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World War II Bomb Explodes in Munich, 4 Injured, Trains Disrupted

World War II Bomb Explodes in Munich, 4 Injured, Trains Disrupted

Four people were injured when a bomb dating back to the Second World War exploded in Munich.
The explosion took place near the Donnersbergerbrücke station Wednesday morning during nearby construction work for a new train line.  One worker was seriously injured.  The detonation, which was approximately half a mile (0.8 km) from Munich’s Hauptbahnhof, one of Germany’s busiest train terminals, resulted in a suspension of service in and out of the station, …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

A growing number of countries moved to halt air traffic from South Africa and neighboring countries after the discovery of the new Omicron variant that appears to have originated there.
The World Health Organization skipped two Greek letters, Nu and Xi, and bestowed the new variant with the name Omicron, to avoid confusion with the English word “new” that is pronounced similarly to the letter Nu and with the name of …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 26: The World Moves to Contain Fast-Moving South Africa Virus Variant

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 26: The World Moves to Contain Fast-Moving South Africa Virus Variant

A new variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in South Africa may have a number of mutations in it that could make it more transmissible and allow it to evade some immune system in the body responses triggered by vaccines or previous infection, scientists and the Health Ministry there warned.
Officials there are considering new public-health restrictions to contain the outbreak, dubbed B.1.1.529, and many countries took steps to …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Germany, which reported a pandemic high of 66,884 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, began to have ticket controllers on public transportation check passengers’ proof of vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative Covid test, as part of the country’s so-called 3G policy.  In that model, “3G” stands for “geimpft” (vaccinated), “genesen” (recovered), or “getestet” (tested).
Face masks have long been mandatory on public transportation including buses, the U-Bahn (subways), the S-Bahn (regional commuter …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 20: European Nations Expand Limits on the Non-Vaccinated as Protestors Push Back

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 20: European Nations Expand Limits on the Non-Vaccinated as Protestors Push Back

New and stricter measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Europe brought on protests in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland as the continent once again became the pandemic’s epicenter. 
As Austria is set to become the first Western country to mandate vaccines for its populaton while instituting a fourth lockdown that starts Monday, other countries mulled similar actions.
Several Bundesländer in Germany – those with the highest …

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 Update – Nov. 18: Fauci Recommends Booster Shots to Avoid Winter ‘Double Whammy’

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 18: Fauci Recommends Booster Shots to Avoid Winter ‘Double Whammy’

The United States is heading towards a winter “double whammy” that could be avoided if a sufficient number of people get a third or booster vaccination against the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s infectious disease Czar, said Wednesday.
In an interview at the 2021 Stat Summit, Fauci warned that the waning immunity of the vaccinated combined with the force of the highly transmissible delta variant could cause medical health issues …