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Articles related to "quarantine"


Private Jet with US tourists rejected at Italy’s borders

  • Five of them were in possession of American passports.
  • The U.S. is not on the list of non- EU countries to which Italy has decided to open its borders, and the passengers were repatriated.
  • The remaining five passengers were from Italy, New Zealand and England.
  • They could have stayed in Sardinia, following a mandatory quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to move freely.
  • However, at around 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday, they decided to return to the U.S. with their friends, out of solidarity.
  • Immediately, with the collaboration of the airport management company, we set to work - initiating urgent talks with the government, the Ministry and the Prefect - to find a solution that would allow American passengers to stay in Sardinia, even by submitting to quarantine," said the Sardinian president.

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America is running out of fireworks

  • But imports from China, which supplies more than 90% of the world's fireworks, stalled earlier this year, and industry leaders expect a supply shortage in coming days.
  • America's sudden obsession with fireworks came after the pandemic led to mass cancellations of weddings, sports events and Independence Day shows.
  • Compared to 2019, demand for consumer fireworks is up at least 115%.
  • Now, Zoldan, whose consumer fireworks company is among the largest in the United States, said he could play soccer in his 1.2 million square foot distribution center, which was completely full four weeks ago.
  • China normally ramps up production for fireworks in winter — but this year, the pandemic forced most of the factories to close.
  • Chinese exports fell to essentially zero in January, and in the first four months of 2020, the United States imported 35% fewer fireworks than during the same period in 2019.

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How Cuba and Uruguay are quashing coronavirus as neighbours struggle

  • As coronavirus cases soar in the US, Brazil and other countries in the Americas, some countries have found strategies to contain the virus and limit deaths.
  • More than 5 million confirmed cases of covid-19 and nearly 250,000 related deaths have been reported in the Americas as of 29 June, around half of the world total.
  • Before the first reported case, Cuba’s government dispatched teams of doctors, nurses and medical students door-to-door asking about respiratory symptoms and educating the public on the disease.
  • It also has land borders, including a busy border with Brazil, South America’s coronavirus hotspot with more than a million reported cases to date.
  • Uruguay’s government asked the WHO for best practice on testing and for lessons learned elsewhere, says Escalante.
  • Uruguay had conducted 162 tests per new case of covid-19 as of 26 June, the highest number for any country in South America.

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Puerto Rico will require Covid-19 test results from visitors

  • Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced said she will sign an executive order that, among other things, will require visitors to provide a negative Covid-19 test result produced within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Under the executive order, visitors would also need to wear face coverings and observe proper social distancing measures at three airports: Luis Muñoz Marín International, Rafael Hernández International Airport and Mercedita International Airport.
  • The order will also state that if a visitor is unable to bring a negative test result, they will be required to go through the screening process and further tests at the airport and follow quarantine procedures.
  • Aviation mechanics, flight crew members, activated military, federal agents, or others authorized by the Secretary of Health may be excluded from the tests and quarantine.
  • However, everyone must complete the travel declarations for proper follow-up and monitoring by the Department of Health and comply with protocols and requests for information.

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Quarantine hotel sex scandal linked to coronavirus outbreak in Australian city of Melbourne

  • National broadcaster ABC reported 31 cases have been linked to Melbourne's Stamford Plaza hotel, while other infections have been linked to the Rydges on Swanston hotel, which is also in the state capital.
  • According to CNN affiliate 9 News, the alleged breaches include claims some workers had sex with guests in isolation, and a lack of training for the guards.
  • Victoria has experienced a fresh outbreak of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, prompting authorities to impose a fresh lockdown in parts of Melbourne.
  • Andrews said no international travelers will be allowed into Melbourne for the next two weeks while the quarantine program is reset under the supervision of Corrections Victoria, which run the state's jails.
  • More than 60,000 Australians have come home and gone through the hotel quarantine system, Hunt said.

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Europe’s tourism-dependent economies risk reimporting the virus as they welcome back visitors

  • Del Rey’s hopes of reviving her flamenco tablao — one of the most illustrious in Madrid — are entwined with the fate of European tourism, an €800 billion industry in the fight of its life: to retrieve as much business as it can from the rest of the year.
  • Tourism accounts for 12 per cent of gross domestic product in Spain — perhaps the rich nation worst hit by the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, which pushed the death rates up to among the highest in Europe and threatens to leave a fifth of people out of work until the end of 2021.
  • Despite fears over reimporting the virus the Spanish government has decided unilaterally to waive restrictions for travellers from the UK, even though Spain reports far fewer infections — below 300 a day, compared with more than 800 in Britain.

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Can Europe save its summer?

  • Ms Del Rey’s hopes of reviving her flamenco tablao — one of the most illustrious in Madrid — are entwined with the fate of European tourism, an €800 billion ($1.3 trillion) industry in the fight of its life: to retrieve as much business as it can from the rest of the year.
  • Tourism accounts for 12 per cent of gross domestic product in Spain — perhaps the rich nation worst hit by the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, which pushed the death rates up to among the highest in Europe and threatens to leave a fifth of people out of work until the end of 2021.
  • Despite fears over re-importing the virus, the Spanish government has decided unilaterally to waive restrictions for travellers from the UK, even though Spain reports far fewer infections — below 300 a day, compared with more than 800 in Britain.

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Victoria's hotel security exposed on outbreak

  • Mr Andrews and Police Minister Lisa Neville insist Corrections Victoria staff are best placed to run hotel quarantine when international flights – diverted from Melbourne for two weeks – return, but they face growing questions over why jail guards or Australian Defence Force personnel were not originally used.
  • Mr Andrews has announced a judicial inquiry into the hotel quarantine failure but on Wednesday insisted that staff from Corrections Victoria were better skilled than Australian Defence Force personnel to conduct that role.
  • Despite the offer of 1000 ADF personnel from the federal government, Ms Neville said ADF forces were never considered for running hotel quarantine in Victoria and were not needed to enforce hotspot lockdowns.
  • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews continues to insist Corrections Victoria staff are better skilled to provide quarantine service than Australian Defence Force personnel.

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Smaller states pushed to help share the quarantine load

  • South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia are being pressured to do more to help quarantine overseas arrivals, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested they had benefited from NSW and Victoria doing the heavy lifting so far.
  • Mr Morrison is critical of the smaller states for closing their borders to Victoria, saying on Wednesday they had the Victorian and NSW government to thank for their low rate of coronavirus cases.
  • Mr Morrison said states such as South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland were overreacting and damaging the national economic recovery by closing their borders to all Victorians, rather than just the suburban hotspots in Melbourne which were under lockdown.
  • Rather than close their borders, Mr Morrison has urged these states to show the same "leadership'' as the Northern Territory government which will subject any arrival from a Melbourne hotspot to quarantine.

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Coronavirus: Which country got it right?

  • These reports use anonymous data gathered from apps such as Google Maps in order to measure percentage change in mobility patterns.
  • The number of visits made to pharmacies or retail stores in January gives a baseline value of mobility against which we will compare other days.
  • Best case scenario: a country that went into heavy lockdown and saw a huge decrease in mobility would have bounced back and have an almost normal mobility pattern today.
  • Worst case scenario: a country that went into heavy lockdown and saw a huge decrease in mobility but still has not managed to reduce coronavirus cases to lift quarantine.
  • Countries have very different ways of measuring the number of daily new cases and quantifying deaths which in my opinion would cloud the universal and homogenous data provided by Google’s Mobility report.

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