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Coronavirus Covid-19: Live Updates And Latest News

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Bébé Voyage monitors 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 Organization for practical advice.

This post will be updated weekly, with the newest information found at the top of the article. Scroll down for older information.

Friday, March 5

North America

United States

  • New York State has announced that travelers will no longer be required to quarantine if they’ve been fully vaccinated within the last 90 days.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate and says most businesses may open at full capacity next week.

Canada

  • Alberta has moved into Step 2 of its plan to ease restrictions. Libraries have been allowed to reopen at limited capacity and some low-intensity group fitness activities can resume indoors.
  • Manitoba has loosened some restrictions. People will be allowed to have another entire household visit in their home and outdoor public gatherings can increase to 10 people. Maximum capacity at stores and restaurants will increase to 50 per cent and indoor religious services can run at 25 per cent capacity. Licensed establishments can reopen their video lottery terminals.

United Kingdom

  • UK schools are due to reopen on March 8.
  • England has announced that from March 8, travelers flying from England must state the reason for their trip to be able to travel.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 24,036 new cases in one day.
  • France has announced that haulers from Ireland will not be required to carry proof of a negative coronavirus test.
  • Sweden has recorded 4,831 new infections.
  • Greece has extended lockdown measures in the wider Athens region until March 16. The county has also announced that it will allow vaccinated tourists coming from Britain to enter the country without restrictions.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand will lift the seven-day lockdown in the city of Auckland on Sunday.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported 8,300 new cases.

Asia

  • Japan has extended the state of emergency by two weeks.
  • The Philippines have recorded 52 new cases.

South America

  • Brazil has recorded two straight days of record covid deaths.

 

Friday, February 26

North America

Canada

  • Ontario reported 1,258 new cases on Friday, its highest daily case count since February 13.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Finland will close recreational venues for two weeks.
  • Germany will allow students in Berlin schools to repeat the year due to the disruptions caused by Covid.
  • France and Germany have agreed to require coronavirus tests for workers commuting across their shared border.
  • Cyprus is to reopen high schools, gyms, pools, dance academies and art galleries from Monday.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported one new community case. Air New Zealand has now halted all flights to Australia until Sunday.
  • Victoria is to start easing restrictions including increasing outdoor gatherings to 100 people. Households will be able to host up to 30 people.

Asia

  • The Philippines have reported 2,651 new cases in one day.
  • Mainland China has reported six new cases.
  • South Korea has extended social distancing measures until March 14.

Wednesday, February 24

United Kingdom

  • Scotland is to start easing lockdown restrictions on April 26.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy is expected to extend restrictions for another month.
  • Switzerland is to start easing lockdown measures from March 1, with the reopening of shops, museums and libraries and allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people.
  • Greece has extended lockdown measures in the Athens region until March 1.
  • Denmark is set to reopen schools in part of the country on March 1.
  • Ireland has extended its lockdown until April. Some schools will be allowed to reopen next week.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has closed Papatoetoe in Auckland, one of the country’s biggest high schools, after two students and two parents have tested positive.

Asia

China has reported 12 new cases in one day

Monday, February 22

United States

  • The land borders closure for non-essential travel with Canada and Mexico has been extended to March 21.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 10,641 new cases.
  • England has announced a four-stage plan to lift the lockdown:
  • From March 8: All schools will reopen, and people will be allowed to socialize in parks and public spaces with one other person.
  • From April 12: shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues will be allowed to reopen.
  • From May 17: Two households or groups up to six people will be allowed to mix indoors. Limited crowds at sporting events will also be allowed.
  • From June 21: all remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted. Large events and nightclubs will be allowed to operate.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 9,630 new infections. The country has extended the ban on non-essential travel between regions until March 27.
  • Germany has reopened primary schools and kindergartens in 10 German regions.
  • Poland has announced that there will be no quarantine requirements when entering the country with a negative covid test.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand have resumed quarantine-free travel between the two countries.

Asia

  • India has imposed new restrictions in Mumbai including the ban of all religious, social and political gatherings.

Thursday, February 18

North America

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has extended lockdown restrictions to April 1.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • The Netherlands has confirmed that the night-time curfew will remain in place.
  • Germany has recorded 10,207 new infections in one day.
  • France has recorded 22,501 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has gone for more than 48 hours since detecting a new local transmission in Victoria state.

Asia

  • Malaysia has reported 2,712 new cases.
  • Thailand has recorded 150 new infections.
  • India is to test travelers from Brazil, South Africa and the UK for new virus strains.

Tuesday, February 16

North America

United States

  • Connecticut has recorded its first case of the South African virus variant.
  • California will reopen elementary schools in Los Angeles County for in-person learning from today.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has confirmed that schools will have a phased reopening, starting with children ages four to seven and secondary school pupils that are required to carry out practical assignments. Students will be going back starting Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has placed 850 people in the city of Osnabrück under quarantine, after 200 people tested positive for the virus.
  • Norway will start lifting some of the restrictions from Thursday.
  • Czech Republic is to reopen its schools on March 1.
  • Italy has reported 10,386 new cases in one day.
  • Russia has extended the UK flight ban until mid-March.
  • Greenland has extended its ban on travelers entering the country until April 18.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded 8,011 new cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported zero new cases.
  • New South Wales has recorded 30 straight days without local transmissions.

Asia

  • Hong Kong will reopen sports and entertainment facilities from February 18. Dining hours will also be extended by four hours with catering businesses able to close at 10 p.m.

Africa

  • South Africa has reopened its major land borders with its neighboring countries.

 

 

Monday, February 15

North America

United States

  • Fewer than 65,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S. on Monday, the lowest single-day case increase since October 25.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 9,765 new infections. This is the first time since October that the country has recorded fewer than 10,000 cases in one day.
  • The UK’s new rules on international arrivals from 33 red-listed countries have come into effect from today. People who are required to follow the quarantine hotel program will only be allowed entry from a designated port and must have a pre-booked package with government managed facilities.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has reported 4,376 new cases in one day.
  • Italy has extended the closure of ski resorts and ski hills until March 5.

Middle East

  • Israel has signed an agreement with Cyprus that will allow vaccinated citizens from both countries to travel freely between them.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has put Auckland into a new three-day lockdown after three community cases of the UK variant have been confirmed.
  • Australia has suspended quarantine-free travel with New Zealand.

Asia

  • Cambodia has recorded the first case of UK variant.
  • Vietnam has put the Hai Duong province under new restrictions, asking residents to stay home for 15 days starting
  • Malaysia has reported 2,176 new cases in one day.

 

Friday, February 12

North America

United States

  • Nevada has announced that from February 15 most businesses and places of worship will be allowed to increase capacity to 100 people.

United Kingdom

  • The UK R value has fallen below 1 for the first time since July. It is now estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9.
  • The UK is set to ease some of the lockdown restrictions from Feb 22.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 13,908 new cases in one day.
  • Portugal has extended lockdown measures until March 1.
  • Germany has recorded 9,860 new cases in one day.
  • Greece has extended the lockdown measures to more regions.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported 7,298 new infections.
  • Israel is set to ease restrictions from Feb 23.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has put the city of Melbourne into a circuit breaker five-day lockdown.

Africa

  • Gabon has now restricted travel in and out of its capital city. The country has also expanded curfew hours by two extra hours, with the curfew now starting at 6 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 11

North America

United States

  • Illinois has announced that indoor service at bars and restaurants remains at 25% capacity but can now serve up to 50 people per room or floor, whichever is less.
  • New York will reopen major stadiums and arenas from February 23.
  • New Mexico has announced that it will drop the mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving from high-risk areas.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 13,494 new cases in one day.

Elsewhere in Europe 

  • Sweden has recorded another 12,370 new cases, the lowest number since December.
  • Ireland is set to extend the lockdown until April.
  • Czech Republic has announced stricter lockdown measures. The new measures will start on Friday in three districts from east to west.
  • Italy has announced that its ski resorts in the Lombardy region will reopen on February 15.
  • Germany has extended the partial lockdown until March 7. The country has also announced that it will ban travel from Czech Republic and from the Austrian region of Tyrol.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported more than 7,400 new cases in one day.

Asia

  • China has recorded two new cases, the lowest number in five months.
  • Thailand has reported 201 new infections.

 

 

Tuesday, February 9

North America

United States

  • Disney’s California Adventure park will reopen in mid-March for a “limited-time ticketed experience” of outdoor dining.

Canada

  • Toronto has extended the stay-at-home order for another two weeks.
  • Canada will require its citizens returning from the US to show a negative Covid test.

United Kingdom

  • England, Manchester, is set to start mass testing after the Kent variant has been detected.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Austria has now required all people leaving the province of Tyrol to provide a negative coronavirus test.
  • Sweden is planning to restrict the number of passengers on long-distance trains and buses.
  • Spain has announced the extension of border controls with Portugal until March 1.
  • Spain has extended a ban on arrivals by air from Britain, Brazil and South Africa until March 2.
  • Italy has recorded 10,630 new cases in one day.

Middle East

  • Israel has signed a travel agreement with Greece that will allowed vaccinated citizens to travel between the two countries once flights resume.

Africa

  • Equatorial Guinea has imposed a curfew, limited flights and reintroduced other restrictions to try and curb the spread of the virus.

 

 

Monday, February 8

North America

United States

  • New York City will reopen indoor dining from Friday at 25% capacity. Middle schools will also return to face-to-face teaching from February 25.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 14,401 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • The Netherlands will extend the nighttime curfew until March 3.
  • Italy has recorded another 7,970 new cases.
  • Austria has advised against travel to its alpine province of Tyrol after an outbreak of the South African variant.
  • France has banned homemade masks in schools.

Middle East

  • Israel has relaxed coronavirus restrictions and has reopened
  • Jordan has reopened barbershops and other businesses.
  • Iran has reported more than 7,300 new cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has reported a positive case released from 14-day quarantine.

South America

  • Argentina has detected the first cases of the Brazilian Covid-19 variant.

Asia

  • Vietnam has reported 49 new cases.
  • South Korea has recorded 289 new infections, the lowest number since November.

Thursday, February 4

North America

United States

  • The US has reported more than 119,000 new cases in one day.
  • Kansas has reported the first case of the UK variant.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 20,634 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has plans to launch a digital coronavirus vaccine passport by this summer.
  • Spain has loosened some restrictions in the Catalonia region, including reopeninggyms and allowing people to move outside their municipalities.

Middle East

  • Qatar has re-imposed a list of restrictions, including the closure of indoor swimming pools and theme parks and restricting restaurant capacities.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has put 500 tennis players and officials into isolation in Melbourne.
  • New Zealand has recorded one new community case.

