The Latest: Cyprus bans entry to recent Indian travelers

People are seen at "Monbijou Park" (Monbijou Park) on a warm summer evening in Berlin, Germany on Friday, June 11, 2021 (AP Photo / Michael Sohn)

People are seen at the “Monbijoupark” (Monbijou Park) on a warm summer evening in Berlin, Germany on Friday June 11, 2021. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn)


NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus has banned entry to anyone who has visited or transited through India in the previous two weeks of travel to thwart the spread of the Indian variant of COVID-19.

In a directive released on Monday, the Cypriot government said the ban excluded Cypriot citizens and their families, European Union citizens and foreign nationals who live permanently in Cyprus.

However, they must either undergo a PCR test 72 hours before boarding a flight to Cyprus, or be tested for the virus upon arrival or remain in quarantine for 10 days from the date of their arrival. in areas designated by the authorities. The quarantine costs will be covered by the Cypriot government.

Cyprus has already confirmed the presence of the Indian COVID-19 variant in the community, although the UK variant remains the most prevalent. More than 40% of the Cypriot population of around 900,000 inhabitants has been fully vaccinated.



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GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization said the number of new reported coronavirus cases has now declined in the past seven weeks, the longest period of decline since the start of the pandemic.

At a press briefing on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the drop but said the number of deaths from COVID-19 was not declining as quickly and said that very uneven access to coronavirus vaccines threatened further progress.

“The virus is moving faster than the global distribution (of the vaccine),” Tedros said. He called on political leaders to pledge to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by next year’s G7 meeting.

Tedros praised the 870 million doses of vaccine that G7 leaders pledged to the UN-backed initiative known as COVAX over the weekend, but said 11 billion doses were needed, noting that more than 10,000 people are still killed by COVID-19 every day.

“There are enough doses of the vaccine to reduce transmission and save many lives if used in the right places for the right people,” he said, stressing that health workers and the most vulnerable people in poor countries should be vaccinated first. Tedros has already urged rich countries not to vaccinate their adolescents and children and to donate those doses immediately to the developing world.


BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania reported its lowest number of daily coronavirus infections in more than a year on Monday with just 50 new cases, authorities said.

The country has seen a dramatic drop in daily infections in recent weeks, from 5,000 daily infections in April to just around 200 through June.

The drop comes alongside the authority’s ongoing vaccination campaign which has so far seen more than 8.5 million doses of vaccine administered to Romania’s population of over 19 million. Over the past month, however, the uptake of vaccination has slowed dramatically, raising concerns about reluctance to vaccinate.

Since the start of the pandemic, Romania has reported more than one million COVID-19 infections and more than 31,000 people have died.


ORLANDO, Florida – Walt Disney World in Florida makes it easier to find smiles, but guests still can’t kiss the characters.

Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for theme park visitors who are vaccinated, although Disney workers will not need proof of vaccination, the company said on its website.

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated will still need to wear face masks indoors and on all rides and attractions. All visitors, whether vaccinated or not, should always wear face coverings on buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner, the resort’s aerial gondola, according to the latest guidelines.

The mask decision is Disney World’s latest adjustment to the virus-related safety rules it created when the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March 2020. Disney World closed for two months last year at the start of the outbreak and reopened last summer with strict safety guidelines that involved masking, social distancing and crowd limits.

Last month, Disney officials began allowing visitors to go outside without masks. Disney officials have said they expect to relax physical distancing guidelines in the near future.

“It’s important to remember that some experiences and entertainment may still operate with limited capacity or may remain temporarily unavailable,” the company said on its website. “We’re not quite ready to bring it all back just yet, but we’re optimistic and look forward to the day when Disney friends and Princesses can kiss again.”


TEHRAN – Iranian state television reports that the country has approved emergency use of its first nationally-developed coronavirus vaccine that could bring the hardest-hit country in the Middle East closer to vaccinating its citizens against COVID-19.

