Coronavirus Special Report
November 22 to 28, 2020
Read all about it! The Coronavirus spirals out of control as many hospitals run out of ICU beds. More than 255,000 260,000 265,000 have died. Infections surge past 12 million and 13 million all this week. Despite what you heard, Americans didn't rush airports for Thanksgiving flights. Much of the world is locked down again and travel reflects the closure. There is hope for test-and-fly regimens although carriers think Canadians will accept a 14-day winter quarantine to fly to Hawaii. And much more. Read from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update for November 28, 2020

Congratulations, America. We've reached 13 million cases since the pandemic began. We had barely reached 12 million a week ago. Here are today's other developments:
        Make America Sick Again There were 205,557 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. That is a record high. And just a month ago, we were all frightened by the prospect of 100,000 new cases in a single day. The death toll was 1,404.
        And now the trek home ... The TSA says 820,399 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday, the first day of the Thanksgiving rush home. That's 820,399 percent of 2019 volume.
        Kauai's out Kauai is now officially out of Hawaii's testing regimen that permits visitors to the state to avoid a 14-day quarantine. Effective Wednesday, all travelers to Kauai, including inter-island flyers, must once again quarantine for 14 days on arrival. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has the details.
        Northern Ireland is now in a new 14-day lockdown. Although "off license" (liquor stores) can remain open until 8pm, all other non-essential retailers are closed. All leisure and hospitality business is banned, except for food take-away and delivery service.
        What a messe Germany's massive trade fair (messe) business has been all but closed during the pandemic. The economic cost? In the tens of billions of euro. The New York Times has the details.

Coronavirus Update for November 27, 2020

Today is Black Friday. I checked with major retailers. The year 2020 was sold to us as "final sale." No returns allowed. Here are today's other developments:
        Really, folks, death doesn't take holidays. There were 110,611 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 1,232. These numbers do not include data from 20 states that didn't report on Thanskgiving Day.
        Really, folks, there was no airport crush. For the 8-day Thanksgiving travel period--Thursday, November 19, through yesterday--the TSA says 7.4 million people passed through airport checkpoints. That's 40.3 percent of 2019 volume. So no matter what the media wants to say, there was no reckless Thanksgiving flying rush this year.
        All flights lead to Rome Delta Air Lines, Alitalia and Rome's Fiumicino airport have announced a plan for Covid-free flights between the United States and Italy. Starting in the middle of next month, flyers will test no earlier than 72 hours before flying, take a rapid test at the U.S. departure airport, test for a third time on arrival at FCO and test again before they return to the United States. This four-test regimen will allow visitors to Italy to avoid the country's 14-day quarantine. Delta will handle flights from Atlanta, Alitalia from New York.
        Singapore Airlines says it will resume flights to Los Angeles on December 2 and San Francisco on December 17. The ultra-long-haul nonstops will use the carrier's specially configured Airbus A350s offering only premium economy and business class.
        Loser's lament IATA, the airline industry's global trade group, claims carriers will lose $66 for every passenger they carry this year.
        Philadelphia phantoms Philadelphia's mass transit system is in freefall. Ridership on the city buses, trolleys and trains is down 70 percent in October. Ridership on the regional commuter lines is down 85 percent.

Coronavirus Update for November 26, 2020

Looking for something for which to be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day? You're not Mark Gordon, Republican Governor of Wyoming. He has steadfastly refused to impose a mask mandate. Yesterday his office confirmed Gordon has tested positive for the virus. Here are today's other developments:
        We're literally killing ourselves There were 181,490 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 2,297, not far from the "record" of 2,603 on April 15. Needless to say, mid-December will look like a killing field.
        Big number in a small pond The TSA says that 1,070,967 people passed through U.S. airport checkpoints yesterday. That's the most in raw numbers since the pandemic lows of mid-April. But at 40.8 percent of volume, it's far from the busiest day compared to 2019 numbers. Last year on the day before Thanksgiving, more than 2.6 million people flew.
        Tumbling dice The Transportation Department says the ten largest carriers reported 345,294 scheduled domestic flights in September, down from 398,470 in August and 660,712 in September, 2019. The all-time monthly low was 180,151 flights in May, 2020.
        Great White North WestJet chief executive Ed Sims says that winter weather will make many Canadians rush to Hawaii when flights return next month. They'll even accept the 14-day quarantine on arrival back in Canada. "I suspect you'll see more of that happening," he says.
        The Supremes reverse The Supreme Court last evening struck down New York State's rules on religious gatherings. The 5-4 ruling reverses earlier Supreme Court decisions that supported religious restrictions in California and Nevada. (Amy Coney Barrett, who replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, flipped the earlier 5-4 rulings.) Concurring with the majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote: "While the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques." The ruling is largely moot, however, since New York already rescinded the religious restriction.
        The unhappiest place With the original Disneyland closed indefinitely and Disneyland Paris closed until at least February, Disney is upping the layoffs. In an SEC filing yesterday, the company said its layoffs will now reach 32,000.

