Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates

How is the world is adapting to new norms amidst a pandemic? We issue the latest COVID-19 updates for travellers to track.  
Coronavirus LIVE: Latest Updates 18
A commuter takes precautionary measures by wearing a medical mask while arriving at London’s Piccadilly Cirsus subway. Photo by: Matteo Roma/ Shutterstock

As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 58,808,964 people have been infected, as most European countries and the U.S.A. are battling a second wave. India has recorded more than nine million confirmed cases (Johns Hopkins University). India was under coronavirus lockdown from March 25 till June 30, and curbs on movement and economic activity are now being relaxed gradually. The country has recorded  9,139,865 COVID-19 cases, out of which 443,486 are active cases, as of November 23. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. Here is the link for a state-wise breakdown of helpline numbers. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.


November 23, 10 p.m.: The Guardian reports that cafes, restaurants, bars, cinemas and gyms will be closed down in Luxembourg till December 15 as the country is witnessing a surge in infections over the past few days.   


November 23, 8.30 p.m.: The Portuguese Tourism Secretary Rita Marques said today that the country’s tourism industry is set to lose 60,000 jobs this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. She estimates that international travel will pick up around the third quarter of 2021, but said that international tourism might return to pre-pandemic levels in the year 2023. 


November 23, 6 p.m.: The Maharashtra state government announced today that people travelling into the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will not be allowed entry if they cannot produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result. While air passengers will have to take the test a maximum of 72 hours before scheduled arrival in Maharashtra, train passengers can take the test up to 96 hours before the scheduled arrival. Road passengers will be screened at the state’s border checkpoints and symptomatic individuals will be administered an antigen test. 


November 23, 4 p.m.: New data released today revealed that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Oxford University and AstraZeneca is up to 90% effective in preventing infection across different age groups. Moreover, the dosage found most effective is smaller, which means that more people could be vaccinated with a smaller quantity of the vaccine. 


November 23, 2 p.m.: A record daily increase of 25,173 new Covid-19 cases was reported in Russia over the past 24 hours. While the cities of Perm and Voronezh are the highest in terms of the risk of infection, the risk of contracting the virus is lowest in St. Petersburg and Moscow.


November 23, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,139,865 and the death toll stands at 133,738.


November 23, 10 a.m.: After the U.S.A., the British and German governments announced their plans to start a Covid-19 vaccination program by December 2020. Spain will also begin vaccinations in January.


November 23, 8 a.m.: Even though health experts in the U.S.A. have urged against travelling during the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, millions of Americans will likely undertake trips over the coming weeks, raising concerns about a surge in infections. The U.S.A. is the worst-hit country in the world, and has reported more than 12 million confirmed infections.


November 22, 10 p.m.: A senior official from the U.S. government’s Covid-19 vaccination effort said today that the country will initiate a vaccination program in early December. The Food and Drug Administration will be meeting soon to deliberate granting approval to vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna, which have been found to be 95% effective. 


November 22, 7 p.m.: A spokesperson from the French government announced today that lockdown restrictions in the country will be eased in the weeks to come. However, to prevent a surge in cases, restrictions will be eased gradually, in three phases. 


November 22, 4 p.m.: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that England will enter a three-tiered system of localised coronavirus restrictions after the end of the national lockdown on December 2. 


November 22, 2 p.m.: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced today that all schools will be shut across the country in the upcoming holiday season. Additionally, all domestic travel will also be banned in order to keep the Covid-19 infection rate to a minimum ahead of Christmas. 


November 22, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,095,806 and the death toll stands at 133,227.


November 22, 10 a.m.: The Rajasthan state government announced that a night curfew will be imposed in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara districts starting today, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 


November 22, 8 a.m.: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned citizens and residents against undertaking cruise trips, owing to the high risk of Covid-19 transmission on cruise ships.


November 21, 10 p.m.: The planned air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been postponed owing to a sudden spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. Authorities in Hong Kong have said that the air bubble has been pushed back by at least two weeks. 


