Coronavirus Covid-19: Live Updates And Latest News

Coronavirus Covid-19: Live Updates And Latest News

by Marta Conte

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Bébé Voyage monitors the coronavirus situation closely and will update this article regularly with the latest travel alerts and news. We recommend that everyone keep themselves up to date with information from government and official medical websites, as well. 

For a live map of the current world outbreak, please refer to John Hopkins CSSE.

Please check the World Health Organisation for practical advice.

This post will be updated daily, with the newest information found at the top of the article. Scroll down for older information.

Monday, June 1

North America

United States

  • Western New York is to move to phase 2 of reopening from tomorrow.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • UK has recorded the lowest increase in number of deaths and new cases since March. 119 people have died in the past 24 hours and 1,570 new cases have been reported.
  • Wales has announced that from today, people from two different households will be able to meet outside.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded no new deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time since March.
  • The Netherlands has reopened bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and theaters from today.
  • Ukraine has resumed cross-country and local train services.
  • Greece has reopened hotels, open-air cinemas, golf courses and public swimming pools from today.
  • Catalonia has reopened some schools today.
  • Finland and Norway have reopened their bars today.
  • Russia has reported more than 9,000 cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Moscow is to reopen shopping malls and parks from today.
  • Spain has extended the lockdown to June 15.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded more than 500,000 cases of the virus.
  • Peru has reported more than 8,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Istanbul has reopened the Grand Bazaar on Monday, alongside cafes, restaurants, public buildings, sport facilities, childcare centers, parks and beaches.
  • Afghanistan has recorded 545 new cases.
  • Iran has recorded the highest number of new cases since April, with 2,979 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

Asia

  • Malaysiahas recorded no new deaths for the 10thday in a row.
  • Manila has restarted its trains again for the first time in two months.
  • Wuhan has reported no asymptomatic cases for the first time.
  • Hong Kong has recorded the first locally transmitted case in two weeks.
  • North Korea is to reopen schools this month.

Africa

  • Nigeria is to reopen churches and mosques from Tuesday.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 125 new cases.

Sunday, May 31

North America

United States

  • The daily number of deaths continues to lower in New York State.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • UK is to allow people who have been shielding (home at all times withno face-to-face contact) to go outdoors from Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has announced that the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums are to reopen on Monday.
  • Russia has reported more than 9,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded the highest number of new cases in 24 hours with 33,274 new cases.
  • Peru has reported more than 7,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the 9thday in a row.
  • Queensland is to allow gatherings of up to 20 people and traveling within the state from June 1.

Middle East

  • Jerusalem has reopened Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers on Sunday.
  • Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it will cordon off the city and ban travel between regions for oneweek starting

Asia

  • Bangladesh has lifted the lockdown on Sunday.
  • South Korea recorded 27 new cases.
  • Pakistan has announced that face masks are now mandatory when in crowded public places.

Africa

  • Rwanda has reported the first death in the country.

Saturday, May 30

North America

United States

  • Washington State is to end the stay-at-home order from Sunday.
  • Sea World in Florida is to reopen on June 10.
  • Disney World will reopen on July 11.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • People will be able to exercise with an additional5 people from different households from Monday.
  • Competitive sports are allowed to resume behind closed doors from Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Russia has reported almost 9,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Italy has announced that the Venice Film Festival will go ahead in September.
  • Austria has given the go-ahead to the Formula 1 race on July 12, without spectators.
  • Italy has reopened the leaning Tower of Pisa to tourists.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded the highest daily number of cases with 26,928 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has recorded no new cases.
  • Victoria has announced that almost 80 students are under self-isolation after Melbourne recorded one case in a high school.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has recorded the largest daily increase with 866 new cases.
  • Iran has announced that mosques are to resume daily prayers.
  • Saudi Arabia is to reopen golf courses from Sunday.

Asia

  • India has extended the lockdown until June 30 in high-risk areas. Other areas have been given permission to reopen malls and religious buildings from June 8.

Friday, May 29

North America

United States

  • New Jersey is to reopen childcare services, sports practices and youth day camps from June 15.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has announced that people from two households will be allowed to meet outdoors from next week. People must not travel more than 5 miles to meet others.

Europe

  • Greece has issued a list of 29 countries which have been deemed safe based on their infection rate. People from these countries will be allowed to travel to Greece from June 15. Some of the countries included in the list are: Albania, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and South Korea.
  • Austria has announced that wearing masks in shops will not be mandatory from mid-June.
  • Bulgaria is to lift the 14-day mandatory quarantine from June 1 for travelers from most of the European Union.
  • Paris has announced that the Louvre museum is to reopen on July 6.
  • Denmark has confirmed that travelers entering the country will be encouraged to take a random coronavirus test.
  • Berlin has announced that pubs and fitness studios will be allowed to open again from June 2.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded the highest number of new cases since April with 2,819 new infections.
  • Saudi Arabia has reopened its malls and waterfronts.

Asia

  • China has reported no new cases of Covid-19.
  • More than 500 schools have now closed again in South Korea.
  • Tokyo is to reopen schools, tutoring centers, gyms, theaters and malls from June 1.

 

Thursday, May 28

North America

United States

  • More than 100,000 people have now died of Covid-19 in the US.
  • Boston has canceled the 2020 Marathon.
  • Wisconsin has canceled its State Fair.

United Kingdom

  • In England,groups of up to six people can meet up outdoors while staying two meters apart.
  • Englandwill reopen its schools to students in nurseries, year 1 and year 6 from Monday. Year 10 and year 12 will follow on June 15.
  • Scotland is to start easing lockdown measures from Friday, with people allowed to meet with members of another household outdoorswhile maintainingsocial distancing. Non-contact sports like tennis and golf will be allowed again.
  • English Premier League is to restart on June 17.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has announced more reopening measures. Cafes, bars and restaurants in green zones will reopen on June 2 with reduced capacity. Secondary schools and lycées in green zones will restart all classes on June 2 to a maximum of 15 students per class. The country’s borders are due to reopen for EU citizens from June 15. Parks and gardens are to reopen across the country from June 2. From June 22, theaters, gyms, sport facilitiesand swimming pools will be allowed to reopen in green zone
  • Norway is to reopen its borders to business travelers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden from next month.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded more than1,000 deaths and more than 20,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Argentina is to maintain its flight ban until September 1.

Middle East

  • Jordan is to reopen mosques and churches from June 5.

Asia

  • South Korea has reinstated lockdown measures in Seoul after a spike in the number of new infections. Museums, parks and art galleries will be closed again from Friday for two weeks. Residents have also been advised to avoid public gatherings.
  • Philippines is to ease lockdown measures from June 1.

 

Wednesday, May 27

North America

United States

  • Las Vegas has announced that Caesars Palace and Flamingo will reopen to visitors on June 4.
  • Washington University in St. Louis has announced staggered starts for students and faculty members.
  • Miami Dade County is to reopen beaches and hotels on June 1.
  • Disneyworld and Seaworld Orlando plan to reopen on July 11.
  • Nevada will move to phase two of reopening on May 29 with gyms, fitness facilities and pools reopening at a 50% capacity.

United Kingdom

  • NHS test and trace program will go live on Thursday.
  • UK has recorded 412 new deaths in the past 24 hours.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Russia has announced the easing of lockdown measures from June 1. People will be allowed to take walks at designated times. Laundry services, dry cleaners and repair stores will be allowed to reopen too.
  • Bulgaria is to reopen restaurants, bars and cafes on Monday.
  • Germany has extended distancing rules to the end of June.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded the highest daily increase with 3,455 new cases.

South America

  • Peru has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the fifth day in a row.

Middle East

  • Dubai has announced that government employees are to return to work from June 14.

Asia

  • South Korea has reported 40 new cases.
  • Vietnam is to start issuing e-visas from July 1.
  • Thailand’s state of emergency has been extended for another month.

Africa

  • Africa has confirmed 118,000 cases on the continent.

 

Tuesday, May 26

North America

United States

  • Iowa is to reopen outdoor performance venues, amphitheaters, casinos, amusement parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades and racetracks from June 1.
  • Washington DC is to start reopening outdoor restaurants and curbside pick-up for non-essential retail from Friday. Beauty salons and barber shops will also be allowed to openbut by appointment only. Gatherings of up to 10 people for worship will be allowed.
  • Long Island is to reopen its construction, agricultural trade, retail curbside and in-store pick up and other selected industries.
  • New York City has reopened the New York Stock Exchange trading floors.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has announced that all students will return to school on August 11.
  • Northern Ireland has recorded no deaths for the first time since March 18.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Denmark has eased border controls with other Nordic countries and Germany. Couples who have been together for at least six months are now allowed to cross the border and reunite after months of separation.
  • Iceland has announced that public gatherings of up to 200 people are now permitted. Nightclubs and gyms are also allowed to reopen.

South America

  • Villa Azul, one of the poorest slums in Argentina, has been completely sealed off after a large outbreak of cases.
  • Peru has reported more than 4,000 new cases of Covid-19.
  • Brazil has recorded over 11,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has announced that its borders will not open to travelers anytime soon. Discussions on a travel bubble with New Zealand are ongoing.

Middle East

  • Syria has canceled a nighttime curfew and is allowing travel between provinces. Mosques will also be allowed to reopen.
  • Iran has announced that restaurants will now be able to have dine-in customers.
  • Saudi Arabia has confirmed that the nationwide curfew will be lifted from June 21. The city of Mecca will be the only exception.
  • Bethlehem has reopened the Church of the Nativity to the public.
  • Dubai is reopening cinemas and gyms starting from tomorrow.

Asia

  • Philippines is to keep children from going to school until a vaccine is found.

