New journey curbs as world involves grips with second COVID-19 wave

SYDNEY/LONDON – Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday and an abrupt British quarantine on travellers from Spain threw Europe’s summer time reopening into disarray, because the world confronted the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Surges had been reported in numerous international locations beforehand singled out as locations the place the virus was below management.

Australia recorded a report each day rise. Vietnam locked down the town of Danang, forcing the evacuation of tens of 1000’s of tourists. Mainland China confirmed probably the most new domestically transmitted instances since early March. Papua New Guinea shut its borders.

Hong Kong banned gatherings of greater than two folks, closed down restaurant eating and launched necessary face masks in public locations, together with open air, fearing a potential third wave there.

Simply weeks after European international locations trumpeted the reopening of tourism, a surge in infections in Spain prompted Britain to order all travellers from there to quarantine for 2 weeks, torpedoing the journey plans of a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals.

The World Well being Group stated journey restrictions couldn’t be the reply for the long run, and international locations needed to do extra to halt the unfold inside their borders by adopting confirmed methods corresponding to social distancing and the sporting of masks.

“It will be virtually not possible for particular person international locations to maintain their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies must open up, folks must work, commerce has to renew,” WHO emergencies programme director Mike Ryan stated.

“What is evident is strain on the virus pushes the numbers down. Launch that strain and instances creep again up.”

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Officers in a number of the European and Asian international locations the place the virus is once more spreading say new outbreaks won’t be as dangerous as the unique waves that hit earlier this 12 months, and could be contained with native measures moderately than nationwide shutdowns.

However international locations which have suffered excessive financial hardship from months of lockdowns are additionally decided to not let the virus get uncontrolled once more, even when meaning reversing the trail to reopening.

Europe has but to elevate bans on travellers from many international locations, together with the US, the place the typical variety of each day new infections has soared since mid-June and is now above 60,000.

Britain’s announcement of the return of quarantine for Spain was prone to torpedo the revival of airways and tourism companies throughout the continent, which had thought they’d survived their greatest disaster in residing reminiscence.

Britain accounts for greater than 20% of overseas guests to Spain, the place tourism represents 12% of the financial system.

A British junior well being minister stated extra European international locations might find yourself on the “pink checklist” if infections surge.

“If we see the charges going up, we must take motion as a result of we can not take the danger of coronavirus being unfold once more throughout the UK,” Helen Whately instructed Sky Information when requested if Germany or France is perhaps subsequent after Spain.

In China, which managed to squelch native transmission by agency lockdowns after the virus first emerged within the central metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months, the brand new surge has been pushed by recent infections within the far western area of Xinjiang.

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Within the northeast, Liaoning province reported a fifth straight day of latest infections and Jilin province reported two new instances, its first since late Might.

Australian authorities who’ve imposed a six-week lockdown in components of the southeastern state of Victoria stated it might last more after the nation’s highest each day enhance in infections.

“The tragedy of COVID-19 is that we all know, with the variety of new infections that we’ve seen right this moment, that there will probably be many additional deaths within the days forward,” Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd instructed reporters.

In Japan, the federal government stated it might urge enterprise leaders to ramp up anti-virus measures corresponding to staggered shifts, and aimed to see charges of telecommuting return to ranges achieved throughout an earlier state of emergency.

“At one level, commuter numbers had been down by 70 to 80%, however now it is solely about 30%,” Economic system Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura stated late on Sunday. “We actually do not wish to backtrack on this, so we’ve to discover new methods of working and maintain telecommuting excessive.”

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 folks, principally native vacationers, from the central metropolis of Danang after three residents examined constructive on the weekend. Till Saturday, the nation had reported no neighborhood infections since April.

North Korean state media reported on the weekend that the border city of Kaesong was in lockdown after an individual who defected to South Korea three years in the past returned this month with signs of COVID-19. If confirmed, it might be the primary case formally acknowledged by Pyongyang.

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Papua New Guinea halted entry for travellers from Monday, besides these arriving by air, because it tightens curbs towards infections which have greater than doubled over the previous week.