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.

Wednesday, August 12

North America

United States

  • New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, has signed an executive order allowing schools and universities to reopen for the upcoming academic year.
  • Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, has announced that this year’s Masters will be held without spectators.
  • New Hampshire has announced that masks will be mandatory for gatherings of 100 people and more.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 1,009 new cases. This is the third time the daily number of new cases has surpassed 1,000 this month.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland has extended the ban on gatherings of 1,000 and more until October 1.
  • Italy has announced that Sicilian travelers returning from Greece, Spain and Malta will be tested for Covid-19, as the region recorded its highest number of new cases, with 89 new infections.
  • Germany has recorded 1,226 new cases, the highest number since May. The country has added Madrid and the Basque country to its list of areas not to visit, alongside Catalonia, Aragón and Navarra.
  • Norway has announced that Norwegians should avoid traveling and that the country will re-impose quarantine on more travelers coming from foreign countries.
  • Paris has canceled the Marathon, originally postponed to November 15.
  • Belgium has announced that masks are now compulsory in all public places.
  • Greece has recorded its highest number of new cases since the pandemic began, with 262 new infections.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 6,686 new cases.

South America

  • Argentina has reported 7,043 new infections.

Middle East

  • Jordan has announced that it will close its land border with Syria for a week.
  • Lebanon has recorded over 300 new cases, a record number for the country.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported a record number of daily infections, with 410 new cases.

Asia

  • Uzbekistan has announced that its second lockdown will be lifted on Saturday.
  • Singapore has recorded the lowest number of new infections in four months, with 32 new cases.

 

Tuesday, August 11

North America

United States

  • University of Massachusetts has announced that the 2020 football season will be canceled.
  • Old Dominion University, Virginia, has canceled all of its fall athletic season.
  • Florida has recorded 5,831 new infections.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has started the staggered reopening of schools this week.
  • Scotland has recorded 52 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 1,418 new cases in one day.
  • France has reported 1,397 new cases. The country has extended the ban on mass gatherings (5,000 and more) until October 30.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has confirmed that Auckland has been placed in a three-day lockdown after four new cases have been recorded.
  • Victoria has recorded 331 new cases.
  • New South Wales has recorded 22 new infections.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded 16 new infections.
  • Bhutan has ordered its first nationwide lockdown.
  • Hong Kong has recorded 33 new cases, the lowest number since mid-July.
  • Japan has recorded another 842 new infections.

 

Monday, August 10

North America

United States

  • TheNational Hockey League has announced no new positive cases in the past week.
  • Florida has reported 4,155 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 816 new cases in one day.
  • Northern Ireland has confirmed that wearing masks when inside shops will be compulsory from today.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has announced that restaurants and bars in some of the top tourist destinationswill be subject to a night curfew. The country has also announced that visitors from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic will need to provide a negative test to gain entry.
  • Ireland has confirmed that masks are now mandatory in a variety of indoor settings including supermarkets, shopping centers, cinemas and theaters.
  • France has announced that masks will now be mandatory in dozens of Paris’ shopping streets.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has recorded 337 new cases across the country, of which 322 are in Victoria.
  • New Zealand has reported its 101stday in a row with no recorded community transmission.

Central America

  • Cuba has reported 93 new cases, a record number since the pandemic began.

South America

  • Bolivia has recorded 944 new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has reported 69 new cases, 67 of whichwere locally transmitted. The government has extended social distancing measures to August 18.
  • Japan has reported nearly 1,500 new infections. Prime Minister Shinzo Abeannounced that he will not bring back the state of emergency.

Friday, August 7

North America

United States

  • New York State has announced that all school districts are cleared to open.
  • Florida has recorded 7,600 new cases.
  • Hawaii has reinstated an inter-island travel quarantine.
  • Georgia has announced schools will operate virtually.
  • US has lifted the “do not travel” advice.

United Kingdom

  • England has placed the city of Preston under lockdown.
  • London has announced that the British Museum will reopen on August 27.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 1,895 new cases. The country has placed the town of Aranda de Duero into lockdown.
  • Norway advises its citizens against all travel abroad.
  • Germany has closed two schools after two infections were reported. The country has recorded another 1,147 new cases.
  • Italy has recorded 552 new infections, the highest number since May 28.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded another 450 new cases.

South America

  • Peru has reported the highest single number of new cases, with 7,785 new infections.

Asia

  • Japan has confirmed a record number of new infections, with 1,580 new cases.
  • Hong Kong has announced free mass testing for all residents, in the hopes to curb the number of infections.
  • Pakistan has announced the relaxation oflockdown measures including reopening tourist hot spots, restaurants, salons and movie theaters.

Thursday August 6

North America

United States

  • Illinois has reported nearly 2,000 cases in a single day.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 950 cases in one day.
  • The UK has added Belgium to the list of countriesfrom which returning travelers must quarantine for two weeks.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Austria has warned against trips to Spain, except for the Balearics and Canary Islands.
  • Norway has announced that a mandatory 10-day quarantine will be imposed on all travelers from France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic from Saturday.
  • Spain has the northern town of Castilla y León under lockdown. The country has recorded 1,772 new infections, the highest post-lockdown number.
  • Germany and the Netherlands have advised against travel to Antwerp.
  • Germany has recorded 1,045 new infections, the highest number in three months.
  • France has reported the highest number of new cases since May, with 1,695 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported 471 new cases.

South America

  • Peru has reported 7,734 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded 34 more cases.
  • The Philippines has reported 3,561 new cases.
  • China has confirmed 37 new infections.

 

Wednesday, August 5

North America

United States

  • New York City will set upquarantine checkpoints at key entry points.
  • Chicago has announced that students in public schools will start the school year remotely.
  • University of Virginia has announced that in-person classes and dorm move-in dates will be delayed by two weeks.

United Kingdom

  • Aberdeen, Scotland, has been placed into lockdown after a surge in the number of cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 1,772 cases, the highest number since the lockdown has been lifted.
  • Amsterdam has announced that face masks will be mandatory in crowded areas.
  • Switzerland has announced that travelers coming from Spain will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
  • Czech Republic has recorded the highest daily jump in new cases since June, with 290 new infections.
  • France has reported over1,000 new cases.
  • Ireland has announced that pubs which do not serve foodstill won’t be allowed to open.
  • Ukraine has recorded 1,271 new cases in one day.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 6,148 new infections.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded 51,603 new cases in one day.
  • Bolivia has announced that schools will not reopen until at least 2021.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 725 new cases.
  • Queensland has closed its borders to New South Wales and the Australia Capital Territory.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded 41 new cases.
  • China has reported 27 new infections.

Tuesday, August 4

North America

United States

  • Illinois has reported nearly 1,500 new cases in 24 hours.
  • New York City has recorded no new Covid-19-related deaths for the third day running.
  • New Jersey has added Rhode Island to its travel quarantine list. The state has removed Delaware and Washington DC.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that new lockdown restrictions in Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire will go into effect from midnight.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has reported 121 new cases, the highest number since April.
  • Germany has lifted the travel warnings to the Turkishregions of Antalya, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla.
  • Poland has reported another record daily increase, with 680 new infections.

South America

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has closed its indigenous site of Uluru to curb the spread of the virus.
  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded another 2,700 new infections, the highest number in a single day in more than a month.

Asia

  • Philippines has imposed a lockdown of its capital and surrounding areas.
  • Hong Kong has extended the social distancing measures until Wednesday, August 11. The number has fallen under 100 for the first time in days, with 78 new cases recorded.
  • China has reported 36 new cases, 30 of which arein Xinjiang.

 

Friday, July 31

North America

United States

  • Salt Lake City has announced that schools will start the school year remotely.
  • Illinois has reported nearly 2,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that further easing of lockdown restrictions will be halted for at least two weeks.
  • England has placed further restrictions in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire after an increase in the number of new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has extended the lockdown in its migrant camps until the end of August.
  • Germany has added Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon to its list of high-risk destinations.
  • Lithuania has announced that a two-week quarantine will be mandatory for all arrivals from France.
  • France has reported 1,377 new cases.
  • Poland has recorded another 657 new infections.
  • Germany has reported 870 new cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 627 new infections. The second highest number since the start of the pandemic.

