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Canada extends travel ban to August 31, launches COVID-19 contact tracing app

By Kelsey Johnson and Julie Gordon

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Friday extended a measure barring most foreign travelers from entering the country and launched a new contact tracing app as part of its fight to control the “gate-crashing” coronavirus pandemic.

The extension to Aug. 31 applies to foreign travelers entering Canada from outside the United States. It came despite calls from Air Canada and some European aviation companies for Ottawa to restore safe travel.

Canada has a separate agreement for border crossings with the United States. The two countries earlier this month agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel

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Top-ranked Barty pulls out of US Open, citing travel risks

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No. 1-ranked Ash Barty is skipping the first tennis major since January after deciding it’s too risky to travel for the U.S. Open during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to opt out of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis.

”My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the … Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open this year,” Barty said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday. ”I love both events

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SE Asia’s biggest travel app Traveloka raises $250 million as lockdowns ease

By Fanny Potkin

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel app, announced on Tuesday it had raised $250 million to help bolster its operations amid the coronavirus crisis, and as domestic travel starts to pick up in the region of 650 million people.

The eight-year-old startup said its funding round was led by a “global financial institution” and included existing investors, such as early backer East Ventures.

Traveloka, which claims more than 60 million downloads, has been battered by the virus outbreak, as Southeast Asian countries shut borders and imposed strict lockdowns, throttling a previously booming tourism industry.

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Bruins expect Pastrnak to travel to Toronto

Boston All-Star forward David Pastrnak is expected to be on the team plane on Sunday when the Bruins travel to hub city Toronto for the Stanley Cup qualifiers and playoffs.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said Saturday that forward Nick Ritchie, who missed the past three practices, also is expected to travel. Forward Ondrej Kase is also expected to join the group.

Pastrnak was ruled “unfit to participate” on July 16. Under the league’s Return to Play Plan, teams cannot reveal a reason for a player’s absence.

Team president Cam Neely said Wednesday, however, that the state of Massachusetts’ regulations for foreign

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Macau casinos see deepening losses as virus slams China travel

By Farah Master

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Casinos in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau are staring at heavy losses for the second quarter, with “not much hope” for a near-term recovery as a resurgence in coronavirus cases muddies the outlook for when China will reinstate travel visas.

Visitors from greater China make up for over 90% of Macau’s tourists, but given travel has dried up amid the health crisis, Morgan Stanley warns casinos in the special administrative region could rack up losses of $1 billion over April to June.

The Las Vegas Sands unit, Sands China, said it flipped

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