The Number of Coronavirus Cases in Massasuchetts Doubled Overnight

The number of COVID-19 cases in rose exponentially because of a Biogen conference, according to health officials. The mass event, however, is not being cancelled as top officials are eschewing the decision.  On Sunday, 15 new presumptive positive cases were reported, which brought the total number of cases in Massasuchetts to 28. All 15 new cases are currently quarantined, says DHP. 

One of the cases includes the parent of a student at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington because of which the decision to close the school on Monday is being considered. While the parent is officially among the list of 15 new cases, the student is also showing signs of illness has been tested, according to the officials.

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The new cases are all directly related to the Biogen conference held at Marriot Long Wharf in late February. A total of 23 out of the 28 Coronavirus cases reported in Massasuchetts are related to that meeting.  Among the 15 cases reported on Sunday, 5 are residents of Boston, bringing the number of positive cases in Boston to 9.

“As more people test positive, then concerns will get even higher,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. However, Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker are still falling short in ordering cancellations of mass events and the Boston Marathon. Boston has Massasuchett’s only confirmed case–a UMass student who recently visited China.

“There is currently no evidence of community transmission in Boston,” the city’s public health commission said in a statement. “The risk remains low, but this situation is evolving rapidly and changes from day to day.” By Sunday, Coronavirus has infected more than 400 people and killed 21 in the United States of America.

Many mass events in America and the world have been cancelled due to the outbreak of the virus. The Tokyo Marathon was restricted to elite runners only while the Rome Marathon has been cancelled altogether. The Paris and Barcelona Marathons have been postponed until October, while South by Southwest festival in Texas has been cancelled. 

In Boston, however, as of Sunday, the South Boston St. Patrik’s Day Parade was still to be conducted on March 15. About Coronavirus concerns, Boston Marathon organisers say they are “carefully monitoring” developments. When presented with the idea of cancelling the parade due to COVID-19 concerns, Walsh said: “We are not there yet.”

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While talking to reporters on Sunday, the Mayor said that he was aware of what is going on around the country–including New York, where officials have declared a state of emergency and in Washington State, where 18 people have succumbed to the virus.

“Our office has been in contact with those folks just to see what we can do to prevent a widespread outbreak of coronavirus here,” Walsh said. “It’s still a very fluid situation. We just tell people it’s about prevention. It’s about washing your hands.”

The NBA has informed the teams, including Boston Celtics, about the probability of them playing in empty stadiums. This weekend, the Harvard men’s hockey team will face RPI in Troy, NY, but there won’t be any spectators because of the Coronavirus ban.

When asked about making a decision on the Boston Marathon, Baker on Friday said, “Well I would take most of my cues from the city and the CDC and my own public health people … you take the best available data you have and then listen to the experts, and you make your decisions based on the guidance we get from them.”

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Second Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Case in Massachusetts, Say Health Officials

On Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced its second presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

The woman is in her 20s and is a native of Norfolk Country. According to health officials, she recently travelled to Italy and was found symptomatic. Currently, she is recovering at home. She was tested positive for the virus at a state laboratory on Monday.

According to sources, the patient is a 27 years old woman who accompanied a school trip that was linked to two other cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. The test results will be sent to the federal centres for Disease Control and Prevention. If confirmed, this would mark the second confirmed positive case of Coronavirus in Massachusetts.

The first case was registered last month when a UMass Boston student was found to be infected with the virus. The man is in his 20s and lives in Boston.

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While the concerns keep rising, health officials and state leaders on Monday pointed out that the Coronavirus risk to the public remains low in Massachusetts. 

“We are grateful this individual is recovering,” Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a statement. “We understand the concern this new virus is causing, and our state’s ability to quickly test for the virus is a positive development. The risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts.”

So far, six people have succumbed to the Coronavirus, all of them in Washington State. There have been more than 60 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. 12 of those 60 people have been tested since Friday. Since last week, 608 people have been self-quarantined in Massachusetts. 377 out of those 608 people have completed monitoring and are no longer quarantined while 231 are still under observation. 

Coronavirus spreads through respiratory secretions of an infected person to another. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia. 

In order to avoid Coronavirus spread, health officials are urging people to use the same precautionary measures that are used to prevent common cold and flu. The steps include washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and face, disinfecting objects that are frequently touched, covering cough and sneezes, and staying at home when you feel sick.

