Coronavirus Covid-19: Live Updates And Latest News

Coronavirus Covid-19: Live Updates And Latest News

by Marta Conte

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We at Bébé Voyage are monitoring 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 periodically with information about the Coronavirus. All the newest information will be found in the top lines. Scroll down for older information.

Thursday, April 2

North America

United States

  • Two cruise ships stricken with COVID-19 have reached US waters and are waiting for permission to dock near Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has asked the public to wear masks when leaving the house.
  • The US states of Florida, Georgia and Mississippi have issued stay-at-home orders.

Europe

  • Putin has announced that most people in Russia will be off work until the end of the month.

United Kingdom

  • Stranded British citizens in Morocco are being brought back to the UK by a special commercial flight.

Italy

  • The infection rate in Italy has slowed down for another day.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain recorded the highest number of deaths in one day with 950, bringing the total to over 10,000.
  • In France, the number of cases has now passed 59,000. The country will probably extend the lockdown beyond April 15.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded another 2,875 cases for a total of 50,468.
  • Afghanistan has recorded the highest number of infections in one day, with 43 new reported cases.

Asia

  • Around 18,000 prisoners have been released in Indonesiain an attempt to stop the spread of the virus in the overcrowded jails.
  • Thailand has now imposed a nationwide curfew.
  • The Chinese city of Shenzhen has now banned the eating of dogs and cats.

Africa

  • The continent has recorded over 6,000 cases of COVID-19.
  • South Africahas announced that it will release some of the restrictions imposed on the country.

Wednesday, April 1

North America

United States

  • All playgrounds in New York City have been closed. There are more than 83,000 cases of COVID-19 in New York State.
  • Florida has issued a stay-at-home order.

Canada

United Kingdom

  • Edinburgh’s five summer festivals have all been canceled.
  • More than 25,000 people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the

Europe

Italy

  • Italy has recorded the lowest daily death rate in a week.
  • The number of new cases has risen again by 4,782.
  • The country has extended the restriction period to April 13.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Portugal has extended the State of Emergency by another 15 days.
  • Germany has extended the nationwide lockdown to April 19.
  • Spain has now passed 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

Central America

  • Cuba has suspended international passenger flights.

South America

  • Brazil has reported the first case of COVID-19 amongst indigenous tribes.
  • Colombia has recorded the first two cases of the virus amongst indigenous people.

Middle East

  • The total number of cases in Iranhas now reached 47,593.
  • Afghanistan has implemented a partial curfew in the hope to contain the virus.
  • Saudi Arabia has urged pilgrims to not make plans for Hajj.

Asia

  • India has reported the first case of COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, where up to one million people live in close proximity.

 

Tuesday, March 31

North America

United States

  • The US government has arranged a flight to repatriate stranded Americans from Pakistan.

United Kingdom

  • British Airways has suspended all their flights from Gatwick airport.

Europe

Italy

  • Italy has reported another spike in the number of cases of COVID-19, registering 2,107 new infections on Tuesday, for a total of 105,792.
  • Italy has extended the lockdown measures until Easter.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • In Poland new protective measures have been issued including: those under 18 will only be allowed to leave the house if accompanied by an adult, maintaining a social distance of two meters, ban on rented bicycles, closure of parks, squares, and places of recreation, and a limit of 3 people per cash register in shops.
  • The Dutch government is to extend social distancing measures until the end of April.
  • New cases of COVID-19 in Ireland have halved.
  • Czech Republic has extended its free movement restrictions until April 11.

Central America

  • Jamaica has imposed a nationwide seven-day curfew. Everyone will be required to stay in their houses between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Mexico has declared a State of Emergency, with stricter measures including a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people and suspension of all non-essential activities.
  • Panama has announced that men and women will only be allowed to leave home on different days.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has reported 110 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,563.
  • Dubai has now entered a lockdown.

