be eased. However, entry into Abu Dhabi will remain restricted for another week. 


June 22, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest updates, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,25,282 and the death toll stands at 13,699.


June 22, 10 a.m.: The Fijian Prime Minister announced plans to create a Pacific travel bubble with neighbouring Australia and New Zealand.


June 22, 9 a.m.: According to the WHO, Sunday saw the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases, as more than 1,83,000 cases were reported globally. Of these, Brazil recorded more than 54,000, the U.S.A. more than 36,000, and India more than 15,000.  


June 22, 8 a.m.: Dubai will reopen for foreign tourists from July 7. All incoming travellers will be required to present a recent negative Covid-19 test results. Dubai’s citizens and residents will be allowed to travel outbound starting June 23.


June 21, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that Cyprus has eased entry restrictions for overseas travellers. The country will continue conducting spot checks on foreign arrivals, but most travellers will not be required to produce proof of having tested negative for Covid-19. All incoming arrivals will however fill out an electronic form. 


June 21, 8 p.m.: The South Korean government restricted the entry of incoming travellers from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The government reported that the two countries account for many new cases detected in the country over the past few days, prompting the government to take this step. 


June 21, 6 p.m.: The coronavirus emergency in Spain has come to an end after close to three months. Overseas visitors from other Schengen states have already been allowed to enter the national borders, and the country will reopen for tourists from neighbouring Portugal and non-European countries starting July 1.  


June 21, 4 p.m.: The U.K. government will release plans of further easing the coronavirus lockdown in the coming week, Health Minister Matt Hancock announced today. 


June 21, 3 p.m.: Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Ministry announced today a tourism development fund with a USD 4 billion initial investment.


June 21, 2 p.m.: Russia reported less than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, recording 7,728 cases. The total tally of cases is now more than 5,80,000.  


June 21, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest updates, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 4,10,461 and the death toll stands at 13,254.


June 21, 9.30 a.m.: The Australian state of Victoria has decided to extend the state of coronavirus emergency to July 19, as 19 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day of double-digit increase in cases. The state has recorded close to a quarter of the country’s total caseload.  


June 21, 8 a.m.: The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister announced that U.K. travellers will be allowed into Spain, without having to face a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation period. Earlier, Spain was considering imposing a 14-day compulsory quarantine on visitors from the U.K., thought to be a retaliation against U.K.’s own quarantine rule for all incoming visitors. 


June 20, 10 p.m.: Starting tomorrow, the coronavirus curfew in Saudi Arabia will be lifted, and economic activity will be allowed to resume. Restrictions on religious pilgrimage, international travel and gatherings of more than 50 people will remain. 


June 20, 8 p.m.: KLM, a Dutch subsidiary of Air France announced that it will increase the number of flights in July and again in August as travel restrictions ease globally. 


June 20, 6 p.m.: Pakistan recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll, reporting 153 deaths. The total number of cases in the country has crossed 171,000, and 3,382 people have died. 


June 20, 4 p.m.: Amid an increase in Covid-19 cases being reported over the past few days, the government of Kyrgyzstan has tightened coronavirus restrictions. Public transport services have been temporarily suspended in capital Bishkek. The country has recorded close to 3,000 infections so far. 


June 20, 2.30 p.m.: Russia confirmed 7,559 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours taking the country’s tally past 5,75,000. The death toll stands at 8,002.   


June 20, 1 p.m.: The Indian Express reports that Delhi has recorded 16,292 Covid-19 cases over the past week, amounting to a third of the union territory’s total caseload. Delhi is one of the worst-hit regions of India, and more than 50,000 infections have been detected so far, along with more than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths. 


June 20, 11 a.m.: Amid a resurgence in new Covid-19 infections, some coronavirus restrictions will be re-imposed in the Australian state of Victoria starting Monday. Gatherings in homes will be limited to five people only, as most of the new cases are found to be due to family transmission, authorities said. The state reported 25 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in two months.  


June 20, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 3,95,048 and the death toll stands at 12,948. 


June 20, 8 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brazil has crossed 1 million, and almost 50,000 have lost their lives to the virus. The country is second only to the U.S.A. in terms of reported cases, and experts believe that the actual number of infections may be seven times higher than the reported figure.


June 19, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports the WHO as stating that today marked the highest daily increase in Covid-19 infections globally, as over 1,50,000 new cases were recorded. Half of the new cases were reported in the Americas. 


