Covid-19

  • Bali reopens to international tourists this week

     Thursday, February 3, 2022

    Indonesian popular holiday destination Bali will reopen to international tourists from the end of this week. The Indonesian island is ready to welcome back fully vaccinated foreign arrivals starting Friday 4 February.

  • COVID-19: New Zealand launches phased reopening plan of international border

     Thursday, February 3, 2022

    New Zealand has announced a phased reopening of its borders, as the country starts to ease some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 restrictions. The vaccinated citizens in Australia can go home from 27 February, while jabbed citizens elsewhere will be …

  • Italy tightens vaccine rules for travellers

     Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    The COVID-19 vaccinations now allow access to Italian hotels, restaurants and public transport – but only if the most recent jab is no more than six months old. The new rules in Italy will remain in place until at least 15 March.

  • Chinese economy recovery sees huge slowdown

     Monday, January 31, 2022

    The economy of China continued its slowdown in January 2022, with manufacturing output falling and the latest COVID-19 outbreaks limiting consumer spending. The smaller businesses bore much of the pain, with a private survey focusing on smaller, export-oriented firms falling below the 50-mark indicating growth.

  • Thailand approves to declare COVID-19 as endemic

     Monday, January 31, 2022

    The government authorities in Thailand approved new guidelines on Friday for declaring the Covid-19 pandemic an endemic disease.

  • Finland moves up planned easing of COVID-19 restrictions

     Friday, January 28, 2022

     Finland is gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions from February 1 instead of mid-February as initially planned as the burden on its hospitals eases, the government said late on Thursday. On January 18, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Finland would begin scaling …

  • New Zealand rules out lockdown as it prepares for Omicron outbreak

     Thursday, January 20, 2022

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that COVID-19 restrictions will be tightened across the country if there is a community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but she ruled out lockdown. New Zealand’s tight controls and geographic …

  • Omicron: Sweden scraps negative COVID-19 test to enter country

     Thursday, January 20, 2022

    The travellers to Sweden will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country, the government said on Tuesday. Sweden introduced rules for a recent negative COVID-19 test on December 28 last year in a …

  • Thailand to resume quarantine-free tourism as COVID-19 cases ease

     Thursday, January 20, 2022

    Thailand will resume a quarantine-free visa program for vaccinated visitors after its suspension last month helped the tourism-reliant nation curb a new wave of COVID-19 infections. The international travelers can start applying for visas under Thailand’s Test & Go entry …

  • GlobalData: Omicron to deter global economic recovery in 2022

     Friday, January 14, 2022

    Despite visible green shoots in key macroeconomic indicators in the first half, the emergence of new COVID-19 variant Omicron and its fast spread has made the global economic recovery increasingly uneven towards the tail end of 2021, due to which …

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