Top Biden advisor says national lockdown ‘measure of last resort’

first_imgThe U.S. is now reporting a weekly average of 145,401 cases every day, a more than 33% increase compared with a week ago and a record high average, according to Hopkins.More than 69,400 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest number of patients with the virus at any point during the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic.Top coronavirus advisors for Biden, who named a panel of scientists on Monday to help navigate his Covid-19 response, have given differing stances on whether the U.S. should adopt lockdown measures to control the recent spike in cases.- Advertisement – Osterholm later clarified his comments in an interview with NBC News, saying, “It was not a recommendation. I have never made this recommendation to Biden’s group. We’ve never talked about it.”A Biden transition official told NBC News that a shutdown “is not in line with the president-elect’s thinking.”“We are not in support of a nationwide lockdown,” Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard and a Biden advisor, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “You can have targeted measures building on mask wearing to include widespread testing, can include dialing up and down capacity restrictions, and those measures need to happen on a more localized basis.”Both Gawande and Murthy pointed to New York’s “micro-cluster” strategy as an example. The state has imposed tougher restrictions on specific areas depending on the level of coronavirus spread. The hardest-hit red zones would be forced to close nonessential businesses and schools for in-person learning while other surrounding areas can remain open with modifications.“On a zip code by zip code basis, you can deploy different restrictions in order to get the virus under control and it’s quite effective. We do not need to go into a nationwide, shelter-in-place shutdown,” Gawande said.More states are beginning to ease back into coronavirus restrictions and institute statewide mask mandates as coronavirus cases continue to soar ahead of the holidays. Many governors have pointed to “Covid fatigue,” or the reduced compliance with recommended public health guidance, as one reason for the swelling infections.North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican who has resisted instituting a mask mandate, ordered residents on Friday to begin covering their face when in public. On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reimposed a statewide mask mandate with tougher enforcement measures on businesses.“If we wear a mask, we are keeping our kids in school and we are protecting our elderly and we are protecting our hospitals,” DeWine told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We can see the end of this, we just have to tough it out… for a few more months and do what we need to do so we can get through this.” “That’s a measure of last resort,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general tapped to help lead the group, told “Fox News Sunday,” adding that any lockdown at this stage of the pandemic would look different than the sweeping closures which states enacted in the spring to suppress the virus.“In the spring we didn’t know a lot about Covid, we responded, in a sense, with an on-off switch. We just shut things down because we didn’t know exactly how this was spreading and where it was spreading, but we learned a lot more since then,” Murthy said.Murthy’s comments come after another Covid-19 advisor to Biden, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Yahoo Finance in an interview Wednesday that shuttering businesses for four to six weeks while paying people for lost wages could help suppress cases and hospitalizations to a manageable level.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A national lockdown of businesses and schools is a “measure of last resort,” even as cases continue to surge to record-highs across the U.S., a top coronavirus advisor to President-elect Joe Biden said on Sunday.Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more in 47 states as of Saturday, based on a weekly average, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. reported 166,555 new cases on Saturday, the second-highest daily number of new cases so far.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Latest avian flu cases may include one in Cambodia

