COVID-19 Information and Global Service Updates Statement 9th July 2020

UPDATE AS OF 15.34 (GMT) Thursday 9th July

Melbourne and a shire in regional Victoria are to re-enter lockdown from today. The new lockdown order will apply to metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to its north. People can only leave home for care, essential items, exercise, and work "if you have to". The measures are expected to last for 6 weeks.

Belgium is asking tourists returning from areas with strict lockdown measures still in place to quarantine for 14 days. It comes after the government decided on Monday it would not further open its borders to an EU “safe list” of 15 non-EU countries.

In the US, the greater Miami area in Florida is the latest place to delay reopening plans and reimpose restrictions. It suspended indoor-dining at restaurants and closed gyms on Monday.

The Nigerian government has reversed its decision to reopen schools across the country.

Colombia is extending its nationwide lockdown by more than two weeks after reported cases and deaths accelerated. The measures have now been extended until 1st August.

In Spain's Catalonia region, it has been made compulsory for all residents and visitors to wear face coverings in public at all times.

Netherlands and Austria adopted have new coronavirus measures against countries in the Balkans in response to rising infections there. The Dutch government shut the borders again to people from Serbia and Montenegro, while Austria has warned against travel to Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova.

The government of West Bengal state has begun implementing a strict lockdown in areas with high infection rates. All offices in these areas will be shut, transportation halted, and no marketing, industrial or trading activities will be allowed. The measures will remain in place for a week, although this may be extended on review.

Shopping centres will be able to reopen in Scotland from Monday 13th July.

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