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EIG COVID-19 Update | May 25, 2020

May 26, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information helpful, too.

International Updates

Argentina | The government extended the lockdown for the capital city of Buenos Aires until June 7. The lockdown was due to expire on Sunday, May 24, and has been in place since March 20.
Case Update: 704 new cases, -14 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Brazil | The United States has banned entry to non-citizens who have been to Brazil.
Case Update: 16,508 new cases, -4,295 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Canada | The government is working closely with Apple and Google to conduct contact tracing via mobile app. In his daily briefing, Prime Minister Trudeau said businesses and citizens, “need to know that we have a coordinated approach to gradually reopen that is rooted in science, evidence, and the ability to rapidly detect and control any future outbreaks.”
Case Update: 1,189 new cases, 62 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

The Czech Republic | Citizens of the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be able to travel back and forth for 48-hour stays, without testing or quarantine periods.
Case Update: 67 new cases, -10 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

India | Beginning Monday, May 25, domestic flights will resume in India.
Case Update: 6,977 new cases, 210 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Japan | On Monday, the government ended the state of emergency nationwide, which was first instated on April 7.
Case Update: 31 new cases, 17 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Malaysia | A detention center for undocumented migrants is the new source for a cluster breakout of the novel-coronavirus. At a detention center near Kuala Lumpur, there are 21 new cases amongst a population of 1,600 detainees.
Case Update: 60 new cases, 12 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Peru | The government has extended the state of emergency and nationwide lockdown to the end of June. This is the fifth extension for a lockdown that first began in mid-March.
Case Update: 4,056 new cases, 1,127 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

South Africa | President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the alert level for the country would scale down from a level 4 to level 3 on June 1. This will allow most sectors of the economy to return to normal operations.
Case Update: 1,240 new cases, 22 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

South Korea | Beginning Tuesday, South Koreans will be required to wear masks on public transportations and taxis. Beginning Wednesday, masks will also be required on all domestic and international flights.
Case Update: 16 new cases, -9 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Spain | Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Spain would reopen for international tourism on July 1, at which time travelers will be able to enter the country without self-isolating. The country’s lockdown began on March 14.
Case Update: 482 new cases, 16 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

Turkey | High-speed rail services will resume on May 28 with reduced service, limited capacity, and other restrictions based on age.
Case Update: 1,141 new cases, -45 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

The United Kingdom | Interior minister Priti Patel announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for almost all international travelers. Anyone who breaks the rule will face a fine. The quarantine rule does not apply to those coming from Ireland, medical professionals traveling to help with the coronavirus, and freight workers.
Case Update: 2,405 new cases, -554 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

The United States | On Sunday, the US government announced a ban on travel into the US by non-citizens who have been to Brazil. The South American country now has the third most cases, behind the United States and Russia. The US previously banned travel from China, Europe, and Britain.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to allow gatherings of up to 10 people, as long as they abide by social distancing guidelines.
Case Update: 24,151 new cases, 3,676 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/25, 1:00 PM CEST

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more stories about the lack of appropriate and swift care at immigration detention centers are coming out. In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, Christopher Casazza tells the story of one of those cases and brings a better context to what is happening on a national level.

The Immigration Nerds podcast shares stories at the cross-section of immigration news and policy updates, business, culture, travel, developing trends, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, we want to hear from you.

We will continue to send updates daily or as more COVID-19-related news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or in past updates or want to hear more about a different topic, just reply to let us know. If you have specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.