Singapore to Start ‘World First’ Air Travel Bubble With Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong and Singapore will start an air travel bubble that will replace quarantine with Covid-19 testing from Nov. 22, officials said in separate media briefings Wednesday.

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There will be several flights a week on Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. from that date, rising to daily from Dec. 7. A maximum of 200 people will be permitted on each flight and details of the arrangement, released nearly a month after the two Asian hubs first announced they’d reopen their borders to one another, will be reviewed after one month.

Singapore Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung said at a news briefing that this was the first travel bubble of its type and may be used as a template for other countries, if successful. The travel bubble will help ensure a brighter future for the city-state’s Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines, he said.

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Energy, travel stocks surge on Pfizer vaccine hopes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shares of stocks that have been demolished as the coronavirus and related lockdowns have crippled the global economy surged on Monday following positive news from Pfizer PFE.N and its German partner BioNTech 22UAy.DE about is experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

FILE PHOTO: A logo for Pfizer is displayed on a monitor on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 29, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Pfizer shares jumped 10.16%, although they were off earlier highs, after the company said the vaccine was more than 90% effective in a large-scale clinical trial for which it will now seek a U.S. emergency use authorization. U.S.-listed shares of BioNTech were up 9.89%.

While Pfizer shares were higher on the news, the overall healthcare sector .SPXHC was underperforming the broader S&P 500, in large part due to a sharp decline in Biogen BIIB.O after a U.S. Food

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Bowser defends trip to Delaware to celebrate Biden win, despite travel advisories

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Tuesday defended her decision to travel Saturday to Delaware, a state with significantly higher coronavirus risk than the District, to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.



Muriel Bowser posing for the camera: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) speaks at a Nov. 4 news conference in Washington.


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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) speaks at a Nov. 4 news conference in Washington.

The trip, which comes as the mayor attempts to discourage interstate travel because of the pandemic, prompted questions from reporters and derision on social media from some residents and Bowser critics.

Bowser (D) said that she was “very proud” to attend the celebration in Wilmington and that the trip “absolutely” qualified as “essential travel” — which is exempted from the mayor’s quarantine order — because she was conducting government business on the road.

“I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. Some of them are formal and some of them are informal, but all

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Travel and Coronavirus Testing: Your Questions Answered

Many places are offering coronavirus tests, including some hospitals, urgent care clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Some churches and fire stations are offering testing, too. Airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue and American Airlines are offering testing at the airport or at nearby drive-through sites for passengers heading to certain destinations. Some airports have clinics in terminals. Companies, including CareCube and Pixel by LabCorp, will mail a test to you and you send back a sample; they promise to send you your results within 12 to 34 hours and 36 hours, respectively. JetBlue has a partnership with Vault Health for mail-in tests.

It’s a good idea to start by reaching out to your doctor’s office to see what all the available options for testing are and how long it will take to get results. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a

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College Students (And Covid-19) Will Travel Home For Thanksgiving

In keeping with nationwide standardized protocols for Covid-19 testing and safety, when it comes to college campuses, there are none. Two weeks from now, millions of college students will head home for Thanksgiving break. Some will fly, some will drive, and some will take other forms of transportation such as buses and trains. Some are planning on staying at home until early 2021, and some will plan on heading back to campus with millions of others, at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. While flights have been remarkably empty over recent weeks, in small part due to October/November being off-season for tourism, but in large part due to the pandemic, this may change as Thanksgiving approaches. And while some schools, especially smaller colleges and those in more rural locations, have developed meticulous and tightly-controlled Covid-19 testing, tracing, and isolation

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Tourists are buying fake covid-19 test results on the black market to travel

With global coronavirus cases rising, many countries are now requiring negative coronavirus test results for entry, but getting a test in time can be difficult for travelers.



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So it may have been only a matter of time before a black-market option emerged: counterfeit test results. The practice of forging or purchasing fake results has surfaced in destinations around the world, with instances of manipulated negatives in Brazil, France and the United Kingdom.

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What to know about getting tested for the coronavirus to travel

Last week, French officials broke up an alleged forgery ring that was selling false test certificates at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport. According to the Associated Press, the group was asking $180 to $360 (150 to 300 euros) for the digital certificates of a negative result.

Police charged the group of seven (six men and one woman) with forgery and fraud

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