November 21, 8 p.m.: After a drop in coronavirus infections in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that shopping centres will be allowed to reopen next week. However, he urged citizens and residents against travelling for Christmas holidays, in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. 


November 21, 6 p.m.: Russia reported a record daily increase in Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, as officials registered close to 25,000 new cases. This is the third consecutive day that the record has been breached.   


November 21, 4 p.m.: As coronavirus infections continue to surge in Japan, the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced the suspension of the government’s “Go-To” campaign in hotspots. The campaign was launched earlier this year to promote domestic travel and boost the tourism industry which was battered by the coronavirus pandemic. 


November 21, 2 p.m.: Authorities in Hong Kong have banned Air India flights from India for after some passengers tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. This is the fifth instance of passengers onboard Air India flights to Hong Kong testing positive, and the ban will be in place till December 3. 


November 21, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,050,597 and the death toll stands at 132,726.


November 21, 10 a.m.: In an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Iranian government announced that new restrictions will be imposed in capital Tehran and close to 160 other high risk areas starting today. Non-essential businesses and services will remain closed under the new measures. 


November 21, 8 a.m.: The Portuguese parliament has agreed to extend the coronavirus state of emergency by 15 days as new infections continue to surge in the country.


November 20, 10 p.m.: After imposing a night curfew in Ahmedabad from today, the Gujarat state government has announced that a night curfew will come into effect in Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat from tomorrow. Similarly, the Madhya Pradesh government announced that a night curfew will be imposed in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha and Ratlam districts to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus. 


November 20, 7 p.m.: The Madrid region of Spain will close all of its borders from December 4 to 13. Regional authorities have taken this step to prevent the movement of people in and out the region during the holiday week, which could lead to a higher Covid-19 infection rate in the lead up to Christmas.   


November 20, 4 p.m.: The Economic Times reports Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain as saying that a house to house survey will be undertaken in the Union Territory’s containment zones starting today, to check up on symptomatic patients. Delhi is witnessing a third wave of infections over the past few days, prompting authorities to take active steps to contain the spread of the virus. 


November 20, 2 p.m.: Close to 40 million residents of California will enter a coronavirus curfew as infections continue to spike in the state. Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a stay-at-home order for all non-essential work.


November 20, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 9,004,365 and the death toll stands at 132,162. India is only the second country in the world after the U.S.A. to cross 9 million confirmed Covid-19 cases. 


November 20, 10 a.m.: Northern Ireland will enter a coronavirus lockdown for two weeks starting next Friday. Non essential businesses and hospitality establishments will remain closed as the government scrambles to combat the rapid rise in infections over the past few days. 


November 20, 8 a.m.: The United States government has extended the travel restrictions on non-essential travel at land border crossings with neighbouring Canada and Mexico till December 21. 


November 19, 10 p.m.: Amid a rapid rise in coronavirus infections, a nightly curfew will be imposed in the city of Ahmedabad starting tomorrow, the Gujarat state government announced today. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and will stay on indefinitely for the time being. 


November 19, 8 p.m.: The WHO Regional Director for the Middle East has warned that a second wave of coronavirus infections might hit the region if governments do not impose tougher restrictions and the people do not follow guidelines like social distancing and wearing masks. Iran, Jordan and Morocco were highlighted as especially high-risk countries, along with Pakistan, and Lebanon.


November 19, 6 p.m.: According to new information published by reputed medical journal, The Lancet, the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University shows a robust immune response in older adults. Results of the third phase of trials will likely be published around Christmas. The news follows reports of two other vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna respectively, being 95% effective against the virus.  


November 19, 4 p.m.: The tally of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Russia crossed the 2 million mark today, as more than 23,000 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours. While officials have taken note of the surge in infections over the past few days, the government has not re-imposed lockdown restrictions in the country as yet.  


