Covid-19 Travel Update: Thailand Reopens, UK To Have Christmas Without Lockdown | To travel


Thailand is ending quarantine for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries, the biggest reopening bet in Asia and which could mark a turning point for the revival of mass tourism during the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is adamant the UK will have an unrestricted Christmas despite an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases. “I see no evidence to believe that any type of foreclosure is on the cards,” Johnson told reporters.

Key developments:

  • Virus Tracker: cases approach 246.4 million; deaths exceed 4.99 million
  • Vaccine Tracker: Over 7 billion vaccines administered
  • Xi Jinping uses G-20 talks to push for mutual recognition of gunfire
  • Isolated China cracks under pressure to keep Covid out
  • Shots for young children need pressure from doctors to influence suspicious parents
  • Roaming increases in Brazil’s biggest cities as Covid fades

Australia opens its doors to New Zealand tourists (8:43 a.m. HK)

Australia has further relaxed its strict border controls, with fully vaccinated tourists arriving from New Zealand being allowed to travel there without quarantine from late Sunday evening.

Travel without quarantine will initially be limited to those arriving in New South Wales and Victoria, the two jurisdictions that have removed the isolation requirement for vaccinated international travelers.

“Australia’s rapidly increasing immunization coverage has put us in a good position to take the next steps in reopening our borders to the world,” Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in a statement.

Thailand reopens for vaccinated travelers (8:00 HK)

Thailand is ending quarantine for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries, the biggest reopening bet in Asia and which could mark a turning point for the revival of mass tourism during the pandemic.

Starting Monday, fully vaccinated travelers from the United States, China, Singapore, Japan, India and most countries in Europe will be able to freely visit Thailand after testing negative for Covid at their arrival. Vaccinated visitors from countries not on the list can travel to Bangkok and 16 other regions, but they will be confined to their original destination for the first seven days.

It is the biggest move Thailand has taken to once again welcome some of the nearly 40 million visitors it welcomed the year before the pandemic, and is touted as a “struggle to win over foreign tourists”, because countries from Australia to the UK are also loosening the brakes on Covid.

Johnson says UK will have a no-lock Christmas (5:00 HK)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is adamant the UK will have an unrestricted Christmas despite an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases.

“I see no evidence to believe that any type of lockdown is on the cards,” Johnson told reporters en route to the Group of 20 summit in Rome. “Yes, it is true that the cases are high, but they are currently no reason to go to Plan B.”

The promise of a lock-free Christmas this year is a promise Johnson will want to keep after drastically changing course last December and canceling plans to allow families to see each other over the holidays.

Harris gets a boost (5:45 p.m. NY)

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris received a booster of her Moderna Inc. vaccine on Saturday, about nine months after completing her first two injections on Jan.26.

U.S. Boosters Reach 1 Million Per Day (5:22 p.m. NY)

Vaccine recalls topped one million in the past two days, amid an accelerating pace of inoculation in the United States. Just over 1.6 million vaccinations were reported on Saturday, among the highest daily totals in the past four months.

Third injections and boosters have exceeded first doses since early October, after an additional injection of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was approved for vulnerable populations. The numbers have skyrocketed since booster shots from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson were approved last week.

More than 4 million people have already received recalls from Moderna, including about 75,000 from Johnson & Johnson, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 13 million Pfizer boosters have been distributed.

As of Saturday, 69.5% of adults in the United States were fully immunized and 9.9% had received a booster dose, according to the CDC.

Greek cases reach high pandemic level (4:40 p.m. NY)

Greece recorded 4,696 cases on Saturday, a new daily record since the start of the pandemic.

A committee of health experts is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss imposing new measures mainly in areas with high numbers of unvaccinated people. Just over 70% of adults received at least one dose.

The goal of any other potential measure will be to convince citizens to get vaccinated, Gkikas Magiorkinis, government adviser on Covid-19, said on Skai TV on Saturday.

Oregon warrant cleared for many exemptions (4:05 p.m. NY)

Oregon’s immunization mandate for health workers, state officials, and some teachers allowed significant exemptions, including nearly half of emergency medical responders in a southern city , reported The Oregonian.

The state’s tenure, one of the broadest in the United States, has increased vaccination rates, according to the newspaper. But many exemptions for religious and health reasons have been granted, which the newspaper says have not been fully followed.

The survey documented vaccination rates and the percentage of exemptions approved. Portland public schools have been vaccinated 96%. Of Medford City paramedics, 44% requested exemptions and all were approved.

New York workers receive last-minute snaps (11:27 a.m. NY)

Vaccination rates among New York City police, fire and sanitation departments rose as workers risked a possible suspension on Monday. The city is bracing for gaps in public health and safety, with tens of thousands of essential public workers still unvaccinated under the mandate imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The New York Police Department said its vaccination rate rose to 84%, from 79% on Thursday. The figures of the fire service rose to 77% against 69% the day before.

Amid complaints about the garbage already piling up on city sidewalks, the rate of sanitation workers rose from 10% to 77%, according to city hall data.

Most city workers were due to receive a first dose on Friday afternoon, but were allowed to work all weekend, presumably leaving more time for vaccination.

States Sue US for Entrepreneurial Mandate (11:15 a.m. NY)

More than a dozen states have sued President Joe Biden over his vaccine tenure for federal contractors, arguing that the initiative forces Americans to choose between their jobs and their constitutional rights.

The US constitution does not give the federal government the right to dictate “every facet of the lives of its citizens,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in one of the complaints filed in federal court Friday night. Galveston, Texas.

More than a dozen other Republican-led states joined two other lawsuits in federal courts on Friday in Missouri and Georgia.

Ireland publishes most new cases since January (9 a.m. NY)

Ireland reported 2,966 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the largest daily increase in infections since January.

Ninety-two people were being treated in an intensive care unit at 11:30 a.m. local time, according to government figures. More than 443,000 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Russia Reports Record Cases (6:30 a.m. NY)

Russia has reported a record number of daily infections, even after announcing restrictions to slow the spread.

There have been 40,251 new cases and 1,160 deaths in the past day – slightly below the record deaths released on Friday – according to data from the national coronavirus headquarters.

September was the deadliest month in Russia since World War II, with 44,265 deaths associated with the virus last month, according to figures released on Friday. President Vladimir Putin has ordered days off for the first week of November, while several regions have imposed more stringent closures. Moscow is closed for most business from October 28 to November 7.

China Says Outbreak in Mongolia is Under Control (6:18 a.m. NY)

Chinese authorities have said the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the country is under control, but the share of infected elderly has posed health concerns.

The virus hotspot in Inner Mongolia’s Ejina County, a tourist destination that attracts many older visitors, has not seen a case spread to other places in four days, officials said on Saturday. National Health Commission during a press briefing. All new infections found among close contacts are in quarantine, they said.

Merkel says new wave should ‘worry us all’ (4:30 p.m. HK)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in a newspaper interview that people should continue to take Covid-19 seriously as the latest wave of infections peaked since May 3.

Trends in hospitalization and death rates “worry me a lot,” Merkel reportedly said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “They should all worry us. “

Germany reported 90 new Covid deaths on Saturday morning. Although about two-thirds of the population are fully immunized, some 3.6 million people over the age of 60 have still not been vaccinated.

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