June 19, 9 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Iran has crossed 200,000, with over 100 daily deaths being reported for most of last week. The Health Ministry has said that individual provinces will take decisions on whether or not to impose coronavirus restrictions. The death toll stands at 9,392. 


June 19, 7.30 p.m.: Switzerland lifted most coronavirus restrictions today, as the rate of new infections continues to drop. Large-scale events will continue to be prohibited till the end of August, but gatherings of up to 1000 people will be allowed to take place. 


June 19, 5 p.m.: Singapore lifted restrictions on socializing, dining out and shopping today, after around two months of coronavirus lockdown. Cafes, gyms, parks and beaches are now allowed to reopen.


June 19, 3 p.m.: The U.K. has lowered the Covid-19 alert in the country from Level 4 to Level 3. Authorities cited the reduction in new infections being reported every day over the past few weeks as the reason behind the move.  


June 19, 1 p.m.: CNN reports that the U.S.A. recorded over 25,700 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, along with 704 fatalities. The total number of cases is 2,189,056 and the death toll stands at 118,421.


June 19, 11 a.m.: According to the MInistry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 3,80,532 and the death toll stands at 12,573. 


June 19, 10 a.m.: Mexico recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases, reporting 5,662 new cases. The total number of infections is 165,455, and the 19,747 deaths have been recorded so far.


June 19, 9 a.m.: In Wales, non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen starting Monday, June 22. Physical distancing norms will have to be followed and citizens are advised against travelling for more than 5 miles. 


June 19, 8 a.m.: As the infection rate slows down in Japanese capital Tokyo, all restrictions on business have been lifted as of today. Japanese citizens are now also allowed to cross borders between the country’s different prefectures. 


June 18, 10 p.m.: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will move to the second phase of reopening on Monday. Restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to resume business. 


June 18, 8 p.m.: The Spanish government announced a 4.25 billion Euro financial aid package for the country’s tourism industry, which has been hit severely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


June 18, 6 p.m.: Austrian budget airline Level Europe announced plans to file for insolvency owing to the financial downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.The airline is owned by parent company IAG.   


June 18, 4 p.m.: Starting June 27, Denmark will open its borders to travellers coming from low-risk European countries. Arrivals from Portugal and Sweden will not be allowed to enter Denmark, given that they have higher infection rates.  


June 18, 2.30 p.m.: Indonesia reported its highest ever daily increase in Covid-19 infections, as 1,331 new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours. The total number of cases is more than 42,000 and the death toll stands at 2,339. 


June 18, 1 p.m.: The former President and current National Leader of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev has tested positive for Covid-19


June 18, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is 3,66,946 and the death toll stands at 12,237. 


June 18, 9.30 a.m.: After the Australian government hinted at the country’s border closure being extended till 2021, Qantas Airlines cancelled most of its international flights till late October. Flights to New Zealand may resume if a travel bubble is instituted between the two countries.  


June 18, 8 a.m.: After announcing that he has been infected with the novel coronavirus, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been hospitalized and is undergoing treatment for Covid-19 related pneumonia. 


June 17, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that New York State has reported 17 Covid-19 deaths over the past 24 hours. This is the lowest daily death toll in the state since the outbreak started.


June 17, 9 p.m.: The Swedish Foreign Ministry announced that from June 30, it will lift its advice against non-essential travel for its citizens for Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. 


June 17, 7 p.m.: The German government will extend the ban on large public gatherings, festivals and fairs until the end of October due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


June 17, 5 p.m.: From next week, Taiwan will relax border restrictions for business travellers coming into the country from New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, among others. All incoming arrivals will have to be tested for Covid-19 and go through a quarantine. 


June 17, 3 p.m.: Norwegian Air announced that it will resume flights on 76 routes and recommission 12 aircraft grounded earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the airline will service destinations in Europe, the airline has not announced plans to resume transatlantic flights yet.


June 17, 2 p.m.: Russia reported 7,843 new Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours, the lowest daily increase in cases since April 30. The total number of infections is 5,53,301 and the death toll stands at 7,478. 


June 17, 1 p.m.: The President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez announced that he has been infected with the novel coronavirus.


June 17, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is 3,54,065 and the death toll stands at 11,903. 


June 17, 10 a.m.: After a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 infections prompted authorities to raise the alert level in the Chinese capital of Beijing, around 60% of flights in and out of Beijing have been cancelled, to prevent further spread of the virus. Over the last few days, 137 new cases have been detected as part of the new outbreak.


