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Brazil envoy says U.S. travel ban won’t hurt relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil’s top diplomat in Washington has waved aside suggestions that relations with the U.S. have been hurt by a travel ban on his country that took effect Wednesday and expressed gratitude for advance warning of the measure.

Chargé d’Áffaires Nestor Forster said in an interview that the ban on foreigners arriving from Brazil wasn’t a setback, “not in any shape or form. It’s a public health measure confined to that area.”

He said the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is grateful that the U.S. gave it advance warning of the measure, as well as for “gifts” to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, including 1,000 ventilators for the Brazilian Health Ministry and a $7 million donation to help fight COVID-19.

“We are very appreciative of the fact that, you know, there was some consultation beforehand when the president decided to go forward with this measure,” Forster said

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Will It Be Safe to Travel This Summer? Here's a Full Breakdown of Your Options

Will It Be Safe to Travel This Summer? Here’s a Full Breakdown of Your Options

view of Chamonix-Mont Blanc village and French alps
view of Chamonix-Mont Blanc village and French alps

Most of us have been social distancing for weeks if not months now, and between coronavirus anxiety, trying to stay connected with friends and family, and the weather getting warmer, a getaway sounds pretty nice right about now. Dirt-cheap flights and discounted hotel deals are even more tempting when you add a little cabin fever to the mix. But should you really book a summer vacation now? Whether you’ve already booked a trip or are itching to take a vacation as soon as possible, this guide will answer all your questions when it comes to traveling this summer, from safety measures and travel restrictions to refunds and creative alternatives.

When Will We Be Able to Travel?

Because the situation changes every day, it’s hard to give an exact date. But right now, many countries are still experiencing severe coronavirus outbreaks and have

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Trump set to travel for first time in weeks as U.S. death toll nears 70,000

Trump set to travel for first time in weeks as U.S. death toll nears 70,000

Good morning, NBC News readers.

While the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic inches near 70,000, we have a report on the ongoing symptoms of fever, fatigue and fear many recovering COVID-19 patients suffer from.

Here’s what we’re watching this Tuesday morning.

Trump to take first trip outside D.C. in weeks as more states open up

President Donald Trump will travel outside the D.C. area for the first time in more than a month later today when he visits a Honeywell mask manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

His travels outside the Beltway come as more states began to partially reopen and lift some social distancing restrictions Monday.

For many businesses across the country, reopening means managing a high-wire balancing act between serving customers and maintaining safety.

Meantime, a new draft report from the federal government predicted that by June 1, the daily death toll could nearly double to 3,000

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Travel industry offers new safety procedures in bid to revive business

Hoping to give Americans confidence to travel again, the nation’s biggest travel trade group has unveiled enhanced cleaning, social distancing and touchless payment procedures for hotels, airlines, airports, theme parks, restaurants and cruise lines.

The protocols by the U.S. Travel Assn. are an attempt by travel business leaders to help revive an industry that was setting profit and passenger total records only a few months ago but has been losing about $18 billion a week since the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. in March.

The protocols for operating in a post-COVID-19 world don’t dictate when it’s safe to travel again but set basic standards that all travel and hospitality businesses must adhere to once government and medical experts lift stay-at-home orders and give a green light for leisure and business travel.

Travel businesses, such as airlines, hotels and cruise lines, will be encouraged to adopt specific protocols for

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The U.S. travel industry unveiled guidelines for reopening. Here’s what they are.

The U.S. travel industry unveiled guidelines for reopening. Here’s what they are.

The U.S. Travel Association, eager to relieve consumers’ fears as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, submitted to the White House and state governors on Monday a 15-page report outlining health and safety guidelines for a cautious reopening of the travel industry.

The document, called “Travel in the New Normal,” was a collaborative effort with medical and infectious disease experts. It does not offer any timeline but presents a layered approach to restore travelers’ confidence by showing that all sectors of the business are adapting consistent best practices going forward.

Hotels, airports, airlines, attractions, restaurants, car rentals, meeting venues, travel advisers, cruise lines and vacation rental companies are among the segments of the $2.6 trillion industry that are addressed.

“We are preparing for when the public health officials and government say it’s OK to travel again,” U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow said on a conference call. “The health and

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Nations warn against Easter travel and gatherings as new virus surges emerge

Nations warn against Easter travel and gatherings as new virus surges emerge

World leaders and health officials are warning that hard-won gains in the fight against coronavirus must not be jeopardised by relaxing social distancing over the Easter holidays.

A spike in deaths in the UK and New York and surges of reported new infections in Japan and in India’s congested cities make it clear that the battle is far from over.

“We are flattening the curve because we are rigorous about social distancing,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said. “But it’s not a time to be complacent. It’s not a time to do anything different than we’ve been doing.”

Elmhurst Hospital in New York (Kathy Willens/AP)

The US has by far the most confirmed cases, with more than 430,000 people infected — three times the number of the next three countries combined.

New York state on Wednesday recorded its highest one-day increase in deaths, 779, for an overall toll of

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Pentagon halts overseas travel of US troops for 60 days to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Pentagon halts overseas travel of US troops for 60 days to mitigate spread of coronavirus

The Pentagon is halting all overseas travel for U.S. troops for 60 days in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

MORE: Americans still stranded overseas by coronavirus travel bans are frustrated, confused

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the order applies to all service members, Defense Department civilian personnel and their families. However, there will be some exceptions, including the partial drawdown of American forces already underway in Afghanistan, as outlined in a deal signed by the U.S. and the Taliban last month.

“The purpose is to make sure that we’re not bringing the virus back home, infecting others, that we’re not spreading it around the military,” Esper said of the move, first reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

PHOTO: U.S. special operations service members conduct combat operations in support of Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan, May 2019. (U.S. Army )

In a statement, the Pentagon said

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Coronavirus can live on surfaces for days. But it can't travel through the mail, experts say

Coronavirus can live on surfaces for days. But it can’t travel through the mail, experts say

With stores stripped bare of household essentials, retailers cutting back hours and experts calling for social distancing amid the spread of coronavirus, many people may rely on delivery services to get what they need.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday found that coronavirus could be detected up to three hours after aerosolization in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

This had led some to wonder whether those packages on their front porch could spread coronavirus. The answer seems to be no. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets and there is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 with imported goods.

“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there

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