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Travel restricted countries due to the COVID-19

Are you going to travel? Stay informed about the countries in / where you can travel during this period. Below you have the list of travel restricted countries due to the COVID-19 virus:

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Across the Globe

Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here, the current list of countries and territories limiting entry. Just days after President Trump announced on Twitter that the United States and Canada were closing their border to any nonessential travel, the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Friday announced that it was also closing the border with Mexico.

Be informed and stay in safe !

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Italy: Pandemic’s New Epicenter

As Italy’s coronavirus infections ticked above 400 cases and deaths hit the double digits, the leader of the governing Democratic Party posted a picture of himself clinking glasses for “an aperitivo in Milan,” urging people “not to change our habits.” 10 days later, as the toll hit 5,883 infections and 233 dead, the party boss, Nicola Zingaretti, posted a new video, this time informing Italy that he, too, had the virus.

Italy now has more than 53,000 recorded infections and more than 4,800 dead, and the rate of increase keeps growing, with more than half the cases and fatalities coming in the past week. On Saturday, officials reported 793 additional deaths, by far the largest single-day increase so far. Italy has surpassed China as the country with the highest death toll, becoming the epicenter of a shifting pandemic.

The government has sent in the army to enforce the lockdown in Lombardy, the northern region at the center of the outbreak, where bodies have piled up in churches . On Friday night, the authorities tightened the nationwide lockdown, closing parks, banning outdoor activities including walking or jogging far from home.

On Saturday night, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced another drastic step in response to what he called the country’s most difficult crisis since the Second World War: Italy will close its factories and all production that is not absolutely essential, an enormous economic sacrifice intended to contain the virus and protect lives.

“The state is here,” he said in an effort to reassure the public.

But the tragedy of Italy now stands as a warning to its European neighbors and the United States, where the virus is coming with equal velocity. If Italy’s experience shows anything, it is that measures to isolate affected areas and limit the movement of the broader population need to be taken early, put in place with absolute clarity, then strictly enforced.

Despite now having some of the toughest measures in the world, Italian authorities fumbled many of those steps early in the contagion — when it most mattered as they sought to preserve basic civil liberties as well as the economy.

“Now we are running after it,” said Sandra Zampa, the under secretary at the Ministry of Health, who said Italy did the best it could given the information it had. “We closed gradually, as Europe is doing. France, Spain, Germany, the U.S. are doing the same. Every day you close a bit, you give up on a bit of normal life. Because the virus does not allow normal life.”

Some officials gave in to magical thinking, reluctant to make painful decisions sooner. All the while, the virus fed on that complacency.

Governments beyond Italy are now in danger of following the same path, repeating familiar mistakes and inviting similar calamity. And unlike Italy, which navigated uncharted territory for a Western democracy, other governments have less room for excuses.

Italian officials, for their part, have defended their response, emphasizing that the crisis is unprecedented in modern times. They assert that the government responded with speed and competence, immediately acting on the advice of its scientists and moving more swiftly on drastic, economically devastating measures than their European counterparts.

But tracing the record of their actions shows missed opportunities and critical missteps. 

But not only Italy make did mistakes, almost all governments did not take this virus seriously.

Let’s not forget that the President Trump also said it’s a hoax, and this ”Hoax” in the US now has over 20k people who are infected, and their number will increase.

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Trump can’t deport coronavirus, which is no longer a Chinese issue

In a speech that sowed fear and confusion, US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of a travel ban for citizens of most European countries. In this, Trump described COVID-19 as a “foreign virus” and tried to blame European countries for not reacting as quickly as he claimed the US did.

But the new coronavirus is not an external problem now.

It has never been, nor could it be, in an era as globalized as it is today, writes James Palmer, senior editor at Foreign Policy. The arrival of the virus in the US was as inevitable as McDonaldis’s in Beijing over two decades ago.

When the contact chains are rebuilt, they will indicate patterns of infection within American communities, possibly long before the virus is first detected. The same thing happens worldwide.