June 17, 8 a.m.: Brazil recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, reporting 34,918 cases. The number of deaths also rose by 1,282, and the confirmed tally of fatalities is 45,241. 


June 16, 10 p.m.: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hilton group of Hotels announced that it will cut 2,100 corporate jobs globally, amounting to roughly 22% of its corporate workforce. 


June 16, 9.30 p.m.: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country’s border with the U.S.A. will not reopen till at least July 21. 


June 16, 8.30 p.m.: The coronavirus emergency response in Beijing has been raised from level 2 to level 3, as a new surge in infections is being seen in the Chinese capital.


June 16, 6 p.m.: As Spain opens its international borders to other European countries on June 21, the government might impose a 14-day quarantine rule for travellers coming from the U.K., the Spanish Foreign Minister has said. The quarantine policy specific to U.K. travellers is being seen as a retaliation for U.K. ‘s own policy mandating a 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals coming into the country.  


June 16, 4 p.m.: The Singaporean Transport Minister announced that construction of the fifth terminal of the city’s Changi airport will be stopped for two years, given that the aviation industries have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


June 16, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 8,248 confirmed Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 545,458. The death toll stands at 7,284.  


June 16, 2 p.m.: Despite the ongoing slump in the tourism and aviation industries, Chinese airline Eastern China has announced plans to launch a new carrier called Sanya International Airlines based in Hainan. The timeline for the airline to begin operations has not been announced yet.  


June 16, 1 p.m.: U.S.A. based airlines United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have announced that they will put into place strict policies to make sure that passengers compulsorily use face masks when on flights.


June 16, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is 3,43,091 and the death toll stands at 9,900. 


June 16, 10 a.m.: The Chilean government announced that the state of catastrophe imposed in the country will be extended by 90 days, as Covid-19 cases surged over the past few days. The nation has reported more than 1,80,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 3,300 deaths. 


June 16, 9 a.m.: As 27 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Beijing, the city administration has restricted residents of the capital from travelling to other provinces and cities, in order to prevent further spread of the outbreak. Transportation services have also been suspended temporarily.  


June 16, 8 a.m.: After 24 straight days of no new Covid-19 case being reported in the country, New Zealand recorded two new cases today, both linked to travellers from the U.K. 


June 15, 11 p.m.: Restrictions on movement into and out of Abu Dhabi have been extended by another week, starting June 16. Travelling from one region to another within the emirate is also prohibited. 


June 15, 10 p.m.: The authorities in New York will allow gatherings of up to 25 people in parts of the city where infection rates are low, and the third stage of reopening has been initiated.    


June 15, 9 p.m.: The Karnataka State Government announced modifications to quarantine rules for inter-state travellers. Passengers coming from Maharashtra will be put under a seven day institutional quarantine, followed by a seven day home quarantine. Arrivals from Delhi and Tamil Nadu will have to undergo three days of institutional quarantine, followed by an 11-day home quarantine.  Arrivals from all other states will be required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine. 


June 15, 8 p.m.: After 26 days of shutdown, the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh has reopened to tourists. The park has made arrangements for thermal screening of visitors, and social distancing norms have to be followed by all. 


June 15, 6 p.m.: Singapore will move into the next phase of reopening starting June 19. Restrictions on some businesses will be lifted and the social gatherings of up to five people will be allowed. 


June 15, 4.30 p.m.: Due to a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, Chennai and parts of three other Tamil Nadu districts will go into lockdown from June 19 to June 30. Essential services will be allowed to operate and trains and flights will also continue as scheduled. 


June 15, 3 p.m.: As European countries begin to reopen their borders, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the country’s borders with other Schengen countries will be opened starting today, and that its borders with non-EU countries will open up from July 1. 


June 15, 2 p.m.: 8,246 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Russia over the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 537,210. The death toll stands at 7,091.


June 15, 1 p.m.: The nationwide curfew in Thailand was lifted today, as the country recorded 21 consecutive days without a single case of local Covid-19 transmission. The curfew lasted more than two months. Thailand has reported 3,135 confirmed Covid-19 infections and 58 deaths.


June 15, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 3,32,424 and the death toll stands at 9,520. 


June 15, 10 a.m.: After Disneyland Shanghai opened up last month, Disneyland Hong Kong is now set to reopen on June 18. Visitors will have to book their trips at least one week in advance, will have to undergo temperature checks and wear face masks while at the theme park.  


