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Can I get a refund on my Airbnb after the coronavirus outbreak? | Travel Troubleshooter

15:32
The CDC is urging older Americans not to travel (and the Smithsonian museums have all closed), but this Airbnb host in Washington, D.C., doesn't deem the extenuating circumstances worthy of a refund. What gives?

Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

15:32
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch museum that is currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus said Monday a painting by Vincent van Gogh on loan for an exhibition was stolen in a raid overnight. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in […]

AP FACT CHECK: Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

28.March
WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the warmer weather of April might have it soon gone, a prospect the public health authorities […]

Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho

28.March
A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections in America.

Four passengers have died on a cruise ship stranded off Panama, where two people tested positive for coronavirus

27.March
People aboard the Zaandam cruise ship started reporting flu-like symptoms last weekend. Two tested positive so far for COVID-19. According to the company, 138 people on the ship are sick.

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic

27.March
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd-friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at other parks that are still open. While the Interior Department agreed […]

The REAL ID compliance deadline for domestic travel has been extended through fall 2021 due to coronavirus

26.March
The Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline for REAL ID compliance by a year, giving travelers until October 2021 to get a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or passport for domestic travel.

One Seattleite’s account of a coronavirus-shortened trip to London and back

26.March
From empty streets to strangers offering random acts of kindness, here's one man's account of his trip to London as the coronavirus continued its spread through Europe.

China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus cases

26.March
BEIJING (AP) — China says it is temporarily barring most foreigners from entering the country as it seeks to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases. The foreign ministry announced late Thursday that even foreign citizens with residence permits will be prevented from entering starting on Saturday. All visa-free transit policies will also be temporarily […]

A different kind of storm: New Orleans facing deadly virus outbreak

26.March
NEW ORLEANS — Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital, walked out into the parking lot in full protective gear early this month to meet a woman with flulike symptoms who had just returned home after a layover in South Korea. The woman was immediately taken to an isolation room. Around […]

Far from home, Washingtonians stuck abroad due to coronavirus-related lockdowns and travel bans try to stay positive

26.March
All over the world, Washington residents are among the thousands of travelers stranded far from home as countries close their borders or issue nationwide quarantines to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Daily bread? In France, fighting virus 1 baguette at a time

26.March
LE VESINET, France (AP) — In France, the fight against COVID-19 is being waged one baguette at a time. No longer just a mere staple, the iconic loaf and the French daily ritual of buying it have become loaded with moral, civic and public health considerations that could never have been imagined before the new […]

Alaska announces new virus cases, most of them in Anchorage

26.March
JUNEAU — State officials on Wednesday announced the number of reported coronavirus cases in Alaska had grown to 59. The figure included 17 new cases: 11 from Anchorage, three from Ketchikan and one each from Homer, Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, said. The state health department, in a release, […]

Alaska Airlines slashes flight schedule by 70% for coming months due to coronavirus crisis

26.March
The Seattle-based airline cited the "historic and unprecedented falloff in demand related to the COVID-19 outbreak across the U.S. and beyond."

‘I don’t feel safe at all.’ As cruise ships sail on, crews fear coronavirus infection

26.March
Thousands of people remain working on cruise ships during the coronavirus pandemic. Unable to comply with “stay at home” orders and social distancing, they worry cruise companies aren’t doing enough to protect them.
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