The European Union will reopen its borders to a select list of “safe countries” to be confirmed Tuesday, as the WHO warned the pandemic is still accelerating with more than 500,000 deaths worldwide
Brussels, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 30th Jun, 2020 ) :The European Union will reopen its borders to a select list of “safe countries” to be confirmed Tuesday, as the WHO warned the pandemic is still accelerating with more than 500,000 deaths worldwide.
Europe’s piecemeal reopening comes as countries around the globe struggle to revive economic activity while battling new spikes of the virus, with hotspots still surging in Latin America and in the United States.
After days of negotiations, EU member are due to finalise the list of some 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, Thailand, Japan and others, whose citizens will be free to enter the bloc starting on July 1.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday.
The worst is yet to come, with economists predicting a double-digit slump in output during the second quarter, placing Britain in a technical recession.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday vowed to deliver a “infrastructure revolution” to help the country build its way out of the economic slump.
In the meantime, his government is employing a “whack-a-mole” strategy of targeted lockdowns to snuff out the virus.
While the government plans to reopen pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England on July 4, schools and non-essential shops in Leicester, central England, have been ordered to close after a localised outbreak.
Germany, which has been praised for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, also saw its North Rhine-Westphalia state extend a lockdown on a district hit hard by a slaughterhouse outbreak.
– Long wait for tests – COVID-19 is still tearing across the US, particularly in southern and western states where leaders pushed for early reopenings.
Medical student Fernando Galvez, 24, joined the long line at 4 am.
After seven hours of waiting, he hoped he could finally get a test after multiple failed attempts in recent days, despite his exhibiting symptoms — sore throat and chest tightness.
The first day he tried to get a test, he arrived at 6:30 am. “There was no chance,” he said. “So here I am again.” Even in New York, deemed to be on the road to recovery, the iconic Broadway theatre district announced it would remain closed until the end of the year.
And the world-famous Cirque du Soleil troupe announced it was filing for bankruptcy protection and cutting thousands of jobs in a bid to survive the pandemic.
With numerous US states forced to reimpose restrictions on restaurants, bars and beaches, US President Donald Trump has come under growing pressure to set an example by wearing a mask.
Trump’s health secretary has warned the “window is closing” for the US to regain control, but the president has largely turned away from the crisis, holding indoor rallies with big, largely maskless crowds against the advice of his experts and refusing to cover his own face in public.