November 19, 2 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that while the government has not planned any new restrictions, the country is on “maximum alert” after recording its highest ever daily increase in cases. Of more than 2000 infections confirmed over the past 24 hours, close to 500 came from capital Tokyo. The government has urged citizens and residents to follow social distancing norms and wear face masks to prevent transmission. 


November 19, 12 p.m.: Samoan Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced that the Pacific island nation has recorded its first confirmed Covid-19 infection. The patient, a repatriated sailor who returned from Auckland last week, tested positive in a quarantine facility. 


November 19, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,958,483 and the death toll stands at 131,578.


November 19, 8 a.m.: Starting today, tighter coronavirus restrictions will come into effect in South Korean capital Seoul. According to the new restrictions, large gatherings will be banned and sport venues will only be allowed to seat upto 30% of their capacity. Over the past 24 hours, the country reported its largest daily increase in cases in three months with 313 new infections. 


November 18, 10 p.m.: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will not be held in person this year. The award ceremony usually takes place on December 10 in Oslo, but will be scaled down and conducted digitally. 


November 18, 8 p.m.: American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced today that the Covid-19 vaccine candidate it has developed in collaboration with German firm BioNTech is 95% effective. 


November 18, 6 p.m.: A spokesman of the French government said that authorities are unlikely to lift the partial coronavirus lockdown in the country anytime soon. However, some restrictions may be relaxed next month as Christmas draws near.


November 18, 4 p.m.: Starting next month, those travelling to Taiwan will be required to produce a Covid-19 negative test result before arrival. Taiwan has been successful in mostly eliminating local transmission of Covid-19, but a sharp rise in imported infections has prompted the government to tighten travel restrictions. 


November 18, 2 p.m.: Amid a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that partial weekend curfews will be imposed across the country.


November 18, 12 p.m.: Since the famed ski slopes of Switzerland started welcoming visitors in October after months of coronavirus shutdown, officials have tightened restrictions to ensure that the risk of transmission is minimized for skiers. Wearing face masks is mandatory in cable cars, open-air chair lifts and in queues. Additionally, staff members are required to wear plastic face shields on the slopes. 


November 18, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,912,907 and the death toll stands at 130,993.


November 18, 8 a.m.: As United Airlines and British Airways have launched pre-departure Covid-19 testing for their passengers, the airlines have urged the British government to further open the Trans-Atlantic travel corridor by allowing regular flights between the U.K. and the U.S.A.


November 17, 10 p.m.: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions will be imposed in the west of Scotland as infections surge in the country.


November 17, 8 p.m.: The Guardian reports that the American states of Michigan, Washington, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon and the cities of Chicago and New York will tighten coronavirus restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.


November 17, 6 p.m.: French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced today that the government has not yet decided when to end the ongoing national lockdown. Moreover, he reiterated that travel restrictions will not be lifted on December 1.  


November 17, 4 p.m.: British airline Easy Jet suffered its first ever annual loss in the 25 years since its establishment as demand for air travel slumped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline posted an annual loss of 1.27 billion pounds, but ticket bookings shot up by 50% after encouraging developments concerning a potential coronavirus vaccine came to the fore this week.  


November 17, 2 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that his government is considering a lockdown in the Union Territory’s Covid-19 hotspot markets. Delhi is currently witnessing a sudden surge in infections over the past few days, and it is believed that the rising air pollution and dropping temperature could be contributing to the spread of the virus. 


November 17, 12 p.m.: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said today that the country is in the midst of a crisis as coronavirus infections continue to surge. The government has tightened social distancing measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. 


November 17, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,874,290 and the death toll stands at 130,519.


November 17, 8 a.m.: Governor Gavin Newsom of California announced that the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the state will be rolled back immediately, as the state is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 infections. Last week, California became the state American state to report more than 1 million confirmed cases after Texas.


November 16, 9 p.m.: Chandigarh has decided to re-open famous tourist spots like Rock Garden, State Museum, Tagore Theatre, and other places that draw visitors, but under strict COVID-19 protocol and safety guidelines.


