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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. …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 21: Long Covid Symptoms Still Present 2 Years After Infection Says Study, Cases in Philadelphia Double

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 21: Long Covid Symptoms Still Present 2 Years After Infection Says Study, Cases in Philadelphia Double

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.
A study of patients at a Chinese hospital found that the majority of those hospitalized with Covid in the early days of the pandemic still had lingering symptoms two years later.
The study, published Wednesday in the Lancet, found that some 55% of those in the study …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 771st day of the pandemic.
In March of this year, New York City, in a move approved by Mayor Eric Adams, approved a Covid alert system that now calls for the institution of a mask mandate for public indoor settings based on the current transmission risk level.
There’s only one problem: Mayor …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 770th day of the pandemic.
For the first time since early February, the number of new cases came close to the 200,000 mark in the United States and the 7-day incidence was over 100,000.
As cases continue to dramatically rise, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 769th day of the pandemic.
Public health experts are warning that Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s plan to emulate China’s “success” in fighting coronavirus outbreaks could lead the hermit nation down the road to catastrophe.
China has used a combination of mass testing, vaccinations, and strict lockdowns to keep case counts relatively low, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 17: New Yorkers May Soon Have to Mask Up, North Korea Reports 1.5 Million Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 17: New Yorkers May Soon Have to Mask Up, North Korea Reports 1.5 Million Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 768th day of the pandemic.
As a result of higher community transmission of the coronavirus (see additional coverage under United States), New York City is inching towards the point of an indoor mask mandate, although it won’t be the first major city in the United States to do so this spring …