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International SOS launches vaccine indicator for business

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China’s airlines are still planning for a bumper New Year despite some restrictions.
China’s airlines are still planning for a bumper New Year despite some restrictions. Photo Credit: Getty Images/shansekala

Authorities in China are hoping to persuade roughly 300 million migrant workers that they shouldn’t return home for Lunar New Year, fearing the spread of Covid-19.

People returning to rural areas during this year’s spring holiday must spend two weeks in quarantine and pay for their own coronavirus tests.

The holiday is normally the only time that many of the low-paid migrants can return to their hometowns. They fear the restrictions will make it impossible for them to travel.

This year Chinese New Year falls on 12 February, and the celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on 26 February.

Airline data authority OAG says airlines are still planning for bumper domestic scheduled capacity over this period, making up for the very limited international air services that are available.

International SOS launches vaccine indicator for business
International SOS has created a ‘traffic light’ indicator to help businesses track when, where and how they can roll-out corporate Covid-19 vaccination programmes for their employees.

The indicator brings together International SOS’ Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker containing detailed vaccine information for all countries, with regularly updated country-level distribution and programme monitoring.

Dr Mark Parrish, regional medical director at International SOS says, “Covid-19 vaccination programmes are a complex issue, particularly for global organisations. Faced with differing regulations, vaccines and roll-out plans dependent on location, it is vital to have a strategic and agile plan in place.”

Farewell SilkAir, hello Singapore Airlines

SilkAir is now integrated into Singapore airlines as part of a planned merger.
SilkAir is now integrated into Singapore airlines as part of a planned merger.

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, covering 40 destinations in Asia Pacific, has begun its integration into Singapore Airlines, part of a planned merger announced in 2018.

SilkAir’s aircraft will progressively join the Singapore Airlines fleet with a freshly painted livery, newly upholstered seats and served by Singapore Airlines cabin crew.

The integration started on 28 January.

Beware these shark-infested waters
With eight fatalities last year, Australia was the deadliest location in the world for shark attacks, according to the annual summary issued by the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

In 2020, 57 shark attacks resulted in 12 fatalities, eight of them in Australia, three in the US and one in the waters of St Martin in the Caribbean.

The total of eight came close to Australia's 90-year-old record of nine shark attack deaths in a single year.

ISAF experts confirmed great white sharks were involved in at least 16 unprovoked bites in 2020, including six of the year's 10 fatalities.

Green for go in Abu Dhabi

Passengers from destinations on Abu Dhabi's green list will be exempted from quarantine.
Passengers from destinations on Abu Dhabi's green list will be exempted from quarantine. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mahmoud Ghazal

The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi has issued an updated list of ‘Green List’ destinations.

Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.

The list only applies to the countries passengers are arriving from, rather than citizenship.

Abu Dhabi’s updated ‘Green List’ as of 25 January.
• Australia
• Bahrain
• Brunei
• China
• Falkland Islands
• Greenland
• Hong Kong
• Maldives
• Mauritius
• Mongolia
• New Zealand
• Oman
• Qatar
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• St. Kitts and Nevis
• Thailand

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