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President Donald Trump announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act to address the coronavirus crisis.


Due to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed “to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021,” the International Olympic Committee and Japanese government said Tuesday.

The move could leave some travelers scrambling.

The Summer Games were slated to run July 24 to Aug. 9. The news of the likely postponement comes on the heels of the State Department’s March 19 advisory, which suggested Americans not travel abroad at all. 

For many, the news means changing plans that had been in place for months or even years.

The U.S. Olympic Committee and each sport’s national governing body coordinate flights for athletes, and coaches and officials, but families typically arrange their own travel and sometimes do so before the athlete has even officially qualified for the Olympic team. Media outlets also book flights and lodging for dozens of staffers who will be covering the Games. And then there are the fans.

State Department tells Americans:  ‘Do not travel’ abroad, come home if overseas

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