Madeira declared safe for British travellers | News

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have been included in the global list of destinations exempt from the Foreign & Commonwealth advice against ‘all but essential’ travel. The duo is included alongside the Azores as the only two Portuguese territories to make the list. Madeira has had a strong track record in dealing with the global outbreak of Covid-19, recognised internationally as a success story. The destination implemented restrictive measures to contain the outbreak, even before the first cases arrived in Portugal. The region closed to all tourism in March. Due…

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Azores declared Covid-19 free as tourism resumes | News

Azores have been declared Covid-19 free, having registered no active cases of the virus for several days. Overall, the islands had recorded one hundred and forty-six positive cases of Covid-19 – resulting in one hundred and thirty recovered cases and sixteen deaths. As a result, the Portuguese destination has been added to a safe list prepared by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, alongside Madeira and Porto Santo. The Azores are a perfect destination for travellers who prefer nature experiences and for products such as hiking, whale watching, local cuisine and…

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Madeira declared safe for British travellers | News

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have been included in the global list of destinations exempt from the Foreign & Commonwealth advice against ‘all but essential’ travel. The duo is included alongside the Azores as the only two Portuguese territories to make the list. As a result, travellers returning from a trip will not be expected to self-isolate for 14-days in England. Madeira has had a strong track record in dealing with the global outbreak of Covid-19, recognised internationally as a success story. The destination implemented restrictive measures to contain the…

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Ras Al Khaimah declared safe from Covid-19 | News

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has been certified as a safe destination by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services. The move comes as the city completes its ‘Safeguard Assurance’ program.  Through a strategic partnership with Bureau Veritas, the authority has led the way in implementing stringent health, safety and hygiene measures across all Ras Al Khaimah hotels to mitigate any possible risks for employees and guests and providing complete confidence in the destination. Through an ongoing series of independent audits of all its…

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Truck Drivers Declared ‘Essential’ | News

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a national emergency to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The declaration covers medical supplies and equipment, as well as food for emergency restocking of stores. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security clarified that in addition to truck drivers, essential workers include others supporting the transport of emergency food like dispatchers, mechanics, truck stop and rest area workers, and employees providing services that enable logistics operations.   “The nation’s…

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Storm Jorge flooding: ‘Critical incident’ declared after flooding

Image copyright Met Office Image caption Separate weather warnings are in place for wind and rain on Saturday Police have declared a “critical incident” around parts of south Wales because of flooding brought by Storm Jorge. The area affected is around Pontypridd and the Ely area of Cardiff. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took 72 calls overnight in the 12 hours to 06:00 GMT. Wales is braced for further wind and rain on Saturday, adding to Friday’s problems where several railway lines and roads were blocked by flooding. South…

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Australia fires: State of emergency declared for Canberra region

Image copyright MARTIN OLLMAN Image caption A massive blaze has been burning south of Canberra all week Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have declared a state of emergency as massive bushfires rage south of Canberra. It is the worst fire threat to the territory in nearly two decades, officials said. The main blaze, in the territory’s south, is burning over more than 18,500 hectares. Residents in suburbs of Canberra have been urged to “remain alert” for potential evacuations. “The ACT is now facing the worst bushfire threat since…

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Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

Image copyright Getty Images Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems. The death toll is now at 170 in China. The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of China, but no deaths. There…

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