Coronavirus Update for November 25, 2020

Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, says there is "tremendous stress" on the nation's hospital system. Good thing we have rounded all those Trumpian corners. Here are today's other developments:
        Back to (recent, horrible) future There were 172,935 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Tuesday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 2,146, the worst in six months.
        Honest, not that busy The TSA says that 912,090 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. That's 37.4% of 2019 traffic, about five points higher than last Tuesday's number. More than you'd want to see, of course, but not the mad rush the media keeps insists is happening.
        The LA ledger Travelers passing through Union Station and LAX and Van Nuys (VNY) airports are now required to sign a form acknowledging they understand California recommends a 14-day self-quarantine. The rule is effective immediately. The form is available here.
        Up on the Bayou Coronavirus is raging again in Louisiana and that has led to tightened rules. Closings are infection-specific, but most bars in the state that do not serve food will now shut. Other businesses--restaurants and cafes, gyms and fitness clubs, casinos and non-essential retailers--are now limited to 50 percent of capacity.
        Asia-Pacific hotels registered an average occupancy of 51 percent in October, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE.
        Europe is experiencing a "clear and rapid decline in flights," according to Eurocontrol, the continent's air traffic control agency. About half the 2019 volume of flights had returned by summer, but the number fell to 46 percent by November 1. As of yesterday, flight volume had tumbled another 10 points to 36 percent.

Coronavirus Update for November 24, 2020

President-Elect Biden today announced Alejandro Mayorkas, the son of Jewish Cuban immigrants, as Secretary of Homeland Security. His appointment requires Senate approval. The current acting DHS head, Chad Wolf, was illegally appointed, according to at least two judicial rulings. Here are today's other developments:
        Good thing we stopped talking about Covid after Election Day. There were 169,190 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Monday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 889.
        Eye of the beholder The TSA says that 917,354 people passed through airport checkpoints on Monday. That's 40.6% of 2019 traffic, just 2.2 points higher than last Monday's number. Not exactly a mad Thanksgiving rush, as the media has touted, but, still, risky given Coronavirus conditions.
        Craps Two more Las Vegas casinos--Mandalay Bay and The Mirage--are closing their hotel units during the week. Several Vegas casinos now only operate on weekends or don't offer accommodations on weekdays. The Mandalay Bay and Mirage closures are effective on November 30.
        Five > Fourteen Effective December 15, arrivals in England can cut the 14-day quarantine rule down to five days if they test negative for Coronavirus. Arrivals must pay for their own tests, estimated to cost about 100 pounds. The change only applies to England. Different rules apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
        Off the rails Amtrak reported an operating loss of $801 million for the year from October, 2019, to September, 2020. Operating revenues dropped nearly 32 percent. Ridership systemwide fell 47.4 percent while Acela ridership dropped 52.5 percent.
        Washington, DC has ordered restaurants to close at midnight. Alcohol sales must end by 10pm. Indoor seating is limited to 25 percent of capacity. Takeout and delivery is exempt.

