Update: Coronavirus Statistics, WHO Classification and International Response

Latest statistics Total number of confirmed cases: 9,928 Total number of deaths: 213 Total number of recovered patients:181 Cases outside of mainland China: 148 58.4% of all confirmed global cases and 95.7% of global deaths are in Hubei province Read our latest full report on coronavirus here Coronavirus is an emerging ‘global health emergency’ On […]

The Impact of Coronavirus: Outlook and Travel Advice

The impact of the coronavirus on business travel

Updated on Thursday 30th January, 2020 A summary of the impact of coronavirus Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), also referred to as Wuhan coronavirus, is a positive sense, single-stranded RNA virus which is contracted via human-to-human or human-to-animal contact. It is part of a wider family of viruses which includes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe […]

Travel Risk Analysis: Anti-Government Unrest Resumes in Lebanon 2020

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Unrest in Lebanon has resumed following a brief lull, with protesters declaring the week beginning 14 January “Anger Week”. Clashes broke out on 14 January as Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters outside the Central Bank in Beirut. Formation of government appears unlikely to occur by protester’s declared 48-hour deadline due to […]

Travel Risk Analysis: London Bridge Knife Attack and UK Terrorism Risk Review

On Friday, 29 November a man wielding a knife carried out an attack on pedestrians and the attendees of an offender rehabilitation conference in the City of London, resulting in two deaths and injuries to three members of the public. The individual had a history of offences relating to Islamic extremist terrorism and was being […]

Travel Risk Analysis: Labour Protest Activity Shifts in China 2019

Statistics from 2019 show that labour protests in China are undergoing a general transformation from large-scale strikes by manufacturing sector workers to smaller-scale, spontaneous actions by service and transport sector employees. Labour strikes now also disproportionately effect domestic enterprises rather than foreign companies. This development has been precipitated by the decline of the country’s manufacturing […]

Travel Risk Analysis: Protests Continue as Rocket Hits International Zone in Iraq

Anti-government protests have continued in Baghdad as protesters rallied near the International Zone (IZ). A rocket landed in the IZ on 30 October, near the US Embassy killing an Iraqi soldier PM Abdul Mahdi is under increasing pressure to resign as leaders of top parliamentary blocs work together to force his removal Even if Abdul […]

Travel Risk Analysis: Typhoon Hagibis – Impact Assessment and Short-Term Outlook

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On the weekend of 12 October, Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the main Japanese island of Honshu, causing widespread flooding, displacement and loss of life. The storm system, which is the strongest to hit the Kantō region since 1958, has continued to cause air, rail and road transport disruption, as well as the loss of […]

Travel Risk Analysis: National Day Protests in Hong Kong 2019 – Summary, Impact and Future Risk Mitigation

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Hong Kong has witnessed widespread unrest as increasingly large numbers of pro-democracy demonstrators have taken streets since 1 October when China held its National Day celebrations. A number of violent actions by police, including the shooting of protesters, have caused outrage amid renewed calls for an investigation into police conduct. The events set a new […]

Travel Risk Analysis: Tensions High Following Saudi Attacks September 2019

Tensions High Following Saudi Attacks September 2019

General regional consensus that 14 September attack was linked to Iran, though Saudi has not directly blamed Tehran. Both US and Saudi Arabia seemingly want to avoid a direct military conflict that would be costly and expose vulnerability to Saudi’s energy critical infrastructure. Trump likely to limit response to increasing sanctions after calling for a […]

Travel Risk Analysis: The Hong Kong Demonstrations Summer 2019

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Hong Kong demonstrations are now entering its tenth week of unrest as protesters rally against the central Chinese government’s efforts to assert more control over the semi-autonomous city The Hong Kong administration is holding firm in its dismissal of the protesters as ‘radicals’ who are not representative of the general population and continues to back […]