New Zealand leaders can decide as early as next week to lift restrictions on social distance and group meetings because of the country’s success in stopping the spread of the corona virus.
“Our strategy to work hard, leaving early has paid off,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday.
The country has instituted a strict locking action for more than six weeks and has now reported 11 consecutive days without new cases being confirmed.
Cabinet members will decide on Monday whether to move to the next phase of easing of slow government restrictions where state borders will still remain closed.
“We will be one of the first countries in the world to return to normal levels so quickly,” Ardern said.
In France Tuesday brought a step towards normal with restaurants, bars and cafes in Paris allowed to be open to customers with outdoor seating.
Because many countries plan when to allow international tourists again, the US International Civil Aviation Organization recommends a series of precautions for air travel.
ICAO said that travelers must check their temperature when they arrive at the airport, must carry minimal luggage and are required to wear face masks on planes and in terminals where social distance is not possible.
The recommendation also includes airlines that provide flight attendants with protective equipment such as medical masks, gloves, and protectors.
In Nicaragua, where the government has not institutionalized the type of locking orders seen in many parts of the world, a group of more than 30 medical associations issued open letters calling for quarantine for three or four weeks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. .
The groups say Nicaragua is in a phase of accelerating community expansion and transmission, and that if the authorities continue to deny the situation the loss of life will get worse.
The World Health Organization said Monday that Central and South America “have become very intense zones of transmission” for coronaviruses today.
“I do not believe that we have peaked in the transmission, and at this point, I cannot predict when we will do it,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergency Program.
He said the countries that reported the biggest increases in cases were Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and Bolivia.
Mexico’s health ministry reports the number of deaths has exceeded 10,000. The country has confirmed more than 93,000 cases, but officials say the actual number is far higher.
In the United States, COVID-19 has killed around 26,000 residents of nursing homes, the government reported, is responsible for nearly a quarter of all deaths in the US due to the disease. Around 450 nursing home staff also died from COVID-19.
“This data, and anecdotal reports throughout the country, clearly show that nursing homes have been destroyed by the virus,” CDC Director Robert Redfield and Head of the Center for Health and Medicaid Services Seema Verma said in a letter to the state governor.
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