PATNA: With Covid-19 pandemic spoiling vacation plans to sea beach or abroad, Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) offers a choice with spots like Manguraha, Valmiki Nagar and Govardhana having tourist facilities and scenic beauty, environment, forest and climate change department additional chief secretary Dipak Kumar Singh said on Monday. “These places have some unique features and the department is ensuring the safety of tourists,” he said. One such holiday spot is Manguraha with an option of animal sightseeing, natural beauty and safari ride crossing the river. It is a part of VTR and tourists have been allowed since November 10. Manguraha range DFO Ambarish Mall said the campus where tourists could stay was inaugurated in September this year. After the reopening in November, the rooms are keeping full to their capacity, especially on weekends, he said. Mall said tourists revealed how pandemic made them opt for a nearby place for vacation. “We are taking all precautions. For instance, earlier six people were allowed for a safari ride, which has been reduced to four now,” he added. Gaurav Ojha, the DFO at VTR, said children below 10 and those above 65 years are not allowed for safety reasons. “We have closed down cultural activities, which included folk dance by the local tribe, and documentaries because such activities involve gathering,” said Ojha. However, he said safari is allowed. Ojha said all the rooms and vehicles are sanitized regularly and temperature is checked. He further said the footfall is no less when compared to previous years. “Over 15 safari rides take place in the VTR daily,” said Ojha, adding the footfall has been increasing with each passing year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel railed against the plans of some regional governments to let hotels open for family visits over Christmas, warning it risked worsening the coronavirus surge sweeping Germany, participants in a party meeting said.
Infection levels rose overnight compared to the same time last week, despite the partial lockdown introduced for November and since extended and tightened in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.
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Merkel and state premiers agreed last week that some partial easing of the lockdown would be allowed to allow families some low-key Christmas celebrations.
But in a video conference of her conservative party’s top leadership on Monday, Merkel said she could not understand the plans of some northern and western states, where the epidemic is less severe, to allow hotels to open to allow far-flung families to get together.
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Meeting participants told Reuters she saw this as particularly risky in large cities and in regions with high infection numbers.
Despite Merkel’s comments, however, the regional leaders have the final say on what happens in their states under Germany’s federal structure.
Her intervention came shortly before a meeting of the “coronavirus cabinet”, at which ministers are expected to discuss further responses to Germany’s greatest public health crisis in a century.
Though Germany has already mobilized unprecedented government aid to help support the economy through the pandemic, ministers warned on Monday that nothing could fully spare companies from the impact.
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“People have to show discipline,” economy minister Peter Altmaier, the architect of the economic response to the pandemic told Deutschlandfunk radio. “We have to do more to reduce social contacts.”
Altmaier added that pandemic aid for companies could not be extended indefinitely.
In an indication of the severity of the pandemic’s economic impact, the percentage of companies using the state-backed furlough scheme rose to 28 percent in November, up from 24.8 percent the month before, the Ifo institute said.
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Justin Douglas and Takeshi Faupula enjoyed playing football so much they were willing to move out of state to continue the competition.
None of this would be a surprise if they were in college. Douglas and Faupula are high school seniors who went to any lengths to keep playing and to raise their chances of playing in college, preferably through scholarship means.
So, have game, will travel. The governing body California Interscholastic Federation in July announced it was pushing the start of the prep sports calendar into 2021 to combat the rise in coronavirus numbers. But there were no guarantees football would start on time or at all, with those decisions ultimately falling on the shoulders of county health departments, school districts and individual leagues.
That was enough for the families of Douglas and Faupula to brainstorm. Their options were to stay put and hope for a winter 2021 season, or to move in with relatives out of state and start fresh.
Douglas is a 6-foot, 210-pound do-all player who suited up for Christian Brothers last year and now dons the colors of Rocky Mountain High in Meridian, just outside Boise.
He also bears the broad grin of achievement. He played a vital role in Rocky Mountain’s 5A State Championship victory. He had a sack, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded 11 tackles in a 17-14 victory over defending champion Rigby, which came in with a state-leading 20-game winning streak. Rocky Mountain finished 11-0 in a COVID-19-shortened season.
The Nov. 21 state game was played in crisp, dry conditions, in front of a large gathering. Fans wore masks to do their part to ensure no stalls or delays tied to COVID-19 (some prep games across the country had games halted or canceled in progress due to fans refusing to wear masks, despite reminders at the entrance).
