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Hard-hit countries step up virus measures as cases mount

Countries among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic unveiled further measures on Aug. 14 to battle rising infections, as the number of cases worldwide passed 21 million.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was extending a ban on non-essential travel through border crossings with Canada and Mexico throughout most of September "to slow the spread" of the disease.

Turkey in touch with 92 countries to restart flights, says minister

Turkey has completed discussions with 92 countries for resumption of flights, the country's transportation and infrastructure minister said on Aug. 14.  

Turkey continues to operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights with 48 countries as of Aug. 13, Adil Karaismailoğlu said in a press release.

Approximately one million jobless in Romania due to COVID-19

The number of jobless people in Romania, due to the novel coronavirus, is about one million, taking into account the employment contracts suspended and terminated at the end of May, a press release of the National Confederation for Women Entrepreneurship (CONAF) reads on Monday. "To this figure will be added the number of Romanian jobseekers coming from abroad.

Canada’s Payette speaks with Sakellaropoulou

Canada's Governor General Julie Payette called for cooperation with Greece on environment, human rights and electronic governance during a phone call with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday.

The two officials also discussed the need for solidarity and a common approach to tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, her office said.

Turkey brings back over 300 citizens from Canada

Turkey on June 9 brought back 301 citizens stranded in Canada due to the coronavirus lockdown as part of the country's ongoing evacuation efforts.

A Turkish Airlines flight conducted the fourth repatriation flight from Canada.

The plane from Toronto Pearson International Airport safely landed at Istanbul Airport at 12.25 p.m. local time (0925GMT).

Where and When We Will be Able to Travel for the Rest of 2020

Tourists from all over the world are already looking at the summer months in the hope that they will finally be able to fulfill the long-awaited vacation.

With a number of countries easing the measures and some of them opening their borders to foreigners as early as this month, expectations that summer 2020 may not be limited to visiting parks and gardens are rising again.

Virus forces Tomorrowland festival online

Belgium's Tomorrowland festival, one of the world's biggest electronic music events, will be held online this year because of coronavirus restrictions, organizers said on June 4. 

While Belgium is slowly lifting the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, music festivals are banned until at least the end of August.

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