Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 8, 2020 – N.Y. Reopens, U.K. Quarantine in Effect

By Anna Breuer on 8 June 2020
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New York City is reopening, 100 days after the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in the city.  Officials expect over 400,000 people to return to their place of business.

The United Kingdom is proceeding with a two-week quarantine on international arrivals. British Airways, EasyJet, and other carriers say the quarantine will devastate tourism and kill any chance for a summer recovery.

With no active coronavirus cases, New Zealand will lift almost all of the coronavirus-related restrictions it had put into place during the course of the outbreak.

Disney Resort hotels will reopen on June 22, several weeks before Walt Disney World reopens on July 11.

Florida has seen a significant spike in coronavirus cases since the state began to reopen.  There have been more then 1,000 new cases for five consecutive days, with an additional 1,100 new cases and 12 new virus-related deaths reported on Sunday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that synagogues, churches, and other houses of worship may conduct services as part of the Phase 2 reopening, albeit with a limit of 25% occupancy.

Health experts continue to express concern that the coronavirus is spreading among protesters, although many wear masks and attempt to maintain some form of social distancing.

Meanwhile, India reported nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the largest single-day spike since the outbreak began.


06-08 Volkswagen is offering customers a remote digital signature option for car purchases.  Called Sign Anywhere, it allows car buyers to use a laptop or smartphone to complete a transaction remotely and safely.

06-07 Aida Cruises, the German subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, said it will suspend all 2020 cruises that stop in the United States and Canada.

06-07 Germany is spending billions of euros to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles in an effort to stimulate the economy. The government will double existing subsidies to €6,000 ($6,720) on electric vehicles that cost up to €40,000 ($44,800).

06-07 Las Vegas has reopened, albeit with major change. In addition to following the hotel industry and CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and sanitation, some casinos will separate gamblers at the tables with acrylic panels.

06-06 The Department of State, which is responsible for issuing U.S. passports, is exploring reopening in cities where conditions relating to the pandemic are showing signs of great improvement.  Currently, passports are only being issued to individuals who need one in the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency, the agency said.

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