Czechia Adds Belgium & Netherlands to High-Risk COVID-19 Category - SchengenVisaInfo.com - SchengenVisaInfo.com

by schengenvisainfo 04/05/2021

The Czech Republic’s government has announced that from April 5, Belgium and the Netherlands will be included on the COVID-19 dark red list, in which are placed countries profoundly affected by the Coronavirus disease. At the same time, Ireland and Malta will be placed on the red list of countries, while Iceland will move to […]


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The Uruguayan Official Gazette March 26 published Law No. 19,942, introducing tax measures for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The law includes measures: 1) providing an exemption for 50 percent of social security contributions accrued between Jan. 1 and June 30 by SMEs with incomes of up to 10 million indexed units in the previous accounting period; 2) providing an exemption for 50 percent of social security contributions accrued between April 1 and June 30 by SMEs carrying out specified business activities; 3) explaining the Social Security Bank responsibilities under the new regime; and 4) providing an exemption for the tax on economic activities (IRAE) between Jan. 1 and June 30 for companies with incomes of up to 915,000 indexed units in the previous accounting period. [Uruguay, Official Gazette, 03/26/21]

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By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) -New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country. The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India. We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference in Auckland. India has recorded 12.8 million COVID-19 cases, the most after the United States and Brazil. It is now battling a deadly second wave of infections, and this week the number of daily new cases passed the peak of the first wave seen last September. The suspension will start from 1600 local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel. The suspension applies to anyone who has been in India during the past 14 days. It is the first time that New Zealand has extended any bar on entry to its own citizens and residents. I want to emphasize that while arrivals of COVID from India has prompted this measure, we are looking at how we manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment..., Ardern said. New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days. But it has been reviewing its border settings as more infected people have been arriving recently, most of them from India. Pre-departure testing requirements reduced the number of positive cases coming from other countries but that's not been the case with India, Ardern said. We have looked into whether or not we have issues with accuracy of the pre-departure tests. That has not demonstrated that that's where the problem lies. So this suspension gives us the time to look at the problem more generally, she said. New Zealand on Thursday also reported one new locally infected case in a worker who was employed at a coronavirus managed isolation facility. (Reporting by Praveen MenonEditing by Shri Navaratnam & Simon Cameron-Moore)

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The top Communist Party official of a city in China's southwestern Yunnan province was dismissed from his post due to what the provincial government called a serious dereliction of duty in failing to prevent COViD-19 outbreaks in recent months. Yunnan's government said in a statement on Thursday that three separate COVID-19 outbreaks occurred within a half-year period in Ruili city, which borders Myanmar, under the watch of city's party chief, Gong Yunzun. The outbreaks, including a cluster that emerged last week, severely affected Yunnan and China's epidemic prevention efforts and harmed the province's economic and social development, the statement said, adding that Gong's dismissal should serve as a warning. News of the dismissal came as China reported 24 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for April 7, including 11 locally transmitted infections reported in Yunnan, doubling the total reported a day earlier. Ruili has imposed home quarantine, launched mass testing drives and began vaccinations in a bid to stop the disease spreading further. The city is a key transit point for Yunnan, which has struggled to monitor its rugged 4,000 km (2,500-mile) border with Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam for illegal immigration amid a wave of unauthorised crossings last year by people seeking a haven in China from the pandemic. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell to six from eight cases a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China to date now stands at 90,365, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636. (Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)