Coronavirus Update for November 23, 2020

A third Coronavirus vaccine has been announced. The AstraZeneca-Oxford version is reported to be 70 percent effective and does not need to be stored at freezing temperatures, a huge benefit over the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Here are today's other developments:
        Death by the numbers There were 142,732 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Sunday, says Johns Hopkins. It's the highest Sunday total during the pandemic. As often occurs on weekends, when statistical reporting isn't complete, the death toll dropped below 1,000. It was 921.
        Busy work The TSA says that 1,047,934 people passed through U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, 45.1 percent of 2019 volume. Both are pandemic-era records. The three-day Thanksgiving period (Friday-Sunday) so far has seen 3 million flyers, the first time since March 15-17.
        Can't sit down Los Angeles County is closing outdoor dining at restaurants and bars starting Wednesday. Only take-out and delivery service will be permitted. This restriction will affect about 10 million residents.
        Against the odds Nevada is tightening its Coronavirus restrictions. Masks will now have to be worn in indoor and outdoor locations. Many businesses, including casinos, are limited to 25 percent of capacity. Dining reservations are required for both indoor and outdoor service and capacity limited to 25 percent.
        El Paso at loose ends The Texas National Guard has been called in to help El Paso County deal with its mounting mortuary problem. The Hill has the details.
        Museums in pieces One in three museums in the United States remain closed and most have not opened at any time during the pandemic. The figure is from the American Alliance of Museums.
        Continental blues Eurocontrol says aircraft traffic in Europe last week slipped to 36 percent of 2019. That's down 5.2 percent from the previous week and far off the 50 percent level reached during the summer.

Coronavirus Update for November 22, 2020

More than 80,000 Americans are hospitalized with Coronavirus, according to CNN, higher (by tens of thousands) than any time during the spring peak. Here are today's other developments:
        Death doesn't take a holiday There were 177,552 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll: 1,448.
busy chart         Flying high The TSA says that 984,369 people passed through U.S. airport checkpoints on Saturday. Although there now have been two days with more than one million passengers, it is the busiest day (44.9% of 2019 volume) since the pandemic depths of mid-April. Friday and Saturday's combined total of slightly more than two million flyers is the highest two-day period for travel since March.
        Flying isn't totally safe Even with testing and HEPA filters and social distancing and more sanitary conditions, flying isn't a safe zone. The Washington Post explains how a traveler who tested negative nevertheless infected four passengers in September on a flight from Dubai to New Zealand. Spoiler alert: The test was wrong. The details are here.
        Toronto will enter a 28-day lockdown starting tomorrow. Retail stores must switch to curbside pickup. Restaurants are only permitted to offer takeaway service. Grocery stores and pharmacies can remain open, but only at 50 percent of capacity.
        What part of "masks work" don't you understand? A CDC study of Kansas this summer reveals the incredibly obvious: masks work. In the 24 counties that observed the Kansas governor's mask mandate, infections declined slightly. But in the 81 counties that opted out, infections rose 100 percent. The details are here.

Coronavirus Update for November 15-21, 2020

Read all about it! More than 245,000 250,000 255,000 Americans already have died during the virus pandemic and the daily death toll again jumps past 2,000. Infections in the United States surge past 11 million and may reach 200,000 a day. Airlines slash key routes. Governments urge us to stay home for Thanksgiving. Cities and states shutter entertainment venues, close indoor dining and impose nightly curfews hoping to stop the spread. And much more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for November 8-14, 2020

Read all about it! More than 238,000 240,000 245,000 Americans have died during the pandemic and deaths are growing at 1,000 or more a day. Infections in the United States surge past 10 million and crash through the 150,000-a-day mark. The markets rally on news of a vaccine that may be 90 percent effective, then fall back. Global airline capacity continues to slide. American cities and states place limits on bars and restaurants again. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for November 1-7, 2020

Read all about it! More than 230,000 235,000 238,000 Americans now have died during the pandemic as new cases surge beyond the 100,000-a-day mark. European cities and countries lock down again. The airlines and railroads follow by slashing service. After a decent October, U.S. travel interests fear for holiday business as the Coronavirus spreads again. Retail operations wobble nationwide. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 25-31, 2020

Read all about it! More than 225,000 230,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The Trump Administration admits it won't fight the Coronavirus, preferring to tout still-nonexistent vaccines and therapeutics. Europe begins to shut down as flight traffic crumbles. The last week of electioneering is a referendum on how to handle what experts predict will be a "dark" winter. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 18-24, 2020

Read all about it! More than 219,000 220,000 225,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic and predictions for the next few months are dire. U.S. infection rates soar to mid-summer highs. Cruise lines consider reopening. The airlines and hotels try to imagine the future. Global lockdowns get more severe. Airlines face ugly numbers. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 11-17, 2020

Read all about it! More than 214,000 215,000 219,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as the second wave takes hold around the world. Cities and countries eschew total lockdowns, but restrictions on daily life return. The airlines and hotel chains warn it will be years before 2019 travel patterns return. Airline third-quarter numbers are predictably dreary. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for October 4-10, 2020

Read all about it! More than 209,000 210,000 214,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as a second wave engulfs many Western nations. Cities once past the worst of the Coronavirus begin new shutdowns. The White House Coronavirus crisis deepens. Airlines rethink international routes. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for Sept. 27-October 3, 2020

Read all about it! More than 204,000 205,000 209,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as global deaths pass one million. Airlines trim fall/winter transatlantic flights since there's little chance countries will open their borders to the United States. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 20-26, 2020

Read all about it! More than 199,000 200,000 204,000 Americans have died during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airlines and hotels cut back because there is little traffic to support more optimistic approaches. Europe resumes some limited lockdowns. Airline bosses expect the worst. And more. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 13-19, 2020

Read all about it! More than 193,000 195,000 199,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic as positive cases pass the 6.5-million mark. Countries that once "beat" the virus experience a dreaded second wave. Flying numbers fall as both business and leisure travel slows. Hotels are closing forever. Ground borders in North America remain closed. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for September 6-12, 2020

Read all about it! More than 188,000 190,000 193,000 have died during the pandemic in the United States. Schools and universities continue to cancel or curtail in-person classes. U.S. airlines press for another bailout, but the Senate omits it from its bill. The travel industry begins autumn cutbacks as the summer uptick flattens. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 30-Sept. 5, 2020

Read all about it! The United States has now passed 6 million confirmed cases and 182,000 185,000 188,000 dead. That's about 24 percent of the global cases and 20 percent of the death toll. We are 4 percent of the world's population. Meanwhile, more and more 2021 events are cancelled as travel dials back from a brief summer "high." And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 23-August 29, 2020

Read all about it! The death toll from Coronavirus surges past 175,000 180,000 182,000 as European and Asian nations deal with resurgences of the virus. Flying hits the wall as daily traffic sags noticeably. Airlines globally begin to pull down service again. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 16-August 22, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation begins two weeks of Zoom-like political conventions, the death toll from Coronavirus surges past 169,000 175,000 176,000. As many places open, others shut back down. Travel continues to wobble: Airline passenger volume flattens, hotel occupancy rates remain far below 2019 levels. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 9-August 15, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 162,000 165,000 169,000. There are now more than 20 million cases worldwide and a quarter of them have been in the United States. Travel continues to be in an extended holding pattern as Americans fret about schools, the football season--and the post office. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for August 2-August 8, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll spikes dramatically as the nationwide tally surges past 155,000 160,000 162,000. Countries that thought they'd tamed the virus are scaling back activities just as the August vacation season kicks into high gear. U.S. carriers and hotels face the wreckage of a shrunken travel industry. And more. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 26-August 1, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 146,000 150,000 154,000 as new cases and rising hospitalization rates tax hospitals in Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states. European countries consider requirements for returning residents to test after holidays. The travel industry worries about the fragility--and shallow nature--of the "recovery." And more. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 19-25, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 140,000 145,000 146,000 while infections rage out of control throughout the Sunbelt. Countries close their borders again and reopenings in the United States are rolled back or curtailed. The travel industry faces a hard reality: There's no V-shaped recovery. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 12-18, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 135,000 140,000 while countries such as New Zealand can declare themselves virus-free. New York City, however, said it had its first death-free day since mid-March. Meanwhile, Florida is the new global epicenter of Coronavirus. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for July 5-11, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 130,000 135,000 and new virus infections are rising around the nation and around the world. The question is now what a post-Fourth travel scene will look like as several states with key hubs--California, Arizona, Texas, Florida--report record-breaking infection numbers. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 28-July 4, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 125,000 130,000. As the Coronavirus rages throughout the South, reality sets in about the pace of any possible "recovery" and reopenings. Europe drops most of its intra-continental travel restrictions, but most foreign visitors, including Americans, are still barred. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 21-27, 2020

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 120,000 125,000 126,000. Deaths slowed last week, but the infection rate is growing in half the states. U.S. travel picks up. The Northeast states that suffered in earlier months now quarantine arrivals from the high-infection states. European carriers grow capacity as the continent prepares for a July 1 reopening that may not permit Americans to visit. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 14-20, 2020

Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 119,000. The second wave seems to be starting in states that opened early. More airlines around the world resume service. U.S. airlines add back some flights, but traffic remains below 20 percent of 2019's totals. And more. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for June 7-13, 2020

Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 110,000 115,000 and the number of confirmed cases passes the two-million mark. Protests around the nation overshadow the pandemic and its effects. New York City opens up just as London and Britain launch 14-day quarantines. Flight traffic jumps yet remains a small fraction of 2019 volume. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 31-June 6, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 100,000 105,000 110,000, the nation's cities are hit with peaceful protests and violent riots. European carriers begin to fly again and the continent's major tourist countries plan to reopen to the world. U.S travel inches up from its mid-April floor. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 24-May 30, 2020

Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 95,000 100,000 103,000, holiday travel "surges" back to about 13 percent of 2019's numbers. Some international travel resumes, but new bans are instituted, too. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 17-May 23, 2020

Read all about it! As the national Coronavirus death toll surges past the 85,000 90,000 95,000 96,000 mark, all eyes are on the states that opened quickly. Will their infection and death rates spike? Asia deals with zero tourism as bans on visitors continue. European countries sweat the decisions to open to some tourism. Flying is still down more than 90 percent compared to 2019, but surges for Memorial Day. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 10-May 16, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 75,000 80,000 85,000 88,000 mark. European countries make plans for slow, phased openings. The United States is more chaotic. Airlines and airports go beyond masks to temperature checks. Travel is picking up--if you squint and squeeze the numbers. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for May 3-May 9, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 65,000 70,000 75,000 78,000 mark. We enter the era of the masked flyer. New York closes its subways for the first time ever. Airline losses keep piling up. Traffic doesn't. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 26-May 2, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 50,000 55,000 60,000 65,000 66,000 mark. Some states loosen restrictions while European countries will keep things closed into the summer. U.S. airline traffic begins to nudge up as airline earnings plunge. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 19-April 25, 2020

Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 35,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 52,000 mark, but progress is made in Italy, Spain, Austria and France. Governors start opening their states. Airlines begin to declare bankruptcy and the first tranche of first-quarter financial results are brutal. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 12-April 18, 2020

U.S. governors talk about when the states can reopen even as nationwide Coronavirus deaths surge past the 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 mark. Airlines whine about the terms of the bailout money they're getting from the nation's taxpayers. And only fools and self-important pundits know anything about the future of travel. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for April 5-April 11, 2020

Read all about it! As the world convulses with the waves of Coronavirus, the toll on the travel industry is revealed. Remaining flights are essentially empty, airports are shutting terminals and business travelers have nowhere to go--and aren't in a rush to get there. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 29-April 4, 2020

Read all about it! Domestic travel is down more than 90 percent from last year. More states impose stay-at-home orders. The death toll in Italy and Spain continues to skyrocket. And doctors and nurses are scrambling for supplies to help Coronavirus patients--and protect themselves. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 22-28, 2020

The new "new normal"? International transit airports barring transit passengers. U.S. states demanding arrivals from other U.S. states quarantine themselves on arrival. U.S. passenger volume dropping by 90 percent in a matter of days. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 15-21, 2020

Read all about it! The world is closing--and we watch in personal and transportation isolation. Countries are closing borders, airlines are all but shut and hotels are putting the keys in the door. Here's how we're covering it. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 8-14, 2020

Read all about it! Italy, Spain, France and Israel shut down. Other countries close their borders as the United States preps for what's to come. The Trump Administration botches the roll out of a ban on "all travel from Europe." U.S. carriers begin cutting service to the bone. Here's how it's happening. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for March 1-7, 2020

Read all about it! Italy emerges as the new Coronavirus hotspot so airlines begin making huge service cuts there. Meanwhile, Chinese airlines resume some flying. The chief rabbi of Israel says don't kiss the mezuzah. The travel industry starts tallying the financial damage. Here's how it's happening. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for February 15-29, 2020

Read all about it! The Coronavirus spreads around the globe. Japan, South Korea and Italy are hit hard and airlines quickly drop their flights. Tourism disappears and companies begin telling employees to curtail business travel. The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be threatened. Airlines begin rolling out gimmicky fee waivers to nervous flyers. Click here for the day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for February 1-14, 2020

Read all about it! The spread of the Coronavirus is still mostly affecting mainland China, but Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are losing flights and visitors, too. As Chinese tourists stay home, however, the travel industry learns how much they mean to airline traffic, cruise ships and hotels. Click here for day-to-day details.

Coronavirus Update for January 23-31, 2020

Read all about it! As the Coronavirus worsens, airlines have reacted by slashing service to Hong Kong and mainland China. Retailers and food-service giants such as McDonald's are closing locations, too. And neighboring countries are closing their borders. Click here for the day-to-day details.