 

Monday, May 25

North America

United States

  • TheUS has introduced a ban on all foreigners who have traveled to Brazil in the last two weeks.
  • New Jersey has reported 965 new cases.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • In the UK, outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen from June 1. More shops will be allowed to reopen from June 15 including department stores.
  • TheUK has reported 121 new deaths and 1,625 new cases over the past 24 hours.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 92 new cases of Covid-19, the lowest number since early March.
  • Czech Republic has lifted its rule on mandatory face masks when in public.
  • Spain will lift the mandatory quarantine for those entering the country from July 1.
  • Greece has reopened restaurants, cafes and bars. The country has also reinstated ferry services between the islands.
  • Hungary has reopened its southern border to citizens of Serbia and Hungary.

South America

Middle East

  • Dubai will allow movement and business activity between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. from Wednesday.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand will allow gatherings of up to 100 people including funerals, church services and parties from Friday.
  • New South Wales has reopened its schools on Monday. Assemblies and excursions are still banned.

Asia

  • Mongolia has announced that it will keep the quarantine rules until a vaccine is found.
  • Vietnam has reported a new case of Covid-19
  • Japan has lifted the state of emergency.
  • China has confirmed 11 new cases.

Sunday, May 24

North America

United States

  • New York State has announced that all professional sports can now open their training camps.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • UK schools are to start reopening on June 1. New requirements include: reduced class sizes, staggered breaks, lunch times, drop offs and pick-ups, more frequent cleaning, reduced size of shared items, and utilizing more outdoor spaces.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy will reopen gyms and swimming pools from Monday in all regions but Lombardy.
  • Germany is tracing and tracking people who attended a church service in Frankfurt after 107 new cases have been recorded.
  • Venice Film Festival has been confirmed for the beginning of September.
  • The French Government has asked its citizens to avoid foreign trips this summer.

South America

  • Argentina has extended the lockdown in Buenos Aires to June 7.
  • Chile has reported more than 3,700 new cases of Covid-19.

Middle East

  • Jerusalem has reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after a two-month closure.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales is to reopen beauty salons alongside zoos, reptile parks and aquariums from June 1.
  • Victoria has announced that people are now allowed to have up to 20 people in their homes and outdoors.
  • New Zealand has confirmed zero new cases in the last 24 hours.

Asia

  • Thailand has reported no new cases or deaths on Sunday.
  • Seoul has now confirmed that the cluster of cases originating in nightclubs has increased to 225.
  • India has reported more than 6,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

Africa

  • South Africa will ease lockdown measures from June 1.

Saturday, May 23

North America

United States

  • North Carolina has recorded the highest increase in 24hourswith 1,107 new cases.
  • New Jersey has recorded 443 new cases on Saturday.
  • New York State has announced that gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed.

Europe

  • Spain has announced that La Liga, their top football league, will restart on June 12.
  • Spain will reopen to tourists from July.
  • France has announced that it will impose a two-week quarantine for visitors from the UK.
  • France has announced that religious ceremonies are allowed to resume immediately.
  • Russia has recorded more than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24hours.

South America

  • Peru has reported over 3,000 new cases. The country has extended the lockdown to June 30.
  • Brazil has recorded over 20,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales is to reopen gyms and beauty salons.

Middle East

  • Iran has begun reopening businessesandreligious and cultural sites.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded no new cases for the fifth day in a row.
  • Bangladesh has recorded its biggest daily increase with 1,873 new cases.
  • India has recorded over 6,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.
  • China has reported no new cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

 

Friday, May 22

North America

United States

  • Minnesota has canceled its State Fair.
  • Miami-Dade County has announced its plans to reopen hotels and beaches to guests from June 1.
  • New Jersey’s Governor, Phil Murphy, has confirmed that outside gatherings of up to 25 people are now permitted.
  • Florida has removed restrictions on all youth activities including summer camps.
  • Navajo Nation is to start alockdown this weekend fromFriday until Monday morning.

Canada

  • Ontario has announced that golf courses, pet groomers and retailers are allowed to open again.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • All travelers, including citizens and residents, arriving in the UK from June 8will have to self-quarantine for two weeks. Upon arrival, they will have to tell authorities where they will stay and expectspot checks. Breaches to the quarantine will be punishable with a £1,000 fine.
  • Northern Ireland has announced that schools will not reopen until late August.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Madrid and Barcelona are to ease lockdown measures from Monday.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has announced that cafes and restaurants canreopen andhave up to 50 customers from June 1.
  • Australia has extended a ban on cruise ships entering its waters for another three months.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has reported more than 2,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

Asia

  • Singapore has now recorded more than 30,000 cases of Covid-19.
  • India’s daily increase in cases has surpassed 6,000.
  • Thailand has extended the state of emergency until the end of June.
  • South Korea has reported 20 new cases.

Africa

  • Africa has now surpassed 100,000 cases of Covid-19 on the continent.

 

Thursday, May 21

North America

United States

  • Alabama will reopen certain businesses from June including entertainment venues, athletic activities, child care and summer camps with social distancing measures in place. All schools, private and public, will be allowed to reopen as well.
  • Ohio has announced that wedding venues and banquet centers will be allowed to open from June 1 but will have a limited capacity of up to 300 guests.
  • Connecticut is to open its parks for Memorial Day.
  • Michigan has announced that retail businesses and cardealerships will be allowed to reopen by appointment only from May 26.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland is starting to easelockdown measures next week. People will be allowed to visit locations near home for recreational purposes. Schools in Scotland are to reopen on August 11.
  • London Heathrow is to start using thermal screening at one of its terminals.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Denmark has reopened its museums, zoos, theaters and cinemas once again.
  • Serbia has announced that travelers will not need to quarantine or take a coronavirus test to enter the country from May 22. International flights have restarted today.
  • Spain has reported 48 deaths in the past 24 hours. The lowest number in over two months.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand is to reopen its bars and pubs from today. Consumers must remain seatedandmaintain social distancing. Only waited service will be available.

Central America

  • Ecuador has announced that some businesses will be allowed to reopen in Guayaquil.

Asia

  • India is to resume domestic flights from Monday.
  • Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals.
  • Japan has lifted the state of emergency in Osaka and two other neighboring prefectures.

 

Wednesday, May 20

North America

United States

  • All 50 states in the US are now partially reopened.
  • New York State has announced that religious gatherings with up to 10 people will be allowed from Thursday.
  • Iowa will reopen its movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums on

United Kingdom

  • Cambridge has become the first university in the UK to move all face-to-face lectures online for the full 2020-2021 academic year.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has confirmed that face masks will be compulsory from Thursday for anyone in enclosed areas and on streets wheresocial distancing is not possible. Children under six will be exempt, although masks are still recommended.
  • Russia has now surpassed 300,000 cases.
  • Switzerland will reopen its churches and other places of worship from next week.
  • Greece will welcome tourists back startingJune 15. Afull list of nations resuming flights to the country will be published by the end of the month.

Central America

  • Cuba has recorded no new deaths for an entire week.

South America

  • Venezuela has announced a curfew in some of its towns along the borders with Colombia and Brazil.
  • Colombia has extended the quarantine measures until the end of the month.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales is to reopen art galleries and museums next month.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has now surpassed 8,000 cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has reported the highest daily increase with 693 new cases.
  • South Korea has reopened its high schools today, although seventy-five schools turned students away as two students were found positiveforCovid-19.
  • India will resume domestic flights from Monday.

Africa

  • Kenya has recorded 66 new cases, the highest daily increase for the country.

 

Tuesday, May 19

North America

United States

  • US and Canada border is to remain closed until June 21.
  • New York State has announced that it will allow Memorial Day ceremonies with up to 10 people.
  • Miami Beach is to reopen its retail stores at 50% capacityand personal grooming at 25% capacity, with masks mandatory. All people working or visiting offices are to wear face masks. Museums will reopen as well with a 50% capacity, with hand sanitizer at entry points and masks mandatory.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 813 new infections in the past 24 hours.
  • Barcelona is set to reopen its beaches from Wednesday. People who live within a kilometer from the beaches will be able to access them forsunbathing and other recreational uses. People will not be allowed to swim and must not spend more than an hour at the beach. Time slots for different ages will also be implemented.
  • Russia has recorded almost 300,000 cases of Covid-19 in the country.
  • Czech Republic has recorded more than 100 cases on Monday, the highest number in four weeks.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales will reopen its schools from next week. 

Middle East

  • Jerusalem has announced the reopening of the Al Aqsa mosque from next week.

Asia

  • Singapore is to start easing lockdown measures from June 2.
  • Shulan, China, has been sealed off with measures similar to those used in Wuhanafter a new outbreak of Covid-19 has been recorded in the city. The city has been classified as a high-risk area. Public places, schools and public transportation have all been temporarily closed.
  • Hong Kong has extended social distancing measures for another 14 days.
  • Thailand has recorded no new cases or new deaths on Tuesday.
  • India has now recorded more than 100,000 cases of Covid-19.

Africa

  • Africa has now recorded more than 86,000 cases on the continent.
  • South Africa is to resume classes for some pupils on June 1.

Monday, May 18

North America

United States

  • Rhode Island has announced the reopening of beaches, state parks and places of worship.
  • West Virginia will start reopening indoor and outdoor bars with a 50% capacity, museums, visitor centers and zoos from May 26. Spas and massage parlors will reopen on May 30 and casinos on June 5.
  • Massachusetts has announced that public transit riders must wear face masks. Hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to open again from next week.
  • Western New York is due to start phase one of the reopening plan tomorrow. Construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail, manufacturing and wholesale trade will be allowed to reopen.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has announced that groups up to six people can now meet outside.
  • The UK has confirmed that anyone over fiveand showingsymptoms is now able to book a test.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 99 deaths on Monday. This is the lowest number since early March.
  • Slovakia has announced the reopening of shopping malls, theaters and cinemas from Wednesday.
  • Denmark has confirmed that all adults will now be allowed to book a coronavirus test startingthis week.
  • Greece has reopened over 200 archaeological sites. All staff members have to wear face masks and comply with social distancing measures.Stickers have been placed outside entry points to prevent overcrowding at ticket booths. The number of visitors will also be capped.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, has now reopened for visitors. Visitors haveto have their temperature taken before entering.
  • Ireland has started to easelockdown measures by allowing some businesses to reopen today. Up to four people from different households are allowed to meet while respecting social distance.
  • Italy has reopened restaurants, bars, hairdressers, stores and churches today.

