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Racers Hit The Road Again; Travel To UE Tuesday

Women’s Basketball | 11/28/2021 5:34:00 PM

Date (Time): Nov. 30 (6 p.m.)
Opponent: Evansville
Site (Venue): Evansville, Ind. (Meeks Family Fieldhouse)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose; Analyst: Raegan Blackburn)
TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Cole Carter; Analyst: Donovan Schultz; Sideline: Arthur Hurst)
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Twitter In Game: @RacersWBB
MUR Record (Streak): 5-1 (Won 4)
UE Record (Streak): 4-1 (Won 1)
MSU Last Game: W 66-40 vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 27, 2021; Murray, Ky.)
UE Last Game: W 84-71 at Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 24, 2021; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
All-Time Series vs. UE (Streak): MSU leads 22-15 (Won 2)
All-Time Series in Murray (Streak): MSU leads 12-6 (Won 1)
First Meeting: W 46-41 (Feb. 26, 1972; Murray, Ky.)
Last Meeting: W 84-61(Dec. 1, 2020; Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Win: W 114-46 (Feb. 10, 1981; Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Loss: L 46-78 (Dec. 20, 2011; Evansville, Ind.)
Last Five vs. UE: 3-2 (WWWLL)
Next Game: Dec. 4 at Samford (2 p.m.)
Next Home Game: Dec. 14 vs. North Alabama (5 p.m.)

The Game

The Murray State women’s basketball team hits the highway again Tuesday for the first of two road games beginning at Evansville. Tip-off from the Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Indiana is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Series At A Glance

Tuesday will be the 39th meeting between the Racers and the Purple Aces, with Murray State leading the all-time series, 23-15. MSU has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams and also lead the series in Evansville, 10-9.

Scouting The Purple Aces

Evansville is also off to a hot start to the season and will enter Tuesday’s matchup at 4-1 after an 84-71 win at Purdue Fort Wayne Wednesday. The Purple Aces are currently averaging 77.4 points on 44.5-percent shooting with 39.8 rebounds per game, while their opponents average 64.8 points on 34.6-percent shooting with 44.2 rebounds per game.

Evansville currently has four players that average double-digits including two that are averaging 20-plus points per game. Je’Niya Davis and Abby Feit currently score 24.5 and 21.6 points per game, while Myia Clark and A’Niah Griffin follow at 11.0 and 10.3 points, respectively. In addition, Feit also leads Evansville on the glass at 9.8 rebounds per game.

A Win Would…

A win Tuesday would give head coach Rechelle Turner the 60th win of her career and allow her to pass Dew Drop Rowlett to become the 4th winningest coach in program history. She would also become the second fastest Racer coach to reach 60 wins, doing so in 124 games. The only former Racer coach who reached 60 wins faster was Bud Childers, who did it in 113 games.

Cleaning The Glass

Murray State currently ranks second in the nation in defensive rebounds per game with 34.7 defensive boards per game, while Nebraska leads at 36.3.

En Fuego

Shooting 50.0-percent from the floor against Alabama A&M, Murray State has now shot 50-percent or better in five of six games this season and are 4-1 in those contests.

Double Trouble

Katelyn Young recorded her third double-double of the season against Alabama A&M, and second in a row, with 25 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, she was nearly perfect from the floor going 10-for-11 in the game, as well as 5-for-7 from the line.

Large In The Margins

With a 26-point win Saturday, each of Murray State’s five victories have come by 20 or more points. In the five wins, Murray State’s average margin of victory has been 30.0 with no wins coming by less than 23 points.

Flying Out of The Gates

Moving to 5-1 on the year with the win Saturday, the Racers are now off to their best start in over 30 years. The last time MSU started the season 5-1 or better was the 1988-89 season, when it opened the season at 6-0.

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Drivers hit the road for last-minute errands and Thanksgiving travel

As families scramble to whip together delicious Thanksgiving meals, others are still hitting the road, running errands and trying to reach their destination to spend as much time with loved ones as possible.

This morning, News 12‘s Hannah Kliger was along the Belt Parkway to check out the traffic.

AAA says of all the travelers getting around the country the last few days – 90% of them are expected to be drivers.

Take extra care if you’re out on the roads the next few days – AAA predicts that nearly 400,000 drivers could become stranded over the holiday due to car malfunctions. Always best to check those things in advance before you head out for that long drive.

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TSA preparing for Thanksgiving travel to hit pre-pandemic levels

The number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving this year is expected to rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, but the Transportation Security Administration says it is ready to handle the surge.

Administrator David Pekoske said Wednesday he expects agency staffing to be sufficient for what’s traditionally TSA’s busiest travel period.

“We are prepared,” Pekoske told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said travelers should expect long lines at airports and plan to spend a little more time getting through security.

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In 2019, a record 26 million passengers and crew passed through U.S. airport screening in the 11-day period around Thanksgiving. But that plummeted in 2020 as the pandemic kept people at home.

Pekoske said he didn’t think a vaccine mandate going into effect for TSA agents Monday would have any effect on staffing for Thanksgiving next week.

“In fact, implementation of the mandate will make travel safer and healthier for everyone,” he said. “So, we see quite a significant increase in the number of our officers that are vaccinated, and I’m very confident that there will be no impact for Thanksgiving.”

RELATED: Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021: Many offer takeout, dine-in menus

Pekoske told NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday he remains “very concerned” about the issue of unruly passengers as incidents on airplanes have continued.

“The level of unruly behavior is much higher than I’ve ever seen it,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has referred 37 cases involving unruly airline passengers to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution since the number of disruptions on flights began to spike in January.

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A ‘potentially significant’ storm could hit the East Coast during the busy Thanksgiving travel week

A significant storm has the potential to disrupt travel plans from the Midwest to the Northeast during one of the busiest times of the year to travel. We are talking about disruptions at major airline hubs like Chicago and New York at the beginning of next week.

The storm system could begin to develop Sunday in the Midwest, strengthening daily. By the time it gets near the East Coast on Tuesday, a secondary system could develop along the coast, exacerbating the disrupting weather conditions in places like New York.

“It is too early to resolve detailed effects from low pressure that may be near the East Coast by next Tuesday, but significant rain/snow and strong winds could be possible,” the WPC says.

“Even though we are still almost a week out and forecasts can change, this looks like a planes, trains and automobiles storm,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says.

Here is a look at where some of the worst travel disruptions could happen, based on computer forecast models.

These CNN weather forecast products take into account rain, wind, snow, ice and fog and the impacts they could have on travel.

Bookmark our storm tracker page for an auto-updating version of these maps and track the storm yourself.

The only good news: Computer forecast models aren’t always right. Especially a week in advance.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast Sunday night and thereafter, the National Weather Service in New York said Tuesday morning, so there is low confidence in the forecast.

By Tuesday afternoon, the forecast models will have been rerun. The output Tuesday evening, Wednesday or Thursday could be different than it was earlier this morning.

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It is in the consistency and the trends from one model run to the next that meteorologists will be watching closely. This is what will build their confidence in next week’s potential storm.

“Even as the storm moves away by Wednesday, airlines could still be dealing with significant prior cancellations with planes and crew members in the wrong place,” Myers says. “This storm has really bad timing.”

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EU Aims to Hit Travel Agents in Belarus With Sanctions, Borrell Says | World News

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union hopes to extend its sanctions to include airlines, travel agents and other people involved in transporting migrants to Belarus, the bloc’s top diplomat told reporters on Monday.

Arriving at an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Borrell said he had told the Belarusian foreign minister over the weekend that the situation at the border to the EU was completely unacceptable and that humanitarian help was needed.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team will open its regular season campaign on Tuesday night (Nov. 9) when the Jaguars travel to Ann Arbor to face #11 Michigan at 7:00 p.m. The game marks only the second time the Jags face the Wolverines, with the last matchup on Dec. 11, 2004, when IUPUI fell 68-48.
Head coach Austin Parkinson‘s team enters the game after a 98-50 exhibition win over IU Northwest that saw five Jaguars score in double-digits. Standout guard Rachel McLimore led the team with 17 points and three triples followed by three-time #HLWBB Player of the Year Macee Williams with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Jaguars finished the 2020 season with a 15-5 record and were voted atop the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Preseason Polls for 2021. Starting point guard Destiny Perkins returns for the Jags and has started off strong with 10 points and three rebounds in the exhibition match up.
Other returning letterwinners include graduate student Morgan Allen, juniors Natalie Anderson and Ali Berg and sophomores Trinity Duckworth, Jaci Jones and Anna Mortag. First-year center Jacquel Bronaugh and freshman forward Nakaih Hunter led the incoming class with strong outings against IU Northwest. Another newcomer, Saint Louis-transfer Rachel Kent, was among the starting five for the exhibition opener and finished with six points and three assists in limited action. 
Parkinson’s squad was recently pegged No. 12 in the initial Mid-Major Top 25 for the 2021-22 season.
The Jaguars will be tested on Tuesday as they face Michigan who enters the season ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Wolverines return 11 players including their top leading scores, Naz Hillmon, the 2021 Big Ten Player of the Year, and Leigha Brown. Michigan is coming off last year’s 16-6 season. Naz Hillmon led the team in 2020 averaging 23.9 points and 11.3 rebounds to earn the program’s first-ever All-American.

Tuesday’s game with be aired on Big Ten Network+ with tip off at 7 p.m.

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Climate-Friendly Travel Plans to COP Summit Hit by UK Weather Chaos | World News

MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) -Delegates, campaigners and journalists travelling by train to the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow fell victim to a weather-related delay on Sunday – a toppled tree on a railway line.

All tracks on the main rail route between London and Glasgow were blocked near the town of Milton Keynes due to the tree which fell into overhead electric power lines as England was hit by stormy weather.

London’s Euston station was closed to people trying to enter as crowds built up inside and passengers were urged to delay their travel plans.

A Reuters reporter on a cancelled train service said several passengers were instead booking flights to Glasgow in Scotland where the United Nations COP26 climate conference kicks off on Sunday.

Claire Sheppard, a Green Party activist who was walking her dog near Luton Airport where frustrated rail travellers were trying to find flights to Scotland, said the chaos was an embarrassment for Britain as host of the summit.

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“We look great,” she said, ironically. “Well done, the UK.”

(Reporting by Mark John and Katy DaigleWriting by William SchombergEditing by Alison Williams and Mark Heinrich)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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Travel news: time to hit the road again

Go west . . . and northwest

The US reopens its borders to fully vaccinated Brits and Europeans in November after a frustrating summer of “No”, and the West Coast has some timely hotel debuts to mark the occasion. In the coffee and counterculture capital of Portland is a new address from Palisociety, one of the most creative hospitality purveyors around – its Palihouse hotels across California have the stay-at-a-cool-friend’s-house aesthetic down to a fine art (Palihouse Santa Barbara, with just 24 rooms in a sprawling Spanish-colonial mansion complete with courtyard pool and deep loggias, became that city’s most interesting address more or less immediately on opening last spring). The 57-room Hotel Grand Stark, a former warehouse in once heavily small-industry Central Eastside (now thick with cafés, bars and artisan workshops), captures Portland’s blend of urban grit and Pacific Northwest charm. The rooms capitalise on strip-wood floors and tall sash windows to bring the downtown-loft vibes; the deli handles the pastrami and salmon brief with aplomb; and the capacious lounges and “study hall” spread across much of the ground floor.

The renovated Sea Ranch Lodge boasts commanding views of the Pacific Ocean
The renovated Sea Ranch Lodge boasts commanding views of the Pacific Ocean © Carlos Chavarria
The Sea Ranch Lodge’s renovation was conducted by interior designer Charles de Lisle and West Coast architecture firm Mithun
The Sea Ranch Lodge’s renovation was conducted by interior designer Charles de Lisle and West Coast architecture firm Mithun © Carlos Chavarria
Guest rooms at The Sea Ranch Lodge are due to reopen in 2023
Guest rooms at The Sea Ranch Lodge are due to reopen in 2023 © Carlos Chavarria

Down in western Sonoma, a quiet investor is in the process of bringing a historic California hotel to new life. For decades, the Sea Ranch Lodge was the public face of the pioneering residential development of the same name, before beginning to gently give in to datedness. After two years of work by, among others, interior designer Charles de Lisle and West Coast architecture firm Mithun, the public spaces of the Lodge – home to the community’s post office and a small general store, as well as a series of bars, restaurants and gathering rooms, and a stunning indigenous-plant landscaped garden where once a stretch of bitumen dominated the view – are again receiving (very happy) guests. The furnishings are new (and fabulous), but architects and designers remained entirely faithful to the original materials – and to those Pacific Ocean views. The rooms are under way; look for an early 2023 opening for those. Palihouse Santa Barbara, from $395; Hotel Grand Stark, from $205,

New digs Down Under

The Surf Yamba in New South Wales
The Surf Yamba in New South Wales © Elise Hassey

With Australia looking like it will be open for business in 2022, there’s a pressing question for lifestyle mavens: is Yamba the next Byron? A bit of a stretch, probably – but if the owners of The Surf Yamba achieve their goal, this teeny town some 60 miles south of the country’s nexus of fabulosity will at least come onto the map in a new way. Their slick upcycling of an old waterfront motel hews to a tried-and-tested formula (see Halcyon House just up the coast – or the brilliant Surfrider in Malibu). Rooms are all light wood, rattan and sisal and terrazzo floors, and the rooftop pool and bar – floored in gleaming teak, with views over the town’s Main Beach – ably channel the sundowner vibes. From £170,

Vim in northern Zim

Tembo Plains Camp in northern Zimbabwe is ideal for a private family takeover
Tembo Plains Camp in northern Zimbabwe is ideal for a private family takeover © Andrew Howard Photo

Northern Zimbabwe can still feel like one of Africa’s truly wild places. The vast tracts of reserve and national park along the Zambezi’s southern shore are lush with mopane forests and teeming with elephant, wild dog and hippo, and boast healthy lion and leopard populations too. People, though, are few and far between. It’s why Great Plains Conservation chose the 128,000-acre private Sapi reserve to build Tembo Plains Camp, to which owners Dereck and Beverly Joubert have recently put the final touches. With just four tents and a two-bedroom family suite, it’s a great escape, and an ideal private takeover for families and groups, in a part of the country that remains among the least trod. Double from $1,160 (all-inclusive),

Elephants and hippos are among the animals that can be spotted while kayaking from Tembo Plains Camp
Elephants and hippos are among the animals that can be spotted while kayaking from Tembo Plains Camp © Andrew Howard Photo

2.0 Turkish Delight

For excitement of a totally cosmopolitan sort, look to Istanbul, where the newest member of the Mandarin Oriental stable has sprung up at the edge of the Bosphorus. Long and low, it’s more urban resort than metropolitan hotel, thanks not least to MO’s long and superlative form with spa – here, there’s an impressive 3,500sq m of it, including two hammams (naturally) and water-based treatments, to complement the three pools. The bars and restaurants come instead under the aegis of Novikov – part Italian, part Asian and wholly glam. From €735, 

“More urban resort than metropolitan hotel”: the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus
“More urban resort than metropolitan hotel”: the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus
A room at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus
A room at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus


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U.S. travel rules to hit some countries hard

MIAMI — New Biden administration travel restrictions aimed at preventing the unvaccinated from coming to the United States will be felt particularly hard in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where wide disparities and lack of access to covid-19 vaccines have left most of the population without protection against the virus.

The new rules, which White House covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said will begin in early November, could also prohibit some vaccinated travelers from entering the country if they have received shots from vaccine makers that are not recognized by the World Health Organization.

The White House said last month that it was considering banning travelers who received covid-19 vaccines that have not gotten emergency authorization from the WHO. The U.S. has authorized only three vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — but the WHO’s emergency use list includes vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and China’s Sinopharm. But it currently does not include Russia’s Sputnik V or Cuba’s Soberana, which some countries in the region have used to augment their vaccine supplies.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency “is actively working with vaccine experts regarding which vaccinations will be accepted.”

The CDC will provide more information about the requirements in the coming weeks, she said.

Whatever decision U.S. authorities make would leave many Latin Americans and Caribbean nationals shut out of the United States at a time when visa approvals have already been backlogged over covid-19 and restrictive embassy staffing.

“It disproportionately affects the developing countries like Guyana,” said Oneidge Walrond, the South American nation’s minister of tourism and commerce, who fears that Sputnik will not make the U.S. approved list.

Believing vaccination was the only way out of the pandemic, Guyana this year turned to the Russian-made vaccine, purchasing 200,000 doses at $20 each after being unable to secure any of the U.S.-made vaccines. Even though it has joined a number of Caribbean countries in passing similar covid entry requirements for international visitors — one must show proof of vaccination and negative testing within 7 days of travel — the country believes it will now be punished by the U.S.’s new requirement after being unable to get other vaccines.

“We think it’s unfair and highlights and deepens the divide between the haves and have-nots,” Walrond said.

On Wednesday, the Pan American Health Organization’s director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, said only 37% of the 653 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been vaccinated, while countries like Nicaragua have yet to reach 10%. Haiti, which has administered only about 75,220 U.S-donated Moderna shots, has less than 1% of its population vaccinated.


With many people lacking access to vaccines, the U.S. this summer began shipping 40 million doses to the region, mostly through the WHO global access platform known as Covax. But tensions over the availability of shots in one of the world’s hardest-hit regions have already flared even among partners like Colombia, which has already received 6 million doses donated by the U.S.

In his speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly, Colombian President Ivan Duque spoke of the “unprecedented” gaps in vaccination coverage, adding a veiled criticism of the U.S. booster-shot plan.

“While some nations acquire additional doses for six or seven times [the size of their] population and announce third booster doses, others have not applied a single dose that gives them hope,” he said.

Millions of people in the region have gotten vaccines produced by Russia, China, India and Cuba that have not received WHO emergency authorization. The rules will also spotlight regional inequities, as the poorest countries struggle to vaccinate their citizens amid low supply and vaccine hesitancy, and international efforts like Covax remain slow in delivering promised doses.

“We continue to urge countries with surplus doses to share these with countries in our region, where they can have a life-saving impact,” Etienne said. She said the Pan American Health Organization, which is the World Health Organization’s Americas regional office, was trying to accelerate vaccinations in the Americas, including purchasing vaccines and ramping up manufacturing in the region.

Though Covax was set up to help poor and middle-income countries secure vaccine doses at lower prices, the Pan American Health Organization’s assistant director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, said it will not meet the goal to provide enough vaccines to immunize 20% of the population of participating nations.

Cubans are in a particularly tough spot because the government declined to participate in Covax and developed its own vaccines instead. The government also has not taken the U.S. up on an offer to accept vaccine donations, two senior Biden administration officials said last week.

After a year and a half of government-imposed restrictions on foreign travel, many Cubans are looking forward to visiting family and friends abroad when airports open up in mid-November. They are likely to face a new hurdle to come to the U.S., however, as the vast majority of Cubans are receiving locally produced shots of Soberana and Abdala.

A minority of the population is getting the Chinese-manufactured Sinopharm vaccine that has WHO emergency approval. Cuban authorities said the island was leading the vaccination efforts in the region, with 80% of its 11.3 million population having received at least one dose. However, only 56% is fully immunized because Cuba’s vaccination program requires three doses with several weeks between the shots.

The U.S. rule can put additional hurdles on Cuba’s plans to export its vaccines. So far, the country has shipped vaccines to Venezuela and Nicaragua and signed a contract to sell 10 million doses to Vietnam.

The Finlay Institute, the Cuban state manufacturer of the Soberana vaccine, is already in contact with WHO to seek the agency’s approval. Dr. Vicente Verez Bencomo, the institute’s director, said the government was investing in bringing the production plant standards up to meet the requirements for export.

“We are supporting Cuba to participate in the prequalification process,” Barbosa said. “We already had a meeting with WHO and vaccine producers. Our interest is that all vaccines can participate in the WHO’s prequalification process, because that will expand the supply of vaccines that we can buy.”

In Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other countries in the region, people have had little choice of which vaccine to get.

In countries like Argentina, there has been a patchwork of options, but not all vaccines have been available simultaneously or in all areas. More than 10 million Argentinians vaccinated with Russian Sputnik V will not be able to come to the U.S. if manufacturers do not solve issues with the production plants that have halted the WHO’s approval process.


Amid a growing push for passengers on domestic flights to show proof of vaccination, top infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he doesn’t see it happening in the near future.

His statement came Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, after anchor Dana Bash asked if he would like an air travel vaccine mandate in effect for the holidays. He said such a decision would be made with “input from a number of parts of the government.”

“On the table is the issue of mandates for vaccine,” said Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser. “It’s always discussable, we always wind up discussing it, but right now I don’t see that immediately.”

Late last month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill that would make vaccination, a negative test or proof of recent recovery from the virus mandatory to fly domestically. Earlier in the month, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., proposed legislation to require proof of vaccination or a negative test for domestic air and Amtrak travelers.

Fauci said last month that he would support a vaccine mandate for domestic flights if President Joe Biden wanted to move forward with one.

During Sunday’s interview, he declined to weigh in on whether he supported a mandate, saying he did not want his comments to be taken out of context.

“We have everything on the table, and it will be discussed by the medical group,” he said.

Thailand, meanwhile, plans to no longer require international visitors from at least 10 low-risk nations to quarantine beginning next month if they are fully vaccinated, the prime minister said Monday.

In a televised speech, Prayuth Chan-ocha said the first group would include arrivals from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China and the United States. The list will be expanded Dec. 1 and again Jan. 1, he said.

Thailand’s economy has been badly hurt by the losses suffered by its tourism industry after most foreign visitors were barred in April last year. That policy has eased, but all arrivals still faced onerous quarantine requirements.

Even now, Bangkok and other areas have a 10 p.m.-to-4 a.m. curfew and other restrictions to tame a third wave of the coronavirus that began in April.

“The time has come for us to ready ourselves to face the coronavirus and live with it as with other endemic infections and diseases, much as we have learnt to live with other diseases with treatments and vaccinations,” Prayuth said.

He said he has instructed the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration and the Public Health Ministry to urgently consider the plan by the end of the week. The center will also finalize which countries will be on the no-quarantine list.

All visitors will still need to show negative covid test results before embarking for Thailand and will require another test on arrival, after which they will be free to travel around the country.

Visitors from other countries will still have to quarantine and meet other requirements.

Prayuth said the authorities will also consider allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues starting Dec. 1 to support the revitalization of the tourism and leisure sectors during New Year’s celebrations.

“We will have to track the situation very carefully, and see how to contain and live with that situation, because I do not think that the many millions who depend on the income generated by the travel, leisure and entertainment sector can possibly afford the devastating blow of a second lost New Year holiday period,” he said.

Information for this article was contributed by Nora Gamez Torres and Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald; by Hannah Sampson of The Washington Post; and by Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul of The Associated Press.

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