Covid-19 Movement Restrictions

Politics • Oceanian
2020-04-09T04:04:54+00:00
New Zealand orders quarantine for returning citizens in coronavirus battle

New Zealand will begin moving citizens to compulsory quarantine from Friday as they return from overseas, stepping up its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus halfway through a four-week nationwide lockdown. "No one goes home, everyone goes into a managed facility," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, adding that 14 days spent in a government-approved facility would be a prerequisite for all foreign travellers. "Even one person slipping through the cracks and bringing the virus in can see an explosion in cases, as we have observed with some of our bigger clusters," she told a media briefing in Wellington on Thursday.

Politics • European
2020-04-08T21:09:38+00:00
France's to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11,000

France reported the increase of hospital death fatalities slowing again, but the presidential palace said nonetheless the national lockdown aimed at containing the disease would be extended. The lockdown, that took effect on March 17 and has already been extended once, will now go beyond April 15. The total death toll, including Tuesday's nursing homes' figures, is up 5% at 10,869.

Lifestyle • Hotels
2020-04-08T11:13:31+00:00
Portuguese hotels to lay off 85% of workers in April, says Hotels Association AHP

Around 85% of hotel workers in Portugal will be temporarily laid off in April due to the impact the fast-spreading coronavirus is having on the country's tourism-dependent economy, Hotels Association AHP said on Wednesday. It said 93.8% of Portuguese hotels will or have already applied to be able to temporarily lay off workers. The measure allows companies to temporarily suspend jobs or reduce working hours but does not let them fire or make workers redundant.

Politics • Asian
2020-04-08T11:04:44+00:00
South Korea imposes new coronavirus travel restrictions

South Korea's government said on Wednesday it will increase restrictions on people traveling from overseas to prevent new coronavirus infections. The country will temporarily suspend visa waivers for citizens of countries that have imposed travel bans on South Koreans, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said. The change will affect travelers from at least 88 countries, including Australia, Canada, Russia, and France, among others.

Politics • Asian • India
2020-04-08T10:40:19+00:00
India considers narrowing lockdown to coronavirus hotspots

India is considering plans to seal off coronavirus hotspots in Delhi, Mumbai and parts of the south while easing curbs elsewhere as a way out of a three-week lockdown that has caused deep economic distress, officials said on Wednesday. "To manage coronavirus, we are working on a cluster containment strategy," said Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal, leading the effort to tackle the outbreak.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-04-08T07:51:04+00:00
China's Wuhan ends its coronavirus lockdown

The Chinese city where the new coronavirus emerged ended its more-than two-month lockdown on Wednesday, even as the northern city Suifenhe ordered restrictions on its residents amid concern about a second wave of infections. Wuhan has reported just three new confirmed infections in the past 21 days and only two in the past two weeks.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-04-03T17:34:57+00:00
Poll: German government at 72% approval for their crisis management

With the country having movement restrictions and social distancing measures in place, and 51% of the German citizens fearing that they or their relatives could contract the coronavirus, around 72% of people responded in a survey that they are satisfied with the work of the government.

Politics • American • US
2020-04-03T09:30:37+00:00
NIAID director Dr. Fauci calls for federal stay-at-home order

The director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Faucy has said that he doesn't understand why a federal stay-at-home order hasn't been implemented yet and advocated to mandate such order saying "We really should be".

Politics • Asian
2020-04-03T09:07:08+00:00
President of the Philippines orders people to be shot if protests continue

In a televised address the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he ordered the police, military and officials of villages to shoot citizens dead if "there's violence and your lives are in danger". This order follows the protests against the lack of supplies since the lockdown started two weeks ago. Protestors argue that they haven't received any food packages, while the government refutes these claims.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-03-31T11:03:56+00:00
Airbnb announces $250 million fund to support hosts during pandemic

In order to support the hosts, that rent out their living space on Airbnb, the platform has announced to pay out up to $250 million in order to compensate parts of the losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and cancellations. Guests will be able to cancel bookings made "on or before March 14 with a check-in between March 14 and May 31, 2020" for a full refund and Airbnb bill pay the hosts 25% of the normal cancellation policy.

Politics • Asian • Russia
2020-03-30T21:02:27+00:00
Moscow goes into lockdown

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin declared the 13 million residents of the Russian Capital, Moscow, are to stay home, exceptions made for medical emergencies and run to nearby shops.
The city will enforce this rule using a system of special passes and electronic surveillance -- cameras with facial recognition and cell phone location data.

Business • Economy
2020-03-29T18:13:56+00:00
Thailand's king isolates in German four-star hotel

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the King of Thailand also known as Rama X, has booked the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl. The hotel got a special permit to host the king and a part of his entourage because they form a "single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation", but 119 members of said entourage have been sent back to Thailand due to suspicions of the coronavirus. The group includes 20 concubines and numerous servants, but it is unclear if the king's four wives are staying at the hotel as well.

Politics • American • Canada
2020-03-29T06:49:18+00:00
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announces that she has recovered from the coronavirus

In a Facebook post Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has announced that she has successfully recovered from the coronavirus. Her husband and prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has said that his family had self-isolated for the recommended 14-day quarantine period, but will continue to stay at home during the pandemic.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-03-27T05:39:04+00:00
China closes borders to prevent now Covid-19 from travellers

Most of the new coronavirus cases in China over the past weeks have been detected in people coming from abroad, while the newly reported local infections have steadily declined. On some days there were zero new local cases. In total China reported around 500 new cases over the past weeks and announced that it'll close its borders as a response.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-03-26T14:48:39+00:00
Seasonal and harvest workers no longer allowed to enter Germany

The German government is barring entry to seasonal workers from abroad, including other EU countries, in order to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Around 300,000 seasonal workers come to Germany each year to help with harvesting crops such as asparagus and strawberries.

Politics • American • South America
2020-03-25T18:02:19+00:00
Brazil gangs declare strict curfews over favelas to slow corona virus from spreading

With Brazil’s coronavirus death toll rising to 46, gang members in the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in western Rio order residents to remain indoors after 8pm. The gang uses loudspeakers broadcasting an alert: “Anyone found messing or walking around outside will be punished.” The gangs of other favelas are following this principle and threaten the 2mio favela-residents to remain at home during the crisis.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
2020-03-25T16:03:23+00:00
London City Airport suspends flights until end of April

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, London City Airport is suspending all commercial and private flights from Wednesday on. In an official statement, the airport states that all staff would continue to be employed during this period.

Politics • European
2020-03-25T14:55:27+00:00
Death toll rises to 3,434 in Spain

The number of deaths in Spain as a result of the novel Coronavirus rose to 3,434 on Tuesday. 47,610 people have been infected and 3,166 are being treated in ICU. Spain has called for a nationwide lockdown on March 14th, and health authorities hope that these measures will soon result in decreasing numbers.

Health
2020-03-25T07:26:04+00:00
Man in Taiwan fined $33,000 for breaking self-isolation

During a routine police check at a nightclub, the man was caught violating his mandatory 14-day self-isolation after he had returned from Southeast Asia. He got the maximum fine of 1 million Taiwanese Dollar which translates to around $33,000 US Dollar.

Politics • American • South America
2020-03-25T07:02:40+00:00
Brazilian President, Bolsonaro, dismisses Covid-19 pandemic and face protests

During a live TV pronouncement, President Jair Bolsonaro has called the virus "little flu" and stated the pandemic is a "fantasy." The Brazilian President ordered State Governors to end the quarantine currently in place on São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro -- Brazil's two most populous states.
There were protests across the country, with quarantined people banging pots and pans from their balconies.