Bookings to Greece surge as British holidaymakers flee Spain

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greece – istock

British holidaymakers are flocking to Greece in lieu of Spain as the busiest month for summer holidays gets underway.

The chairman of Sunvil Holiday Group, Noel Josephides has reported a sudden rise in enquiries for ‘last-minute, flight-only’ bookings to Greece, and not from the company’s usual 50-plus demographic. “We know they are people who were likely to go to Spain,” he told iNews.

It comes as Europe’s largest tour operator Tui extended the cancellation of all UK holidays to the Spanish Balearic Islands and Canary Islands until August 10 and all holidays to mainland Spain until August

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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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These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test

As state have opened back up, some are now tightening restrictions, and travelers may not be free to come and go as they please amid the coronavirus pandemic.

USA TODAY has an update on the states that are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. And some states  are requiring a recent, negative COVID-19 test in lieu of a blanket quarantine policy.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a summer vacation should check government websites for

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Japan braces for coronavirus spike amid domestic travel campaign

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mari Saito

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is bracing for a surge in the number of coronavirus infections after new daily cases exceeded 1,000 for the first time, a week after the start of a national travel campaign to revive the tourism industry.

The country had 1,264 new cases on Wednesday, according to a tally by national broadcaster NHK, surpassing the previous record of 981, with infections spreading rapidly not only in Tokyo, but also in other regions including remote islands.

Northern Japan’s Iwate prefecture, which had been the last-remaining prefecture free from coronavirus infection, had its

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Swedish virus expert says ‘no point’ in face masks, as Madeira makes them mandatory

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stockholm – Getty

Sweden’s leading coronavirus expert has dismissed the effectiveness of face masks as the country’s Covid-19 rates continue to tumble.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has been a staunch defender of Sweden’s controversial decision not to go into lockdown during the pandemic, even when the Swedish mortality rate far outstripped that of neighbouring Scandinavian nations like Norway and Finland, where much stricter measures were imposed.

Now, with the number of new infections having fallen rapidly over the course of July, Mr Tegnell has backed the Swedish government’s decision not to implement rigid face masks rules that could prevent a

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