Rome and Barcelona at risk of second lockdowns

barcelona - afp
barcelona – afp

Since lockdown has gradually eased all over the world, localised spikes have followed, and the threat of new restrictions loom. 

Spain’s coronavirus rates have tripled in the three weeks since lockdown was eased. As a result of outbreaks in Catalonia, up to 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns have been advised to stay at home and residents in Barcelona were advised on Friday to leave their home only for essential trips. This advice was widely ignored, and over the weekend 4,581 new cases were recorded in Spain, bringing the total to 264,836.

Ana Rodríguez, a Catalan

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Connecticut shoreline emerges as desired travel destination as coronavirus upends summer vacation plans

As airlines cancel summer flights to Europe and travelers decide against jaunts to states where COVID-19 cases are spiking, visitors appear to be choosing the Connecticut shoreline as an alternate destination for vacations and day trips.

Local tourism officials, restaurant owners and hotel operators in the area are reporting a more successful summer than originally predicted, considering the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s definitely, I would say, more people in town than I would’ve anticipated, given everything that’s going on in the world,” said Dan Meiser, the owner of the Oyster Club, Engine Room and Grass & Bone restaurants

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Catalonia extends coronavirus restrictions as second wave looms

Catalonia has ordered the closure of nightclubs across the region amid fears of a second wave in Spain. 

Fresh restrictions are imposed for at least 15 days, with late-night bars shut and opening hours reduced for gambling halls, casinos and bingo halls.

Areas with the highest number of Covid-19 infections in recent days will also see opening hours cut for restaurants, bars and terraces. 

Spain recorded 2,255 new cases of the virus on Friday compared to a daily average of just 132 in June. 

However, British holidaymakers can continue to fly to Spain’s worst affected regions, including Catalonia, Aragon and

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Everywhere you can go on holiday this summer

Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock
Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock

The government has announced a list of 59 countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer without quarantining.

From 10 July, those travelling from these approved destinations into England will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period imposed on all inbound arrivals.

Alongside this, the Foreign Office (FCO) has published a separate list of destinations where it has now lifted its blanket advice against all non-essential international travel.

While the lists are not the same, there is an overlap of 48 countries. For those looking to travel

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