Coronavirus latest: New Zealand’s GDP records largest fall in 29 years

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New Zealand’s latest GDP figures reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s economy. Meanwhile, Eiffel Tower prepares to welcome visitors after three months.

01:15 Australia’s Qantas Airways said it has canceled most international flights until late October. “We will still have some flights scheduled across the Tasman in the coming months with the expected travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand,” the airline said in a statement. “Should travel between Australia and other countries open up and demand return, we can add more flights back into our schedule.”

The airline’s decision comes after the Australian government indicated it was unlikely to reopen its borders to international travelers until 2021. The government said it may relax rules for foreign students, and other long-term visitors in the coming months.

00:30 New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) recorded its largest fall in 29 years, as the country reels under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand’s economy shrank by 0.2% in the year ended March. Its GDP declined by 1.6% in first three months of this year, Stats New Zealand said.

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00:20 Mexico added 4,930 new coronavirus cases and 770 new deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total count to 159,793 infections and 19,080 fatalities, the Health Ministry said. The government has said the actual number of cases in Mexico are likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

00:10 The Eiffel Tower is set to open next week after three months of shutdown, the longest closure since World War II.

The opening on June 25, however, comes with certain restrictions on visitors. Elevators will be off-limits, as the confined space poses a risk of disease transmission. Also, visitors will not be allowed to go higher than the second level of the tower.

All visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear masks, and there will be a one-way traffic system in place on the staircases.

Managers said they hope full operations will resume sometime in late summer.

Source: dw.

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