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Saturday 8 August 2020

Covid continues to be a travel catastrophe in Europe

The coronavirus is showing no sign of easing its grip on Europe.

Countries across the continent are introducing fresh restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 and UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said more destinations could be added to his country's quarantine list, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Norwegians have been urged to avoid travel abroad, even to places with few Covid-19 cases, to prevent a resurgence.

Norway has added France and Switzerland to the list of countries from which arrivals must self-isolate due to rising infections. 

France on Friday recorded 1,604 cases, marking the first time since April that it saw more than 1,600 new infections on two consecutive days

Malta, meanwhile, is banning mass gatherings and making face masks compulsory in public spaces; while in parts of Marseille, France’s second-largest city, face coverings will be mandatory outdoors. 

There are fears that both Malta (33 cases per 100,000 head of population) and France (23.4 per 100,000) could be added to the UK's "red list", following the addition of Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra on Thursday.

The European Union has removed Morocco from its safe list of countries from which the bloc allows non-essential travel, after a review by EU ambassadors on Friday.

The move leaves 10 countries on the new list, which takes effect from today, after the EU also excluded Algeria last week.

The safe countries deemed to have the coronavirus pandemic largely under control are Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

Which might come as a major surprise to Australians in lockdown in Melbourne.  

China has also been approved, although travel would only open up if Chinese authorities also allowed in EU visitors.

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