first_imgJan 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two Vietnamese girls died of avian influenza over the weekend, and the disease may have claimed its first human victim in Cambodia, according to news services.A 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl became the 11th and 12th people to die of H5N1 avian flu in Vietnam since late December, according to reports. Their illnesses were first reported in the news media Jan 28.The 13-year-old girl, who lived in Dong Thap province in southern Vietnam, died early on Jan 29, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Her 35-year-old mother had died of avian flu Jan 21.AFP quoted state media reports as saying the girl and her mother had slaughtered an infected duck for a meal. Previous reports said the girl had fallen ill Jan 13 and been hospitalized Jan 20. The Associated Press (AP) said experts were still trying to determine if the two cases involved person-to-person transmission.The 10-year-old girl, who lived in the southern province of Long An, died yesterday, according to a Reuters report. China’s official news agency, Xinhua, quoted a physician at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City as saying the girl had had contact with dead chickens.With the latest deaths, the apparent total of deaths caused by avian flu has increased to 44, including 32 in Vietnam and 12 in Thailand. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Jan 28 it had received reports of the two girls’ cases, but it has not yet listed the cases as confirmed.The total number of human cases since late 2003 appears to be at least 57. That includes 27 cases reported in Vietnam before December 2004 and another 13 cases since then, for a total of 40. The 13 recent cases include a 42-year-old man from northern Vietnam who recovered and, according to Reuters, was released from a hospital Jan 28. Thailand has had 17 cases, including 12 fatal ones, but has not had a case since October 2004.(The latest WHO case count, updated Jan 26, listed a total of 54 human cases, including 41 deaths.)A 25-year-old Cambodian woman died yesterday in a southern Vietnam hospital with lung damage suspected to have been caused by avian flu, according to Reuters and AP reports.The woman’s family said she became ill after dead poultry were found in her village, the AP report said. Reuters quoted a physician named Nguyen Van Hung as saying that the case was worrisome because the woman’s brother had died of respiratory failure before he could be brought to a hospital.If the woman’s case is confirmed, she will be the first Cambodian known to have had H5N1 avian flu. Cambodia’s last H5N1 outbreak in poultry was in September 2004, according to records of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).All serious cases of H5N1 avian flu since the disease re-emerged in late 2003 have been in Vietnam and Thailand, though evidence of a few mild or asymptomatic cases has been reported in Japan. The first known human cases of H5N1 occurred in Hong Kong in 1997, when 18 people fell ill and 6 of them died.Avian flu was also suspected to have killed a 39-year-old man who died yesterday in the central Vietnam city of Da Nang, according to a Reuters story citing a report in a Ho Chi Minh City newspaper. Test results were awaited, the story said.In addition, a Xinhua story said that seven people from northern Vietnam were admitted to the Topical Disease Institute in Hanoi on Jan 29 and 30 with avian flu symptoms. But the report didn’t identify the source of that information.In other developments, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week cautioned travelers to Vietnam to take steps to avoid avian flu. The “travel health precaution” warns travelers to avoid areas where live poultry are kept and to make sure foods containing poultry or eggs are thoroughly cooked, among other steps. A separate notice for travelers visiting family and friends in Vietnam listed more detailed measures.last_img read more

Chiron’s UK plant to resume making flu vaccine

first_imgMar 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – British regulators have cleared Chiron Corp. to resume making influenza vaccine at its plant in Liverpool, England, which should improve the chances of an adequate vaccine supply in the United States next winter.British officials suspended Chiron’s license to make flu vaccine in October 2004 because of contamination problems at the plant. That forced the company to cancel delivery of 48 million doses of vaccine to the United States, close to half of the nation’s expected supply for the 2004-05 flu season.The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced the lifting of Chiron’s license suspension yesterday. “The MHRA inspectors have concluded that satisfactory progress has been made in the manufacturing areas which had previously caused concern,” the agency said.The suspension was officially lifted at 5 p.m. yesterday. “The company . . . is now free to recommence full manufacturing of the vaccine,” the MRHA said.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) welcomed the announcement but indicated it was not yet certain that the company could supply vaccine for the US market next season.In a news release, Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “FDA considers MHRA’s action today an extremely important milestone in Chiron’s efforts to supply influenza vaccine for the U.S. market for the coming flu season, but work remains. FDA and MHRA will continue to closely monitor Chiron’s progress as manufacturing proceeds.”When all critical stages of manufacturing are in full swing, and needed corrective actions can be fully evaluated, FDA plans to conduct a comprehensive inspection of Chiron’s Liverpool facility to assure that Chiron can produce a safe and effective vaccine.”Chiron, based in Emeryville, Calif., promised to continue working to get the plant back on track. Chief Executive Officer Howard Pien said in a statement, “Our employees have worked tirelessly and we are extremely proud of this result. This is a significant accomplishment. In this new beginning we remain focused on continuing to remediate and improve so Chiron can successfully deliver on the results required to supply influenza for the 2005-2006 season.”The statement did not say how much vaccine the company expects to be able to make. Flu vaccine is grown in chicken eggs; production usually begins in late winter or early spring and takes roughly 6 months.The loss of Chiron vaccine this season raised the specter of a shortage and prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that available doses be reserved for people with an increased risk of flu complications. The fear of a shortage triggered long lines at flu-shot clinics last fall.The nation’s other flu-vaccine sources stepped up their production in response to the situation. Sanofi Aventis (formerly Aventis Pasteur) said it would produce an extra 2.6 million doses, for a total of about 58 million doses of inactivated vaccine, and MedImmune planned to make an extra 1 million doses of its live intranasal vaccine, FluMist, for a total of about 3 million.In addition, the government arranged to buy 1.2 million doses of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine that is not licensed in the United States. The vaccine, though considered safe, was to be used under investigational new drug rules, which require vaccine recipients to sign a consent form.The nation ended up with an estimated total of about 62 million doses of vaccine. The flu season has turned out be relatively mild, and some of the vaccine supply has gone unused, despite the earlier fears of a shortage.A CDC official was quoted yesterday as saying about 7% of the approved vaccine doses produced for the US market this year have not been used. Dr. Jeanne Santoli told the New York Times that 3 million to 3.5 million doses of inactivated vaccine and 1 million doses of live vaccine have not been sold.See also:UK MHRA news releaselast_img read more

