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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 770th day of the pandemic.
For the first time since early February, the number of new cases came close to the 200,000 mark in the United States and the 7-day incidence was over 100,000.
As cases continue to dramatically rise, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 769th day of the pandemic.
Public health experts are warning that Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s plan to emulate China’s “success” in fighting coronavirus outbreaks could lead the hermit nation down the road to catastrophe.
China has used a combination of mass testing, vaccinations, and strict lockdowns to keep case counts relatively low, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 17: New Yorkers May Soon Have to Mask Up, North Korea Reports 1.5 Million Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 17: New Yorkers May Soon Have to Mask Up, North Korea Reports 1.5 Million Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 768th day of the pandemic.
As a result of higher community transmission of the coronavirus (see additional coverage under United States), New York City is inching towards the point of an indoor mask mandate, although it won’t be the first major city in the United States to do so this spring …

Apple’s Iconic iPod Hits the End of the Road, But Its ‘Spirit Lives On’

The Apple iPod – first introduced in October 2001 – is the forefather of the Apple iPhone and a device that changed the Cupertino, California company’s trajectory from computer manufacturer to more personal devices and an entry into the music industry, where it revolutionized the sale of music.
Compared to the then-prevalent ways of listening to music, which included far more cumbersome MP3 players, not to mention CDs and CD players, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 16: Companies Bring Back Mask Mandates as Cases in U.S. Surge, North Korea Mobilizes Military

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 16: Companies Bring Back Mask Mandates as Cases in U.S. Surge, North Korea Mobilizes Military

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 767th day of the pandemic.
The number of new coronavirus cases is proliferating across the United States, with the average number of new daily infections hovering around the 90,000 mark over the past week, a 60% increase from just two weeks ago.
The number of new cases being recorded is believed to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 15: North Korea in ‘Great Turmoil,’ Fewer Americans Are Practicing Social Distancing

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 15: North Korea in ‘Great Turmoil,’ Fewer Americans Are Practicing Social Distancing

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 766th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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The state of Massachusetts announced a $56 million settlement with the plaintiffs of a class-action lawsuit stemming from a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus at a veterans’ home two years ago, officials there …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 14: In North Korea, a ‘Malignant Epidemic,’ Surge Puts New York State on High Alert

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 14: In North Korea, a ‘Malignant Epidemic,’ Surge Puts New York State on High Alert

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 765th day of the pandemic.
Health experts across the globe have long feared what would happen when the first major outbreak of the coronavirus would occur in North Korea and our worst fears are being realized: On Saturday, state media reported that there had been over 500,000 cases of unexplained fever …