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Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 14: Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion Virus Plan, France Tightens Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 14: Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion Virus Plan, France Tightens Restrictions

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc unabated.  The novel coronavirus has sickened more than 93 million people worldwide. At least two million people have died from it.    The United States has almost 24 million cases reported, with over 398,000 deaths.
Saying “the very health of our nation is at stake,” President-Elect Joseph Biden announced a $1.9 trillion spending package to combat the virus and the economic downturn that has been …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 4: U.S. Records 21 Millionth Case, Larry King is Hospitalized

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 4: U.S. Records 21 Millionth Case, Larry King is Hospitalized

The start of the New Year continues to look much like the prior year. Cases have skyrocketed since Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a post-New Year’s Day surge is expected within a week.
The United States recorded its 21 millionth case since the start of the pandemic, while New York State surpassed the one million mark.  Globally, there are almost 86 million coronavirus cases and a death toll of over 1.8 million.
Officials …

Japan Closes Borders Amidst Detection of New Coronavirus Variant

Japan Closes Borders Amidst Detection of New Coronavirus Variant

The Japanese government said it will close its borders to all non-resident foreigners amidst the presence of a new and highly transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus.
The move will go into effect Monday at midnight and last at least through the end of January, Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, reported.
The action follows the discovery of the British variant of the coronavirus in seven people in Japan, the country’s health ministry said.
Small …

Marriott Added Multiple Luxury Properties to its Portfolio in Japan in 2020

Marriott Added Multiple Luxury Properties to its Portfolio in Japan in 2020

Marriott International said it had added six of its hotel brands in Japan over the course of the past year despite the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country..
The six brands are AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, Edition, JW Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Key additions to the market include the Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, the result of collaboration between Marriott, hotelier Ian Schrager, and the Mori Trust.  It is located in the …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for contact tracing just as the U.S. added over one million new coronavirus cases each of the two past weeks.  The updated guidance calls for health departments to focus their efforts on individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus within the previous six days. It also calls for a focus on individuals who are at the greatest risk of …

Hawaii to Allow Visitors from Japan with Negative Covid-19 Test to Bypass Quarantine

Hawaii to Allow Visitors from Japan with Negative Covid-19 Test to Bypass Quarantine

Officials in Hawaii gave approval to the Covid-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, known as NAAT, that was authorized by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, to allow individual with negative test results ot bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement upon arrival.
Travelers will be able to take the NAAT test at an approved partner within 72 hours of departure for Hawaii.  The state’s health department is currently negotiating with various potential …

Marriott to Open Tokyo Edition Hotel Later This Month

Marriott to Open Tokyo Edition Hotel Later This Month

Marriott International announced the opening of the Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, which will take place on October 20, 2020.
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon is the result of collaboration between Marriott, hotelier Ian Schrager, and the Mori Trust.  It is located in the Tokyo World Gate building, a 38-story mixed-use skyscraper, and occupies floors 31-36.
“We wanted to do something that embodies the traditions of Japan, but also looks forward with design and visuals,” …