Thailand PM Allows Quarantine-free Travel for Visitors from 46 countries

Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thailand is ready to welcome visitors from 46 countries quarantine-free. On Thursday, Prayut signed the entry guidelines for the quarantine-free reopening, along with two other announcements on ‘Relaxed COVID-19 controls’ in 17 Thai destinations.  …

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Up to 180,000 Healthcare Workers Killed by COVID-19, WHO Estimates

COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers from January 2020 to May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 21. In a 26-page working paper, WHO based the grim estimate from the 3.45 million reported …

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CDC Vaccine Advisers Vote to Recommend Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots

An independent panel of vaccine advisers to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted unanimously on Oct. 21 to recommend booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The recommendations from the Advisory …

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Tokyo to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants

Tokyo and the neighboring cities of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa will begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars starting Monday next week as cases of infections in the area decline. The Tokyo metropolitan government decided on Oct. 21 to …

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Morocco Issues Travel Restrictions to and from UK and Netherlands over Rising COVID-19 Cases

The Government of Morocco has issued a ban on flights to and from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands over concerns on the increasing number of COVID-19 infections. Travel restrictions will remain in place “until further notice,” the Moroccan National …

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Brazilian Senate Calls for President Jair Bolsonaro to be Charged with Crimes Against Humanity Over COVID-19 Response

Brazilian senators have recommended President Jair Bolsonaro to be charged of a series of crimes, including crimes against humanity, over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 600,000 Brazilians. A Senate panel officially presented their 1,180-page inquiry …

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U.S. FDA Authorizes Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots. The FDA announced on Oct. 20 that a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered …

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Moscow Imposes New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Lockdowns

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced new COVID-19 restrictions in the country as the national death toll has hit yet another record. Sobyanin said unvaccinated people over 60s should observe health guidelines at home for four months, October 25, 2021 to …

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