Coronavirus latest: Europe reopens borders for summer travel

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Germany and France are among many European countries reopening their borders to fellow European travelers, three months after coronavirus lockdown measures went into force.

03:45 Germany on Monday reported 192 new cases of coronavirus infections and four new deaths. According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a total of 186,461 confirmed cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with 8,791 deaths.

The number of reproductions, or R-value, was above the critical mark of 1.0 — coming in at 1.05.

03:01 Chile will now include suspected coronavirus cases in its official death toll, Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Sunday. The inclusion of “probable deaths” to the country’s epidemiological report could double the current figure.

Paris took office as the new health minister on Saturday, after his predecessor Jaime Manalich resigned amid controversy over Chile’s official coronavirus death toll. The health minister added that quarantine measures in the Santiago metropolitan region would be extended “at least through June.”

The government had said publicly that the pandemic has claimed over 3,000 lives in the country since it began, but a report published by investigative journalism organization CIPER on Saturday said Chile had informed the World Health Organization that the death toll stood at more than 5,000.

01:40 The US on Sunday reported 382 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours — the lowest daily death toll since the country’s mid-April peak. 

The US is the worst-hit country in the pandemic globally, with 2,093,335 cases of infections and 115,729 deaths.

Prior to Sunday, the deaths were averaging 800 a day.

01:33 Ghana’s Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu has tested positive for COVID-19. He is in a stable condition, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced on Sunday, as the country starts a phased lifting of restrictions.

Ghana has reported 11,964 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest in the region.

The death toll is one of the lowest in the continent, with 54 fatalities.

01:07 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to reimpose closings in areas where local governments have failed to enforce coronavirus rules.

Cuomo mentioned Manhattan and Long Island as problem areas, while citing 25,000 complaints of reopening violations statewide. The state governor said that large gatherings, violations of social distancing, and lax face-covering enforcement are a risk to the state’s fragile progress against the coronavirus.

On Saturday, Cuomo had a stern reaction to a short video from New York City, posted on Twitter, that showed young residents enjoying the day on a packed city street — many without masks.

00:10 British carrier EasyJet is resuming flights on Monday after being grounded since March 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline will start operations for a small number of mainly domestic flights. It will also resume some domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.

Passengers will have to follow strict COVID-19 protocols, including wearing face masks.

00:05 Several European countries are opening their borders for EU travelers on Monday after nearly three months of coronavirus restrictions.

The move comes a week after European Union home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, told member states they “should open up as soon as possible” and suggested Monday was a good date.

Germany is relaxing all inter-EU travel and travelers will no longer have to prove a valid reason for entering the country. Germany had already opened its borders to the neighboring states of Austria, Switzerland, and France on May 16 with tightly controlled measures.

The country’s Foreign Ministry also removed travel warnings for 27 European countries from its website at midnight. However, warnings are still in place for Spain, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

German passport holders are still being told to avoid non-essential travel abroad, except to the countries cleared on Monday.

France is opening its borders to all arrivals from the EU and nations that fall under the border-free Schengen zone. People arriving in the country from within Europe will not be put under quarantine. However, different protocols will be in place for those coming in from Spain, as well as Britain, because those countries have different reopening schedules.

Spain, which will reopen its borders for EU visitors on June 21, is allowing thousands of Germans to fly to the Balearic Islands for a two-week trial run from Monday. The travelers will not be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine.

The Czech Republic will require travelers from Sweden to show a negative coronavirus test or to self-quarantine, along with travelers from Portugal and Poland’s Silesia.

Denmark will open its borders only for those from Germany, Norway and Iceland — provided they can prove that they are staying for at least six nights.

The Commission has recommended a gradual lifting of travel restrictions after June 30 for non-EU citizens seeking to travel to Europe.

Source: dw

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