November, 8 p.m.: While Maharashtra reports 2,535 new COVID-19 cases, Rajasthan reports a surge of 2,169 cases. Haryana reports 2153 new COVID-19 cases and West Bengal records another 3,012 infections in the state. Around 75 doctors and 250 paramedics from the paramilitary forces from different parts of the country are on their way to Delhi to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, as the city faces a manpower shortage.


November 16, 7 p.m.: Early reports suggest that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is “94.5 per cent effective” in preventing the infection. The company also said that the vaccine doesn’t have any significant side effect. Following this, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease doctor reportedly said that vaccinations could begin next month.


November 16, 6 p.m.: Karnataka has relaxed its regulations on its safety guidelines towards international passengers. Whereas before they were compelled to undergo mandatory home quarantine, this is no longer the case as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 certificate.


November 16, 5 p.m.: France Health Minister Olivier Veran has said that the country has passed the peak of its coronavirus outbreak. In an interview he was reported to have said: “Over the past 10 days, there’s been a decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases, and the positivity rate has been declining, so everything suggests that we have passed a peak of the epidemic.”


November 16, 4.30 p.m.: The Union Health Ministry of India has reported that the country’s daily COVID-19 recoveries is overtaking the number of daily infections for the 44th consecutive day, with 43,851 recoveries over  30,548 newly detected cases in the past 24 hours.


November 16, 4 p.m.: While Russia has reported of 22,778 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the national tally to 1,948,603, Germany’s infections has risen by 10,824 in one day, bringing the total number of cases to  801,327 in the country.


November 16, 3 p.m.: The Australian state of South Australia has reintroduced several of its social distancing restrictions and also halted international flights coming into its capital, in an attempt to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases.


November 16, 2 p.m.: Britain health minister Matt Hancock has said the country is expecting to roll out its Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine before Christmas this year, if deemed safe.


November 16, 1 p.m.: Donning masks and sticking to the strict COVID-19 protocols, devotees trekked up the holy hill at Sabarimala, as the shrine opened today for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku season.


November 16, 12 p.m.: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the city is past its third waves of COVID-19 and thus there are no plans of reimposing a lockdown.


November 16, 11 a.m.: Maharashtra has reopened its places of religious worship today. However, the government has issued a set of safety guidelines to be followed for all devotees.


November 16, 10 a.m.: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had tested positive for coronavirus before, self-isolates after contact tests positive.


November 16, 9 a.m.: After the United States surpassed over 11 million cases on Sunday, several states across the country have moved to impose new restrictions in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus. States like Washington and Michigan are taking important measures to ensure that the restrictions are followed through.


November 16, 8 a.m.: India has recorded 30,548 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest single day spike in cases since July 14. The total number of cases in the country now stand at 88,45,127.


November 15, 9 p.m.: After a COVID-19 review meeting was chaired by Amit Shah, the Centre on Sunday announced a slew of measures from increased testing to more ICU beds in hospitals, in the wake of recent spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi.


November 15, 8 p.m.: Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple to allow 1,000 devotees from tomorrow, reports PTI.


November 15, 6 p.m.: Domestic travellers flying into Perth, Australia, were in or a rude shock on Sunday when authorities told a planeload of people that they must either leave the state or undergo a two-week self-quarantine after the Western Australian (WA) government changed its border policy while they were mid-flight.


November 15, 4 p.m.: For the eight day in a row, India has reported under 50,000 new daily COVID-19. Meanwhile, the US has reported more than 100,000 new cases for 12 consecutive days.


November 15, 2 p.m.: Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll reached 165,658 on Saturday after 921 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.


November 15, 12 p.m.: Pfizer and Moderna will likely seek emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration for their coronavirus vaccines within the next few weeks, Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said Friday at a White House briefing. If approved, vaccinations could begin in December, he said.


November 15, 10 a.m.: Greece will close all primary schools and nurseries on Monday for two weeks, in light of an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Greek Minister of Education said Saturday. The country had aslp imposed a nationwide lockdown last weekend and tightened the night-time curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local as of Friday.


