No country has yet asked the World Bank or International Monetary Fund for financial assistance to fight the coronavirus outbreak that began in China. AFP/STR While they have yet to receive a request for aid, the institutions "have now developed contingency plans. We have various financial instruments that could be used," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said at a press conference. … [Read more...] about IMF, World Bank funds ready to fight coronavirus outbreak
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HCM City (VNA) – Designing tours to safe places which have yet been hit by the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is among the choices most selected by travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta at this time. The epidemic, which hit 54 nations and territories as of 6:30am of February 28, has seriously affected the tourism sector in Vietnam in general and in the south in particular. Deputy Director of the Tourism Department of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa said that revenues of several big travel agents in the city in February decreased by 40-60 percent. The number of tourists going to the city by air in the month was down 28.3 percent compared to January and nearly 23 percent year-on-year. The number of tourists to other southern localities, including Can Tho city and Ben Tre province, also fell significantly. To make tourists feel secured, travel agents in the southern region have strictly complied with … [Read more...] about Southern travel agents improve products amid coronavirus outbreak
The first coronavirus cases have been announced in Denmark, Estonia and Romania Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has urged Romanians not to panic, amid reports of anxious shoppers emptying supermarket shelves and some intimidation of Asian people Two more patients have tested positive in England, bringing the number of UK cases to 15 Honved Budapest, a Hungarian football team, has temporarily suspended its Italian coach Giuseppe Sannino and his assistant Alessandro Recenti, fearing they might have had contact with Italian virus carriers In recent days Austria, Croatia, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia and North Macedonia reported their first cases, many of them people who had been to Italy What is the situation in Italy? … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in Europe: epidemic or ‘infodemic’?
In addition to a plunge in the number of Chinese passengers, Vietnam Airlines is facing a decline in the number of passengers on other international and domestic routes. Earlier, the carrier said it was losing VND200-250 billion ($8.6-10.8 million) per week following the suspension of flights to China. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese aviation pegs coronavirus revenue loss at $1 bln
Lagos -- Nigeria's economic hub Lagos confirmed a case of new coronavirus on Friday, stirring memories of the fears sparked six years ago when West Africa's Ebola epidemic hit the chaotic megacity of 20 million. … [Read more...] about Nigeria braces as coronavirus hits megacity Lagos