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Thailand expects to delay plans for ‘travel bubble’ on virus worries

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand expects to delay plans for so-called travel bubbles given a resurgence in coronavirus infections in countries that had managed to contain the initial outbreak, a senior official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Thailand partially lifted a three-month ban on foreign visitors this month and had been planning to further boost tourism, a key contributor to its economy, by creating travel bubbles later in the year with countries like Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong that had managed to contain the virus.

But fresh outbreaks are creating uncertainty, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

“The travel

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Chinese county restricts travel as Beijing races to contain virus

Beijing (AFP) – Travel restrictions were placed on nearly half a million people near Beijing on Thursday as authorities rush to contain a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus with a mass test-and-trace effort and lockdowns in parts of the Chinese capital.

Another 21 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing, the National Health Commission said, taking the total number to 158 since a fresh cluster was detected last week after months of no confirmed local transmissions.

One case was also recorded in the neighbouring city of Tianjin and two more in Hebei province, which

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Beijing Curbs Travel; German Rate Lowest in a Week: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Beijing’s growing outbreak is posing a new test for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Cases in the city exceeded 150 in the country’s worst flare-up since Wuhan.

Japan is set to lift travel curbs Friday. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened under health restrictions to check the spread of infections.

President Donald Trump said the coronavirus pandemic will “fade away” even without a vaccine, but researchers are close to developing one anyhow. U.S. states including Texas, Florida and Arizona reported a jump in cases, increasing concerns about a new wave of infections. New York City, once the outbreak’s epicenter, is moving … Read more

White House eyes travel from Mexico as source of virus spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is floating a theory that travel from Mexico may be contributing to a new wave of coronavirus infections, rather than states’ efforts to reopen their economies.

The notion was discussed at some length during a meeting of the administration’s coronavirus task force in the White House Situation Room Thursday that focused, in part, on identifying commonalities between new outbreaks, according to two administration officials familiar with the discussions.

COVID-19 cases are currently rising in nearly half of states across the country, according to an Associated Press analysis. That includes Arizona, where hospitals have been

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Virus outbreak clouds Britons’ annual trips to the sun

London (AFP) – Britons are looking likely to forgo their annual trip to the sun because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead discover the joys of staying at home, whatever the weather.

Travel firms say fear of infection, quarantine restrictions and cashflow problems caused by the outbreak have pushed up interest in “staycations”.

Top spots tipped in the British newspapers include Dorset’s sandy beaches, the Lake District national park, the wilds of Scotland and the rugged Cornwall coast.

“It’s clear from conversations we’re having with customers and booking patterns that many people will opt to stay closer to home within

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