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Millions Expected to Take to the Roads and Sky for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Millions Expected to Take to the Roads and Sky for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

As many as 39 million people in the United States are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, although rising Covid cases and fuel prices will keep many closer to home.
The Automobile Association of America forecast that 39.2 million people will be on the move, traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more during the holiday weekend, an 8.3% increase over 2021.
Memorial Day is a holiday that honors Americans …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 25: CDC Says Monkeypox Does Not Spread Like Covid, 1 in 5 Patients May Develop Long Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 25: CDC Says Monkeypox Does Not Spread Like Covid, 1 in 5 Patients May Develop Long Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 776th day of the pandemic.
A new virus is in the headlines, monkeypox.  Fortunately – and unlike SARS-CoV-2, this virus is not spread easily by air.
“Respiratory spread is not the predominant worry,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, an official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a call with …

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Wednesday.
Brendan Conlon, who served as senior director of labor relations, was appointed to the position of vice president of crew scheduling.
Meanwhile,  Cole McGuire, who until recently served as senior director of performance and projects, was appointed to vice president of ground operations support.
Mr. Conlon joined the airline in 2000 in the systems department.  In 2006 he became director of crew planning …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 24: U.S. Pandemic Death Rate Higher Than in Some Developing Nations, Austria Pauses Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 24:  U.S. Pandemic Death Rate Higher Than in Some Developing Nations, Austria Pauses Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 775th day of the pandemic.
It will come as no shock to readers of this space that the United States had more deaths above normal levels during the pandemic than other wealthy nations.  The findings come from data released by the World Health Organization this month.
The number of deaths in the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 23: New York City’s Fifth Wave, Mask Mandates Return to Philadelphia, and Today’s Statistics

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 23: New York City’s Fifth Wave, Mask Mandates Return to Philadelphia, and Today’s Statistics

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 774th day of the pandemic.
Covid cases are on the rise as the Memorial Day holiday in the United States approaches.
If you’re planning to travel for the Memorial Day holiday – or indeed for any other reason – one pre-departure item should be taking a coronavirus test before leaving.
Indeed, the U.S. …

Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Appearance at Opening of London’s New East-to-West Railway, Which is Named After Her

Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Appearance at Opening of London’s New East-to-West Railway, Which is Named After Her

Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at the opening of the long-awaited train line named in her honor.
London’s new Elizabeth Line railway, which was originally slated to open in 2020, will begin serving passengers on May 24.
The world’s oldest currently reigning monarch, who was walking aided by a stick and wearing a bright yellow outfit and hat, and was given a prepaid Oyster card to mark the event.  She did …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 22: New York City Now a ‘High’ Risk Area, North Korea Says Outbreak is Slowing

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 22: New York City Now a ‘High’ Risk Area, North Korea Says Outbreak is Slowing

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 772nd day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
UNITED STATES
The latest data from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention shows that New York State has only one county – out of 62 total – that is still at Level 1, or …