COVID-19 updates

STATEMENT FROM Global Travel Plus

To our valued Customers:
Your safety and well-being is always our priority. During this pandemic, our global team is engaged to continually assess and monitor its impact, to be available as a trusted resource and to continue to deliver global emergency assistance services to the customers who find themselves away from home.

Global Travel Plus is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidelines set forth by these agencies as well as other health agencies worldwide.

To assist customers directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic, Global Travel Plus has adapted its global emergency assistance offering and provides the following services and resources:  
  • Access to 24/7 Operations Center: Global Travel Plus’ 24/7 Operations Center remains fully operational and is available to service you if you face a medical or non-medical emergency while away from home.
  • Testing Site Referral: Our Operations Center is staffed by trained, multilingual assistance personnel who can locate testing facilities near your location. Access to testing facilities will vary by location, provider and assessment of symptoms, pre-existing conditions and exposure to the virus.
  • Medical Monitoring: If you have COVID-19, Global Travel Plus will monitor your medical condition through the quarantine process and liaise with your health insurance.
  • Prescription Assistance: If you are running out of medication, Global Travel Plus can help refill the prescription by contacting your doctor and sourcing the prescription at a pharmacy you’re your location. 
  • Return of Mortal Remains: If a customer passes away while away from home, we will provide guidance to the family and arrange and pay for the required documents, remains preparation and transport to bring the remains to a funeral home near the customer's place of residence. Our assistance coordinators are trained to follow the requirements and instructions set forth by local authorities and the CDC. Transportation time may vary depending on current COVID-19 travel restrictions and bans.
  • Stranded Traveler Assistance: If you become stranded while traveling due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, our experienced travel assistance coordinators will help you make travel arrangements to return home, when legally permissible.
  • Dedicated COVID-19 Webpage: Global Travel Plus has implemented a dedicated COVID-19 landing page, available on our website and Mobile App. From health and prevention tips, to best practices videos, latest news and a map of COVID-19 testing sites in the U.S., the page is intended to be a go-to resource to learn more about the virus.
The full description of our services is available at contact our operations center for further information using our Mobile App for iPhone and Android or via phone at +1 (609) 986-1212.

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September 24 – Covid: UK sees highest number of coronavirus cases since mass tests began    
The UK has recorded 6,634 new coronavirus cases, the government has announced, making it the highest daily figure since mass testing began. Another 40 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. The latest figures take the overall number of confirmed cases to 416,363, and total deaths to 41,902.

September 24 – Coronavirus: fifth of people likely to refuse Covid vaccine, UK survey finds   
A fifth of people are likely to refuse a Covid vaccine when one becomes available, according to the largest survey of UK attitudes and behavior during the pandemic.

September 24 – Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states   
The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.

September 23 – 5 vaccine experts told us what they'd need to know before they'd feel comfortable taking a coronavirus shot
Experts who have been studying viruses and vaccines for decades don't agree on when they'll get a vaccine. In interviews with five experts in vaccines and virology, Business Insider asked how they planned to assess the data and ultimately decide for themselves if they'd get the shot.

September 22 – CDC abruptly removes guidance about airborne coronavirus transmission, says update ‘was posted in error’
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted just days earlier.

September 17 – The Fauci Interview: How to ‘keep your immune system working optimally,’ gather safely, and get by until summer 2022   
Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks that we'll probably never get rid of the coronavirus entirely. Still, he's pretty confident that by 2022, Americans should be able to resume most aspects of life as we knew it before the pandemic — "if we deploy a vaccine and we implement public-health measures."

September 17 – WHO warns of ‘very serious situation’ in Europe, with ‘alarming rates’ of virus transmission   
As Covid-19 infections spike to record numbers, European governments are imposing strict local measures and weighing up further lockdowns in a bid to halt a second wave of the pandemic. But WHO regional director Hans Kluge said at a Thursday news conference that the increase in cases should serve as a warning of what is to come.

September 15 – How COVID-19 can damage the brain  
In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors struggled to keep patients breathing, and focused mainly on treating damage to the lungs and circulatory system. But even then, evidence for neurological effects was accumulating. Some people hospitalized with COVID-19 were experiencing delirium: they were confused, disorientated and agitated.

September 15 – If you’ve just had Covid, exercise might not be good for you 
Evidence is emerging that the virus can cause heart damage even in people who have had mild symptoms or none at all, especially if those people exercise while they’re infected.

