Global COVD-19 cases exceed 7.9 million, European countries are ready to welcome first tourists
142,000 more COVID-19 cases were reported globally in the last 24 hours. According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, the novel coronavirus spread to 188 countries across the world. The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide stands at more than 7.9 million. More than 433,000 people died. More than 3.78 million global COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered.
The United States remain the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. To date, the novel coronavirus infected more than two million people in the U.S. According to local media, 21 out of 50 U.S. states have a pretty pessimistic epidemiological situation. In particular, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Arizona have especially high coronavirus infection rate. These regions are characterized by a high population density. These states daily report thousands of new COVID-19 cases. However, experts say that the second surge of COVID-19 outbreak is yet to come. In contrast, the current epidemiological situation in New York is relatively stable. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any individual who attended any of the recent protests statewide. He encouraged any individual who attended a protest to get a COVID-19 test. New York City added 15 new testing sites specifically to cater to protesters. In addition, Governor Cuomo warned that if the residents continue violating sanitary rules, the state could be forced to re-impose shutdowns.
France reached the final phase of lifting nationwide lockdown restrictions. French residents will be allowed to get back to working offline and return to their offices after three months of strict quarantine restrictions. This became possible as France entered the ‘Green Zone’ lower risk state against COVID-19. Now the country will reopen cafes and restaurants. Next week, every pre-schooler and pupil under the age of 16 in France will be required to go back to school. In addition, the country will open its borders for the European Union member states. Already next month, the French airports will be welcoming its first foreign travelers.
“This doesn’t mean that the virus is gone and that we can completely lower our guard. We will have to respect physical distancing rules for a long time to come. The summer of 2020 will not be a summer like any other and we will have to keep watch over the evolution of the epidemic to be prepared in case it comes back with renewed strength. The fight against the epidemic is not finished, but I am happy about this first victory against the virus,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address to the nation.
To date, there are more than 194,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 29,500 coronavirus-linked deaths in France.
Spain followed the example of its neighboring countries. The country will open its borders to countries in the EU’s Schengen area from June 21, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced. Later, the local authorities will consider the resumption of flights with other countries. Sanchez noted that starting June 21 the compulsory quarantine period will be lifted for foreign travelers. This way, the Spanish authorities want to restore the tourism sector, which generates 12 percent of the country’s GDP. The COVID-19 infected more than 243,000 people and killed more than 27,000 patients in Spain.
Greece, on the contrary, has tightened the coronavirus prevention measures. Strict rules will be applied in the airports. Greece opened its tourist season, but the foreign travelers will have to undergo the COVID-19 test before heading toward the resorts. The country opened its borders in order to help the national economy. The tourism sector contributes significantly to the country’s revenue. At the initial stage, citizens from 29 countries will be allowed to enter Greece. According to the official data, the COVID-19 infected a total of nearly 3,000 people and killed 183 patients in the country.
For those travelers, who are not ready for strict quarantine measures upon arrival at the Greece airport, can consider the beaches of the Caribbean. Mexican authorities are easing the quarantine restrictions. The increasing number of foreign travelers is observed in the resorts. However, the sanitary norms are still in place. Beaches and hotels carry out disinfection on a daily basis. Tourism sector generates more than 8.7 percent of the Mexico’s GDP. 4.5 million people in Mexico work in the travel industry. However, Mexico is hardly the safest place in terms of its epidemiological situation. To date, there are more than 146,800 coronavirus cases in the country. The COVID-19 death toll stands at more than 17,000.
In total, the coronavirus situation across the globe didn’t change much in the last 24 hours. Brazil remains the second worst-hit country in the pandemic after the U.S. in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases. Russia is in the third place, followed by India. The COVID-19 infected 332,424 people in India. The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France and Germany are the next worst-hit countries by the novel coronavirus in the world respectively.