COVID-19 Travel Impact in South, Central & North America
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Coronavirus: How North and South America Are Affected

The total number of coronavirus cases in Illinois currently stands at 25
The total number of coronavirus cases in Illinois currently stands at 25 | ? Eric Nathan / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip provides the latest developments on the spread of COVID-19 across the Americas region.

For extra information, check out Coronavirus Explained and Travel Advice, and our developing regional coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

UPDATE: 13 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

As of 13 March 2020, the United States and Canada have been most greatly impacted, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries standing at 1,992 and 158, respectively. There have been 41 deaths reported in the US and one in Canada, according to the Worldometers.info website, which compiles data from the World Health Organization and other health agencies.

What’s happening in the United States?

US President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency on Friday, which would allow him to use $40 billion allocated by Congress for disaster relief for the coronavirus crisis, The New York Times reports.

295 new cases have been reported.

What’s happening in Canada?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. Trudeau said he hasn’t experienced any symptoms, feels “very well” and is working at his home as a precaution at his doctor’s recommendation.

CBC reports on the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 158 diagnosed cases, 16 new cases and one death.

What’s happening in Latin America?

The Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) provides the latest developments on COVID-19 across the Latin America region.

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UPDATE: 12 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

As of 12 March 2020, the United States, Canada and Brazil have been most greatly impacted, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries standing at 1,323, 117 and 52 respectively. There have been 38 deaths reported in the US and one in Canada, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

US President Donald Trump announced that all travel from certain countries in Europe would be suspended for the next 30 days. The ruling will only apply to foreign citizens coming from one of the 26 European nations that comprise the Schengen Area, a region in which travellers can cross borders without passports.

While most European Union nations are in Schengen, five are not: Ireland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus. The ban will also not apply to European countries that are not in the EU, including Russia and Ukraine.

Trump said the new rules will come into effect on Friday at midnight.

The NBA announced it is suspending its season due to the risk of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert has reportedly tested positive for the virus.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 117 diagnosed cases and one death.

What’s happening in Latin America?

The Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) provides the latest developments on COVID-19 across the Latin America region.

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UPDATE: 11 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

As of 11 March 2020, the United States, Canada and Brazil have been impacted the most, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries standing at 1,050, 93 and 34 respectively. There have been 31 deaths reported in the US and 1 in Canada, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

A major fair for the gaming industry, E3 2020 in Los Angeles (scheduled for 9-11 June), has joined the long list of events that have fallen victim to attempts to minimise the spread of COVID-19, The Guardian reports.

Chicago announced it is cancelling its annual St Patrick’s Day parades amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The annual St Patrick’s Day parades in the Windy City on 17 March are some of the largest in the US, attracting more than a million people a year, with many spectators travelling from other states to watch the Chicago River dyed green for Ireland.

16 new cases and 1 new death have been reported.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 93 diagnosed cases and 1 death.

What’s happening in Latin America?

The Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) provides the latest developments on COVID-19 across the Latin America region.

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UPDATE: 10 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

As of 10 March 2020, the United States, Canada and Brazil have been impacted the most, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries standing at 729, 77 and 30 respectively. There have been 27 deaths reported in the US and 1 in Canada, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

Passengers started disembarking from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the Port of Oakland in California. There were 21 cases of coronavirus confirmed onboard, The Guardian reports.

Some universities and colleges in the United States have closed, offering online courses to their students as a temporary replacement for face-to-face tuition.

CNN reports on the list of universities to have cancelled classes.

25 new cases and 1 new death have been reported.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 77 diagnosed cases and 1 death.

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UPDATE: 9 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

As of 9 March 2020, the United States, Canada and Brazil have been impacted the most, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries as 566, 67 and 25, respectively. There have been 22 deaths reported in the US, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

US President Donald Trump suggested that “life and the economy” must go on amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and pointed out that 37,000 people died from the common flu last year.

“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu … Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths,” he tweeted.

25 new cases have been reported.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 67 diagnosed cases. 1 new cases has been reported.

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UPDATE: 8 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

The United States, Canada and Brazil have been impacted the most, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries as 537, 64 and 20, respectively. There have been 21 deaths reported in the US, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

The US State Department is warning its citizens not to take cruises.

In a travel advisory issued on Sunday, the State Department said there is an increased risk of infection of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on cruise ships.

“U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.”

96 new cases and 2 new deaths have been reported.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 64 diagnosed cases. 4 new cases have been reported.

What’s happening in Brazil?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has postponed a Latin America conference set to be held in Brazil at the end of April as a precautionary measure. 6 new cases have been reported.

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UPDATE: 7 March 2020

Which countries in the region have been impacted the most by the coronavirus outbreak?

The United States, Canada, Brazil and Ecuador have been impacted the most, with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in those countries as 401, 54, 13 and 13, respectively. There have been 19 deaths reported in the US, according to the COVID-19 real-time dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

What’s happening in the United States?

US authorities are preparing to test passengers on the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Grand Princess, after 21 people on board tested positive for the illness, The Guardian reports.

There are 90 new cases and 5 new deaths across the United States.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 54 diagnosed cases. 6 new cases in Canada (British Columbia) including 2 residents of a North Vancouver care home were reported today.

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UPDATE: 6 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 6 March 2020, there are 309 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region – with the United States (233), Canada (46) and Ecuador (13) the most affected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

There are 12 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in the United States, bringing the total number of people killed there to 14.

Seattle is at the heart of a US coronavirus outbreak that has already claimed the lives of 10 people in Washington state.

The virus has prompted big US tech companies to advise their employees in the Seattle area to work from home.

Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc’s Google have all urged their staff in the region to work from home and avoid work-related gatherings, Al Jazeera reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 46 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 5 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 5 March 2020, there are 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region – with the United States (162), Canada (35) and Ecuador (10) the most affected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

California declared a state of emergency after a 71-year-old man died after falling ill with the virus while on a cruise ship.

