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Don’t Travel To Mexico, Says CDC. (Yet Infection Rates Are Higher In Most Of The U.S.)

Thinking of getting away to Cancun or Cabo? The CDC is not mincing words.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico,” according to its latest guidance, which places Mexico in the Level 4 risk category, highest risk level for COVID-19.

Mind you, most countries around the world are now at Level 4, and the vast majority currently have much less community spread than the United States.

Yesterday, the United States recorded 180,083 new Covid-19 cases and 2,597 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, Mexico recorded 8,819 and 825 deaths. Even if you adjust for population — the U.S. has 2.6 times as many people as Mexico — it would appear that north of the border is the riskier place to be right now.

You can get an apples-to-apples comparison by looking at incidence. Over a seven-day rolling average, the United States has recorded 48.2 new daily Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 7.2 new cases per day per 100,000 people in Mexico, according to the risk-assessment map from the Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health.

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Still, that’s not to imply that it is safe to go to Mexico at the moment, as most experts think Mexico’s actual numbers are higher because of low testing levels. On October 5, Mexican health authorities changed their tracking methodology and subsequently reported a sharp jump in Covid-19 cases and deaths, reported The New York Times. And on Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization confirmed that “Mexico is in bad shape.” 

The U.S.-Mexico land border is closed to nonessential travel by land until at least December 21. But air travel is another story. Americans can fly into Mexico and do not need to show proof of a negative test or undergo quarantine. And airlines have been adding flights for the upcoming winter season.

If you decide to travel to Mexico despite the Level 4 warning, the CDC says you should get three separate Covid-19 tests. The agency now recommends that all international travelers get a viral test for Covid-19 at three different times — before, during and after their trip.

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Here in the United States, coronavirus is spreading like wildfire across the country, with a giant hot spot covering Mountain West and Midwest.

The White House coronavirus task force has warned that Covid-19 risk nationwide is “at a historic high.”

“If you look across the United States, we are really in a public health crisis right now because we are having a surge the likes of which is worse than the surges that we

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Harvest Health & Recreation Shoots 7% Higher After Hours on Q3 Results

Harvest Health & Recreation (OTC:HRVSF) had a good day on the stock exchange Tuesday. The happy feeling continued after the company released its latest quarterly results following market close.

For its third quarter of fiscal 2020, the marijuana company took in revenue of $61.6 million — 11% higher than in the previous quarter, and an 86% improvement on a year-over-year basis. On the bottom line, Harvest Health managed to trim its net loss to $2.1 million ($0.01 per share) from the previous quarter’s $18.3 million, and from the Q3 2019 result of $39.1 million.

Marijuana plant with the sun behind it.

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Both headline numbers came in comfortably above average analyst estimates. Prognosticators had collectively expected revenue of $59.3 million and a per-share loss of $0.06.

The company’s top line was helped by the opening of two new marijuana dispensaries, one in its home state of Arizona and the other in Pennsylvania.

“Our third-quarter results demonstrate further progress toward our primary goal of returning to profitability through revenue growth, cost controls, and investments in our core markets of Arizona, Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania,” CEO Steve White said.

“We are focused on preparing for recreational cannabis in Arizona in 2021 and continuing to build on this positive momentum as we execute on our plan,” he added.

Along with voters in four other states, Arizonans opted on Election Day to legalize recreational marijuana. The consumption and sale of medical product had already been sanctioned.

On the back of its revenue and bottom-line improvements, as well as that Arizona vote, Harvest raised its 2020 revenue guidance. The company now expects to take in more than $225 million, up from the previous forecast of $215 million to $220 million. It did not provide any profitability estimates.

Harvest Health had a fine Tuesday overall, closing more than 7% higher, in contrast to the decline of the S&P 500 index.

