This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves.
9NEWS: Premier Dan Andrews Announces an End to Melbourne’s Lockdown – October 26, 2020
All retail will be allowed to re-open, but will be required to remain COVID-safe. However, the 25km travel limit and the border between regional Victoria and Greater Melbourne will stay in place.
WHO: COVID-19 Dashboard – October 25, 2020
Globally, as of 2:09pm CET, 25 October 2020, there have been 42,512,186 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,147,301 deaths, reported to WHO
BB: Italy Approves Partial Lockdown; Spain Sets National Curfew – October 25, 2020
Italy introduced its strongest virus restrictions since the end of a national lockdown in May, and Spain will impose new measures, including a curfew, as cases surge in the two countries at the epicenter of the initial wave of the pandemic in Europe.
THE THAIGER: 15 people considered “high risk” following positive Covid test for 57 year old Samui resident – October 24, 2020
The Division of Communicable Diseases director told the media the day before about the case which is baffling medical officials to understand where she had been exposed to the virus.
BBC: Coronavirus: German Alpine Region Goes into Lockdown – updated October 21, 2020
Like much of Europe, Germany is confronting a sharp rise in infections. But the situation remains less severe than in other major Western European countries.
ST: Singapore Could Enter Phase 3 by end-2020; Social Gatherings of 8 People May Be Allowed – October 21,2020
As part of phase three, the size of gatherings outside homes could be increased from five to eight people. Capacity limits in venues such as museums, places of worship and wedding receptions may be increased, with multiple zones of 50 people permitted.
UNWTO: Global Tourism Crisis Committee Meets Again: Coordination, Vital Ingredient for Recovery – October 20, 2020
The Sixth meeting of the UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee produced a commitment to create a new Common Safety Protocols to increase confidence in international travel, as well as firm plans for enhanced consumer protection for consumers and measures to protect jobs.
São Paulo’s Butantan Institute, one of Brazil’s leading biomedical research centers, said the two-dose vaccine, called CoronaVac, proved to be safe in a trial so far involving 9,000 volunteers but data on how effective the vaccine is will not be released until the trial is completed on all of the 13,000 volunteers.