Covid-19 Movement Restrictions

Politics • American • US
2020-07-02T09:46:02+00:00
Bars, restaurants and other indoor businesses ordered to close in 19 Californian counties
Bars, restaurants and other indoor businesses ordered to close in 19 Californian counties
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor businesses such as restaurants, theatres and museums amid rising numbers of Covid-19 infections. The new shutdown applies to 19 counties and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

"The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," so Newsom in a video news conference. "We’ve seen increased activity where people simply aren’t able to practice social distancing."

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
2020-07-01T22:30:02+00:00
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
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Alitalia on Wednesday resumed international flights from Milan Malpensa airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London, as Italy gradually reopens its airports to foreign travellers and scraps restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Also, during this month, the company will start flying to a dozen domestic destinations from Milan Malpensa.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-07-01T10:01:54+00:00
Brazil issues Covid-19 international border restrictions for 30 days
Rio de Janeiro view from the Sugar Loaf
Rio de Janeiro view from the Sugar Loaf Credit: Raphael Nogueira

The Brazilian Government published an ordinance restricting foreign nationals access to the country for 30 days.

"It is restricted, for thirty days, the entry into the country of foreigners of any nationality, by road, by other terrestrial means, by air or by water transport", says the ordinance.

Excluded from the restrictions does not apply are those arriving by air "to establish residency for a specific time and who hold a temporary visa for the following purposes:" research, teaching or academic extension; study; job; making investment; family meeting; artistic or sporting activities with a fixed-term contract ".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-30T20:00:01+00:00
Arizona closes various business amid new rise in Covid-19 case
Arizona closes various business amid new rise in Covid-19 case
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Arizona is closing a broad range of business again as the state sees a rising number of Covid-19 infections. Among the businesses affected are bars, gyms, theatres and water parks.

"Our expectation is that next week, our numbers will be worse," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said. "It will take several weeks for the mitigations we are putting in place to take effect."

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-30T14:10:01+00:00
City of Leicester sees lockdown tightened as Covid-19 cases rise
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

The British Government has imposed a tight lockdown on the English city of Leicester after a local increase on the number of Covid-19 cases. The lockdown mandates all non-essential shops to close on Tuesday, and schools will follow closing on Thursday.

On Monday evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the city had "10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week". He also said that "We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester."

Politics • American • South America
2020-06-29T23:00:02+00:00
Uruguay is the only Latin American country in EU's Covid-19 'safe list'
Munich International Airport passport control
Munich International Airport passport control Credit: Vasyatka1 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from July 1, and the only Latin American country is Uruguay.

As infection rates in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia are still high, their nationals will face travel restrictions.

The current list is formed by Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-28T18:00:01+00:00
500,000 Chinese people go into lockdown again
500,000 Chinese people go into lockdown again
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Near Beijing, 500,000 people are in mandatory lockdown again.

The Chinese government has announced that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the capital city has risen again and the city of Anxin will now be "fully locked and controlled". Only one person per household is allowed to go outside to buy groceries and medicine.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-27T16:30:02+00:00
Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
Hong Kong annual pro-democracy demo banned by police
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For the first time in 17 years, since the demonstration has first been held in 2003, the Hong Kong police have banned the annual pro-democracy demonstration on July 1. According to the organizers the police stated that the reason for the ban is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the claim that social distancing measures wouldn't be able to be upheld as well as previous unrest. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) has shared an official letter which stated that only group gatherings of up to 50 people could be permitted.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-06-27T04:16:02+00:00
European Union will bar most travelers from dozens of countries, including U.S. and Russia
European Union will bar most travelers from dozens of countries, including U.S. and Russia
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A European vacation won't be happening for many this summer. On Friday, E.U. officials announced that most travelers from a list of dozens of countries that still haven't contained the coronavirus outbreak wouldn't be allowed into the E.U. as they are considered a risk.

Among those countries are Russia and the United States. Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit but only if E.U. travelers won't be barred from entering China.

Politics • European
2020-06-26T07:00:02+00:00
Ireland to ease travel restrictions, visitors from the UK "highly likely" to still need to go into quarantine
Ireland to ease travel restrictions, visitors from the UK "highly likely" to still need to go into quarantine
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From next month on Ireland is planning to ease the quarantine restrictions for travelers from other countries that have low infection rates. According to a memo of the Irish Cabinet, a "mandatory restricted movement" will be kept in place for travelers from countries with high levels of Covid-19 infections. It is "highly likely" that this will include the United Kingdom because of its "significantly poorer" response to the pandemic.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-06-24T07:40:01+00:00
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
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According to CNN politics, the different member states of the European Union are discussing entry restrictions for travelers from countries "where the virus is circulating most actively" as the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are being eased across Europe while the first Covid-19 wave is still active in various countries around the world. The European Commission is set to make recommendations to the EU member states on which countries to restrict travel from with the criteria being " focused on circulation of the virus".