The virus is not a Chinese or a foreign problem. It’s universal, writes Palmer.

Certainly, the number of coronavirus cases in the US is smaller than in Italy, France or Germany, despite the larger population. But US cases are growing exponentially. Far from the vision described in Trump’s speech, the Americans’ reaction is harshly criticized.

Two things make Trump’s ban particularly absurd, writes the Foreign Policy editor.

The first is the exclusion of US citizens, permanent residents and their families. From a humanitarian point of view, it is a good thing. But the viruses do not respect passports.

The second concerns the fact that it is confined to the countries of the Schengen Area, excluding Great Britain and Ireland.

The UK has far more confirmed cases than most European countries, and travel between the UK and the countries concerned is constant and frequent.

The exclusion measure can only be understood as a political measure, an attempt to attract a British prime minister whom Trump sees as an ideological ally against an EU that he openly despises, writes James Palmer.

The virus is likely to spread through the developing world as it spreads in the US. Perhaps Trump hopes to expand such measures and has targeted Europe first to defend himself against accusations of racism. But the exclusion of Europe alone has no logic.

Trump, of course, has loved such bans for a long time, even before the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump’s vision has always been of a Fortress America, snooping away from the dangers of the world while leading it. The president may not realize that one of the dangers that threatened the fortresses was the plague, which wreaked havoc among the populations enclosed within them, writes the Foreign Policy editor.

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Turkish court sentenced Friday 3 persons to 125 years each for the death of Syrian Aylan Kurdi

CBS News: Three people believed to be organizers of a human trafficking ring were sentenced Friday in a Turkish court to 125 years each in prison for the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, Turkish state media reported. The lifeless body of three-year-old Aylan lying on a beach in Turkey was captured in a photograph that became a symbol of the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis.

The Bodrum High Criminal Court in Mugla sentenced the defendants for the crime of “killing with eventual intent.”  

The traffickers, fugitives from justice, had been captured by Turkish security forces this week in the southern province of Adana, according to state news agency Andalou.  

A number of Syrian and Turkish defendants were found responsible for the accident and were sentenced to prison time. The three defendants sentenced had fled trial, Andalou reported. 

Aylan was one of 14 Syrian refugees, including eight children, who took a boat that sank in the Aegean Sea while en route to Greek islands. Aylan’s brother Galip, 5, and mother Rihan, 35, also died. His father, Abdullah, survived. 

“The waves were so high, and the captain panicked and jumped into the sea,” Abdullah said. “I took my wife and children in my arms, but they were all dead.”

The family was fleeing the Syrian town of Kobani, which was decimated when ISIS tried to seize it, leaving nearly everyone there homeless.  

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What Michael Osterholm says about Coronavirus

Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. Look for his book “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Deadly Germs”

Joe Rogan face to face with Michael T. Osterholm an American public-health scientist and a biosecurity and infectious-disease expert

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Dean Koontz “The Eyes of Darkness”

Author Dean Koontz wrote a novel called “The Eyes of Darkness,” originally published in 1981, describing a killer virus that some claimed echoes the current coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus is officially a global pandemic, so naturally, people are feeding their anxieties by voraciously consuming movies and books about other outbreaks.

Some of them bear eerie similarities to what’s happening right now, prompting some people on the internet to claim that certain storytellers “predicted” the spread of coronavirus.

One particularly striking example comes from a thriller novel by Dean Koontz called “The Eyes of Darkness.”In a tweet that has since been widely shared, someone said that Koontz had predicted the coronavirus outbreak based on a screenshot of a page in the book.

A Dean Koontz novel written in 1981 predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus. But to say that Koontz saw all this coming is a bit of a stretch. A novel is a work of fiction, after all.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

Unites State: A top U.S. health official says regional lockdowns are possible and warns the most vulnerable against travel as a 19th person dies in Washington State.

Italy: Italy reported a huge jump in deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, a surge of more than 50 percent from the day before .