In Utah, Faupula carried the ball as a 5-9, 225-pound bruiser of a fullback at Lehi High. It was his third school. He started his prep career at small-school powerhouse East Nicolaus of the Northern Section before playing the 2019 season at Yuba City, a Division III program.
Neither athlete has any regrets. It was worth the challenge of getting to know new classmates, teammates and opponents. They arrived at the start of the academic year, impressed, became starters and got the senior year so many of their friends and rivals crave in the Sacramento region.
Douglas’ parents bought a home in Idaho. He will remain there and graduate with his new class after a spring season of baseball.
Faupula will return to Yuba County in the coming weeks, where he will sign a letter of intent to play scholarship college football. He will not be
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whatever coronavirus issues Ohio State football is dealing with have not shut down preparations for Saturday’s game at Illinois.
The Buckeyes practiced as scheduled on Thursday, though it was unclear if the structure of that workout had to be altered due to the reported increase in COVID-19 cases within the program. One source told cleveland.com the positive tests, or associated isolation due to contact tracing, are affecting players, coaches and support staff.
Ohio State did publish a series of photos from Thursday’s practice on Twitter. Players showcased as attending practice included quarterback Justin Fields and offensive linemen Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere.
Another photo showed coach Ryan Day holding the Illibuck trophy that will be at stake in Saturday’s game. A video about the team meal featured starting linebacker Baron Browning. Another video featured starting defensive end Jonathon Cooper.
Reports first surfaced Thursday evening about an increase in positive tests within the program. Ohio State has not confirmed anything, other than Thursday’s practice occurring and Friday’s travel plans remaining intact.
Ohio State typically releases a status report on Friday mornings at approximately 10 a.m. That report does not differentiate between injury, illness or disciplinary absences. Due to the daily COVID-19 testing throughout the Big Ten, that report has also been more fluid than usual because new absences could pop up after the report comes out.
In other words, what the team releases Friday, if anything, may be a best-case scenario regarding its roster for Saturday’s game.
Any players who tested positive will be unable to play in any of the final three regular-season games, per the Big Ten’s policy mandating 21 days out of competition. After the Illinois game, Ohio State is scheduled to play at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and at home against Michigan on Dec. 12. The Big Ten championship game follows on Dec. 19.
It is also important to remember that, depending on testing thresholds, Ohio State could reach a point where whether it plays or practices is out of its control.
Per Big Ten protocols, teams experiencing cases among more than 5% of team members and more than 7.5% of the program “population” — a combination of players, coaches, managers, trainers and other staff — must halt operations. Any canceled games cannot be made up. Ohio State already missed one game due to Maryland’s outbreak.
Positive tests in the 2.5-5% range for a team and 3.5-7.5% for the population mean a program must alter its practice and meeting schedule and “consider viability of continuing with scheduled competition.”
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South Australia’s opposition leader has called for a halt on putting returned travellers in hotel quarantine until a safer system can be put in place, as the state emerged from its temporary lockdown on Sunday.
Labor opposition leader Peter Malinauskas wrote to premier Steven Marshall on Sunday and said the outbreak from hotel quarantine in Adelaide and the second wave experienced in Victoria as a result of its hotel quarantine issues showed that putting returned travellers in CBD hotels “with subcontracted private security simply does not work”.
“The only way to alleviate this risk is to immediately end the international arrival and medi-hotel system in its current format, until a safer solution is found,” he said.
Malinauskas suggested in a Facebook post that there could be purpose-built facilities outside the CBD staffed by a non-casual workforce.
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Marshall said on Sunday the suggestion would not work, and was a break in bipartisanship.
“It makes no sense whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t have 1,200 rooms in Woomera or Christmas Island to pop up with a quarantine hotel let alone the staff, let alone building the hospital alongside it.”
The Parafield outbreak from the Peppers medi-hotel still stands at 26 cases. The state recorded just one new case overnight – a woman in her 20s in a medi-hotel who returned to South Australia from overseas before the state stopped accepting returned travellers.
The lockdown ended in South Australia at midnight on Sunday, three days earlier than planned, after a 36-year-old kitchen worker at the Stamford medi-hotel who initially said he had contracted the virus while picking up a pizza at an Adelaide pizza bar later admitted to working in the kitchen alongside an infected security guard from the Peppers hotel.
The man is on a temporary graduate visa which expires next month. A taskforce of 20 police detectives are investigating the false report.
Federal Labor’s shadow employment minister, Brendan O’Connor, told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday that while people should not lie to contact tracers, the man might have been forced to lie about his work situation because he did not have access to jobseeker or jobkeeper support on a temporary visa.
“We have had hundreds of thousands of temporary visa applicants who don’t have any support in a recession where obviously employers won’t choose to employ them necessarily if they are not going to get the subsidy,” he said.
“I’m just making the point, so you make decisions at the federal level, they can have consequences down the track.
“We did say there should be modest support for people on temporary visas. You can’t give them nothing because they will end up being in a difficult situation as clearly is the case
State health officials confirmed another 2,288 coronavirus cases, bringing the number of active cases statewide to 35,526. That’s based on 71,269 new molecular tests reported on Friday, according to the Department of Public Health.
Health officials also confirmed another 34 COVID-related fatalities on Friday, for a total of 10,238 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
There are currently 904 people hospitalized statewide for COVID-19 or symptoms related to the virus, including 179 patients in intensive care.
The seven-day average of positive tests increased to 3.28% on Thursday, which is up from a low of .8 in September.
The latest numbers come as Pfizer and BioNTech announced they will submit a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, called BNT162b2.
The emergency use authorization could allow high-risk groups in the United States to receive doses of the vaccine by the middle to end of December, the companies said. The request for authorization comes days after an analysis this week revealed the prototype vaccine to be 95% effective during large-scale Phase 3 clinical trials.
The Department of Public Health tweaked the state’s quarantine guidance this week, allowing people exposed to COVID-19 to leave quarantine as early as 10 days if they test negative beforehand.
People exposed to COVID-19 who get a test eight days into their quarantine and end up negative would be allowed to leave quarantine under the guidance that took effect on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said during a news conference at the Massachusetts State House.
Those people must also not have or have had any symptoms and must continue to watch their health during the two-week period, according to the guidance. If they develop symptoms, they should get retested. The rest of the quarantine guidelines remains unchanged.
On Friday, Massachusetts added two more states to the list of states it is requiring visitors — or those returning to Mass. from those states — to quarantine for 14 days or get a negative COVID test. Maine and New Hampshire were added to the list leaving only Vermont and Hawaii the only two states Massachusetts is not restricting travel from.
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Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, state officials announced Thursday. (Nov, 19)
HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.
Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing program were permitted to arrive and then upload their negative test results to a state database, allowing them to skip two weeks of quarantine.
However, some travelers who arrived in Hawaii without their test results wound up later testing positive. That, in part, prompted the rule change, Ige said at a news conference,
The new program goes into effect Tuesday, just ahead of the holiday. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged people not to travel this year because of a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide.
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To bypass the 14-day quarantine, travelers must have the correct type of COVID-19 negative test results from one of the state’s trusted testing partners, Ige said.
“If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of their trip, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever runs shorter,” he said.
Those who arrive without having their negative test results before departure will not be able to skip quarantine, even if their negative results become available shortly after they arrive.
Passenger have always had the option to not get tested at all and quarantine in their hotel rooms or homes upon arrival. Travelers will continue to have that option.
The rules apply to anyone flying to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland or Japan, both of which have pre-testing programs in place. Ige also said passengers from Canada will soon have the option to get pre-tested and come to Hawaii.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.
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FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, a lone pedestrian walks past a public service sign reminding Chicago residents of the return to a stricter COVID-19 protocol along the city’s usually busy Magnificent Mile in Chicago. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2020, file photo, travelers make their way through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, the heart rates, blood pressure levels and oxygen levels of COVID-19 patients are closely tracked in an intermediate care wing of UW Hospital’s COVID-19 unit in Madison, Wis. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, a nurse at Stormont Vail Health System pushes a hospital bed through hallways in Topeka, Kan. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with non-coronavirus cases ranging from broken bones to heart attacks in states where COVID-19 cases are tying up resources.
FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, a traveler walks through a mostly-empty arrival lobby at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2020, file photo, people get tested at the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, a traveler wears a face mask and gloves at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. California has become the second state to record 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for