South America

  • Peru has extended the state of emergency and localized quarantine until August 31.

Asia

  • China has recorded the highest number of new cases since March, with 127 new infections. 112 of these new infections were recorded in Xinjiang.
  • Vietnam has recorded its first Covid-19 death. The country has reported 45 new cases in one day.
  • Philippines has reported 4,063 new cases. The country has extended the restrictions in Manila until mid-August.

Africa

  • Morocco has reported the highest daily number of new cases, with 1,046 new infections.

Thursday, July 30

North America

United States

  • Washington DC has announced that public schools will have a virtual first term.

United Kingdom

  • UK has announced that people who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have symptoms will now have to self-isolate for 10 days instead of seven.
  • Scotland has announced that all sports, stadia, gyms and swimming pools will not reopen until middle of September.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded the highest daily increase since June with 1,229 new infections.
  • Ireland has reported 85 new cases, the highest number since May.
  • Iceland has now banned gatherings of 100 people and more and reinstated the two-meter social distance rule.
  • Poland has recorded another 615 new infections, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Ukraine has reported a record 1,197 new cases.
  • France has recorded another 1,392 new cases.
  • Norway has announced a mandatory 10-day quarantine for travelers returning from Belgium.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has made the wearing of face covering mandatory when outside.

Asia

  • Japan has reported a record high single day increase with 1,274 new cases.
  • Nepal has announced that the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, will reopen for the autumn season.
  • Vietnam has started mass testing in Hanoi.
  • China has imposed restrictions on people coming in and out of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, after the city has recorded 95 new cases.

Wednesday, July 29

North America

United States

  • Florida has recorded 9,446 new cases.
  • North Carolina has canceled its State Fair due to Covid-19.

United Kingdom

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 1,153 new infections in one day.
  • Germany has started large-scale testing at Berlin’s Tegel airport.

South America

  • Peru has recorded the highest increase since June with 5,288 new cases in one day.

Middle East

  • Iraq has recorded almost 3,000 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 295 new infections.
  • Queensland has announced that it will be closing its borders to Greater Sidney from 1am on Saturday.
  • New Zealand has reported two new cases.
  • Air New Zealand has frozen all new ticket bookings to Australia until August 28.

Asia

  • Vietnam has announced that bars and pubs in Hanoi are to be shut and large gatherings will also be banned from midnight.
  • China has reported 101 new cases. The highest number in three months.
  • India has extended its lockdown of West Bengal until August 31.

 

Tuesday, July 28

North America

United States

  • Vermont has announced that schools will reopen with in-person classes in the fall.
  • Florida has reported more than 9,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland and Wales have reported no new deaths.
  • England has tightened restrictions in the northern city of Oldham after a rise in the number of new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has reported 52 new cases. The country is making face masks compulsory in most indoor public spaces.
  • Spain has recorded 905 cases in one day, mostly in Catalonia, Aragon and Madrid.
  • Madrid has announced that the wearing of face covering will now be compulsory in all public spaces, at all times.
  • Germany and Belgium have advised against non-essential travel to Spain.
  • Italy has extended the state of emergency.

South America

  • Chile has announced that shops in seven of Santiago’s neighborhood will be allowed to reopen from today during weekdays. Quarantine will remain in place during weekends

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 384 new infections.

Asia

  • North Korea has introduced tougher lockdown measures including screening of districts.
  • Vietnam has recorded seven new cases. The country has lockdown its largest city Da Nang for the next two weeks.
  • Hong Konghas reported 145 new infections.
  • China has recorded 68 new cases, 57 of which in the western region of Xinjiang.

Monday July 27

North America

United States

  • Pennsylvania has recorded 800 new cases.
  • Florida has reported nearly 9,000 new infections.
  • San Diego, California, has announced that gyms and churches will be allowed to reopen outside, in private parking lots.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that all travelers returning from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 855 new cases.
  • Belgium has announced a new series of restrictive measures to slow down the increase in the number of new cases. Working remotely is strongly recommended. People mustshopaloneand have a maximum time of 30 minutes when inside a shop. From Wednesday, each householdwill only be allowed to interact with a further five people.
  • Germany has quarantined 500 workers in a large Bavarian farm after 174 workers tested positive.
  • Germany will now require mandatory coronavirus tests for travelers returning from high-risk areas.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported no new cases for the third day in a row.
  • Victoria has recorded the highest number of new cases in a single day, with 532 new infections.
  • New South Wales has reported 17 new cases.

Asia

  • Vietnam has reported 11 new cases. Vietnam is also evacuating80,000 people from Danang, after four cases have been recorded in the city.
  • Hong Kong has issued new measures to battle the increase in coronavirus numbers. Masks are now mandatory in all public spaces, all dine-in services are now suspended (apart from specified premises), sport venues and swimming pools will be closed and gatherings of more than two people are now banned.
  • China has recorded 61 new cases, the highest number since April.
  • North Korea has declared a state of emergency in Kaesong after a suspected coronavirus case.
  • India has recorded over 50,000 cases in one day.
  • Singapore has reported 469 new infections.

Africa

  • Kenya has now banned the sales of alcohol and extended the nighttime curfew for another 30 days.
  • Morocco has announced a new lockdown. Residents will be banned from entering or leaving its biggest cities. The country has just recorded 633 new cases.

 

Friday, July 24

North America

United States

  • Washington DC has issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for people returning from hotspots.
  • Vermont willmake masks mandatory for both indoor and outdoor activities when social distancing is not possible. The order is to start from August 1.
  • New York has reported the lowest number of hospitalizations since March,with 650.
  • Massachusetts has issued a new travel order which requires all travelers to the state to quarantine for 14 days. The mandate will be effective from August 1.
  • Florida has reported more than 12,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • England has added Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to its travel corridors list.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has advised its residents not to travel to Catalonia.
  • Norway has re-imposed a 10-day quarantine for people arriving from Spain.
  • Italy has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people who have been in Romania and Bulgaria in the past two weeks.
  • Russia has announced plans to resume international flights from August 1.
  • Belgium has paused its reopening plans and reintroduced some restrictive measures as the number of new cases is increasing.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 300 new infections.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 8,400 new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has recorded 123 new cases.
  • Japan has 981 new infections, the highest number since the beginning of the outbreak.
  • India has recorded more than 49,000 new infections in one day.

Africa

  • Mali has announced that its air and land borders will reopen from July 31.
  • South Africa has now closedschools for a month.

Thursday, July 23

North America

United States

  • New York State has reported the lowest number of hospitalizations since March, with 706 cases.

United Kingdom

  • England has confirmed that, from tomorrow, masks will be mandatory in shops, shopping centers, supermarkets, banks, building societies, post offices, takeout restaurantsand public transport

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has introduced new restrictions after a surge in the number of new cases.
  • Belgium has announced that face masks are to be mandatory when in crowded outdoor spaces. The country has also implemented a track and trace system for bars and restaurants.
  • Romania has recorded more than 1,000 cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded another 403 new infections, a slight decrease from the previous day.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported another 6,000 cases.

South America

  • Argentina has reported a record number of cases for the second day in a row,with 5,782 new infections.

Asia

  • Uzbekistan has extended the lockdown measures beyond August 1.
  • Hong Kong has recorded another 118 new cases.
  • Tokyo has reported 366 new infections.
  • Philippines has reported over 2,000 new cases in one day.

Wednesday, July 22

North America

United States

  • Florida has recorded 9,700 new cases.
  • United Airlines has now made masks mandatory in all 360 airports they serve, from check-in to baggage claim.
  • UC Berkeley has announced that the fall semester will begin online.

United Kingdom

  • England will allowvisits to care homes from relatives and friends.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Ireland has issued a list of 15 countries deemed relatively safe to travel to and from: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino.
  • Czech Republic has reported 212 new cases in one day.
  • Germany has recorded 454 new cases.