Vietnamese find another case of avian flu

first_imgMay 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Another man has contracted H5N1 avian influenza in northern Vietnam, only 4 days after the previous case dashed hopes of a respite from the outbreak.A 58-year-old man from Thanh Hoa was hospitalized at the Institute of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on May 13, Reuters news service said today. Subsequent tests have confirmed he has the H5N1 virus.Nguyen Dang Ngoan, director of the Thanh Hoa provincial Preventive Medicine Center, told the Associated Press (AP) that dead chickens had been reported in the man’s yard a month ago and that the family slaughtered chickens for meals. He developed a high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties Apr 20 and tested positive May 15, the AP reported today.A 52-year-old man from Vinh Phuc province, identified last week as Cao The Hai (previously listed as 55 years old), was admitted to the same hospital on May 12, Reuters reported. His case was the first reported in about 3 weeks. Both men were in stable condition, a doctor at the hospital told the media.”We are now treating two H5N1 patients and they are in good condition,” a doctor told Agence France-Presse (AFP), for a story published today.Authorities in the two provinces have quarantined the patients’ homes and are monitoring family members for illness, AFP reported.Unofficially, the two latest cases bring the number of Vietnamese diagnosed with H5N1 since late December 2004 to 43. Sixteen of those people died.Initial tests on a 20-year-old Cambodian woman from Kampot Province suspected of having H5N1 were negative, said Phan Van Tu, chief virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, as reported in today’s AP story.last_img read more

