Tag: Coronavirus

Japan braces for coronavirus spike amid domestic travel campaign

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mari Saito

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is bracing for a surge in the number of coronavirus infections after new daily cases exceeded 1,000 for the first time, a week after the start of a national travel campaign to revive the tourism industry.

The country had 1,264 new cases on Wednesday, according to a tally by national broadcaster NHK, surpassing the previous record of 981, with infections spreading rapidly not only in Tokyo, but also in other regions including remote islands.

Northern Japan’s Iwate prefecture, which had been the last-remaining prefecture free from coronavirus infection, had its

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U.K. Sets Out Roadmap for Recovery from Coronavirus – Variety

The U.K. will begin adjusting certain coronavirus restrictions this week, with quarantine measures to be enforced for anyone travelling into the country, and a July 1 target for the reopening of the hospitality industry and other public places, including cinemas.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pre-recorded televised address on Sunday night has been highly anticipated over the last week as the U.K. lockdown, first enforced on March 23, enters its eighth week. In a 14-minute speech, Johnson laid out a “roadmap” to recovery, offering the first glimpse of how the country will begin restarting its economy.

Johnson said the lockdown will

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Coronavirus began spreading in the US in January — predating President Trump’s travel restrictions and the detection of community transmission, CDC says

A medical worker walks down a New York street on May 29, 2020.
A medical worker walks down a New York street on May 29, 2020.

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  • Nearly a month before community spread was first detected, “sustained, community transmission” of the coronavirus in the United States began in late January or early February, a report from the CDC says.

  • A “single importation” from China was followed by “several importations” from Europe, the study’s authors found.

  • “As America begins to reopen, looking back at how COVID-19 made its way to the United States will contribute to a better understanding to prepare for the future,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

  • Redfield said that

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The coronavirus has reinvented what people want when they travel — and it’s bringing 2 classic Americana staples back into style

The summer of 2020 might be the summer of RV travel.
The summer of 2020 might be the summer of RV travel.

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  • The coronavirus has disrupted how travelers want to spend their money.

  • As lockdown restrictions ease, industry experts expect travelers to stay closer to home and take road trips rather than flights.

  • RV dealers are seeing an influx of new customers who want to buy or rent. 

  • Traveling by RV is inherently socially distanced because travelers are in self-contained units and can control their surroundings, the chairman of the RV Industry Association told Business Insider.

  • Roadside motels may also see a surge in popularity because their design

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Tokyo may raise coronavirus alert as travel campaign comes under fire

By Chang-Ran Kim and Ju-min Park

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo is considering raising its alert for coronavirus infections to the highest of four levels, officials said on Wednesday, after a spike in cases to record numbers in the Japanese capital.

Fearing a second wave of infections spreading from the capital, local municipalities and opposition lawmakers also urged the central government to suspend a major campaign aimed at boosting domestic tourism.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, however, said on Wednesday the government would proceed with the so-called ‘Go To’ travel aid campaign, which includes offers such as discounts for shopping and food,

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