Coronavirus

U.S. Imposes Strict Screening on Travelers Flying from Italy and South Korea

U.S. Imposes Strict Screening on Travelers Flying from Italy and South Korea

Following the relatively recent outbreak of the coronavirus in in two regions in Italy, the United States said it will require multiple fever checks of all U.S.-bound passengers flying non-stop from South Korea or any part of Italy, Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday.
“Within the next 12 hours, there will be 100% screening, all direct flights at all airports in Italy and across South Korea, he said at a …

State Dept. Raises Travel Warning to Parts of Italy and South Korea to Highest Level

State Dept. Raises Travel Warning to Parts of Italy and South Korea to Highest Level

The U.S. Department of State is asking U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the regions of Italy and South Korea amidst the increased spread of the coronavirus.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was appointed to head up the White House task force that is addressing Covid-19, announced that the United States has raised the travel warning to those two areas to level 4, its most severe warning.
The advisory is for two …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Rises Above 3,000, Louvre Temporarily Closes, Amazon Pulls Fake Anti-Virus Products

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Rises Above 3,000, Louvre Temporarily Closes, Amazon Pulls Fake Anti-Virus Products

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The total number of cases worldwide rose to 88,360 over the weekend, and the death toll inched over 3,000 to 3,001.
Chinese officials reported 577 new cases, Korean authorities reported 586, while the Italian government recorded 566. New deaths from the virus in each country were 35, 4, and 5 respectively.
The first confirmed novel coronavirus cases in New York and Florida were reported, and officials in the state …

United Slashes Flights to Asia Amidst Coronavirus Fears

United Slashes Flights to Asia Amidst Coronavirus Fears

United Airlines said Friday 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 airline is suspending several flights to Tokyo’s Narita Airport including those from Los Angeles International and Washington Dulles International airports from March 8, 2020 through April 24. It is cancelling flights to Narita from Chicago O’Hare International Airport from March 8 …

Coronavirus Update: Tokyo Disneyland Closes, Cases in Italy and Iran Up Sharply, Pence Appointed to Lead U.S. Efforts

Coronavirus Update: Tokyo Disneyland Closes, Cases in Italy and Iran Up Sharply, Pence Appointed to Lead U.S. Efforts

FRIDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The National Health Commission in China reported 44 new deaths in the country, bringing the death toll to 2,788.  The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country is now 78,824.
Officials in South Korea reported 256 new cases, bringing the total in that country to 2,022.
The number of reported cases of the virus in Italy rose 50% to 650, with 17 deaths.
In Iran, the number …

Austria Reports First Coronavirus Cases

Austria Reports First Coronavirus Cases

Austria became the next European country to experience an outbreak of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus was brought into the country by a man and woman, both 24, who had visited their home near Bergamo in Lombardy, one of the two Italian regions at the center of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.  The couple drove to Innsbruck on Friday.
The woman was a receptionist at a hotel and her boyfriend was visiting. Local officials …

JetBlue to Waive Change Fees Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

JetBlue to Waive Change Fees Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

JetBlue Airways said it is temporarily suspending change and cancel fees for new tickets purchases.
The police shift impacts flights booked starting February 27 through March 11, 2020 with travel to be completd by June 1, 2020.  There are no restrictions or reports of outbreaks of Covid-19 at any of the airline’s destinations as of the time of publication.
“Given our mission is to inspire humanity, we felt this suspension was an …