June 15, 9 a.m.: Beijing reported a record number of new Covid-19 cases for the second straight day, prompting authorities to upgrade risk levels and impose strict curbs on movement and activity in several of the city’s neighborhoods.


June 15, 8 a.m.: The Minister of Civil Aviation of Egypt announced that the country’s airports will reopen on July 1, and that flights would resume gradually. Those arriving from countries with high infection rates will be required to get tested for Covid-19 before coming to Egypt. Initially, only three coastal provinces of the country will reopen for foreign tourists. 


June 14, 10 p.m.: After a period of three months, Greece is planning on resuming international flights and reopening to foreign tourists, with its museums taking extra precautions to assure safety for all visitors. For example, in ancient Nemea in the northeast Peloponnese, the museum authorities have ensured that they have a surplus of gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, which will be made available to all visitors at its gates.


June 14, 9.30 p.m.: Almost 11,000 travellers from Germany will reportedly start to flock to Balearic islands from Monday, June 15, as part of an initiative to help Spain revive its tourism sector following the damage its incurred due to the pandemic.


June 14, 9 p.m.: Uzbekistan has said it will reopen its borders to air travellers from June 15, however with quarantine procedures depending on the country they are originating from.


June 14, 8.30 p.m.: The South Central Railway has confirmed that 240 Shramik Special trains have been in  operation since services resumed.


June 14, 8 p.m.: Sudan has decided to extend its airport closures by another two weeks in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases. It has reported 6,879 COVID-19 infections and 433 deaths as pf Sunday.


June 14, 7 p.m.: Bangladesh confirms more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.


June 14, 6 p.m.: India is being considered the 9th worst-hit nation in the world in terms of deaths caused due to COVID-19. The death toll in India as of Sunday is tallied at 9,195.


June 14, 5 p.m.: Dharavi has reported of 13 new cases on Sunday.


June 14, 4 p.m.: Spain has said that it will open its borders to countries in the European Union’s Schengen area, except for Portugal, on June 21. As of now, the country has planned to open its borders to Portugal on July 1.


July 14, 3.30 p.m.: Jaime Mañalich, Health Minister of Chile, one of the countries with the highest number of cases relative to population size, stepped down from his position following clashes between the government and sectors of the medical community, even as the country reported 234 deaths in 24 hours.


June 14, 3 p.m.: Afghanistan has said it has reached its testing capacity, even as the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 10,000 in Kabul on Sunday.


June 14, 2 p.m.: Singapore has reported of 407 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday, June 14. Meanwhile, Tokyo has reported of 47 new infections, its highest since the government lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May.


June 14, 1.30 p.m.: The central government has said that in a bid to offer correct guidelines around the fight against COVID-19, they are constituting a committee of senior doctors for telephonic guidance in AIIMS. The new helpline number will be released tomorrow.



June 14, 12 p.m.: Thirteen countries, including India, have undertaken a mission to stop the spread of fake news in relation to coronavirus. 130 nations have endorsed the bid to fight the ‘infodemic’ related to COVID-19 news.


June 14, 11.30 a.m.: New York has reportedly the lowest number of deaths and hospitalisations due to coronavirus in the city, since it was plagued by the same in March.


June 14, 11 a.m.: Beijing has reported 36 new confirmed cases of the virus, setting a new high for the daily infections in the Chinese capital, despite several parts of the city still being under lockdown. China, in total, has reported 66 new cases, out of which 38 were reportedly domestically transmitted.


June 14, 10 a.m.: Beds for COVID-19 patients in Delhi will increase by 5,000. The nursing homes in NCT of Delhi that have a bed strength between 10 and 49 will be used as COVID-19 facilities.


June 14, 9 a.m.: India recorded its highest single-day spike of 11,929 new cases with 311 deaths in the past 24 hours.


June 13, 10 p.m.: 91 personnel of Mumbai Fire Brigade have tested positive as of today, of which 8 have succumbed to the virus: Mumbai Fire Brigade. The total number of positive cases in Mumbai is now 56,740. The death toll is at 2,111.


June 13, 9.30 p.m.: Italy’s official coronavirus death toll rose by 78 to 34,301 on Saturday, according to officials. The total number of confirmed infections in the country climbed by 346 to 236,651.


June 13, 9 p.m.: For the first time in nearly three months, Poland has opened all borders with Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Saturday.


June 13, 8 p.m.: Authorities in Botswana have declared a strict lockdown in the capital Gaborone after the discovery of 12 new cases of coronavirus.


