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Coronavirus Update: Officials Beg Public to Stay Home, Olympics in Doubt, Three’s a Crowd, Says Merkel

Coronavirus Update: Officials Beg Public to Stay Home, Olympics in Doubt, Three’s a Crowd, Says Merkel

IN BRIEF
Government and health officials across the globe begged their citizens to stay at home to reduce community spread of the coronavirus, Germany limited groups to two people, and the Olympics face delay.
From Australia to Zimbabwe, officials warned of dire consequences if people carried on as usual.
TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 353,904, of which 100,645 have recovered.  The death toll now stands …

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Airline retreated from its early Sunday announcement to suspend all passenger flights and said it will continue to service some destinations.
The Dubai-based airline said it would suspend “most” flights, however, by March 25, 2020.
The carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.
Emirates said that “requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” had caused it to make the change.  The airline said it …

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Japan reported that foreign visitors to the archipelago nation plunged 58% in February compared to the same period last year.
Figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization indicate that the novel coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on one of the country’s largest industries.  The agency said that the number of foreign visitors to Japan in February was 1.09 million, down from 2.6 million in February 2018.  It was …

How Hotel Chains Are Addressing Travel To Areas Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now affecting 104 countries and territories across the globe and many travelers are postponing or cancelling their travel plans as a result.
In some cases, a traveler is holding off because travel to his destination is simply not possible due to quarantine and containment rules; in others, it’s simply a desire not to go somewhere where one might end up with the coronavirus or trapped in a quarantined …

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now 107,936.  The death toll now stands at 3,665.
In Europe, Italian officials said that the total number of cases stood at 5,883, with 233 fatalities, the highest death toll outside of China. Health officials in France reported 103 new infections, bringing the total there to 949 including a member of the French Parliament.
The number of cases in the United …

Japanese Olympic Games Torch Ceremony Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus Fears

Japanese Olympic Games Torch Ceremony Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus Fears

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are scaling back the torch ceremony due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Traditionally, the torch is lighted at the historic site of ancient Olympia in Greece and relayed to the host city where it’s used to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremonies.  The lighting ceremony will take place on March 12, 2020, to be followed by a weeklong torch relay in Greece. …

Delta Makes Significant Cuts to Japan Flight Schedule

Delta Makes Significant Cuts to Japan Flight Schedule

Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it was significantly reducing the number of flights it offers to Asian destinations as a result of the spread of the coronavirus in the region.
The Atlanta-based carrier said that the changes come in respond to “reduced demand” as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The airline will slash the number of flights to Tokyo from several cities including Portland, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. It …