Central America

  • Cuba will implement a new nightly curfew in Havana. People will not be able to leave their home after 9 p.m.

 

Wednesday, February 3

North America

United States

  • New Jersey will ease indoor dining gathering limits and lift the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants starting this Friday.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has announced a staggered return to school starting from February 22.
  • The UK has recorded another 19,202 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has recorded more than 1,000 new infections for a second consecutive day.
  • Sweden has announced that travelers will have to show a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours from arrival before being allowed to enter the country.
  • Denmark has announced plans to introduce an up-to-date coronavirus digital document.
  • Ukraine has announced plans to ease lockdown restrictions nationwide.
  • The Czech Republic has reported 9,057 new cases in one day.
  • The Netherlands has announced that the restrictive measures will stay in place until at least March 2.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has banned entry from 20 countries, including the US, UK, Brazil and South Africa, starting from Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Asia

  • Vietnam has reported 28 new cases in one day.

 

Monday, February 1

North America

United States

  • Chicago has postponed the reopening of public schools by at least one more day.
  • The US has recorded more than 110,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 18,607 new cases, the lowest daily increase since mid-December.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 7,295 new cases. The country has loosened restrictions in most regions from today.
  • Denmark will reopen school for primary children from next week.
  • Spain is to start easing restrictions from this week. People will be allowed to gather in groups up of to six people on outdoor restaurant terraces and the current 10 p.m. curfew will be changed to midnight.
  • Netherlands will reopen its primary schools from February 8.
  • Austria has announced it will relax its coronavirus lockdown from next Monday. Non-essential shops and schools will be allowed to reopen.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has put Perth into a five-day lockdown.

Middle East

  • Israel has extended the lockdown until Friday.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded 32 new cases.
  • Hong Kong is set to extend the social distancing measures for two weeks,until February 17.

Africa

  • Ghana has tightened restrictions in the country including a ban on gatherings.

 

Friday, January 29

North America

United States

  • The US has reported more than 164,000 new cases.
  • South Carolina has recorded its first case of the South African variant.

Canada

  • Canada has announced new restrictions for travelers including mandatory quarantine in hotels at their own expense.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 29,079 new cases in one day.
  • The Isle of Man will end its circuit breaker lockdown on Monday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has banned travelers from the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and Portugal until at least February 17.
  • Greece has postponed the reopening of high schools until next month.
  • Denmark has extended its restrictive measures for another three weeks.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has recorded no new locally transmitted cases.
  • New Zealand has recorded no new community cases.

Middle East

  • Emirates has suspended all flights out of the UK until further notice.

Asia

  • Vietnam has reported 53 new cases in one day.
  • Malaysia has reported 5,725 new cases.
  • South Korea has recorded more than 300 new cases.

 

Wednesday, January 27

North America

United States

  • New York State has announced the lifting of some restrictions in orange and yellow zones.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has announced that all arrivals from high-risk areas will have to follow a mandatory hotel quarantine.
  • The UK has recorded 25,308 new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland has announced that anyone entering the country from high-risk areas will need to show a negative coronavirus test. This new rule will apply from February 8.
  • Sweden has recorded 4,183 new cases in one day.
  • Cyprus has announced that primary schools and shopping malls will reopen on February 8.
  • Malta has canceled carnival events and imposed an 11 p.m. closing time on restaurants.
  • Germany is expected to announce tighter border controls.
  • Russia has announced that bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be able to reopen in Moscow.
  • Portugal has suspended all flights with Brazil from January 29 until at least February 14.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has recorded no new local cases for 10 days straight.
  • New Zealand has recorded two more cases of the South African variant.

South America

  • Peru has ordered total lockdown across 10 states.

Middle East

  • Bahrain will suspend dine-in services in restaurants and cafes. All schools will also move to remote learning for three weeks.
  • Oman has banned group events, including sports activities, and has suspended the opening of u

Asia

  • China has announced that people arriving in Beijingfrom low-risk areaswill have to provide a negative coronavirus test.
  • Thailand has announced that most schools will reopen in Bangkok from next week.

 

Monday, January 25

North America

United States

  • California has lifted the regional stay-at-home orders.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 22,195 new cases, a significant drop in daily number

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 8,561 new cases in one day.
  • Iceland will start issuing vaccination certificates which would allow travelers to avoidquarantine requirements.
  • Poland has reported 2,419 new cases.
  • Austria has confirmed that everyone over 14 must wear FFP2 masks on public transportation, in shops and at medical sites.
  • Bulgaria has announced that everyone entering the country will have to take a mandatory PCR test.
  • Ukraine has reopened schools, restaurants and gyms after a three-week lockdown.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has suspended its travel bubble with New Zealand for three days after a positive case of the South African variant hasbeen found in the community.

Central America

  • Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tested positive for Covid-19.

Middle East

  • Israel has banned all international flights in and out of the country for a week.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has lifted the lockdown in an area of Kowloon district.

 

Friday, January 22

North America

United States

  • The US has reported nearly 189,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 40,261 new infections.
  • The R rate of Covid-19 cases in the UKis now between 0.8 and 1.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Portugal has reported 9,920 new cases. The country has closed schools and universities for 15 days.
  • Denmark has suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days.
  • Greece is looking to ease lockdown measures by reopening high schools.
  • Ireland is considering extending lockdown measures for an extra six weeks.
  • Russia has recorded 21,513 new cases in one day.
  • France has introduced mandatory negative PCR tests for all arrivals.
  • Portugal has banned all flights from the UK.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 22,339 new cases in one day, a new record.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has ordered thousands of residents to stay in their homes for the city’s first lockdown.
  • Sri Lanka has reopened international borders to travelers from all countries.

 

Tuesday, January 19

North America

United States

  • California has become the first US state to record more than three million known infections.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has extended its lockdown until mid-February.
  • The UK has reported 33,355 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has extended the national lockdown until February 14. New rules about wearing medical masks inside shops and on public transportation will also become mandatory.
  • Spain has closed all bars and restaurants in the region of Valencia.
  • Sweden has recorded another 10,591 new cases in one day.
  • Denmark is considering extending the lockdown measures beyond February.
  • Russia has reported 21,734 new cases.

South America

  • Colombia will impose new nightly curfewsfrom8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the capital Bogota. The curfew will run from January 28 and stay in effect for at least two weeks.

Middle East

  • Israel has reported 10,021 new infections.

Asia

  • Japan has declared a state of emergency in the Okinawa region.
  • Taiwan has recorded four locally transmitted cases. The country has cancelled the upcoming festival for the Lunar New Year celebrations.
  • China has reported more than 100 cases for the seventh day in a row.
  • Nepal has banned all travelers from the UK, transiting included.

Africa

  • Rwanda has introduced lockdown measures in the capital Kigali. The new measures include a ban on people movement both in and out of the capital.

Monday, January 18

North America

United States

  • Virginia has reported the highestnumber of new cases since the pandemic has started, with 6,757 new infections on Saturday and 9,914 new cases on Sunday.
  • Los Angeles County has reported more than 11,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has issued new travel rules:all international arrivals will be subject to mandatory quarantine as well as proof of a negative covid test. The UKhas now closed all travel corridors.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has reopened its shops, under heavy restrictions, for the first time in two months.
  • Switzerland has closed schools and quarantined employees and guests in two luxury hotels in the city of St Moritz after a dozen cases of the new variant were
  • Norway is set to ease some restrictions as the number of infections seems to be slowing down. People will be allowed tohavea maximum of five guests and children and teenagers will be allowed to resume sports activities.
  • Russia has reported 22,857 new cases.
  • Austria and the German state of Bavaria have made FFP2 protective filter masks mandatory on public transportation and inshops from January 25.
  • Disneyland Paris has postponed its reopening to April 1.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 11,170 new cases.
  • Cuba has recorded 650 new infections, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded 5,806 new infections.

Asia

  • China has reported 109 new infections.
  • Hong Kong has recorded 107 new cases, the highest number in a month.

Africa

  • South Africa has delayed the reopening of schools.
  • Malawi has closed its schools for at least 15 days. Bars have now being given an 8 p.m.

 

Thursday, January 14

North America

United States

  • The US has reported more than 224,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has banned travel from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The ban will start tomorrow.
  • The UK has banned travel from Portugal.
  • The UK has surpassed 100,000 deaths.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • InMoscow, Russia, all coronavirus restrictions have been extended for another week with the exception of school closures. Children will be allowed to go back to school from Monday.
  • Germany has recorded another 25,164 new cases.
  • Portugal is to start a new nationwide lockdown from Friday.
  • Spain has reported 38,869 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Switzerland has announced new tighter restrictions to try and avoid a third wave.

Middle East

  • Lebanon has begun an 11-day, 24-hour

Central America

  • Cuba has suspended schools, cultural activities and public transportation.

South America

  • Colombia will extend the selective quarantine until the end of February.

Asia

  • Indonesia has reported 11,557 new cases, anew daily record.
  • China has recorded the first coronavirus related death in eight months.
  • Japan will expand the state of emergency from the greater Tokyo area to seven more regions.
  • Thailand has reported 271 new cases.

Tuesday, January 12

North America

United States

  • Washington DC has extended restrictions on indoor dining until January 22.
  • Disneyland, California, is set to become a mass vaccination site.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 45,533 new cases in one day.
  • The UK has removed Dubai from its travel corridor list.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has extended the ban on people entering the country from the UK for another two weeks.
  • Italy has recorded another 14,242 new cases in one day.
  • Sweden has registered 17,395 new infections.
  • Germany is considering extending the lockdown by another 10 days.
  • Russia has reported 22,934 new cases. The country has extended the ban on UK flights until February 1.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand will ask international travelers from most countries to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights.

Middle East

  • Lebanon is set to start a new total lockdown this week with a 24-hour curfew. This will last for 11 days from Thursday.

Asia

  • China has locked down the city of Langfang for seven days.
  • Malaysia has announced a month-long state of emergency.
  • Taiwan has reported two new locally transmitted cases.

Africa

  • Egypt has reopened its airspace to Qatari flights.

