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Second German minister goes into quarantine

A second German cabinet minister has gone into quarantine after being exposed to a person infected with the coronavirus, amid a rise in cases in the country.  Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, who hosted a gathering of EU trade ministers on Monday, tweeted that “an employee…

All Blacks’ quarantine puts New Zealanders offside

New Zealand Rugby on Thursday refused to rule out boycotting the end of this year’s Rugby Championship in Australia after organizers unveiled a schedule that would leave the All Blacks stranded in quarantine at Christmas. The row overshadowed plans for a tournament that host Australia…

Vic Health Minister Wanted the Army in Quarantine Hotels

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has slammed the decision to use security guards in Victoria’s quarantine hotels, saying she called for the army to replace them following coronavirus outbreaks. Mikakos has told the state’s hotel quarantine inquiry she didn’t know private security guards were being used…

Belgium Eases Mask Rules, Cuts Quarantine Despite Rising Cases

BRUSSELS—Belgium is ending a requirement to wear masks outdoors and reducing the time people have to self-isolate, in a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions announced on Wednesday despite rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told a news conference that, from Oct. 1,…

Army Used in Political Attack Says Queensland Minister

Queensland’s health minister has accused the federal government of using the army in a political attack on the state government after it was announced that Australian Defence Force (ADF) support at the border checkpoints would wind up from Oct. 1. Steven Miles, Queensland’s health minister,…

Boris Brings in 10,000 Quarantine Fines as Khan Demands Lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a set of draconian coronavirus restrictions, including fines of up to £10,000 for breaching self-isolation, as the Mayor of London floated the idea of a second lockdown and curfews in the British capital. 0…

We Are Missing the Point

Commentary Quarantine = isolating the sick. Tyranny = isolating the healthy. We are missing courage; we are missing hope. Don’t let fear ruin your life. Don’t give up, and don’t give in to propaganda and politics. Officials initially operated on the worst-case scenario. As more…

Life in the Wake of COVID-19

In April, José Collantes contracted the new coronavirus, and quarantined himself in a hotel set up by the government in Santiago, Chile, away from his wife and young daughter. The 36-year-old Peruvian migrant showed only mild symptoms, and returned home in May, only to discover…

EasyJet CEO Chides EU States Over Fragmented Travel Policies

PARIS/LONDON—European governments should focus on developing coherent air travel policies as airlines struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than shielding national carriers, easyJet  Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said on Tuesday. Speaking at an online event with industry CEOs and EU policymakers, Lundgren blamed…

Victorian Authorities Rebuffed ADF Hotels Offer

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) repeatedly offered to provide security for Victoria’s quarantine hotels, contradicting claims from Premier Daniel Andrews. Hundreds of defence force personnel were placed on standby across the country on March 27, after it was announced returned overseas travellers would be required…

Premier Daniel Andrews to Front Vic Quarantine Inquiry

Premier Daniel Andrews is set to appear before an inquiry into Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine program. The state’s second wave of coronavirus, which has killed hundreds and forced Melbourne into the nation’s toughest lockdown, can be traced back to returned travellers at two hotels. The…

Security Bosses to Face Victoria’s Hotel quarantine Inquiry

Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry will dig deeper into the role security played in the botched program, as bosses from two contractors give evidence. The Victorian government awarded Unified Security, MSS Security and Wilson Security contracts in late March to oversee returned travellers in hotel quarantine.…

Victorian Hotels ‘Lacked COVID Cleaning Advice’

Victoria’s quarantine hotels were not provided with specific advice on cleaning procedures until mid-June, an inquiry into the program has heard. Unni Menon, a senior executive at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, was tasked on the afternoon of March 27 with contracting hotels…

Chadwick Boseman Was Our Superhero

Getty / Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic What I’ll always remember about the first time I saw the film Black Panther are the costumes that people wore. It was a chilly night in Washington, D.C., and almost everyone in the theater was Black. Children dressed…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…

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