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Washington-bound travelers finding higher airfares, hotel rates for Jan. 20 presidential inauguration

When Joe Biden was named president-elect elect Saturday morning, Melissa Band hustled to her computer to price airline tickets from Florida to Washington to attend his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Bland found a few available seats but waited until Saturday afternoon to book her flight. By then, the fares had gone up $100. And the only hotel availability she could find in downtown Washington was at the Hilton Garden Inn in Georgetown for a nonrefundable $700 a night.

“Shoot, it’s worth it,” said Band, a 43-year-old high school teacher from Fort Walton Beach. “I’m only staying there one night. It’s my first inauguration, and it’s such a historic one, especially for women and little girls, especially Brown little girls.”

Thousands of Americans like Bland are racing and contemplating traveling to Washington during the extended Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to see Biden, along with Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris, be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.

[Impromptu celebrations pop up in Washington following Biden victory announcement]

Harris will be the first woman to serve as vice president. She will also be the first Black woman and Asian American to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

For Democrats and Biden supporters who plan to celebrate the defeat of President Trump and the changing of administrations, the inauguration is a much-anticipated gathering. The event also is expected to draw thousands of alumni from Harris’s alma mater, Howard University, and members of Harris’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s first Black sorority, which Harris pledged at Howard in Northwest Washington.

But getting here and finding a place to stay may prove more difficult than would-be revelers expected. Air travel dropped dramatically in March with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing airlines to cut flights. While travel has picked up slightly, carriers are still flying far fewer flights, meaning fewer seats available at lower fares.

Hotels, like most businesses, were hit hard by the pandemic and were forced to cut thousands of employees at their properties as bookings fell. That means at some hotels, in-room dining and other services may not be available, although they say special coronavirus cleaning and other precautions are in place. Rooms that are available are often going for hefty prices because chains see the Inauguration as a chance to recoup some of the revenue lost due to the pandemic, experts said.

[Already facing its worst crisis since 9/11, airline industry set to cut more than 35,000 jobs this week]

Benet Wilson, a senior editor at The Points Guy, a website that covers the travel industry, said standard travel guidance such as cheaper flights through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, probably won’t apply and instead travelers will need to be more strategic.

“Airlines and hotels are not stupid,” Wilson said. “They understand the historic nature of this inauguration. Prices will be going up accordingly. They will be trying to get every dime they can get,” she said.

Spokespeople at Southwest, American and Delta declined to comment on if

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Washington-bound travelers already seeing higher airfares, hotel rates for Jan 20 Inauguration

“Shoot, it’s worth it,” said Band, a 43-year-old high school teacher from Fort Walton Beach. “I’m only staying there one night. It’s my first inauguration, and it’s such a historic one, especially for women and little girls, especially Brown little girls.”

Thousands of Americans like Bland are racing and contemplating traveling to Washington during the extended Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to see Biden, along with Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris, be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.

For Democrats and Biden supporters who plan to celebrate the defeat of President Trump and the changing of administrations, the inauguration is a much-anticipated gathering. The event also is expected to draw thousands of alumni from Harris’s alma mater, Howard University, and members of Harris’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s first Black sorority, which Harris pledged at Howard in Northwest Washington.

But getting here and finding a place to stay may prove more difficult than would-be revelers expected. Air travel dropped dramatically in March with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing airlines to cut flights. While travel has picked up slightly, carriers are still flying far fewer flights, meaning fewer seats available at lower fares.

Hotels, like most businesses, were hit hard by the pandemic and were forced to cut thousands of employees at their properties as bookings fell. That means at some hotels, in-room dining and other services may not be available, although they say special coronavirus cleaning and other precautions are in place. Rooms that are available are often going for hefty prices because chains see the Inauguration as a chance to recoup some of the revenue lost due to the pandemic, experts said.

Benet Wilson, a senior editor at The Points Guy, a website that covers the travel industry, said standard travel guidance such as cheaper flights through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, probably won’t apply and instead travelers will need to be more strategic.

“Airlines and hotels are not stupid,” Wilson said. “They understand the historic nature of this inauguration. Prices will be going up accordingly. They will be trying to get every dime they can get,” she said.

