Why is it so difficult to create covid-19 travel bubbles?

They may prove a boon for sagging economies, but they are not for the faint-hearted

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The Economist explains

MANY COUNTRIES rely on tourism and business travel, but few sectors have been as badly damaged by the pandemic. In 2020, travel-industry revenues across the globe plummeted by 49% compared with 2019, to $4.7trn, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, an industry association. The sector’s contribution to global GDP also fell by half, from 10.4% to 5.5%. Meanwhile, the number of people employed in the travel industry fell from 334m to 272m.

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Kauai sees spike in COVID-19 cases following relaxed travel restrictions

In just three weeks the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Kauai since the pandemic began had jumped from 199 to 289 as of Monday, sending residents flocking to get tested, closing at least one bar and ratcheting up pressure on residents to get vaccinated. On Sunday an employee at Kauai’s jail also tested positive for the virus, setting off mass testing at the facility and raising the prospect of yet another major coronavirus outbreak at one of the state’s correctional facilities.

The small island has weathered the pandemic remarkably well with low case numbers and just two deaths. But

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COVID-19 brought international travel to a screeching halt at Logan Airport. But there are signs it’s picking up

Airport officials said they are confident that Logan will eventually regain its status as a significant international airport as vaccination rates pick up, the pandemic recedes, and border restrictions are relaxed.

“The city of Boston is attractive, the economic fundamentals are sound, and the airlines are smart,” said Lisa Wieland, chief executive at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan. “If you think of the industries that are concentrated here — higher education and hospitals — those are travel-intensive industries . . . the international carriers have reiterated their interest in resuming service at Logan.”

Despite the unprecedented decline

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Gov. Sisolak announces departure of Caleb Cage from COVID-19 task force, other changes

Today, Nevada Health Response and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the next steps in the State’s COVID-19 response toward the goal of full economic reopening by June 1.

COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage will depart the Governor’s Office on June 1 to re-join the Nevada System of Higher Education as Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development/Chief Innovation Officer. Cage was originally enlisted to help lead the State’s COVID-19 response efforts at the start of the Pandemic in March 2020 under a temporary assignment in coordination with NSHE, Governor Sisolak, and Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry of the Nevada National Guard.

“I could

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SUNY Cortland President Shares Departure COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Students – Cortland Voice

(Photo from SUNY Cortland Twitter Page).

SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum shared the following departure COVID-19 testing requirements as the spring semester will soon come to an end.

Dear students,

Thank you again for your extraordinary work this spring. It’s hard to believe, but soon the semester will end and many of you will leave Cortland to travel to your home communities.

I wanted to share details about departure requirements for the Spring 2021 semester, including mandatory COVID-19 testing to help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

All students who have been using SUNY Cortland facilities

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US issues India travel advisory as COVID-19 crisis deepens

The U.S. told American citizens in India to leave the country immediately, as the COVID-19 crisis in the country deepens.

The State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory Wednesday after the department approved the voluntary departure of family members of government employees. A Level 4 advisory warns U.S. citizens “do not travel” to the country in question, usually due to “life-threatening risks.”

The advisory indicates a “very high level” of COVID-19 in the country, and the government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in “rural areas,” the department said. 

“U.S. citizens are reportedly being denied

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