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Cruise Ship Reopening Framework Issued

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order that introduces a phased approach for the safe and responsible resumption of passenger cruises.
The Order issued on October 30, 2020, establishes a framework of actionable items for the cruise line industry to follow so they can resume passenger operations with an emphasis on preventing the further spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships and from cruise ships into communities, and to protect public health and safety. 

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Hawaii Reopens To Visitors From Japan

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Hawaii’s Governor David Ige announced that starting November 6, 2020, travelers from Japan may bypass the State of Hawaiʻi’s mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in Japan.
However, the test must be taken no earlier than 72-hours prior to departure and the test results must be negative.

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U.S. CDC Discourages Cruise Ship Voyages

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) typically posts travel health notices for countries and other international destinations, not transportation, such as cruise ships.
However, because of the unprecedented nature of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, and the increased risk of virus transmission on cruise ships, the U.S. government is advising U.S. travelers to defer all cruise travel.

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Canada and the USA Are Keeping The Border Closed

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Canada's public safety minister Bill Blair Tweeted "We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe."
This Tweet on October 19, 2020, was responded to by Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who confirmed Mr. Blair’s news.

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Are COVID-19 Immunity Passports Ethical?

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Since COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures considerably curtail people's freedom, would ‘immunity passports’ offer more freedoms to international travelers?
‘If we have the technology to decide who is not a risk, we should use it,’ stated researchers in a study published by The Lancet on October 16, 2020.
The specific scenarios in which immunity passports can be used will depend on the nature of the immunity generated. 

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Spain’s West Nile Virus Outbreak Claims 7th Fatality

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Health officials in Spain have reported outbreaks of West Nile virus disease in Sevilla, Cádiz, Huelva provinces, and Badajoz province reported the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In response, the CDC issued a new Level 1 Travel Alert on October 13, 2020, which states: ‘All travelers are at risk and those over 50 years of age are at the highest risk for severe disease from West Nile virus (WNV)'.

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Dengue Outbreaks Continue Disrupting the Americas

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the Dengue virus is an ongoing risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 
The CDC’s new Level 1 Travel Alert issued on October 14, 2020, states ‘Travelers to areas of Dengue risk should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. In addition, the identified countries are reporting higher-than-usual numbers of dengue cases, and travelers visiting these countries may be at increased risk.