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Churches in the Philippine capital Manila have been told not to hold any Christmas carol activities this season as part of measures to limit the transmission of Covid-19.

The Philippines, a catholic majority country, has one of the longest Christmas periods in the world, with celebrations beginning at the start of September and, for some, lasting as late as Valentine’s Day.

It’s the country’s most important holiday, but this year’s festivities will be different: as well as a ban on carols in church, there are also limits on church attendance,

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Travel In India To Boom Again With 50% People Making Plans Already, Reveals Travel Survey By FICCI And Thrillophilia

NEW DELHI, Nov. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — While the lockdown put a ban on travelling across India, it could not however curb people’s desire to explore new places. A recent survey conducted by FICCI and Thrillophilia across India, revealed that while more than 50% plan to travel in the next 2 months alone, 33% are making plans to travel twice of what they did in 2019 as the next year rolls in.

Conducted in October 2020 with most respondents belonging to major metropolitan cities in India, this survey was aimed towards understanding the post-COVID preferences of Indian travellers and covered aspects like safety measures, accommodations, modes of transport, etc. “It is interesting to know that 65% of respondents said they are comfortable travelling outside their states in flights or personal vehicles, and around 90% comfortable in exploring offbeat places in the mountains, beaches, smaller villages or towns, and alike. This can help the stakeholders of the travel industry to redesign their services in line with inclinations of the travellers, thus opening up opportunities for both new and old business avenues,” Mr Abhishek Daga, the co-founder of Thrillophilia quoted.

Elucidating on the survey, Mr Dilip Chenoy, the Secretary-General of FICCI, said, “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel, tourism and hospitality industry has changed the way travel and hospitality businesses have to function and manage their operations. We are looking at a tectonic shift in consumer behaviour pattern and the way of travelling. The future of travel, tourism and hospitality industry will be completely different with a new set of rules laying more emphasis on social distancing, safety, health and hygiene.”

While 43% of the travellers choose ‘need a weekend break’ which topped the list of reasons why people want to travel post-COVID, around 33% of travellers also said that they would go for a workation amidst nature for their first post-pandemic trip, albeit with their own closed group of friends or family. This adds to the glint of hope for the travel industry that has been taking the necessary precautions to ensure public safety.

“Thrillophilia has been looking for ways to help the travel industry recover from the adversities of this pandemic. Our work with FICCI to conduct this survey has given us some very compelling results that can prove to be a boon for those who have suffered losses during the pandemic. We have also been working closely with many state tourism boards in India to support local tourism and have brought 10,000+ experiences online in the last 5 months. Government’s proactiveness in ensuring safety for every individual has assured people of safety which plays an important role in lifting this industry and bringing it back to its feet,” Mr Daga added.

With the numbers showcasing optimism in every direction, it is not a distant dream for travellers across India to start venturing out, eventually helping businesses return to their former glory.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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Hotel security guard dies in freak mishap in Amritsar’s Ranjit Avenue : The Tribune India

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Amritsar, November 2

Satbir Singh (32), a security guard at a reputed hotel in the posh Ranjit Avenue area here, was allegedly stuck in a lift in a freak accident and died here this afternoon.

Satbir Singh. File photo

The family members of the victim alleged that he died due to the negligence of the hotel management. They said the hotel authorities informed neither the police nor the family members when the incident took place. They informed the family and the police three hours after his death.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Malik said investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of death. The role of hotel authorities would also be looked into. He said CCTV footage of the hotel was being taken into custody for investigation.

The hotel authorities informed the police very late. All aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress. —Sarabjit Singh Bajwa, Assistant Commissioner of Police

Amrik Singh, a relative of the victim, said Satbir, a resident of Dhapai village and a father of six-year-old daughter, had been working as a security guard at the hotel for the past seven months. He said at around 12.30 pm, the family got a phone call from the hotel that Satbir had got injured in an accident. He was admitted to a private hospital.

Amrik said they immediately rushed to the hotel and found that his body was badly crushed. He said when they reached the hotel, they came to know that Satbir died on the spot as he was struck in the lift.

The family member later raised slogans and protested against the hotel management. They alleged Satbir died due to the negligence of the hotel authorities. They demanded the registration of an FIR against the hotel owner. He said there was no blood stains in the lift where the accident took place. They alleged the police were being pressurised not to take action. They alleged the lift was in a very bad condition.

ACP Sarabjit Singh Bajwa said the hotel authorities informed the police very late. He said all the aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress.

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Hotel security guard dies in freak mishap in Ranjit Avenue : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 2

Satbir Singh (32), a security guard at a reputed hotel in the posh Ranjit Avenue area here, was allegedly stuck in a lift in a freak accident and died here this afternoon.

Satbir Singh. File photo

The family members of the victim alleged that he died due to the negligence of the hotel management. They said the hotel authorities informed neither the police nor the family members when the incident took place. They informed the family and the police three hours after his death.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Malik said investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of death. The role of hotel authorities would also be looked into. He said CCTV footage of the hotel was being taken into custody for investigation.

The hotel authorities informed the police very late. All aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress. —Sarabjit Singh Bajwa, Assistant Commissioner of Police

Amrik Singh, a relative of the victim, said Satbir, a resident of Dhapai village and a father of six-year-old daughter, had been working as a security guard at the hotel for the past seven months. He said at around 12.30 pm, the family got a phone call from the hotel that Satbir had got injured in an accident. He was admitted to a private hospital.

Amrik said they immediately rushed to the hotel and found that his body was badly crushed. He said when they reached the hotel, they came to know that Satbir died on the spot as he was struck in the lift.