September 11 – How travel will change post-pandemic: 10 expert predictions  
We asked industry pros where we’ll be traveling in years to come and how hotels, flights, airports and even luggage will evolve—for the better. Plus: A look back at WSJ travel tips from the 2010s.

September 10 – England Adds Portugal to Coronavirus Quarantine List  
Portugal has been added to the list of countries from which travelers must quarantine when entering England to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, British transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday. Anybody arriving in England from Portugal, excluding the Azores and Madeira, after 4 am on Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days, he said on Twitter.

September 10 – US Daily death toll from COVID-19 shoots back up over 1,000  
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 903,000 people worldwide. Over 27.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

September 10 – CDC offers tips on continuing to take precautions against COVID-19  
When choosing to take part in an activity outside the home it is important to continue to heed best practices which have been proven to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the course of the ongoing pandemic.

September 9 – The CDC says all of us need these 7 coronavirus essentials
Schools across the country have no reopened with no meaningful federal guidance. The results have been less than stellar. Coronavirus case numbers were still sky-high even before schools began to open, and the flu season is now right around the corner. Long story short, it’s going to be a long, long winter.

September 7 – As Americans brace for 2nd wave of COVID-19, here’s why experts predict more infections but lower death rate
A lot has changed since the pandemic first hit the U.S. earlier this year, when the nation's hospitals were overwhelmed with patients suffering a new, mysterious illness. Fast forward to September, and the pandemic is still surging out of control in many parts of the country, but relatively speaking, fewer patients are dying from the virus.

September 3 – Coronavirus cases in Europe are “almost back” to March levels
Novel coronavirus cases in Europe are "almost back" to March levels, the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, said on Wednesday during a debate held by EU Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

September 3 – Iceland has very good news about coronavirus immunity  
Some 91% of Icelanders who recovered from Covid produced detectable antibodies. That should dispel some of the gloom around reinfections.

September 3 – Coronavirus has made couples rethink weddings and divorce  
In a recent segment for Global News’ The Morning Show, relationship expert Jessica O’Reily speaks about the impact COVID-19 has put on wedding plans, marriage and the potential rise in divorce rates. For couples who looked forward to their wedding day, O’Reily says postponing the special day creates financial stress and reduces dopamine levels.

September 2 – CDC tells states to prepare for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told governors last week to prepare for the "large-scale" distribution of a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1, according to a letter obtained Wednesday by NBC News.

September 2 – 10 Tips for managing childcare and teaching kids during the COVID crisis
The coronavirus pandemic has not only produced a health and economic crisis, but a childcare and education crisis for American families as well. Millions of parents are juggling childcare and teaching while working full-time jobs.

August 31 – How can you travel safely this Labor Day? Tips for flights, road trips during COVID-19
Before leaving the house, you should research to find out how widespread the virus is at your destination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone who has a coronavirus infection or who may have been exposed to the virus in the past two weeks shouldn’t travel, health officials warn.

August 30 – You're facing a lot of choices amid the pandemic. Cut yourself slack: It's called decision fatigue.
Six months since the United States declared the coronavirus pandemic a state of emergency, millions of isolated Americans are at their wits' end, exhausted from making a seemingly endless series of health and safety decisions for themselves and their loved ones. There's a name for this phenomenon, and researchers call it decision fatigue.

August 27 – Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers can spread disease on flights, CDC study suggests
A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested the novel coronavirus can be spread on airplanes by asymptomatic carriers. In the study, featured in the peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infections Diseases, researchers examined evidence of in-flight transmission of COVID-19 by asymptomatic patients, as prior data was inconclusive.

August 27 – US and UK are bottom of the pile in rankings of governments’ handling of coronavirus pandemic
Americans rank dead last -- by a long way -- among citizens of more than a dozen countries who were asked whether their nation is more united now than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Thursday. And they come in a statistical joint last place with the British on whether their country has handled the pandemic well, the poll finds.

August 27 – American tourist faces jail, $500G fine for violating Canada’s coronavirus restrictions
An American tourist could be on the hook to the Canadian government to the tune of a half-million dollars for crossing the border illegally more than once. John Pennington of Walton, Kentucky, violated Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions more than once to travel to Banff National Park in June.