“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in announcing the government decree to restricting movement for about a quarter of the Italian population in regions that serve as the country’s economic engine.

Tunisia: The Tunisian Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 996 people are in medical home quarantine over suspicion of being infected with the novel coronavirus. On Monday, the Tunisian Health Ministry said a citizen, who returned from Italy, tested positive for the virus.

Keep up to date with the latest news on CORVID-19 virus. If you plan to travel, follow the interactive map with the countries most affected by the virus: Coronavirus CORVID-19 interactive map

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Thalia

Thalia, a Mexican singer, songwriter, producer, actress, and entrepreneur, was born on August 26, 1971, in Mexico City, Mexico. She was born as the youngest daughter of Ernesto Sodi Pallares, a scientist, pathologist, criminologist, and a writer, and his wife Yolanda Miranda, an esteemed painter, in a well-settled Mexican upper-middle-class family.

Youngest of the five children of her parents, she was encouraged to pursue art by her mother. Her interest in arts and music, made her mother get Thalia to get enrolled at the “National Conservatory of Music and Mexico” at the age of 4. Her TV appearance was the first time when she was just a year old. She did her first commercial for a major Mexican brand.

Thalia, Mau y Ricky – Ya Tú Me Conoces (Official Video)

Thalia began her music career being a part of a children’s music group, “Pac Man” in 1981. Though the band name was changed to “Din-Din” later, it was formed intending to participate in the talent show “Let’s Play While Singing”. She then became the most popular among her group and got a chance to perform at various parties and social events. The band released four albums from 1982 to 1984 and also toured around Mexico. Eventually, the band was no more in practice, and after the departure from the band, she went solo with her musical dreams. Also, she participated in many festivals across the country. Being a “modern rock girl”, she became popular as a solo artist.

In 1992, she appeared in the “Maria Mercedes” as an actor and it had a phenomenal success. Likewise, she appeared in its sequel which became to be the best telenovela of all time. Moreover, Thalia started her line of clothing and accessories and her brand “Thalia Eyewear Collection”. Also, she has a chocolate and candy brand. She married Tommy Mottola in December 2000. The couple has two children; a daughter and a son.

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Suicide Attack Near U.S. Embassy in Tunisia

The New York Times – A suicide bomber blew himself up near the United States Embassy in Tunis on Friday, wounding several police officers, according to officials and Tunisian media reports.

“Emergency personnel are responding to an explosion that occurred near the U.S. Embassy in Tunis,” the embassy’s account posted on Twitter. “Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates.

Tunisian media reported that a man had approached a police checkpoint near the embassy on a motorcycle and detonated explosives shortly before noon local time. No group had yet claimed responsibility.

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Travel Alerts: A Global Public Health Emergency

World Health Organization’s declaration that the coronavirus is now an official international emergency

Am I covered for COVID-19?

Coronavirus is declared a global public health emergency – 30 January 2020
Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, and has spread across China and now dozens of cases have been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
On 30 January 2020, the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General agreed that the coronavirus outbreak “now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. A PHEIC has only been declared six times since it was introduced in 2005 following the outbreak of SARS.

What is a PHEIC?

The term PHEIC is defined as “an extraordinary event” which is determined by these two regulations:

  • To constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease; and
  • To potentially require a coordinated international response.

What should I do if I’m traveling overseas soon?

If you are traveling overseas soon, stay up to date with local news and media, and always follow the advice of local authorities or your government.

Be aware of which countries cases of coronavirus are rapidly spreading. Wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to other respiratory diseases, including the flu and the common cold.

If you have traveled to Wuhan recently

If you have traveled to Wuhan or suspect you have been in contact with someone who is infected with coronavirus and are experiencing the following symptoms: feeling tired, having difficulty breathing, have a high temperature, cough and/or sore throat, call your doctor to rule out the possibility of coronavirus.

Article written by Amelia Brady, World Nomads Contributor – worldnomads.com