November 15, 8 a.m.: With 41,100 new COVID-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total cases rise to 8,814,579.


November 14, 10 p.m.: The US has a record number of increase in coronavirus cases of 184,514, and making the total number of cases over 10.7 million, as per John Hopkins University.


November 14, 8 p.m.: Lebanon has enforced a new two-week lockdown as cases have crossed the 100,000 mark, reports AFP. Measures include a night-time curfew, however the airport and essential services will remain operational.


November 14, 6 p.m.: Austria is planning to move from its current night-time curfew to a full lockdown starting from Nov 17 to Dec 6, reports Reuters.


November 14, 4 p.m.: All religious places to reopen from Nov 16 in Maharashtra, wearing of masks compulsory, announces CM Uddhav Thackeray.


November 14, 2 p.m.: Both Russia and Ukraine have reported a record increase in coronavirus cases, of 22,702 and 12,524 respectively, reports the Guardian.


November 14, 12 p.m.: As per PTI, Nagaland govt decides to impose fine of Rs 100 on people who don’t wear face masks in public places and Rs 500 on institutions without handwashing facilities with immediate effect.


November 14, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,773,479 and the death toll stands at 129,188.


November 14, 8 a.m.: While cases in Germany and Italy continue to soar, those in France have slowed down. However, the lockdown will be extended in all countries, reports the Guardian.


November 13, 11 p.m.:  The Slovakian government announced that some coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed starting Monday, after a successful mass testing program.


November 13, 9 p.m.: Egyptian footballer Mohammed Salah has tested positive for the novel coronavirus


November 13, 6 p.m.: A German government spokesperson announced today that an easing of anti-coronavirus measures in the country will not be possible for the time being as the country reported a record increase of 23,542 cases over the past 24 hours. The Premiers of different German regions are set to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel next week to review the nationwide lockdown imposed on November 2. 


November 13, 4 p.m.: After several passengers onboard the SeaDream 1 cruise ship tested positive for the coronavirus, operator SeaDream Yacht Club has halted the cruise at the Carribean island of Barbados. The cruise was the first to resume sailing in the Carribean after the pandemic struck. 


November 13, 2 p.m.: The Guardian reports that 11,617 coronavirus-related deaths were registered over the past 24 hours globally, the highest daily increase thus far. The number of confirmed cases also grew by more than 666,000, yet another record increase.


November 13, 12 p.m.: Citing limited quarantine facilities, Australian Prime Minister announced today that foreign students will not be allowed back into Australia just yet. He said that Australian citizens and residents stranded abroad will receive priority over foreign students for the time being. 


November 13, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,728,795 and the death toll stands at 128,668.


November 13, 8 a.m.: The Portuguese government announced today that night-time curfew and weekend lockdowns will be expanded to include more municipalities, as infections continue to surge. 


November 12, 10 p.m.: Reports suggest that the WHO is in talks with the institute that developed Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, to discuss the possibility of listing the vaccine candidate for emergency use. Sputnik V was the first vaccine candidate in the world to receive governmental approval in August. However, some experts believe that the vaccine has not gone through extensive testing before approval and is thus not entirely safe for use. 


November 12, 8 p.m.: Austria reported 9,262 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, marking the first day that the figure has crossed 9,000. The country is currently under a partial lockdown, and the government is under increasing pressure to introduce tougher restrictions.


November 12, 6 p.m.: Reports suggest that American carriers including Southwest, American and United Airlines will start selling all seats on their flights from December 1. Thus far, the airlines are selling only a certain percentage of seats in order to maintain social distancing on the aircraft. However, as demand for air travel slowly picks up, airlines will likely sell more seats in the weeks to come, raising concerns about Covid-19 transmission onboard the aircraft. 


November 12, 4 p.m.: As Delhi reported 8,593 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a senior government health official has warned that the approaching festive season could be a super-spreader event. Moreover, the dropping temperature and rising air pollution will likely contribute to the spread of the virus in the Union Territory over the next few days. 