June 13, 7 p.m.: Complete shutdown with exception to essential services to be imposed in UP’s Muzaffarnagar every Sunday starting June 14 in view of spike in cases.


June 13, 6 p.m.: The Delhi government has ordered ll asymptomatic patients and those having mild symptoms are to be discharged from hospitals within 24 hours of admission, and district surveillance officers should be reported.


June 13, 5 p.m.: Andhra Pradesh has reported 186 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total to 4,588.


June 13, 4 p.m.: Total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has surged past 40,000 after 347 new infections were reported.


June 13, 3 p.m.: From June 20, all private chartered flights departing to Kerala from Middle East countries shall only carry Covid-19 negative passengers. Test certificate must be carried by them. It applies to all flights for which consent letters were issued earlier: Kerala Principal Secretary.


June 13, 2 p.m.: Beijing authorities shut down food market after cluster of coronavirus cases detected.


June 13, 1 p.m.: The mayor of Mexico City said the Mexican capital will next week lift restrictions on car traffic and public transport, and allow 3,40,000 factory works to get back to work, even though new cases of coronavirus are still rising.


June 13, 11.30 a.m.: The first flight under Vande Bharat Mission from Finland departed on Thursday for New Delhi with 227 stranded Indians onboard.


June 13, 11 a.m.: Lockdown to be imposed in Dehradun on Saturdays, Sundays.


June 13, 10.30 a.m.: Brazil’s health ministry says the country has recorded a total of 41,828 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, meaning it has surpassed the United Kingdom and now has the second highest total in the world, according to tallies by Johns Hopkins University.


June 13, 10 a.m.: New Zealand has seen no new cases for 22 days in a row.


June 13, 9.30 a.m.: 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in China on Friday, including six domestically-transmitted cases in Beijing.


June 13, 9 a.m.: India records worst single-day coronavirus spike so far of 11,458 fresh cases.


June 12, 3 p.m.: The Armenian government announced that the coronavirus emergency in the country has been extended till July 13. However, most economic activity has been allowed to resume, and international flights may begin by mid-July.  


June 12, 2 p.m.: The South Korean Health Minister announced that sanitation and prevention measures in the country will be extended till the number of new infections dips to single digits. He also warned that if more than 50 new infections are detected daily over the next two weeks, strict social distancing measures will be re-imposed. 


June 12, 1 p.m.: The Thai Covid-19 task force announced that the nationwide curfew will be lifted, and some restrictions on movement and activity will be eased on June 15. The country has not reported a case of local transmission for 18 days. The government is also planning to put into place travel bubbles with neighbouring countries like China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and some Middle East nations, with a special focus on business travellers and those seeking medical treatment in Thailand. However, the government has not released a concrete date for these travel bubbles.  


June 12, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 297,535 and the death toll stands at 8,498. 


June 12, 9.30 a.m.: New Zealand, which has been declared coronavirus-free by its government  will open its borders for essential workers, and partners and dependents of New Zealand citizens soon. 


June 12, 8 a.m.: All businesses will be allowed to reopen in the Tokyo Metropolitan Region starting June 19. The state of emergency in the Japanese capital was lifted last month. 


June 11, 10 p.m.: A month after the coronavirus emergency ended in Kazakhstan, the government has enforced a lockdown in many of the country’s villages and towns, and tightened restrictions in the Karaganda region. The decision comes in the wake of an increase in new Covid-19 cases over the past few days.


June 11, 9 p.m.: Italian airline Alitalia announced that it will resume flights from Milan starting July.  The airline will service 52 routes through 37 airports, of which 18 are abroad.  


June 11, 8 p.m.:The government of Finland announced that it will soon allow leisure travel to and from neighbouring Nordic and Baltic countries, except for Sweden, where the infection rate is relatively high. Thus, Finland’s borders will be opened for travellers from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from June 15


June 11, 6 p.m.: CNN reports that Europe’s external borders will begin a gradual reopening starting July 1, announced the European Commission today. European nations will be asked to devise plans to ease restrictions for travelers from certain non-European countries, and the list will be reviewed periodically. 


June 11, 4.30 p.m.: The World Health Organization has warned that Covid-19 hotspots on the African continent will see a “steady increase” in infections until a vaccine is developed, and that strict measures must be implemented in countries like South Africa, Cameroon and Algeria.   


June 11, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 8,779 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally past 500,000. Russia is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, and only the U.S.A. and Brazil have reported more infections.


