UK adds four more countries to the travel ban list


London — The UK government has added four countries to its travel ban list: Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines amid concerns about new variants of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Transport said the latest regulations will come into effect in the UK from 9 April.

Under travel ban conditions, international visitors who have left or passed through the country in the last 10 days will be denied entry into the UK.

British and Irish people, as well as those with residence rights in the UK, can enter the country but must be quarantined in a government-approved hotel at their own expense for 10 days.

Adding four countries, the government’s so-called “Red List” includes a total of 39 countries. They include Brazil and South Africa, where two variants of the virus have been identified.

Other countries in the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) have a similar list that applies to the UK.

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Manila, Philippines — Filipinos are one of Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation’s most solemn holidays, with deserted streets and churches following a strict blockade to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Marked Friday.

Major highways and roads were eerily quiet after religious rallies were banned in Metro Manila and four suburban states. This week, the government returned a busy area of ​​more than 25 million people to blockade after scrambling to contain the surprising surge in COVID-19 cases.

The curfew enforced by police in the metropolitan area and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Lisal has been extended from 6 pm to 11 hours.

The Philippines has imposed the longest police and military quarantine and blockade of the coronavirus in the world. It began to reopen the devastated economy and allowed non-essential businesses such as shopping malls, video game arcades and hairdressers to reopen to alleviate unemployment and hunger. But last month, infectious diseases surged surprisingly.

President Rodrigo Duterte will impose a blockade in one of the country’s most populous areas this week, allowing only critical business workers, government security and health care workers, and residents of emergency affairs to leave the home. I made it.

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Madrid — Spain wants to speed up coronavirus vaccination and increase doses in April.

More than one million AstraZeneca vaccines have been distributed to the country’s territories on Friday, but health officials expect an additional 1.2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday.

With the stubborn increase in infectious diseases again, shipments have arrived and there is a risk of another major resurgence. The 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 people in Spain, a key indicator of the pandemic, exceeds 150, beyond what is considered “high risk”.

With the shipment of the new AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech, Spain will receive within a week an amount equivalent to one-fifth of the doses previously offered. Since the launch of the vaccine in late December, the country has been supplied with nearly 10 million of the nearly 70 million to be paid under the European Union’s vaccine purchasing framework.

This means that 2.8 million people have been completely vaccinated and an additional 2.7 million have been vaccinated for the first time, but the slow development so far has prevented Spain from reaching 80% of people over the age of 80. It means that the goal of inoculation was far less achieved. The end of March.

Regional officials have complained that the main bottleneck in vaccine deployment is the limited supply of doses.

Health Minister Carolina Darias advised the region to continue vaccination during weekends and holidays late Thursday, adding that the new shipment of vaccines gave no excuses.

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Beijing — China’s border city, hit by a new outbreak of COVID-19, began a five-day drive on Friday, immunizing a total population of 300,000.

State broadcaster CCTV has shown people vaccinated alongside Rui Ling, where 16 cases have been confirmed since Tuesday. Twelve of them are Chinese and the other four are cross-border Myanmar citizens.

City Communist Party officials told CCTV the day before that 159,000 doses of vaccine had arrived in the city.

Television footage showed a vacant street as authorities ordered people to quarantine their homes and shut down non-essential businesses. The city also said it would tighten regulations around the porous border to prevent people from illegally migrating from Myanmar.

China has significantly eradicated local COVID-19 infections and is rapidly deploying rigorous measures as new clusters emerge.

This is the first time China has attempted to vaccinate an entire city in response to a new outbreak. This move occurs when the government strengthens its national immunization drive.

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Brussels — The European Union is struggling to show full coronavirus vaccination solidarity among its member states after a week of negotiations on the distribution of exposed cracks at additional doses on Friday.

The five EU countries that struggled to promote vaccination were given additional doses from alliances of 19 other countries. However, the three countries did not participate in the deal, but when the number of cases of COVID-19 surged again, it shows the difficulty of compromising politics.

At the end of Thursday, an agreement was reached on how to distribute an initial batch of Pfizer-BioNTech doses, which administer large doses in proportion to Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia. Austria, along with the Czech Republic and Slovenia, did not get additional shots.

At the EU summit last week, Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz criticized the allocation of shots in blocks in 27 countries, saying that some countries have received more than a fair share at the expense of others. It was.

In the joint procurement program set up by the European Commission, doses are prorated, but in some countries they are less than that. The majority of EU member states believe the system is working well, but some say they mistakenly focused on AstraZeneca injections rather than diversifying their vaccine portfolio. I am.

Overall, the EU lags far behind countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States when it comes to vaccination.

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Washington — The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide additional doses from each vial.

The agency said late Thursday that it approved a new vial from Moderna, each capable of containing up to 15 doses compared to the original vial designed to hold 10 doses. In addition, regulators said providers can safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10 dose vials. These changes will be added to the instructions for healthcare professionals.

As the United States approaches 100 million doses of COVID-19, dose updates should help strengthen US supply and speed up vaccination. President Joe Biden has vowed to provide enough shots to vaccinate all U.S. adults by late May, with a recent new goal of 200 million injections within 100 days of taking office. Was set.

Moderna said in a statement that it plans to begin shipping new 15-dose vials within the next few weeks. The company has submitted to the FDA the latest data showing how much vaccine can be extracted from each vial using different types of syringes.

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Los Angeles — California has received more than 18 million doses as of Thursday, with 6.7 million people fully vaccinated. However, the governor warned that getting herd immunity could take months and would depend on supply.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the state administered 2.5 million shots last week. That’s about the same amount California expects to receive next week.

Nearly 40 million inhabitants have revived as more business units reopen following the winter surge. California’s case numbers and mortality rates are still low, but prudent health officials are urging people to continue wearing masks and maintain social distance rules to avoid the next surge.

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Washington — US health authorities have approved two more commercial COVID-19 tests that can be used at home for rapid results.

This week’s Food and Drug Administration decision is expected to significantly expand the availability of cheap home testing, which many experts have recommended for months. The FDA states that tests conducted by Abbott and Quidel are now available for sale without a prescription. It will allow people to test themselves repeatedly at home.

Home testing allows users to collect their own samples using a nasal swab and insert them into a test strip. Results are usually available in 10-20 minutes.

Repeated testing is important to reduce the chance of false results. Both tests can be used by adults to test children over the age of two.

Frequent self-diagnosis is believed to help reopen schools, colleges, and offices as vaccinations increase.

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Chile, Santiago-Chile has closed most of its borders to manage the proliferation of coronavirus cases, despite a region-leading vaccine campaign.

The government has stated that Chilean citizens will not be able to enter or leave until April. Truck drivers carrying essentials must show a negative test for coronavirus. Domestically, Chileans are limited to one trip permit to leave home and buy essentials on weekends.

Chile has vaccinated more than one-third of 19 million people in less than two months, especially the elderly. However, hospitalizations are on the rise, and authorities say 96% of beds with ventilators are occupied.

The country has confirmed 1 million infections and 23,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, Bolivia says the border with Brazil will be restricted for a week starting Friday. Argentina tightened border restrictions last week, banning flights from Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

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Toronto-Ontario leaders have announced a four-week blockade across the state due to the third wave of coronavirus infection.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford says measures starting on Saturday will fight the spread of varieties. There is a 25% capacity limit for retail stores and a 50% capacity limit for supermarkets. The hair salon is closed and there is no dining indoors or on the patio. The school will remain open.

Ontario reported more than 2,500 new cases on Thursday, a record number in the intensive care unit this week. Toronto has been largely closed since November.

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