South America

  • Mexico has recorded 2,075 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 49,219.
  • Ecuador has recorded the first case of Covid-19 withinthe indigenous Waorani community.

Middle East

  • United Arab Emirates has extended the nightly curfew by two hours. It will now run between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Turkey has announced a four-day nationwide lockdown to start from May 23 to help curb the spread of the virus during the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday.
  • Afghanistan has now surpassed 7,000 cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Asia

  • New Delhi has reopened its public transportation.
  • Japan has announced that Mount Fuji will be closed for this summer climbing season.

Africa

  • Nigeria has announced the extension of lockdown measures in the Kano region.
  • South Africa has recorded the biggest daily increase in new cases with 1,160 new infections.

 

Sunday, May 17

North America

United States

  • Texas has recorded its highest daily increase in the number of new cases, with 1,801 new infections.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • UK has recorded the lowest daily death toll since the lockdown started, reporting only 170 new deaths.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has opened more than 500 beaches this weekend.
  • Italy has confirmed that shops, restaurants and hairdressers are to open again from Monday.
  • Spain will reopen some of its airports on several islands and in the southern part of the country for international travel.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded nearly 15,000 new infections on Saturday, bringing the total to 230,000 cases.

Middle East

  • Qatar has announced that masks will be mandatory when out in public.
  • Lebanon will start easing lockdown measures from Monday.

Asia

  • India has extended the lockdown by another two weeks.
  • Thailand has reopened its shopping centers today.

 

Saturday, May 16

North America

United States

  • New Orleans has started reopening its cafes, restaurants and nail salons for customers with reservations.
  • Los Angeles has announced that everyone, with or without symptoms, will be allowed to get tested as often as they want.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • In England, Year 10 and 12 students will be prioritywhen schools are due to reopen on June 1.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Hungary will start lifting lockdown measures from Monday.
  • Germany’s top football league has restarted today.
  • Austria will fully reopen its borders with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from June 15.
  • Italy is to reopen travel (EU travel) to and from the country from June 3.

South America

  • Mexico has recorded the highest number of daily infections with 2,437 new cases recorded.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Queensland has announced that up to ten people can now dine in restaurants and cafes.

Middle East

  • Turkey has recorded the lowest number of deaths since the end of March.
  • Saudi Arabia has now recorded more than 50,000 cases in the country.
  • Qatar’s total number of infections is now over 30,000.

Asia

  • Pakistan has announced that domestic flights have been allowed to resume from today. Passengers must wear face masks and the middle seat has to remain empty. International flights are still suspended.
  • Thailand has extended a ban on international passengerflights until the end of June.
  • South Korea has now recorded 162 new cases in total since the nightclub outbreak has started.

Africa

  • Kenya has banned movement between its borders and Tanzania and Somalia.

 

Friday, May 15

North America

United States

  • Lockdown measures in New York City have been extended until June 13.
  • New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware will all partially reopen beaches for the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Vermont has declared a state of emergency until June 15.
  • New York State has announced that five regions (Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley) will begin phase one of the reopening plan. Construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, retail (limited to curbside pickup and dropoff), manufacturing and wholesale trade will be allowed to reopen from today.
  • Palm Beach is to reopen on Monday to everyone, not just residents. Beaches will be open between sunrise and sunset. Gatherings will be limited to 10 people.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Boris Johnson announced that the 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to the UK (air, road and train) will also include travelers arriving from France. The quarantine will only exclude freight drivers and experts working on Covid-19 reduction efforts. There is no official date yet to when this quarantine will be applied to travelers.
  • Wales has announced that schools will not reopen until September.
  • All care home residents and staff in England will be tested between now and June.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has announced that although Madrid and Barcelona will remain in lockdown phase 1, some restrictions will be lifted. From Monday,small businesses will be allowed to serve a small number of people byappointment and places of worship will be allowed to open but only at 30% capacity.
  • Ireland has confirmed that construction workers, gardeners and some retail businesses will be allowed to reopen from Monday.
  • Czech Republic is to allow gatherings of up to 300 people startinglater this month. Sports events will be allowed from May 25, with restaurants and pubs also allowed to open again.
  • Germany has announced that travelers from the EU, Schengen area, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Britain will not need to quarantine on arrival as long as the countries they are coming from donot have a high number of infections. Quarantine rules will be introduced again if thenumber of cases begins to rise.The two-week quarantine will still apply to all other countries.
  • Denmark has reported no Covid-19 deaths for the first time since March.
  • Slovenia has opened its borders today to all EU citizens. Non-EU citizens will have to follow a mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
  • Restaurants inBerlin will be allowed to open again this evening. People from two separate households will be allowed to share a table at a 1.5 m distance.
  • Italy will allow free travel across the country from June 3.
  • Russia has recorded more than 10,000 cases of new infections on Friday.

South America

  • Mexico has recorded the highest number of new infections, with 2,409 confirmed cases.
  • Brazil has confirmed more than 200,000 cases in total.

Middle East

  • Iran is once again recording a high number of infections, with 2,102 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
  • Afghanistan has recorded its highest number of infections with 414 new cases recorded.
  • Israel has reopened schools and nurseries full-time.

Asia

  • China has marked one month free of Covid-19.
  • Vietnam has reported 24 new cases of Covid-19.

 

Thursday, May 14

North America

United States

  • New Jersey has recorded more than 1,200 new cases of Covid-19.
  • Florida has announced that Miami-Dade and Broward County will be allowed to move to Phase 1 of the reopening plan.

Canada

  • Montreal has announced that schools will not go back until late August.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland will allow garden centers and household recycling facilities to open from Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece is to open 515 organized beaches this weekend. Alcohol, music and sports will be banned. Umbrellas will have to be 4 meters apart and only 40 people per 1000 square meters will be allowed. Restaurants and bars will only be permitted to offer takeout services.
  • Belgium is to reopen museums on May 18.

South America

  • Chile has recorded more than 2,500 cases in one day.

Middle East

  • Armenia has extended the state of emergency for four more weeks.

Asia

  • Japan has lifted the state of emergency in 39 of the 47 prefectures.
  • China has begun the testing of every citizen in Wuhan.
  • South Korea has recorded another 12 cases linked to nightclubs.

Wednesday, May 13

North America

United States

  • Iowa will ease restrictions on all 99 counties from Friday. Restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and malls will be allowed to reopen.
  • West Virginia is to reopen tanning salons from May 21.
  • New Jersey has announced that gatherings in cars, such asdrive-ins, will be allowed again.
  • Washington DC has extended the stay-at-home order until June 8.
  • California has announced that seven counties will be allowed to move to the next stage of reopening businesses: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Shasta. Curbside retailers, childcare for essential workersand car washes will be allowed to open again.
  • New Orleans has announced that restaurants, gyms and churches will be allowed to open again from Saturday. Restaurants will have to have a log for contact tracing and gyms and churches will only be able to run at25% capacity.
  • Los Angeles County has announced that its beaches will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday to limited activities like running, walking, swimming and surfing. Group sports, picnics and sunbathing are still not permitted.
  • Disney has suspended all its cruises until July 27.

United Kingdom

  • Schools in England could informally reopen to ‘catch up’ on learning.
  • Constructionsites will be allowed to extend workinghours to allow for physical distancing measures to be put in place.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Poland is due to reopen hairdressers, restaurants and cafes next week.
  • Belgium has announced that schools, museums and hairdressers will reopen next week under strict new guidelines.
  • Germany will relax controls on all its borders from this Saturday. Borders with France, Austria and Switzerland will be reopened with random checks in place. The border with Luxembourg will be free of checks and the country is currently discussing with the authorities in Denmark for a similar approach.
  • Austria will reopen its borders with Germany from June 15.
  • Spain has announced that it’s planning to keep borders closed to travelers until July.
  • Russia has registered more than 10,000 new infections on Wednesday.

South America

  • Chile has announced a general quarantine for people over 75 in Santiago, after the country has recorded a surge in the number of new cases.
  • Mexico’s automotive industry has been allowed to restart production.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for two days in a row.

Middle East

  • In Turkey, children under 14 have been allowed out for four hours for the first time in 40 days. Young adults between the age of 15 and 20 will be allowed out on Friday.
  • Afghanistan has recorded over 5,000 cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Asia

  • Thailand has recorded zero new cases since March 9.

Africa

  • Tunisia has announced that the nightly curfew hours will be relaxed after they recorded no new cases for three days in a row.
  • Lesotho, the last African country unaffected by the virus, has announced the first recorded case today.

 

Tuesday, May 12

North America

United States

  • New Jersey has announced that all long-term care residents and staff in the state will be tested for Covid-19.
  • New York’sBroadway theaters are to remain closed until September 6.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has issued a five-step plan to ease the lockdown measures with step one including: those who cannot work from home will be allowed to go back to work, and outdoor-based retail centers, outdoor spaces and sports amenities will be allowed to open again. Groups of four to six people not from the same household will be allowed to meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing.
  • Reading and Leeds Festivals have now been canceled.
  • Welsh Government will not recommend the use of face masks.
  • UK total number of deaths has passed 40,000.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy’s number of new infections in the past 24 hours has almost doubled, with 1,402 new infections recorded. Despite the increase, the government has announced that bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons will be allowed to open on May 18. Safety measures will have to be put in place before opening, with restaurants, for example, required to have a four-meter distance between diners.
  • Slovenia has announced the reopening of mountain huts.
  • Athens has announced the creation of a pedestrian walkway connecting its archeological sites. Cars will also be banned from the city center and the Acropolis.
  • Russia has started easing the lockdown measures despite an increase in the number of new cases.
  • Denmark has announced an increase in testing and has put in place a contact tracing system to prevent a second wave of infections.
  • Spain has announced that all travelers, including Spanish citizens, coming into the country from May 15 will have to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine.
  • Parks and gardens in Paris will remain closed until further notice.
  • France has extended the state of emergency to July 10.
  • Iceland is to offer tests to travelers landing at Keflavik airport starting no later than June 15.

