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UEFA preparing to move Liverpool Champions League tie to Dortmund amid UK-Denmark travel ban, sources say

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Jurgen Klopp’s former home ground stands ready to host Liverpool’s Champions League group game against Midtjylland with UEFA planning to move the game away from Denmark.

Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion has been earmarked to host the match on December 9, a source at the city government confirmed to CBS Sports. A final decision has not yet been taken and will depend on any further COVID-19 regulations put in place by the German government.

The match was initially due to take place at Midtylland’s home ground, the MCH Arena, but UEFA are prepared to move the tie unless there is a change to the British government’s travel policy for Denmark.

Currently the British government does not allow passenger planes between the United Kingdom and Denmark after a mutated strain of coronavirus was found in mink in the country. A temporary travel corridor was created to allow the Icelandic football team to play England in a UEFA Nations League match at Wembley earlier this month after a fixture in Copenhagen but that option is not currently available to Liverpool.

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Any individuals travelling from Denmark to the United Kingdom are obliged to isolate for 14 days, a period in which Liverpool play three further games.

Though it would be in curious circumstances a trip to his former home would surely be a welcome surprise for Klopp, who managed the club for seven years and won two Bundesliga titles. Reports suggest Midtjylland still would prefer to host the tie. UEFA declined to comment when contacted by CBS Sports but confirmed that no decision had yet been made.

Liverpool currently sit top of Group D despite a 2-0 defeat to Atalanta at Anfield yesterday. Midtjylland are yet to gain a point from their four games and their home match against the Reds will be their final European match of the season.

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Exclusive: White House considers lifting European travel restrictions – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Travellers wearing protective face masks make a selfie inside at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, after the U.S. banned travel from Europe, as France grapples with the novel coronavirus, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to

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Exclusive: White House Considers Lifting European Travel Restrictions – Sources | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to lift travel restrictions.”

In a statement to Reuters, the group called the CDC guidance a step in the right direction, adding that they hoped it would be “followed by a recognition that testing can be used to safely

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Sources: 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne will travel, be available vs. Saints

Kendrick Bourne is set to travel with his 49ers teammates to New Orleans on Friday and be available for the team’s Week 10 game against the Saints on Sunday, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Bourne’s removal from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list is expected to be formalized Friday morning, according to the sources. The 49ers are scheduled to practice Friday afternoon, then travel to New Orleans later in the day.

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The 49ers wide receiver has not practiced the past two weeks. He was ineligible to play in the team’s Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Then, Bourne tested negative on consecutive days to be removed from the list for what was described as a “false positive.”

But Bourne went back on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after another positive test. Coach Kyle Shanahan said that positive test was followed by more negatives.

“I mean, positive, negative, negative, positive, negative,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “I think everyone, those things happen, I guess, and we’re all just dealing with it. I know it’s a weird situation with him. It kind of is weird though, with everybody in the world, not just our football players.”

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Shanahan added, “So we’re just trying to do the best with the protocols and hope that he gets cleared up to where it’s always negative and hopefully we can get him out of here later in the week.”

 

Bourne is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver behind George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuik. He has 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown. Bourne figures to be one of the team’s top three wide receivers on Sunday, along with Aiyuk and Richie James. Deebo Samuel is not expected to play due to a hamstring injury.

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