With numerous events such as South by Southwest and Hammersonic 2020, cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus, global tourism continues to disintegrate at a rapid pace as countries pass new policies to tackle growing concerns of safety.
Shutting schools, implementing curfews and inflicting temporary travel bans, are just some of the innumerable ways nations have responded the prevalent health threat, at the cost of tourism and the economy.
Joining the extensive list of deserted places, Milan and Venice, along with the Forbidden City of Beijing, Tokyo Disneyland, and the Louvre Museum in Paris, reportedly resemble a ghost town, as Italy’s total infected patients rose by over 1,200 in a 24-hour period, declaring the highest record of deaths, outside of China.
Leaving many of the world’s most attractive and high-traffic destinations barren, the coronavirus has officially infected over 110,000 individuals, with 5,977 in critical condition and killed an estimated 3,831.
Besides encouraging civilians to stay indoors, avoid travel abroad or crowded spaces and upkeep good personal hygiene, numerous global corporations such as Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines have since paused their hiring process and implemented a voluntary no-pay leave for excess staff due to the drastically reduced service, while others including international banks and offices continue their operations from home.
Deemed an “epidemic” by the World Health Organisation despite the virus’ the worldwide reach, immense research by scientists and epidemiologists have found that there are at least four types of coronaviruses which cause very mild infections every year, including the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Stemming from a similar source, the coronavirus vaccine, with the help of technological advancements and global cooperation, remains reportedly months or years away from completion.