August 26 – CDC updates recommendations on who should be tested for coronavirus
Prior to this week, the CDC had recommended close contacts of confirmed COVID cases get tested, even if they were not experiencing symptoms. Now, the agency's guidance says that testing those asymptomatic individuals may not be necessary, unless the person is vulnerable, works in health care, or gets recommendation by its state or local health officials to seek testing.

August 26 – Germany imposes tougher measures to curb coronavirus
Daily infection numbers in Germany have risen to levels not seen since the end of April. The surge has been partly blamed on local celebrations, but returning holidaymakers are also held responsible for spreading the virus. 

August 25 – EPA to OK American Airlines use of surface coating to fight COVID-19
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce on Monday it will issue an emergency exemption to the state of Texas permitting it to allow American Airlines Group Inc. to use a new surface coating that kills coronaviruses for up to seven days, sources briefed on the matter said.

August 25 – Over 15 tons of United Airlines nuts are on sale
For the past two years GNS Foods, based in Arlington, Texas, has been supplying United Airlines’ premium cabin nuts. However, with coronavirus, United Airlines stopped serving nuts as of March to reduce contact between passengers and flight attendants. As a result, GNS Foods has more than 30,000 pounds of excess nuts… that’s a lot of nuts!

August 24 – Coronavirus data 2 weeks into Germany’s school year “reassures” expert
Germany's students and teachers have gradually returned to a more or less normal academic routine over the last couple weeks, but with the federal health agency reporting rising coronavirus infections, schools are in a tough position.

August 24 – COVID-19 deaths have dropped below 1,000 a day as summer surge
The 7-day average of coronavirus deaths dropped below 1,000 a day over the weekend for the first time since late July. Also, the average number of new cases dipped to about 42,600 as of Sunday, well below its peak in mid-July of around 67,000 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

August 24 – Researchers report 1st confirmed cases of coronavirus reinfection
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, doctors have reported that some patients have seemingly contracted coronavirus, recovered from it, and contracted it again. But coronavirus reinfections had not been confirmed until Monday, when researchers in Hong Kong announced a recovered coronavirus patient had contracted the disease again.

August 23 – EPA to OK American Airlines use of surface coating to fight COVID-19
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce on Monday it will issue an emergency exemption to the state of Texas permitting it to allow American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) to use a new surface coating that kills coronaviruses for up to seven days, sources briefed on the matter said.

August 23 – India coronavirus cases cross 3 million mark as economy opens up
The number of coronavirus infections in India crossed the 3 million mark with 69,239 new cases reported on Sunday even as the country opened up various sectors from a lockdown that ground businesses to a halt and hurt economic growth.

August 20 – New COVID-19 cases are declining across the US, but that can quickly change if people aren’t careful
States across the US are now seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, a US top official said this week, though he warned things could quickly change again if Americans aren't careful. The daily average number official new coronavirus cases reported in the US has been declining for weeks.

August 20 – Pfizer and BioNTech’s favored Covid-19 vaccine has fewer side effects than their first
Pfizer and BioNTech surprised many industry watchers on July 27 when they announced they would conduct a large-scale study of a vaccine for Covid-19. The surprise? The vaccine that would be tested in a 30,000-patient trial wasn’t the one for which the companies had presented data on July 1.

August 17 – CDC doctor talks travel tips amid Covid-19 pandemic
As we approach Labor Day Weekend and summer’s last hurrah, many people are once again confronted with the perils of vacationing during a pandemic and the inherent risks that come with travel these days. During a global health crisis and while the CDC does recommend staying at home, they do have guidance on how those who choose to travel can protect themselves.

August 17 – Seven months later, what we know about Covid-19 – and the pressing questions that remain
The “before times” seem like a decade ago, don’t they? Those carefree days when hugging friends and shaking hands wasn’t verboten, when we didn’t have to reach for a mask before leaving our homes, or forage for supplies of hand sanitizer. Oh, for the days when social distancing was not part of our vernacular.

August 17 – Lasting immunity seen after mild COVID-19 infection
The studies, which have yet to be peer-reviewed, uncovered that antibodies and immune cells capable of recognizing the virus were apparently present months after infections concluded. The findings could help to eliminate the previous concerns over whether the virus could trick the immune system into having a poor memory of prior infections.

August 17 – Back to the paddy fields. COVID smashes Indian middle class dreams
People in rural India have been gaining prosperity and moving into what economists call a burgeoning middle class of consumers – those who earn more than $10 a day. In the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s economy is forecast to shrink by 4.5% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. At least 400 million Indian workers are at risk of falling deeper into poverty.

