Canada will reopen its land border on August 9 to U.S. citizens fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and all of its borders on September 7 to foreign travelers, the government announced on Monday (July 19).
The pandemic has killed more than 4 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse from official sources on Monday, July 19. The United States is the most affected country with 609,021 dead, followed by Brazil (542,214 dead), India (414,108), Mexico (236,331) and Peru (195,146). The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
Gradual reopening of Canadian borders to vaccinated people
Canada closed its air borders on March 18, 2020 and then three days later its land border with the United States, the longest in the world. To enter Canada, travelers must have received two doses of a vaccine authorized by Health Canada at least fourteen days before entering the country and show no symptoms.
“On August 9, major border changes will come into effect to allow fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents living in the United States to enter Canada for non-essential reasons.”, said Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu during a press briefing. For the time being, the United States has not committed to a reciprocal reopening. “We continue to review our travel restrictions”said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said the United States was following the advice of its “Own medical experts”.
Pressed in recent weeks by the tourism sector to lift restrictions in a country where vaccination is well advanced, the Trudeau government also announced a total opening for the month of September. The reopening of the Canada-U.S. Border on August 9 will be followed by the “Reopening of our border to fully vaccinated travelers from any country provided they meet the entry requirements”, announced Dominic LeBlanc, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, during a press briefing.
England lifts the mask, not without fears
England removed most restrictions linked to the pandemic on Monday, a step that worries some scientists and politicians as the UK has more than 128,700 dead, one of the heaviest tolls in Europe, and that ‘it is now the country on the continent the most affected in terms of number of cases.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister, contact case, are themselves observing a period of isolation, while the health minister tested positive on Saturday. The UK will expand its vaccination program to vulnerable 12-15 year olds.
Tokyo Olympics: the Olympic Village holds its breath
According to the latest official count made public by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, 58 positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected since 1is July, out of nearly 20,000 people (athletes, supervisors, journalists) who arrived in the country.
Due to a lack of spectators, no official from Toyota, sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics, will attend the opening ceremony on Friday, and the Japanese group will not broadcast any advertisements related to the event.
Ireland joins the European health pass
Ireland joined the European health certificate system in force since 1is July by abandoning the quarantine requirement for passengers arriving from the 26 other countries of the European Union (EU), as well as the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, s ‘they are fully vaccinated, cured of the coronavirus, or have tested negative within 72 hours.
Negative test required in Iceland
Iceland, one of the first countries in the world to have lifted its health checks for vaccinated travelers, will reinstate the requirement for a negative test, due to an increase in contamination.
Vaccination for all adults in Tunisia
Vaccination will be open to all adults in Tunisia on Tuesday and Wednesday, religious holidays. This country with limited vaccine stocks until recently has only fully vaccinated about 8% of its population, a rate that remains among the highest in Africa.