FBI says it easily replicated anthrax used in attacks

first_img At the same time, officials conceded that they probably will never be able to dispel all doubts about the case against Bruce E. Ivins, the anthrax researcher who died in an apparent suicide as the FBI was about to announce charges against him. According to a New York Times report on the press conference, FBI officials said investigators determined that the making of the powder was a relatively simple process of cleaning and drying anthrax spores. “FBI scientists easily reproduced it with gear that Ivins regularly used,” the article stated. Aug 15 CIDRAP News storyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/news/aug1508anthrax.html The FBI has said its experts and other scientists helping with the investigation developed a new DNA fingerprinting technique that enabled them to match the anthrax used in the attacks with a batch of anthrax that was in Ivins’ custody, known as RMR-1029. The agency has not released a detailed scientific report on the DNA evidence. Aside from that claim, the case against Ivins is mostly circumstantial, and a number of scientists have voiced doubts about it. At an Aug 18 news conference, the agency also acknowledged a specific error in the investigation and promised to release detailed information on the probe in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Aug 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The FBI, seeking to counter scientific skepticism on its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, insisted this week that the anthrax powder could have been made by one person and contained no “intentional additives” to make it more dispersible. The FBI then realized the sample was the same strain used in the attacks, which helped confirm other evidence implicating Ivins, the Times reported. “Looking at it in hindsight, we would do things differently today,” the newspaper quoted Majidi as saying. In addition, Dr. C.J. Peters, a virologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said it is puzzling that the FBI has not reported finding traces of the letter anthrax in places where Ivins lived and worked, given how widely the spores were dispersed in settings such as the Washington, DC, post office that processed the letters mailed to senators. As expected, the FBI’s new revelations did not eliminate skepticism about the case. Dr. Richard Spertzel, a retired microbiologist who led the United Nations’ biological weapons inspections in Iraq, called the FBI’s new presentation “a pretty tenuous argument,” according to the Times. He specifically questioned the agency’s claim that the letter anthrax was not “military grade.” However, silicon was found in the mailed anthrax (as reported previously), and FBI officials conceded that the duplicate powder they made did not match the letter anthrax in that respect, according to reports by the Times and the Washington Post. FBI scientists said they concluded that the high level of silicon occurred naturally in the anthrax used in the attacks, the Times reported. Further, Majidi said the information released this week was “the first step toward broader dissemination of the scientific information surrounding this case. Additional information will be available through peer-reviewed publications and I ask you to respect the integrity of this process.” But it turned out that an extra copy of Ivins’ sample was kept by Paul Keim, a Northern Arizona University biologist who helped with the investigation, and he provided it to the FBI when the agency asked for it in 2006, according to the Post. “It is important to emphasize that the science used in this case is highly validated and well accepted throughout the scientific community. The novelty is in the application of these techniques for forensic microbiology.” The investigative error acknowledged by the FBI this week had to do with the handling of the first anthrax sample they obtained from Ivins. According to the Times, FBI officials revealed that they first obtained a sample of a unique strain of anthrax from him in 2002 and that it could have led them to the strain used in the attacks. However, the agency “destroyed the sample because Dr. Ivins did not follow protocol in the way it was submitted, making it more difficult to use in court,” the story said. “Through a comprehensive analytical approach, the investigators were provided with validated scientific data which linked the material used in the 2001 anthrax attacks to material from USAMRIID identified as RMR-1029,” Majidi said. In his Aug 18 written statement, Majidi listed several sophisticated techniques that were used in analyzing the mailed anthrax: scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, carbon dating by accelerator mass spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission and mass spectrometry. “I would contend that anywhere he made the powder or manipulated the powder was almost certainly contaminated,” Peters told CIDRAP news by e-mail. “Think about the pos[itive] nasal swabs in the Hart office building or environmental swabs in the post office. Look at the spore counts on the protective gear when the Leahy letter was detected.” The mailing of anthrax-laced letters to two US senators and several media offices in the fall of 2001, shortly after the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, killed five people and sickened 17 others. The FBI outlined its case against Ivins on Aug 6 of this year, just 9 days after he died of an overdose of painkillers. Ivins had worked for years at the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in Maryland. “I don’t think we’re ever going to put the suspicions to bed,” said Vahid Majidi, assistant director of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, as quoted in press accounts. “There’s always going to be a spore on a grassy knoll.” Early in the investigation, the FBI indicated that the mailed anthrax was a weaponized product, treated or processed to make it spread more easily through the air and penetrate deep into the lungs. It was reported that the powder contained silicon and that Army experts had been unable to replicate the material. The implication was that one person working alone would not have been able to produce the powder. But in a statement presented at this week’s news conference, Majidi said, “There were no intentional additives combined with the Bacillus anthracis spores to make them any more dispersible.” In other information given at the news conference, officials said the Institute for Genomic Research had sequenced the full DNA of several anthrax strains by 2002, suggesting it might be possible to link the letter anthrax to its source by identifying specific mutations, according to the Times. See also: It took another year to identify the four distinctive mutations the FBI has reported, the story said. Meanwhile, the FBI collected more than 1,000 samples of the Ames strain of anthrax, the strain used in the attacks, and started using its genetic test on them. The FBI found that 8 of the 1,000 samples carried the four mutations, as reported previously. According to the Times, 100 scientists had access to or were associated with those eight samples, and all of them were investigated. The body of evidence pointed to Ivins, the story said.last_img read more

American traveler survived Marburg fever, CDC says

first_img Samples collected from the patient during the illness initially showed no evidence of a Marburg virus infection, the agency said. But a sample taken during the patient’s convalescence yielded evidence of a possible infection, and more detailed testing of both samples at the CDC confirmed that the patient had the virus. The case appears to be the first Marburg infection reported in the United States. CDC table of Marburg outbreakshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/marburg/marburgtable.htm See also: The patient had visited the bat-infested “python cave” in western Uganda, the CDC said. Fruit bats can harbor the Marburg virus, which is a cousin of the deadly Ebola virus. A Dutch woman who visited the same cave in July 2008 contracted Marburg fever and died after returning to the Netherlands. “Both patients likely acquired their infections as a result of contact with cave-dwelling fruit bats,” the CDC said. CDC advice to travelers related to Marburg casehttp://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentMarburgUganda.aspx “The patient developed illness four days after returning to the US, was hospitalized, discharged, and fully recovered,” the CDC Special Pathogens Branch said in an online notice. No details about the patient or the illness were released. A CDC official told CIDRAP News the agency expects to be able to provide more information soon. The appropriate state and local health departments were working with the CDC to further investigate the American patient’s case, the CDC reported. The investigation includes assessing anyone who might have been exposed to the patient during the illness and checking on travelers who visited the same cave or other caves in Africa. Officials said there was no evidence that the disease spread to anyone else. Feb 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A case of the often deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever was retrospectively identified in an American who fell ill after a trip to Uganda in January 2008 and eventually recovered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently. CDC questions and answers about Marburghttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/marburg/qa.htm CDC outbreak postings with report on Marburg casehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/outbreaks/index.htm The Ugandan Ministry of Health officially closed the cave to visitors in August, after the Dutch case, the statement said. The Marburg virus, like the Ebola virus, can cause a severe febrile disease for which there is no vaccine or specific treatment. Case-fatality rates in recorded outbreaks have ranged from 21% to 90%, according to CDC data. A major outbreak occurred in Angola in 2004 and 2005, involving 252 confirmed cases with 227 deaths, as listed by the CDC. The virus is believed to spread through contact with bodily fluids. Jul 10, 2008, CIDRAP News story on case in the Netherlandshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/news/jul1008marburg.htmllast_img read more

New investment cycle of the Blue Lagoon

first_imgLaguna Poreč also opened the fourth pool in the auto camp Bijela uvala, which makes this camp unique in Croatia with as many as four pools for the comfort of its visitors.Camp Bijela Uvala (Zelena laguna, 52440 Poreč, 52440, Poreč) is located on the Istrian peninsula, 5 km from Poreč, and is recognized as one of the best Croatian camps. The camp is categorized with four stars and is a proud winner of the prestigious ADAC award for quality “yellow board”. The camp area is 450.000 square meters, with a capacity of 6.000 guests. The camp has accommodation on 1.200 camping pitches, mostly between 70 and 110 mXNUMX, as well as accommodation in mobile homes.In addition to the new swimming pools, this year’s investment cycle also includes the refurbishment of 11 villas in the Laguna Bellevue tourist resort and the expansion of the terraces and landscaping of the park in front of the 27 terraces of the ground floor apartments.The total capital investments of the company Plava laguna in the destination Poreč in 2017 amount to HRK 94,9 million. Part of the investment relates to the construction and arrangement of exemplary accommodation units of hotels, villas, apartments and villages of the Laguna Park Hotel in preparation for a thorough future reconstruction, and significant funds have been invested in improving the quality of content in camps. This year, the interior of the common areas of Hotel Zorna was decorated, and Hotel Delfin received 124 newly renovated bathrooms, which arranged all 800 bathrooms in this hotel.last_img read more

In June, Zagreb recorded a growth of 30 percent in overnight stays and arrivals

first_imgAccording to the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Croatian capital recorded 30% more arrivals and as much as 32% more overnight stays in June than in June 2016.Thus, a total of 137.638 arrivals and 244.670 overnight stays were registered, and the most numerous were guests from: South Korea, the USA, Germany, China and the United Kingdom, while guests from the United States of America were in the first place.”The Zagreb Tourist Board is extremely pleased with these excellent results, which once again confirm that Zagreb has become an unavoidable year-round tourist destination and invites everyone to the final two concerts of the festival. Zagreb Classic on Tomislav Square, which will be held today, July 4 (Zagreb Philharmonic and Roby Lakatos) and on Thursday, July 6, GK Komedija – Comedy Gala!), and also announces the fourth edition yard which will open its doors next week, on July 14th. ” stand out from the Tourist Board of the City of ZagrebFor the period January – June 2017, a total of 532.735 arrivals were recorded, which is 19% more and 961.364 overnight stays, which is 18% more than in the same period last year. There were 23% more foreign guests (438.801 arrivals) and 21% more overnight stays (790.604). In the first six months, most overnight stays were recorded by guests from South Korea, the US, Germany, Italy and the UK.last_img read more