Asia

  • Vietnam will start a 15-day lockdown from Wednesday.
  • Indonesia has now suspended all foreign arrivals.

Africa

  • Burundi has confirmed the first case of COVID-19.
  • Sierra Leone has confirmed the first case of the virus in the country.
  • Tunisia has extended the lockdown measures to April 19.

Monday, March 30

North America

United States

  • Donald Trump has now extended the nationwide shutdown until the end of April.
  • A hospital ship has arrived in New York City this morning.

United Kingdom

  • Chartered flights are being arranged to fly stranded Britons home from abroad.
  • Dominic Cummings, the chief adviser for the Prime Minister, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Europe

Italy

  • Italy has recorded a fewer number of new cases, the lowest since March 17. The total number of cases in Italy is now 97,689.
  • The nationwide lockdown has now been extended until at least Easter.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Finland has now extended their protective measures until May 13, including closingroads from Helsinki, restricting traffic across the borders and banningpublic gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Cyprus has introduced a nighttime curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residents are allowed to leave their homes once a day and after receiving permission from an official telephone number. All shops, including essentials, are to be closed on Sundays.
  • The number of cases in the Netherlands has risen to 11,750.
  • Austria has ordered for masks to be compulsory for all shoppers.
  • Spain has overtaken China in the number of COVID-19 cases.
  • Montenegro has now imposed a nationwide lockdown with a nightly curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has issued new nationwide measures including a limit on indoor and outdoor public gatherings, with the exception of people from the same household going out together.Weddings may have a maximum of 5 peopleandfunerals a maximum of 10 people. The public should stay home exceptfor food shopping, medical care, exercise, work and study needs.

South America

  • Argentina has extended the nationwide quarantine to mid-April.

Middle East

  • Dubai has postponed Expo 2020 to October.

Asia

  • The Tokyo Olympics have now been postponed to July 23 – August 8,
  • Japan is extending entry bans to travelers who have been to the US, China, South Korea and most of Europe within 14 days. Japanese citizens who have been to those areas within 14 days will be asked to self-quarantine.
  • South Korea now requires all travelers from overseas to follow a mandatory two-week quarantine.

Africa

  • Police havebeen called to help enforcea three-week lockdown in
  • Botswana has now recorded its first three cases of COVID-19.

 

Sunday, March 29

North America

United States

  • The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has announced that the city will soon run out of ventilators and medical supplies.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning to residents in the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to avoid all non-essential travel.

Canada

  • Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has now recovered from the virus.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • According to Michael Gove, British Cabinet Office Minister, the UK should reach its peak in a couple of weeks.
  • There are now over 19,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Italy

  • Italy’s lockdown is to be extended.
  • The day-to-day deaths in the country have slowed down in the past 24 hours.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Moscowis now in full lockdown. The public is only allowed to leave the house to go to the nearest grocery store or pharmacy. Dogs can only be walked up to 100 meters from the house.
  • The total number of cases in France has now passed 40,000.
  • Serbia has announced new curfew measures. The curfew will now be active between 3 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced new preventive measures, including banning gatherings of more than 2 people. The public should only leave the house for groceries, medical reasons, work or school, or exercise.

South America

  • Argentina has seen a slowdown on the number of new cases, registering only 55 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has increased protective measures, including banning residents from entering or leaving the city of Jeddah.

Asia

  • Tokyo, Japan,has seen a record daily increase with 68 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases is now 1,800.
  • Domestic flights are to resume in the Hubei province.
  • All travelers arriving or transiting in South Korea will be subject to a two-week mandatory quarantine.
  • Timor-Lestehas declareda State of Emergency and it will run until April 26. Foreigners are now prohibited from entering the country and everyone must wear masks when on commercial property. All schools are to be closed.

Africa

  • The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced the lockdown of the cities of Lagos and Abuja.

Saturday, March 28

The WHO (World Health Organization) has released a Fact Check about how COVID-19 is spread.

