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Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 3: Fauci Says New Variants Could Infect People Who Have Had Covid

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 3: Fauci Says New Variants Could Infect People Who Have Had Covid

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, said that individuals who have already had Covid-19 could be reinfected if variants become dominant. He urged Americans to get vaccinated as part of an effort to stop new strains of the virus from emerging.
A University of Oxford study found that the coronavirus vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca dramatically reduces the spread of the virus, a finding that underscores the importance of …

U.K. to Require In-Hotel Quarantine for Visitors from 22 Countries

U.K. to Require In-Hotel Quarantine for Visitors from 22 Countries

The United Kingdom said Wednesday that arriving travelers from 22 countries will be required to quarantine in government-provided hotels “without exception.”
“I want to make clear that under the stay at home regulations, it is illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes and we will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not …

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 …