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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 746th day of the pandemic.
The new White House Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, said on Sunday that he does not believe that the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 and its subvariants will have much of an effect on the U.S. economic recovery.
Speaking on the CNN news program “State of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

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.
Cases across the globe continue to rise.  The United States reported almost 70,000 new cases on Friday, the highest since 107,000 were reported on February 28.
On Friday, I woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose.  Not surprisingly given these figures, my first thought was …

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

The average price motorists in the United States are paying for gas is slowly declining from recent all-time highs, not adjusted for inflation.
The average cost of a gallon of regular-grade gas at the pump at the start of the week was $4.17, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is down $0.061 from one week earlier although it is up $1.313 from the same period in 2021.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 5: Shanghai Lockdown Extended, CDC to Review Its Own Processes and Procedures

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 5: Shanghai Lockdown Extended, CDC to Review Its Own Processes and Procedures

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 news coming out of China is far from a surprise, given the manner in which health officials there are trying to contain the spread of Covid.
Residents of Shanghai were supposed to emerge from a two-stage lockdown on Tuesday but, instead, that lockdown continued as the …

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

Some drivers are letting their cars literally run on fumes amidst higher gas prices.
Gas prices have hit record highs in the United States in the past two weeks, but after sharply increasing they hit a peak on March 11 and have since begun to decline, albeit slightly, except for prices in California, where the price of regular gasoline hit over $6 per gallon in Los Angeles County.
The California Highway Patrol …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 24: BA.2 Now Dominant Variant of Omicron, U.S. Hits 1 Million Mark in Covid Deaths

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 24: BA.2 Now Dominant Variant of Omicron, U.S. Hits 1 Million Mark in Covid Deaths

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 744th day of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization said Thursday that the new BA.2 subvariant of the highly-transmissible omicron variant is now the dominant version of omicron across the world.
To be more precise, BA.2 comprised 86% of new infections reported to the WHO in the period from February 16 and …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 19: Number of Active Cases Rises, BA.2 Variant Now Accounts for 30% of N.Y.C. Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 19: Number of Active Cases Rises, BA.2 Variant Now Accounts for 30% of N.Y.C. Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the and the 739th day of the pandemic.
The world is facing a new challenge as it enters the 27th month of battling the coronavirus.  The United States and numerous countries on the European continent want to move on but are not in a position to declare victory over a virus that …