Middle East

  • Lebanon has announced a four-day nationwide lockdown, starting from Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • Iran has announced a temporary 3-day opening of all mosques from today.

Asia

  • Taiwan has confirmed no new cases of Covid-19 for the fifth day in a row.
  • China has recorded no new domestic infections after the sudden weekend surge.

Africa

  • South Sudan has recorded the first case of Covid-19 in a crowded civilian protection camp.
  • Algeria has extended restrictions on movement to May 29.

 

Monday, May 11

North America

United States

  • New York State will begin lifting some restrictions on May 15. To reopen, the regions will have to meet several criteria including a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, a 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths and the ability to administer 30 tests per 1,000 residents.
  • Rhode Island has announced that restaurants with outdoor dining will be allowed to open from May 18.
  • Vermont is planning to reopen retail stores from May 18. Employees will be required to wear masks and everyone is to maintain social distancing.
  • TheAmerican Hockey League has canceled the remainder of the season.
  • Connecticut has announced that it’s planning to reopen its summer camps on June 29 with strict public health guidelines in place.

United Kingdom

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that there will be no checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland nor between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Premier League and other professional sports will be allowed to play behind closed doors from June 1.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has started to see a slowdown on the number of new infections.
  • Switzerland has announced that as of today, both primary and lower secondary schools will be allowed to open again. Shops, markets, museums, libraries and restaurants are also allowed to open again but must follow precautionary measures.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria, Australia, has announced that people are allowed to have five visitors per household and can go outside for outdoor activities in groups of up to 10 people.
  • New Zealand is set to move to level 2 restrictions from Thursday. Parties, weddings and funerals will be capped at 10 guests. Malls, playgrounds and gyms will also reopen. On May 18, all school children will be able to return to schools and daycares. Bars will be allowed to reopen from May 21.

Middle East

  • Jordan has allowed its civil servants to return to work from May 26.
  • Iran is recording an increase in the number of new infections, with 1,683 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number since April 11.
  • Kabul has recorded their highest number of daily infections, with 161 new cases recorded.

Asia

  • South Korea has postponed the opening of schools by a week as the country is trying to trace and isolate anyone who has been in contact with club-goers linked to the new cluster of infections in the country.
  • Beijing is testing temperature-monitoring bracelets for kids returning to school. The schools and parents will be able to check real-time temperature data.
  • Disneyland Shanghaihas officially reopened its doors today, with restrictions on the number of visitors and children’s playgrounds and theaters remaining closed.

Africa

  • Cape Town and Western Cape have become coronavirus hot spots in South Africa, accounting for more than half the number of confirmed cases in the country.
  • Ghana has extended a ban on public gatherings until the end of May.

 

Sunday, May 10

North America

United States

  • Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State, has issued new regulations for care homes:

No visitorsexcept for end-of-life visits.

All staff must wear protective equipment when interacting with residents possibly infected with Covid-19.

Masks must be wornat all times.

All staff must be checked for symptoms every 12 hours.

Families must be notified within 24 hours ofa positive test result or death.

Residents and staff must be separated in the event of an outbreak.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to ease the lockdown:

From Wednesday, exercisingoutside will be permitted more than once a day.People can visit parks and play sports outside but only with members of the same household.

Working from home is encouraged but people will be allowed to go to work if they can’t work from home. People who return to work are encouraged to avoid public transportation and either walk, cycle or drive.

Quarantine for all air passengers will be introduced in the coming weeks, except for people coming from France and Ireland.

  • Scotland has announced that people will be allowed to exercise more than once a day.
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to maintain the stay-at-home order.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded the lowest number of new infections in two months.
  • Greece has extended the lockdown measures imposed on migrant camps until May 21.
  • In Belgium, households have now been allowed to have up to four guests. These people are allowed to visit each other but must not see anyone else, creating a “corona bubble.”
  • Germany is experiencing a new spike in the number of infections. On Sunday the number of new cases was667, bringing the total 169,218.

Middle East

  • In Turkey, citizens over 65 have been allowed out for the first time since March. Senior citizens are now allowed to be outside for four hours.
  • Israel has partly reopened daycares and kindergartens today.
  • Kyrgyzstan is to ease lockdown measures with cleaning and financial services allowed to reopen from May 11, alongside lawyers, tourist agents and some non-food retailers.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales, Australia, will ease lockdown measures from May 15, with people being able to leave their houses for recreational activities. Cafes and restaurants will be allowed to have up to 10 customers ata Care homes will allow up to 5 visitors. Religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted.

Asia

  • China has classified the city of Jilin as high-risk, as a possible new wave of infections has been recorded in the northeast part of the country.
  • India is to restart its train network from Tuesday.

Africa

  • Djibouti has extended the lockdown measures to May 17.

 

Saturday, May 9

North America

United States

  • North Dakota has announced that the quarantine for domestic travel upon returning to the state has now been removed.
  • Washington State has allowed 5 of its 39 counties to move to phase two of the reopening plan. Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry and Pend Oreille will be allowed to reopen their retail stores. Restaurants will also be allowed dine-in servicebut with reduced capacity.
  • Mississippi has extended the safer-at-home order by another two weeks until May 25.
  • South Carolina has announced that restaurants will be allowed dine-in service from Monday with reduced capacityand must maintainsocial distancing.
  • Arkansas has announced the reopening of pools, splash pads, water parks and swim beaches from May 22. Screenings must be put in place for everyone entering the areas.
  • Florida has announced that barber shops and salons will be allowed to reopen from Monday.
  • Boston has canceled all parades and festivals scheduledthis summer.
  • Rhode Island has lifted the stay-at-home order from today.
  • Palm Beach is to reopen beaches to residents from May 18.
  • Minnesota has banned indoor and outdoor graduation ceremonies.
  • California has reopened select retailers with curbside pickup and delivery options today.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Garden centers in England and Wales can reopen from next week.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Czech Airlines is due to restart its operations on May 18 with flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Stockholm. More destinations will follow throughout the month. Passengers will be required to wear a mask for the entire length of the flight.
  • Slovakia has recorded no new cases of infections since March 10.
  • Vuelta a España has canceled its Portuguese stage.
  • Russia has recorded another 10,817 cases bringing the total to 198,676.
  • Just over 1,000 people are now in intensive care in Italy.

South America

  • Argentina has extended the lockdown measures in Buenos Aires until May 24.

Asia

  • South Korea has closed a number of nightclubs, hostess bars and discosafter a new cluster of Covid-19 infections has been recorded in the country.
  • Beijing has now reopened several gyms. Only gyms above ground-level have been allowed to reopen for now.
  • Indonesia has recorded the biggest daily increase in the number of new infections. The total number is now 13,645.

 

Friday, May 8

North America

United States

  • TheFDA (Food and Drug Administration) has authorized an at-home coronavirus test that allows patients to collect saliva samples in their residence.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Wales has announced some easing of lockdown measures. Local exercise will be allowed more than once a day andgarden centers, libraries and recycling centers can

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Madrid and Barcelona will not move to the next phase of lifting the lockdown.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,has postponed the lifting of some of the lockdown measures due to a spike in the number of new cases. Restaurants, fitness studios, larger shops and tourist spots will not open on May 11. However schools and daycares willreopen as planned.
  • Denmark has announced the reopening of theatres and cinemas on June 8. Shopping centers, restaurants and places of worship will reopen on May 11.
  • The Prime Minister in Norway has announced that much of the country will reopen by June 15 but not the borders. All schools will reopen from May 11.
  • Bolzano, Alto Adige, one of the more autonomous provinces in Italy, has sped up the easingof lockdown measures. Shops will reopen on Saturday and hairdressers, bars, restaurants and museumswill reopen on Monday.
  • Russia has seen asteep increase in the number of new cases, with 10,699 new infections recorded in the past 24 h

South America

  • Bogota, Colombia, will lift restrictions on Monday which required men and women to shop on separate days.
  • Peru is to extend lockdown measures for another two weeks.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia’s Prime Minister has announced that international travel will not be happening for the foreseeable future. The Prime Minister has also outlined a three-step plan to ease lockdown measures:

Step 1 – gatherings up to 10 people, up to five guests per household, children back in classrooms, allowing some recreational activities, reopening of retail, small cafes and restaurants, intrastate travel, less restrictions for funerals.

Step 2 –gatherings up to 20 people, including for venues like cinemas and galleries. Reopening of sports and beauty therapy centers. Interstate travel may resume.

Step 3 –gatherings up to 100 people.

Middle East

  • After a month of no new cases,Jordan has recorded 21 new cases in the last 24 hours.
  • Israel‘s number of weekly confirmed cases hasnow dropped to under 500.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has begun to ease social distancing measures today, with the reopening of bars, gyms, beauty salons and cinemas.
  • South Korea has announced a small outbreak of coronavirus centered in a handful of Seoul nightclubs.

 

Thursday, May 7

North America

United States

  • New York City continues to see a decline in the number of patients admitted to hospitals and intensive care units.
  • Wisconsin has announced that teenagers will be allowed to get a driver’s license without taking a road test. From May 11, 16 and 17-year-olds who have completed a certain amount of training will be allowed to get a probationary driver’s license.

Canada

  • Toronto is planning the creation of temporary bike lanes and the closure of major roads near parks to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

United Kingdom

  • London’s Notting Hill Carnival, scheduled in August, has now been canceled for the first time in its history.
  • Wales has announced that schools will not reopen on June 1.
  • Mag (the firm which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports) has announced that trials to screen body temperatures and requirements for passengers to wear masks and gloves will begin in the coming weeks.
  • London is to fast track the construction of cycle lanes to facilitate a predicted increase in cycling.

