White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House on Sunday broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil during the two-week period before they hoped to enter the U.S.

Kenya bans travel in and out of Nairobi to fight coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya increased its restrictions to combat the coronavirus on Monday, announcing travel bans into and out of the capital city, Nairobi, the port of Mombasa and two counties. Forty-three of Africa’s 54 countries have closed their borders, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of […]

Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

NEW YORK (AP) — The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading. That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the […]

EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime’s continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters of the 27 EU countries, said in a statement Thursday that the […]

Turks over 65 venture out for 4 hours as virus rules ease

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s senior citizens got their first chance to venture outside in seven weeks Sunday under relaxed coronavirus restrictions. People aged 65 and over — the age group most at risk from the virus — were subjected to a stay-at-home curfew on March 21. As part of a rolling program of reduced […]

Russia slams New York Times, Financial Times on virus deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has criticized the Financial Times and The New York Times after they reported that Russia’s coronavirus death toll could be much higher than government officials are saying. The articles said that they were based on a spike in total mortality rates reported by officials in Moscow, who said the […]

Trudeau: US border won’t reopen soon to nonessential travel

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday the border between Canada and the United States isn’t opening any time soon for nonessential travel. Trudeau said it will still be a “significant amount of time” before Canada can loosen such a restriction. The U.S. and Canada agreed last month to limit border crossings […]

Newly extended travel restrictions hurt ports already reeling in South Texas

A 30-day extension of the travel ban at international ports on the borders with Canada and Mexico that the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday will especially hurt South Texas communities, which are reeling from a lack of traffic and low revenue at international bridges, officials said. DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday morning announced that the Trump Administration was continuing travel restrictions until at least May 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wolf on March 20 announced that only essential travel would be allowed to enter the United States from Canada and Mexico. The restrictions have cut in half the number of personal, commercial and pedestrian traffic at U.S. land ports, CBP told Border Report. In South Texas, pedestrian bridge traffic is down about 80%; personal vehicles are down about 70% and commercial traffic is down by as much as 40%

Health official says US missed some chances to slow virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government was slow to understand how much coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which helped drive the acceleration of outbreaks across the nation, a top health official said Friday. Limited testing and delayed travel alerts for areas outside China contributed to the jump in U.S. cases starting in late February, […]

Roam close to home: Europe’s tourists play safe in pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — Many a journey to far-flung corners of Europe starts in a dusty industrial yard in east Berlin, where Felix Rascher carefully tends to his small fleet of Volkswagen camper vans, a favorite among free-spirited travelers the world over. But this spring, the pandemic threw a wrench in the works of the travel […]

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans. Meanwhile, the White House broadened its travel […]

Risks complicate reopenings as WHO warns 1st wave not over

The risks of reigniting coronavirus outbreaks are complicating efforts to fend off further misery for the many millions who have lost jobs, with a top health expert warning that the world is still in the midst of a “first wave” of the pandemic.

US faces Memorial Day like no other under virus restrictions

Officials in California said most people were covering their faces and keeping their distance as they ventured out. Many Southern California beaches were open only for swimming, running and other activities, not sunbathing.

WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which has been clouded by finger-pointing between the U.S. and China over a pandemic that has killed over 300,000 people and leveled the […]

Canada, US extend border restrictions for another 30 days

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days and he said it will be undoubtedly longer before the restriction is removed. Trudeau said it will keep people on both sides of the border safe amid […]

Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged on Wall Street to their highest levels since the business shutdowns took hold in the U.S. over two months ago, climbing on optimism Tuesday about the reopening economy even as the nation’s official death toll from the coronavirus closed in on 100,000, a number President Donald Trump once predicted […]

Restrictions on non-essential border travel extended 30 days

TORONTO (AP) — Border travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders have been extended 30 days. On Monday morning, Acting DHS Secrretay Chad Wolf tweeted that in close collaboration, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days. “As President Trump […]

US-Mexico travel ban surprises, worries border merchants and residents

On Friday, President Trump announced travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States that exclude commercial truck traffic and keeps the door open for legal workers. However, tourists and shoppers — the lifeline of El Paso’s and Juarez’s downtowns — are no longer welcome in order to contain COVID-19. El Paso has reported six coronavirus cases already and Juarez two.

Pres. Trump signs order imposing new immigration limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily stop foreigners from getting green cards is one in a series of steps by the president to use the coronavirus pandemic to push long-stalled immigration measures during an election year. You can watch the full press conference here: While Trump says the move is designed […]

The Latest: Scotland moves toward easing restrictions

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Cautious Scotland moves toward easing restrictions. — German foreign minister pledges cooperation on European […]

Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa’s coronavirus cases have surged43% in the past week but its countries are dangerously behind in the global race for scarce medical equipment. Ten nations have no ventilators at all. Outbid by richer countries, and not receiving medical gear from top aid donor the United States, African officials scramble for solutions as […]

Baker keeping close eye on COVID-19 hospitalization rate

The number of new cases of confirmed coronavirus infection have declined each of the past five days in Massachusetts, but Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday it’s too soon to tell if this is a positive development in the state’s fight against the virus, or a blip in the data due to the limited nature of testing.

