Authorities in several European countries are concerned about the risk of the virus spreading over the Christmas holidays.
The UK announced on Tuesday that the isolation period for visitors from abroad would be reduced if there is a negative test for COVID-19 a few days after arrival.
The current rules provide for a two-week quarantine. From December 15, travelers will be able to pay for the test in five days, and if the result is negative, they will be able to stop self-isolation.
In Germany, ahead of the Christmas holidays, authorities are looking for ways to make family gatherings safer.
The authorities of 16 states agreed on a plan to tighten restrictions in the weeks remaining before the holidays, and closer to Christmas, they will allow small groups to gather. They will discuss the plan with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also expressed concern about the upcoming holidays, urging residents not to plan trips to ski resorts.
Italy was among the most affected countries in the early stages of the pandemic. On Monday, it became the sixth country in the world to have more than 50,000 deaths.
Spain, which also became one of the first hotbeds, experienced a sharp decline in tourism and many other regions. On Tuesday, the national statistics office reported that the number of nights booked in hotels in October fell by 83 percent compared to the same period last year.
In the United States, they fear a further increase in the disease’s incidence due to the upcoming Thanksgiving. The centers for disease control and prevention is urging Americans to refrain from traveling around the country and not gather in large groups.
The United States still ranks first in the number of cases, where more than 12.4 million people have fallen ill. India is second with more than 9.1 million cases, and Brazil is third with 6 million.
The virus has claimed about 1.4 million lives worldwide. More than 257,000 deaths occur in the United States.