Europe

  • France is preparing to ease lockdown measures from Monday. The country has announced that the borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future, excluding essential workers, family reasons and trans-borders workers. Everyone will need to carry an international declaration to cross the border. Any journey of 100 km or more will be permitted only if absolutely essential and will need a sworn declaration. All parks in the red zones (most affected) will remain closed. Schools are getting ready to open again, giving priority to children of essential workers. Public transportation will begin service again but not at full capacity.
  • Bulgaria is set to restart its football league on June 5.
  • Moscow has extended the lockdown restrictions until May 31.
  • Italy has started running blood tests in the region around Rome and Lombardy to find out how many people have been exposed to the virus.
  • Greece has announced that ancient sites, like the Acropolis hill, will reopen to visitors on May 18.
  • Finland has confirmed that the government is working remotely until the end of this week as two ministers have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • Georgia is set to lift the lockdown on the capital Tbilisi on May 11. Shops will be allowed to reopen next week.
  • Poland has postponed the presidential election to a future date yet to be decided. The election will be mail-in ballots only.
  • Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia has announced a travel bubble for their citizens to be allowed to travel freely between the three countries.

Middle East

  • Qatar has announced the opening of a new drive-through testing program.
  • Syria has postponed a parliamentary election for the second time.
  • Israel has reopened shopping centers, markets and gyms today. Preschools are due to open on Sunday.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has announced that social distancing measures will not be lifted before May 10.
  • New Zealand will make a decision on Monday whether to lower restrictions in the country to Level-2, which would allow the majority of people to go back to work.

Asia

  • Pakistan is due to start easing the lockdown measures from Saturday. Businesses will reopen in phases, following social distancing measures. Schools will remain closed until mid-July.
  • Vietnam has confirmed 17 new cases of Covid-19, all of which were imported by repatriated Vietnamese citizens.

Africa

  • Egypt has extended the nighttime curfew until the end of Ramadan.

 

Wednesday, May 6

North America

United States

  • The subway in New York City will be closed for cleaning between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. each day this week.

Canada

  • With Quebec reopening schools, the province has issued several guidelines: there will be no drama, art, physical education or music classes. Class sizes will be limited to 15 students. Any outside activity will have to adhere to required two meters of physical distance. Only 12 students per school bus will be permitted.

United Kingdom

  • Construction firms in the UK have been told that they can restart work if it is safe for them to do so.
  • Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, is to present a plan on Sunday to ease the country out of lockdown.
  • Heathrow Airport has started temperature screening passengers.

Germany

  • The country has given the 16 states the power to operate emergency brakes if new infections rise above 50 people per 100,000 in a district. This will allow the individual states to apply restrictive measures once more.
  • The next phase of easing lockdown measures will include: people from two households will be allowed to meet, residents in nursing homes and other facilities for the disabled will be allowed visits from one specific person, all restrictions on shops will be lifted but masks must be worn and physical distancing maintained, and schools will reopen this term.
  • The Bundesliga (football league) will be allow to kick off from mid-May.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Norway is set to reopen primary schools next week, with split classes and rotations in place. Beauty salons and hairdressers will also be allowed to open again and outdoor non-contact sports, like tennis, will be permitted.
  • Belgium is to start easing the lockdown measures this weekend. A household will be allowed to welcome up to four people into their home. Future visits mustbe the same four people. The government suggests to meet in gardens or terraces and to keep guests at 1.5 m distance. People will also be allowed to go for a walk or run with up to two other people. Masks must be worn on all public transportation. Shops will be able to reopen from Monday, with a recommendation of not more than 1 customer per 10 square meters.
  • Slovakia has reopened restaurant terraces, hotels, and all shops outside of shopping malls on Wednesday.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded the highest number of deaths since Monday. The country now has over 114,000 cases and over 7,900 deaths.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported one new case of the virus after two days in a row with no cases.

Middle East

  • Turkey is set to reopen shopping centers on May 11 but with limited number of visitors. Barbers and hairdressers will also be allowed to reopen.
  • Turkish Airlines is to partly resume flights from June.
  • Iran has seen a spike in the number of new cases, recording 1,680 new infections, the highest number since April 11.

Asia

  • Wuhan has reopened schools to teenagers. They must wear masks and walk in single file lines through thermal scans at school gates.
  • Hong Kong is to give each resident a specially designed reusable mask.
  • Shanghai Disneyland is set to reopen on May 11 to a limited number of guests, enforcing social distancing measures on rides and in restaurants.

Africa

Kenya has announced that one of the suburbs of Nairobi and part of the city of Mombasa will be cordoned off, as there has been an increase in the number of cases.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 5

North America

United States

  • California has eased some of the restrictive measures by allowing retail shops selling books, clothing, sporting goods, flowers and other items that can be purchased through curbside pickup to reopen on Friday.
  • Delta Airlines has announced that it will implement a limit on seating capacity: 50% capacity in first class and 60% capacity in the other classes.

Canada

United Kingdom

  • The death toll in the UK has passed 32,000, making it the second most-affected country in the world after the US, and the most-affected country in Europe.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded the lowest number of new cases in the past two months.
  • Bulgaria has announced that schools will remain closed until September.

South America

  • Peru has recorded more than 50,000 cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are planning for a safe-travel zone between the two countries.
  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the second day in a row.

Middle East

  • Turkey has announced that all major factories will be allowed to resume operations on May 11.
  • Afghanistan has recorded the highest increase in the number of new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has announced the relaxation of some restrictive measures: restaurants are now allowed to seat up to eight people per table and game parlors and fitness centers are allowed to open.

Africa

  • Uganda has started to ease lockdown measures with certain businesses including hardware shops, restaurants and wholesale stores allowed to open again.

 

Monday, May 4

North America

United States

  • The US Supreme Court has, for the first time, heard arguments in a case by teleconference.

Canada

  • Quebec has allowed stores that have an outside entrance to reopen acrossthe province except in Montreal.

United Kingdom

  • A contact tracing app has gone live on the Isle of Wight

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Finland has announced that restaurants, libraries and sport facilities willreopen on June 1. Essential travel in the Schengen Area will be allowed from May 14.
  • Italy has entered phase two of the lifting of lockdown measures, with people able to leave their houses after 2 months of lockdown and return to work.
  • Czech Republic has announced that international bus and train travel will restart on May 11.
  • Germany has extended border checks until May 15.
  • Iceland has reopened schools and universities today.
  • Ukraine has extended the nationwide lockdown until May 22.
  • France has announced that it will not quarantine anyone arriving from the EU, Schengen Area or Britain.
  • Portugal has downgraded the state of emergency.

South America

  • Brazil has surpassed 100,000 cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded its first day of no new cases in more than a month.

Middle East

  • Turkey will start easing lockdown measures from Monday by lifting intercity travel bans in seven provinces and liftingthecurfew on senior and youth citizens.

Asia

  • Bangladesh is to reopen more factories as well as farms and logistics operations.
  • Japan has extended the country’s national state of emergency until May 31.
  • New Delhi has started easing some of the restrictive measures with select offices resuming work today.
  • India has extended the lockdown until May 17 but has eased some restrictions as of today. Regionswillbe assigned different colors: red, orange and green. The higher the number of cases, the more restrictions. Reddenotes the highest restrictionsand green the lowest.

 

Sunday, May 3

North America

United States

  • Police in New York Cityhad to be on hand as thousands of New Yorkers were seen gathering inCentralPark.
  • Florida is set to reopen shops and restaurants with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK is to trial a new tracing program on the Isle of Wight from next week.
  • Eurostar passengers will be required to wear masks from Monday.
  • Businesses might have to stagger employees’ working hours once lockdown measuresareeased.

Italy

  • Italy has reported the lowest daily death toll since the first day of the lockdown.The number of new infections was also the lowest since the first week in March.
  • The lockdown in the country will be partially lifted from tomorrow.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Austria has announced that tennis players can return to compete in singles format with no touching of each other’s match balls and no handshaking. Golf, horseback riding, archery, shooting and mini golf are some of the other sports that have been allowed to start competing again.
  • Germany has reopened churches, restricting attendance numbersand maintainingsocial distancing.
  • Spain has recorded the lowestnumber of daily deaths for the past six weeks.
  • Russia has recorded the biggest daily jump in number of cases. The total number of cases in the country is now 134,687.

Middle East

  • Iran has announced that mosques will reopen across the low risk zones from Monday.
  • Armenia is set to reopen some shops, restaurants and bars from Monday.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded the first infection of Covid-19 in nine days.
  • Thailand has reopened hairdressers, sports venues, and markets. Restaurants have also been allowed to reopen but with strict social distancing measures in place.
  • Philippines will suspend all commercial flights into the country startingSunday until further notice.

 

Saturday, May 2

North America

United States

  • In Florida, Governor Ron de Santis has announced that state parks will soon reopen.
  • Georgia and Alabama have eased restrictions on beaches.
  • New Mexico has announced that all roads leading to Gallup are to be closed. The city is facing a spike in the number of cases of Covid-19.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • TheUK death toll has passed 28,000.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has proposed that everyone arriving in the country after May 11 should entera mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
  • In Austria, hairsalons, beautyand electronic shops have reopened today.
  • 180 migrants rescued at sea have been allowed to disembark in Palermo, Italy.All the migrants tested negative forthe virus.
  • Spain has confirmed that people usingpublic transportation will have to wear masks from Monday.
  • Ireland has extended the lockdown for an additional two weeks.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Some national parks in the Northern Territory have now reopened.
  • Queensland is allowing people to travel up to 50 km for recreational purposes.
  • New South Wales has announced that up to two people can now visit another household.

Asia

  • Malaysia has announced that most businesses will be allowed to reopen on Monday. Schools, cinemas and nightclubs will remain closed.
  • India has announced that public and private sectoremployees will have to use a tracing app and maintain social distancing.
  • Singapore is to start easing lockdown measures from May 12 with the reopening of some businesses. Schools will open again onMay 19.

