The epicenter of Wuhan in 24 hours

It struck during China’s busiest travel season and changed how many people celebrated the Lunar New Year. Millions who had set out across the country to see family during the holiday had to cut their vacations short or a complete change plans after the deadly outbreak of COVID-19, a pneumonia-like virus, hit the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. Entire families were getting infected at a rapid rate. Since the outbreak began about three months ago, it has affected nearly 70,000 people and killed at least 1600, and the numbers continue to grow. In Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, the city mobilized but soon hospitals would be overwhelmed with patients, while more people were enlisted to help save […]

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The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]