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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 907th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Germany instituted strict new mask mandates over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line ended testing requirements for the non-vaccinated, and Canada ended Covid-related entry requirements for travelers.
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Nine New York State counties are now at “high risk” of Covid transmission and the …

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. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 900th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Canada and Hong Kong are ending coronavirus travel restrictions, a study found that older coronavirus patients are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, and German Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz tested positive for the virus.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 895th day of the pandemic.
October appears to be the ideal window for getting a Covid-19 booster shot and that’s because the protection from the new bivalent booster shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna will last through the expected wave of new coronavirus cases in the fall and winter.
White House coronavirus coordinator …

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. 3: Major Late-Fall Surge Possible, Some Apple Workers Resist a Return to the Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 3: Major Late-Fall Surge Possible, Some Apple 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 877th day of the pandemic.
As cold weather approaches, health officials in the United States are beginning to see the makings of a late-fall surge in cases although they remain guardedly optimistic that this year’s surge won’t be as devastating as last year’s.
The optimism stems from the introduction of new bivalent …

Vienna Named the World’s Most Livable City

Vienna regained the title of the world’s most livable city after losing the spot last year amidst coronavirus restrictions.
The City of Music had held the title in 2018 and 2019 in the annual list that is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In 2021, it fell to 12th place as cafés, concert halls, museums, and restaurants remained closed.
Known for images of the Blue Danube, castles and cafés, sweets, and Strauß waltzes, …