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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 20: How Pandemics Influence City Planning, Macau Closes Shops and Businesses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 20: How Pandemics Influence City Planning, Macau Closes Shops and Businesses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 802nd day of the pandemic
At the onset of the Spanish Flu on the television program Downton Abbey, Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, commented: “Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.”
Her son, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, replied …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 19: CDC Recommends Vaccinations for Children Under 5, North Korea Combats New ‘Epidemic’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 19: CDC Recommends Vaccinations for Children Under 5, North Korea Combats New ‘Epidemic’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 801st day of the pandemic
Toddlers who have never seen the inside of a supermarket may soon be free to explore the treasures of the cereal aisle from the vantage point of a shopping cart shortly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation …

Tuesday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

This Tuesday, June 21, marks the summer solstice, the day of the year with the longest period of daylight and fewest hours of darkness.
Also known as midsummer or the estival solstice, the summer solstice is an astronomical phenomenon at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun, and takes place simultaneously everywhere on earth.
In 2021, the solstice will occur at 10:13 BST in the United Kingdom.  On the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 800th day of the pandemic.
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index is out and, despite the harshness of the response to the pandemic in Asia, it found that, when it came to how citizens perceive their governments’ response, the average satisfaction rate in Asia was significantly higher than in Europe and Latin …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 799th day of the pandemic.
It was 50 years ago today, on June 17, 1972, when Frank Ellis, a security guard patrolling the parking garage at the Watergate hotel and office complex, noticed and reported a burglary in progress at what was the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
The scandal, which resulted in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 798th day of the pandemic.
It was bound to happen.
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Fauci was “experiencing mild symptoms,” the National Institutes of Health said in a statement.  He has been one of the more prudent individuals in taking precautions …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 15: China’s Draconian 3-Day Testing Requirement, New Cases in U.S. Level Off

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 15:  China’s Draconian 3-Day Testing Requirement, New Cases in U.S. Level Off

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 797th day of the pandemic.
People in multiple countries have complained about onerous coronavirus restrictions over the past 27 months or so but these all pale when compared to China’s tough “zero Covid” policy.
Residents in at least 50 cities – which translates to well over 100 million people – now must …