 

Friday, January 8

North America

United States

  • New York City has reported nearly 4,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported a new daily record with 68,053 new cases.
  • London has declared a “coronavirus emergency”as the capital struggles to cope with the increasing number of new cases.
  • The UK has announced that any arrival in the country will have to show a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours before arrival.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Denmark is set to introduce vaccine passports from this month.
  • Sweden has recorded 7,187 new cases in one day.
  • Cyprus has issued a new lockdown to start on January 10. All schools, hairsalons, beauty salons and department stores will close and a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be in effect.
  • France has imposed a new curfew between 6 p.m. and 5m. in the city of Strasbourg.
  • Russia has reported 23,652 new cases.
  • Ukraine has closed schools, restaurants and gyms from today as part of the new nationwide lockdown.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Brisbane has entered a new three-day lockdown after detecting a positive case of the new faster-spreading

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 13,734 new cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has reported a new daily record with 10,617 new cases.
  • Delhi, India, has imposed a mandatory quarantine for all UK arrivals.

 

Thursday, January 7

North America

United States

  • California has asked residents to limit all non-essential travel to within 120 miles.
  • The US has reported arecord number of hospitalizations with 132,476 patients.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 52,618 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 18,020 new cases in one day.
  • Germany has recorded another 26,391 new infections.
  • Sweden has confirmed 12,536 new cases.
  • Czech Republic has reported 17,668 new infections.

Middle East

  • Lebanon has begun a 25-day national lockdown.
  • Israel has announced a two-week shutdown starting tonight. All schools and non-essential businesses will have to close and gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of five people.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 13,345 new cases.

Asia

  • Malaysia has reported a record daily increase in the number of new cases with 3,027 infections.
  • Japan has declared a state of emergency for the Tokyo area.
  • Indonesia has reported a new daily record increase with 9,321 new cases.
  • China has reported the highest number of local cases since July with 63 new infections. The country has halted travel to and from the Hebei province, closed schools and promoted mass testing.
  • South Korea has extended the ban on British flights until January 21.

 

Wednesday, January 6

North America

United States

  • California has ordered hospitals to delay non-essential surgeries as theystruggle to cope with Covid patients.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported a new daily record with 62,322 new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Portugal has reported a record high number of cases with 10,027 new infections.
  • Czech Republic has registered 17,278 new infections, a new daily record for the country.
  • Denmark has banned residents from South Africa from entering the country over fears of the spread of the new coronavirus variant. The ban will last until January 17.
  • Russia has reported 24,217 new cases.
  • Ireland has announced that anyone traveling to the country will have to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to
  • Italy has reported 20,331 cases in one day.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia is preparing to receive the first quarantine-free flight from New Zealand. The flight is due to land in Brisbane on Thursday.

Middle East

  • Israel has agreed to a new total lockdown, closing all educationfacilitiesand banning all non-essential travel.

Asia

  • China has halted all travel in and out of Shijiazhuang as 117 new cases have been recorded in the city.
  • Tokyo, Japan, has reported a new record number of cases with 1,500 new infections.

Africa

  • Zimbabwe has recorded 1,365 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

 

Tuesday, January 5

North America

United States

  • New York State has recorded the first case of the more contagious strain of Covid-19.

United Kingdom

  • England has entered its strictest lockdown since March. The new restrictions include closing all schoolsand allowing people to onlyleave their home once a day for exercise. They will be in place for at least six weeks.
  • The UK has reported a new daily record with 60,916 new cases in one day.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 15,378 new cases in one day. The country has announced it will keep nationwide restrictions in place with some relaxations on weekdays.
  • Denmark has tightened lockdown measures including lowering the limit on public gatherings to five people and introducinga two-meter distancing rule in public areas and shops.
  • Germany has announced a limit on non-essential travel to a 15-kilometer radius in hot spot areas. The country is expected to prolong the lockdown measures.
  • Turkey has reported another 14,494 new cases. Ankara has imposed curfewsonevenings and weekends for more than a month.
  • Sweden has recorded 32,369 new cases.
  • Hungary has announced it will lift the ban on passenger flights from Britain starting from Wednesday.

South America

  • Brazil has confirmed the first two cases of the new variant in the country.

Asia

  • South Korea has announced that all foreign passengers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
  • Thailand has asked its residents to stay home. The country has extended the emergency decree until the end of February.

Africa

  • Rwanda has banned travelin and out of Kigali. The country has also extended the evening curfew for an additional 15 days.

Monday January 4

North America

United States

  • New York State has passed one million cases.
  • The US has recorded more than 210,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland, most of the mainland is to enter a new lockdown from today at midnight.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded another 10,800 new cases.
  • Spain, Catalonia, has announced tighter restrictive measures including a ban on people leaving their municipalities, closing gyms and shopping centers.
  • Germany has reported that the national lockdown has been extended until January 31.
  • Russia has reported 23,351 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has tightened its border controls. All travelers from the US and UK will now have to provide a negative Covid test before departure as well as taking a test on arrival and during day three and 12 of the mandatory quarantine.
  • Victoria has reported three new locally transmitted cases.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 5,211 new cases.

Middle East

  • Kuwait has suspended direct commercial flights to and from the UK.

Asia

  • Vietnam is discussing the possibilities to ban incoming flights from at least 34 countries and territories that have detected cases of the fast spreader variant of Covid-19.
  • Thailand has confirmed another 745 new cases and the public has been urged to stay at home.
  • Japan, Tokyo, residents have been asked to refrain from non-essential travel and outings after 8pm.
  • Hong Kong has suspended face-to-face school classes until mid-February.
  • South Korea has now banned private gatherings larger than four people.

Africa

  • Kenya has reopened its schools for the first time since March.

 

 

Wednesday, December 23

North America

United States

  • Tennessee has extended the state of emergency through February 2021.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that Essex, Norfolk, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Hampshire have been moved to Tier 4.
  • The UK R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.3.
  • The UK has reported the highest number of new cases since the start of the pandemic with 39,237 new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Czech Republic has announced it will close non-essential shops and services from Sunday. The country has reported 10,821 new cases.
  • Bulgaria has confirmed that flights from the UK will resume on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • Sweden has recorded 6,609 new cases.
  • Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will run a joint repatriation service for their citizens to leave Britain on December 28.
  • Norway has extended its suspension onflights from the UK by another three days.
  • Russia has reported another 27,250 new cases.
  • France has reopened its borders with the UK with restrictions. Rail and sea services have now resumed but all travelers have to show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours.
  • Sweden has extended its travel ban to and from the UK until January 21.

South America

  • Honduras has banned entry for people coming from the UK and South Africa from today.
  • Peru has surpassed one million cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has detected the same new variant of the virus that is present in the UK.
  • China has announced that China Southern Airlines will stop travel to and from London between December 24 and January 7.
  • Philippines Airlines has extended its flight suspension to and from London until the end of February.
  • Taiwan has reported the first locally transmitted case since April 12.
  • Singapore has banned arrivals and transit from the UK.

Africa

  • Egypt has canceled New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

Monday, December 21

North America

United States

  • California has confirmed that GovernorGavin Newsom is quarantining after a member of his staff has tested positive for Covid-19.

Canada

  • Canada has announced a ban on incoming flights from the UK for at least 72 hours.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced further measures for vulnerable people across London, the southeast and the east of England including: stay at home as much as possible, do not go to work if people cannot work from home, do not attend school and avoid all non-essential travel.
  • The UK has recorded another 33,364 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has confirmed a ban on travelers from the UK and Denmark.
  • Spain has banned flights from the UK.Only Spanish citizens and residents will be allowed to enter the country from the UK.
  • France has stopped any arrivals, including freight, from the UK for the next 48 hours. The country has announced that they are working on a health protocol to resume movement.
  • Russia will suspend flights to and from Britain from Tuesday, December 22 for one week.
  • Poland has announced a ban on flights from the UK from today until further notice.
  • Switzerland has recorded 10,002 new cases in one day.
  • Norway has banned flights from Britain for the next 48 hours.
  • The Czech Republic has imposed stricter quarantine measures for people arriving from the UK.
  • Greece will impose a mandatory 7-day quarantine onall arrivals from the UK.
  • Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Croatia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are amongst the other countries which have halted flights from the UK.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has confirmed two cases of the new strain of the virus.
  • New South Wales has recorded 15 new cases.

Central America

  • Mexicohas reported 6,870 new cases.
  • El Salvador has announced that anyone who has been in the UK or South Africa in the past 30 days will not be allowed entry.

South America

  • Colombia has halted all flights to and from the UK.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman have all closed their land, sea and air borders and suspended commercial flights.
  • Jordan has suspended flights to and from the UK from today until January 3.
  • Israel has announced an entry ban to foreign citizens arriving from the UK, Denmark and South Africa.

Asia

  • India has suspended flights from the UK.
  • Hong Kong will ban all incoming flights from the UK from midnight.
  • South Korea has announced that gatherings of five people and more will be banned in Seoul. The country has reported 926 new cases.
  • Thailand has confirmed 382 new cases.
  • Pakistan has suspended travel from the UK between December 23 and December 30.

Africa

  • Sudan has announced abanontravelers from the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa from Wednesday. The ban will last three weeks.
  • Tunisia has suspended all air travel with Britain, Australia and South Africa.
  • Morocco has announced that the country will suspend all air travel from the UK.

 

Friday, December 18

North America

United States

  • The US daily death toll has exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 28,507 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Austria has announced a new lockdown to start after Christmas. Non-essential shops, schools, museums, and theaters will close until January 18th.
  • Switzerland has confirmed a second lockdown will start from Tuesday, 22nd and remain in place for a month. Restaurants, sports, and reception centers will all close for this period.
  • Italy has recorded 17,992 new cases in one day.
  • Sweden has announced a new set of restrictive measures to help curb the spread of the virus including recommending masks on public transport and closing non-essential public workplaces.
  • Croatia has banned travel inside the country between December 23 and January 8.
  • Portugal has imposed a new overnight curfew from 11pm on New Year’s Eve.
  • Germany has reported more than 33,000 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has announced the closure of 21 beaches in Sydney until Monday.
  • Victoria has imposed a ‘traffic light’ restriction system on travelers from New South Wales.

South America

  • Colombia has recorded 12,196 new cases, the highest number since August.

Asia

  • South Korea has registered 1,062 new cases, the second highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Japan has reported a new daily record number of new infections with 3,214 new cases.

