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Travel was a major factor with coronavirus spread

The extent to which coronavirus spread was based on the type and speed of the interventions taken. In many cases, such interventions were effective. However, key networks were also responsible for the viral spread.

Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan re-opens for international flights

Beijing - China's Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged.

S. Africa to 'cautiously' reopen borders as lockdown eases

Johanesburg - South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve.

With travel limited, plane cafes take off in Thailand

Bangkok - With millions around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, "plane cafes" in Thailand are offering customers the chance to pretend they are in the sky -- and the idea seems to have taken off.

Stranded by virus, Japan couple become Cape Verde envoys

Apo - A pair of Japanese honeymooners stranded in Cape Verde by the coronavirus pandemic have been named unlikely ambassadors for the tropical paradise's Olympic team at next year's Tokyo Games.

Albanians rush to enter Greece as virus rules change

Tirana - Thousands of Albanians formed an enormous queue of cars at the Greek border Friday as they rushed to re-enter the country for work ahead of new virus rules, police said.

US, Canada, Mexico COVID-19 travel ban extended

Washington - The US Department of Homeland Security said Friday that a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel through border crossings with Canada and Mexico was being extended until September 21.

Chances of catching coronavirus on a train revealed

Returning to work in the COVID-19 era introduces an element of risk. This not only includes the workplace, but also the means of travelling to work. A new study considers issues relating to train travel, in terms of infection risk.

Taiwan airlines offer sight-seeing flights during pandemic

Taoyuan - Faced with the coronavirus collapse in travellers, Taiwanese airlines have begun offering sight-seeing "flights to nowhere" on their passenger jets -- including flight attendant lessons for children.

US lifts advice to avoid all foreign travel due to pandemic

Washington - The United States on Thursday lifted a warning to its citizens to avoid all foreign travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to improvements.The State Department said it would instead resume considering each country on a case-by-case basis.

Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of foreign residents

Apo - Japan will from next week lift a ban on the re-entry of some foreign residents, imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus, the foreign ministry has announced.

US announces borders with Mexico, Canada to stay shut to August 20

Washington - US Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Thursday that borders with Mexico and Canada would remained shut to most travel to stem to spread of the coronavirus for another month to August 20.

Germany readies tougher lockdowns to ward off second wave

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's federal and regional governments on Thursday agreed on tougher, more targeted lockdown measures to contain local outbreaks and ward off the threat of a second coronavirus wave.

Cyprus gets tough on travellers flouting virus entry rules

Nicosia - Cyprus is threatening to fine or turn away incoming passengers who fail to complete online arrival forms aimed at preventing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus.

Australia cuts citizen returns as virus surge worsens

Sydney - Australia will slash the number of returning citizens allowed into the country by half as it struggles to contain a worsening coronavirus outbreak in its second-largest city, officials announced Friday.

Pompeo sees progress in reopening travel with EU

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he saw progress in reopening travel with the European Union shut by the coronavirus pandemic but offered no timeline.

Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China

Sydney - Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.

New Zealand restricts entry for Kiwis escaping coronavirus

Wellington - New Zealand began restricting the return of its own nationals Tuesday as the country faces an accelerating influx of citizens fleeing coronavirus outbreaks overseas and limited quarantine facilities.

England scraps quarantine for 50 countries — but not US

London - Travellers from more than 50 countries including France, Italy and Spain -- but not the United States -- can stop self-isolating on arrival in England from July 10, the UK government said Friday.

Greece reopens islands to flights in bid to save tourism season

Corfu - Greece on Wednesday reopened flights to its flagship island destinations as it raced to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy.

Pompeo sees US-EU travel breakthrough within weeks

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he expected a solution "in the coming weeks" that would allow travel to restart between the United States and Europe.

With no flights, Argentine sails across Atlantic to see parents

Mar Del Plata - "Mission accomplished!" That joyful declaration came from Juan Manuel Ballestero, an Argentine sailor who, unable to fly home from Portugal due to the pandemic, crossed the ocean alone in his modest sailboat to see his aging parents."I did it!

Balkan hoteliers hope for 'survival' as borders reopen

Hanioti - As the first Balkan travellers queued at the border with Bulgaria to cross into Greece this week, hotelier Yiannis Laspas was glued to his TV screen, eagerly awaiting potential guests.

Greece reopens for tourists, but UK flights barred for now

Athens - As Greece prepares to reopen for foreign visitors in a bid to get its crucial tourism sector back on its feet, the government said Friday that flights from coronavirus hotspots such as Britain would not be allowed in, at least for now.

Airlines improvise gradual liftoff as lockdowns ease

Frankfurt Am Main - Cabin crews on standby with destinations revealed only hours before the flight, pilots put on simulators to keep up to date -- an airline restarting after the pandemic is a far cry from the clockwork precision of the pre-coronavirus world.

Google Maps to display virus-related transit alerts

San Francisco - A new version of Google's mapping service being rolled out will display pandemic-related transit alerts and let people know when buses or trains might be crowded.

Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

Ottawa - Thousands of foreign nationals will be able to reunite with their families in Canada after the government in Ottawa moved Monday to exempt them from its travel ban.

Germany to lift travel warning for Europe from June 15

Berlin - Germany will lift its blanket travel warning for European nations from June 15, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday, as the continent looks to further ease restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus.

Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

Apo - The EU on Wednesday set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic across Europe, the world's top holiday destination.

Britain to introduce two-week quarantine for arrivals: reports

London - Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on the government to relax virus lockdown measures.
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