Central America

  • Panama has announced that private construction and car sales companies will be allowed to resume business from next week.

South America

  • Argentina has reported a record 5,344 new cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported a record number of new cases, with 484 new infections in 24 hours.
  • New South Wales has recorded 16 new cases.

Asia

  • India has imposed a strict lockdown on Kashmir for a week starting today.
  • Tokyo’s governor has urged residents to stay at home during the upcoming four-day festivity.
  • Hong Kong has now made face masks mandatory in all indoor public areas and tightened social distancing measures.
  • China has recorded 14 new cases.

Africa

  • DR Congo has lifted the health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and allowed businesses, schools and borders to reopen.
  • Zimbabwe has imposed a curfew and reinstated strict measures to help curb the spread of the virus. Curfew will be between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., all non-working people will be required to stay at home and only allowed to go out for grocery shopping or to seek medical help. Travel between cities is now banned,as are gatherings of 50ormore people.

 

Tuesday, July 21

North America

United States

  • Vermont has reported that the state has the lowest number of cases in the country, with a total of 1,366 coronavirus cases.
  • New York State has added another 10 states to the travel quarantine list: Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington.
  • Florida has recorded another 9,400 new cases.
  • Miami will close summer camps from this week after three children tested positive for Covid-19.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has canceled the Nobel Prize banquet, due on December 10, for the first time in 50 years.

South America

  • Argentina has recorded 3,937 new cases.
  • Colombia has reported 6,727 new infections in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has placed six prisons into lockdown after an officer has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • New Zealand has reported one more case of Covid-19.

Middle East

  • Oman has announced that travel between provinces will be banned from July 25 until August 8.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 1,655 new cases.
  • China Aviation Authority has announced that all passengers onall China-bound flights must provide negative Covid-19 test results before boarding.
  • Tokyo has reported another 230 new cases.

 

Monday July 20

North America

United States

  • California has reported another 6,800 new cases.
  • Georgia and Louisiana have both reported more than 3,000 cases in one day.
  • Virginia is to reopen the National Air and Space Museum from Friday.
  • Washington DC has announced that the National Zoo is to reopen on Friday.
  • Florida has reported more than 10,000 new cases in one day.
  • New York City has entered phase four of the reopening today. Low-risk outdoor entertainment activities, like botanical gardens and zoos, will be allowed to reopen. Production of movies and TV shows will be allowed to restart and sports will be allowed to come back but without spectators.

United Kingdom

  • UK has announced that the University of Oxford had a breakthrough with their vaccination program as the latest trial has shown an immunity response in participants.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has made face masks compulsory in all indoor public spaces.

Central America

  • Dominican Republic has declared a state of emergency for the next 45 days.

South America

  • Venezuela has re-entered lockdown after a surge in the number of new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Tasmania has recorded the first coronavirus case in two months.
  • New Zealand has recorded one new case.
  • Victoria has reported another 275 new infections.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has recorded the lowest number of infections in more than a month, with 40 new cases.

Asia

  • China has reported 22 new cases.
  • Hong Kong has recorded 108 new cases in 24 hours. Hong Kong has now made masks mandatory when in public places.
  • India has recorded another 40,425 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Japan has reported 510 new infections.

Friday July 17

North America

United States

  • The US has recorded their highest daily record, with 77,300 new infections.
  • Chicago is to offer a hybrid model for school reopening this fall, with most students learning from home and only attending school for a limited number of days a week.
  • Colorado has issued a mandate to make masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces.
  • New York City is to enter phase four of the reopening on Monday.

United Kingdom

  • England has confirmed that local authorities will have more powersto close specific premises and cancel events.
  • England has announced that beauty salons will be able to reopen from August 1, alongside indoor live performances.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has requested residents in Barcelona stay home and not gather in groups of 10or
  • Czech Republic has tightened restrictions in the northeast after a surge in the number of cases.
  • Malta has recorded no new cases for the 7thday in a row.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported another record number of new cases, with 428 new infections.
  • New South Wales has imposed new restrictions. No more than 20 people willbe allowed per booking in pubs, clubs, restaurants and all indoor facilities. No more than 150 people per weddingwith no dancing. Wedding guests must be seated,mingling is not permitted.

Middle East

  • Israel has reimposed lockdown measures,shutting shops, hairdressers and attractions.
  • Iran has reported 2,379 new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico is to impose local restrictions on mobility, commerce and leisure.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has recorded 67 new cases.
  • China has canceled hundreds of flights to and from Urumqi after the city reported the first case in five months.

 

Thursday July 16

North America

United States

  • California has reported a record 11,000 new cases in 24 hours.
  • Target, CVS, Walmart, Kroger, Kohl’s, Starbucks, Best Buy and Costco have all made face masks mandatory in all of their stores through the US.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has announced that people who have been shielding will not need to do so from August 16.
  • Scotland has recorded the first coronavirus-related death in eight days.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded another steep increase in the number of new cases, with 580 new infections.
  • Greece has reported 35 new cases.
  • France has announced that masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces from next week.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 317 new infections.
  • New Zealand has reported one new case.

Central America

Middle East

  • Israel is considering a new lockdown after a surge in the number of new cases, with 1,898 new infections.

Asia

  • India has placed the state of Bihar under lockdown after a surge in the number of deaths in a single day.
  • China has reported only one new case in 24 hours.

 

Wednesday, July 15

North America

United States

  • The US has reported another record number of cases, with 67,000 new infections.
  • Alabama will require all residents to wear a face mask while in public.
  • Washington DChas extended the state of emergency until October.
  • Philadelphia has confirmed plans to reopen schools in September as a mix of in-person and online learning.
  • Florida has reported over 10,000 new cases in one day.
  • New York City will reopen the Metropolitan Museum of Art on August 29.
  • San Francisco will restart all public schools in the fall with online classes.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has recorded another day with no new deaths related to Covid-19. This makes it the seventh day in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has recorded 390 new cases, the highest number since May 22. The majority of the cases are in the Aragón and Catalonia.
  • Austria is to lift the travel ban to the Italian region of Lombardy.
  • Russia has lifted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arriving visitors from today.
  • Ireland has confirmed that pubs that do not serve food are to remain closed until August 10.

Central America

  • Mexico has extended its border restrictions with the US until August.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria reported another 238 new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has reported 19 new cases.
  • India has reported nearly 30,000 new infections in one day.

 

Tuesday, July 14

North America

United States

  • California has closed all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and halted indoor operations.
  • Palm Beach, Florida, is to stop the sale of alcohol and food after 11 pm.
  • New York State has added Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin to the list of states from which individuals traveling from will be subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Philadelphia has canceled all public events through February 2021.

Canada

  • Canada has confirmed that its border with the US is to remain closed until at least August 21.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that face masks will be mandatory inside shops from July 24.
  • Scotland has reported no new deaths for the sixth day in a row.
  • London has announced that the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are to reopen in August ata reduced capacity.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • EU has dropped Serbia and Montenegro from the safe list from which non-essential travel is allowed.
  • France has announced that face masks will become mandatory in all enclosed public spaces in the next few weeks.
  • Russia has reported 6,000 new cases.

South America

  • Colombia has reimposed lockdown measures in its largest cities: Bogota and Medellin.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand is in talks with the Cook Islands for a possible travel bridge to help
  • Victoria has recorded another 270 new cases.

Middle East

  • Iran is to reimpose some restrictive measures to curb the new rise in number of cases. Some businesses will close and social, cultural and religious events will be banned for a week.
  • Israel has reported a record 1,681 new infections.

Asia

  • India will place the northern state of Bihar in a 15-day lockdown starting from July 16. The country has also placed Bangalore into a week lockdown starting from today.
  • Thailand has canceled all inbound flights after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine.
  • Turkmenistan will halt all passenger trains from July 16.
  • Hong Kong is to close Disneyland temporarily once more. The park will close on Wednesday until further notice.

