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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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 14: How the Met Opera Didn’t Miss a Single Performance, Mick Jagger Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 14: How the Met Opera Didn’t Miss a Single Performance, Mick Jagger Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 796th day of the pandemic.
The Metropolitan Opera closed its 2021-2022 season over the weekend as the only opera company in the world to not have missed a curtain because of the pandemic over the period.  It was also one of the few major performing arts centers in New York City …

Covid Testing Rule for Travel Ends, But Is It Good News for Everyone?

The United States, at the stroke of midnight early Sunday morning, dropped the requirement for travelers to that country to produce a negative test for the coronavirus, but that does not mean it’s safe to travel if you test positive and are planning to fly, literally anywhere.
The rule, which was put in place in January 2021, ended for United States-bound travelers beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 795th day of the pandemic.
The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cinderella” took its final curtain at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End Sunday evening.
The show was a casualty of the pandemic multiple times, from its twice-delayed opening night to Lord Lloyd Weber’s public promise to open the show in …

Coronavirus Morning News Briefing – June 12: Amazon Employee Sues for Home Office Costs, Cruise Industry Wants Changes to CDC Rules

Coronavirus Morning News Briefing – June 12: Amazon Employee Sues for Home Office Costs, Cruise Industry Wants Changes to CDC Rules

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 794th day of the pandemic.
Companies and most employees have always considered the elimination of the commute along with fuel costs and wear and tear on an automobile to be a fair exchange for the opportunity to work at home.  Personal attire costs also typically drop as do dry-cleaning expenses.
That wasn’t …