Africa

  • Nigeria is to ease lockdown measures in Lagos from Monday.

 

Friday, May 1

North America

United States

  • Scientists working for the USmilitary have designed a new test that could potentially identify carriers before they become infectious.
  • Schools in New York State will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has set five tests that the country has to pass to ease lockdown measures:
  • NHS continues to have enough capacity
  • Consistent and sustained fall in daily deaths
  • Decreasing rate of infections
  • PPE must meet demand
  • Second peak must be avoided

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Barcelona has reopened half of its parks.
  • Ireland is to continue with the restrictive measures for a few more weeks. However,those over 70 have now been allowed to leave their homes to exercise.

South America

  • Peru has shut down street markets in Lima as one case was confirmed among the vendors.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has brought forward its decision to ease lockdown measures to May 8.

Middle East

  • Israel has announced that schools will partially reopen on Sunday. All students will be back in school by June 1.

On Sunday, first, second and third graders as well as 11thand 12thgraders will be able to return to school.

Kindergartens, childcare facilitiesand preschoolswill remain closed for another week.

Asia

  • India has extended the lockdown for another two weeks.
  • Singapore has started moving migrant workers who haverecovered from Covid-19to two cruise ships in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus in workers’ dormitories.
  • Japan has extended the State of Emergency for another month.
  • Hubei Province is to lower the Coronavirus emergency response to the second highest level.
  • Philippines has started easing lockdown measures in provinces with a low to moderate number of infections.

Africa

  • Rwanda has announced that from Monday,the country will allow limited movement of people andre-opening of restaurants and hotels. Schools are to remain closed until September.

 

Thursday, April 30

North America

United States

  • The subway in New York City will close between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. startingMay 7 so that trains and stations can be disinfected.
  • California Governor Newsom has announced that it will close Orange County’s beaches and state parks again after crowds gathered
  • Georgia is to lift the statewide “shelter in place” order on Friday. The order will still remain in place for the elderly and at-risk. Safety restrictions on businesses will stay in place until May 13.
  • USNS Comfort, which was deployed to helpNew York City with the outbreak, has now left the city.

Canada

  • TheTerritory of Nunavut has recorded itsfirst case of Covid-19.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has now passed the peak of the outbreak.
  • Manchester is to close part of its main streets to cars to allow people to walk or cycle.
  • A plan to ease out of the lockdown is to be presented next week.

Europe

  • Czech Republic has announced that cultural and sports events involving up to 100 people will be allowed to go ahead from May 11. This will include cinemas, theatres and religious services.
  • Germany has announced that museums, galleries, zoos and playgrounds will reopen.
  • France has divided the country into red and green zones. The green zones will see an easingof lockdown measures, whilethe red zones will maintain the restrictive measures in place. Some areas have been called orange and they will be watched closely until May 7 before being declared green or red areas.
  • Spain has issued specific times for people to be outside:

Walk or exercise: 6am -10am / 8pm – 11pm

People over 70: 10am -12pm / 7pm-8pm

Parents with kids under 14: 12pm-7pm

  • Cyprus has released a 4-phasestrategyto ease restrictive measures. Phase one will start on May 4 with the reopening of retail (no shopping malls), open markets and the construction sector. The last phase is to start on July 14 with the reopening of theatres, cinemas, festivals, concerts and casinos.
  • Hungary has announced that schools will remain closed until the end of May.

Middle East

  • Tajikistan has recorded the first case of Covid-19 in the country.

Asia

  • Thailand has reopened outdoor markets, barber shops and pet groomers today. The nighttime curfew and ban on sales of alcohol will stay in place until the end of May.
  • South Korea has recorded no new domestic infections for the first time since February 29.
  • China has reported no new deaths from Covid-19.
  • China’s Forbidden City is to reopen on Friday after a three-month closure. Visitors will have to wear masks and show a health code on a special mobile app.

Africa

  • Comoros Island has announced the first confirmed case of Covid-19.

 

Wednesday, April 29

North America

United States

  • Newport Beach, Southern California, has decided to keep beaches open but will enforce social distancing to avoid overcrowding.
  • Sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who had been evacuated in Guam, will return to the aircraft carrier in the next 48 hours.
  • United Airlines and American Airlines will provide masks to passengers starting in May.

United Kingdom

  • UK is considering quarantine and thermal screenings as possible measures for new arrivals in the country.
  • Schools will be expected to reopen in a staged manner.

Europe

  • Germany has extended travel warnings until June 14.
  • Switzerland has extended the ban on public events of 1000 people or more. The country has started to ease some other restrictive measures with some border restrictions being eased on May 11 and professional sports being allowed to resume from June 8.
  • Russia has extended the entry ban for foreigners until further notice.
  • Hungary has announced that wearing masks in shops and on public transportation will be mandatory.

South America

  • Street markets have now reopened in Rio de Janeiro.

Middle East

  • Turkey has announced that schools will remain closed until the end of May. International and domestic Turkish Airlines flights are also to remain grounded until May 28.

Asia

  • Japan is planning to extend the State of Emergency for another month.
  • Vietnam has announced that no domestic transmissions have been recorded in the past two weeks. The country has also reported no new confirmed cases for the past 5 days.

Africa

  • The Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Nuno Gomes Nabiam, has tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Tuesday, April 28

North America

United States

  • The US has now surpassed one million cases.
  • Alabama is to start easing some of the restrictive measures from Thursday. Retail stores will be allowed to reopen; however, restaurants, bars and breweries will still be limited to take out and delivery.

Canada

  • Quebecis planning to reopen elementary schools and childcare facilities on May 11. High schools are to remain closed until the fall.

United Kingdom

  • The Scottish Government has recommended that face masks be worn when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • A contact tracing app should be made available from next month.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece announced that the public will be able to circulate without having to give notice of their movement from next week, but everyone will be required to wear a mask when traveling by taxi or public transportation.
  • Portugal isto end the State of Emergency on Saturday.
  • People in Germany have now been advised to stay home as much as possible and to keep practicing social distancing as the spread of Covid-19 seems to be accelerating once again.
  • Russia has extended the lockdown until May 11.
  • Ireland has launched additional police patrols and checkpoints over the next week to stop people from traveling during the May bank holiday.
  • Madrid has announced that masks must be worn on public transportation.
  • Austria is to lift the lockdown at the end of April. Gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed and the public will be asked to respect social distancing.
  • Czech Republic is to extend the State of Emergency until May 17.

South America

  • Argentina has extended the lockdown until May 10. The public will be allowed one-hour outings.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has entered Level 3 of the lockdown, easing some of the restrictive measures. Some businesses have been allowed to reopen, including takeaways. Fishing, surfing and swimming are once again permitted.
  • New South Wales, Australia, is to ease restrictions from Friday with up to two adults being allowed to visit another household.
  • Sydney has reopened Bondi Beach.

Middle East

  • Kyrgyzstan has extended the State of Emergency until May 10.

Asia

  • China has reported no new deaths and 6 new infections.

Africa

  • South Africa is to ease the lockdown measures in the next few days.
  • Nigeria is to ease restrictive measures but will impose a new two-week lockdown in the city of Kano.
  • Egypt has extended the State of Emergency for another three months.

Monday, April 27

North America

United States

  • Ohio has announced that it will begin easing the lockdown measures from May 1, allowing non-essential surgeries to be resumed. Manufacturing, distribution and construction will be allowed to open again from May 4. Retail, consumer and services will follow on May 12.
  • New York State has canceled the state’s primary scheduled for June 23.
  • Georgia has reopened cinemas and restaurants today.

United Kingdom

  • UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that it is too soon to ease the lockdown measures in the country.
  • The NHS is due to restart some vital services like cancer care from tomorrow.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has announced that startingtoday, masks must be worn on public transport, long distance trains and in shops.
  • Switzerland has started easing lockdown measures with the opening of garden centers, dentists, hairdressers, massage parlors and beauty salons. Most shops, schools and food markets will be allowed to open from May 11. Vocational schools and universities will open on June 8.
  • Russia has now reported more cases than China.
  • Norway has reopened primary schools as of today. Hair salons and dermatologists have also been allowed to open.

South America

  • Argentina has banned the sale of tickets for commercial flights until September.

Australia and New Zealand

  • As of Tuesday, restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaways will be allowed to open again in New Zealand. They will only be allowed to sell prepared food and non-alcoholic drinks. Customers will not be allowed inside. Schools will also reopen on Wednesday for children up to year 10 who cannot study from home.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has recorded the highest one-day rise in cases.
  • Dubai has lifted the lockdown on two commercial districts.

Asia

  • Wuhan has now discharged all coronavirus patients.
  • China has reported no new deaths on April 26. This is the second day in a row no new deaths have been recorded.

Africa

  • Madagascar has made wearing of masks mandatory when out in public.
  • Nigeria will begin theirfour-week plan to ease lockdown measuresnext week.

 

Sunday, April 26

North America

United States

  • Colorado, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana and Tennesseeare the latest states to announce that they will ease lockdown measures to restart the economy.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • TheUK has reported the lowest daily increasein deaths since the end of March.
  • Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, is due to go back to work on Monday after recovering from COVID-19.

Italy

  • Italy has recorded the lowest number of daily deaths for over a month. With today’s figures, the country has recorded a decreasein deaths for three consecutive

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Malta has recorded no new cases in the past 24 hours. The country is now preparing to easelockdown measures.
  • Spain lifts more lockdown measures allowing adults to exercise outdoorsfrom May 2.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia launched a coronavirus tracing app.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded the lowest daily death toll in weeks.
  • Saudi Arabia has partially lifted curfews and reopened certain commercial activities. However, the 24-hour curfew will be maintained in Mecca.
  • Israel has allowed some shops with street access to reopen on Sunday.

