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Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

IN BRIEF
Spring is in the air – and unfortunately so is the novel coronavirus.  Spring will arrive at 11:50 p.m. EDT today.  In the United States, lawmakers passed a $1 trillion relief package that would make payments of $1,000 to adults and $500 to children. Meanwhile, China reported zero new cases and researchers in Wuhan found that the death rate there from the novel coronavirus was lower than originally thought.  …

American Express Closing All Centurion Lounges

American Express Closing All Centurion Lounges

American Express announced that it will temporarily close all Centurion airport lounges starting on March 21, 2020.
The move is in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus and the need for people to practice social distancing and American Express cited “the health and safety of our card members and colleagues” in making the announcement.
It impacts the charge card company’s lounges in Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, Las …

Coronavirus Rejiggers the List of the World’s Longest Flights

The arms race by airlines to operate the world’s longest flight came to a sudden halt after the coronavirus caused a significant retrenching in the number of flights operated worldwide.
More recently, however, with the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, it seems that airlines are tripping over each other to see who could announce the most suspensions, as countries sealed their borders left and right.
The ban on foreigners entering the United …

Coronavirus Update: World Leaders Pledge Trillions, More Borders Close, Number of Cases Now Over 200,000

Coronavirus Update: World Leaders Pledge Trillions, More Borders Close, Number of Cases Now Over 200,000

IN BRIEF
Good Tuesday morning.  President Trump wants the U.S. government to send Americans individual checks to stimulate the economy, Canada and the United States are closing their borders by mutual consent, and the novel coronavirus has infected over 200,000 people in at least 144 countries, areas, and territories. Nations across the globe are vowing to direct hundreds of billions of dollars, euros, and pounds to blunt the fallout and help …

Marriott Plans Massive Layoffs as Hotel Industry Reels from Coronavirus Outbreak

Marriott Plans Massive Layoffs as Hotel Industry Reels from Coronavirus Outbreak

In what is seen as the first major announcement of layoffs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Marriott International, which employs approximately 174,000 people across the globe, is preparing to furlough thousands of employees.
“As travel restrictions and social distancing efforts around the world become more widespread, we are experiencing significant drops in demand at properties globally with an uncertain duration,” Marriott said in a statement. “We are adjusting global …

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

IN BRIEF
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Millions of people in the Bay Area in California have been asked to restrict their movement, Austria will impose steep fines on anyone violating its curfew regulations, and Germany is trying to repatriate its citizens from heavily affected regions.
St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations everywhere have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
In Ireland, the country’s president, Michael Higgins, called on the Irish people to draw …

Norwegian Air to Suspend 85% of Flights, 90% of Staff

Norwegian Air to Suspend 85% of Flights, 90% of Staff

Norwegian Air said it will cancel up to 85% of its flights and lay off some 7,300 employees as it reacts to the coronavirus outbreak.  It is suspending all flights to and from the United States.
The low-cost carrier will concentrate largely on flights within Norway for the time being.
“As of March 21, the company will primarily fly a reduced scheduled domestically in Norway and between the Nordic capitals,” it said. …