North America

United States

  • The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has confirmed that the number of cases in the state has increased to over 52,000 cases. Click here for his latest press conference.
  • A hospital ship is now headed to New York City to help ease the pressure on the healthcare system.
  • The United States is the first country to have passed 100,000 cases of COVID-19.
  • A hospital ship has now docked in California to provide extra beds and medical facilities.

Canada

  • Starting Monday, March 30, Canada will prevent anyone presenting symptoms to board any domestic flights or inter-city trains.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • The British Government has sent three more flights to rescue British citizens trapped in Peru.
  • Oxford University is now recruiting volunteers for the UK’s first vaccinations trials.

Italy

  • The total number of deaths in the country has now passed 10,000.
  • Italy has now surpassed China with a total of over 90,000 cases of COVID-19.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has declared that all non-essential workers must stay home for the next two weeks.
  • The number of cases in Ireland has risen to 2,415.
  • Portugal has now announced that the government will treat all migrants as permanent residents until July 1 to make sure that everyone receives the correct care during the outbreak.
  • Russia is to close its borders and set up checkpoints from Monday, March 30.

South America

  • Argentina has seen a spike in the number of new cases with 101 new infections, bringing the total to 609.

Middle East

  • The Taliban in Afghanistan has established a center for the treatment and isolation of COVID-19.
  • The United Arab Emirates has confirmed that the nightly curfew is to be extended to April 5.

Asia

  • Singapore has reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total up to 802. Most of the cases are from patients arriving from overseas.
  • The governor of Tokyo, Japan, has urged the public to not congregate to observe the cherry blossoms.
  • South Korea has now reported the highest number of cases in a week with 146 new infections.

Africa

  • The continent has over 2,600 cases of the virus.

 

Friday, March 27

To watch the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest press conference click here.

North America

United States

  • The State of Louisiana is expected to see the next big wave of infections.
  • The United States has now passed China and Italy in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Europe

United Kingdom

  • Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Firefighters, retired police officers, and former ambulance workers have been called to action to help the NHS in this crisis.
  • Gatwick airport has announced the closure of its Terminal North until April 1.

Italy

  • The country has recorded the highest daily death rate to date, with 919 deaths. The total number of cases in Italy is now over 80,000.
  • According to the head of the National Health Institute in Italy, the country has not yet reach the peak of the outbreak.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Total number of cases in Greece has risen to over 900.
  • The government in Sweden is still refusing to close bars and restaurants.
  • The government in France has extended the lockdown by another two weeks.
  • Germany has sent rescue flights to stranded tourists in Nepal.
  • The government in Hungary has now announced that leaving the house for non-essential reasons will no longer be permitted.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Travelers returning to Australia will now be quarantined for 14 days instead of self-isolating.

Middle East

  • Syria is banning travel between cities. The new measures will start on Sunday, together with a curfew to run between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Iraq has extended a nationwide curfew by another two weeks.
  • Lebanon has extended the country’s lockdown by another two weeks.

Asia

  • Vietnamhas limited domestic flights and banned public gatherings for the next two weeks.
  • Mainland China has reported the first domestically-transmitted infection in three days.

Africa

  • Zimbabwe has now gone into lockdown for 21 days. Only state and health workers will be allowed to leave their houses.
  • The total number of cases in the continent has now passed 3,000.

Thursday, March 26

North America

United States

  • New coronavirus guidelines are being prepared by the government for US counties based on risk of contracting the disease.
  • According to John Hopkins University, the United States ranks third in the world for the number of COVID-19 cases.

Europe

The EU’s Border Agency has uploaded a map of Europe highlighting travel restrictions.

United Kingdom

  • The number of cases in the UK has now risen to 11,658.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • In Spain, the figures show a slowdown on the number of new cases for the first time in a week.
  • The number of cases in the Netherlands has increased to 434.
  • Moscow has announced the closure of bars, parks and non-essential shops.
  • The entire region around Helsinki, Finland, has now been isolated from the rest of the country in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
  • Russia has now grounded all civilian international flights.

