China encouraging ‘revenge travel’ following coronavirus lockdowns to help economy

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Chinese officials are reportedly encouraging citizens to get out and adventure in a “revenge travel” pitch to revive tourism and boost the economy, following months of lockdowns and restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.

Starting Thursday, about 550 million people are expected to travel for China’s National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival – and keep moving through the eight-day Golden Week, The Guardian reports.

Passengers wait for their trains at Hankou Railway Station one day before the eight-day National Day holiday on September 30 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. (Hu Jinli/VCG via Getty Images)

Passengers wait for their trains

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As coronavirus deaths pass 1 million, health-care workers around the world share stories from the front lines

  • Health-care workers describe the harrowing experience of fighting Covid-19 on the front lines. 
  • Many have lost patients; some have seen their peers get sick because of insufficient personal protective equipment. 
  • But there have been moments of levity, too, even during the darkest days. 

Frontline healthcare workers around the world recount stories of battling Covid-19: ‘I never felt like a hero’



The Covid-19 pandemic that swept

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Coronavirus has now killed 1 million people around the world

More than 1 million people have died from Covid-19 since the coronavirus was first identified late last year in China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

With more than 200,000 deaths, U.S. continues to lead the global death toll, followed by Brazil at 142,000 and India at 95,500, the tally on Monday showed.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a

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Carnival’s Ruby Princess Cruise Ship Spread Coronavirus Around the World

At about 6 a.m. on March 19, William Wright, a retired Australian mortgage broker, woke up feeling a little off. He had a cough and his nose was running, though it didn’t seem too bad. In any case, there was no time to linger in bed. Wright and his wife, Lucia, had just docked in Sydney after a 10-day journey around New Zealand on the Ruby Princess, a 950-foot,

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Uber’s recovery is slowing down as a second coronavirus wave hits countries around the world, JPMorgan says

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  • Uber will likely still turn a profit by the end of next year despite the pandemic setbacks, JPMorgan said Friday. 
  • However, the bank’s analysts said the recovery has been stalled as COVID-19 cases show no sign of slowing in the US, and a second wave hits other countries.
  • A resurgence of cases and lockdown orders in international markets may also be a negative,
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Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in Manila until Oct 31

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday partial coronavirus restrictions in and around the capital region will be extended for another month until Oct. 31 to keep the spread of COVID-19 in check.

The Philippines reported 3,073 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fatalities that day, taking its total count to 307,288 cases – the highest in Southeast Asia – with 5,381 deaths.

Members of the government’s coronavirus

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Health officials face death threats amid coronavirus pandemic

She faced a backlash after Queensland decided to close its borders with neighboring states to curb the spread of the virus, making it impossible for several Australian citizens to attend relatives’ funerals.

Among critics of the move was Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said the country risks “losing its humanity.”

The threats against Young followed similar cases in other countries, as public frustration over life in the pandemic mounts.

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How the coronavirus pandemic has affected abortion rules around the world

Argentina’s president was expected to propose a landmark law to decriminalize abortion, setting a new standard for Latin America. Then the coronavirus hit. The release date was delayed, indefinitely.

Ruth Zurbiggen, a reproductive rights activist with the group Socorristas en Red, felt “pain and rage.” But the group’s work continued — efforts, she said, made even more pressing as the pandemic took center stage.

This spring, Socorristas en Red’s more

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Coronavirus travel refund battles expose deposit shell game


Here are 6 tips to know before you book your flight during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Grand Palladium resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was a swank respite in March for Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter until they got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. 

Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its

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How the coronavirus pandemic has affected global efforts to expand abortion access

This spring, Socorristas en Red’s more than 500 members shifted to working virtually: By phone and online, they advised women about medical abortions and connected them with doctors who would help. Between March and June, they helped more than 6,000 women navigate the abortion process, nearly half as many as in all of 2019.

Across the globe, the pandemic has made it harder for women and girls to access reproductive

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Hotels reeling six months into coronavirus pandemic, study finds

America’s hotels are still reeling six months into the coronavirus pandemic with Labor Day weekend approaching and no end to the economic misery in sight, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

There are 4.3 million fewer hotel industry jobs since February and 40 percent of its employees are still out of work, the analysis by the American Hotel and Lodging Association found.

The average occupancy rate in New York City

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Teachers unions clash with governments over coronavirus school reopening plans

This time, the strike was averted. The government agreed to delay reopening and to add a framework for relocating teachers and student from schools that could not meet precautionary criteria, Maluleke said.

From picket lines to Zoom calls and even jail cells, the pandemic has thrust teachers unions to the forefront of the debate over education during the coronavirus pandemic. How to safely reopen schools has become a central question,

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Captain Tom Moore, 100-Year-Old Coronavirus Fundraiser, to Get Biopic

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The uplifting story of 100-year-old British hero Captain Tom Moore, who kept a nation in lockdown inspired, is being turned into a feature film, fast-tracked for production in 2021.

The U.K.’s Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures won a bidding war for the life rights to the former British Army captain and World War II hero,

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Safe vacations and traveling during coronavirus: Advice to follow

As summer revs up, many families who’ve planned vacations and long-anticipated reunions are left wondering whether it’s safe to travel during the coronavirus outbreak. Most states have reopened, giving residents a semblance of normalcy, but COVID-19 cases are still rising in some areas.

The good news is you can travel this summer, especially if you stay within U.S. borders, as there are still many restrictions on international travel — and

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