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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Update
March 23, 2020

India Extends Lockdown to Cover Almost all 1.3 Billion Citizens
The Indian authorities are grounding all domestic flights and putting most of the country, the worlds second most populous, in full lockdown. The number of confirmed cases in India remains relatively low - about 420 - but the government fears there are many more hidden cases. Read more.

Fireworks in Wuhan as Checkpoints are Taken Down
Some in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus
, celebrated with fireworks as authorities began removing checkpoints after reporting no new cases for a third day, while other places also eased restrictions. Read more.

WHO Launched Global Megatrial of 4 Most Promising Treatments
A drug combo already used against HIV. A malaria treatment first tested during World War II. A new antiviral whose promise against Ebola fizzled last year. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to find out whether any can treat infections with the new coronavirus for the dangerous respiratory disease. Read more.

Global Level 4 Health Advisory
The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 Health Advisory for all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Read more.

2020 Olympic Games Could be Postponed
The International Olympic Committee has set itself a four-week deadline to make a decision about Tokyo 2020. The committee is considering postponing the Games, saying cancellation is “not on the agenda”. Read More .

How to Reduce Your Risk of Infection
The World Health Organization recommends the following as precautions to reduce your risk of infection:
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • The consumption of raw or under-cooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Centers For Disease Control and the World Health Organization.  

World Travel, Inc. is monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any updates or changes.