South America

  • Mexico has suspended non-essential activities as of today.
  • Argentina has recorded an increase in the number of cases bringing the total to 502.

Middle East

  • Lebanon will begin an overnight shutdown which will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The country has also extended the nationwide lockdown by another 12 weeks until April 12.

Asia

  • China will close borders to foreign nationals starting this weekend. For more information, please refer to the Civil Aviation Administration of China
  • Singapore has now banned short-term visitors to enter or transit through the country.

Africa

  • Zambia is to start a partial shutdown which includes restricting gatherings of 50 people and more, as well as closing bars and restaurants.
  • Egypt has closed the Pyramid of Giza for the next two weeks.
  • Uganda’s government has now banned all public transportation.
  • Kenya is now implementing a nighttime curfew.

 

Wednesday, March 25

The United Nations (UN) has now launched a Global Humanitarian Response Plan for the COVID-19 crisis.

North America

United States

  • The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has announcedthat unless the public willingly reduces their exposure to the virus, streets, parks and playgrounds will be closed.

Canada

The government in Canada is now imposing mandatory self-isolation for anyone returning to the country.

United Kingdom

  • Prince Charles has tested positive for the virus.
  • More tube services in London may be cut.

Europe

Italy

The rate of new cases has slowed down for the fourth day in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Turkey has extended school closures until April 30.
  • The number of cases in Switzerland has now risen to 9,750.
  • Russian President Putin has postponed a nationwide vote on new constitutional amendments.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has declared a State of Emergency, asking the country to go in lockdown for the next four weeks.

South America

  • Argentina has confirmed 387 cases of COVID-19.

Middle East

  • The number of cases in Saudi Arabiahas now reached 900.
  • Iranis planning to ban intercity travel. Iran has now recorded over 27,000 cases of COVID-19.
  • Rabbis in Israel have made an exemption for the Passover feast, telling people that they do not need to gather with family and friends to celebrate.

Asia

  • The governor of Tokyo has confirmed a lockdown will now be in place until April 12.
  • China is scaling up screenings and quarantine rules for all arrivals. The total number of new cases in the country has lowered to 47, all of which were from travelers returning home.

Africa

  • Libya has confirmed the first case of COVID-19.

 

Tuesday, March 24

North America

United States

  • The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has given his daily briefing today at the Javits Center. To watch, click here.
  • The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has issued a stay at home order.

United Kingdom

  • The total cases in the UK have now risen to over 8,000.
  • The government in the UK has released full guidance for the public on how to implement the lockdown.

Europe

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Cyprus has announced a nationwide lockdown to last until April 15.
  • Ireland has closed all non-essential retail businesses and all sports and entertainment events are now canceled. Restaurants and bars can only offer takeaway service.
  • Slovenia has implemented health checks on its border with Austria.
  • The government in Russia has now ordered nightclubs and cinemas to close.
  • Switzerland has now confirmed nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19.
  • Romania has announced a nationwide lockdown to start on Wednesday, March 25.
  • Poland has banned gatherings of more than 2 people.

Australia and New Zealand

  • The government in Australia has implemented stricter measures including the closure of auction houses, food courts in shopping centers, beauty services, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, hairdressers and barbers.

South America

  • Easter Island has confirmed the first case of COVID-19.

Middle East

  • The United Arab Emirates have confirmed the total number of cases to be 248.

Asia

  • Train services in the Hubei province are due to start again from Wednesday.
  • India has announced a nationwide lockdown for the next 21 days.
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have now been postponed to 2021.
  • Wuhan travel restrictions will be lifted on April 8.
  • Vietnam has closed Ho Chi Minh City’s restaurants.

Africa

  • Egypt has now declared a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. is to start on Wednesday for the next two weeks.
  • South Africa total number of cases has now reached 554.

 

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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