Asia

  • Sri Lanka has extended the lockdown for another week.
  • Thailand has reported 15 new cases and no new deaths.
  • South Korea has resumed religious services.Worshippers will have to pre-register online and have their temperature checked before entering.

 

Saturday, April 25

North America

United States

  • New York state has reported the lowest number of daily deaths in weeks.
  • Independent pharmacists in New York state will be allowed to conduct coronavirus tests.
  • Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma have all eased lockdown measures,with salons, barbers and pet groomers reopening amongst other small businesses.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has surpassed 20,000 deaths.
  • Wales has tightened rules on exercise to cut down on non-essential travel, asking the public to exercise as close to home as possible.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has allowed fabric and notions stores to reopen to allow the public to buy materials to make face masks.
  • Greece is preparing to ease lockdown measures with small shops, hairdressers, barbers and beauticians allowed to reopen on May 4.

South America

  • Paraguay is to start toeaselockdown measures with a four-phase plan which will run from May 4 to early July.

Asia

  • The Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica in Japan has recorded 150 infections. The ship has no passengers on board, just crew members.
  • India has reopened neighborhood stores on Saturday.
  • Sri Lanka has reimposed a nationwide 24-hour curfew after the country recorded a surge in the number of infections.

Africa

  • South Africa has announced that people will have to wear face masks when outside from May 1.

 

Friday, April 24

North America

United States

  • Georgia has begun opening businesses today.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, has announced that easing of lockdown measures is dependent on a fall in the number of new infections.

Italy

  • Italy has recorded the lowest daily death toll since March 19 with 420 new deaths recorded.
  • Italy is due to ease some of the lockdown measures in the next four weeks:

       Certain factories will be allowed to reopen on April 27.

       Building sites and the textile and fashion industry will open May 4.

       Clothing, shoe and other shops will open May 11.

       Bars, restaurants and hairdressers will open May 18.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Czech Republic has opened its borders for outbound foreign travel. Upon return, travelers will either have to provide a negative test for Coronavirus or be forced to spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • France has announced that schools will reopen on May 11 in stages and with smaller class sizes.
  • Spain is now recording more recoveries than new infections. The number of deaths is also at its lowest level in more than a month.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has extended the unilateral ceasefire with Yemen for another month.
  • Egypt has started easing restrictive measures. Curfew will now be from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Shopping malls and businesses will be allowed to open on weekends. Mosques will remain closed and public gatherings are still banned.
  • United Arab Emirates has shortened the curfew by two hours, now in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Cafes and restaurants are allowed to open again. Public transportation will resume on Sunday. Mosques, cinemas and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

Asia

  • South Korea has recorded no deaths for 24 hours.
  • Thailand has reported no new deaths on Friday.
  • Philippines has extended the lockdown in Manila until May 15.
  • Indonesia has stopped non-essential travel between provinces for Ramadan. The ban also includes international air and sea travel. Cargo transport is exempt from the bans.

Africa

  • Ghana has started easing some of the lockdown measures by opening some markets and businesses.
  • Senegal has announced that masks are to be worn when at markets and other public places.
  • Algeria has shortened the night curfew.

 

Thursday, April 23

North America

United States

  • More than 840,000 cases have now been recorded in the US.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has issued a plan on easing the lockdown measures which includes: maintaining social distancing, shielding of those most at-risk, and redesigning of workplaces and education settings.
  • Essential workers in the UK will be able to book their own free test from Friday.
  • The UK government is to introduce a contact tracing app.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has extended the lockdown measures by another week, to May 4.
  • The number of new infections in Russia has now fallen for a third day.
  • Czech Republic is planning to have all shops, restaurants and hotels running again by May 25.
  • Germany has announced that masks will be mandatory when traveling by public transport and when visiting shops.

South America

  • Peru has now recorded more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19, with the health ministry announcing that the country should reach its peak in the following week.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has recorded the biggest daily rise in number of new infections, with 83 new cases being reported. The total number now stands at 1,226.
  • Dubai has started to loosen lockdown restrictions with cafés and restaurants scheduled to reopen on April 30.

Asia

  • Indonesia has banned air and sea travel until June. The ban applies for both domestic and international commercial travel.
  • Vietnam is easing some of the lockdown measures, allowing some shops and services to open again. The decision came into effect after no new infections were reported for six days in a row.
  • Malaysia has prohibited gatherings to break fasting and topray during the month of Ramadan.

Africa

  • Egypt has shortened the nighttime curfew by an hour to allow people more time to shop during the month of Ramadan. The curfew will now start at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m.
  • South Africa is to ease lockdown measures with an immediate downgrade from the strictest level five to level four of a five-level system on May 1. Borders will remain closed but some sectors of the economy will be permitted to open again. People will be permitted to exercise outside.

 

Wednesday, April 22

North America

United States

  • Donald Trump has announced a 60-day ban on immigrants seekingto work and live permanently in the

United Kingdom

  • The UK seems to have reached the peak of the outbreak.
  • A contact tracing system will be in place in a number of weeks, giving the government the ability to track and trace every new case.

Europe

Italy

  • Italy is planning to ease lockdown measures after May 4. Revisedmeasures will be announced this week.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Lithuania will start easing down some restrictive measures this week. Shops will be allowed to open on Thursdays. Hairdressers, libraries, museums and golf courses will be able to reopen on April 27.
  • Romania has announced that startingMay 15, wearing masks will be mandatory in some public places, such as public transport and other enclosed public spaces.
  • Germany has approved theirfirst human trial for vaccine.
  • Spain has announced that children under 14 will be allowed out for walks if accompanied by a parent,starting April 26. The country is also looking at the second half of May to start easing some of the lockdown measures.

Central America

Middle East

  • Lebanon has recorded the first case of COVID-19 amongst Palestinian refugees.
  • Saudi Arabia is planning to ease off curfew hours to allow more time to shop during the month of Ramadan.

Asia

  • Singapore has extended the partial lockdown to June 1.
  • China has reported no COVID-19-related deaths for the fifth day in a row.

Africa

  • Somalia has seen a sharp rise in the number of new cases this week. The country now has a total of 237 confirmed cases.

 

Tuesday, April 21

North America

United States

  • The number of cases in New York State is now in a descent.
  • The governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, has announced plans that will see the reopening of gyms, barbershops and hair salons on Friday. Theaters and restaurants will be allowed to reopen the following week.

United Kingdom

  • Trials for a coronavirus vaccine are to start inOxford on Thursday.
  • The next London Fashion Weekwill be an exclusively digital event.

Europe

Italy

  • The country has recorded the first notable fall in number of infections, with the number of currently infected falling by 528.
  • Milan has announced the transformation of 35 km of streets into cycling and walking spaces to curb the use of cars as people will start going back to work while avoiding public transportation.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Ireland has announced that events of 5,000 people and more will be banned until the end of August.
  • Greece has imposed a curfew to the town of Kranidi, with residents forced to stay indoors between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. for the next 14 days.
  • Austria will reopen cafes and restaurants and allow religious services from May 15.
  • Pamplona’s famous bull run has been canceled.
  • Germany’s Oktoberfest has now been canceled.
  • Denmark has announced that gatherings of 500 people or more will be banned until at least September.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has announced that it will remain in total lockdown until April 27.

Asia

  • Singapore has extended the lockdown until June 1.
  • Indonesia has banned Eid-al-Fitr homecoming. This annual homecoming typically sees tens of millions of people travel to visit their families.
  • Hong Kong has extended social distancing measures for another 14 days.

Africa

  • Zimbabwe is now facing a malaria outbreak in addition to struggling with COVID-19, recording 131 new deaths from malaria.

 

Monday, April 20

North America

United States

  • Chad Wolf, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has announced that the existing restrictions on non-essential travel between the US, Mexico and Canada are to be extended for another 30 days.
  • Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, has given an update on the city’s situation.
  • Tom Wolf, governor of Pennsylvania,has announced some steps that the state will take in the next few weeks. Click here to find out more.
  • New York City has canceled their Pride parade. The city has also announced that all non-essential, permitted events in June will be canceled.

United Kingdom

  • The government in the UK is not rushing into easing the restrictive measures anytime soon, for fear of a second wave of infections.
  • The number of new people testing positive has now stabilized.

Europe

Italy

  • Italy has recorded the lowest daily death toll in a week.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France is preparing to open schools next month but the return to classes will be gradual. Hospital admissions in the country have declined for the fifth day.
  • Spain has reported a continuous fall inthe death rate.
  • Germany is to reopen small shops including floristsand fashion storeson Monday. The 16 states are to reopen at different stages.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has eased down some restrictive measures by opening three of Sydney’s beachesfor exercise only.
  • New Zealand will start to ease restrictionson the lockdown measures in a week’s Meal deliveries and shops will be allowed to reopen providing they will be selling their goods online. Schools and daycare are to reopen but only for children of parents who cannot work from home.

Middle East

  • Kuwait has extended the suspension of work in the public sector until May 31. The country has also implemented a curfew between 4 p.m. and 8m.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has reported zero new cases today.
  • India has reported the highest single-day rise in number of new cases. The total number of infections is now 17,000.
  • South Korea has recorded less than 20 cases for a third day in a row.
  • China has reported zero new deaths for a third day in a row.

Africa

  • Ghana has partially ended a three-week lockdown on the capital of Accra and the city of Kumasi. Borders will remain closed and public and religious gatherings are still banned but people are allowed to return to work as long as they are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

 

Sunday, April 19

North America

United States

  • The number of new hospitalizations in New York has fallen for the sixth day in a row.

Canada

  • Canada has extended border restrictions with the US for another 30 days.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The total number of cases in the UK is now 120,067.

Italy

  • The infection curve in Italy appears to be in decline.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Albania is to reopen its mining and oil industries from Monday. Small retailers and food and fish processing and farming will also reopen.
  • Spain has announced that the nationwide lockdown has been extended until May 9, but children will be allowed time to play outside from April 27.
  • Ireland has flattened the curve on new infections.