August 17 – Chinese scientists plan joint trials with Russia despite doubts over ‘world-beating’ breakthrough
China’s leading specialist Zhong Nanshan says researchers from the two countries can ‘learn a lot from each other. Last week’s announcement that Russia had approved a vaccine without large-scale trials has prompted widespread skepticism.

August 17 – More than 1,000 people in the US have died of coronavirus nearly every day this month
The Covid-19 death toll in the United States has soared to more than 170,000. It took 54 days for the number of people killed by the virus to go from one to 50,000, and then 34 days to cross 100,000 mark on May 27. Now, more than 5.4 million people have been infected and 170,052 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

August 16 – India’s invisible catastrophe: fears over spread of COVID-19 into poor rural areas
Country is entering a dangerous new phase of rising infections in small towns and villages with limited access to healthcare. Where better to seek sanctuary from a virus roaring through a crowded metropolis than a remote mountainside with views of the Himalayas?

August 15 – Coronavirus crisis has made Brazil an ideal vaccine laboratory
With sustained widespread contagion, a deep bench of immunization experts, a robust medical manufacturing infrastructure and thousands of vaccine trial volunteers, Brazil has emerged as a potentially vital player in the global scramble to end the pandemic.

August 10 – Nearly 100,000 U.S. children test positive for coronavirus in two-week span
More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. That number represents more than a quarter of the number of children diagnosed nationwide since March.

August 10  – How parents can balance their full-time work and kids’ school under one roof
The academic year has started for some schools, and thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it looks nothing like what we're used to seeing. For parents who have not home-schooled their kids and are working at home, this is the first time during the weekday that both are happening under one roof.

August 10 – India reports record coronavirus deaths
India reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus deaths on Monday, the most the country has recorded in a single day since the pandemic began. The new toll put India’s total at 44,386 deaths, trailing only the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Britain. The country has also reported more confirmed new cases than any other in the world for six consecutive days.

August 10 – Post COVID-19 care: Seven tips to help recovering coronavirus patients manage brain fog, memory and attention issues
Dizziness, headaches, diminished cognitive abilities like lack of concentration, memory recall and recognition and brain fog (thinking clearly) are likely to show up. The World Health Organization (WHO) says these difficulties may go away within weeks or months of you starting your recovery but for some people, they can last for a longer time. 

August 10 – Europe’s biggest countries are seeing Covid surges – but not this one
A horrifying moment in the Covid-19 pandemic hit Italy on March 27, 2020, when the civil protection authorities announced that 969 people had died in just 24 hours. In the weeks before that, images of coffins stacked up in church parlors and being driven down the streets of the northern Italian town of Bergamo in a caravan of military trucks poured into the homes of Italians.

August 9 – US tops 5 million Covid-19 cases, with five states making up more than 40% of tally
The US topped 5 million cases of coronavirus early Sunday and the true number of infections could be many times higher. The country holds about a quarter of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. Of the country's 5,036,387 estimated cases, 162,851 have been deadly, according to data collected by John Hopkins University.

August 9 – Brazil passes 100,000 Covid-19 deaths, as cases top 3 million
Brazil surpassed 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday as cases exceeded 3 million, according to the latest numbers by the country's Health Ministry. The fatalities milestone comes less than five months after Brazil recorded its first Covid-19-related death. The ministry said 100,477 people have lost their lives and 3,012,412 have been infected.

August 6 – 10 activities that expose you to coronavirus, ranked from most to least risky
Even though almost every situation is unique and depends on a ton of variables, health experts say there are some activities that are less risky than others when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. The only way to keep yourself 100% free from risk is to technically isolate yourself from society and live somewhere you can be completely self-sustaining.

August 6 – Coronavirus: India becomes third country to surpass two million cases
More than two million Indians have now tested positive for Covid-19, according to official figures. The country confirmed the last million cases in just 20 days, faster than the US or Brazil which have higher numbers. Testing has been expanded considerably in India in recent weeks, but the situation varies across states.

August 6 – Amid coronavirus, more than a third of US adults are using cleaning products incorrectly
The report in JAMA stated a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 39% of adults in the U.S. reported using cleaning products and disinfectants in potentially dangerous ways while intending to limit exposure to the deadly virus.