 

Monday July 13

North America

United States

  • Los Angeles and San Diego students will not return to in-person classes.
  • New Mexico has closed indoor restaurant seating in response to a rise in the number of new cases.
  • Washington DC has reported no new Covid-19 deaths for the fourth day in a row.
  • New York City has recorded no new daily coronavirus deaths.
  • Chicago has canceled the 2020 marathon alongside all race weekend activities. Originally the marathon had been moved to October 11.

United Kingdom

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonhas urged the public to wear face masks in shops as an extra safety measure.
  • Wales has made face coverings mandatory on public transportation and in taxis from July 27.
  • Wales has recorded no new coronavirus deaths.
  • Scotland has reported no new deaths in 24 hours.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Ireland has made face masks mandatory when on public transportation.
  • Greece is to increase infection control measures after a spike in the number of new cases.
  • Bulgaria has reopened bars and clubs just three days after shutting them down after an increase in number of cases.

Central America

  • Honduras has extended its coronavirus curfew for another week.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 177 new cases.
  • New South Wales has reported 14 new infections.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has increasedsocial distancing measures after a spike in the number of new cases. Gatherings of four people and more are now banned, restaurants are restricted from catering to evening diners and some other businesses will be Masks will be mandatory on public transportation.

Africa

  • South Africahas re-imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol and a nighttime curfew.

Friday July 10

North America

United States

  • Florida has recorded 11,433 new cases in one day.
  • Michigan will allow businesses to refuse entry to people not wearing masks.
  • Ohio has made face masks mandatory in 12 counties.
  • Pennsylvaniawillnot permitindoor dining in Allegheny county.

United Kingdom

  • Wales and Scotland have announced no new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours.
  • Scotland is to allow up to eight people to meet up indoors.
  • Wales is to reopen hairdressers, barbers, pubs, bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes and outdoor cinemas from Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Norway is to lift travel bans to and from over 20 European countries from July 15.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 288 new cases.

Middle East

  • Israel has reported a new daily record, with 1,500 new cases.

South America

  • Colombiawillplacethe capital Bogotá under strict lockdown from Monday.

Asia

  • Hong Kong will close all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools from Monday.
  • Japan has recorded 243 new cases.
  • India has recorded a daily increase of26,506 new cases.

Africa

  • South Africa has a recorded adaily increase of 13,674 new infections.

 

Thursday July 9

North America

United States

  • The US has reported a new record in the number of new cases in asingle day, with 60,000 infections.

United Kingdom

  • England is to reopen gyms, outdoor pools, beauty salons and outdoor arts performances from Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Serbia has banned gatherings of more than 10 people in Belgrade.
  • Moscow is to reopen schools and universities from next week.
  • Bulgaria has closed indoor nightclubs and banned spectators at sporting eventsafter a surge in number of new cases.
  • Greece is looking at reimposing some public and travel restrictions from next week.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported 165 new cases.
  • New Zealand police officers are to patrol quarantine hotels after a number of people have escaped quarantine.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported a record number of cases in a single day, with 6,995 new infections.

Asia

  • Japan has recorded 224 new cases.
  • Hong Kong has recorded 42 new infections. Restrictions have been imposed on restaurants, pubs and clubs. All will have to operate ata lower total capacity, with no more than eight people per table at a restaurant and no groups bigger than four at clubs and pubs.

Africa

  • Morocco has extended the emergency decree until August 10.

 

Wednesday, July 8

North America

United States

  • California and Texas have reported more than 10,000 new cases each in 24 hours.
  • Florida has recorded another 9,989 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • London has reopened the National Gallery today.
  • Scotland has lifted the quarantine for countries on the British Government’s list, except Serbia and Spain.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Moscow is to reopen its theaters at a 50% capacity from next month.
  • Italy has suspended all flights from Bangladesh for a week after 36 people arrived in Rome and tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Austria is imposing travel restrictions to and from Bulgaria and Romania after a surge in the number of new cases in the two countries.
  • The Netherlands has shut its borders with Serbia and Montenegro after a rapid increase in coronavirus infections.

South America

  • Colombia has extended the lockdown measures until August 1.

Australia and New Zealand

  • As Melbourne starts the new lockdown, Victoria records 134 new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has reported 24 new cases.
  • Beijing has reported no new cases for the second day running.

Africa

  • Africa has now recorded more than 500,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Tuesday, July 7

North America

United States

  • San Francisco has delayed the reopening of outdoor bars and indoor restaurants.
  • Florida has reported more than 7,000 new cases.
  • New York State has added Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to the travel quarantine list.
  • Atlanta’s mayor has tested positive for Covid-19.

United Kingdom

  • England has closed several pubs again after customerstested positive for Covid-19.
  • Scotland has lifted local lockdown in southwest Scotland, after no new cases have been recorded in the area.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has lifted the lockdown in the district of Guetersoh.

South America

  • Brazil’s president Bolsanaro has tested positive for Covid-19.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria is to close its border with New South Wales in an attempt to slow the rise in number of new cases.
  • Melbourne metropolitan area is to re-enter phase three of the lockdown restrictions for the next six weeks. This is after another 191 new cases have been recorded in one day.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported nearly 2,500 new cases.

Asia

  • Beijing has recorded zero new cases.

Africa

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has extended the Coronavirus Emergency for another15 days.

 

Monday July 6

North America

United States

  • Princeton University is to welcome some undergraduate, first-year and juniorsback to campus in the fall.
  • Harvard University is to deliver all classes online in the fall.
  • Miami-Dade County is to close gyms, restaurants and other businesses from this week.
  • California has recorded 11,700 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland is to allow hotels and private venues to hold weddings from July 10.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has reopened the Louvre museum today after four months.
  • Greece is to lift a ban on travel from the UK and allow direct flights to popular destinations nationwide.
  • Switzerland has made masks mandatory across the country.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has opened Hajj registration for foreign residents. Foreign residents between ages 20 and 65 with no pre-existing conditions are allowed to register.
  • Israel has reimposed lockdown on bars, gyms, nightclubs and event halls as a new surge in numbers has been recorded.
  • Kuwait has recorded another 538 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Fiji has recorded the first new case in 78 days.
  • Victoria has recorded 127 new cases, the highest number since March.

Asia

  • Indiahas postponed the reopening of the Taj Mahal until further notice.
  • Vietnam has recorded 14 new cases.

Africa

  • South Africa has reopened schools for students in grades 6 to 11 from today.
  • Kenya has lifted restrictions inNairobi and Mombasa.

Sunday, July 5

North America

United States

  • Florida has recorded 9,999 new cases in 24 hours.
  • New York City is to enter phase three of the reopening from Monday but will not allow indoor dining.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • England has reopened its churches for the first time in three months.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has placed the region of Galicia in lockdown, imposing restrictions on around 70,000 people.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has reported 14 new cases.

Middle East

  • Israel has reintroduced some lockdown measures after a surge of Coronavirus cases in the West Bank area.

Asia

  • Philippines has recorded the highest daily jump in number of new cases, with 2,434 new infections.
  • India has reported a new record single-day increase with over 24,000 new infections.
  • Kazakhstan has imposed a second nationwide lockdown with shopping centers, gyms, swimming pools, hairdressers and beauty salons all closing from today for the next two weeks.

Africa

  • South Africa has recorded more than 10,000 cases in one day.

Saturday, July 4

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported a new record daily increase with 11,458 new infections.
  • Harris County, Texas,has banned outdoor gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Washington DC has marked the 7thday in a row of sustained decrease in number of new cases.

United Kingdom

  • England has reopened its bars, pubs, restaurants and hair salons from today.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Catalonia has placed more than 200,000 people in lockdown after 350 cases were recorded in the area.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Melbourne has placed nine public housing towers, where around 3,000 people live, under lockdown. The residents will not be allowed to leave their houses for the next five days.
  • Victoria has recorded 108 new cases, the highest number since March 28.

Middle East

  • Iran will make wearing masks mandatory when in enclosed public places.

Central America

  • Mexico has increased its border checks in preparation for the July 4 celebration in the US.

South America

  • Brazil is to make face masks mandatory when in public, but vetoed their use in shops, churches and schools.
  • Rio De Janeiro has reopened its bars and restaurants.