Middle East

  • Iran is to allow bazaars and shopping malls to reopen from Monday.
  • Israel is to reopen stores that are located outside shopping centers.

Asia

  • South Korea is considering opening public outdoor facilities.

Africa

  • Zimbabwe has extended the lockdown for another 2 weeks.

 

Saturday, April 18

North America

United States

  • New York’s dailydeath toll is at a two-week low.
  • South Dakota is to start trials of hydroxychloroquine.
  • Florida is to reopen some of the beaches and parks.
  • Texas has announced that schools are to remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
  • All non-essential events in New York City are to be canceled for the month of May.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • UK is arrangingrepatriating flights for British citizens stuck in Sierra Leone.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Turkey has extended travel restrictions between 31 cities for a further 15 days.
  • Croatia has extended the lockdown for another 15 days.
  • France is set to reopen schools and shops after May 11.
  • PMs in Spain are to ask the government for an extension of the lockdown measures.

Middle East

  • Iran has opened some businesses in the city of Tehran.

Asia

  • Singapore has reported a record daily increase with 942 new infections.
  • Japan has now recorded 10,000 deaths.
  • People who arrived in Wuhan at the beginning of the pandemic are now allowed to go back to their countries.

Africa

  • Morocco has extended lockdown measures until May 20.

Friday, April 17

North America

United States

  • New York State is to extend the stay-at-home restrictions to May 15.
  • San Diego has canceled Comic-con.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The world’s biggest drug trial to treat COVID-19 has started in the UK.

Italy

  • The number of new cases continues to slow in

Elsewhere in Europe

  • More than 1,081 sailors on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle have now been infected.
  • Germany has recorded more recoveries than new infections every day this week.
  • Switzerland is to reopen hairdressers, beauty salons, and some other businesses on April 27. Schools and shops will follow next month.
  • Saxony, Germany, has made wearing masks when outside compulsory.
  • Czech Republic will reopen shops on April 20 and larger stores on May 11.
  • Denmark has confirmed the reopening of small businesses, like hairdressers, beauty salons and driving schools, on April 20.
  • Norway will reopen kindergartens on April 20 and some schools a week later.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand records lowest number of new cases with 8 new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico is to restrict movement between places with high infection rates and places with few infections. Social distancing measures have also been extended for another month.

South America

  • Chile has become the first country to issue “immunity cards” to people who have recovered from the virus. These people will be allowed to leave the house during the lockdown and return to work.

Middle East

  • The lockdown in Kabul has been extended for an additional three weeks.

Asia

  • Indonesia has become the South Asian country with the highest number of infections with a total number of 5,923.
  • Japan has started distributing reusable cloth face masks.
  • Wuhan has reviewed and increased the death toll by 1,300, including deaths that occurred at home.

Africa

  • Tunisia has extended the lockdown, new date to be confirmed.

Thursday, April 16

North America

United States

  • Navajo Nation has extended the weekend lockdown.
  • Andrew Cuomo has extended the lockdown of New York until May 15. Starting from Friday, everyone 2 years of age or older will be required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The lockdown in the UKhas been extended for another 3 weeks.

Italy

  • Italy is working through a plan to implement ‘phase two’ after the lockdown measures come to an end on May 3.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland will start easing some restrictions. Primary schools, shops and markets will reopen on May 11, while secondary schools, vocational schools and universities will reopen on June 8.
  • Germany’s number of new infections continues to rise for a second day in a row.
  • Poland is easing some of the restrictions by opening parks and forests from Monday.
  • Poland’s borders will remain closed until May 3.

South America

  • Argentina is installing thermal cameras at main transit points.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia’s Prime Minister has announced that restrictions are to stay in place for another four weeks.

Middle East

  • The number of daily deaths recorded in Iran was below 100 for the third consecutive day.

Asia

  • Singapore recorded the highest number of new cases with 728 new infections in the past 24 hours.
  • Japan has declared a National Emergency.

Africa

  • The World Health Organization Africa region hosted a live event with the World Economic Forum. Watch it here.

Wednesday, April 15

North America

United States

  • San Francisco has canceled the 50thanniversary Pride parade.
  • The US has reported 25,000 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 605,390.
  • Andrew Cuomo said that New York is now controlling the spread of the virus but the battle is not over. He ordered for masks to be worn when in public and a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained, like on public transport.
  • DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, has extended the lockdown to May 15.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland is to extend the lockdown for another 3 weeks.

Europe

Italy

  • Number of hospital beds in use continues to fall. Today there were 1,000 fewer people using beds than two weeks ago.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Belgium will remain in lockdown until May 3.
  • Luxembourg has now ordered the public to wear face masks when out.
  • Macedonia and Serbia have closed all Orthodox Christian churches to stop people from gathering for Orthodox Easter.
  • The Tour de France has been postponed until August.
  • Spain’s daily death toll has fallen again in the past 24 hours.
  • Germany is considering easing some of the restrictions on the retail sector starting April 20.
  • Germany will extend restrictions on movement until May 3.
  • Finland will start easing restrictions by lifting roadblocks in the region of Helsinki.
  • Denmark has started reopening schools on Wednesday. All schools are expected to be open by April 20. Schools are to ensure a distance of 2 meters between desks in classrooms and recess is to be organized in small groups.
  • Czech Republic will reopen stores and restaurants from next Monday but people will be required to wear masks.
  • France has extended the lockdown until May 11.

Central America

  • Mexico has registered 385 new cases bringing the total 5,399.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan’s Kandahar Provincewent into full lockdown on Wednesday morning.

Asia

  • India is set to reopen some of the industries located in the countryside by next week.
  • Parliamentary elections took place in South Korea, with people wearing masks and social distancing as they queued for the voting polls.

Africa

  • The number of total cases in the continent has risen to 15,900.

 

Tuesday, April 14

North America

United States

  • New York State has seen a small decrease in new hospitalizations. Governor Cuomo announced that the state might have reached the peak of COVID-19.
  • 600 individuals have now tested positive on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Canada

  • Canada’s restrictions are to remain in place for weeks.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has extended the lockdown for another 3 weeks.

Europe

Italy

  • The number of new infections in the past 24 hours has decreased again with 675 new cases, the lowest number since March 10.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Czech Republic has announced plans to ease the lockdown with a 5-step plan between April 20 and June 8.
  • Poland has announced that masks will be mandatory to go in public. Restrictions on shopping malls, cinemas, theaters and hairdressers are due to be lifted on Sunday. Schools and kindergartens are due to open the following week.
  • Romania has extended the the lockdown for another month.
  • Austria has relaxed some strict measures, allowing small shops, public parks, DIY and gardening centers to reopen this morning.

South America

  • The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has tested positive for COVID-19.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has stopped airmail to a number of countries including the US, UK, Australia and parts of Europe.
  • India has extended the nationwide lockdown to May 3.
  • Vietnam has confirmed that domestic flights will remain suspended and airlines are not allowed to sell tickets beginning April 16.
  • South Korea has reported 27 new cases of infections. This is the 13th day in a row with new infections numbering less than 100 per day.
  • The majority of new cases in China are happening in provinces bordering with Russia. Hubei province has reported 0 new cases and 0 new deaths.

Africa

  • Uganda has extended the lockdown for another 3 weeks.
  • Kenya has announced that the outbreak is now moving out of the urban centers of the country.

 

Monday, April 13

North America

United States

  • New York State has surpassed 10,000 deaths.
  • Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has declared that the US is reaching the peak of the outbreak.
  • Another 103 crew members have tested positive onboard the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

United Kingdom

  • The UK will not ease the countrywide lockdown this week.

Europe

Italy

  • Bookshops, children’s clothing shops and possibly laundromats will reopen on Tuesday.
  • Italy has seen another drop in the number of new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has declared that daycares and schools will reopen on May 11.
  • Spain has recorded another drop in the number of deaths.
  • Moscow is launching a digital permit system to control people’s movement.
  • Germany’s new infections continue to slow.
  • Turkey has declared another curfew for the upcoming weekend.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has recorded 6,335 cases of COVID-19 and it is beginning to see a flattening in the curve.

Middle East

  • Iran has now recorded 73,303 cases of COVID-19.

Asia

  • Singapore has recorded the biggest daily jump in new infections with another 386 new cases.
  • India and Pakistan are planning to open some parts of the economy.
  • China has now reduced the number of people crossing its borders by 90%, limiting all non-essential crossing.
  • China has recorded a rise in the number of new infections along its northern borders with Russia.

Africa

  • Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a breakdown of the number of cases in the continent. There are nearly 15,000 cases of COVID-19.
  • Kenya’s total number of cases is now 208.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo is now dealing with two epidemics: COVID-19 and Ebola, as a second person has fallen victim to Ebola in the last few days.

 

Coronavirus and Travel

The World Health Organization has released a Q&A video about traveling during the coronavirus outbreak. The interview includes answers to many questions about travel during the outbreak, canceling plans, traveling in other parts of Asia, and how to stay safe while flying. 

Many travelers have been asking about refunds and cancellations for trips that have already been booked. Keep in mind that many travel restrictions to mainland China come from government officials. 

Travelers will most likely be able to ask for cancellations or refunds from their trips as most airlines and tour operators have already canceled or suspended trips to affected areas. However, as each airline has their own policy we always recommend checking with them directly. For other parts of Asia where travel has not been discouraged by government officials, refunds and cancellations are at the discretion of the individual airlines or tour operators, so please check with them directly. 

The World Health Organization has also released a series of articles and videos on how to keep safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please refer to the below links for more information:

If you would like to know more about airline travel restrictions, the coronavirus outbreak and how to keep safe while traveling please check our previous articles linked above. 

As the position regarding the virus is developing and changing on a daily basis, please note that the above is only short-term advice, and further information may be available from additional medical sources. It is therefore particularly important for everyone to ensure that they keep themselves up to date with all the latest information from official websites.

 

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