Woman who flew from U.S. to China for coronavirus test faces criminal charges

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A woman who flew last week from Massachusetts to Los Angeles — then to Beijing, where she tested positive for the new coronavirus — is under investigation on allegations of concealing her symptoms and putting fellow travelers at risk of infection.

The woman took fever-reducing medication before boarding a plane and lied to flight attendants, according to Beijing’s disease control center and an Air China representative, who held a news conference on Monday.

The woman, who was hospitalized and is receiving treatment, is under investigationfor the crime of “impeding prevention of infectious diseases.” According to Chinese law, she could face up to three years of imprisonment or detention with possible forced labor, or up to seven years of prison if there are “serious consequences.”

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Venice’s Canals Are Clear and Dolphins Are returning to Its Ports As Coronavirus Lockdown Cuts Down on Water Traffic


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There have been very few positive stories to come out of the coronavirus crisis, but footage filmed on Monday in Venice is evidence of what a small amount of downtime can do to one of the cities in the world worst hit by overtourism. The canals of Venice have made headlines multiple times over the past months due to its inability to cope with overtourism, massive amounts of cruise ships and pollution.


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Delta parks 600 jets and scales back flights as revenue tanks


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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines <DAL.N> said on Wednesday it was parking more than 600 jets, cutting corporate pay by as much as 50%, and scaling back its flying by more than 70% until demand begins to recover from the coronavirus epidemic hit.

In a memo to employees, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said the company would continue taking “all necessary self-help measures,” with cash preservation the top priority, even as it remains optimistic of industry support from the White House and Congress.

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An influencer filmed herself licking a plane toilet seat for ‘clout’ on TikTok as part of a ‘coronavirus challenge’


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ldodgson@businessinsider.com (Lindsay Dodgson)INSIDERMarch 16, 2020, 8:53 AM CDT

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  • Influencer Ava Louise filmed herself licking a plane seat toilet, starting a bizarre “coronavirus challenge.”
  • “Please RT this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane,” she said.
  • She told Insider she did it because she didn’t want coronavirus getting more attention than her.
  • “What’s not gunna make people sad is a hot rich blonde 20-something-year-old licking a toilet,” she said. “It’s not like the virus can kill me anyway because I don’t use Facebook.”

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Quarantine motels spark fear in virus-struck Washington state

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Officials in Washington state have moved to fill four properties bought to house those unable to self-quarantine
Officials in Washington state have moved to fill four properties bought to house those unable to self-quarantine (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)

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Officials in Washington state have moved to fill four properties bought to house those unable to self-quarantine

Officials in Washington state have moved to fill four properties bought to house those unable to self-quarantine (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)

Seattle (AFP) – A project to set up “quarantine motels” in the US coronavirus epicenter of Washington state has infuriated local residents who fear they will be exposed to a high risk of infection.

More than half of all US novel coronavirus deaths so far have struck in King County, which encompasses the city of Seattle. The region has suffered 43 fatalities.

With the entire northwestern state going into lockdown Monday — bars, restaurants, gyms and museums are all closed — officials have moved to fill four properties bought to house those unable to self-quarantine.

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Kent mayor Dana Ralph has called for heightened security including physical fencing (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)
Kent mayor Dana Ralph has called for heightened security including physical fencing
Kent mayor Dana Ralph has called for heightened security including physical fencing (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)
The scheme is intended to relieve hospitals as resources grow increasingly stretched by the pandemic (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)
The scheme is intended to relieve hospitals as resources grow increasingly stretched by the pandemic
The scheme is intended to relieve hospitals as resources grow increasingly stretched by the pandemic (AFP Photo/Michelle WALLARD MARTIN)
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Thousands leave Miami cruise ship without screenings after former passenger got COVID-19


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BY TAYLOR DOLVEN MARCH 15, 2020 03:11 PM

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Despite a positive COVID-19 test from a passenger who had disembarked days earlier, thousands of people were allowed to leave a cruise ship in Miami Sunday without undergoing medical screening.

The former passenger got off the MSC Meraviglia in Miami on March 8 after an eight-day Caribbean cruise, leaving 103 passengers and the ship’s crew aboard for the next voyage. Four days later, after the ship had sailed with thousands of additional new passengers aboard, the Public Health Agency of Canada informed Broward-based MSC Cruises that the former passenger had tested positive.
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Airbnb is letting guests around the world cancel their reservations for a full refund and no cancellation fees, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt travel plans


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  • Airbnb is updating its cancellation policy to allow guests to cancel reservations anywhere in the world for a full refund in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Saturday
  • Just a day before, the company had updated its cancellation policy to apply to bookings made in Mainland China, South Korea, Italy and the United States. 
  • “First, Airbnb will allow guests around the world to cancel and get their money back. We will not collect fees on these bookings,” Airbnb CEO Brian tweeted. “We don’t want guests to feel like they have to travel because they cannot get their money back.”  
  • Airbnb bookings have taken a hit as the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the world, infecting more than 153,000 people. 

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Coronavirus: Night and day clubs, spas, salons close at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

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Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal USA TODAY March 13, 2020, 6:07 PM CDT 0:56 1:24   Nevada: Trump backers rally as Dem caucus ahead

LAS VEGAS – Closures in the wake of coronavirus continue along the Las Vegas Strip

MGM Resorts International will now close all night clubs, day clubs, spas, salons and fitness centers. The temporary changes are effective Monday, the company announced Friday.

The latest shuttering of popular resort stops comes as health officials grapple with the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada, where there are 19 cases reported.

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Fleur, Aurole and Mizuya will temporarily close Monday at the Mandalay Bay, according to MGM Resorts International.

The closures will follow MGM’s decision to close buffets at seven Las Vegas Strip properties due to coronavirus concerns.

Buffets at ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur will temporarily close on Sunday.

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Passenger Who Boarded Flight After Testing Positive for Coronavirus Gets Lifetime Ban from JetBlue


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The passenger who boarded a JetBlue flight after learning that he tested positive for coronavirus is now banned by the airline.

In a statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson for JetBlue said the unnamed traveler — who made the journey from New York City to West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday night while infected with COVID-19 — will no longer be allowed on their flights due to the “unsettling situation.”

“Last night’s event put our crewmembers, customers, and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided, and as such, this customer will not be permitted to fly on JetBlue in the future,” read the statement.

The airline strongly advised passengers not to fly if they are feeling under the weather, or if they are waiting to get coronavirus test results.

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Poland to shut its borders to foreign travellers: PM


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Poland on Friday said it was shutting its borders to foreign travellers to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected at least 68 people.

It would also impose two weeks of quarantine on people returning from abroad, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters.

“Most of the cases that have been propagating the coronavirus epidemic in Poland are imported cases,” he said.

“We don’t want the coronavirus to head our way in droves.”

Morawiecki said Poland’s borders would be closed for 10 days, but that the government might prolong the shutdown.

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Poland on Friday said it was shutting its borders to foreign travellers in response to the coronavirus outbreak.