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1. EL SALVADOR: San Salvador – Curfew extended
On May 19th, 2020, the government of El Salvador announced the extension of the country’s confinement until June 6th, 2020. This decision was taken following President Nayib Bukele’s threat to veto a law passed by Congress aimed at reopening part of the country’s economy before June 6th, 2020.
To date, the country has 1,571 cases of COVID-19, including 31 fatalities.
2. CANADA: Quebec – U.S. border travel restrictions extended
On May 19th, 2020, Canadian and U.S. authorities announced the extension of the ban on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Quebec land border until June 22nd, 2020, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This restriction does not apply to air travel..
As of May 19th, 2020, Quebec has registered 44,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,647 deaths.
3. PAKISTAN: Balochistan – Extension of containment
Local authorities have extended the containment until June 2nd, 2020, in Balochistan province.
Movements and services are limited to essential items. In addition, no public or religious gatherings are allowed except for small group prayers in mosques on the occasion of Eid Al-fitr.
Furthermore, travel between communes and provinces remains prohibited.
To date, the country has recorded 45 898 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 985 deaths.
4. SPAIN: Madrid – State of emergency extension plan
The Spanish government plans to extend the state of emergency, which was due to end on May 24th, 2020, until June 7th, 2020, for the fifth consecutive time.
According to local authorities, the extension decree will be presented to Parliament on May 20th, 2020, as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
As of May 20, Spain had registered 278,803 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 27,778 deaths.
5. COLOMBIA: Bogota – Extension of containment measures
On May 19th, 2020, Colombian President Ivan Duque extended the containment measures by six more day to May 31, 2020. The lifting of the containment was scheduled for May 25th, 2020.
To this end, travel and services are limited to essentials.
To date, the country has recorded 16 935 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 613 related deaths.
6. VENEZUELA: Caracas – Possible gradual resumption of commercial flights
Authorities announced a possible gradual resumption of commercial flights from June 13th, 2020.
As a reminder, local authorities suspended commercial flights in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only cargo, emergency and repatriation flights were exempt from this measure.
As of May 20th, 2020, Venezuela had registered 618 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 10 deaths.
7. GAMBIA: Banjul- Extension of the state of emergency
Gambian President Adama Barrow extended the state of emergency on May 19th, 2020, for an additional 21 days to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Among the restrictive measures, the closure of all borders and non-essential trade remains in effect.
To date, the country has recorded 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one related death.
8. UNITED STATES: Extended shutdowns until June 22nd, 2020
The respective local authorities have announced the extension of border closures until June 22nd, 2020, for non-essential travel, such as tourism.
However, border workers and commercial traffic are still allowed.
9. SWEDEN: Stockholm – Mandatory wearing of masks
The Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) requires passengers to wear face masks until August 31st, 2020, due to COVID-19.
All passengers aged six and over will be required to wear a protective face mask on flights since May 18th, 2020.
The company also indicated that those who are deemed ill or who show symptoms of infection will be denied boarding.
10. ALBANIA: Tirana – Lifting of restrictive measures
On May 18th, 2020, local authorities announced the lifting of traffic restrictions in the country’s “green zones”. Entry into and exit from “red zones” including Tirana, Durres, Kruja, Shkodra and Kurbin remain restricted.
However, the daily curfew has been relaxed and will be in force from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (local time).
To date, 949 cases of COVID-19, including 31 associated deaths, have been registered in the country.