Thursday, December 17

North America

United States

  • The US has recorded 247,403 cases, a new daily record.
  • Hawaii has reduced quarantine times for people flying to the state without proof of a negative Covid-19 test. From Thursday they will have to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 35,383 new daily cases.
  • England is asking secondary schools to stagger the return of students in January.
  • England has announced that Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Surrey (with the exception of Waverley), Hastings and Rother, Portsmouth Gosport and Haven in Hampshire will all move to Tier Three, the highest level of restrictions.
  • Northern Ireland – A six week lockdown will start in Northern Ireland from Boxing Day.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has recorded another 18,254 new cases.
  • Greece will tighten lockdown restrictions in the western parts of Athens from Friday. Curfew will be extended by four hours and run between 6pm and 5am. Bookstores and hair salons will close for a week.
  • Italy has recorded 18,236 new cases.
  • The Netherlands has reported a new daily record of new cases with almost 13,000 new infections.
  • Poland has announced a new national quarantine from December 28 until January 17. Hotels, ski slopes and shopping malls are among the establishments which will encounter closures.
  • Sweden has reported 8,881 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Bulgaria has announced that secondary schools, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and gyms will remain closed until the end of January.
  • Russia has recorded another 28,214 new cases.
  • Germany has registered 26,923 new infections.

Middle East

  • Palestine has announced a two-week lockdown in the West Bank. There will also be a nighttime curfew enforced between 7pm and 6am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has registered 5 new locally transmitted cases.
  • Australia has announced that the Australian Open 2021 will be delayed by three weeks to allow time for tennis players to quarantine.

South America

  • Uruguay will temporarily close its borders next week to all non-commercial traffic between December 21 and January 10.

Asia

  • Japan has risen the alert level for Tokyo to the highest possible as its medical system remains under strain.

Africa

South Africa has registered more than 10,000 daily cases.

 

Wednesday, December 16

North America

United States

  • The US has reported more than 198,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has advised that no more than two households should gettogether during Christmas festivities. New lockdown measures will start on Christmas Eve with non-essential shops and leisure and fitness centers closing. Hospitality premises, pubs and restaurants will close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m.
  • Scotland has advised that no more than two households should meet for more than one day during the festive period and no overnight stays.
  • London has entered Tier Three, the highest levelof restrictions.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Denmark has ordered shopping malls to close from tomorrow and other shops to start closing from next week. Supermarkets and other food retailers willstay open.
  • Italy has reported another 17,572 new cases.
  • The Netherlands has reported 11,214 new cases, a new daily record.
  • Germany has registered a record 952 new deaths. The country has entered an emergency lockdown with shops, schools and nurseries closing across the country.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Sydney, Australia,has confirmed two new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 11,228 new cases.

Asia

  • Tokyo, Japan, has reported a daily record number of new infections with 678 new cases.
  • India has recorded another 26,355 new cases.
  • South Korea has reported 1,078 new infections, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • China has announced that it will ban international flight routes if five or more people test positive for Covid-19 upon landing.

 

Monday December 14

North America

United States

  • The UShas received the first shipment of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

United Kingdom

  • London has been moved to Tier 3, the highest level of risk. This will result in additional Covid restrictions.
  • London, Greenwich, has ordered all schools in the borough to closefrom today after a surge in the number of new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Russia has confirmed 27,328 new cases.
  • Germany is to enter a tighter lockdown from next week,continuing through the Christmas period.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand and Australia are set to establish a travel bubble between the two countries within the first quarter of 2021.

Asia

  • South Korea has ordered schools to closefrom Tuesday, December Lessons will move to online learning until the end of the month.
  • Tokyo, Japan, has requested bars, restaurants and karaoke venues to close by 10 p.m.

Africa

  • Mauritania has reimposed a nighttime curfew.

Friday, December 11

North America

United States

  • New York City has announced that indoor dining will be banned from Monday, December 14.
  • Miami has ordered a citywide curfew. The nighttime curfew will run from midnight to 6 a.m. until further notice.
  • The US borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed until January 21.

United Kingdom

  • The UK R value has risen slightly to between 0.9 and 1.
  • The UK self-isolation period for contacts of a positive coronavirus case has been reduced to 10 days.
  • Northern Ireland has reopened businesses for the first time today after a two-week circuit breaker lockdown.
  • The UK has removed the Canary Islands from its corridor list.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has announced that all students aged 14-16 will switch to remote learning for the remainder of the school year.
  • Switzerland has ordered restaurants, bars and shops to close down from 7 p.m. onwards.
  • Germany has recorded another 29,875 new cases.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has banned three airlines from flying specific routes into the city for 14 days:(1)KLM Dutch Royal airlines – Amsterdam to Hong Kong;(2) Nepal Airlines – Kathmandu to Hong Kong; and (3)Emirates – Dubai to Hong Kong.
  • Singapore has announced that travelers from Taiwan will be allowed to enter the country from December 18. Travelers must have stayed in Taiwan for 14 consecutive days before travelling. A Covid-19 test will also have to be taken on arrival.
  • Japan has reported another daily record number of new infections with 2,955 new cases.

 

Wednesday, December 9

North America

United States

  • North Carolina has reported 6,495 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Alabama has extended the safer-at-home order until January 22.
  • The US has reported more than 215,000 new infections.

Canada

  • Canada has become the third country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 16,578 new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded another 12,756 new cases
  • Ukraine has announced new tighter lockdown restrictions from January. The new restrictions will include the closureof schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and entertainment centers. The country has reported 12,585 new cases.
  • Cyprus has ordered the closure of malls and restaurants from Friday, December 11 until the end of the year.
  • Slovakia has ordered schools and most shops to close for at least three weeks from December 21.

Middle East

  • Oman has announced that it will exempt visitors from 103 countries from needing a visa for a stay up to 10 days. Visitors must have a confirmed hotel reservation, health insurance and a return ticket.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported another 11,006 new cases.

Asia

  • South Korea has reported 686 new cases, the second highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • China has resumed two cruise lines to a group of islands in the South China Sea.

 

Tuesday, December 8

North America

United States

  • The US has recorded over 200,000 new cases.
  • Arizona has reported nearly 7,000 new infections.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 12,282 new cases.
  • The UK hasstartedits vaccination program today.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Iceland will relax some of the restrictive measures after a fall in the number of new cases. Public pools and cinemas will be allowed to reopen at a reduced capacity. Shops will also be allowed to have up to 100 customers ata time, depending on the size of the store.
  • Germany has closed schools and businesses in the eastern region of Saxony.
  • The Netherlands hasregistered an increase in the number of new casesfor the first time since October.
  • Italy and Switzerland will halt all cross-border rail services from Thursday. Train personnel do not have capacity to carry out Covid-19 safety checks ordered by the Italian government.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has extended restrictions on cruise ships and overseas travel until March 2021.

Central America

  • Panama has imposed a new nightly curfew for Panama City between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has announced new tougher restrictions, including banning evening dining at restaurants, closing fitness centers and asking people to work from home.
  • India has reported 26,567 new cases, the lowest number since July.

 

Monday, December 7

North America

United States

  • New York City has reopened public schools for preschoolers and kindergarten through fifth grade. Middle schools and high schools are to remain closed until after the holiday break.
  • California has started a new lockdown in the Southern California area. Residents are prohibited to gather with people outside their household. Capacity of retailstoreshas been restricted to 20% including for supermarkets and shopping centers. Restaurant dining, hair salons, movie theaters, museums and playgrounds have all been closed.

Canada

  • Ontario has recorded more than 1,900 new cases for the second day in a row.
  • British Columbia has reported a new outbreak at a mink farm.

United Kingdom

  • The UK is to start its vaccination program from tomorrow, prioritizing seniorsover 80years old, frontline workers and care home staff and residents.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Hungary has announced that restrictions, including the daily curfew, will stay in place until January 11.
  • Greece has confirmed that schools, restaurants and courts will not reopen until January 7.
  • Denmark has announced new lockdown measures including the closure of bars, museums and cinemas from December 9 until January 3. Students in upper primary school, high school and universitywill stay home.
  • France has recorded another 11,022 new infections.
  • Turkey has reported 30,402 new cases.
  • Italy has recorded 13,720 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Melbourne, Australia, has welcomed its first international passenger flightin months.

Asia

  • South Korea has reported 615 new cases.

Africa

  • Tunisia has extended the nighttime curfew until the end of the year.

 

 

Friday, December 4

North America

United States

  • The Navajo Nation has extended its lockdown for another three weeks.
  • Los Angeles County, California,has reported another 7,854 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • The US has surpassed100,000 hospitalizations in one day.

Canada

  • Quebec has cancelled plans to allow gatherings over the holidays.
  • Alberta has reported record numbers with 1,854 new cases.
  • British Columbia has announced that all indoor and outdooradult team sports are now banned in the province. Children’s programs are nowsubject to more restrictive measures.

United Kingdom

  • The UK reproduction number, or R value, has fallen tobetween 0.8 and 1.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Hungary has recorded 5,513 new cases.
  • Russia has reported another 27,403 new infections.
  • Italy has reported a record number of deaths. The country recorded 993 more fatalities.
  • Greece has extended lockdown measures to December 14.

Middle East

  • Gaza Strip has announced a partial lockdown to begin this weekend.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 11,030 new cases.

Asia

  • Korea has announced that most establishments will have to close by 9 p.m.
  • India has reported under 40,000 new infections for the fifth day in a row.
  • Hong Kong has recorded more than 100 new cases.

 

Wednesday, December 2

North America

United States

  • The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)has shortened the self-quarantine period to 10 days.
  • The US has reported more than 180,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • England has entered the new three-tiersystem today.
  • The UK has approved the Pfizer/BionNtech vaccine and will start immunizing from next week.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Russia has announced that all cafes and restaurants in St. Petersburg will be closed between December 30 and January 3.
  • Germany has imposed a curfew on the state of Saxony. As of today, people will be allowed to leave their homes only if they have a valid reason to do so, such aswork, education ormedical assistance.
  • Ukraine has lifted weekend lockdown restrictions.
  • Austria has announced that ski lifts will be allowed to open on December 24 but hotels, bars and restaurants will remain closed.
  • Norway has confirmed that restrictions will be eased for holiday gatherings, raising the total number of guests allowed to 10.
  • France has announced it will implement border checks to stop French citizens from skiing abroad.

Asia

  • Japan has reported another 2,029 new cases.

 

Monday, November 30

North America

United States

  • New York City’s state schools will reopen on December 7, beginning with primary schools.
  • California has reported more than 15,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported 12,330 new cases.
  • Wales has announced that, from this Friday, hospitality venues will be banned to serve alcohol and must close at 6 p.m.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Russia has reported another 26,338 new cases.
  • InItaly, Pope Francis has canceled a ceremony marking the beginning of Rome’s Christmas season on December 8.
  • Turkey is expected to tighten its weekend curfews following a rise in the number of new cases.
  • Italy has reported 16,377 new cases.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded another 6,388 new infections.