Asia

  • Tokyo has recorded 130 new cases.

Friday, July 3

North America

United States

  • The US has recorded anew daily record of cases with 55,000 new infections.
  • New Mexico has announced a curfew for the Navajo nation, starting today and ending on Monday, to protect the reservation from the growing outbreak.
  • Miami-Dade has imposed a nightly curfew as the number of cases keeps increasing.
  • Texas has made face masks mandatory when in public.
  • Puerto Rico is to require visitors to provide a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of

United Kingdom

  • The UK is to reopen restaurants and bars from tomorrow.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain is to reopen its borders to Australia, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Serbia and Uruguay.
  • The Netherlands has announced that another mink farm has tested positive for Covid-19. This is the 18thfarm found infected in the country.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported another 66 new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico is to ban non-essential travel from the UStothestate of Sonora.
  • Venezuela is to reimpose the lockdown next week for seven days as the country continues to battle against the pandemic. The total lockdown will be followed by an additional seven days of partiallockdown, where residents will be allowed to leave their homes and some businesses will be allowed to

Asia

  • Beijing is to start relaxing border controls from Saturday. Residents traveling out of the citywill not be required to show proof they have tested negative for Covid-19.
  • South Korea has recorded 63 new cases.

Africa

  • South Africa has reported the largest single day jump in number of new cases with 8,728 new infections.
  • Nigeria has lifted a three-month lockdown from the city of Kano.

 

Thursday, July 2

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported a record 10,000 new cases in one day.
  • Indianapolis will require all residents to wear face masks when in public.
  • University of Southern Carolina has recommended remote learning for the fall semester and for students to reconsider living on campus.
  • Nashville has reverted to phase two of the reopening plan and canceled July 4 fireworks.
  • New York City is to reopen public schools from September.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland is to make masks mandatory when in shops from July 10.
  • The UK will lift the travel ban on non-essential travel from Monday, July 6. This will include nearly all of the EU, British Territories, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and more.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland has issued a list of 29 countries from which travelers will have to self-isolate when reentering the country, including the US, Russia, Brazil and Sweden.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported 77 new cases.

Central America

  • Cuba is to partially reopen Havana from Friday. Restaurants, bars and other businesses will be allowed to reopen with restricted capacities.

Middle East

  • Oman has recorded more than 1,300 new cases.

Asia

  • Tokyo has recorded the highest number of new cases in two months, with 107 new infections.
  • Kazakhstan is to implement a second, limited lockdown from July 5. Some non-essential shops will close and travel between cities will be restricted.
  • India is to reopen the Taj Mahal to tourists from July 6.

 

Tuesday, June 30

North America

United States

  • Massachusetts is to request all travelers to quarantine for two weeks except travelers from northeast states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire.
  • Florida has reported 6,000 new cases.
  • Alabama has extended the safer-at-home order until July 31, as the number of new cases continues to rise.
  • New York State has imposed a two-week mandatory quarantine for travelers from: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah.
  • Arizona has closed bars, gyms and other businesses for the next 30 days after a sharp increase in the number of new infections.

Canada

  • Toronto is to make face masks mandatory in public spaces from July 7.

United Kingdom

  • Leicester has now been placed in lockdown after a new cluster of cases.
  • Northern Ireland has recorded no new deaths.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has imposed a stay-at-home order on ten postcode areas after confirming 64 new cases.
  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico City is to reopen more businesses on Monday.

Asia

  • Uzbekistan has implemented an overnight curfew to help curb the new rise in number of cases.
  • Japan has recorded 111 new cases.

Monday June 29

North America

United States

  • Broadway has announced that all its theaters are to remain closed until January 2021.
  • Jacksonville, Florida has made face masks mandatory for both indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • Florida has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland is to make face masks compulsory on public transportation starting this week.
  • Scotland has reopened its non-essential shops today.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Serbia has made masks mandatory on public transportation and in enclosed spaces.
  • Greece is to request visitors to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance to determine if they will need to be tested on arrival. The state has also extended the ban on direct flights from the UK until July 15.
  • Frankfurt airport has opened a walk-in test center for passengers with results available within hours.
  • Italy has recorded at least ten new clusters of Covid-19 across the country, including in Bologna, Prato, Pistoia, Mandragone, Porto Empedocle and Rome.
  • Czech Republic is to reopen borders to Britain and Poland from this week, despite recording 305 new cases.
  • Ireland is to reopen pubs, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and gyms from today. International travel has also resumed.

Middle East

  • Abu Dhabi is to allow visitors to enter the emirate as long as they have tested negative for Covid-19 within the previous 48 hours.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded over 30,000 new cases.
  • Argentina has recorded more than 2,000 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported 75 new cases, the highest number since April.

Asia

  • Thailand is to lift the ban on international flights on July 1. Pubs and bars will also reopen from Wednesday.
  • India has recorded nearly 20,000 new cases and has extended the lockdown in Mumbai for another month.
  • Tokyo Disneyland is to reopen on Wednesday.
  • Beijing has recorded 7 new cases.

Africa

  • Nigeria is to allow people to travel between its states outside of curfew hours from July 1. Students who are due to graduate this year are also allowed back at school.

 

Sunday, June 28

North America

United States

  • Florida is to close beaches in Broward County for the July 4 weekend.
  • Louisiana has reported 1,467 new cases.
  • Tupelo, Mississippi has made face masks mandatory when in indoor public spaces and businesses.
  • CaliforniaGovernor Newsom has ordered seven counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open. He has recommended eight additional counties also close those businesses.
  • Florida has reported over 8,500 new cases.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has recorded no new deaths for the third day in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Madrid has recorded the first day of no deaths.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded more than 4,000 new infections, bringing the total to 212,802.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Queensland recorded zero new cases.
  • Victoria has reported 49 new cases. The state is considering a potential stay-at-home order to contain the new cluster of infections.
  • Western Australia has confirmed one new case.

Middle East

  • Iran is to make masks mandatory in certain areas of the countrystartingnext week.

Asia

  • South Korea has reported 62 new cases.
  • Beijing has recorded 14 new infections.
  • India has recorded the biggest single day increase in number of new cases, with over 19,000 new infections.

 

Saturday, June 27

North America

United States

  • California has reported a record increase in the number of new cases, with 6,000 new infections.
  • Florida has set a new daily record of infections with nearly 10,000 cases recorded in 24 hours.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 890 new cases.
  • Scotland has recorded no new deaths for the second day in a row.
  • Northern Ireland has discharged the final ICU patient.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has reported 687 new infections.
  • Italy has announced that schools will reopen in September.

South America

  • Peru has now recorded 270,000 cases. The country has extended the state of emergency until July 31.
  • Argentina is to restart a strict quarantine in Buenos Aires starting from July 1.
  • Brazil has recorded 46,860 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has reported six new cases.
  • Victoria has reported 41 new infections.
  • New Zealand has recorded two new cases.

Middle East

  • Bethlehem has announced that the city has been closed to contain the spread of Covid-19.
  • Afghanistan has recorded the lowest number of infections since May 1, with 165 new cases.

Asia

  • Beijing has reported 21 new cases.
  • South Korea has recorded 51 new infections.

Friday, June 26

North America

United States

  • Florida has officially closed bars again as the number of cases keeps rising. The state has recorded 8,942 new infections.
  • Texas has closed bars and lowered restaurantcapacity after a surge in numbers.
  • Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico and North Carolinahave announced that they will not move to the next phase of reopening.
  • New York Citywill allow indoor dining to resume on July 6at a 50% capacity.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Paris has reopened Orly airport.
  • Ukraine has reported a record number of new cases ina singleday, with 1,109 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has confirmed one new case.

Asia

  • South Korea has recorded 39 new cases.
  • Beijing has reported 11 new cases.

