COVID-19 IMPACT: Major Damage to Tunisian Economy

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Coronavirus may cause 400,000 travel-related job losses in Tunisia”-Published date: 15 April 2020 

Tunisia forecasts $1.4bn-loss in revenue in tourism sector over Coronavirus pandemic

3-Quick Key INSIGHTS:

  • Estimates project Tunisian economy will lose $1.4bn tourism revenue.

  • Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34.

  • To mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic, Tunisia is seeking to secure a loan up to $877m (Source:  North African Post)

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What’s going ON?

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Tunisia’s tourism industry, with the vital sector expected to see 400,000 people lose their jobs this year and $1.4bn in lost revenue.

Like many countries across the globe, Tunisia has been under lockdown for weeks, with most residents only leaving their homes for exercise, grocery shopping and pharmacy runs.

 

Economic Challenges Ahead…

But as the second-biggest contributor to the country’s economy after agriculture, the tourism industry has almost completely shut down. Restaurants have closed, as have hotels and land borders, and international flights have been banned.

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Now, under the pandemic, that number is expected to plummet.

Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34 coronavirus-related deaths. So far, 43 people have recovered from the infection.

Tunisia’s number of cases falls well below neighbouring Algeria, which has reported 2,160 cases and 336 deaths, highlighting the need to ban tourism in order to slow the spread, as tourists from Algeria, Russia and the EU make up a large portion of the country’s yearly visitors.

Security Bottom Line

In a report released on Wednesday, the IMF said in general, economies across the Middle East and North Africa are expected to shrink by 3.3 percent during 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Tunisia.  Having just completed a complicated election cycle, the country was looking forward to a much needed successful tourism season.

At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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3 Effective Ways to Practice”Social Distancing”​

“Social Distancing” is the current buzz word when it comes to effective methods of protecting yourself against COVID-19. Dr. Martin (San Francisco epidemiologists) recently stated that: Social Distancing is currently the most important factor we can control in the COVID-19 outbreak, and therefore critical.”

While most people NEVER heard the term “Social Distancing” before COVID-19; I learned about it at boot camp. Let me explain…

1 Arm’s Distance!

Paris Island, South Carolina home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot is the training facility for all enlisted Marines east of the Mississippi. I will never forget the sensation of fear I felt the first time I arrived to this dreaded place and heard the terrifying sound of the Drill Instructor saying: “One arm’s distance RECRUIT!”

Later I learned why the DI was ordering us to stay 1 arm’s distance apart. During boot camp all recruits are told they must keep a one arm distance between them and the drill instructors at all times. A rule that if violated would quickly get you in a world of pain.

And that’s how I learned to keep 1 arm’s distance from a threat 🙂

Later I learned why the DI was ordering us to stay 1 arm’s distance apart. During boot camp all recruits are told they must keep a one arm distance between them and the drill instructors at all times. A rule that if violated would quickly get you in a world of pain.

And that’s how I learned to keep 1 arm’s distance from a threat 🙂

3 Tips for Effective Social Distancing

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”

When it comes to Social Distancing here’s an easy was to remember how to apply it: Adhere, Avoid, Address (Think AAA!)

Tip #1-Adhere:

The CDC has a vast amount of information and practical guidelines dealing with Social Distancing. It’s important that we adhere to these guidelines and at the minimum we keep distance from each other (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Tip #2-AVOID

Avoid “high risk” areas or simply crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

Tip #3 Address

We’re social animals so therefore Social Distancing does NOT come “natural” to us. Make sure you address the elephant in the room by stating why you’re not shaking hands if the situation becomes awkward. Be the leader in the room and don’t be afraid to state why you’re practicing Social Distancing.

Be a Social Distancing Leader in your circle! Set the example and remember…we’re all in this TOGETHER!

Stay Safe…Be Healthy!

Disney CLOSES…things just got serious

As various sports leagues and major conferences decide to postpone seasons and events in wake of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Disney has decided to close all of its amusement parks.

Full Article: The Verge: Disney closes all theme parks as coronavirus spreads globally. https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/12/21176494/disney-parks-world-land-coronavirus-covid19-closure-california-florida-paris

President Trump SUSPENDS all flights from Europe

Hours after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, President Donald Trump on Wednesday night announced a 30-day travel ban on most of Europe.

Flights Ban Details:

•30-day travel ban targets 26 countries that are part of a visa-free travel area known as the Schengen Area.
•Begins Friday, March 13, at midnight.
•Does NOT include the United Kingdom.
•Goods and cargo are exempted.

US Travelers face Restrictions

Why is this happening?

Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases.

The restrictions will “deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas and will keep Americans safe and save American lives,” said Wolf.

Will the Coronavirus IMPACT Disney World in Florida?

As Florida’s busy spring break season kicked off this month, coronavirus czar Vice President Mike Pence addressed something that’s been on the mind of tens of thousands of families preparing to travel to theme parks: Is it safe?

Disney World remains OPEN!

@DavidSecurity’s Take

VP Pence makes a Good Point:

“Whether it be Disney World, whether it be other destination, whether it be cruise ships … those most at risk are seniors with serious or chronic underlying health conditions.”

“Otherwise Americans can confidently travel in this country,” Pence said at a meeting with cruise industry officials in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday

Impact on Tourism

Though several conventions in Orlando have been canceled because of concerns, individual leisure travel hasn’t been affected, local officials said.

The U.S. Travel Association on Tuesday predicted a 6% decline in international visitors to the U.S. over the next three months as a result of coronavirus. If the prediction holds, it would be the largest decline in international inbound travel since the recession a dozen years ago, the association said.

Coronavirus fears hit Florida last week as Disney World opened a new ride based on Mickey Mouse, a park first. The resort’s most anticipated new land in years, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, debuted only last August.

Could the Coronavirus IMPACT Disney World in Florida?

Yes of course! However it’s important to note that they have a comprehensive safety plan and a good track record of dealing with these types of situations.

The chief medical officer for Disney Parks has confirmed that officials are “carefully monitoring” the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, while Walt Disney World and Disneyland currently remain open for business.

Stay Safe!

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