June 11, 2 p.m.: Thailand reported no new Covid-19 cases and no fatalities over the past 24 hours, for the first time in almost three weeks. Thailand has not recorded a case of local transmission for the 17 straight days now. A total of 3,125 cases have been confirmed and the death toll stands at 58.


June 11, 1 p.m.: The Malaysian Ministry of Health announced that the country might explore options to open its borders with neighbouring countries. Before the borders are open to all international travellers, there will likely be reciprocal travel agreements with neighbours Thailand and Brunei.


June 11, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 286,579, and the death toll stands at 8,102. 


June 11, 10 a.m.: Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz announced that the country will reopen to foreign tourists in phases, and that its beach resorts would be the first to open up for tourism, and capital Havana will remain out of bounds at first. He did not reveal any details about when the country will open up its borders, but said that all incoming visitors will be tested for the coronavirus. 


June 11, 9 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the U.S.A. has crossed 2 million. The worst-hit country in the world, the U.S.A. accounts for more than a quarter of the world’s Covid-19 infections. 


June 10, 10.30 p.m.: Reports suggest that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which is held in California every year, will not take place this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival was to be held in October. 


June 10, 9 p.m.: The Polish government will allow travellers from other EU countries to enter into Poland starting next Tuesday. Poland is easing coronavirus crubs even as infections have been on the rise over the past few days.  


June 10, 7 p.m.: As Austria further eases border controls, travellers from Italy and most other European countries will be permitted to enter the country starting June 16. Austria has already opened its land borders to other neighboring countries last week. 


June 10, 5 p.m.: Germany extended a travel warning to its citizens advising against travelling to 160 countries outside Europe till the end of August. The travel warning for other EU countries was downgraded last week.  


June 10, 3 p.m.: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced that the epidemic emergency in the country has been extended till the end of a surge of cases was seen in the country. However, most of the coronavirus restrictions on movement have been eased. 


June 10, 2 p.m.: Russia reported 8,404 new Covid-19 cases, as the total number of cases surged to 493,657. The death toll stands at 6,358. 


June 10, 1 p.m.: Hungary and Croatia will lift restrictions on travel across their common borders starting June 12, announced the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto today. He said that the decision has been taken in light of the coronavirus largely subsiding in both countries. 


June 10, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 276,583, and the death toll stands at 7,745.


June 10, 10 a.m.:The daily increase in the number of Covid-19 cases crossed 1,000 for the first time in Argentina on Tuesday, a few days after a lockdown was extended in capital Buenos Aires. With 1,141 new cases, the country’s tally of infections rose to 24,761, and 717 fatalities have been recorded so far. 


June 10, 9 a.m.: The French government announced a bailout package for its aerospace industry amounting to 15 billion euros. The package includes aid, loans and investments into the industry, which has taken a hit due to the pandemic.


June 10, 8 a.m.: The UK government will allow zoos and safari parks in the country to reopen starting June 15. Drive-in cinemas will also likely be allowed to resume operations starting next week.


June 9, 11 p.m.: The Azerbaijani government announced that coronavirus restrictions in the country will now be extended till July 1. Domestic flights will resume on June 15, but international borders will remain closed for now. 


June 9, 10 p.m.: After three months, the Eiffel Tower in Paris will reopen to visitors on June 25


June 9, 8 p.m.: The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has declared the country free of the novel coronavirus. The country has not released any figures since April 29, but the country has officially reported 509 Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths. 


June 9, 7.30 p.m.: The International Air Transport Association has estimated that the global airline industry will face losses to the tune of 84 billion USD in 2020, and 16 billion USD in 2021. 


June 9, 5 p.m.: Slovakia will open its borders for travelers coming from 16 other European countries starting June 10. Last week, the country opened its borders to travellers from Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.


June 9, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 8,595 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking its total tally to 485,253. As cases continue to rise in the country, Moscow has seen a decline in the number of cases, and will hence be lifting some lockdown restrictions today.


June 9, 2 p.m.: The government of Vietnam announced that it will allow resumption of flight services to and from countries that have not reported a single case of the novel coronavirus in the last 30 days. China, Japan, South Korea, Laos and Cambodia will likely be the destinations that will be serviced initially.  


June 9, 1 p.m.: The government of Qatar announced that coronavirus cribs will be lifted in the country in four stages, the first of which begins on June 15. The third phase, which starts in August will see the resumption of some flight services to and from low-risk countries. 


June 9, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 266,598, and the death toll stands at 7,466.


June 9, 10 a.m.: The Guardian reports that Australia reported no new locally transmitted Covid-19 case today. The past week has seen 59 new cases, many of which have been imported infections.


