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EU May Shut Door to Travel From Canada, Allow Singapore Visitors

(Bloomberg) — The European Union plans to remove Canada, Tunisia and Georgia from its list of countries whose residents should be allowed to visit the bloc amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to EU officials familiar with the matter.



a person standing in front of a store: A French soldier stands guard near health workers at the Covid-19 test center in the arrival hall at Charles de Gaulle airport, operated by Airport de Paris, in Roissy, France, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The European Union’s battered aviation industry may soon get some relief from the confusingly wide range of travel curbs across the continent, as the bloc’s governments seek agreement on a common threshold for imposing restrictions.


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A French soldier stands guard near health workers at the Covid-19 test center in the arrival hall at Charles de Gaulle airport, operated by Airport de Paris, in Roissy, France, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The European Union’s battered aviation industry may soon get some relief from the confusingly wide range of travel curbs across the continent, as the bloc’s governments seek agreement on a common threshold for imposing restrictions.

The EU intends at the same time to reopen its doors to travelers from Singapore as a result of improved virus trends there, the officials said on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations on Tuesday in Brussels are confidential. The U.S. will remain blacklisted along with most other countries in the world.

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The changes would be the first in more than two months to the EU’s recommended travel “white list,” shrinking it from 11 foreign nations at present to nine. The other eight are Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay.

The update of the list comes amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Europe itself and, barring any changes in the plan, is due to be endorsed by EU member-country envoys on Wednesday in the Belgian capital. In a third planned move, which affects the format of the list, the EU aims to identify the Chinese regions of Hong Kong and Macau as separate entities as a result of the bloc’s visa rules, one of the officials said.

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The EU on July 1 recommended that member states allow foreign visitors from 15 countries as part of a move to loosen coronavirus-triggered restrictions imposed in mid-March on non-essential travel to the bloc.

Since then, Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria and Morocco have been delisted as a result of resurgences in virus cases. The EU normally reviews its list roughly every two weeks, with the last change being the removal of Morocco in the first half of August.

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Mass. loosens coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions on visitors from 4 states

Massachusetts officials on Friday moved California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Washington from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category for COVID-19 transmission, meaning visitors to Massachusetts from those four states will have an easier time when they get here.



a sign on the side of a building: A "Welcome to Boston" sign hangs on the facade of a structure as two workers assemble a portion of a roof at Terminal E, where most international flights arrive and depart, at Logan Airport in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.


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A “Welcome to Boston” sign hangs on the facade of a structure as two workers assemble a portion of a roof at Terminal E, where most international flights arrive and depart, at Logan Airport in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the change in a statement and said the state was also changing the way it assesses the risk level posed by people arriving from different states.

The Department of Public Health’s metric for determining a state’s risk level for purposes of interstate travel policy will consider two weeks of data before moving a state from lower-risk to higher-risk, the statement said.

The metric will consider one week of data before moving states in the other direction, into the lower-risk category, the statement said.

The state also said it would be raising the threshold of cases per 100,000 that would designate a state as higher-risk, from 6 cases per 100,000 to 10 cases per 100,000. The statement said officials were “bringing Massachusetts’ standard more in line with other states.” (Massachusetts itself had been failing to meet its own standard since late September, when its case rate went over 6. This week, the rate was 8.7 percent.)

The change had immediate implications for visitors from four states.

“Following this, Massachusetts updated today its state travel list, moving California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington state from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category. This is effective at 12:01 am on 10/17,” the statement said. “Travelers arriving from these states will no longer need to fill out the MA Travel Form and follow quarantine rules under the travel order.”

The full list of low-risk states on the Massachusetts website Friday: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Visitors to Massachusetts from any other state must either quarantine for 14 days once they arrive or produce a negative coronavirus test that had been administered up to 72 hours prior to getting here. They must also fill out an official Massachusetts Travel Form.

“All individuals arriving in Massachusetts by any means or mode, including Massachusetts residents who have left the state for anything more than transitory travel, are covered by the Massachusetts travel rule,” the state says on its website. “Accordingly, even travelers not required to complete the form should act in compliance with the rule.”

There are a number of exceptions to the rule, including commuters coming into Massachusetts for work or school, patients seeking or receiving medical treatment, military personnel traveling to the state for official duty, and workers providing critical infrastructure services, according to mass.gov.

Dasia Moore of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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The Latest: Hawaii Welcomes Visitors With Pre-Travel Test | World News

HONOLULU — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program.

It allows travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they produce a negative coronavirus test. The state-run testing program is an effort to stem the devastating downturn caused by the pandemic on Hawaii’s tourism-based economy.

However, gaps in the program coupled with increasing cases across the U.S. and the world have raised questions about whether Hawaii is ready to safely welcome back vacationers.

Meanwhile, restaurant cards for unemployed workers are expected to begin arriving in Hawaii mailboxes on Friday. The $500 prepaid debit cards cover meals and purchases at bakeries and catering services. About 116,000 state residents have filed for unemployment insurance.

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— France records 30,000 virus cases, highest single-day rise

— India reports 680 daily deaths, lowest in nearly three months

— Europe, U.S. reel as virus infections surge at record pace, prompt new restrictions

— White House puts political operatives at CDC to try to control virus information

— Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing allowing no quarantine

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LONDON — Lancashire agreed to move into England’s most severe level of COVID-19 restrictions after striking a deal with the U.K. government on funds to implement the measures.

The deal means that the region of 1.5 million people will join the neighboring Liverpool region in the government’s highest risk tier, forcing pubs and bars to close. Restrictions on socializing also come into effect and residents are advised to minimize travel.

No deal is in sightfor Greater Manchester, which is holding out for more money to implement the measures targeted at areas with the highest infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has criticized Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for “effectively trying to hold the government over a barrel over money and politics.’’

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A leading Bosnian politician has tested positive for coronavirus as the country hit a record number of new cases.

Bakir Izetbegovic, the president of the Party of Democratic Action and a former Muslim member of the Bosnian three-member presidency, on Friday tested positive for COVID-19, his party said.

The 64-year-old has gone into isolation since taking a test after he felt mild symptoms of the virus, the Klix online portal said. He is recovering at home.

Bosnian health authorities on Friday reported 621 cases and eight deaths.

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania recorded more than 4,000 confirmed daily coronavirus infections for the third straight day.

Health authorities reported a record 4,026 cases on Friday. There were 75 deaths, slightly below the all-time-high of 82.

The nation of 19 million has conducted more than 2.8 million tests. There have been 172,516 confirmed cases and 5,749 deaths.

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Coronavirus infections in Slovakia hit a record high for the

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