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‘Don’t Come’: Hawaii Enforces Strict Lockdown Measures


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Venturing out of a hotel room in Hawaii right now might land you in handcuffs.

Just ask one of the roughly 20 people who’ve been arrested for violating Governor David Ige’s two-week quarantine imposed on all who arrive in the state or travel between its islands.

Hundreds more have been arrested or issued citations for violating other aspects of the state’s emergency orders to combat the coronavirus, which are among the nation’s strictest and have helped to drive down the rate of infection to the second lowest in the country.

State parks and Hawaii’s famous beaches have been closed. Hotels are issuing single-use keys, forcing quarantined guests who leave their rooms to go to the front desk and explain why. Airlines have been encouraged to suspend incoming flights. The state’s visitors bureau has asked media organizations to “refrain from publishing any stories about Hawaii that might encourage people to travel to the islands.”

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© Catalyst A couple sits on an empty section of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state’s tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Packed United flight leaves passengers ‘scared,’ ‘shocked’ amid fears of the coronavirus


Chris Woodyard and Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAYUSA TODAYMay 10, 2020, 8:27 PM CDT

A photo of a crowded flight posted on Twitter by a cardiologist returning from the New York City area may hint at the difficulties of social distancing as air travel picks up again.

Dr. Ethan Weiss tweeted a photo Saturday showing what appears to be a full United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. Though passengers are wearing masks, he said the crowded cabin runs counter to United’s assurances that it would leave middle seats empty in order to promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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CDC issues travel advisory for three states as global COVID-19 death toll tops 30,000

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March 29, 2020, 7:53 AM CDT / Updated March 29, 2020, 12:15 PM CDTBy Yuliya Talmazan, Lidia Sirna and Hernan Muñoz Ratto

People in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were urged to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the number of people killed by the coronavirus pandemic around the world surpassed 30,000….NBC News

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Delta, United, and other airlines sending their largest planes to the desert for storage as they drastically reduce operations due to coronavirus


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DELTA, UNITED, AND OTHER AIRLINES SENDING THEIR LARGEST PLANES TO THE DESERT FOR STORAGE AS THEY DRASTICALLY REDUCE OPERATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS- Yahoo

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  • Pinal Air Park in Arizona is best known for being an aircraft boneyard where aging aircraft are stored and scrapped for parts.
  • Iconic airliners from yesteryear including the Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 line the taxiways and parking areas of the isolated airfield. 
  • Delta Air Lines, among others, are now turning to the airfield for storage as the novel coronavirus con…..
Delta planes line up at their gates while on the tarmac of Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah September 28, 2013.

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China’s online travel sites Qunar, Ctrip expect a surge in domestic tourism amid global shutdown


Back in business, China’s online travel sites Qunar, Ctrip expect a surge in domestic tourism amid global shutdown

  • Ctrip started selling travel packages and attraction tickets last week as the country accelerated the pace of reopening parks and tourist spots
  • Analysys is forecasting that the proportion of domestic tourism will increase to 60 per cent from 47 per cent last year
A view of Shanghai Disneyland, which was closed during the coronavirus health crisis. Ctrip started selling travel packages and attraction tickets on its app last week. Photo: Bloomberg


State Department warns Americans: Don’t travel abroad, come home if overseas


State Department warns Americans: Don’t travel abroad, come home if overseas

By DAN DIAMONDNAHAL TOOSI and SAM MINTZ

03/19/2020 10:46 AM EDT

Updated: 03/19/2020 04:55 PM EDT

The State Department on Thursday issued an extraordinary advisory urging Americans not to travel overseas and to return to the United States if they can, a move that comes amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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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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.

Restaurants, buffets close at MGM Resorts 

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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