UNWTO: Tourism is growing, with 70 million more arrivals than last year

first_imgTourist destinations around the world hosted 1,1 billion international tourists, from January to October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This represents an increase of 7% compared to the same period last year, or 70 million more arrivals from abroad.Thus, destinations around the world in the first ten months achieved a total of 1,127 million (+ 7%) arrivals of international tourists, 70 million more than in the same period in 2016.Destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East have shown extraordinary strength, with international arrivals exceeding 7% in all Southern and Mediterranean European destinations, and Turkey is recovering rapidly as well as double-digit increases for most other destinations in the region. In North Africa and the Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia and Palestine have recovered strongly from previous years, while Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and Dubai continue to grow.”These robust results, the best we’ve seen in many years, reflect ongoing demand for travel around the world, in line with the improved global economy and the recovery of destinations that have suffered declines in previous years”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the 2nd UNWTO / UNESCO Conference on Tourism and Culture held on 11 and 12 December in Oman.Regional resultsEuropean growth (+ 8%) led to an increase in international arrivals in the first ten months of 2017, thanks to significant results in southern and Mediterranean Europe (+ 13%). Western Europe (+ 7%) recovered from weaker results last year, while Northern Europe (+ 6%) had solid growth. Arrivals in Central and Eastern Europe increased by 4% between January and October 2017.Africa and Africa (+ 8%) are the fastest growing regions in international tourism. Africa (+ 8%) was the second fastest growing region during this period thanks to a strong recovery in North Africa (+ 13%) and sub-Saharan Africa (+ 5%).In Asia and the Pacific (+ 5%), results were led by South Asia (+ 10%), while Southeast Asia (+ 8%) and Oceania (+ 7%) also enjoyed a strong increase in arrivals. Northeast Asia (+ 3%) recorded more mixed results, with some destinations reporting double-digit increases and others rejected.South America (+ 7%) continues to lead growth in America, where total arrivals rose 3%. Central America and the Caribbean rose 4%, with the last signs of clear signs of recovery in October after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Results in the Middle East (+ 5%) were mixed until October, with some destinations recovering strongly and others continuing to report sustainable growth, but the regional average was partly reduced by a few that declined.Strong recovery of tourist demand from Brazil and RussiaIn 2017, there was a strong growth in demand for international tourism, so demand in Brazil grew by 33%, and in Russia by 27%, which is indicative because the growth was recorded after several years of decline.Tourist spending                                                  Among the 10 leading markets, China (+ 19%), the Republic of Korea (+ 11%), the United States and Canada (+ 9%) and Italy (+ 7%) recorded the fastest growth in tourism consumption. Thus, tourist consumption from Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Hong Kong (China) and France increased between 2% and 5%.last_img read more

Bozinovic: We are in contact with colleagues from Slovenia and Austria. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone

first_imgItaly introduced yesterday mandatory testing on covid19 for all who come to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. News which of course unfortunately immediately resulted in the return of Italian tourists as well as the cancellation of reservations. “One of the main reasons for these mild clinical pictures is that mostly young people are infected, but they must be responsible for others not for themselves. They move among others, they may have to be with the elderly and the sick, with their household”Pointed out Alemka Markotić, director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases“ Dr. Fran Mihaljević added you “I appeal to young people to try to realize that they do not have to give up entertainment completely, but they must be responsible, they must keep their distance, respect hygienic measures… I ask young people who have always and everywhere been leaders in good things to curb those numbers. ” There is intensive communication with all colleagues, including colleagues in Austria and Slovenia. It is most emphasized that the epidemiological situation is viewed through the counties selectively. For now, we have no announcement that Austria will put Croatia on the red list, said Minister Davor Božinović and added: “Most of the work is done to point out the specificity of certain situations in the regions. The situation is not the same in counties where more than half of the patients are sick today and in some others. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone”Bozinovic added. The Italian government has announced that all costs related to providing protection against COVID-19 will be reimbursed to citizens. For this reason, Italians are likely to practice testing in their country of origin, but we will soon publish a list by counties where Italian tourists can be tested for covid in Croatia. Currently, about 820 thousand tourists stay in Croatia, or at the level of 68% compared to last year. Most tourists are in Istria County, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar County. Also, today the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced warning for travel to Croatia. However, there are no bans for now, but they recommend not to travel to Croatia. Currently, most new cases are in Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia County. Most of the infected in Zagreb returned from summer vacations, and they are younger people, about 2/3 of them were at sea and stayed at larger gatherings in night bars that work after midnight, said Krunoslav Capak, reports Večernji list. Robert Koch Institute: Croatia is among the largest exporters of corona to Germany In the past 24 hours, 208 new cases were recorded, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 961. According to the RKI data for August 11, currently 260 cases of covida19 have been imported from Croatia, while the last report from yesterday (August 13.08) does not list imported cases. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes daily reports on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany with relevant information on the number of new infections, etc. Among the data that can be found in the daily report RKI for August 11, Croatia clearly stands out as one of the countries from which coronavirus is mostly “imported” to Germany, reports Index.hrlast_img read more