COVID_19 Weekly Recap: October 27 – November 03

COVID_19 Weekly Recap: October 27 – November 03

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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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.


ECDC: Download the Daily Number of New Reported Cases of COVID-19 by Country Worldwide – November 03, 2020

Disclaimer : The population data in the databases are from the World Bank. Countries that are not listed in these databases have reported no cases to WHO and no cases were identified in the public domain.

AAAS: Europe Is Locking Down a Second Time. But What Is Its Long-Term Plan ? – November 02, 2020

Most countries are reacting without a long-term plan, simply trying to avoid the worst. Officials differ about the best way to bring the numbers down again, and how low a level they should strive for. And no one knows what comes next.


BBC:
Coronavirus: Is Virtual Reality Tourism about to Take off ? – October 31, 2020

The further this pandemic goes on for, the higher the chance that VR may become a valid form of alternative travel as consumers get more used to this technology. But VR and AR (augmented reality) applications are essential elements in keeping interest in Destination Germany alive during travel restrictions, getting potential customers excited about our product and providing inspiration for real-world travel.


TD:
No Quarantine Needed: Singapore to Allow Tourists from China, Australia – October 30, 2020

Travellers from the two countries can apply for an air travel pass to enter Singapore. Applicants must have remained in China or Australia in the last 14 consecutive days before entry into Singapore. Meanwhile, outbound travel is still restricted in both countries.

TD: United Airlines Launches Free Transatlantic COVID-19 Testing Program – October 29, 2020

From November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer rapid tests to every passenger over 2 years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.


BBC: Coronavirus Vaccine: When Will We Have One ? – October 28, 2020

There are now 11 vaccines in the final stage of testing, However, this is also the crucial point where some experimental vaccines fail. Some of the studies have recruited all of their volunteers and we are just waiting for the results.


CNN:
Smart Sensors Could Track Social Distancing in the Office – October 27, 2020

PointGrab developed its technology before the pandemic to help workspace managers optimize how employees use office space. About the size of a smoke alarm, the sensors can record the exact number and location of people in buildings including offices, hotels and restaurants

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