Vacationers arriving in Rome from four European countries lined up with their suitcases at Leonardo da Vinci airport to be immediately tested for the new coronavirus on Sunday.
Last week, Italy’s health minister issued an ordinance requiring the tests for all travellers arriving in Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta or Spain.
Travellers have the option of being tested instead within 48 hours of arrival at local public health offices closer to their home or destination in Italy. Vacationers coming from abroad are fuelling an increase in new coronavirus infections in Italy in recent weeks. On Saturday, the daily caseload of new infections topped 600 for the first time since May.
Meanwhile, cruise ship passengers were having their temperatures checked and taking COVID-19 tests Sunday so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy’s pandemic lockdown.
Earlier this month, the Italian government gave its approval for cruise ships to once again depart from Italy’s ports. But cruise ships are being limited to 70 per cent capacity.
Elsewhere on the continent, France’s health ministry on Sunday reported 3,015 new infections over the last 24 hours, the second day in a row in which new cases have surpassed the 3,000 mark.
However, the daily count was below the 3,310 cases reported on Saturday that marked a post-lockdown high, the ministry’s data showed.
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A sharp rise in cases in France has led the authorities in the country’s two biggest cities, Paris and Marseille, to expand zones where wearing a mask is mandatory outdoors, while the government is set to propose masks be worn in shared indoor workspaces. The resurgence also prompted Britain to impose a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from France as of Saturday.
The number of coronavirus clusters being investigated in France had increased to 263, the ministry said in a website update. The number of people in hospital was up slightly at 4,860, adding to a rise recorded a day earlier, while the number of intensive care patients was unchanged at 376 after increasing the previous day, the ministry said.
France’s cumulative death toll from COVID-19 for hospitals and nursing homes had risen by one to 30,410, it said.
What’s happening with coronavirus in Canada
As of 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 122,073 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 108,465 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,063.
Ontario reported another 81 new cases on Sunday, bringing the latest numbers back into the double digits after a slight uptick on Saturday.
Quebec reported 67 new cases and no new deaths in the past 24 hours, although the government reported another death for which it said the date is unknown.
Manitoba reported 36 new cases on Sunday, a day after announcing the province’s ninth COVID-19 death.
New Brunswick reported two new cases, but none of the other Atlantic provinces reported any new cases on Sunday.
Here’s what’s happening around the world
According to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases is now more than 21.4 million. More than 771,000 people have died, while 13.4 million have recovered.
In Asia-Pacific, South Korea has reported 279 new cases in the highest daily jump since early March, as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region
Health authorities reported 13 new cases in New Zealand on Sunday, including 12 linked to an outbreak in the city of Auckland and one returning traveller who was already in quarantine. The outbreak in Auckland, discovered Tuesday, has prompted officials to put the nation’s largest city back into a two-week lockdown.
In the Americas, Michelle Bolsonaro — the wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the devastating impact of COVID-19 — said Sunday that she had tested negative for the virus following a July 30 announcement that she had tested positive. Her youngest son and husband have both tested positive.
In the U.S., Trump’s top coronavirus adviser — Dr. Deborah Birx — used a visit to Kansas to urge people to wear masks regardless of where they live and stressed that people should socially distance and not have gatherings.
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In Africa, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has passed the peak of coronavirus infections and a “ray of light is visible now on the horizon” as the country, which has the fifth-largest virus caseload in the world, prepares to relax restrictions on Monday.
Ramaphosa says in the past three weeks, confirmed cases have dropped from more than 12,000 a day to around 5,000. The president acknowledged the hardship of the lockdown and warned South Africans not to be complacent because of asymptomatic spread, when people don’t realize they have the virus.