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34 People Being Monitored for Coronavirus in Boston

Boston is testing 34 people for the symptoms of Coronavirus, including the only confirmed case in Massachusetts, according to health officials. The risk of catching the virus in the city, however, remains slim.

The 33 people came to the city through one of the 11 airports in the country that accepted direct flights from China, revealed the officials during a press conference. These people add to the already existing single case in Massachusetts, a student from UMass Boston who had travelled to Wuhan, China. 

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“The guidance is that person has to get two negative tests, consecutive tests, so we’re waiting for that to happen so he can get cleared,” said Rita Nieves, interim executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

None of the 33 other people who are being monitored under CDC guidelines in Boston has shown any symptoms so far, she added.

“They’re instructed to take their temperatures a number of times during the day, and if they develop any symptoms like cough, fever, body aches, we’re in constant communication with them,” Nieves said. “The public health nurses call them, and then we will give them instructions on how to get care if that happens, but so far nobody has required that.”

“The risk is very low to Bostonians to contract the coronavirus,” added Boston Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez.

Nevertheless, the city officials are preparing for whatever scenario they might have to face.

“We want to contain it, and we want to make sure people are being monitored and then that we’re sending out the right messaging in terms of how to keep yourself healthy, how not to spread germs,” Martinez said.

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The comments came a day after Massachusetts was declared to have had 680 people quarantined, which means they are under observation just in case they present any symptoms. While 377 of them have completed their monitoring with no symptoms, 231 are still being quarantined in their homes. 

Massachusetts governor Charlie Broker said a plan is being prepared on steps needed to prepare for a possible epidemic outbreak. The plan will be released next week.

An “incident command structure” had been established to monitor the Coronavirus, spread awareness, and manage resources, according to Nieves.

“I want to assure you that Boston is prepared if we do end up with an outbreak of this condition,” she said. “We have an experienced team that is well-versed in dealing with similar situations.”

The officials are asking people to follow the steps they would follow when trying not to catch a cold in order to prevent the virus from spreading. These steps include washing hands, covering your face, and staying at home if you feel sick.

Additionally, if a person gets sick while travelling, they are supposed to notify their health care provider about their travelling history.

“If we get within six feet of somebody who’s coughing, has a fever, something like that, we don a mask for us that’s fitted,” Boston EMS Chief James Hooley said. “We would then also wear a face shield, the gown like you’d see in operating rooms… and put a mask on the person.”

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RealID Travel and Flying Requirements in Massachusetts are about to Change

The Massachusetts government is changing the ID required to travel to and from the state. Starting from October 1, 2020, you will be required to present a REAL ID or a passport to fly within the United States or enter federal buildings. 

Whether you are getting new IDs or renewing your existing credentials, you will have to choose between the standard driver’s license or a REAL ID. The cost to obtain a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license is the same.

A standard driver’s license is a valid identification card which can be renewed online without going to the RMV. The card has “NOT FOR FEDERAL ID” displayed on the front. It can not be used as a valid form of Federal ID and will not be an acceptable form of identification to board flights after October 1, 2020.

A REAL ID can also be used as a valid identification card. It requires an in-person visit for renewal and is a valid form of Federal ID. This card has a star displayed on the front to indicate that it is federally compliant.

To save time on your application, you can start any driver’s license or ID transaction online. At the end of your application, you will get a summary and a list of documents you will need to bring to the service center. The RMV’s online center will inform you of the documents required for you to complete your application, help you check your eligibility, and save your time by concluding the application on one successful trip. 

Once you have decided if you want a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license, you will have to get the right documents together. You will have to prove your US citizenship or lawful presence, Social security number, and your Massachusetts residency. 

For US citizens, a valid, unexpired US passport is sufficient proof of lawful presence. For permanent residents, a valid permanent resident card (green card) is enough. Non-US citizens would be needed to produce correct, valid immigration documents along with proof that they have been granted a legal stay in the US for at least 12 months.

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Terminal B to C connector at Logan Airport

Massport is working on futuristic traffic management and user experience boosting infrastructural changes. The construction will be completed in late 2021. When this is ready, travelers at Boston International Airport will be able to change terminals post-security checking.

Terminal C is also under a massive up-gradation and optimization process. 

How Travelers will benefit from this Massport initiative?

  • One consolidated security check zone.
  • Option for travelers to commute between Terminal C and Terminal B post-security check.
  • Renovated public spaces pre and post-security.
  • Better food and retail facilities.
  • Renovations to four existing aircraft gates.

