Canada on preliminary safe list for nonessential travel to Europe but United States didn't make the cut

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      Canadians may soon be allowed to go on European vacations.

      That's because the European Union is expected to approve business and leisure travel from 14 countries, including Canada, on Wednesday (July 1).

      Other countries on the preliminary list are Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

      The Canadian government has allowed Air Canada and WestJet to drop physical-distancing in the seating of passengers, effective Wednesday.

      The United States, Russia, Brazil, and India—the four countries with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19—did not make the preliminary EU list.

      The U.S. has surpassed 2.6 million cases and 128,000 deaths from the disease.

      In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered the closure of bars, gyms, movie theatres, and water parks for 30 days after a dramatic increase in infections.

      More than 20 percent of those hospitalized in the state are younger than 45 years old.

      In Texas, there's been a record spike in infections since Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order earlier this month to open additional businesses under the third phase of the state's economic restart plan.

      This week, Abbott ordered bars to close and scaled back maximum seating in restaurants.

      And Los Angeles now has more than 100,000 cases, prompting fears that the hospital system could be overrun with COVID-19 patients within two to three weeks.

      Meanwhile in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has indefinitely postponed the resumption of indoor dining, which was scheduled for Thursday (July 2).

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