 

Thursday, June 25

North America

United States

  • Texas has paused the state’s reopening due to an increasing number of cases, with 5,489 new infections.
  • Hawaii is to allow pre-travel Covid-19 testing for travelers as an alternative to a two-week quarantine.
  • Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park reopenings have now been delayed until Walt Disney Co. receives approval from state officials.
  • Louisiana has recorded more than 900 new cases.
  • Kentucky has announced that the Kentucky Derby will be held in September with spectators.
  • New York City is to enter phase three of the reopening on July 6.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has reduced the 2-meter social distancing rule to 1-meter.
  • Scotland is to allow visitors at virus-free care homes.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported a new cluster of infections in a warehouse in Bologna, with 44 asymptomatic cases recorded.
  • Paris has reopened the Eiffel Tower today.

Middle East

  • Iraq has recorded almost 2,500 new cases in one day.
  • Israel has recorded 532 new infections.

Asia

  • Beijing has recorded 13 new cases.
  • Japan has recorded 89 new infections.

 

Wednesday, June 24

North America

United States

  • New York City has canceled the annual marathon due to the pandemic.
  • California has reported more than 7,000 new cases ina single
  • New Jersey is to reopen museums, aquariums and indoor recreation facilities from next month but at a 25% capacity.
  • New York, New Jersey andConnecticut have imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers coming from states with a 10% infection rate or greater.
  • Florida has reported more than 5,000 new cases.
  • New York City will reopen its beaches for swimming next month.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 653 new cases.
  • Scotland is to lift the 5-mile limit on travel for leisure startingJuly 3. Beer gardens and open-air outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from July 6.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Slovenia has reinstated the mandatory use of face masks in public indoor spaces.
  • Croatia has reinstated the mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors coming from Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia.
  • Bulgaria has extended the state of emergency until July 15.
  • Paris has announced that women’s fashion week will go ahead in September.
  • Austria has issued a warning against travel to western Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Berlin has now canceled the annual

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported one new case of Covid-19.
  • Australia has confirmed the first Covid-19 death in a month.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded over 39,000 new cases in one day.
  • Chile has reported more than 3,000 new cases.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has resumed international flights for the first time in three months.
  • Israel has reinstated a partial

Asia

  • India has recorded the highest number of new infections in one day with 15,968 new cases.
  • Tokyo has recorded 55 new infections.
  • Beijing has reported the lowest number of new cases since the latest outbreak, with seven new infections.

Africa

  • South Africa has confirmed that a boarding school in Eastern Cape has recorded more than 200 infections amongst pupils and staff.

 

Tuesday, June 23

North America

United States

  • Middlebury College in Vermont is requesting students to quarantine for 14 days at home before their arrival at the college.
  • California has recorded more than 5,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • New Jersey is to reopen amusement parks and waterparks from July 2.
  • Louisiana has recorded over 1,300 new cases in a day.
  • Florida has confirmed 3,000 new cases.
  • Arizona hasrecorded anotherhigh number of infections, with more than 3,500 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • Englandis to reopen pubs, hotels, museums, galleries and restaurants from July 4.
  • England has reduced the social distancing rule to a minimum of 1 meter.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Finland will remove travel restrictions from European countries like Italy and Germany from July 13 if infection rates remain low.
  • Germany has imposed a new lockdown ontheentire districtofGütersloh, with closures of bars, museums, swimming pools and enforcement of social distancing measures.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded almost 5,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Asia

  • The Philippines has recorded 1,150 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort will reopen on July 1.
  • Beijing has reported 13 new cases.

Africa

  • Egypt is to reopen its social clubs, coffee shops and restaurants to a 25% capacity.

 

Monday, June 22

North America

United States

  • Miami has announced that facemasks will be mandatory when in public.
  • DC has announced that restaurants can now resume indoor dining.
  • Golden Globe Awards have now been moved to February 2021.
  • LAX airport has announced that thermal imaging scanners will be placed at the Thomas Bradley International Terminal to screen passengers for fevers.
  • New Jersey is to reopen casinos and indoor dining from next month.
  • New York City has restarted outdoor dining from today.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK is to lower restrictions on those who have been shielding from July 6.
  • The UK has recorded 15 new deaths, the lowest number since March.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • The Netherlands hasreported no newdeaths on Monday.
  • Portugal has reinstated restrictions in Lisbon, including a curfew on cafes and shops.
  • Disneyland Paris is to reopen its doors on July 15.
  • France is to reopen all schools for pupils age 15 and under.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand now has nine active cases in the country.
  • Victoria has recorded 16 new cases.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has restricted this year’s hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, to a limited number ofresidents in the country only.
  • Abu Dhabi is to allow movement between its cities from Tuesday.

Asia

  • Kazakhstan has imposed a two-day lockdown with residents banned from leaving their homes except for work or urgent necessities.
  • Thailand has reported three new cases.
  • Beijing has reported nine new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Hong Kong has recorded 30 new cases, the highest number in two months.

 

Sunday, June 21

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported more than 3,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has recorded no new coronavirus deaths.
  • The UK will announce more easing of restrictions this coming week.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has ended the state of emergency, allowing entry to travelers from countries in the EU, Schengen Area and the UK. All passengers will have to have their temperature taken at arrivals and provide information on whether they have had the virus or not.
  • Cyprus has reopened crossing points between the Turkish and the Greek Cypriot sides.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has recorded five new infections.
  • New Zealand has reported two new cases.
  • Victoria has extended the state of emergency for another four weeks.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has lifted its nationwide curfew today.

Central America

  • Brazil has now recorded more than 50,000 deaths.

Asia

  • Beijing has recorded 22 new cases.
  • Taiwan will allow residents from New Zealand, Australia, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore to enter the country for short business trips. Visitors will have to prove they do not have the virus three days before arrival. They will also be requested to quarantine on arrival for five to seven days.
  • Tokyo has confirmed 35 new cases.
  • India has recorded the highest number of infections to date, with 15,413 new cases.

Saturday, June 20

North America

United States

  • Florida has recorded the highest daily number of cases with 4,049 new infections.
  • Pennsylvania has recorded 500 new cases.

Europe

  • Spain has announced that tourists from the UK will not have to quarantine when visiting.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 25 new cases. The state has extended the work-from-home order until the end of July. Lockdown measures have been reintroduced as the number of cases increases.
  • Western Australia has reported no new active cases.
  • New Zealand has recorded 2 new cases.

Middle East

  • Israel has recorded 294 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Asia

  • Beijing has reported 22 new cases; another drop in numbers since the recording of the new outbreak.
  • South Korea has recorded 67 new cases.
  • Kyrgyzstan has shut down public transportation in the capital Bishkek until Monday.

 

Friday, June 19

North America

United States

  • Texashas confirmed that public schools will return this fall.
  • Floridahas recorded 4,000 new cases, a daily record for the state.
  • DCis to enter phase two of its reopening on Monday, with non-essential shops, restaurants and houses of worship to reopen at a 50% capacity.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has lowered the Covid-19 alert level to level 3: ‘epidemic is in general circulation.’
  • Wales is to reopen its non-essential shops on Monday. Schools will reopen from June 29.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland is to allow gatherings of up to 1,000 people from next week.
  • Czech Republic has recorded 100 new infections, the biggest jump in two months.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand is undertaking extensive testing of thousands of people. Zero new cases have been reported today.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded a daily record number of new cases, with 5,662 new infections.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has recorded a total of over 150,000 cases.
  • Afghanistan has recorded the lowest daily number of infections since May, with 346 new cases.

Asia

  • Singapore has reopened its cafes and shops today.
  • Indonesia has recorded 1,041 new infections.
  • India has reinstated a lockdown in the city of Chennai and its neighboring districts.
  • Tokyo has lifted all remaining business restrictions.
  • China has reported 28 new cases.

Thursday, June 18

North America

United States

  • New York City will reopen hairdressers, shops and outdoor dining from Monday.
  • Florida has recorded more than 3,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has surpassed 300,000 infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has placed 700 residents of an entire block of apartmentsin Göttingen under quarantine for the next two weeks after 100 new infections were recorded.
  • Germany has quarantined 7,000 people in North Rhine- Schools and kindergartens have also been closed in the area after an outbreakof 657 new cases wasrecorded in a meat processing plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.
  • Denmark is to allow citizens from European countries with a lowlevel of infections to enter the country from June 27.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has confirmed one new case.
  • Qantas has canceled most international flights until October.

