>13% museums may never reopen
Nearly 13% of the museums around the world may never reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN's cultural agency has warned.
On the occasion of International Museum Day on Monday, two studies by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Council of Museums said that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 90% of them, or more than 85,000 institutions, having closed their doors for varying lengths of time during the crisis.
Furthermore, in Africa and the Small Island Developing States, only 5% of museums were able to offer online content to their audiences.
The two studies were aimed at assessing the impact of COVID-19 on museums and museum institutions. They were also aiming to find out how the sector had adapted to the pandemic and explore ways to support institutions in its aftermath.
European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides takes off a mask at a news conference on the strategic orientations of the European Tourism and Transport Package at European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, May 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Border bans to ease within EU
The world's biggest tourist playground has been roped off since it became a coronavirus epicenter, but as summer looms Europe is desperate to lift restrictions to get visitors pumping much-needed cash into stricken economies.
Last week, the European Union unveiled an action plan to get its internal borders reopening, safely fire up its hospitality sector and to revive rail, road, air and sea connections that have been strangled during the pandemic.
Some countries, such as Greece and Italy, are already naming specific dates.
On Saturday, Italy announced plans to reopen its internal borders next month, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that many internal EU border restrictions would be lifted by June 15.
It's a situation eagerly anticipated by millions of would-be travelers, desperate to enjoy a slice of European sunshine and culture after weeks or months being sequestered at home under lockdown.
A Luckin Coffee shop in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province. [Photo by Long Wei/For China Daily]
>Nasdaq to delist Luckin Coffee
Luckin Coffee Inc said on Tuesday that Nasdaq Inc has given it notice that it plans to delist it from the US stock exchange a month after the Chinese coffee chain disclosed that some of its employees fabricated sales accounts.
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