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The British government has confirmed that six countries, including France, will be removed from its list of travel corridors, following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Arrivals to the UK from France, the Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Aruba and the Turks and Caicos Islands will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon return or face a fine, will enter in effect at 4 am Saturday. The UK will be “ruthless” on quarantine, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
The French Secretary of State for European Affairs responded to this decision, saying that this decision would lead to “reciprocal measures” across the Channel.
The UK decision comes after the Joint Biosecurity Center and Public Health England indicated a significant change in Covid-19 risk in all six destinations.
France’s health ministry reported 2,669 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, setting a new daily high after the lockdown for the second day in a row and bringing the country’s cumulative total of cases to 209,365.
Transport ministry officials said data from France shows that over the past week there has been a 66% increase in newly reported cases.
There has been a steady increase in new cases reported in the Netherlands over the past four weeks, with a 52% increase in new cases reported between August 7 and August 13.
Over the past week there has been a 273% increase in new cases reported in Turks and Caicos Islands, a 1,106% increase in new cases reported in Aruba and Malta has seen a 105% increase.
Here are the main developments of the last few hours:
- Worldwide coronavirus deaths have passed 750,000. The coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 750,000 people worldwide, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Almost half of the deaths reported worldwide have occurred in the four most affected countries: the United States (166,118), Brazil (104,201), Mexico (54,666) and India (47,033 ).
- France has reported a new peak after the lockdown of daily Covid-19 cases. France’s health ministry reported 2,669 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, setting a new daily high after the lockdown for the second day in a row and bringing the country’s cumulative total of cases to 209,365.
- WHO has downplayed the danger of the coronavirus clinging to food packaging. The World Health Organization has urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain, after two cities in China said they found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen foods and on food packaging.
- Germany admits a delay in thousands of virus test results. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder has been forced to apologize for an embarrassing delay in thousands of coronavirus test results, just as Germany is seeing a new outbreak of virus cases.
- Daily infections in Spain reach 2,935 but officials insist the rise is not the second wave. Spain reported 2,935 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest number since the country’s lockdown ended and up from 1,690 the day before, although officials argued the situation remained manageable.
- The death toll in Brazil from Covid-19 exceeds 105,000. Brazil has reported 60,091 new cases of the coronavirus and 1,261 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Thursday. Brazil has recorded 3,224,876 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic , while the official Covid -19 toll rose to 105,463, according to ministry data.
- Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of death from Covid, major study finds. Long-term exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of death from Covid-19, according to a large study by the Bureau of National Statistics.
- The number of air passengers will drop by 60% in Europe in 2020: IATA. The number of air passengers in Europe is expected to decline by 60% in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, the global aviation industry has said, with the recovery looking very uncertain.
- Iraq reports daily Covid-19 cases. The Iraqi health ministry reported 3,841 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, a record since the first infection was recorded in February.
- Germany reports the highest daily cases since the start of May in a “worrying” trend. Germany reported 1,445 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, the highest level since May 1, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which said “the trend is troubling.”
- Trans-Tasman travel bubble ‘on hiatus’ amid new epidemics of Covid across the Pacific. A Trans-Tasman bubble allowing travel between Australia and New Zealand is ‘on hiatus’ after new outbreaks of Covid-19, and could be delayed until New Zealand’s general election, possibly be until next year.
- Brazil’s coronavirus death toll has exceeded 105,000. 1,261 other deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday. 60,091 new cases have been reported, bringing the total to 3,224,876 since the start of the pandemic.