Spokespeople at Southwest, American and Delta declined to comment on if they have seen any increase in demand pegged to the inauguration.

Travel and airline expert Joe Brancatelli of JoeSentMe, said airlines’ computer models automatically increase fares whenever they notice demand on a specific route during a specific time period.

“I do think people will be shocked at how expensive it will be to fly into Washington around the Inauguration time,” he said.

Joe Perrotto cashed in his airline miles to nab two seats on a Delta flight to Washington from his home in Burlington, Vt. for he and his girlfriend. On Saturday, Perrotto booked a hotel suite for two nights at the Park Hyatt at $1,500 a night.

On Sunday, Perrotto said he went back to the Park Hyatt’s website and discovered the same suite was going for $500 more a night. Less expensive

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China Bans Travel From U.K., India And Other Countries With Higher Coronavirus Infection Rates

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China, the country where the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have begun late last year, put in place new temporary bans on travelers coming from a handful of countries still struggling to curb the spread of the virus within their borders.

Key Facts

According to Reuters, countries affected by the new regulations include the U.K., France, Belgium, India and the Philippines.

The U.K. and France have both detected a spike in coronavirus deaths this week that rivals the figures counted in the springtime along with surges in hospitalizations related to the virus, while Belgium is the European country with the most new cases per capita.

India ranks second worldwide in terms of total confirmed cases and third in deaths attributed to the virus according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Philippines is battling Southeast Asia’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak, though with just more than 1,500 new cases confirmed Thursday, it appears to be much better off than the other nations barred by China.

Affected travelers will include all non-Chinese citizens, even those with long-term residency permits according to media reports, but the Chinese embassy in London said emergency visas may be applied for by nationals of other countries.

The U.S. does not appear to fall under the ban, though it has one of the fastest-growing coronavirus infection rates in the world and is the worst affected in terms of confirmed cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Crucial Quote

“China has referred to the practices of many countries and adjusted its approach to relevant people coming to China based on changes in the pandemic situation,” CNN quoted Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, as saying. “This is reasonable and consistent with international practice, and I believe people can understand it.”

Key Background

The coronavirus pandemic is believed to have originated in Wuhan, a city in China. While China was the first country to battle the virus, it has reportedly largely contained the spread as it has reported only double-digit new daily coronavirus case figures for months, while other nations count tens of thousands. According to Johns Hopkins University, China has reported just more than 91,000 total cases and less than 5,000 deaths, though some have questioned the country’s self-reported figures.

Further Reading

In COVID clampdown, China bars travellers from Britain, France, India (Reuters)

China will ban travelers from Belgium, India, the Philippines and the UK in response to Covid-19 (CNN)

France And United Kingdom Report Most Covid Deaths Since Spring (Forbes)

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How To Take Higher Images While Travelling

Traveling is one of the most worthwhile activities anybody can have in an entire lifetime. There may be room for all expressions of tourist on the planet of travel but what causes ‘unhealthy vacations’ usually results from one not understanding what type of traveler they’re. If you are coming to India the primary time, it’s suggested that you just learn in regards to the various destinations you’re planning to go to and make full arrangements for lodging.

These are the types of vacationers that dangerous individuals want to take advantage of. You’ll be able to beat numerous this with widespread sense and a bit planning earlier than you go in your journey. Squash your fear and chilly-name NGO’s, travel institute, Magazines, Motels or Government tourism board.

– Quality Companies- By reserving an all-inclusive package tour you enjoy best amenities throughout the journey. For the sake of affection, people will travel for hours to spend as a lot time as they can with the love of their life. Cash is necessary if you are planning to travel and see the sights the nation has to supply.

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The other places that it’s essential to not neglect visiting is the Tiananmen Sq. and the Forbidden City as well as the Temple of Heaven. Planning a global trip can be an gratifying experience when compared to the hassle involved years in the past.…

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