November 12, 2 p.m.: As the U.S.A. reports record daily increases in Covid-19 infections, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced tighter restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Additionally, gyms and restaurants serving alcohol will be required to shut down by 10 p.m. 


November 12, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,683,916 and the death toll stands at 128,121.


November 12, 10 a.m.: Amid a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections, the Greek government will tighten the nationwide night-time curfew, and will allow movement for work and health reasons only. The country entered a second lockdown last week to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  


November 12, 8 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that travellers from all countries will be allowed to visit South Africa soon, as long as they follow health protocol and present a Covid-19 negative certificate on arrival. However, no specific date was mentioned during the address. South Africa has recorded more than 740,000 confirmed cases so far, the highest among African countries.  


November 11, 11 p.m.: The Spanish Health Ministry announced today that all travellers coming from high-risk countries will have to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test result on arrival in Spain.  


November 11, 10 p.m.: Italy has recorded more than 1 million confirmed Covid-19 infections, after reporting more than 32,000 new cases over the past 24 hours. Italy is the fifth European country after Russia, Spain, France and the U.K. to cross this grim milestone. 


November 11, 7 p.m.: The coronavirus state of emergency in Slovakia will be extended till the end of 2020, the government announced today. Like other European countries, Slovakia too is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few days. 


November 11, 4 p.m.: The Mongolian Health Minister confirmed the country’s first case of domestic Covid-19 transmission today. A three-day lockdown has been imposed in capital Ulaanbaatar. The country has been lauded for its handling of the coronavirus by sealing the border with China in January and promptly shutting down schools and public places.


November 11, 2 p.m.: The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, which was unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic thus far, has confirmed its first infection today. The patient is a 23 year-old man who returned from the U.S.A. 


November 11, 12 p.m.: Starting November 22, flight services between Singapore and Hong Kong will resume under an air travel bubble agreement between the two city-states. Initially, one flight per day into each city will be permitted, and the number of passengers will be capped at 200 per flight.  


November 11, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India is 8,636,011 and the death toll stands at 127,571.


November 11, 8 a.m.: Amid a sudden spike in infections in the Middle East, Lebanon will go under a two-week coronavirus lockdown. In Iran, a night-time curfew will be imposed on businesses in capital Tehran and other major cities in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. 


November 10, 10 p.m.: According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, Delhi is now witnessing a third spike in coronavirus infections. Air pollution, colder weather and the festive season are believed to have contributed to the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few days.  


November 10, 8 p.m.: Despite the drastic drop in demand for air travel over the past few months due to the pandemic, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has said that passenger traffic on their network will likely return to 75-80% of pre-pandemic levels by summer next year.


November 10, 6 p.m.: After reporting its quarterly figures today, budget airline Norwegian Air announced that it may have to halt all operations by early 2021 if it does not receive financial assistance soon. Yesterday, the Norwegian government rejected a plea of state support for the airline, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.


November 10, 4 p.m.: Russia reported 20,977 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day that new infections have exceeded 20,000. 


November 10, 2 p.m.: For the third consecutive day, no new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Australia over the past 24 hours. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the country might open its borders to some low-risk Asian nations including parts of China, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.  


November 10, 12 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in India is 8,591,730 and the death toll stands at 127,059.


November 10, 10 a.m.: After Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective, senior WHO official Bruce Aylward has said that a vaccine could be rolled out to the most vulnerable, by March 2021. An effective vaccine will likely be the gamechanger in the global fight against the novel coronavirus, which has affected most countries in the world. 


November 10, 8 a.m.: Starting tomorrow, coronavirus restrictions will be further tightened in the the Tuscany, Liguria, Abruzzo, Umbria and southern Basilicata regions of Italy.


November 9, 10 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. 


November 9, 8 p.m.: Iran recorded its highest ever daily increase of more than 10,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The country is facing a third wave of infections, and the government has introduced strict anti-coronavirus measures for a month. 


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