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Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 19: Lockdown in Germany? ‘Nothing Should Be Ruled Out’

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 19: Lockdown in Germany? ‘Nothing Should Be Ruled Out’

On the heels of Austria’s announced planned lockdown, Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, indicated a similar measure might follow there.
“We are in a position where nothing should be ruled out” at a news conference in response to a reporter’s question about a lockdown for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster shots for all adults amidst a fear that waning efficacy …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 2: Russia Hits Pandemic High in New Covid Cases and Deaths

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 2: Russia Hits Pandemic High in New Covid Cases and Deaths

The number of daily coronavirus cases in Russia hit a pandemic high on Monday with 39,321 while the death toll there climbed to a record 1,178 as of Tuesday morning. The country is in the midst of a partial lockdown and authorities are urging people to get inoculated against the virus.
This fourth wave in Russia is wreaking havoc in a largely non-vaccinated country where people are distrustful of the government …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 1: Shanghai Disneyland in Lockdown, N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 1: Shanghai Disneyland in Lockdown, N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect

Shanghai Disneyland was temporarily closed Sunday after one visitor tested positive for the coronavirus.  Chinese authorities required Disneyland to go into lockdown mode and test all 34,000 guests before anyone could exit the park.
All of those tested were found to be negative for the virus.
Meanwhile, New York City officials began to enforce its vaccine mandate on Monday.  Public employees who did not provide proof of at least an initial dose …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 27: U.S. to End Ban on Foreign Visitors Provided They Show Proof of Vaccination

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 27: U.S. to End Ban on Foreign Visitors Provided They Show Proof of Vaccination

The Biden Administration issued an executive order that imposes new vaccination requirements for most foreign nationals traveling by air to the United States, the White House said on Monday.  Such travelers must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by either the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.
Children under the age of 18 will be exempt from the vaccination requirement as will non-tourist visitors from countries …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 26: The World is Now 50% Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 26: The World is Now 50% Vaccinated

The world crossed a significant milestone early Tuesday in the fight against the coronavirus: 50% of its population – some 3.84 billion people – have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine.  Even with this achievement, there remains a stark divide in vaccination rates in wealthy and poor nations, a topic covered later on in this briefing.
In China, officials ordered a lockdown of the northwestern city of Lanzhou after …

St. Regis Plans 11 New Resorts in 8 Countries Including China, Mexico, Morocco, and Qatar

St. Regis Plans 11 New Resorts in 8 Countries Including China, Mexico, Morocco, and Qatar

Marriott International announced that St. Regis Hotels and Resorts will open 11 new resorts within four years, a move that will almost double the number the hotelier’s portfolio of resorts.
The planned locations include Aruba, China, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, and Qatar.
“Our resorts offer a leisure experience inspired by the glamorous private retreats of St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, and we cannot wait to bring the brand’s …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 30: New Covid Cases Down by Over 25%

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 30: New Covid Cases Down by Over 25%

New coronavirus infections in the U.S. fell by over 25% over the past two weeks. The 14-day average shows a 26% decline and 112,798 new daily cases, while the 14-day average for deaths from the coronavirus is now only 2% higher over the past 14 days, a significant drop as well.  The new figures may indicate that the worst of the current surge, which was fueled by the Delta variant, …