June 9, 8 a.m.: The WHO announced that Monday saw the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases globally. More than 136,000 cases were reported, and most of them from the American continents and South Asia.


June 8, 10 p.m.: The Telegraph reports that U.K.’s 14-day quarantine rule which applies to all persons returning from abroad, including Britons, may be lifted for arrivals from European countries from July. The 14-day compulsory quarantine rule came into effect today, and has come under some scrutiny since it was announced last month.


June 8, 9 p.m: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government is now ‘hitting the emergency brake’ on lifting coronavirus curbs in the country as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. The resumption of passenger train services within the country, theatre and music events and cultural activities has hence been delayed. 


June 8, 7 p.m.: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced today that the country will ease some border controls and allow Russian nationals who work, study or have family abroad to travel to foreign countries. Similarly, foreign nationals with work permits in Russia, international students, etc. will be able to travel into Russia for the first time since the borders were sealed in March. 


June 8, 5 p.m.: The Philippines government announced that schools will not reopen in the country till a viable vaccine for the novel coronavirus is available. School classes slated to begin in August will take place virtually.


June 8, 3 p.m.: CNN reports that for the first time in three months, no new Covid-19 fatalities have been reported in Japan over the last 24 hours. 


June 8, 2 p.m.: Russia confirmed 8,985 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 476,658. The country also recorded 112 new deaths, and the death toll stands at 5,971. 


June 8, 1 p.m.: Coronavirus curbs are further relaxed in Denmark from today, and the limit on public gatherings has been increased from 10 to 50.


June 8, 11 a.m.: The coronavirus curfew in Honduras has been extended by one week to June 14, even as the economy begins a gradual re-opening today. 


June 8, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is 256,611, and the death toll stands at 7,135.


June 8, 9 a.m.: The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel announced that coronavirus is now under control in the country. The country has not reported new Covid-19 cases for the past eight days, and an announcement about exiting the lockdown is expected sometime next week


June 8, 8 a.m.: With no active Covid-19 cases, New Zealand is now coronavirus-free, and will be lifting all restrictions from midnight on Monday, except for border restrictions. The country has reported 1,154 infections and 22 deaths.


June 7, 11 p.m.: The coronavirus state of emergency will not be renewed in Liberia after June 21, announced President Dr. George Weah. International flights will be allowed to resume to and fro Liberia starting June 21 too. 


June 7, 9 p.m.: Scotland and Northern Ireland recorded no new Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours.


June 7, 7 p.m.: Maharashtra reported an increase of 3,007 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking its tally to 85,975, past that of China. The death toll stands at 3,060.


June 7, 6 p.m.: The Odisha government announced that it intends to launch cruise services at Chilika Lake, River Mahanadi, Bhitarkanika mangroves, Satkosia gorge and Hirakud reservoir soon. The plan to start day cruises at these five locations was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.


June 7, 3 p.m.: The Greek government extended the coronavirus lockdown till June 21 in its overcrowded migrant camps. The camps have so far reported a few dozen Covid-19 cases, and no fatalities have been recorded. The rest of the country is opening up to foreign tourists, and all airports are expected to resume operations by July 1. 


June 7, 2 p.m.: Malaysia will allow most economic activity to reopen, starting June 10. Inter-state travel will also be allowed, as the country comes out of a lockdown that lasted for almost three months. The country’s international borders however, will remain closed for the time being. 


June 7, 1 p.m.: Coronavirus restrictions will be further eased in Taiwan starting Wednesday, as the virus has been brought into control. Taiwan has only six active Covid-19 cases, and no local transmission has been detected for 56 days. However, border restrictions remain in order to prevent a second wave of infections from abroad.


June 7, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 246,628 and the death toll stands at 6,929.


June 7, 10 a.m.: The Guardian reports that Fengman district in China’s northeastern Jilin districts has lowered its Covid-19 response level to low, and that no regions in the country are now classified as high risk. 


June 7, 9 a.m.: The Australian government has announced that the Domestic Aviation Network Support program will be extended to September 30, to help the domestic air travel industry. The government also resolved to support the aviation sector through a 715 million AUD Australian Airline Financial Relief and by extending the 100 million AUD Regional Airlines Funding Assistance program until December 31.


June 7, 8 a.m.: One of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, Phuket, will reopen its beaches on Tuesday, as Covid-19 infections continue to drop and coronavirus curbs are eased. However, visitors must adhere to certain rules outlined by the government for visits to public places.   


