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More Countries Add Travel Restrictions to Combat New Coronavirus Variants

Prospects for fewer restrictions on global travel diminished greatly as more reports of new variants of the coronavirus surfaced and President Joseph Biden of the United States banned non-U.S. citizens traveling from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, and South Africa from entering the country.
The Belgian government banned non-essential travel in and out of the country through March 1 to stem the spread of the virus. The action applies …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 25: Merck Ends Vaccine Efforts, France Considers Third Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 25: Merck Ends Vaccine Efforts, France Considers Third Lockdown

President Biden will reinstate coronavirus-related travel restrictions on non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and much of European continent. He also extended the restrictions to travelers who recently were in South Africa. The move came one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have lifted them on Jan. 26.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that more needs to be …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 24: Biden Speaks of ‘a Dark Winter,’ U.K. Variant Possibly More Deadly Than Thought

“We’re in a dark winter of this pandemic,” said President Joseph Biden at the end of the week, warning that the situation in the United States will get worse before it gets better. He warned that the death toll could rise to over 500,000 this month alone.
As the number of cases of the coronavirus across the globe passed the 99 million mark, with 25.5 million of those in the United …

KLM Cancels Long-Haul Flights As Netherlands Tightens Travel Restrictions

KLM Cancels Long-Haul Flights As Netherlands Tightens Travel Restrictions

Officials in the Netherlands announced new travel restrictions that are the strictest in the European Union.
The move prompted KLM to cancel all long-haul flights while the restrictions are in place.
The new regulations come one week after KLM, in conjunction with joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines, began to offer a testing program that would allow travelers to the Netherlands to bypass quarantine requirements entirely.
Among the new restrictions are a requirement to …

Accor Plans to Open Multiple New Hotels in 2021

Accor Plans to Open Multiple New Hotels in 2021

French hotelier Accor announced plans to open a number of new hotels in 2021.
The hotel group said that it will add more than 50 new properties to its portfolio worldwide.
Among the new hotels that the chain will open are the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the Fairmont Windsor in England, the Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, the Banyan Tree Doha, and several new Sofitels in Adelaide, Hangzhou, and Seoul.
In addition, as …

U.S. to Lift Bans on Travel from EU, U.K. and Brazil, A Move Biden Administration Will Reverse

U.S. to Lift Bans on Travel from EU, U.K. and Brazil, A Move Biden Administration Will Reverse

The Trump Administration said it plans to end travel bans that have kept people from much of Europe and Brazil away since last March, although the incoming Biden Administration quickly said it would not allow the change to go into effect.
The bans were put into place by President Donald Trump whose term ends Wednesday, as part of a response to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Most experts said that …

Best Western Hotel in London to Accept Recovering Coronavirus Patients

Best Western Hotel in London to Accept Recovering Coronavirus Patients

Best Western hotels in the United Kingdom could soon be packed full of patients instead of guests if a pilot program at one such hotel in Croydon, a suburb of London, takes off.
The Best Western in Croydon has been transformed into a “cottage hospital” and anyone arriving is greeted with a sign that says “[C]oughs and sneezes spread disease.”  The hotel is part of the London Hotel Group, and is …