Balkan bubble emerges, although reopening in Japan and Korea goes one step back

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Balkan bubble emerges, although reopening in Japan and Korea goes one step back

In a week that has seen Montenegro declares itself the first European country free of coronavirus, its ex-Yugoslav partner state Croatia has reopened its borders to 10 countries including many of its key tourism markets, such as Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The tiny Balkan country Montenegro’s PM said on 25 May that its borders would open on 1 June to visitors from countries with fewer than 25 active Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Neighbouring Croatia has recorded around 100 deaths from coronavirus, and is letting people from the following countries enter without restrictions from 29 May: Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany. Any visitors will need to show a negative test for Covid-19 in order to enter.

There has also been cautious progress in central Europe, as Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic move towards a gradual reopening as the infection rate continues to fall.

While Australia is two weeks into an easing of its lockdown measures, recording fewer than 20 infections per day and only two people on ventilators. PM Morrison also reiterated interest in opening leisure travel with New Zealand in the near future – and said that travel could even occur sooner than that between Australian states.

Progress remains patchy around the world and, in South Korea, which successfully held a major exhibition at KINTEX earlier this month, 200 schools have been closed after a fresh spike in the coronavirus in Seoul.

Japan has also seen a new cluster of infections, just days after the Prime Minister lifted the state of emergency and Brazil is a real hotspot, with over 26,000 new cases of Covid-19 reported on 28 May. And the US recorded number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 has topped the 100,000 mark.

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