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Many Americans Ignored Thanksgiving Travel Warnings From CDC, Data Show : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

More Americans stayed home for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year — but by relatively small margins.

An NPR analysis of mobile phone location data showed that 42% of Americans with smartphones remained home, up from 36% last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly urged people to avoid holiday travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the warnings, 13% of Americans still traveled a significant distance, the data showed, although that number was down from 17% last year.

Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington, said that ideally, more people would have stayed home given the high case rates. “This level of travel will unfortunately lead to a rise in cases,” said Mokdad, who is the chief strategy officer for Population Health.

Data, provided to NPR by SafeGraph, are based on tracking the locations of about 18 million mobile phones across the United States. NPR analyzed

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Austin Mayor Encouraged People To Stay Home, Went To Cabo For Vacation : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we

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Airline Cards Lose Luster as Coronavirus Persists

Kimberley Moore called
JPMorgan Chase
& Co. in October to ask if it would lower the $450 annual fee on her
United Airlines Holdings Inc.
credit card. A United cardholder for roughly 15 years, Ms. Moore traveled often. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and Ms. Moore, 53 years old, scaled back her spending and canceled travel plans.

Ms. Moore, a senior director at a national health care organization in Washington, D.C., decided to keep the card after JPMorgan offered her a $200 statement credit. But she has barely used the card since, and is instead mostly using debit cards.

Nearly nine months into the pandemic, banks and airlines are scrambling to rescue their airline rewards cards. The companies have deployed the cards for years to win big-spending customers, but the perks they offer—like flight upgrades and airport lounge access—are all but obsolete in a global pandemic.

Typically, card companies don’t

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Coronavirus live news: Iran passes 1m Covid-19 cases; WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel | World news

The last remaining foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left North Korea, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns.

North Korea has reported zero confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the government has imposed stifling measures that in some cases go beyond the controls already in place in the politically and economically isolated country.

International ICRC staff left Pyongyang on Wednesday and the organisation’s ongoing work there will be managed by its delegation in Beijing, said Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for east Asia.

“They have completed their assignments in the DPRK,” she said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “They will be going to their home countries to reunite with their families.”

The ICRC office remained open with very limited activities given the current anti-coronavirus

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Bear Creek, Camelback ski resorts turn to all-online ticket sales, add coronavirus measures

If area ski resorts seem less packed this winter, it’s because they’re taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing and selling tickets online rather than in person.

a group of people riding skis down a snow covered slope: If area ski resorts like Bear Creek in Berks County seem less packed this winter, it’s because they’re taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing and selling tickets all online rather than in person.

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If area ski resorts like Bear Creek in Berks County seem less packed this winter, it’s because they’re taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing and selling tickets all online rather than in person.

“Our biggest change this winter from previous years is selling all of our day tickets online and making them date-specific to control the numbers of guests,” said Gary Kline, marketing and guest experiences director at Bear Creek Ski Resort in Berks County.

“We’re also not encouraging guests to camp out in our lodge,” Kline said. “We’re asking them to leave their belongings in their vehicles instead of in

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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Updates For December

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? If you’re planning an end-of-year trip for the holidays, there are some travel restrictions to know about. Much of the world is inaccessible for leisure travel, but it’s still possible to leave home and sightsee. Only essential travel reasons may be exempt from various travel restrictions.

New York

New York has some of the strictest travel restrictions in the contiguous U.S. 48 states. Most travelers, including New York residents out-of-state for at least 24 hours, will need to quarantine for 14 days or take two qualifying diagnostic

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Price of plane tickets soar as WA coronavirus border restrictions ease, but airlines say help is on the way

Airlines are adding dozens of extra flights for the expected rush of festive-season family reunions in Western Australia, amid calls to ensure ticket prices are affordable.

The reopening of WA’s border with Victoria and New South Wales from next Tuesday means travellers from those states can spend Christmas in the west without having to first complete 14 days’ mandatory quarantine.

But for those looking for immediate flights, it may not come cheap.

Strong demand and limited seat availability in the days after the border reopening has pushed the price of some one-way airfares from Sydney and Melbourne — via Brisbane — to between $700 and $2,000.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA chief executive Chris Rodwell said the high prices were a concern.

“There are many families that want to return here to enjoy their Christmas and of course there’s many business [travellers] that want to be able to visit

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After Thanksgiving travel, Washington region braces for coronavirus rise

While it could be weeks before the region sees the effect of Thanksgiving travel, Bowser on Monday pointed to a nationwide jump in cases that is still being felt in the nation’s capital. She reminded residents to adhere to city travel guidelines, which call on those who visit a “high-risk” state to limit activities for 14 days when returning to the city. Residents and visitors can also get tested within three to five days of arriving and self-monitor for symptoms until receiving a negative test result.

“We expect that we’re going to have more cases,” Bowser said. “We’re also in a good position to do a lot of testing. We have a very robust testing program which we feel strongly will help us identify and isolate people who have been infected by covid.”

The seven-day average of new daily infections across the greater Washington region on Monday was 4,662, down

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Experts warn of coronavirus surge after widespread Thanksgiving travel

The US continued to report more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the holiday weekend, as experts warned that widespread Thanksgiving travel could fuel a surge in the coming weeks.

Related: Moderna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirm

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the US topped 200,000 for the first time on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Since January, when the first infections were reported in the US, the total number of cases has surpassed 13m. More than 265,000 people have died.

There was some good news on Monday, as Moderna said it would apply for US authorisation to use its coronavirus vaccine. The company announced final results from its trial, which it said confirmed 94% efficacy.

Moderna’s data will be weighed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 17 December. The company said it expected to have doses for 10

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