Middle East

  • Kuwait will change the curfew hours to 7 p.m. – 5 a.m. from this Sunday.
  • Azerbaijan has extendedlockdown restrictions until August 1.

Asia

  • Vietnam has reported seven new infections.
  • Beijing has recorded 21 new cases.
  • Indonesia has recorded the highest number of new cases with 1,331 new infections.
  • India has confirmed 12,881 new infections in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number recorded so far.

 

Wednesday, June 17

North America

United States

  • New York State has recorded the lowest death toll since the beginning of the pandemic, with 17 new fatalities.
  • Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Nevada have all reported a record number of new cases.
  • Michigan has announced that schools will resume in-person education from this fall.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden is to lift its advice against non-essential travel to Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland and Luxemburgstarting June 30.
  • Germany has extended a ban on large events until the end of October.
  • Berlin has quarantined 300 households after 57 new infections have been recorded.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has confirmed the two new cases had come in contact with 320 people, who will now need testing.

Central America

  • Panama has extended the ban on international flights for another 30 days.

Asia

  • Beijing has suspended schools, canceled inbound and outbound flights, reinstated strict screenings and banned non-essential travel out of the city. The city has recorded 137 new cases in the last six days.
  • South Korea has recorded 43 new cases.

 

Tuesday, June 16

North America

United States

  • The Department of Homeland Security has extended limitations onnon-essential travel at landports of entry with Canada and Mexico until July 21.
  • The US Open will be held in New York City but without spectators.
  • 18 states have reported an upward trend on the number of new cases: California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alaska and Hawaii.

United Kingdom

  • Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that a study in London has found that the steroid drug dexamethasonereduces the risk of death in serious cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Norwegian airlineis to restart flights between Copenhagen and Aalborg from July 1.

Central America

  • Mexico has now surpassed 150,000 infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded two new imported cases of Covid-19.

Middle East

  • Turkey has confirmed that it is mandatory towear masks when in publicin 42 out of the 81 provinces.

Asia

  • Beijing has curtailed travel from the city as 27 more cases have been recorded.
  • Philippines is reopening its restaurants this week.
  • Hong Kong is to allow meetings of groups of 50 ormore from Friday.
  • South Korea has reported 34 new cases.
  • Thailandhas marked 22 days of no new infections.

Monday, June 15

North America

United States

  • New York State is to allow gatherings of up to 25 people.
  • Vermont has extended the state of emergency until July 15.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Non-essential shops reopened today across England, including zoos and safari parks.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerlandhas opened its borders to countries from the European Union but will impose temperature checks for travelers coming from Sweden.
  • Russia has reported over 8,000 new infections.
  • Iceland has reopened its borders to international travel. All arrivals will be able to be tested upon arrivalor will have to follow a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

South America

  • Colombia’s total number of cases is now over 50,000.

Asia

  • Kazakhstan has closed some entertainment venues, malls and restaurants after a spike in the number of new cases.
  • India has confirmed the lockdown of Chennai and neighboring districts, starting from June 19 until the end of the month.
  • Singapore is to reopen restaurants and shops from June 19.
  • Thailand has lifted the nationwide curfew today.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland is to reopen on June 18.
  • Beijing has closed 10 residential compounds, after a new cluster of infections. Over 100 new cases have been recordedsince the outbreak.

 

Sunday, June 14

North America

United States

  • New York State has reported only 23 new deaths which is the lowest number since the virus took hold.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 36 new deaths, the lowest number since March.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • All of France has now been declared a green zone.
  • Spain is to reopen its borders to members of the Schengen Area (excluding Portugal) on June 21. The border with Portugal will reopen on July 1.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Western Australia has recorded zero cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Queensland has recorded no new cases and confirmed only five active cases across the state.
  • New South Wales has recorded nine new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 3,494 new infections.

Asia

  • Uzbekistan is to partially reopen its borders to international travel from June 15. Diplomats, their family members and medical tourists will be allowed in the country.
  • Philippines has recorded 539 new cases.
  • Indonesia has recorded 857 new infections.
  • China has reported 57 new cases, of which 36 are domestic infections in the capital, Beijing.

Africa

  • Egypt is to reopen all its airports on July 1.

Saturday, June 13

North America

United States

  • New York State has recorded 32 new deaths, the lowest number since the virus struck the state.
  • Oregon has paused the state’s reopening after a spike in the number of new cases.

Canada

  • Temperature checks will be mandatory before boarding planes in Canada.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK records 181 new deaths.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece is to restart international flights from June 15.

Central America

  • Mexico will start easing lockdown measures from next week.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for 22 days.
  • New South Wales has recorded four new cases.

Asia

  • Beijing has announced a partial lockdown after dozens of cases were confirmed.
  • Malaysia has recorded 43 new cases.
  • India has recorded 11,458 new infections in a single day.
  • Pakistan has introduced localized lockdowns.

Africa

  • Botswana has declared a lockdown of the capitol Gaborone.

 

Friday, June 12

North America

United States

  • Georgia’s film, tv and streaming production can now resume.
  • Oregon is pausing the further easing of lockdown restrictions due to a spike of new Covid-19
  • Utah pauses lifting further restrictions due to a spike of new Covid-19 cases.

Europe

  • Greece will not be allowing visitors from the UK once its borders reopen on Monday. Visitors from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will have to undergo testing upon arrival.
  • Norway is to reopen its borders to Finland and Iceland from June 15.
  • Armenia has extended the state of emergency until July 13.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand is relaxing its border restrictions to allow certain workers and partners of New Zealand citizens to enter the country.

South America

  • Brazil has confirmed 30,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Lebanon is due to reopen Beirut’s airport for domestic flights on July 1.

Asia

  • Beijing has confirmed two new cases of Covid-19.
  • Thailand is to lift the nationwide curfew next week.
  • Tokyo has reported 22 new cases.

Thursday, June 11

North America

United States

  • Coachella and Stagecoach festivals have been canceled.
  • Yosemite National Park has reopened on Thursday.
  • Miami Beach has reopened.

Canada

  • Toronto has made wearing masks on public transportation mandatory.

United Kingdom

  • England is to offer students catch up sessions during the summer.
  • Northern Ireland has recorded one more death.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Finland is to reopen its borders to other Nordic countries, excluding Sweden, from June 15.

Central America

  • Cubawill test all international visitors once borders reopen.
  • Mexico has recorded nearly 5,000 new cases.

Middle East

  • Kazakhstan has locked down several towns and villages after a surge in new cases.

Asia

  • India has recorded nearly 10,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Beijing has recorded the first new case in over two months.
  • Thailand has reported zero new cases for the first time in three weeks.

Africa

  • Egypt is to reopen international flights from July 1.

Wednesday, June 10

North America

United States

  • Major League Soccer will resume its season on July 8.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 245 new deaths.
  • Adults living alone can now join another household.
  • Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are to reopen in England from Monday.
  • No new deaths in Northern Ireland for the fourth day in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Bulgaria has extended the epidemic emergency until end of June.
  • Germany is to openits borders with France, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark from June 15.
  • Spain is to continue the mandatory wearing of masks even after the state of emergency is lifted on June 21.

South America

  • Argentina has recorded more than 1,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded more than 2,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Saudi Arabia has recorded 3,717 new cases of Covid-19.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded the biggest daily increase with 1,241 new cases.
  • South Korea has recorded 50 new cases.

Africa

  • The continent has now recorded more than 200,000 cases.

 

Tuesday, June 9

North America

United States

  • Chicago has canceled Lollapalooza and the Chicago Jazz Festival.
  • New Jersey has confirmed that outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted from June 22.

