Portugal, as the current president of the European Union, has proposed adding nine countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, to the “white list” of countries to which travel is permitted for non-essential purposes.
The move will allow European airlines to resume transatlantic travel, which will give a strong boost to the business of companies such as Air France-KLM and Lufthansa in addition to American companies.
Green light for America
gave The European Union on Wednesday gave the green light for the return of American tourists, even the unvaccinated, and is supposed to approve the first national recovery packages to mitigate the economic damage caused by the epidemic.
And if the epidemic, which has killed at least 3.8 million people worldwide, is receding in the West, the situation is deteriorating in Russia, where the mayor of Moscow has made vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for workers in the service sector to cope with the “dangerous” rise in the number of infections.
Despite the epidemic, some European airports are experiencing moderate passenger traffic
With the summer holidays approaching, the commissioners of the 27 European Union countries gave the green light to add the United States to the list of countries and territories whose travelers, even if they do not receive the vaccine, can enter the European Union, European sources told AFP.
The list of countries exempted from the travel ban has been expanded to include Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, the United States, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong.
The European Union has closed its external borders to non-essential travel since March and over the past year has developed a periodically updated list of non-member countries whose residents are allowed to travel to Europe.
Countries can be added if less than 75 cases of Covid were recorded among every 100,000 of their population over a period of 14 days. This rate is 73.9 in the United States, which crossed the 600,000-death mark on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden said it was “sad numbers” and called on Americans to receive the vaccine “as soon as possible.”
Thanks to the vaccination campaign, the number of daily deaths has decreased dramatically and life has returned to normal in most parts of the country.
On Tuesday, nearly all restrictions were lifted in California and New York, where 70 percent of adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In France, Prime Minister Jean Castix announced on Wednesday that putting masks outside will not be mandatory from Thursday, except in certain circumstances such as gatherings, crowded places or sports stadiums.
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He also announced the lifting of the curfew set at 11:00 pm, starting next Sunday. After the defense and cabinet meetings, the Prime Minister explained that this decision was taken because the health situation “is improving faster than we expected.”
Castix added that about 35 million French people are supposed to have received a full vaccination by the end of August, and it is also assumed that 40 million first doses have been given by the same date.
The Prime Minister also expressed his desire that 85% of people over the age of 50 and the elderly who suffer from diseases receive at least one dose by this date.
As of Tuesday, about 30.7 million people had received at least one dose and 16.7 million had been fully immunized.
Reopening of the Taj Mahal
In the rest of the world, life also began to return to normal, as the doors of the Taj Mahal, the most prominent tourist attraction in India, reopened, on Wednesday, after the number of new infections with Covid-19 decreased after two months of closure due to a deadly viral wave in the country.
And in Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the huge white alabaster shrine stands, some tour guides and traders sounded optimistic about the reopening.
On this first day, a weak turnout of visitors was recorded, especially in light of the authorities setting a maximum number of 650 people per day.
“The second wave of Covid has passed. If a third wave hits, I will finish,” 20-year-old trader Lucky Visan told AFP.
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The number of new daily infections with the Corona virus has been declining in India for weeks, which encouraged major cities, including the capital, New Delhi, and the financial center, Bombay, to lift restrictions on movement and activities.
India recorded 62,224 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Daily infections were more than 400,000 in May, at the height of the second epidemic wave.
In sum, the country has officially recorded 379,573 deaths out of 29.63 million infections with the Corona virus since the beginning of the pandemic, but many experts consider that the actual outcome is much higher.
In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised on Wednesday to soon cancel the obligation to wear the muzzle abroad, according to “AFP.”
On the other hand, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered Wednesday to make vaccination mandatory for residents of the capital working in the service sector, citing a “dangerous” increase in the number of infections.
“We simply have to do everything necessary to carry out mass vaccinations in the shortest possible time and stop this terrible disease and prevent the death of thousands of people,” Sobyanin wrote in a blog.
Russia announced on Wednesday that it recorded 13,397 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, including 396 deaths.
Airport in Madrid
So far, less than 13% of the population has received at least one dose, with Russians skeptical of the local Sputnik-V vaccine.
After the closure in the spring of 2020, Russia imposed, in order to preserve its economy, very limited restrictions to combat the epidemic, most of which were lifted in early 2021, unlike the countries of the European Union, whose head of commission, Ursula von der Leyen, arrived in Lisbon on Wednesday, and then traveled to Madrid to give the green light from Brussels for recovery plans. The first national financed by an unprecedented syndicated loan.
Von der Leyen announced to the European Parliament last week that the Commission would start approving projects for member states to implement the 750 billion euro economic stimulus plan, about which she had tough discussions until approval in July 2020. “This is an unprecedented achievement,” she said.