We all have agreed to some point with the fact that Tourism is the first industry that gets hit by COVID-19 and will be the last one to recover. With this, the world is again hearing about the terrific deaths and spread of Covid-19 new variants like BF.7.
After hearing, confirming, and analyzing what is happening in the world again, the tourism industry is on alert. Various countries in the world started screening foreign passengers and nobody is aware when the rule changes and governments start banning flights and whatnot.
Here is the list of countries you should avoid visiting for the new year due to the Covid variant BF.7 scare:
The most recent statistics indicate that 43,766 new cases and 158 further deaths in 24 hours have been reported. Elisabeth Borne, the French PM, declared last month that “the COVID epidemic is rising again” and demanded that precautions be taken.
According to Borne, “an increase of about 10% in hospitalizations, a spike of 22% in critical care admissions, with 400 deaths from COVID” was noted in the previous month. Hence, this all shows up that this is one of the few countries you should avoid traveling to until you hear some positive news from here.
A new coronavirus wave and cases are likely to happen as more people travel for the holidays and engage in celebrations, but Singapore has already seen these things before, according to health minister Ong Ye Kung.
Three Covid-19 waves were observed in Singapore: the BA.2 Omicron subvariant in the month of April, the BA.4 as well as BA.5 subvariants in July, and the most recent wave, which was caused by the XBB variant and was observed in the US, UK, Singapore, and other countries.
So, it will be a smart choice if you avoid traveling to Singapore this season by taking extra precautions.
In the previous week, Germany reported 33,012 instances on average per day. Compared to the average two weeks earlier, the number of cases has climbed by 17% with death rates by 14%.
There have been 37,211,966 cases documented overall since the outbreak started. The coronavirus has been responsible for at least 1 in 517 local deaths, or 160,768 deaths.
In Germany, January 2021 had the highest average number of deaths while March 2022 had the highest average number of cases.
5) United States of America:
With millions of people starting their holiday travel, the highly contagious Omicron subvariant XBB has increased to more than 50% of COVID-19 cases in the Northeast United States and risks spreading quickly.
In the last 28 days, over 15 lakh cases have been reported in the United States. Hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 are slowly increasing in the US as extremely contagious Omicron BQ.1.1 and BQ.1 circulate. Nearly % of the genetically sequenced samples obtained in the nation between 3rd December and 10th December currently have the subvariants.
Avoid traveling to the USA for this New Year and make a smart choice as the cases are increasing over there daily.
In recent weeks, Brazil began tracking a sizable number of COVID cases. Brazil has reportedly documented 9,45,568 cases & 3,125 fatalities in the nearly recent month.
Brazil recorded 31,903 cases on average every day over the past week. Compared to the average two weeks ago, the number of cases has climbed by 15%. The death rate has risen by 40%.
In Brazil, February 2022 had the highest average number of cases, while April 2021 had the highest average number of fatalities.
3) South Korea:
According to sources, as the COVID-19 viral wave continues to spread in the winter, South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases reached over 75,000 last week, an increase of about 5,600 from a week earlier.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the nation reported 75,744 new COVID-19 infections, including 73 from outside, increasing the overall caseload to 28,466,390.
Not traveling to South Korea this new year will surely be a wise choice for the safety of your friends and family as we all have seen covid before and nobody knows how the travel rule changes overnight and can make your holiday a nightmare.
With 371 fatalities reported on Saturday 24th December 2022, Japan is the nation hardest affected by the recent outbreak, followed by Brazil and South Korea. Over the past week, Japan reported 164,276 cases on average per day.
Compared to the average two weeks earlier, the number of cases has climbed by 35%. The number of deaths has increased by 48%. In Japan, August 2022 had the greatest average number of illnesses and fatalities.
Having infected more than 37 lakh patients in China, the Covid BF.7 strain has taken its toll. China is experiencing the worst virus outbreak, which has severely affected the elderly. Moreover, China discontinues the daily publication of COVID-19 data.
As China has stopped widespread testing among its people, daily COVID-19 case data from the NHC can no more accurately reflect the country’s actual COVID-19 condition. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) has discontinued posting daily COVID-19 case data, a practice that has been in place since January 21, 2020, as of December 25, 2022.