The European Union (EU) is set to exclude travellers from the United States, Brazil and Russia when the bloc reopens its borders to outsiders on July 1, citing the uncontrolled transmission of the new coronavirus in the three countries.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states convened on Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.
The meeting ended with a tentative list of about 18 countries from which people are free to travel to Europe, but the list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia. National governments were given until 16:00 GMT to approve the list.
Travellers from China would be approved to enter, but only subject to reciprocity from Beijing, the agencies said.
US coronavirus cases reach biggest single-day increase of pandemic
The US recorded at least 40,870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest single-day increase of the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally.
The new record brought the total number of US residents to who have tested positive to at least 2.475 million, and came as the White House coronavirus task force reconvened after a two-month absence.
Madrid tribute to coronavirus victims
Some 40 drones lit up the Madrid night sky on Friday as part of a special display designed to pay tribute to victims of the coronavirus outbreak as well as to honour emergency services.
The drones created various shapes during the 10-minute routine such as a flying dove, a house and a parent and child walking, as well various flags of the countries badly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, including Spain, Italy, France, China and the US.
Coronavirus contact tracing ‘not going well,’ Fauci says
Among methods to curb the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracing is “not going well,” according to White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Contact tracing involves trained personnel who contact people infected with the coronavirus to learn where they might have caught it and who they may have exposed to it.
The White House advised states to not reopen without the ability to conduct widespread testing and contact tracing. Fauci said the U.S. needs to think on “the idea of many more tests getting into the community and even pooling tests.”
Fauci also said that as coronavirus cases spike in places like the American South and West, the U.S. will soon “be seeing more deaths.” “Even though the deaths are coming down as a country, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to start seeing them coming up now,” Fauci said.