Virus resurgence forces international locations to re-impose restrictions

Promachonas (Greece), July 15

Countries around the globe are re-imposing lockdowns and implementing new well being checks at their borders in an effort to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus earlier than it spins even additional uncontrolled.

Starting Wednesday, all travellers arriving in Greece from a land border with Bulgaria had been required to hold detrimental coronavirus take a look at outcomes issued within the earlier 72 hours and translated into English.

The new guidelines, which observe a rise in tourism-related COVID-19 instances, triggered an instantaneous drop in arrivals in comparison with current days.

Residents of Australia’s second-largest metropolis, Melbourne, had been warned on Wednesday to adjust to lockdown rules or face more durable restrictions.

Melbourne’s 5 million individuals and a part of town’s semi-rural environment are every week into a brand new, six-week lockdown to comprise a brand new outbreak there.

“The time for warnings, the time for cutting people slack, is over,” Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews stated. “Where we are is in a very serious and deadly position.”

The developments include greater than 13 million instances of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, and with over 578,000 deaths, in accordance with a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The precise numbers are considered far greater because of numerous causes, together with restricted testing.

In Serbia, which has been hit laborious by a spike in infections and anti-government protests, a authorities disaster crew expanded a ban on gatherings of greater than 10 individuals from Belgrade to embody your entire nation.

Masks had been additionally made obligatory in public areas the place there isn’t any alternative for 1.5 metres of distancing, resembling in traces to enter outlets and bus stations.

Renewed restrictions took impact in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with public gatherings restricted to 4 individuals, eating places restricted to takeout after 6 pm, and a one-week closure for gyms, karaoke bars, and chosen different companies. Masks had been mandated on public transit for the primary time, with the non-compliant being fined.

After a surge in every day infections starting final month, Israel moved final week to re-impose restrictions, closing occasions areas, dwell present venues, bars and golf equipment.

It has imposed lockdowns on areas with excessive an infection charges, which in some instances sparked protests from residents.

Officials warn that if case numbers do not come down within the coming days, Israel may have no alternative however to lock your entire nation down once more, because it did within the spring.

South Africa, Africa’s most developed nation, is already displaying indicators of being overwhelmed by the pandemic — an ominous outlook for the remainder of the continent of 1.three billion individuals.

A ban on alcohol gross sales and an evening curfew have been re-imposed this week to scale back the quantity of trauma sufferers to hospitals which are struggling to deal with an inflow of COVID-19 sufferers.

Alcohol-related emergencies at hospitals dropped by practically 60 per cent when South Africa prohibited the gross sales of liquor in April and May. When that restriction was lifted in June, hospitals noticed an instantaneous return to earlier ranges of trauma instances, particularly on weekends, in accordance with official statistics.

One end result was extra financial ache in a rustic which already has a excessive unemployment charge of 30 per cent.

In Spain, authorities within the north-eastern Catalonia area made recent makes an attempt to stem the unfold of latest coronavirus outbreaks as well being specialists warned that extra and higher contact tracing is required.

Since midnight Tuesday, 160,000 residents in and across the metropolis of Lleida had been forbidden to go away their properties except it is correctly justified. The space is closed off, with police checkpoints exterior each municipality. Bars and eating places are solely open for takeout or supply.

In Hospitalet de Llobregat, a densely populated city on the outskirts of the regional capital, Barcelona, dozens of individuals lined up Tuesday at an area well being centre to be examined for the virus, as infections have shot up from a couple of dozen to greater than 200 in simply over three days.

Starting Wednesday, three neighbourhoods are seeing extra restrictions, together with limits to the variety of clients in outlets and eating places, whereas authorities are strongly urging individuals to not socialise.

Authorities within the English city of Blackburn additionally imposed new restrictions on social mingling amid what they are saying is a “rising tide” of latest coronavirus instances.

Director of Public Health Dominic Harrison stated that if an infection numbers did not fall by July 27, officers would start to re-impose lockdown measures such because the closing of outlets and different companies.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike stated Wednesday that the unfold of the infections within the Japanese capital have escalated to ranges tantamount to “issuing an alarm” and requested that residents and enterprise homeowners step up their preventive measures.

However, at the same time as new restrictions are imposed, steps had been being taken to assist restore a way of normalcy.

On Tuesday night time, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko introduced reopening the border with Russia and resuming the transport connection between the 2 international locations “in the coming days.” 

Travellers arriving in Russia beginning Wednesday needed to both present coronavirus take a look at outcomes on the border or take a virus take a look at inside three days of arriving to the nation. Those measures change a compulsory two-week self-isolation for these arriving to Russia. AP

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