As of Friday afternoon, the world had recorded more than 240 million COVID-19 cases, 4.9 million of them fatal, according to worldometers.info. The US continues to be the hardest-hit country, with more than 45.5 million cases.
As more and more people are getting vaccinated against the virus, most nations around the world are switching to a strategy of trying to live safely with the pandemic in order to restore their economy.
The island of Bali in Indonesia reopened on Thursday to international flights from select countries, including China, Japan, and France.
The Philippines will allow cinemas and gyms to reopen in the capital Manila, an official said Thursday.
South Korea began discussing ways to live with COVID-19 after establishing on Wednesday a committee to support the restoration of normal daily life.
Thailand’s main Covid-19 task force has approved a plan to end quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers from some countries starting next month. Air travellers from the US, UK, China, Germany, and Singapore will be exempt from quarantine on arrival starting November 1.
Russia announced that it will resume flights to a number of countries including the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, and Thailand next month.