HONG KONG – Hong Kong and Singapore say they have accepted a bilateral air travel bubble, restoring travel links as coronavirus infections in the two cities decline Under the air travel bubble, travelers from Hong Kong and Singapore do not will not be restricted in their travels, ”Hong Kong Trade Minister Edward Yau said at a press conference Thursday. This means that tourists from each city will be able to visit the other. Hong Kong and Singapore temporarily closed their borders earlier this year, barring short-term visitors from entering as they battled to reduce coronavirus infections. As part of the air travel bubble, travelers will also not be subject to a mandatory quarantine, provided they have passed mutually recognized coronavirus tests by both cities, with a negative test result. , travelers are required to fly on dedicated flights, which will only serve air. travelers to the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore.The launch date has not yet been announced.HERE WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: HERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS: PRAGUE – The Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic hit a new high, surpassing 9,000 confirmed cases in one day for the first time. The Health Ministry says the daily increase recorded on Wednesday reached 9,544, more than 900 more than the Previous record set Friday in the country of more than 10 million. The Czech Republic has recorded a total of 139,290 cases since the start of the pandemic with 1,172 deaths. The record rise is followed by the growing number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Of the 77,217 currently sick with the virus, 2,678 need to be hospitalized while 518 are in serious condition. Government says hospitals could reach full capacity by the end of October while working to increase the number of beds available at 10,000. Imposed a series of restrictive measures in efforts to contain the peak with schools and restaurants closed and public events banned.BERLIN – Germany has reported more than 6,600 new cases of coronavirus, its daily total on higher since the start of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday morning that 6,638 infections had been reported in the past 24 hours. This is about 1,500 more than a day earlier and exceeds the previous high of nearly 6,300 seen at the end of March. Although Germany is still in better shape than many other European countries, the latest figures underscore concern over a rapid rise in infections in recent weeks. On Tuesday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state governors of the country has decided to tighten mask-wearing rules, close bars early and limit the number of people who can congregate in areas with high coronavirus infection rates. reported more than 341,000 cases of COVID-19, including 9,710 deaths. 33 new deaths were reported on Thursday.BRUSSELS – One of Belgium’s leading universities is switching to online education whenever possible as the coronavirus continues to soar across the country and another is preparing to do so The University of Ghent said the measure would go into effect. on October 26 and the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels said it had already prepared its staff and facilities to do the same if necessary. Belgium said keeping its schools open was a key goal as it was taking other steps to counter the resurgence of the virus, but key indicators are rising at a steady pace. In the week ending October 11, new cases increased 101% from the previous week to 5,421. The total of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic stood at 181,511 in the country of 11.5 million. The number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 494, one of the highest in Europe, and the virus has killed 10,278 people in Belgium. NEW DELHI – India reported its smallest daily increase in coronavirus deaths in nearly three months, with the Health Ministry reporting 680 deaths in the past 24 hours on Thursday, the lowest in 11 weeks, bringing the number deaths in the country since the start of the pandemic at 111,266. The country recorded more than 1,000 deaths from the virus a day last month. The ministry also reported 67,708 new infections, bringing India’s total to more than 7 According to the ministry, the average number of daily cases in India fell to 72,576 last week from 92,830 during the week of September 9 to 15, when the virus peaked. Over the past month, the country has seen a downward trend in cases week-over-week. Health experts have warned of the possibility of the virus spreading during the religious holiday season beginning. later this month, which is marked by COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan authorities will impose a curfew on a key industrial city, after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases centered around a garment factory in the suburbs of the capital. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana says a curfew will be imposed in Katunayake from Thursday until further notice. Katunayake is home to the country’s flagship industrial zone where more than 50,000 workers are employed. The country’s main international airport is also located there. Authorities say factories in the area will continue to operate despite the curfew. A curfew was imposed last week in parts of the Western Province, where the cluster was reported from Minuwangoda, near Katunayake. The Indian Ocean island nation reported its first locally transmitted infection in more than two months last week when a garment factory worker tested positive. As of Thursday, the number of infections linked to the cluster was passed to 1723, and over 2,000 others were. CANBERRA, Australia – The Prime Minister of Australia has said his government is prioritizing reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he had discussed reopening of air routes with the leaders of the three countries. He described Japan and South Korea as “two particularly successful countries” in dealing with the pandemic. “There are a number of countries that we are looking at to see what we can possibly do next year. We’re not going to rush into it, ”Morrison said. The three Asian countries “are my current priorities in how we will pursue this,” he added. Australia will allow travelers from neighboring New Zealand to arrive without a quarantine at the hotel from Friday. New Zealand has mostly stopped community transmission of COVID-19, Australia reported only 12 new cases of community transmission of the virus on Thursday SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea reported 110 new cases of coronavirus as a Busan hospital emerged as the figures released Thursday by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency brought the number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 24,988, with 439 deaths. Half of the new cases were reported in Busan, a southern port city where at least 54 infections were linked to a hospital for the elderly. South Korea has just lowered its social distancing measures, allowing the premises to reopen at high risk like nightclubs and karaoke bars and spectators returning to professional sports. Health officials plan to test 160,000 employees. in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly welfare centers in and around Seoul, as part of efforts to prevent epidemics in these facilities. MEXICO – Mexico reported on Wednesday that a total of 1,744 health workers have died so far from COVID-19, and 164 more are believed to have died, but their test results are still pending. of doctors, nurses and technicians and hospital workers confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Mexico now stands at 127,053. This means that healthcare professionals account for around 15% of all cases confirmed coronaviruses in Mexico and about 18% of all deaths from COVID-19 The Health Ministry said that of those who died 42% were nurses, 26% were doctors and 32% were technicians, cleaning staff or other hospital workers.Mexico has one of the highest medical worker death rates in the world and hospital workers have staged a number of protests in Mexico to protest against insufficiency personal protective equipment. But health ministry officials denied the death rates were due to a lack of protective gear. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. .