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Covid-19: Pre-departure test extended to all passengers from next week

Arrivals from all countries – except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – will be required to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Monday.

Arrivals from all countries – except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – will be required to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Monday.

Pre-departure testing requirements will extend to travellers from most countries from Tuesday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.

“The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January, to minimise disruption for those passengers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change,” Hipkins said in a statement.

Travellers from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – including Fiji,

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Disneyland as a Vaccination Site? Airports as Test Centers? The Travel Industry Pitches In

Many corners of the travel industry are looking for a way to pitch in to help end the pandemic.

More than a dozen U.S. airports now double as virus testing sites, including Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway, Los Angeles International, Tampa, Newark and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Inside many terminals, XpresSpa has pivoted from offering airport massages and manicures to rapid coronavirus tests.

Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., has been closed to guests since March; in December, they lent one of their ultracold freezers to

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1,000+ troops to help vaccine distribution; at-home test surge coming; Johnson & Johnson applies for authorization. Latest COVID-19 updates.

More than 1,000 active duty troops will begin supporting vaccination sites around the United States, starting later this month in California, White House senior COVID-19 advisor Andy Slavitt announced Friday.

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Slavitt said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin OK’ed the move and troops’ mission in California would being within 10 days.

The White House COVID-19 Response Team also announced Friday that the government would be supporting six additional companies to surge at-home COVID-19 test supplies to more than 60 million by the end of

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Some Australian Open Players Isolating After Hotel Worker’s Positive COVID Test | Bleacher Report

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Australian Open tennis players who came in close contact with a hotel worker who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate until they test negative for the coronavirus as the year’s first Grand Slam tournament is scheduled to begin Monday at Melbourne Park.

John Pye of the Associated Press reported Wednesday it’s not immediately clear how many players are returning to quarantine—an initial 14-day isolation period was required upon arriving to Australia—but Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews doesn’t expect the situation to alter the major’s schedule.

“It may have an effect on tomorrow’s play in the lead-up event,”

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