COVID-19 Information and Global Service Updates Statement 15th April 2021

UPDATE AS OF 14.02 (GMT) Thursday 15th April

As of Monday 12th April, outside hospitality, close personal services, and non-essential retail was able to reopen in England, although customers must adhere to social distancing regulations and provide proof of Covid status, with venues operating at a reduced capacity.

Stormont ministers are expected to approve the full reopening of retail outlets on 30th April in Northern Ireland, with outdoor hospitality to resume from 10th May.

The Republic of Ireland has added 16 countries to the list of those where hotel quarantine on arrival is mandatory: Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Armenia, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives, Ukraine. This brings the total to 59 countries. The measures came into effect from 4:00 local time on 15th April. Travellers from these places must pay for a 12-night stay at one of 24 hotels across the country.

Turkey has extended restrictions with most school years now reverting to remote schooling, extending curfew to begin at 19.00, and restricting methods of intercity travel. Numbers continue to increase, and the introduction of further measures was not ruled out.

Currently a lockdown is in effect in Austria. Tourism and leisure travel are not permitted. FFP2 masks are required on public transport, shops, libraries, and in other public spaces. A curfew is in effect from 20.00 to 6.00. You are required to keep a minimum distance of 2 m (6.5 ft) to people from other households. culture and leisure facilities such as theatres, cinemas, gyms, pools, and amusement parks are closed. There are additional measures in Vienna and Lower Austria, lasting until 2nd May and Burgenland, until 18th April, where non-essential shops are closed, and a full curfew is in effect, other than for essential reasons. However, first steps towards a reopening have taken in the province of Vorarlberg, where restaurants and cultural institutions have been allowed to open subject to strict rules.

Denmark has become the first country in the world to stop using the Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine altogether over a potential link to a rare but serious form of blood clot. Health authorities in the Scandinavian nation admitted the decision would delay the conclusion of its vaccination scheme to early August.

Two top officials of Japan's ruling party have said radical changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics, with one suggesting they could still be cancelled.

Maharashtra, the Indian state worst affected by the coronavirus, has announced restrictions amid a wave of Covid-19 infections. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stopped short of calling a full lockdown, but said for the next 15 days, only essential services would function. Gatherings of more than four and non-essential travel on public transport would be banned. Yesterday, India reported over 200,000 new cases, as many hospitals treating coronavirus patients reported severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies.

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