Timing & Costs:

Project Capital: $200 million
Project Start: Fall 2019
Project Completion: Fall 2021

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Boston Car Service Rates slashed for Winter 2020

For the convenience of our travelers and to counter the slowdown of winter. BostonAirportExpress.com has slashed taxi fares and Boston airport car service rates till Feb 2020. Please use this opportunity to book your rides in advance.  Additionally, we have also reduced the Child Seat price from $10 to $5 for infant and toddlers’ car seats.  Booster seats are now available for just $1

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We have always given maximum priority for our baby guests and considered their safety and comfort our first priority. Refer to Boston baby car seat rules on our website here. With lower child seat fees the overall price of booking now comes down by $8 to $25 for regular bookings within 20 miles.
 
We have also started car services to New Hampshire recently. Boston Airport Express covers Nashua, Manchester, and Concord in NH and offers long-distance rides and airport pick up and drop service from Boston Logan International Airport.
 
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Logan Airport will soon be among top 10 busiest airports in the world

As JetBlue and Delta are fighting it off for the upper hand at Logan, it is on its way to becoming one of the most bustling airports in the country. The battle between the two airlines is not only helping Logan increase the number of new routes but also in becoming one of the top ten busiest airports in the country by 2022.

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The average growth rate of airports in the United States is at 3 percent. However, Logan is marking a passenger rate growth of about 5 percent a year. That means millions of more travellers flying out of Logan. 

Delta is expected to add 60 daily new flights out of Boston by 2021, which will increase the number of daily passengers to 10,500. JetBlue is also adding 40 new flights a day, increasing the number of daily customers to 5,100. JetBlue is expected to begin flights from Boston to London in 2021. Both the airlines combined will add around 5.7 million seats a year.

Currently, Boston ranks as the 15th busiest airport in the country, coming up from 17th busiest from 2015.

Tickets for ‘Hamilton’ available to theatre enthusiasts from 8th June

The Provident performing Arts Center has announced the sale of tickets for their much-loved show, ‘Hamilton’. Fans will be delighted to know that the touring company will stage the production of ‘Hamilton’ in Boston, tickets for which will be available online from 8th June 2019. The sale will start from 8 Am sharp and the show is scheduled to run from July 23rd to August 11.

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You can buy the tickets online or from the box office in person. However, given the ugly hassle in the past, this time you are not allowed to camp in front of the box office overnight to get your hands on the tickets.

Boston folks love culture and arts. Hence the tickets are priced in a way that common folks can afford it. There are premium tickets available as well. The price of regular tickets starts from $83 and ranges up to $188. Premium tickets will be available for $298 each, as per the official website. Additional charges may apply.

Kindly refer to the official website for the details regarding ticket purchase. There are a few instructions to be followed.

P.S: There will be a lottery for 40 (forty) $10 tickets. So go ahead and try your luck. The details are yet to be announced, so keep a close watch on the website.

 

Once you get hold of the much-awaited show ticket, you do not have to worry a thing about reaching the show on time. Just trust our Express taxi service with your details and you will be on time for the much loved ‘Hamilton’ show. No standing in queues for a cab, no hassle of the public transport. Simply book your ride with us and enjoy the benefits of privileged traveling.

CEO of Audi has been arrested in Germany

Rupert Stadler Audi Genf 2018.jpgIn an ongoing fraud investigation, Rupert Stadler, who had been the CEO of Audi parent company Volkswagen since 1990, had been arrested following charges against him. The charges are that he had influenced the witnesses. The statement was released by Munich prosecutors. He was detained in connection with the expensive diesel emission scandal and he is the highest-ranking official in Volkswagen.

 

The investigation has been launched by the prosecutors and at least 20 current or former employees of the company have been questioned. The case is in connection to the suspected diesel emission cheating in 240,000 cars sold in the USA and Europe. Volkswagen spokesperson is Nicolai Laude who has confirmed the arrest of Stadler but refused to comment any further regarding the investigation. It was revealed that the company’s supervisory board would discuss the matter in detail.

Following the arrest, the shares of Volkswagen has witnessed a drop by 30% in Frankfurt. The scandal has already incurred a cost of $30 billion in legal penalties, settlements, and recalls. Stadler had joined the Management Board in 2010 and his house was also searched in connection to the case. However, he is likely to get released in the following week if he cooperates in the investigation.

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