Coronavirus latest: Spain opens borders to vaccinated tourists as India eases lockdown

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pain has reopened to vaccinated tourists from Monday as the country reclaims “its global leadership in tourism”.

“Spain is a safe destination,” the country’s health minister, Carolina Daria said. Previously Spain allowed European visitors who had a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, but from Monday those visitors can take a cheaper antigen test.

Spain is still on the UK’s amber list, meaning returning travellers must self-isolate for 10 days.

It comes as businesses in two of India’s largest cities were reopening Monday as part of a phased easing of lockdown measures in several states after a steady decline in new Covid infections in the country.

After registering a peak of more than 400,000 new cases a day in May, new infections fell to their lowest point in two months on Monday with 100,636 cases.

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Two-thirds of those affected were in sub-Saharan Africa, deepening disparities in the region’s access to electricity, according to an annual global report tracking progress on sustainable energy.

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Restrictions extended in Taiwan

Taiwan will extend its Covid restrictions until June 28 and schools will remain shut until the summer vacation, the government said today, adding that the country’s outbreak has not yet stabilised.

After months of relative safety, Taiwan has been dealing with a spike in domestic infections and is in the second-highest alert level, with gatherings restricted, entertainment venues shut and students shifted to online learning.

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