June 6, 9 p.m.: The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums reopened in Madrid today. However,visitors must follow social distancing measures and wear a face mask.


June 6, 7 p.m.: Indonesia reported its highest daily rise in Covid-19 infections, reporting 993 new cases over the past 24 hours. Despite rising cases, the country has begun easing restrictions on Friday. The tally of total infections reported in the country is 30,514, and the death toll stands at 1,801. 


June 6, 5 p.m.: Sri Lanka will open its borders to foreign tourists from August 1. Strict guidelines will have to be followed by all foreign arrivals, including multiple Covid-19 tests.


June 6, 3 p.m.: Russia reported 8,855 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 458,689. The death toll also increased by 197, and a total of 5,725 Covid-19 fatalities have been recorded.


June 6, 1 p.m.: United Airlines announced that it will be shutting down three of its cabin crew bases in Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Tokyo, which will result in a loss of 840 jobs. The closures will take effect on October 1, and affected employees will be offered job opportunities in the U.S.A. depending on eligibility.  


June 6, 11 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 236,657 and the death toll stands at 6,642.


June 6, 9.30 a.m.: China has warned its citizens against travelling to Australia due to an increase in instances of racism amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. 


June 6, 8 a.m.: Following a coronavirus shutdown of more than two months, the biggest mall in the U.S.A., the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota will reopen on June 10


June 5, 11 p.m.: Universal Orlando reopened to the public today, the first major theme park in Florida to resume operations after a coronavirus shutdown of more than two months. The number of visitors is restricted, and all patrons are screened for body temperatures and advised to follow social distancing norms.  


June 5, 9 p.m.: The EU will lift all border controls within its territories by July 1. The EU’s 27 member states also resolved to extend the ban on non essential travellers coming from outside the European Union bloc till July 1.


June 5, 8 p.m.: Saudi Arabia has re-imposed a curfew from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two more weeks in the city of Jeddah, to control the spread of the novel coronavirus starting tomorrow, June 6.


June 5, 6 p.m.: CNN reports that Beijing will downgrade its public health emergency from level 2 to level 3 on June 6, as new Covid-19 infections continue to drop. Restrictions on domestic tourism will be eased, and Hubei residents will be allowed to enter the capital.   


June 5, 4 p.m.: The weekend lockdown planned for the next two days in fifteen of Turkey’s cities has been cancelled by the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after severe backlash from the citizens. New Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Turkey, with 1,000 new cases being reported on Friday, up from 700. 


June 5, 2 p.m.: The Czech Republic will be reopening its borders with Germany, Austria and Hungary at noon today, allowing tourists from these countries to enter after almost three months. The opening of borders was initially scheduled for June 15, but has been moved ahead by ten days. 


June 5, 12 p.m.: The biggest annual music event in Japan, the Fuji Rock Festival has been cancelled for the first time, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival was scheduled for August 21. 


June 5, 11 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 226,770 and the death toll stands at 6,348.


June 5, 10 a.m.: The Argentine government has extended the mandatory coronavirus lockdown in capital Buenos Aires and some other regions by three weeks till June 28, as coronavirus cases crossed 20,000 in the country. 


June 5, 8 a.m.: The Turkish Interior Ministry announced that it will impose a weekend curfew in fifteen of the country’s cities over the next two days, to contain the novel coronavirus. However, bakeries and some shops will be allowed to remain open. 


June 4, 10.30 p.m.: Spanish Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said that more than 6,000 holiday-makers from Germany and other countries will arrive at the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands as part of a pilot scheme, in the last two weeks of June. She also said that depending on the U.K.’s 14-day quarantine policy and its advice to citizens against non-essential travel, Spain will decide on allowing tourists from the U.K. this summer.

June 4, 9 p.m.: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced that the government is considering allowing visa-free entry to citizens of China, Australia, New Zealand and the Arab countries to attract more tourists and boost the tourism industry after coronavirus curbs are eased.

June 4, 7.30 p.m.: The Slovenian government has announced that starting tomorrow, there will be no entry restrictions for travelers coming into the country from Austria. The move came a day after Austria lifted checks on its border with Slovenia.

June 4, 5.30 p.m.: Singapore’s Health Minister announced that the country will have to re-impose strict lockdown measures, and slow down the pace at which the country is reopening if new cases rise at an alarming rate. So far, the country has reported close to 37,000 cases, most of which are migrant workers living in dormitories.


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