United Kingdom

  • The UK is to reopen non-essential shops from Monday.
  • Northern Ireland has confirmed no new deaths for the third day in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany is due to extend travel warnings for non-European countries until August 31.
  • Sweden has reported the lowest number of new cases since March with 202 infections.
  • France is to reopen the Eiffel Tower to visitors on June 25. The number of visitors is to be limited and anyone over the age of 11 will be requested to wear a mask.
  • Copenhagen has reopened Tivoli Amusement Park with limited capacity seating on rides.
  • Moscow is to lift some lockdown measures on Tuesday, including removing restrictions on movement and reopening of some shops.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has moved to level 1 restrictions which means New Zealanders are waking up to no restrictions for the first time since March 21. Strict border control remains in place.

Middle East

  • Qatar is to lift some lockdown restrictions from June 15, including the reopening of mosques.

Asia

  • Indonesia has resumed its domestic flights.

 

Monday, June 8

North America

United States

  • Miami Dade is to reopen all its beaches by Wednesday.
  • New York City has entered phase one of the reopening including: construction, agricultural, forestry, fishing, retail, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.

Canada

  • Border restrictions are to see some relaxation for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and residents. A 14-day quarantine for all arrivals is to remain in place.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 55 new deaths, the lowest number since March 22.
  • UK quarantine law has started today. Most people arriving in Britain by plane, train or ferry, will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Belgium has reopened restaurants and bars.
  • Poland has ordered the temporary closure of 12 coal mines after an outbreak of the virus among miners.

Central America

  • Honduras has extended the curfew to June 14.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has declared itself Covid-19free, with no active cases in the country. All restrictions have been lifted except for the strict border controls.
  • New Zealand is to test anyone arriving in the country. They will be tested twice in a two-week period.

Asia

  • India has reopened places of worship, restaurants and shopping malls.
  • Vietnam has recorded two new cases.
  • Japan has reported no new deaths for the first time in 3 months.

Africa

  • South Africa has reopened its schools today.

Sunday, June 7

North America

United States

  • New York City’sdaily death toll has dropped to 35.

Canada

  • All 10 provinces have now started to reopen their economies and relax restrictions. Total number of infections now stands at 95,057.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded the lowest death rate since March 23 with 77 fatalities.
  • Scotland has reported no new deaths for the first time since March 20.
  • Scotland has announced that all arrivals will have to quarantine for 14 days or face a £480 fine.
  • Northern Ireland has recorded no new deaths for the second time since the start of the lockdown.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • The Vaticanhas confirmed that there are no more cases of Covid-19 among Holy See employees and others inside Vatican City.
  • Greece has extended the lockdown on migrant camps until June 21.
  • Russia has reported 8,984 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Western Australia has recorded no new cases for the past 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has passed 100,000 cases.
  • Afghanistan has recorded more than 20,000 cases in total.

Asia

  • Malaysia is due to lift all restrictions on businesses from Wednesday, including a ban on travel between its states.
  • Taiwan has recorded only 6 active cases and no local transmission for 56 days.
  • South Korea has recorded 50 new cases.

Africa

  • Liberia is to reopen its international airport and hotels on June 21.
  • Algeria has allowed some businesses to reopen from today, including produce markets, pastry shops and barbershops.

 

Saturday, June 6

North America

United States

  • California‘sfilm and TVproductions will be allowed to resume on June 12.

Canada

  • A total of94,335 cases have been confirmed in the country.

Europe

  • Ireland has confirmed that people will be allowed to travel within their own county from June 8. All retail shops will be allowed to reopen, with shopping malls following on June 15.
  • Poland is set to extend a ban on international flightsuntil June 16.
  • Switzerland is to reopen mountain railways and cable cars from this weekend.
  • Madrid has reopened the Prado Museum.
  • France has reopened the Palace of Versailles.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Western Australia has recorded one new case.
  • New South Wales has recorded no new cases.
  • Victoria has reported no new cases.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has confirmed 582 new cases, bringing the total to 19,000.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 993 new cases.
  • South Korea has recorded 51 new cases.

 

Friday, June 5

North America

United States

  • New York State has recorded 42 deaths, the lowest daily number thus far.

Europe

  • Ireland is to ease more restrictions with the reopening of shops, playgrounds and libraries and is expanding travel limits.
  • Sweden has recorded more than 1,000 cases for 3 days in a row.
  • Czech Republic has opened borders with Austria, Germany and Hungary from Friday.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded the highest increase in 24 hours with 4,442 new cases.

South America

  • Peru is to ease more restrictions with the reopening of small and medium mining enterprises, production of feed for animals, alcoholic beverages and tobacco and footwear and printing activities.
  • Argentina has extended the lockdown in Buenos Aires until June 28.

Middle East

  • Afghanistan has recorded the highest daily increase with 915 new cases.

Asia

  • Jakarta has reopened mosques, churches and other places of worship on Friday.
  • Malaysia has reported 19 new cases.
  • Singapore is planning to launch a wearable device for contact tracing.

Africa

  • Zambia will reopen universities and colleges from next week.
  • South Africahas seen a daily record increase with 3,267 new cases.

Thursday, June 4

North America

United States

  • New York City willenter phase one of reopening on Monday.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that face masks will be mandatory on public transportation from June 15.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has canceled the 2020 Bastille Day Parade.
  • Sweden will ease domestic travel restrictions on June 13.
  • Slovenia is to open its borders to Austria from today.

South America

  • Brazil has hita record high of new deaths with 1,349 fatalities and 28,633 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the 13thday in a row.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded 3,186 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Uzbekistan is to reopen restaurants, cafes, clothing retailers and kindergartens on June 15.
  • Lebanon has extended the nationwide restrictions to July 15.

Asia

  • Seoul has recorded 39 new cases of Covid-19.

 

Wednesday, June 3

North America

United States

  • New Jersey is to reopen outdoor restaurants and bars from June 15.
  • New York State has reported 58 new deaths, the lowest number on record.
  • University of Southern California is planning to restart face-to-face classes for the fall semester.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to open again for outdoor seating startingtomorrow inCapital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, The Mohawk Valley, The North County, The Southern Tier and Western New York.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has announced that all schools will reopen on June 29 with staggered class times.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Belgium has announced that restaurants, cafes and bars can reopen from next week.
  • Austria has ended border checks for people entering the country except for those at the border with Italy.
  • Italy has recorded less than 40,000 active cases. The country has lifted restrictions on domestic travel.

South America

  • Brazil has reopened non-essential businesses in Rio de Janeiro, alongside churches, car shops and furniture and decoration
  • Mexico has reopened the mining and tourist sectors.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the 12thday in a row.

Middle East

  • Israel has now closed over 40 schools and quarantined more than 7,000 students and teaching staff after an outbreak of Covid-19.

Asia

  • North Korea has confirmed that primary schools have opened again on Wednesday.
  • India has recorded nearly 9,000 new cases in a single day.
  • Japan has reported 52 new cases.

Tuesday, May 26

North America

United States

  • Michigan has lifted the stay-at-home order, allowing gatherings of up to 100 people and reopening restaurants.
  • Louisiana is to lift restrictions on Friday with churches, malls, bars and theaters to increase capacity to 50%.

United Kingdom

  • P&O Cruises has extended the pause in its operations until October 15.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has confirmed no new deaths for the second consecutive day.
  • France has reopened its cafes and restaurants.
  • Belgium has reopened nursery schools from today.
  • Berlin has confirmed that fitness studios, casinos and dance studios are to reopen today.
  • Portugal has announced that concerts are now allowed to restart in the country.
  • Italy has introduced mandatory temperature checks for rail passengers.

South America

  • Venezuela has reopened barbershops, beauty salons, auto shops and construction sites.
  • Colombia has reopened shopping malls in Medellin.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has recorded no new cases for the 11thday in a row.

Middle East

  • Dubai has confirmed that shopping malls will reopen on Wednesday.
  • Iran has recorded over 3,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Asia

  • Singapore has announced the reopening of schools. Students are required to wear face masks and will be subject to temperature checks.
  • Hong Kong has extended a ban on gatherings of more than eight people for another two weeks.
  • South Korea has recorded 38 new cases of Covid-19.
  • India has reported more than 8,000 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours.

Africa

  • Global cases in the continent have surpassed 150,000.

 

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.

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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