Eleven passengers and 10 crew members are potentially infected on board the Grand Princess now being held off the coast of California.

Declaring an emergency can help states activate emergency response plans. It also can help a government obtain reimbursement for funds it spends on preparedness from the state and federal government, and gives them the authority to use funds to deploy more personnel, buy equipment and prepare stockpiles, BusinessInsider.com reports.

Meanwhile, Starbucks has said it will only use disposable cups at its North American outlets, saying that it was “pausing the use of personal cups and ‘for here’ ware” in its stores. Other measures include its move as a corporate body to restrict all business-related air travel, The Guardian reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 35 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 4 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 4 March 2020, there are 178 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region – with the United States (128), Canada (33) and Ecuador (7) the most affected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Chile and Argentina are the latest countries in the region to report diagnosed cases of coronavirus.

What’s happening in the United States?

The Worldometers.info website – which compiles data from the World Health Organisation and other health agencies – reports 4 new cases in the United States (California):
– 1 in Los Angeles County
– 2 in Orange County (a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s who had recently travelled to countries that have widespread reports of COVID-19)
– 1 in Contra Costa County in Northern California

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is bolstering efforts to combat virus-related misinformation.

“We’re focused on making sure everyone can access credible and accurate information,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook account.

“Given the developing situation, we’re working with national ministries of health and organisations like the WHO, CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and UNICEF to help them get out timely, accurate information on the coronavirus,” Zuckerberg posted.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 33 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 3 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 3 March 2020, there are 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the United States (106), Canada (27), Ecuador (7), Mexico (5), Brazil (2) and Dominican Republic (1), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called on the Trump administration to “level with the American people and tell the truth” as the coronavirus spreads in the US.

Schumer said that congress will soon announce a bipartisan supplemental appropriations package of around $7–8 billion for coronavirus response, Al Jazeera reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 27 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 2 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 2 March 2020, there are 124 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the United States (86), Canada (24), Ecuador (6), Mexico (5), Brazil (2) and Dominican Republic (1), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

The Worldometers.info website reports 13 new cases and one death in the United States – a man in his 70s, in Washington state, with underlying health conditions.

The United States has issued a Level 3 travel warning – advising against all non-essential travel – for the following countries: Italy, South Korea, Iran and China.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 24 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 1 March 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 1 March 2020, there are 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the United States (72), Canada (20), Mexico (4), Brazil (2), Ecuador (1) and Dominican Republic (1), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

One new case was reported in Rhode Island – a person in their 40s who had traveled to Italy in mid-February – as well as one new case in Illinois.

American Airlines said it would suspend flights from to Milan from New York and Miami because of a “reduction in demand”. Flights are scheduled to resume on 25 April, Al Jazeera reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

Canada’s total number of coronavirus cases rose to at least 20 over the weekend as Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia reported new cases, Bloomberg News reports.

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UPDATE: 29 February 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 29 February 2020, there are 92 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the United States (68), Canada (16), Mexico (4) and Brazil (2), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency after a local man died of COVID-19, the first such reported death in the United States. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus, AP reports.

Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States has raised the travel warning to level 4 – its most severe – on travel to affected areas of Italy and South Korea.

The existing US travel ban on Iran is being extended to include any foreign national who has visited Iran in the last 14 days, USA Today reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

There is one new case in Canada (Ontario) reported – a man in his 80s with a travel history to Egypt.

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UPDATE: 28 February 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 28 February 2020, there are 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the US (60), Canada (14) and Brazil (1), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

CNBC reports that 33 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in California and the state is currently monitoring at least 8,400 others.

What’s happening in Canada?

The Canadian Press news agency provides a timeline of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, where so far there have been 14 diagnosed cases.

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UPDATE: 27 February 2020

Which countries and areas in the region have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 27 February 2020, there are 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting the US (60), Canada (11) and Brazil (1), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

What’s happening in the United States?

US President Donald Trump placed Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

US secretary of health Alex Azar has asked Congress for $2.5 billion, with over $1 billion intended to fund the development of a vaccine. The rest would fund quarantine efforts and supplies, including surgical masks. Azar said the United States only has 30 million masks but needs 300 million, the BBC reports.

What’s happening in Canada?

Canadian health minister Patty Hajdu is encouraging citizens to stockpile food and medication in their homes in case they or a loved one falls ill with coronavirus, the National Post reports.

“It’s good to be prepared because things can change quickly,” she said.

However, local authorities are still describing the “public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada.”

What’s happening in Brazil?

Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in Latin America, diagnosing a 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo who recently returned from Italy, Al Jazeera reports.

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UPDATE: 26 February 2020

What’s happening in the United States?

As of 26 February 2020, there are 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting only the US (57 cases) and Canada (11 cases), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

US health officials said they expect COVID-19 to spread in the United States, and have urged local authorities to come up with contingency plans such as asking people to work from home or cancelling mass events.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread [of COVID-19] in this country,” Nancy Messonnier, a senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters at a briefing.

What’s happening in Canada?

With 11 confirmed cases, local authorities have described the “public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada.”

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UPDATE: 25 February 2020

USA

As of 25 February 2020, there are 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Americas region, affecting only the US (53) and Canada (11), according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

The majority of US citizens with confirmed COVID-19 (36) were onboard the the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the coronavirus was under control in the United States.

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC and World Health have been working hard and very smart,” Trump, who is on a state visit to India, said on Twitter.

Canada

With 11 confirmed cases, local authorities have described the “public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada”.

How will this impact my travel to the region?

If you have upcoming travel plans to an affected country, reach out to your airline, hotel or tour operator for more information.

Check the latest guidance on your Rights as a Traveller from the BBC.

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