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Urgent Coronavirus Travel Advisory Updates For Tuesday March 17

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How the Coronavirus is affecting Travel for Tuesday March 17th.

This page will keep you informed on how the Coronavirus (Covid 19) is affecting travel. This page will be kept in point form with only concrete information issued by government bodies. 

Tuesday March 17th, 2020 

Tens of millions of people around the world have suddenly found themselves under various forms of lockdown as governments scrambled to impose new coronavirus-related restrictions over the past 24 hours

  • There are at least 5,010 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States
  • Ride-share giant Uber announced Monday it is suspending its pool option in both the United States and Canada as concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus continue to rise
  • The City of Miami, Florida, has issued an order on Tuesday mandating all entertainment and non-essential business establishments to close until further notice due to increased cases of community transmission in Florida
  • Nearly 1 million fewer passengers passed through airport security checkpoints across the US on Friday, part of a steep drop-off in air travel over the past two weeks, data shows
  • WestJet Airlines says it will suspend all international flights — including to the U.S — for 30 days, beginning this Sunday March 22
  • Nearly seven million people living in a wide swath of Northern California, including Silicon Valley, are currently under a “shelter in place order.”
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “it's possible we will be doing more dramatic closings” on top of closing bars, restaurants, and schools to reduce the spread of the coronavirus
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are no plans to quarantine New York City, despite rumors and fears
  • Israel’s Ministry of Health has instructed people to avoid leaving the home unless absolutely necessary and to avoid public transportation entirely if possible
  • Atlanta Airport has temporarily closed the north and south domestic terminal checkpoints due to “declining demand,”
  • Popular resort operator Vail Resorts said all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the remainder of the winter ski season

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  • The European region is facing some “critical shortages” in medical supplies
  • Iran has temporarily sent home 85,000 prisoners to curb the spread of the coronavirus
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “absolutely considering” ordering the city's residents to shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic
  • UEFA has decided to postpone this year's European Championship until 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak
  • British nationals are being advised against any non-essential travel globally for 30 days because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • The coronavirus outbreak has forced AMC Theatres to temporarily close all of its theaters until further notice, the company announced on its website
  • Jordan’s Directorate of General Security have said they are “prepared to use force” to enforce the kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown
  • As restaurants, shops, airlines and factories shut down around the world, from New York to Paris and Madrid, economists are warning that a global recession is no longer a looming threat. It's here
  • Coronavirus cases in Spain have risen to 11,178 with 491 deaths
  • Furniture dealer Ikea will close all 53 of its stores in Germany from Tuesday in order to protect employees and inhibit the spread of coronavirus

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ikea closes all stores

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  • Iran has confirmed 1,178 new cases of coronavirus, the biggest increase the country has seen over a 24-hour period
  • France officially entered lockdown at midday Tuesday local time (7 a.m. ET) as part of a number of measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron
  • German carmaker Volkswagen plans to temporarily suspend production due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • The British government has warned that the coronavirus outbreak is spreading faster than it initially predicted
  • Eight Nebraska residents who were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship returned back home Monday
  • Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national agency for disease control and prevention, has raised the risk of the coronavirus to public health to “high.”
  • The government of Macao will ban all travelers from overseas countries from entering starting from midnight March 18
  • Airbus said Tuesday that it will “temporarily pause production and assembly activities” at sites in France and Spain for the next four days
  • Malaysia announced its first novel coronavirus death in a statement from the government’s Disaster Management Committee Tuesday
  • A coronavirus vaccine trial in the US has now given a dose to its first participant, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Monday
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged German citizens to stay home today, after a dramatic leap in the country's coronavirus cases

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vaccine trials begin

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  • Budget airline Cebu Pacific, a major operator in the Philippines, is canceling all flights — domestic and international — from Thursday through April 14
  • Shanghai has listed 12 countries from which arriving travelers would be quarantined for 14 days
  • New measures and restrictions will go into effect today in France, limiting people's movements and activities as the country's coronavirus cases continue to spike
  • A passenger who disembarked a cruise ship in Grand Cayman just over two weeks ago has since died of coronavirus
  • Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister Minister Chan Chun Sing has sought to allay fears that it will run out of food stocks and other supplies
  • A religious gathering at a mosque in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur is at the center of a cluster of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia
  • Egypt has reported its largest spike in daily cases, with 40 more people testing positive and two more deaths, the health ministry announced Monday night
  • Hong Kong is using electronic wristbands to monitor those under quarantine
  • Pakistan reported today that the country has 184 cases of the coronavirus — more than three times the number reported just two days ago
  • Beijing police have launched a criminal investigation into a coronavirus patient who traveled to China from the US while showing symptoms, and was confirmed infected after arriving
  • Indonesia   
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the UK may need to go “further and faster” in the coming days to battle coronavirus
  • Florida is barring groups of 10 or more people from beaches
  • Somalia has confirmed the country's first coronavirus case

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Sources: CNN/Governments