South America

  • Brazil has reported 51,922 new cases in one day.
  • Venezuela has suspended the nationwide quarantine and lifted curfews on areas bordering with Colombia and Brazil.

Middle East

  • Jordan has recorded another 5,123 new cases.
  • Oman has confirmed that it will resume granting visas to people visiting on trips arranged by hotels and travel companies.
  • Iraq has reopened its schools for the first time since February.

Asia

  • Vietnam has recorded the first case of locally transmitted Covid-19 in 89 days.
  • Cambodia has banned wedding parties and gatherings of more than 20 people.
  • Hong Kong has limited gatherings to no more than two people.
  • South Korea has reported 400 new cases.

 

Friday, November 27

North America

United States

  • New Jersey has recorded 4,100 new cases, a slight decrease from previous days.
  • Pennsylvania has reported 15,785 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has begun a two-week circuit breaker lockdown to try and curb new infections before Christmas.
  • InEngland, 99% of the population will be living under the toughest regulations of tier two and tier three when the new system comes into place on December 2.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded another 28,352 new cases.
  • Russia has reported a record daily increase with 27,543 new infections.
  • Germany has surpassed one million confirmed cases.
  • France has reported 13,563 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has gone 28 days without detecting any new infections. The state has zero active cases.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported a new daily record with 14,051 new cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 5,828 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • South Korea has reported 569 new cases.
  • Japan has reported more than 2,500 new cases.

 

Thursday, November 26

North America

United States

  • Vermont has confirmed that travelers to the state will have to follow a mandatory 14-day quarantine or a seven-day quarantine followed by a negative Covid-19 test.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 17,555 new infections.
  • England will go back to a tier system from December 2 with London (all 32 boroughs and the city of London) in Tier T Manchester, along withother cities, will return to Tier Three. Check the full listhere.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Greece has reported another 2,018 new cases. The country will extend the national lockdown until December 7.
  • Italy has recorded 29,003 new infections with the Lombardy region remaining the hardest hit.
  • Switzerland has confirmed that ski resorts can stay open under strict safety measures. Other European countries like Germany, Italy and Austria haveordered all ski resorts to remain closed until further notice. France has announced that people are welcome to visit the resorts as long as they don’t ski.
  • Croatia has closed restaurants and cafes; the country has also banned weddings following a surge in the number of new cases. The new order will stay in place until Christmas.
  • Ireland has confirmed that the reproduction rate of infections, R, has remained around 0.7-0.9 for the second week running.
  • Sweden has confirmed that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • Russia has registered a record number of new infections with 25,487 new cases.
  • Ukraine has reported 15,331 new infections.
  • Germany has extended the partial lockdown into December.

Asia

  • Japan has orderedbars and restaurants in Tokyo to close by 10 p.m.until December 17.
  • South Korea has reported the highest number of new infections since March with 583 new cases.

 

Tuesday, November 24

North America

United States

  • Arizona has reported more than 4,500 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced it will reduce the quarantine period for arrivals from abroad if they test negative for Covid-19 five days after The new rule will be in place from mid-December.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain will limit gatherings during the holidays to six people. It will also set a nighttime curfew between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • Germany is planning to allow gatherings of up to 10 people for the holidays.
  • Italy has warned against ski holidays during the winter holiday season. The country has reported another 23,232 new cases.
  • France has reported 4,452 new cases, the lowest number in two months. The country is expected to exit lockdown in three stages.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Queensland will reopen its border with New South Wales and Sydney residents on December 1.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 7,483 new infections.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has announced that bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues will close for a third time this year.
  • India has recorded 37,975 new cases.
  • Japan has agreed to restart business travel with China from the end of November.
  • South Korea has reported another 350 new cases.

 

Monday, November 23

North America

United States

  • California has announced that Los Angeles will shut down outdoor dining from Wednesday, November 25.
  • Nevada has lowered the capacity of casinos, restaurants and bars to 25%.

Canada

  • Toronto has begun a four-week lockdown.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced the lifting of the lockdown measures on December 2. England will go back to a three tier system based on the rate of infections in different regions.
  • The UK has recorded 15,450 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Luxembourg has announced the closure of bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and gyms until December 15.
  • Hungary has announced that it will limit retail store visits in an effort to separate elderly shoppers.
  • Lithuania has closed parliament for a week to help contain the spread amongst its members.
  • Spain has reopened bars and restaurants in the Catalonia region.
  • Russia has reported another daily record with 25,173 new cases.
  • Italy has recorded another 22,930 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has reopened its border with Victoria for the first time after four months.

South America

  • Chile has announced it will allow foreign visitors to enter the country through Santiago’s international airport from today.

Asia

  • India is planning to delay parliament’s winter session to help curb the spread of the virus.
  • Hong Kong has recorded another 73 new cases. Hong Kong and Singapore have postponed the opening of the travel bubble.
  • Indonesia has surpassed 500,000 cases.
  • South Korea has recorded another 271 infections.
  • Pakistan has announced the closure of all education facilitiesfrom Thursday until January 11.

 

Friday, November 20

North America

United States

  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has advised Americans against Thanksgiving travel.
  • The US has extended travel restrictions forbothnorthern and southern borders until December 21.
  • California has imposed a temporary nightly curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Canada

  • Quebec has reported another 1,259 new cases. Premier François Legault has asked residents to voluntarily quarantine for a week before and after the holidays in order to have small gatherings (no more than 10 people) around Christmas. Schools will also go onlinefor those two weeks to help with the quarantine process.
  • British Columbia has announced mandatory mask wearing in indoor public and retail spaces.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has extended the lockdown restrictions for a further two weeks.
  • The UK has recorded 22,915 new infections.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has announced that Madrid is to close its borders with other regions between December 4 and December 14.
  • Russia has reported a newdaily record since the start of the pandemic with 24,318 new infections.
  • Germany has announced that the number of new cases seems to be stabilizing but not declining after reporting another 23,648 new cases in one day.
  • Finland has confirmed that public gatherings of more than 20 people will be banned in the Helsinki region.
  • Ukraine has reported a new daily record with 14,575 new infections.
  • Italy has recorded another 37,000 cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • South Australia has announced that the six-day lockdown will end three days earlier after it emerged that an infected man had lied to contact tracers.

Central America

  • Mexico has now passed 100,000 deaths. They are the fourth country to do so, behind the US, Brazil and India.

Asia

  • Hong Kong has reported aspike in the number of infections, with 26 new cases.
  • The Philippines has asked churches not to hold any Christmas carol activities.
  • Japan has recorded another 2,397 new cases.

Wednesday, November 18

North America

United States

  • Ohio hasannounced a new curfew on bars and restaurants. The curfew will be in placebetween 10 p.m.and 5 a.m.
  • Maryland has implemented a new curfew on bars and restaurants to try and help reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Chicago has started a new stay-at-home order this week, urging residents not to have guests at their home.

Canada

  • Ontario has recorded another 1,417 new cases.
  • Nunavut has announced a new two-week lockdown, closing schools and non-essential businesses.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 19,609 new cases, the lowest number in the last two weeks.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has confirmed schools will be allowed to do more remote learning from next week in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
  • Ukraine has recorded another 12,496 new cases.
  • Turkey has announced new restrictions including asking cafes and restaurants to close at 5 p. A partial lockdown will also be imposed onweekends.
  • Germany has recorded another 17,561 new cases.
  • Italy has reported 34,282 new infections.
  • France has become the first country in Europe to reach two million cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • South Australia has confirmed a six-day circuit breaker lockdown after an uptick in the number of cases.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded 13,421 new infections. The country has announced that tougher measures will be implemented in 150 towns and cities starting from Saturday.

Asia

  • Taiwan has announced new travel restrictions coming into effectnext month. Almost all visitors will be required to show a negative test before arriving.
  • Japan has confirmed 1,700 new cases, with a record number of 493 newinfections in Tokyo.
  • South Korea has recorded another 313 new cases, the highest number since August.

 

Tuesday, November 17

North America

United States

  • Philadelphia has banned indoor gatherings of any size and in any location, except for individuals who live together.
  • California has announced it will roll back its reopening efforts with 94% of itspopulation and most businesses returning to the stricter tier of restrictive rules.
  • Oklahoma has confirmed that all restaurants must close by 11 p.m.

Canada

  • Canadahas surpassed 300,000 total cases.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland has announced near-lockdown restrictions across the west country.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported another 32,191 new infections. The Lombardy region remains the most affected.
  • Austria has entered a new stricter lockdown from today, with people banned from leaving their houses apart from a few specific reasons.

Australia and New Zealand

  • South Australia has re-imposed social distancing restrictions after detecting 21 new cases.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported another daily record with 13,352 new cases.

Asia

  • South Korea has announced it will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area, including a ban on public gatherings of 100 people or more, limits on religious services and reduced audiences at sporting events (30%).

 

Monday, November 16

North America

United States

  • New Jersey has announced tighter measures including limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 and 150 people, respectively.
  • Michigan has announced tighter measures including ordering high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closing indoor dining at restaurants and suspending organized sports.
  • Washington statehas announced that from Tuesday gyms and some entertainment centers will be required to close. Retail stores will have to reduce capacity and indoor social gatherings will be prohibited.
  • North Dakota has announced a statewide mask mandate and has ordered bars and restaurants to reduce capacity.

United Kingdom

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Northern Ireland is expected to extend lockdown restrictions.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Sweden has limited public gatherings to eight people.
  • Russia has reported a new daily record with 22,778 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • South Australia has recorded 17 new cases.
  • New Zealand has made masks mandatory on domestic flights and Auckland public transport.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported 13,053 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Asia

  • Malaysia has tightened restrictions on movement in the Klang area.
  • Pakistan has recorded another 2,128 infections, a new daily record.
  • Mainland China has reported no new locally transmitted cases.
  • India has reported 30,548 new cases, the lowest number since July.

Africa

  • Algeria has imposed new restrictions including closing sports and cultural centers.

Friday, November 13

North America

United States

  • California becomes the second state in the US to surpass one million cases.
  • Illinois has issued new restrictions on Chicago, including limiting social gatherings to 10 people.
  • The US has recorded more than 150,000 cases in one day, a new world record.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland has extended the circuit breaker lockdown by another week.
  • The UK has recorded another 27,301 new cases in one day.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Slovakia has announced that its theaters, cinemas and churches will be allowed to reopen at half capacity from Monday.
  • Italy has recorded more than 40,000 new cases in one day with Lombardy remaining the worsthit region.
  • Germany has reported a new daily high with 23,542 new cases.
  • Austria is expected to hold a press conference on Saturday announcing the closure ofschools to curb the spread of the virus.
  • Sweden has recorded 5,990 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Russia has reported the highest number of new cases with 21,983.
  • Portugal has expanded the nightly curfew and weekend lockdown to a further 77 areas.
  • Estonia has imposed new tighter restrictions including bars and restaurants must close between midnight and 6 a.m. andmasks are mandatory when in public.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reopened downtown Auckland.
  • Australia has announced that foreign students will not be allowed to return as the country prioritizes the return of locals stuck overseas.

