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As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

The European Union will allow visitors from 15 countries starting July 1 but will not admit those from the United States, Russia, or Brazil.
The list of approved countries included Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while travelers from China will be permitted if China reciprocates
Many view the decision as a strong rebuke of Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Admittance will be determined the traveler’s country of residence, not nationality, officials …

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Cases Cross 10 Million Mark, Deaths 500,000

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Cases Cross 10 Million Mark, Deaths 500,000

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 10.15 million, an increase of over 175,568 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 5.5 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 502,537.
The number of daily deaths was 4,547 on Tuesday.
The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, …

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

The United Kingdom plans to exempt travelers from multiple European countries from its 14-day self-quarantine rules come summer.  The exemption will come from so-called “air bridge” agreements with other countries that will allow travelers from the two countries to visit the other.
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that air bridges would only be formed with countries that have a coronavirus test and trace system that follows the same standards used …

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Friday, June 26, 2020 – Cases Approach 10 Million, Deaths 500,000

Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Friday, June 26, 2020 – Cases Approach 10 Million, Deaths 500,000

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 9.75 million, an increase of over 180,573 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 5.28 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 492,671.
The number of daily deaths was 5,179 on Tuesday.
The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, …

Coronavirus News: June 22 – Cases Rise in 18 States, Germany’s R0 Rate Jumps to 2.88

Coronavirus News: June 22 – Cases Rise in 18 States, Germany’s R0 Rate Jumps to 2.88

The critical R0 figure in Germany rose from 1.79 to 2.88 in one day, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut.  A few days earlier it had been below 1.0.  R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.  Based on a seven-day average, the reproduction rate jumped to 2.03, according to RKI statistics from Sunday.
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Coronavirus News: June 15 – Cases Surge Globally, Beijing Under Lockdown, N.Y. Warns of Another Lockdown

Coronavirus News: June 15 – Cases Surge Globally, Beijing Under Lockdown, N.Y. Warns of Another Lockdown

A new spike in cases in a section of Beijing has resulted in part of the city being placed in lockdown.  The new cases were traced to the Xinfadi food market in the south part of the city. The market provides more than 90% of Beijing’s fruits and vegetables according to state media and is nicknamed the “fruit bowl” of the city.
Health officials said that the rate of infection the United …

Europe Reopens to Visitors, But Americans Aren’t Invited

Much of Europe will undergo a grand reopening of sorts on Monday and Tuesday as these two days mark when a multiple countries will reopen their borders.  But the list of countries whose citizens will be admitted is quite limited in some cases and varies greatly from land to land.
Indeed, June 15 marks the official date for border controls between Schengen member states to be lifted, although each country will …