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Amazon ends its Covid-19 paid sick leave policy

Amazon is ending its Covid-19 paid sick leave policy starting Monday, the company said in a memo to employees over the weekend that was shared with CNN Business.

The return to pre-pandemic sick leave policies means all US employees will now have up to five days of excused, unpaid leave for a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis. Under the previous policy which was last updated in January, workers infected with the virus had up to seven days of paid vacation. Find out why the company is updating its policies here:

What happens if I contract COVID-19 while travelling?

Depending on your destination, this could lead to an unexpected change in plans, such as having to stay isolated in a hotel.

This is why the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you have backup plans ready if you are traveling overseas. You may need to stay longer than expected if you test positive.

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In some places, you won’t be able to board until you test negative. In others, you may also be required to stay in a quarantine facility. Learn more here:


What happens if I contract COVID-19 while travelling?

COVID-19 rules for travelers will vary by destination. But testing positive for the virus could lead to an unexpected change in plans, such as having to stay isolated in a hotel. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that travelers going abroad should make contingency plans because they may have to stay longer than expected if they test positive. Travel agencies suggest taking out insurance that covers recovery or isolation costs. Travelers who end up needing medical attention are advised to check with their embassy for suggested health care providers.

New Zealand and Greece welcome tourists as their COVID restrictions are eased

New Zealand welcomed tourists from the United States, Canada, Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in more than two years on Monday after dropping most of its pandemic border restrictions remaining.

The country has long been renowned for its breathtaking scenery and adventure tourism offerings such as bungee jumping and skiing. Before the spread of COVID-19, more than 3 million tourists visited each year, accounting for 20% of New Zealand’s overseas revenue and more than 5% of the overall economy. Read more about New Zealand’s policies here:


New Zealand welcomes tourists again as pandemic rules ease

Italy and Greece eased some COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday ahead of Europe’s peak summer tourist season, a sign that life is increasingly returning to normal.

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority has announced that it is lifting all COVID-19 rules for international and domestic flights, except for the wearing of face masks during flights and at airports. Previously, air travelers had to present proof of vaccination, a negative test or a recent recovery from the disease. Get more here:


Tourists, rejoice!  Italy and Greece ease COVID-19 restrictions

America will get back all jobs lost during Covid by this summer, report says

The United States is rapidly approaching a major jobs milestone that highlights the historically strong economic recovery from Covid-19.

By the end of August, the labor market will have fully recovered all jobs lost during the pandemic, projects Fitch Ratings in a new report shared first with CNN.

If this happens, it means that the wage bill would have returned to pre-crisis levels in just two years. By comparison, Fitch said it took a staggering six years and five months for the labor market to fully rebound during the painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession. Read more information about the report here:


America will get back all jobs lost during Covid by this summer, Fitch says

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