In a first, US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremacists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday designated a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization and hit its members with sanctions. The move against the Russian Imperial Movement is the first time a white supremacist group has been named a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” group and comes amid doubts the administration believes extremist […]

South Sudan 51st of 54 African nations to report virus case

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan has announced its first case of COVID-19, making it the 51st of Africa’s 54 countries to report the disease. A U.N. worker who arrived in the country from Netherlands on Feb. 28 is ill with the disease, confirmed First Vice President Riek Machar and the U.N. mission in […]

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card […]

Trump’s latest travel ban highlights gaps in containment net

NEW YORK (AP) — In the weeks before President Donald Trump spoke from the Oval Office to announce restrictions on travelers from more than two dozen countries in Europe, thousands of people from the region already had stepped off planes at U.S. airports, and an untold number of them carried the coronavirus. The same can […]

UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on virus

GENEVA (AP) — In a heartfelt plea for unity, the World Health Organization’s chief sought Wednesday to rise above sharp criticism and threats of funding cuts from U.S. President Donald Trump over the agency’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The vocal defense from the WHO director-general came a day after Trump blasted the U.N. agency […]

Germany flies in seasonal farm workers amid virus measures

BERLIN (AP) — Two planes carrying Eastern European farmhands arrived Thursday in Germany as an ambitious government program to import thousands of seasonal agricultural workers got underway amid strict precautions to protect both the laborers and the country from the new coronavirus. The flights to Berlin and Duesseldorf were arranged to address a massive labor […]

WHO: Don’t expect travel bans, ‘Mother Nature’ to beat virus

GENEVA (AP) — Countries may gain time in the short-term as they limit travel to fight the new coronavirus pandemic, but the World Health Organization thinks overall that “it doesn’t help to restrict movement,” a top adviser to the U.N. health agency’s chief said Thursday. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who led a WHO team in China […]

EU condemns Trump travel ban from Europe as virus spreads

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday lashed out at President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel from Europe to the United States because of the new coronavirus, calling the the pandemic a global crisis that “requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.” Trump, who had called COVID-19 a “foreign virus” and claimed that European […]

EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 cases could prompt stricter travel restrictions, National Guard response, South Texas county judge says

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Texas jumped dramatically this weekend, prompting the Hidalgo County judge to worry whether residents are taking current shelter-in-place orders seriously and considering implementing much stricter travel restrictions, while two border congressmen urge Gov. Greg Abbott to implement a statewide travel ban to reduce confusion by local municipalities on what they can and cannot do in these uncertain times.

Jewish rights group urges ban of pro-Nazi commemoration

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading Jewish human rights group has called on Bosnia’s authorities to ban a memorial Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. The controversial gathering of Croatia’s far-right supporters has been held annually in the southern Austrian village of Bleiburg, but had to be moved to […]

Trump ban on travel from Europe escalates pain for airlines

President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to impose a 30-day ban on most Europeans entering the United States is the latest stunning setback for an airline industry that is reeling from a drop in bookings and a surge in people who are canceling reservations for fear of contracting the coronavirus. The ban, to begin at midnight […]

Asia Today: Australia lets woman travel to see dying sister

BANGKOK (AP) — A New Zealand woman has been reunited with her dying sister in Australia after gaining an exemption from pandemic travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. Australia had rejected Christine Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Her only sister Gail Baker was diagnosed […]

Zimbabwe has 1st COVID-19 case while Africa cancels flights

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxiety rose in Africa as two major airlines announced sweeping cancellations of international flights on Friday over the coronavirus,the continent’s busiest airport blocked foreigners from disembarking and Zimbabwe announced its first case — in one of Africa’s most visited tourist spots. The pandemic now threatens a national health system that has nearly […]

Coronavirus response highlights deepening partisan divide

NEW YORK (AP) — In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has instituted a shutdown on a city of nearly 4 million people and threatened uncooperative business owners with power shutoffs and arrest. In Mississippi, home to nearly 3 million people, Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed most businesses to stay open — even restaurants, so long […]

Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

BERLIN (AP) — Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Overjoyed French families flocked to the Grande Motte beach on the Mediterranean […]

WV Governor closes restaurants, bars and casinos amid COVID-19 concerns

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced the closure of dine-in restaurants, bars and casinos just moments after confirming the state’s first case of COVID-19. Restaurants with a carry-out or delivery option will still be able to offer those services. The governor says the decision was made as a precaution and […]

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