The continual spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has already started to impact the global economy. In the events industry, organisers have cancelled a number of key conferences and large-scale workshops.
These industries are affected by coronavirus
Last week alone, the oil and gas industry’s most important energy conference, CERA Week, which takes place in Houston, United States (US), was cancelled, following the escalating number of infections in the country.
South by Southwest (SXSW) was forced to pull the plug on the five-day annual tech, music, and film event due to coronavirus scares.
The World Health Organisation has made it clear that social distancing is one of the most important preventative methods for avoiding the spread of the virus.
This means that countries have applied restricting movement protocols and are constantly testing stringent screening methods at all ports of entry.
It is a reality that most tour companies have had to accept. With no vaccine and very little hope of containing the spread of the virus, industries have had to be agile.
What is the latest death, infection rate?
According to the latest situation report from WHO, more than 3 500 deaths have been recorded globally, in more than 101 countries, excluding China, the worst-hit of them all.
The total number of infections has also risen to above 105 000 known cases, with more expected as the days roll by.
Some countries who, in the interim, have skirted the coronavirus have cautiously resumed with the business of living.
While other factors may hinder one’s aspirations of travelling at this time, it is very much possible to go on vacation. In the northern hemisphere, the season change to Summer means that the urge to travel will likely be at fever-pitch.
Five safe countries you can visit with no COVID-19 cases
These five countries are, at this time, deemed safe to visit as they have yet to report a single case of coronavirus.
These coronavirus safety tips still apply
While the countries listed above have yet to report a case of coronavirus, it is still the traveller’s responsibility to ensure that they practice the safety tips issued by WHO at all times.
To avoid infections or spreading coronavirus, travellers are advised to:
- Wash hands all the time;
- Maintain social distancing (at least 1 metre between yourself and anyone who is visibly ill;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
- Practice respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then immediately get rid of the used tissue appropriately);
- If you feel ill seek medical care immediately; and
- Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider