Day: February 3, 2021

Australia extends New Zealand ‘travel bubble’ pause amid new COVID-19 cases

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Australia on Thursday extended its suspension of quarantine-free travel with New Zealand, as the Pacific Island nation investigated two new positive cases of the South African COVID-19 variant.

Australian Acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said the travel pause on green zone flights from New Zealand to Australia was extended until Sunday.

“This allows continuing protection of the people of Australia, while the extent of the situation in New Zealand continues to be clarified,” Kidd told a news conference.

Australia suspended a one-way “travel bubble” with its trans-Tasman neighbour for 72 hours earlier this week after New Zealand confirmed its first case in months on Monday.

Since then, two people have tested positive to the South African variant of the coronavirus, and all cases are linked to the same quarantine facility in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

The new infections come as New Zealand was ranked the

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Is It Safe To Travel Yet? Here’s The Definitive Answer

It’s a confusing time to be a traveler. Many airlines, hotels and travel advisors promise it’s safe to book a vacation. But health officials are telling you to stay home. 

So who’s right?

Both are. (Told you this was confusing.)

It’s safe to book a vacation — new consumer-friendly refund rules mean you won’t lose your entire trip if you cancel — but not necessarily to take one. Health officials are correct, too. You should stay home, particularly if you’re in an at-risk group. The exception: If you’ve had both shots and waited the required 10 days to develop your antibodies, you can probably safely travel now.

But there’s more to it than that. I know because I’ve spent the better part of this year answering the same question: “Is it safe to

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Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge Representing Passengers Injured in Fatal AZ Bus Crash in Suit Against Comedy on Deck Tours

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, a Nashville-based Civil Trial Law Firm, has co-counseled with Eglet Adams Law Firm to represent two passengers who suffered serious injuries when their tour bus was involved in a deadly crash in northwest Arizona on January 22, 2021.

As noted in the civil complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the bus had been traveling above the speed limit at the time of the crash, and that the driver was unfit to operate a commercial tour bus.

Lawsuit Accuses Tour Bus Company of Hiring “Inexperienced & Unfit” Driver
The lawsuit, filed on January 28, 2021 in Clark County District Court, alleges that a commercial tour bus owned by Comedy on Deck Tours, Inc. had been traveling to Grand Canyon West at speeds in excess of the posted limit when it rolled and landed on its side on Diamond Bar Road in

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China’s New Year travel restrictions slow, but don’t stop oil demand recovery

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China’s efforts to keep people from travelling for Chinese New Year because of several clusters of COVID-19 infections are forcing analysts to revise first-quarter fuel demand estimates, but are not expected to derail its post-pandemic recovery.

FILE PHOTO: Travelers wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk outside a railway station as the Spring Festival travel season begins ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Beijing, China, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China’s Ministry of Transport has said passenger trips during the 40-day spring travel season could be down by 40% from the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. That has led analysts to cut forecasts for first-quarter oil demand by as much as 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) on the assumption this means less gasoline and jet fuel will be consumed.

It also likely points to a quarter-on-quarter drop in China’s oil use, according

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