COVID-19 Weekly Recap: Mar 12 – 19

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A weekly recap of facts, stats, official statements and key resources on COVID-19

This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves. 

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – March 18, 2020

“Don’t assume your community won’t be affected. Prepare as if it will be. Don’t assume you won’t be infected. Prepare as if you will be… Physical distancing measures – like cancelling sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings – can help to slow transmission of the virus. They can reduce the burden on the health system.”

WEF: What countries are doing to slow the coronavirus outbreak – Updated March 18, 2020

Italy is rushing 10,000 student doctors into service as the death toll from coronavirus reaches 2,500. The EU has banned all non-essential travel to the bloc for 30 days. Countries in Latin America announced border closures. The World Economic Forum has gather here what the countries are doing to cope with the spread of Covid-19. 

CIRIUM: Visualisation of Covid-19’s impact on aviation – Updated daily 

Cirium collects schedules and flight status from thousands of different data sources to provide flight performance of both domestic and international travel to and from China. This visualization of data allows you to see the coronavirus impact on aviation on daily level, and also includes a comparison for flights flown in 2019. 

ADARA: COVID-19 Resource Center – Updated real-time

While domestic flight bookings for business travel declines this year, leisure bookings have actually seen an uptick, with flights booked for family leisure increasing 25% the week beginning March 5 compared to the week starting Jan 2, 2020. Amid the fast-changing environment due to the spread of coronavirus, ADARA creates the ADARA COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER, which taps into its real-time travel data – including hotel booking and flight booking – to track most recent consumer behavior. 

IATA Chief Economist Alexandre de Juniac’s remark at the Media Briefing on COVID-19 – March 17, 2020 

Governments’ policy to restrict travel have also removed significant cargo capacity from the system – the capacity that is vitally needed to help keep supply chains going, including the delivery of critical medicines and medical equipment. IATA Chief Economist Alexandre de Juniac has therefore asked the government to ensure efficient cargo operations and also to take some extraordinary measures regarding aviation. 

ForwardKeys: US Travel Ban Hits the US Airlines and Trans-Atlantic Routes – March 17, 2020

A report by ForwardKeys reveals that the US trans-Atlantic travel ban on non-US residents entering the country from the Schengen area, due to the Coronavirus, has put 1.3M airline seats at risk of elimination when the exclusion was extended to the UK and Ireland. This is in addition to the 2 million seats placed in jeopardy last Friday. The airlines which look set to suffer the most are US airline carriers, Delta and United, which each stand to lose around 400,000 seats. In terms of countries, the UK is set to be worst hit, followed by Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain respectively.

STR: U.S. hotel results for March 1-7 compared to last year  – March 11, 2020

Reflecting concerns and cancellations around the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. hotel industry reported negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 1-7 March 2020, with the occupancy rate falling by 7.3%, average daily rate 4.6%, and revenue per available room 11.6%. 

IATA: List of Travel Restrictions – Updated Daily

Restrictions are becoming more widespread, and major airports are putting preventive measures in place. A document featured on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website, lists countries where restrictions are in place.

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