The family member later raised slogans and protested against the hotel management. They alleged Satbir died due to the negligence of the hotel authorities. They demanded the registration of an FIR against the hotel owner. He said there was no blood stains in the lift where the accident took place. They alleged the police were being pressurised not to take action. They alleged the lift was in a very bad condition.

ACP Sarabjit Singh Bajwa said the hotel authorities informed the police very late. He said all the aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress.

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International Flights: Who Can Travel Abroad And Where From India



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New Delhi: Since countries across the world are lifting travel restrictions from India in a graded manner under air bubble arrangements, both Indian and foreign airlines are offering a number of options for people who want to travel to countries such as UK, US, Japan, France etc. “Transport Bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements” are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. Who can come into India from foreign nations? Last week, the Centre decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic, tourist and medical categories, almost eight months after their suspension following the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent imposition of a nationwide lockdown. If the validity of such visas has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from Indian mission or post concerned Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply afresh for a medical visa, including for their medical attendants. Therefore, this decision will enable foreign nationals to come to India for various purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical purposes etc The government has also permitted all OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a tourist visa, to enter by air or water routes through authorised airports and seaport immigration check posts. Airlines operating flights to/from India Air India United Air France Lufthansa Air Canada Emirates Etihad Virgin Atlantic Things you need to keep in mind while flying abroad Issuing a set of guidelines for international arrival, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked passengers to submit a self-declaration form on http://www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Flyers also need to submit an undertaking on the portal that they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

On the other hand, several countries have different isolation and testing norms. For example, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) told Air India Express to reject COVID-negative test reports of passengers from four Indian laboratories——Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Lab in the cities of Kerala; P Bhasin Pathlabs and Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi.

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India Infection Peak Seen; Green Lane Travel: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — European leaders intensified efforts to tamp down surging infections, with Ireland enacting severe restrictions. Soaring cases in U.S. battleground states pose a challenge for President Donald Trump two weeks before the election.

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India has already seen a peak in the number of new infections and may be able to contain the world’s second-largest outbreak by February, according to a government panel of scientists. The Philippines shortened curfew hours in Manila and eased the stay-at-home order to further reopen its economy.

Discussions to open up travel for business purposes continue to take place in Asia, with the governments of Japan and China reportedly close to an agreement to resume business travel between the countries as soon as this week.

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Global Tracker: Cases top 40.2 million; deaths exceed 1.1 millionSee the latest on the race for a vaccine with Bloomberg’s trackerTrading floors are full and masks are off in post-Covid ShanghaiFear of job loss haunt half the world’s workers as crisis ragesCDC issues ‘strong’ call for masks on U.S. airplanes, trainsHow do people catch Covid-19? Here’s what experts say: QuickTake

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Japan, China Near Agreement to Resume Business Travel (7:29 a.m. HK)

The governments of Japan and China will agree to resume business travel between the countries as soon as this week, Yomiuri reports, citing an unidentified Japanese government official.

Those planning long stays will be required to undergo 14 day quarantine, but will be exempt for short stays provided certain conditions are met

Texas Hospitals Strain to Cope in Newest Hotspots (7:27 a.m. HK)

Almost one-fourth of all hospital beds in the El Paso, Texas, area are occupied by virus patients and the region with almost 1 million residents has just 16 intensive-care beds available, state health department data showed.

In the state’s newest hotspots of El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo and Laredo, hospitals’ virus loads are approaching or already above the 15% threshhold set forth by Governor Greg Abbott for emergency status.

Meanwhile, data lags continue to dog efforts to track the trajectory of the outbreak in the second-largest US state. On Monday, the state disclosed 2,440 previously uncounted cases, a tally which outnumbered the actual figure for new daily detections by more than 7%.

CDC Urges Masks While on Transit (6:41 a.m. HK)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a “strong recommendation” for mask-wearing by both passengers and operators on planes, trains, buses and taxis to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Masks should cover a person’s nose and mouth and be worn while traveling in and out of the U.S. as well as within the country, the agency said. Operators should require them for the entire time of travel and deny entry to anyone not wearing one.

The change was reported earlier by the Washington Post, which said it followed airline industry

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5 Star Luxury Hotels in India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Egypt and The UAE

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The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra  Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers unrestricted views of  the Taj Mahal.

The Oberoi, Bengaluru  Nestled in lush, tropical grounds and equipped with the latest in technology, The Oberoi, Bengaluru reflects and harmonises the dual personalities of Bengaluru, the Garden City and IT hub.

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh Experience personalised Ayurvedic and wellness programmes surrounded by 8,000 acres of natural forest at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur  Falling in love with the charm of the ‘city of lakes’ is easy. More so, when you are staying at Rajasthan’s most romantic resort , The Oberoi Udaivilas, located on the banks of Lake Pichola.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur Experience a sincerely warm welcome to the “Pink City” of Jaipur when you stay with us at The Oberoi Rajvilas.

The Oberoi, Gurgaon A striking example of contemporary design, The Oberoi, Gurgaon is a nine acre urban sanctuary just minutes from New Delhi international and domestic airport terminals.

The Oberoi Vrinda, Luxury Kerala Cruiser Allowing yourself to switch off and unwind is easy when you cruise with The Oberoi Vrinda along the backwaters of Kerala, in the south of India

The Oberoi, Mumbai Located close to many business, cultural and shopping areas, The Oberoi, Mumbai enjoys a superlative position on Marine Drive in fashionable south Mumbai.

The Oberoi, New Delhi A storied landmark in the national capital, The Oberoi, New Delhi is a celebrated example of Oberoi’s reputation for taking care of its guests. 

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata An icon on the landscape of Kolkata, with a reputation for

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