As the coronavirus reaches more than 100 countries and the WHO declares nCoV as a global pandemic, we list the top seven most affected countries by the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak in China, by the number of cases.
China is the worst affected country by the novel corona virus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).It witnessed more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March. It quickly came down to approximately 67% by 11 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged. The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.
Coronavirus is getting severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused Covid-19 spread. Northern Italy, where the majority of the Italian Covid-19 cases are recorded, is kept on a high alert with affected cities locked-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population remains a concern.
Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has more than 9,000 confirmed cases and has recorded 354 deaths. The country has been suspected to have delayed acknowledging the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases. A number of countries have traced their coronavirus-infected having contracted the disease during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.
4. South Korea
South Korea is hit the most by coronavirus infection outside China due to its proximity to the latter. Coronavirus cases in South Korea started surging in February and are currently close to reaching 7,900. Deaths due to coronavirus in South Korea reached 66. The country is being assisted by China, whose experience in containing the outbreak has resulted in controlling the local spread of the epidemic.
Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish Covid-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to 2,277 by 11 March. Spain is the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll has increased to 55 making the government and citizens nervous. Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears.
Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, also has hundreds of coronavirus-positive cases, which stand at 1,966 currently. Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation. Germany has reported three coronavirus deaths as of 11 March.
Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the fifth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, crossed 650 on 11 March. Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.
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Greece Is Welcoming Tourists From June 15th!
Greece is all set to get its tourism industry back on track by opening to tourists June 15 onwards! It is a tourism-reliant country and in order to boost it, the country actually preponed its reopening date. Greece had initially planned to open up on July 1st! But don’t worry, they’re only going to allow international flights into the country gradually from 1st July.
As per CNN, the Prime Minister of Greece—Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the nation regarding the updated date. He also mentioned that they would only be allowing tourists from countries that have low rates of COVID infection. Also, the tourists coming in will not be required to go through any quarantine or testing. But they will be carrying out spot tests in the tourist areas as per requirement.
Not just this, but the Greek government is also focusing on strengthening its healthcare service in tourist destinations. As per Harry Theocharis, the Tourism Minister, as many as 600 beds will be separately available to aid Coronavirus care.
Greece On Reviving Its Tourism Industry
The tourism industry in Greece makes up almost 20% of its GDP. It is believed that every fourth job in Greece belongs to the tourism industry. The country highly depends on its tourism and it is coming up with new measures to revive it in the best way possible.
The Greek government plans to subsidise the salaries of the tourism industry, catering industry as well as the industrial sectors. They also plan to reduce taxes for those in the hospitality and travel sectors. Also, along with Greece, Iceland to plans to open its gates for tourists June 15 onwards!
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The Countries That Are All Set To Re-Open Again
Coronavirus has definitely shaken the entire world. While you might not expect full normalcy, find out about countries that are picking up their pace in getting back to normal. Countries that reopen while COVID-19 is still circulating will likely face strong waves of virus again. However, the relaxation of some public health measures may also be normal as countries learn how to track and control the virus.
Canada remains in lockdown till now. The country closed the border with the USA. Canada is allowing some in house travel, but the summer tourism season in places like Ontario remains in serious jeopardy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a news conference on May 19 the border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed until at least the third week of June. The border remains closed since March 21. Additional 30-day extensions are not out of the question.
Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theatres, cinemas, hair salons, gyms and athletic centres to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitary guidelines. This move came after the country’s active infections declined for 11 consecutive days. The ban on foreign tourists is currently expiring on June 15. But there’s no surprise if it gets extended.
El Salvador has fewer than 400 reported cases. The country took early steps to curb the pandemic and in fact, El Salvador was one of the first Central American countries to go into lock down before any cases of coronavirus were reported. The travel here is not specifically forbidden, no international flights are currently pass in or out of the country. The visitors would be subject to the same strict isolation and movement guidelines as locals.
Australia and New Zealand
Types Of Tea In India
It is believed that Chai (Tea) was first founded some 5000 years ago in an ancient royal court of India. The reigning king experimented and created this recipe as an Ayurvedic tonic. Years passed, the concept of tea became a national treasure for everyone. It was drank as a daily beverage by everyone; tea/ types of tea did not believe in any form of discrimination.
Later people felt the need of experimentation with their ‘personal’ beverage. They added different types of spices and thus, different types of tea were born.
In 1935 British East India Company established tea plantations in Assam to establish Great Britain’s monopoly over the National Drink of India in order to free India from the chains of tea commands of China.
This led to the evolution of different types of tea in India, and it is safe to say that almost every state has a tea to its name now.
NOON CHAI / PINK CHAI
Noon chai, also known as shir chai, gulabi chai, Kashmiri tea or pink tea, is a traditional tea beverage originating in the Kashmir Valley. It is perfect for winter evenings and you can drink it alongside biscuits.
Kahwa tea is a flavourful Kashmiri green tea. It is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron which an exotic combination of taste, aroma and health benefits.
Butter tea, also known Gur Gur Chai in the Ladakhi language, is a drink of the people in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Bhutan, India and Tibet and other Western regions of modern-day People’s Republic of China. It is associated with warmth on a cold day and good times spent with Tibetan friends, or the adventure of travel in Tibet or Tibetan communities in India or Nepal.
DOODH PATTI CHAI
Doodh pati Chai is different from saada chai: it only uses milk and tea. This tea does not include water. The roots of this tea are from Punjab/ West Pakistan.
Kangra tea is a tea originating from the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Both black tea and green tea have been produced in the Kangra Valley since the mid-19th century. Kangra tea was given the Geographical Indication status in 2005.
Darjeeling tea is a well-known tea variety that is exported around the world which grows in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is unique because of its leaves. They can be processed in different ways, resulting in black, green, white, or oolong tea.
Indigenous to the state of Assam, it is mainly produced in the Brahmaputra valley. Loose Assam tea gives a malty strong flavor. Black Assam Teas are ideal for breakfast and drinking in the morning. Loose Assam teas are popular for their rich maltiness.
This recipe is inspired from the famous tea shop in Pune ‘Chai La Pune’. Tandoori chai is unique variety of Indian tea local to the people of Pune. In this recipe, tea is prepared in the usual Indian way. After that, a clay pot is heated (usually in a Tandoor) and prepared tea is poured in the clay pot so that it absorbs flavors of the hot clay pot.
Which tea are most looking forward to try? Meanwhile you can read about snacks to munch with your tea here: 8 yummy tea time snacks for lazy evening
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