Asia

  • Japan has reported a record daily number of cases with 1,660 new cases.

 

Thursday, November 12

North America

United States

  • New York State has announced new restrictive measures,including all bars, restaurants and gyms will have to close at 10 p. Private parties willbe capped at 10 people.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported a new record high with 33,470 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported another 37,978 cases.
  • Austria has recorded more than 9,000 cases in one day.
  • Cyprus has announced a partial lockdown in the town of Limassol and Paphos. The new measures will include a new ban on travel into and out of the cities and a nightly curfew.
  • Greece has confirmed more restrictive measures including the extension of a nightly curfew and more movement restrictions.
  • France has confirmed that the lockdown restrictions will stay in place for at least another two weeks.
  • Ireland has advised its citizens abroad to not travel home for Christmas to help curb the spread.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has asked all residents in Auckland to work from home todayafter one new community case.

Asia

  • Bangladesh has announced that all schools and other educational institutions will remain closed until December 19.

Africa

  • Senegal has resumed all in-person classes for the first time since March.
  • South Africa has announced that the country will reopen travel to all countries and restore normal trading hours for alcohol.
  • Japan has announced that athletes for the 2020 Olympics will be exempt from isolation requirements.

 

Wednesday, November 11

North America

United States

  • Texas has become the first US state to record more than one million cases.
  • California has announced that three counties,San Diego, Sacramento and Stanislaus, will move back into more restrictive measures after a surge in the number of new cases.
  • Colorado has reported a new record daily high with 3,890 new cases.

Canada

  • Ontario has reported a new daily record with 1,426 new cases.
  • Manitoba has announced the province isincreasingrestrictions, with social gatherings banned and the closure of non-essential businesses.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that university students will be given a six-day window to travel back home before Christmas. Masstesting will be carried out before any travel will be allowed.
  • The UK has become the first country in Europe to record more than 50,000 deaths.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has passed the one million casemark. The country has recorded 32,961 new cases in the past 24 hours. Italy has imposed tighter restrictions on five more regions.
  • Greece has tightened movement restrictions and extended the nationwide curfew between 9 p.m.and 5 a.m.
  • Sweden has announced a ban on alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • Spain has confirmed that any traveler arriving from a high-risk country will have to show a negative PCR test upon arrival. The new mandate will start on November 23.
  • Slovakia has extended the state of emergency for the rest of the year.
  • Czech Republic has recorded 9,016 new infections.
  • Germany has recorded 18,487 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Vanatu has recorded its first case of Covid-19.

Middle East

  • Iran has imposed a new nightly curfew on businesses in Tehran and another 30 cities. Over the next month, restaurants and non-essential businesses will have to close at 6 p.m.
  • Lebanon has announced a new lockdown, which will begin on Saturday and will last until the end of the month at least.

Central America

  • Cuba has announced that Havana will reopen its international airport on November 15.

Asia

  • Indonesia has reported 3,770 new cases.
  • Mongolia has reported its first domestic transmission.
  • The Philippines has recorded another 1,672 new cases.
  • Japan is warning of a third wave of coronavirus after recording 1,284 new infections.
  • Hong Kong and Singapore travel bubble will open on November 22.

 

Monday, November 9

North America

United States

  • Oregon has announced new restrictions for at least five counties, including halting visits to care homes and limiting indoor dining at restaurants to 50 people.
  • New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce new restrictions today.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has confirmed the end of the “firebreak” lockdown today. Schools, gyms, bars and restaurants have all reopened.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 25,271 new cases in one day.
  • Ukraine has announced that its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
  • Switzerland has recorded another 17,309 new cases.
  • Hungary has announced new restrictive measures including the closure of bars and restaurants and a new curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. University and high school will be attendedremotely and any gatherings of 10 people or more will be banned. Sports events will all be held behind closed doors.

 

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has announced that the fireworks in Sydney will go ahead but will only last a few minutes. Access to the city precinct will be restricted to those with restaurant, cafe and hotel bookings.
  • Victoria has lifted some travel restrictions in Melbourne. Now residents of the city can travel freely within the state.
  • New Zealand has announced that a new travel bubble with the Cook Islands is being discussed.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported a new daily record with 10,463 new cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 2,853 new cases.
  • InChina, the Shanghai Disney Resorthas reopened today.
  • South Korea has reported another 126 new cases.

Thursday, November 5

North America

United States

  • The US has recorded more than 100,000 new cases in one day.

United Kingdom

  • England has entered a new lockdown today, continuinguntil December 2.
  • The UK has added Sweden and Germany to its quarantine list.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has announced a ban on nighttime food and drink deliveries in Paris.
  • The Netherlands has recorded just under 7,000 new cases, the lowest number since October 12.
  • Ukraine has reported a new daily record with 9,850 new cases.
  • Austria has recorded 7,416 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Switzerland has reported another 10,128 new infections.
  • Sweden has announced that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has gone into self-isolation afterclose contact withsomeone confirmed to have Covid-19.
  • Ireland has confirmed that their R number is between 0.7 and 0.9, making it one of the lowest in Europe.
  • Greece has ordered a new nationwide lockdown for three weeks.
  • Poland has reported a daily record of new cases with 27,143 new infections.
  • Norway has announced new restrictive measures, including limiting the number of guests allowed to visit a household to five. People should limit travel, bars will stop serviceat midnight and any traveler coming to Norway must have proof of a negative test.
  • Russia has reported more than 19,000 new cases.
  • Italy has announced that four Italian regions will go into partial lockdown from Friday. The country has recorded 34,505 new cases in one day.
  • Germany has recorded 19,990 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New South Wales has announced that Sydney’s Mardi Gras (the iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) will be held but reduced in size and contained to the nearby Sydney Cricket Ground instead of marching to the city.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 4,065 new cases in one day.
  • Cambodia has announced that Prime Minister Hun Sen and four members of government have to quarantine after meeting with the Hungarian foreign minister who tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Mainland China has announced an entry ban to travelers from Britain and Belgium.
  • South Korea has announced new restrictions for two cities in South Chungcheong Province. Fewer people will be allowed into indoor facilities and eating will be banned in high-risk places.

 

Wednesday, November 4

North America

United States

  • The US has reported record hospitalizations in seven states: Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico.
  • New Mexico has reported a new daily record number of cases with 1,141 new infections.
  • Montana has recorded the third highest recordfor new daily cases with 909 new infections.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 25,177 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Europe has now recorded more than 11 million cases.
  • Italy has reported 30,550 new infections. The country has announced new restrictions to start from November 5, includingassigning three different levels of risk based on the virus transmission rate.
  • Denmark has announced that it will cullits entire herd of mink due to the risk of coronavirus.
  • Lithuania has confirmed a new three-week lockdown starting from November 7.
  • Austria has reported a daily record number of new infections with 6,211 new cases.
  • Poland is expected to announce more restrictions today. The country has reported 24,692 new cases.
  • Russia has reported a record daily number of new cases with 19,768 new infections.
  • Hungary has announced that bars and entertainment venues will close and a new nighttime curfewwill be imposed as of today at midnight.
  • The Netherlands has confirmed a new partial lockdown with museums, cinemas, sex clubs and other public places to be closed for two weeks.
  • Sweden is tightening restrictions on the number of people who are allowed as a groupin restaurants, pubs and bars for the regions of Halland, Jönköping and Örebro.
  • Vatican City has announced that the Vatican Museum will close from tomorrow until December 3.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has announced that the border between New South Wales and Victoria will reopen on November 23.

Middle East

  • Jordan has recorded another 5,877 new cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has reported 3,356 new cases.

Africa

  • Kenya has announced that the nightly curfew will be extended until January 3.
  • India has recorded fewer than 50,000 new daily cases for the tenth day in a row.
  • South Korea has reported 118 new cases, 98 of which are local.
  • Japan has recorded another 800 new cases.

 

Tuesday, November 3

North America

United States

  • The US has confirmed 84,089 new cases in one day.
  • Wyoming has announced that its governor, Mark Gordon, will quarantine for two weeks after being possibly exposed to the virus.
  • Colorado has issued new guidelines includinglimiting gatherings to 10 people from no more than two households while the state is in the low level. No gatherings when the state is in the high level.

Canada

  • Canada has announced new requirements for travelers, includingprovidingtraveler information, including quarantine plans, upon and after entry. Travelers will have to submit information electronically through ‘ArriveCan’ before boarding a flight and show receipt on arrival.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has recorded 28,244 new infections.
  • Georgia has introduced additional restrictions including mandatory mask wearing in outdoor and indoor public places, closing of restaurants and cafes at 10 p.m. and remote learning for all schools and universities until November 25.
  • Greece has expanded a night curfew on movement and closed restaurants, bars and theaters in the most populous areas for at least one month.
  • Spain has announced that the region of Castile and Léon have ordered barsand restaurants to close from November 6.
  • Poland has recorded 19,364 new cases.
  • Hungary has reported a daily record number of new cases with 3,989 new infections.
  • France has reported 36,330new cases in one day.
  • Turkey has announced all businesses including restaurants, pools, hairdressers, wedding venues, cinemas and concert halls will have to close at 10 p.m. daily.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded zero cases for the fourth day in a row.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported a new daily record with 8,932 new cases.

Asia

  • China has reported 49 new cases, 44 of which are imported.
  • Hong Kong has announced that foreign travelers from any country but mainland China will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • New Delhi, India, has reported 4,001 new cases in one day, the first day under 5,000 cases in five days.
  • Japan has reported fewer than 500 cases for the first time in more than a week.

