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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 9: New York Governor Tests Positive, Covid Disqualified Numerous Tony Awards Nominators

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 9: New York Governor Tests Positive, Covid Disqualified Numerous Tony Awards Nominators

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 760th day of the pandemic.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul got an unwanted Mother’s Day present on Sunday, a positive coronavirus test.
The news meant that the governor had to cancel a trip to see her family and week-old granddaughter in Washington, D.C. on the holiday.
“Today I tested positive for Covid-19,” …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 8: Safely Celebrating Mother’s Day, CDC Tells People in Dozens of Counties to Mask Up

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 8: Safely Celebrating Mother’s Day, CDC Tells People in Dozens of Counties to Mask Up

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 759th day of the pandemic.
In the United States and dozens of other countries including Austria, Canada, China, Germany, and Ukraine, today is Mother’s Day, a holiday created by Anna Jarvis in 1912.
Jarvis designated the spelling to be the genitive singular case (hence “Mother’s,” not “Mothers’” in English), for each family …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 7: Fall Wave in U.S. Could Infect 100 Million, China’s Lockdowns Bring the Return of Shipping Delays,

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 7: Fall Wave in U.S. Could Infect 100 Million, China’s Lockdowns Bring the Return of Shipping Delays,

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 758th day of the pandemic.
For a while, it seemed as if the global shipping and supply chain crisis was easing somewhat.  Just as with everything else relating to the pandemic, things weren’t quite as they appeared.
Global shipping was starting to recover from almost two years of chaos just as the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 6: Cases Rise in All But 4 States in U.S., Hospitalizations in New York Triple

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 6: Cases Rise in All But 4 States in U.S., Hospitalizations in New York Triple

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 757th day of the pandemic.
As the week comes to a close, Covid cases are rising in all but four states and the District of Columbia in the United States, and practically jumping in the two corners of the country, the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.
The rate of new novel coronavirus cases …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 5: Global Death Toll is 15 Million, Says WHO, Secretary of State Blinken Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 5: Global Death Toll is 15 Million, Says WHO, Secretary of State Blinken Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 756th day of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization issued startling news Thursday, namely that the global death toll during the pandemic is far in excess of what has been reported.
A total of 14.9 million people died in 2020 and 2021 in excess of what would normally have been expected.  Until …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 4: Nasal Sprays as Covid-Fighting Tool, CDC Issues Mask Recommendation, Apple’s Return-to-Office Flop

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 4: Nasal Sprays as Covid-Fighting Tool, CDC Issues Mask Recommendation, Apple’s Return-to-Office Flop

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 755th day of the pandemic.
Your morning routine may soon include a Covid vaccine spray in addition to brushing your teeth and washing your face.
Meissa Vaccines says it is making progress on a coronavirus vaccine that’s delivered in the form of a nasal spray. The advantage, the company says, is that such …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 754th day of the pandemic.
I don’t wish to be in the habit of making dire predictions but, unfortunately, in covering the pandemic on a non-stop daily basis since January 2020, I’ve become a doomsayer at times, hoping to be proven wrong.
Apparently, I’m in good company.
Bill Gates believes it’s quite possible …