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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 16: Biden Requests $9.25 Billion in Covid Funds, CDC Tracking New BN.1 Variant

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 16: Biden Requests $9.25 Billion in Covid Funds, CDC Tracking New BN.1 Variant

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 951st day of the pandemic.
At some point in the next 36 hours, the United States will hit the 100 million mark in total coronavirus cases.  Given that the 14-day incidence is over 42,000, it should happen in the next 12 to 15 hours, statistically speaking.
The milestone comes as the U.S. …

Here Are the Countries That Require Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Covid Test for Entry

With the lifting of Spain’s pandemic-induced entry rules last week, virtually all European nations have no Covid-related requirements in place for visitors.
However, dozens of countries across the globe, most notably the United States and China, continue to require visitors to either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test result.  Some countries remain shut to tourists, period.
If you were planning to visit China, North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Nauru, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 24: Should I Stay Home If I Wake Up With Symptoms?, Japan Faces Major Healthcare Worker Shortage

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 24: Should I Stay Home If I Wake Up With Symptoms?, Japan Faces Major Healthcare Worker Shortage

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 928th day of the pandemic.
If you’ve already returned to the office or workplace and wake up not feeling well, you may be wondering if you should stay home.
It’s easier than ever to telecommute and far more accepted by society thanks to changes that took place in the early days of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 14: 4 in 10 Misrepresented Covid Health or Vaccination Status, New Boosters Generate Strong Immune Response

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 14: 4 in 10 Misrepresented Covid Health or Vaccination Status, New Boosters Generate Strong Immune Response

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 918th day of the pandemic.
If you lied about your vaccination status or adherence to public health protocols over the past two years, you weren’t alone.
A new study found that 42% of those polled admitted to lying about either their vaccination status or their adherence to coronavirus safety protocols.
The study, which …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 11: New BQ.1.1 Variant Causes Alarm, Hospitals See Increase in the Flu and Other Viruses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 11: New BQ.1.1 Variant Causes Alarm, Hospitals See Increase in the Flu and Other Viruses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 915th day of the pandemic.
Just as the wave of coronavirus infections from the BA.5 sublineage of the omicron variant finally seems to have subsided, new subvariants are already rearing their ugly heads.
The leading contender to cause a new wave of infections and ring alarms is a highly mutated subvariant called …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 10: Sore Throat Now Most Common First Symptom of Virus, Japan Prepares to Reopen to Tourists

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 10: Sore Throat Now Most Common First Symptom of Virus, Japan Prepares to Reopen to Tourists

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 914th day of the pandemic.
The Zoe Health Study, which tracks over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom, reported that the most common SARS-Cov-2 symptom at the present time may very well be a cough, Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London, told Times radio.
Last week, the Office …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 902nd day of the pandemic.
President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.  Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as …