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Where Can You Fly Right Now? Covid Zero Rethink Spurs Asian Travel

Rhetoric around living with the coronavirus rather than stamping it out is buoying air-travel hopes

An empty pool at the luxury Vijitt Resort in Phuket, Thailand.
An empty pool at the luxury Vijitt Resort in Phuket, Thailand.Photographer: LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP

With some countries in Asia starting to frame Covid-19 as a disease that needs to be managed rather than stamped out, there’s hope 2021 may not be the total travel writeoff feared a few months ago.

Speaking in parliament earlier this week, Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said that while the coronavirus is unlikely to go away any time soon, rising vaccination rates and improving treatments mean it can be thought of “more like influenza.” Similarly, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised a “new deal” that would shift the country’s strategy from suppressing the coronavirus to managing it.