 

Monday, November 2

North America

United States

  • New York State is asking travelers from non-neighboring states to be tested before entry. This doesnot apply for travelers from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 18,950 new cases.
  • England is to enter a new lockdown from Thursday until at least December 2.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland has announced that restaurants and shops in Geneva will close from Monday.
  • Kosovo has re-imposed a curfew for elderly citizens. People over 65 will only be allowed out of their homes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Shopping malls and restaurantsarerequired to closeat 9 p.m.
  • The Netherlands hasrecorded a fall in the number of new cases for the third day in a row, with 8,286 new cases.
  • Greece has announced a new two-week lockdown for the regions of Thessaloniki and Serres. The new measures will come into effect from Tuesday.
  • Italy has announced tighter measures to fight the second wave of the pandemic. The new measures will include restrictingtravel between the worst hit regions and a new nighttime curfew.
  • Germany has gone into a new nationwide lockdown from today. Bars, cinemas, theaters, museums, fitness studios and swimming pools will be required to close. Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to servetakeaway food.
  • Russia has recorded 18,257 new cases.
  • Czech Republic has reported 6,542 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has recorded zero new local coronavirus cases for the first time since June.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded another 8,289 new cases.
  • Saudi Arabia has reopened the Muslim holy sites for foreign Umrah pilgrims for the first time in seven months.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 4,430 new cases.

Asia

  • Malaysia has reported 834 new cases.
  • Indonesia has recorded 2,618 new infections, the lowest number since August.
  • Cambodia has reopened its schools today for the first time since March. Class sizes and hours have all been limited due tocoronavirus precautions.
  • Hong Kong is finalizing details for a travel bubble with Singapore.

 

Friday, October 30

North America

United States

  • The US has reported record cases in October in thirty states, including Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported another 24,405 new cases.
  • The UK has announced that the R-value for the country is now 1.1-1.3, down from last week’s 1.2-1.4.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Czech Republic has extended the state of emergency for another three weeks.
  • Iceland has tightened restrictions to help curb the spread of the virus, including limiting public gatherings to 10 people and suspending sporting activities and stage performances.
  • Spainhas recorded another 23,580 new cases.
  • Francehas restricted outdoor movements and has made working from home mandatory as part of the new lockdown measures.
  • Greecehas imposed a new regional lockdown in Thessaloniki from today.
  • Swedenhas reported another 2,820 new coronavirus cases.
  • Monacohas introduced a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to control the spread of the virus.
  • Germanyhas reported a new daily record, with 18,681 new cases in one day.
  • Switzerlandhas reported 9,207 new cases in one day.
  • Slovakiahas launched a new testing program with the aim to test every citizen over the age of 10 in the next three weeks.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has confirmed there are only 200 active cases in the country, the lowest number in four months.
  • New Zealand has ordered Air New Zealand to freeze all international bookings to the country as quarantine facilities near capacity.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded another 8,011 new cases.

Asia

  • Indonesia has recorded 2,897 new cases.

Africa

  • South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries from next month.

 

Thursday, October 29

North America

United States

  • Marshall Islands records its first Covid-19 case.
  • Boston has postponed its marathon to the fall of 2021.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston-Upon-Hull, North East and North Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Telford, Wrekin, Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Derby City, South Derbyshire, High Peak, Charnwood, Luton and Oxford City have all been moved to Tier Two.
  • The UK has reported another 23,065 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has extended the state of emergency for another six months. The region of Catalonia has now closed its borders to try and contain the spread of the virus.
  • Austria is expected to announce new tighter restrictions on Saturday, after the country has recorded another 4,000 new cases in one day.
  • Finland has announced that it will lift restrictions on opening hours for restaurants serving mainly food but will keep tighter measures on bars and nightclubs.
  • Sweden has reported a new daily record with 2,820 new cases.
  • France has announced that six-year-old children will be required to wear masks in class. The country will enter a new nationwide lockdown from midnight today. Bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses will have to close until December 1.
  • Czech Republic has registered 12,977 new cases in one day.
  • Germany has reported 16,774 new cases, the highest number ever recorded for the country. The country will enter a new nationwide lockdown from November 2 to November 30. Bars, restaurants and theaters will have to close, schools will remain open and shops will be allowed to continue trading with strict limits on access.
  • Italy has registered a new daily record with 26,831 new cases.
  • Russia has reported a new daily record with 17,717 new cases.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported one new case.

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia has announced that it will open the Umrah pilgrimageto Mecca for Muslims from other countries from November 1.
  • Iran has recorded 8,293 new cases in one day.

Central America

  • Mexicohas recorded 5,595 new cases in one day.

Asia

  • Japan has recorded 809 new cases bringing the country’s total to over 100,000 infections.
  • Taiwan has registered 200 days without any domestic transmission.
  • India has passed eight million cases.
  • Singapore has announced it will lift border restrictions for Mainland China and Australia’s Victoria State from November 6.

 

Wednesday, October 28

North America

United States

  • Hawaii has announced that from next week, visitors from Japan will be allowed in the state without the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for Covid-19.
  • The US has reported more than 73,000 new cases in 24 hours.
  • Wisconsin has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

Canada

  • Canada has reached 10,000 deaths. The country has recorded 2,674 new cases in 24 hours.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded another 24,701 new cases.
  • England has announced that Nottinghamshire is to enter Tier Three restrictions on Friday.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has announced a new nationwide, partial lockdown from November 2 for at least two weeks. During the lockdown, bars and restaurants will be closed and shops will be allowed to stay open on the condition of allowing only one customer per 10 square meters. Contacts between household will be reduced to two households only and no more than 10 people. The country has recorded another 14,964 new cases.
  • Italy has reported a new daily record with 24,991 new cases.
  • Sweden has reported 1,980 new cases, the highest number since the pandemic has begun.
  • Austria has set a new daily record number of new cases with 3,394 infections.
  • Russia has announced that a remote-working period for businesses in Moscow will be extended until November 29.
  • Poland has reported a new record number of daily infections with 18,820 new cases.
  • Switzerland has recorded another 8,616 new cases, a new daily record for the country.
  • Czech Republic has set a new daily record with 15,663 new infections.
  • Greece has reported 1,547 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has seen shops, restaurants and hotels in Melbournereopen for business today. The state has recorded only two new cases in 24 hours.

Middle East

  • Iran has recorded another 6,824 new cases.

Asia

  • China has reported 42 new infections, the highest number in two months.
  • Thailand has extended the state of emergency until the end of November.

 

Monday October 26

North America

United States

  • Pennsylvania has warned against small family gatherings during the upcoming holiday.
  • Florida has reported more than 3,000 cases in one day.
  • El Paso, Texas, has reported a new record number of cases with 1,559 new infections.
  • New Mexico has reported a record number of hospitalizations for the third day in a row, with 229 people hospitalized in the past 24 hours.
  • North Dakota has recorded a 10.62% positivity rate.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced that Warrington will move to tier three restrictions at midnight tonight.
  • The UKhas recorded another 20,890 cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has advised against travel to other European countries.
  • Germany has canceled Nuremberg’s Christmas Market,
  • Norway is set to impose new restrictions including implementing stricter rules on private gatherings and reducing permitted exceptions to quarantine rules.
  • The Netherlands has reported a new daily record with 10,343 new infections.
  • Bulgaria has announced that from Monday, schools in areas with high numbers will be allowed to switch to online studies
  • Russia has reported a new record 17,347 cases.
  • France has recorded 52,010 cases in one day.
  • Spain has declared a new nationwide state of emergency.
  • Austria has reported 6,396 new daily cases, a new record number since the start of the pandemic.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has announced that the lockdown will largely come to an end. From midnight on Tuesday, cafes, restaurants, bars and beauty salons will be able to reopen and people will be allowed to leave their homes for any reason. The state has reported zero cases for the first time since June.

Middle East

  • Iran has extended lockdown restrictions in Tehran until November 20.
  • Israel is to reopen schools for grades 1-4 next week.

Asia

  • Malaysia has extended a partial lockdown of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding state of Selangor for another two weeks.

 

Friday, October 23

North America

United States

  • The US has reported more than 75,000 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 20,530 new cases. The R value for the country is now between 1.2-1.4, which isaslight decrease from last week when it was at 1.3-1.5.
  • Wales has announced thatduring lockdown, supermarkets will only be allowed to sell essentials.
  • Scotland has announced a new five-tier system:

Level zero: close to normality, people can meet indoors with eight people from three different households, most businesses will be able to stay open.

Level one:more restrictions, limiting gatherings indoor to six people from two households.

Level two:gatherings in hospitality venues will be limited and bans on meeting in private households.

Level three:closure of most hospitality venues, including bars and pubs.Restaurants will be able to remain partially open.

Level four:close to a full lockdown, only applied if transmission rates are very high.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • WHO Europe has releasednew guidanceahead of the winter flu season.
  • Italy has recorded 19,143 new cases. New restrictive measures are expected to be announced this
  • Portugal has announced that masks will now be mandatory in crowded outdoor spacesfor at least the next 70 days for all residents age 10 and over.
  • Spain has announced that all bars, restaurants, cinemas and theaters in the Madrid region must close at midnight from Saturday.
  • Belgium has tightened restrictions on social contacts, including banning spectatorsfrom sportsmatches, closing theme parks and limiting capacity in cultural spaces.
  • Poland has announced new measures for “red zones”including the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants. The country has reported another record 13,632 new cases.
  • Ireland has asked schools to close early today after a recall of hand sanitizer over health concerns.
  • The Czech Republic has registered 14,151 new infections.
  • Ukraine has reported a record 7,517 new cases.
  • Greece has imposed a new curfew in most areas, including Athens, between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Germany has reported more than 10,000 cases for the second day in a row.
  • Russia has recorded 17,340 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has announced that the cap on the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return home each week will be increasedby 290people, bringing the current cap to 5,865.

South America

  • Uruguay has announced that it will shut its borders over the summer season to help curb the spread of the virus.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported a new daily record with over 6,000 cases in one day.

Asia

  • The Philippines has recorded another 1,923 new cases.
  • Nepal has now stopped access to Mount Everest after a local virus was detected.
  • South Korea has reported 155 new cases, the highest number in 40 days.

Thursday, October 22

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported the highest daily increase in two months with 5,557 new cases.
  • Texas, El Paso County has reported a new daily record with 1,161 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has added the Canary Islands, Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos to its travel corridor list.
  • The UK has recorded 21,242 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Italy has reported 16,079 new cases, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. The Lazio region, including Rome, has announced a new night curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. to start from Friday.
  • Poland has recorded 12,000 new cases. The country is looking to reintroduce the highest level of restrictions from Saturday including mandatory use of masks in all open spaces, limits on the number of people in shops and public transportation and closing gyms and swimming pools.
  • Portugal has imposed a partial lockdown on three northern municipalities.
  • Denmark has recorded 760 new cases.
  • Sweden has announced that nightclub capacity will be limited to 50 people.
  • Cyprus has made masks mandatory in public outdoor spaces and imposed a nighttime curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Germany has issued travel warnings for ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The number of new cases in the country has gone up by more than 10,000 in one day. The country has also added the UK to its quarantine list.
  • Croatia has reported their highest number of new cases with 1,563 new infections.
  • Slovenia has set a new record number of infections with 1,663 new cases.
  • Bosnia has reported a record 999 new cases.
  • France has become the second country in western Europe to pass one million cases.
  • Spain has become the first country in western Europe to pass one million cases.
  • Ireland has started a new six-week lockdown to deal with the second wave of the outbreak.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has reported two new cases.

