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Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

As the omicron “variant of concern” continues to take hold, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was considering tightening coronavirus testing requirements for travelers coming to the United States.  The new rules would mandate a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the United States and a second test within five days of arrival.  The current rules call for a test within 72 …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 29: Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High Risk,’ Says WHO

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 29: Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High Risk,’ Says WHO

The World Health Organization warned that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a “very high” risk just as governments across the globe rushed to stem the spread of the virus with border closure after border closure, moves reminiscent of the earliest days of the pandemic.
Scientists continue to say that the risk posed by omicron is unknown as they race to determine if existing vaccines would work against it.
Meanwhile, …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 28: Healthcare Workers Rush to Get Vaccinated in New York, Averting Crisis

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 28: Healthcare Workers Rush to Get Vaccinated in New York, Averting Crisis

In New York State, thousands of healthcare workers were inoculated against the coronavirus ahead of the Monday deadline that requires them to either do so or be dismissed. Statewide, the vaccination rate for hospital employees rose to 92%, averting a major staffing crisis.
As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 233.2 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.8 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 209.9 million …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 21: 670,000 Flags on the National Mall Pay Silent Tribute to America’s Loss

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 21: 670,000 Flags on the National Mall Pay Silent Tribute to America’s Loss

The coronavirus pandemic became the deadliest disease event in U.S. history, overtaking the 1918 Spanish flu just as the death toll crossed the 675,000 mark.  Of course, the population of the country in 1918 was a third of what it is now, so as a percentage of the population, the 1918 pandemic continues to remain the deadliest of the two.
Meanwhile, at the Washington Monument, an art installation consisting of 670,000 …

Coronavirus News Update – July 30: Japan Extends State of Emergency as Olympic Games Continue

Coronavirus News Update – July 30: Japan Extends State of Emergency as Olympic Games Continue

The coronavirus outbreak in Japan continues to worsen.  On Friday, officials reported more than 10,000 new daily cases, the first time the country had surpassed that figure since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.  Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced an expanded state of emergency in four areas in addition to Tokyo and that the restrictions currently in place in the capital would continue through at least the end …

Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

As of Sunday, 60% of the U.S. population over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated.  The news comes as municipalities and businesses have started to announce policies that require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.  New York City will require some 340,000 municipal workers to get the jab by mid September as the Big Apple faces a third wave of the coronavirus, one driven by the …

Coronavirus News Update – July 20: India’s Death Toll Could Be Over 3 Million

Coronavirus News Update – July 20: India’s Death Toll Could Be Over 3 Million

A study found that the number of people in India who died from the coronavirus is likely to exceed three million – ten times the official death toll. “True deaths are likely to be in the several millions, not hundreds of thousands, making this arguably India’s worst human tragedy,” wrote the study’s authors from the Center from Global Development, which include a former chief economic adviser to the government of …