Science • Medicine
2020-06-23T23:00:02+00:00
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
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Christian Pfeiffer, the criminologist and former SPD Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, sees the corona restrictions as a possible cause for the riots in Stuttgart. Pent-up anger from the contact restrictions and frustration are apparently the cause of the events, but not political motives.

Lifestyle • Travel
2020-06-23T22:00:01+00:00
Finland to remove Covid-19 restrictions for some European tourists
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, Finland Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Finland’s Minister of Interior Maria Ohisal announced the country would remove, from July 13, restrictions for leisure travellers from European countries where infection rate remained at a maximum of 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of two weeks.

Lifestyle • Religion
2020-06-23T12:00:01+00:00
Covid-19: Saudi Arabia has banned international pilgrims for Hajj this year
The Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque
The Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque Credit: Tahir mq (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Saudi Arabia authorities announced on Monday strong restrictions to the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj this year. Only citizens who are already resident in the country will be allowed to journey to Mecca.

The Saudi ministry of hajj said the decision was aimed at preserving global public health because of the risks associated with large gatherings.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T09:00:02+00:00
United States congressman launches investigation on why Nigel Farage was at Trump rally despite Covid-19 travel ban
Screenshot of Nigel Farage's Tweet, announcing his arrival in the United States
Screenshot of Nigel Farage's Tweet, announcing his arrival in the United States Credit: @nigel_farage via Twitter

The former member of the European Parliament and former leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage has attended the Donald Trump Rally in Tulsa. United States congressman Bennie G Thompson who chairs the committee on homeland security has now requested all documents and information on why the politician has been allowed to travel to the United States despite the ban on all travel from the United Kingdom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Farage had gotten an exception under the "national interest" clause.

Sports • Soccer
2020-06-18T12:30:02+00:00
Spain: Fan sneaks into stadium as La Liga restarts
Camp Nou
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The first match for Barcelona after the Corona-19 break started with a gap in the security concept. Despite stricter regulations and ghost games, a fan managed to gain unauthorized access to the stadium and enter the field. Security forces only came in after a short time and led the "streaker" away.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-17T10:30:02+00:00
Beijing closes schools and cancels flights amid rising Covid-19 cases
People, who had been in contact with the Xinfadi Wholesale Market waiting in line for nucleic acid testing at a Chinese epidemic control testing site at Beixiaguan Street, Haidian District, June 16, 2020
People, who had been in contact with the Xinfadi Wholesale Market waiting in line for nucleic acid testing at a Chinese epidemic control testing site at Beixiaguan Street, Haidian District, June 16, 2020 Credit: 舞月書生 / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Beijing's health alert has been raised to the second-highest level on Tuesday after medical authorities have confirmed 106 new Covid-19 cases since last week. In response, the city has closed schools and Beijing Airport has cancelled over 1,200 flights in an effort to contain a second outbreak. A new cluster of cases is believed to have its origin in the Xinfadi wholesale food market and almost 30 residential compounds have been put under quarantine. Beijing reported 31 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-16T07:30:01+00:00
Germany sets apartment complex in Berlin-Neukölln under quarantine
Germany sets apartment complex in Berlin-Neukölln under quarantine
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After two children developed Covid-19 symptoms, an apartment complex in Berlin Neukölln has been set under quarantine. More than 50 of the residents have tested positive for Covid-19 already as the testing is still ongoing. The district health council Falko Liecke has stated that he isn't sure how many people in total live in the complex, as the data on how many people live in a certain flat is not tracked by the government.

Lifestyle
2020-06-15T08:30:01+00:00
6.000 people at illegal raves in England - one dead

The police are investigating after 4.000 attended an illegal rave in Droylsden in North-Western England. According to reports, one 20-year-old man has died from an overdose of drugs. At an illegal rave with 2.000 attendees in Carrington near Manchester, an 18-year-old woman has reportedly been raped and one 18-year-old has been seriously injured after been stabbed with a knife. One person was arrested due to suspected weapon carriage. The raves violated the Covid-19 contact restrictions.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-06-14T16:16:01+00:00
Thousands sing in Hong Kong for first anniversary of protests

Across the city, thousands of protestors have sung a protest anthem and chanted slogans to mark the one year anniversary of the ongoing demonstrations. The police have declared the protests unlawful and made several arrests, saying that they are in breach with the Anti-Covid-19 regulations regarding large groups.