Asia

  • Malaysia has reported 847 new cases.
  • India has now recorded more than 7.7 million cases.
  • Tokyo has announced a new testing center to be opened at Narita airport next month. The center will aim to return results within two hours.

 

Wednesday, October 21

North America

United States

  • Massachusetts has announced that public schools in Boston will shift to remote learning from Thursday.
  • New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut haveasked their residents not to travel between the three states as the number of new cases continues to rise.
  • Pennsylvania has recorded 1,425 new cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has reported another 26,688 new cases, the highest number to date.
  • Scotland has announced a new five-tier system will be put in place on November 2. In the meanwhile, the new restrictive measures put in placeat the beginning of October have been extended until November 2. Households are not allowed to mix indoors, pubs and restaurants in the central belt will continue to remain closed and snooker halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls will have a 6 p.m. curfew.
  • England has announced that South Yorkshire has been moved to Tier-Three, which is the highest level of restrictive measures.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Poland has announced new restrictive measures to help curb the spread of the virus, including implementing remote learning for secondary school students, limiting opening hours for restaurants and closing all swimming pools and gyms.
  • Italy has reported 15,199 cases, a new daily record for the country.
  • The Netherlands has reported a new daily record number of cases with 8,500 new infections.
  • Czech Republic has ordered most shops and services to close to limit non-essential movement of people.
  • Switzerland has reported 5,596 new infections, almost doubling the number of new cases in a day.
  • Greece has recorded the highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic with 865 new infections.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has reported the first case of reinfection in the country. At the moment only six cases of reinfections have happened worldwide.
  • New Zealand has recorded 25 new cases, two of which were fromcommunity transmission.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported 5,616 new cases, the highest daily number since February.

Asia

  • India has recorded 54,044 new daily cases.

 

Tuesday, October 20

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported 3,600 new cases.
  • The US has reported more than 58,000 new cases in one day, the highest number since July.

Canada

  • Canada has now recorded more than 200,000 cases.

United Kingdom

  • London has introduced new rapid outbound Covid-19 testing for passengers at Heathrow airport. The test is designed to return results in an hour.
  • The UK has recorded another 21,330 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Germany has announced that masks are mandatory at markets, queues and on 10 busy shopping streets in Berlin. The country has also imposed a new lockdown in Berchtesgadener, Bavaria. The country has recorded a further 6,868 new cases.
  • Italy has imposed a new curfew for the Campania region, stopping all activities and people movement by 11 p.m. The Lombardy region has also imposed a nightly curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to help curb the spread of the virus. The country has reported more than 10,000 new cases in one day.
  • Russia has reported 16,319 new cases, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Switzerland has recorded 3,008 new cases.
  • Greece has now scrapped plans to reintroduce spectators at sporting events.
  • Spain has announced a two-week lockdown in the northern region of Navarre after a surge in the number of new cases.
  • Turkey has recorded more than 2,000 new cases.
  • Czech Republic has now mademasks mandatory in all public areas and cars.

Australia and New Zealand

  • New Zealand has announced that 11 international sailors isolating in a Christchurch hotelhave tested positive forCovid-19.
  • Victoria has recorded one new case.

Middle East

  • Iran has reported record daily numbers with 5,039 new cases.

South America

  • Argentina has now recorded one million cases.

Asia

  • The Philippines has recorded the lowest number of new cases in four weeks, with 1,640 infections.
  • China has reported 19 new cases. All the new infections are imported.
  • India has recorded fewer than 50,000 new cases for the first time in 3 months.

 

Monday October 19

North America

United States

  • Florida has reported less than 2,000 cases for the first time in a week.
  • New Orleans has announced tougher enforcement on French Quarter crowds.
  • US and Canada border to remain closed to non-essential travel until November 21.

United Kingdom

  • Wales has announced a temporary two-week lockdown starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • The UK has recorded more than 18,000 new cases in one day.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • France has announced a 9 p.m. to 6 a. curfew for nine French cities.
  • Germany has asked citizens to avoid unnecessary travel, cancel parties and remain at home whenever possible.
  • Italy has confirmed that bars and restaurants can only operate with table service after 6 p.m. Local mayors have also been given the power to close public squares after 9 p.m. The country has recorded 9,337 new cases in the past 24 hours.
  • Switzerland has reported 8,737 new cases over the weekend. The country has banned large gatherings and announced a nationwide mask mandate.
  • Austria has limited gatherings to a maximum of six people indoors and 12 outdoors.
  • Russia has reported a new daily record with 15,982 new infections.
  • Slovenia has declared a 30-day state of emergency.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Melbourne has eased lockdown restrictions with residents no longer limited in the time they spend away from home.

Asia

  • Malaysia has recorded 859 new cases.

 

Thursday, October 15

North America

United States

  • Pennsylvania has recorded more than 1,000 cases for the 10thday in a row.
  • The US has reported 59,494 new daily cases.

United Kingdom

  • The UK will impose new restrictions on London from midnight on Friday. The new restrictions will include nomixing of householdsindoors and people are being discouraged to use public transportation.
  • The UK has removed Italy, Vatican City and San Marino from its travel corridor list.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Switzerland has reported a record number of infections with 2,600 new cases.
  • Italy has recorded 8,804 new cases.
  • Slovakia has reported a new daily record, with 1,929 new cases.
  • Ireland will impose a nationwide ban on visits to homes and gardens from midnight today.
  • Croatia has reported 793, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Ghent University,Belgium, is moving to remote learning for the foreseeable future from October 26.
  • Germany has recorded the highest number of new cases with 6,638 new infections. The country has now imposed an 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants in the hotspot areas.
  • France has announced a new curfew for Paris, Rouen, Lille, St. Etienne, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Marseille and Toulouse. The curfew will be between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and will start on Saturday.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Victoria has recorded 14 new cases.
  • New South Wales has reported 11 new cases.

South America

  • Peru has announced that Machu Picchu will gradually start reopening on Saturday.

Middle East

  • Israel has lifted a temporary ban on citizens flying out of the country.

Asia

  • Hong Kong and Singapore are discussing a travel bubble between the two countries.
  • The Philippines has recorded 2,261 new cases.
  • China has reported 11 new cases.

 

Wednesday, October 14

North America

United States

  • New York City is seeing a leveling-off of new cases in hotspots.

United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland is set to re-enter lockdown measures for the next four weeks, including school closures, pubs and restaurants. The country has reported record high numbers with 1,217 new infections.
  • The UK has reported 17,234 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain has announced that all bars and restaurants in the Catalan region will be limited to takeaway and delivery for the next two weeks.
  • Switzerland has reported a daily record of new cases with 2,823 new infections.
  • Croatia has hit a new daily record with 748 new cases.
  • Russia has reported 14,231 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. Moscow has announced that students in the sixth to 11thgrades will move to remote learning from Monday for two weeks.
  • Czech Republic has imposed a three-week partial lockdown, including shutting of schools, restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • Germany has recorded more than 5,000 cases, the highest number since April.
  • Bulgaria has recorded 785 new cases.
  • Portugal is to introduce tougher restrictions from Thursday, including mandatory mask wearing and compulsory use of the contact tracing app for some people.
  • Italy has recorded 5,901 new cases, the highest number since March.

Central America

  • Mexico has reported 4,295 new cases.

Middle East

  • Israel has extended the lockdown until midnight on Sunday after nearly 3,000 cases have been recorded in one day.

Asia

  • Singapore has reported no new local cases and four imported cases for the first time in six months.
  • Bangladesh has announced that movie theaters will reopen on Friday.
  • India has announced that schools will reopen on Thursday with a state-by-state roll out.

Monday October 12

North America

United States

  • The US has reported 57,420 new cases, the highest number since August.

United Kingdom

  • England has announced the introduction of a new three-tier level system, with the top level involving restrictions such as no mixing between households indoors or outdoors, shutting bars, pubs, gyms, casinos, and bookmakers.
  • England has placed the Liverpool City Region under third-tier lockdown measures.
  • The UK has recorded 13,972 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Spain is discussing protocols with Europe to allow for travel corridors to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands.
  • Russia has reported more than 13,000 new cases in one day.
  • Germany has recorded 2,647 new infections. The country has added Munich to its list of red zones.
  • Czech Republic has issued new restrictions to try and curb the rise of the virus, including limiting numbers to all sporting, social and religious events, remote learning for university students, and reducing office hours to five hours a day.

Central America

  • Mexico has recorded 3,175 new cases.
  • Honduras has extended the nationwide curfew until October 18. During the curfew Hondurans are only able to circulate on a schedule based on the last two digits of their IDs.

Asia

  • Malaysia has announced new movement restrictions for its capital city and the neighboring state of Selangor from October, Wednesday 14.
  • South Korea has reported 97 new cases. The country has made the wearing of face coverings on public transport and public places mandatory.
  • Mainland China has reported 21 new daily cases.

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to open a travel corridor between the two countries for essential business and official purposes.

Friday, October 9

North America

United States

  • Broadway, New York City, has suspended shows through May 2021.

Canada

  • Ontario has reported a new daily record with 939 new infections.

United Kingdom

  • The UK has recorded 13,864 new cases.

Elsewhere in Europe

  • Europe has recorded 100,000 cases in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • Italy has recorded 5,372 new cases in one day, the highest number since March.
  • Spain has invoked a state of emergency to impose partial lockdown on Madrid.
  • Poland has reported a record daily high number of new cases with 4,739 infections.
  • Switzerland has recorded 1,487 new cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
  • Germany has reported more than 4,000 new infections for the second day in a row.
  • Bulgaria has reported a new record daily high with 516 new cases.
  • Romania has suspended flights to and from high-risk countries.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia has reported no new Covid-related deaths for the second day in a row.

Central America

  • Cuba has announced that it will reopen to international tourism from next week.

Middle East

  • Oman has announced the reintroduction of a nighttime curfew, between October 11 and 24. The curfew will apply between 8 p.m. and 5 a.

Asia

  • The Philippines has confirmed 2,996 new cases.
  • Hong Kong has reported 18 new cases.

 

 

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