August 6 – How safe is your school’s reopening plan? Here’s what to look for
As schools across the country grapple with bringing kids back into the classroom, parents and teachers are worried about safety. We asked pediatricians, infectious disease specialists and education experts for help evaluating school district plans. What we learned: There's no such thing as zero risk, but certain practices can lower the risk of an outbreak at school.

August 4 – A new comic exposes racism amid the pandemic in Brazil
The first recorded victim of the coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro was a Black domestic worker whose employer brought the coronavirus back to Brazil after a vacation in Italy. The wealthy woman had recovered quickly. Her maid, 63-year-old Cleonice Gonçalves, died after she, too, fell ill in March.

August 4 – Russia says it will start mass-producing its coronavirus vaccine next month
Russia says it will start mass producing its leading coronavirus vaccine prototype in September. The safety and efficacy of this vaccine has been heavily doubted, however, with its developers accused of rushing through safety trials to please the Kremlin, which is keen to win the global vaccine race.

August 3 – COVID-19 is taking elevator anxiety to the tech company has a solution
Before the pandemic, there were many reasons to be anxious about taking an elevator — from being crammed in a small space with strangers, to getting stuck between floors. Now, as coronavirus cases exceed 18 million worldwide, many people are concerned about catching the virus, whether from someone else in the elevator or via the buttons.

August 3 – Fauci says he thinks there is ‘a degree’ of airborne spread of the coronavirus
In July, the WHO published new guidance that acknowledged it can’t rule out the possibility the coronavirus can be transmitted through air particles in closed spaces indoors, including in gyms and restaurants. Fauci said it has become “much clearer” that someone is likely at greater risk if they’re in an indoor space where there’s less air circulation and “any degree of aerosolization.”

August 3 – Sweden COVID-19 death rate lower than Spain, Italy and U.K., despite never having lockdown
While novel coronavirus cases have spiked across several parts of Europe, including Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Sweden—where a countrywide lockdown was never issued—continues to report a downward trend in new cases and new deaths.

August 2 – Coronavirus weddings: ‘It’s heartbreaking to see my fiancée’s face
Couples due to get married had hoped that from 1 August, receptions of up to 30 people would be allowed in England. That is what the government had planned for the next stage of lockdown easing. But last week, they put back the date, and receptions can still only be attended by a group of six people outside, or two households inside.

August 2 – Coronavirus: The hidden heroes of India’s Covid-19 wards
One morning in June, Deep Chand spotted a distraught family member of a Covid-19 patient standing outside the coronavirus ward in a hospital in India's capital, Delhi. The man was desperately trying to speak to a doctor or nurse to find out about the condition of his relative who was a patient in the ward.

August 2 – The U.K. has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls on earth. What happened?
On Thursday, British prime minister Boris Johnson made a maskless appearance in front of reporters, elbow-bumping with police officers while touting the country's “massive success” in reducing the death toll of COVID-19. The “massive success” declaration landed with a hollow thud.

August 2 – 36 crew on Norwegian cruise ship test positive for COVID-19
Thirty-six crew and four guests on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, the cruise company says. All 158 crew members from the MS Roald Amundsen have been tested after four staff became ill and were found to have the disease on Friday, according to a statement released Saturday by Hurtigruten, the owner of the ship.

August 2 – In a twist on loyalty programs, Emirates is promising travelers a free funeral if infected with Covid
Contrast that consumer indifference with Emirates Airlines’ foray into the insurance industry, offering COVID-19 insurance. Airlines are trying all sorts of things – from  leaving middle seats empty, to requiring everyone to wear masks, to health checks at terminals – in order to instill confidence in passengers who may be leery of air travel amid the global pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information as it becomes available regarding health and travel during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find more information at:

World Health Organization has an emergency page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and updated information about public health measures. Read more:

John Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering are tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time on their interactive dashboard with data available for download and to view on desktop or mobile. View their interactive map at:

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an agency of the European Union that strengthens Europe’s defense against infectious diseases and provides many updates about the spread of COVID-19:

The Department of Health from the Republic of Philippines advises about coronavirus cases in the country and has daily updates about the cases:

Government of Canada has a disease and conditions page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and shares advice on preventative measures:

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has regular travel advisories and updates the number of people they have screened for the virus:

United States Department of Health also offers valuable advice and updated information about the novel coronavirus: