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Tropical Storms Jerry, Karen Impacting Travel

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Hurricane season is in full swing as Tropical Storms Jerry and Karen continue to impact travelers planning vacations in the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

According to Weather.com, Karen is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday and Wednesday, with the islands issuing tropical storm warnings.

Meteorologists believe tropical-storm-force winds will start impacting the popular tourist destinations Tuesday, but it remains too early to tell if the storm will affect any other land areas, including the mainland United States.

As for Tropical Storm Jerry, it is not expected to regain hurricane status as it passes near Bermuda late Tuesday. The storm is currently located around 520 miles southwest of the island, but no watches or warnings are in effect yet.

Travelers taking to the skies should be checking with their airlines, as carriers such as American, Delta and United have issued travel advisories due to Tropical Storms Jerry and Karen.

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Many passengers flying to Bermuda, San Juan and St. Thomas in the coming days will be able to adjust their itinerary without incurring a change fee.

Cruise passengers scheduled to sail this week in the Caribbean could also face itinerary changes due to Tropical Storm Karen. According to CruiseCritic.com, the Carnival Fascination altered its planned stop in St. Thomas on September 23 and Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas has removed stops in St. Maarten and Puerto Rico this week.

As for the impact of Tropical Storm Jerry, Cruise Critic reports the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunshine will skep Bermuda this week, while the Disney Fantasy will sail a Western Caribbean itinerary to avoid the storms entirely.

Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas also revised its itinerary to avoid Bermuda Wednesday.

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WHO Says Coronavirus Risk ‘Very High’ Globally

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its risk assessment of the coronavirus to “very high” at a global level.

According to BBC.com, WHO’s health emergencies program executive director Dr. Mike Ryan said the agency is not trying to scare people by issuing the highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and impact.

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“This is a reality check for every government on the planet: Wake up! Get ready!” Ryan said in a statement. “This virus may be on its way and you need to be ready. You have a duty to your citizens; you have a duty to the world to be ready.”

The WHO is calling on governments around the world to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously and work hard to contain it within their borders and avoid “the worst of it.”

In addition to the confirmed cases in China, where the viral outbreak originated, at least 4,351 cases have been reported and confirmed across at least 48 countries, including 67 deaths as of Friday.

The WHO said Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Nigeria all reported their first confirmed cases Thursday, which were all connected to the outbreak in Italy. Officials said most cases of the viral infection have been traced to known contacts or clusters of cases.

The organization also recently revealed the number of new coronavirus cases outside China now exceeds those inside the country for the first time. WHO officials said countries must act “swiftly” and “aggressively” to contain the virus.

Earlier this week, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee said the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in July could be canceled if the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of dissipating.

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