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When we talked a lot about the TOMP API to give MaaS a mouthpiece, the jammer COVID-19 came from an unexpected source. A pandemic that is now causing a slow economy that will impede normal business operations in the coming period. Despite all good intentions From MaaS providers, companies will have to adjust their vision about offering large-scale mobility services. 

Other priorities are the order of the day within European public transport, coach and taxi companies that are being hit hard. Picking up the MaaS wire is far away as far as all these companies are still working on MaaS projects. However, there are also signs that this crisis may be a good time to pay extra attention to another form of travel, work and vacation. Perhaps embrace MaaS?

limit damage and contribute to the new mobility

It will depend on the various MaaS 'project groups' how quickly adjustments are made. Industry associations and initiatives such as the MaaS Lab, an initiative of KNV, are committed to this new mobility. If meetings with the familiar composition cannot, video conferencing may be an option. It is important for all these MaaS project groups that everything starts to move again after this unwanted standstill and then continues to move. Limiting the damage and thinking along about the new mobility is now a point of attention, even if MaaS will soon look different from the original construction sketches.

One and a half meters of economy drives everyone into the car

Trials are currently being conducted to determine travel behavior in trainsets where green and red stickers determine where to sit. The new one and a half meter economy will soon drive everyone back into the car because the certainty of a seat in public transport is currently far away. On a European scale, the impact of the corona crisis is so great that mobility, perhaps forced by new regulations, financial damage and sky-high loans, will be interpreted differently.

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help small businesses survive

France is one of the European countries most affected by the corona virus. On April 6, the number of COVID-19 cases in France was nearly 70.000 and the deaths were more than 8.000. President Macron issued a 17-day national ban on March 14, and Prime Minister Edward Philip extended the ban. France launched emergency measures to help small businesses survive.

aging population and public health problems

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries since day one, with extremely high mortality rates. An aging population and public health problems increase the impact of COVID-19 on Italy. On March 22, the country ordered the closure of all non-strategic companies to curb the spread of the disease. During this period, only those companies that are considered critical to maintaining the country's supply chain will continue to operate. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banking services and other public services (such as transport) remain open.

world-class healthcare system

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and has a world-class public health care system. On April 6, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Germany was more than 90.000, but the death rate in the country is much lower than in neighboring countries. The key to the low death rate in Germany is an early diagnosis, as it can prevent the spread of the disease.

impact on the country's economy

In Spain, the first coronavirus was diagnosed on February 1, but the number of new infections increased in early March. The country was blocked on March 14. Only basic shops and pharmacies are open, schools, museums, libraries, hotels and restaurants are closed and sports and cultural activities are prohibited. The global health emergency caused by the coronavirus and the warning state announced by Spain will have major implications for the country's economy.

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problems with test accuracy

The Russian government reported the largest increase in COVID-19 per day in early April since Russia began monitoring the disease. While government critics claim that the actual number is much higher than officially called, due to issues with the scale and accuracy of the test, the epidemic also very significant consequences for the Russian tourist industry. 

Also read: Is MaaS going back to the drawing board after the corona crisis?

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