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Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 19 – Record 70,000 New Cases in U.S., Austrian Foreign Minister Infected

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 19 – Record 70,000 New Cases in U.S., Austrian Foreign Minister Infected

The United States reported over 70,000 new cases on Friday, the first time the number has crossed that mark since July.  At least nine states including Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Utah set new daily records. On Sunday, the number of new cases was 52,774, and the 14-day change was up 28%, based on data from John Hopkins University.
In Europe, Austrian Außenminister Alexander …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Officials across the Continent are struggling to contain another wave of the coronavirus.   London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning.  Meanwhile, saying it was “no time for conviviality,” French President Emmanuel Macron put Paris and eight other large cities under a curfew, saying it was necessary to slow the rate of new coronavirus …

Defense Dept. Study: Aircraft Cabin is ‘One of the Safest Environments in the World’

Defense Dept. Study: Aircraft Cabin is ‘One of the Safest Environments in the World’

United Airlines and the Department of Defense along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, conducted a series of tests that studied the safety of commercial air travel and the risk of transmission of the coronavirus during flight.
The study was conducted over a period of six months on United Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft.  The parties conducted 300 tests over a total of 38 hours of flight time …

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

Paris is not the only capital city imposing restrictions as officials across the Continent struggle to contain another wave of the coronavirus.
London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning,
The move was announced by the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, on Thursday. The move comes after the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said that the capital had …

New Frequent Business Traveler Study Reveals When Frequent Travelers Might Fly, Dine Out, and Take a Cruise

A new study released by the Basex division of Frequent Business Traveler magazine’s parent Accura Media Group reveals that as much as half of all frequent travelers feel comfortable traveling domestically, although not nearly as many would fly to their destination.
The report – Assessing the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Travel and Daily Activities:  When 1,720 Frequent Travelers Will Fly, Shake Hands, Dine Out, and Take a Cruise – provides …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Parts of the United Kingdom went on “very high” alert Wednesday as part of the country’s new three-tier system including the city of Liverpool.  Restrictions in these zones include a ban on meeting individuals from other householders indoors as well as the closure of bars, restaurants, and pubs.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland announced a strict lockdown, closing schools for two weeks and bars and pubs for four, with the exception of takeout …

American Express Debuts Covid-Friendly Centurion Lounge Commitment

American Express Debuts Covid-Friendly Centurion Lounge Commitment

American Express introduced its Centurion Lounge Commitment, a set of health and safety protocols and best practices that its airport lounges will follow when reopening.
“The health, safety, and comfort of our card members and colleagues remains our top priority as we look to expand and reopen our iconic Centurion Lounges around the world,” said Alexander Lee, the company’s vice president for travel benefits.
The new protocols will be in place as …