The emergency clearance was approved after the country faced problems importing enough vaccine.

The television quotes Health Minister Saeed Namaki as saying: “The authorization to use the Iranian vaccine COVIran Barekat was issued yesterday.

Iranian pharmaceutical company Shifafarmed made the vaccine from a disabled virus, and the first safety and efficacy study began in late December.

Iran has also said it is working on a vaccine with the cooperation of a foreign country. Namaki said another vaccine, produced jointly by Iran and Cuba, will join the country’s vaccine package next week.

Local research for vaccines in Iran has become urgent as officials allege heavy US sanctions will hamper the Islamic Republic’s mass vaccination efforts. Although Iran maintains vaccine routes, especially through its participation in COVAX, an international initiative designed to distribute vaccines to countries regardless of wealth, banks and international financial institutions are reluctant to deal with Iran through fear of US sanctions. Under COVAX rules, Iran could, at most, order enough doses to immunize half of its 82 million people.


BERLIN – Germany has recorded its lowest number of new daily coronavirus infections in nearly nine months, and authorities are considering the possibility of relaxing mask wearing rules.

The Robert Koch Institute, the national center for disease control, said Monday that 549 new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours. This is the first time since September 21 that the figure has fallen below 1,000, although it is typical for the weekend numbers to be relatively low as less testing is done and reported.

Germany has reported more than 3.7 million cases since the start of the pandemic. 10 other deaths brought the country’s death toll to 89,844.

Infection numbers have fallen sharply in recent weeks and a discussion has started on the future of mask wearing rules. Health Minister Jens Spahn told the Funke newspaper group that a step-by-step approach should be taken, with the rules for wearing them outside being lifted first. He said they could be dropped “bit by bit” indoors in areas with very low infection rates and high vaccination rates.


TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he felt reassured by the other leaders of the Group of Seven who showed “strong support” for his determination to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month.

Suga told reporters while in Britain for the G-7 summit that he explained to other leaders Japan’s commitment to ensure, through virus-fighting measures, that the Games would be safe and secure.

“I feel reassured by the strong support I have received from all the other leaders,” Suga said Sunday before returning to Tokyo. “I have renewed my determination to make the Tokyo Games a success at all costs.”

With the Olympics approaching in about 40 days, Tokyo and other Japanese metropolitan areas are in a state of emergency due to the number of infections and the resulting strain on medical systems. Vaccinations in Japan are starting to increase, but less than 5% of the population has been fully vaccinated until last week.

Suga is expected to decide later this week whether to extend or lift emergency measures in Tokyo and other areas that are expected to end on June 20.

Japan has recorded around 774,000 cases of COVID-19 and 14,000 deaths.


BEIRUT – Lebanon has vaccinated a daily number of people against COVID-19, bringing the total number of vaccines given to more than one million.

The health ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone during the third weekend of a COVID-19 vaccination “marathon” to speed up vaccinations.

The ministry has invited all residents 53 years of age and older as well as people with special needs 16 years of age and older to be vaccinated by Pfizer-BioNTech.

Lebanon, a small country of 6 million inhabitants including 1 million Syrian refugees, has recorded more than 542,000 cases of coronavirus infection and nearly 7,800 deaths since February 2020.

Lebanon started a vaccination campaign in February and so far 317,000 have received two injections and nearly 684,000 have received one.


CARBIS BAY, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Britain wants a further investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, but at present the country does not believe that it comes from a laboratory.

Speaking at the end of the Group of Seven summit in southwest England, Johnson said that while it doesn’t look like this particular disease is coming from a lab, the world needs to “keep the open mind “.

Although the notion was once rejected by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a Chinese lab is now the subject of a new ordered US investigation. by President Joe Biden.

G-7 leaders have endorsed calls for a more thorough “timely, transparent, expert-led and science-based” investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

Many scientists still believe that the virus most likely passed from animals to humans.

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