Jun 30, 2020
COVID-19 Reopening Staycations: Europe, New York Place Travel Restrictions On Visitors From California
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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Tuesday was a bad day for anyone planning on traveling outside of the state or the country for the July Fourth holiday week.
First, the European Union banned all U.S. travelers from journeying to continental Europe for at least the next 14 days because of the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases across America.
If youre traveling to New York from the following states you must self-quarantine for 14 days.
The states are: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, ID, LA, MS, NC, NV, SC, TN, TX, UT.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 30, 2020
Joining California on New York’s quarantine list were: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
“As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening,” Cuomo said. “We’ve set metrics for community spread just as we’ve set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York’s travel advisory, meaning we will now require individuals traveling to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days.”
So say hello to the July 4th backyard staycation.
If your plans were for a trip even farther away, the European Union announced Tuesday it was keeping the borders in continental Europe closed to U.S. travelers for at least 14 days because of an uptick in new coronavirus cases.
SFO officials announced last week that United Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa had all resumed flights to and from Europe in June after grounding travel since March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Flights to Asian destinations will not be impacted by Tuesday’s announcement. Nor will it impact travel to Great Britain, which has left the European Union.
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year, while some 10 million Europeans head across the Atlantic.
Citizens from the following countries will be allowed into the EU’s 27 members and four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel zone: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The EU said China is “subject to confirmation of reciprocity,” meaning it must lift all restrictions on European citizens entering China before it will allow Chinese citizens back in.
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U.S. military coronavirus cases surge as Pentagon lifts travel restrictions
A Paratrooper assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares for a Airborne Operation at Fort Bragg, N.C., on May 7.Spc. Hubert Delany III | US Army
WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. active-duty military personnel infected with the coronavirus has more than doubled in the past three weeks, a revelation that comes as the Pentagon lifts travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders.
On June 10, the Pentagon reported 2,807 U.S. service members tested positive for coronavirus. Twenty-two days later, that figure that has now spiked to 6,493 cases, according to figures published by the Defense Department.
Since the coronavirus emerged, the Pentagon has reported a total of 18,071 cases, of those 12,521 are active-duty military, 2,644 are civilians, 1,740 are dependents and 1,166 are contractors. These figures include 8,683 recoveries and 38 deaths across the entire department.
The surge in new cases comes as the Pentagon lifts travel restrictions for Defense Department personnel in 48 states as well as eight host nations, including Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, the U.S. reported more than 50,600 additional coronavirus cases, the largest single-day increase since the beginning of the outbreak, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The record-breaking spike in new coronavirus cases challenges the Trump administration's push to reopen the U.S. economy.
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Thomas McCaffery, the assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, said during a Wednesday Pentagon briefing that the Defense Department was aware of and monitoring the uptick in military coronavirus cases in Florida, Texas, Arizona and portions of California.
"While we are seeing some upticks in the same places that there are upticks in the civilian sector, again, that is not necessarily overly surprising," McCaffery explained, adding that the Pentagon has increased and expanded testing to include asymptomatic service members.
"When we get data and we see an uptick, we're going to intervene. We're going to make sure that that person, if they need care gets care if they need to be isolated they're going to be isolated and we'll do the appropriate contact tracing in order to contain any further spread of the infection," he added.VIDEO3:1903:19Pence: No need for national mandate on masksSquawk on the StreetRelated Tags