It's no secret the Philippines is behind when it comes to battling COVID-19—and that's putting it mildly. A group of leading doctors says we're losing.
Right now, it feels like we're living that SpongeBob Squarepants meme of Squidward (in this scenario that's us) looking out his window while SpongeBob and Patrick (pretty much every other country in the world) run around freely outside.
While we're still locked down, a number of countries around the world are restarting tourism responsibly. According to the U.N.'s latest report, 40 percent have eased travel restrictions. In total, 87 destinations have made a move toward the recovery of the industry while 83 follow with number of measures such as partial closure of borders.
It may seem too early from our view, but the countries are slowly and continuously adapting to the new normal for safer international travel.
“The restart of tourism can be undertaken responsibly and in a way that safeguards public health while also supporting businesses and livelihoods. As destinations continue to ease restrictions on travel, international cooperation is of paramount importance. This way, global tourism can gain people’s trust and confidence, essential foundations as we work together to adapt to the new reality we now face,” UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili.
The restart comes after the U.N. reports the travel industry lost $320 billion (approximately P15.7 trillion) in revenue by the end of May. To put that in perspective, that's three times the cost of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.