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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 1: New Variant BA.2.75.2 a ‘Major Concern,’ Taiwan Loosens Visitor Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 1: New Variant BA.2.75.2 a ‘Major Concern,’ Taiwan Loosens Visitor Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 905th day of the pandemic.
It’s October.  We can tell this not merely by turning the calendar page but because hurricanes have already pummeled a good swath of the United States including Puerto Rico, Florida, and South Carolina, not to mention that it left the entire island of Cuba in the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 30: Italy Ends Public Transit Mask Mandate, Head of Russian Church Seriously Ill With Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 30: Italy Ends Public Transit Mask Mandate, Head of Russian Church Seriously Ill With Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 904th day of the pandemic.
If you are getting a strange reaction from someone younger than you, there might be a very good reason: A new study shows the extent to which the coronavirus has altered individuals’ personalities.
The pandemic may have made young adults moodier and less cooperative, a study published …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 23: Los Angeles Ends Mask Mandate, Pandemic Unemployment Fraud May Have Topped $45 Billion

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 23: Los Angeles Ends Mask Mandate, Pandemic Unemployment Fraud May Have Topped $45 Billion

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 897th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Los Angeles officials ended a mask mandate on public transit and at airports, pandemic unemployment fraud may have topped $45 billion, and manufacturing issues are causing a shortage of Moderna’s new bivalent booster.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 20 ‘We Are Not Where We Need to Be’ Says Fauci, Workers Remain Fearful of Covid in the Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 20 ‘We Are Not Where We Need to Be’ Says Fauci, Workers Remain Fearful of Covid in the Office

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 894th day of the pandemic.
On the heels of President Joseph Biden’s pronouncement that “the pandemic is over,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, took a more realistic view of the subject.
“We are not where we need to be if we are going to quote ‘live with the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 15: End of Pandemic May Be ‘In Sight,’ Says WHO, New Study Looks at Bivalent Jabs

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 15: End of Pandemic May Be ‘In Sight,’ Says WHO, New Study Looks at Bivalent Jabs

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 889th day of the pandemic.
“It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”
This phrase apparently had its origins decades ago, although I had always imagined it was something Groucho Marx had said.  Now the World Health Organization is saying that the end of the pandemic is “in sight,” after releasing data …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 13: Telehealth Fraud Cost Medicare $128 Million, Some Workers Resist a Return to the Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 13: Telehealth Fraud Cost Medicare $128 Million, Some Workers Resist a Return to the Office

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 887th day of the pandemic.
On Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she will not renew the state’s Covid-19 state of emergency when it expires on Monday.  The move comes amid falling case numbers as well as rising criticism of keeping the order in place.
Ten states, however, still have …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 868th day of the pandemic.
In what sounds like something from a George Orwell novel, we now know that Twitter, one of the world’s major social media companies, repeatedly labeled factual information about the novel coronavirus and pandemic as misinformation.
This practice, as it were, left researchers, scientists, doctors, and health officials …