Published on : Thursday, October 29, 2020
A United Nations panel forecasts that a return in international tourism wouldn’t happen before the third quarter of 2021, due to travel restrictions concerning the corona virus pandemic.
However, few experts from the UNWTO think that the rebound wouldn’t happen till 2022. They opined that travel restrictions and border closures are the main obstacle, along with slow containment of the corona virus and low traveler confidence.
The panel said that weak economic conditions and lack of a coordinated response among countries to the pandemic are additional factors affecting international travel.
Johns Hopkins University data says that corona virus cases have increased worldwide. The United States leads in confirmed cases, at 8.7 million, but India and Brazil aren’t far behind, at 7.9 million and 5.4 million, respectively.
Russia, France, Spain and Argentina each have recorded more than 1 million cases, and the United Kingdom is close to 1 million. The pandemic has claimed lives of more than 1.1 million people worldwide, including more than 226,000 in the United States.
Public health officials have said that a vaccine could be approved by year’s end, but it might take several months for enough doses to be manufactured and distributed to the masses.
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