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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 10: Prices Climbed 7.9% in February, Cases Surge Across the Globe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 10: Prices Climbed 7.9% in February, Cases Surge Across the Globe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 69th day of 2022.
In what amounted to a five-minute pause between the pandemic and the outbreak of war in Europe, inflation rose 7.9% in February according to figures released Thursday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It is the largest annual increase in 40 years and does not reflect …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 18: Omicron Cases Decline, But the Pandemic is Far From Over, Mask Mandates End in Much of the U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 18: Omicron Cases Decline, But the Pandemic is Far From Over, Mask Mandates End in Much of the U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 49th day of 2022.
The number of active cases fell below 70 million for the first time since January 26 of this year as the surge fueled by the highly-transmissible omicron variant receded.
As the headlines trumpet, cases are down in the United States.
Over the past week there have been 902,000 new …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 15: The Pandemic is Not Yet Endemic, Princess Yoko Hospitalized

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 15: The Pandemic is Not Yet Endemic, Princess Yoko Hospitalized

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 46th day of 2022.
While cases are plummeting in many parts of the world including the United States and a number of countries in Western and Central Europe, this does not necessarily mean that endemicity is approaching.   I’ve noticed state officials throwing the term “endemic” around recently, as if wishful thinking …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 13: Booster Doses Provide Robust Protection Says CDC, Cases Plummet in France

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 13: Booster Doses Provide Robust Protection Says CDC, Cases Plummet in France

Even though the number of new infections in many parts of the United States has fallen dramatically, hopefully signaling an end to the omicron surge, the situation in many parts of the world is quite different.  Over 135 countries remain at Level 4, the highest warning on the CDC’s “avoid travel” list, which grew by eight countries this past week.
The agency places countries at Level 4 when more than 500 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 19: Free Masks and Test Kits, U.K. Bets Covid Has Peaked

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 19: Free Masks and Test Kits, U.K. Bets Covid Has Peaked

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected without comment a request to block the federal mask mandate for public conveyances such as planes, trains, and buses as well as at airports and train stations.  The news came just as the percentage of Americans who had received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine hit the 75% mark.
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The U.S. government launched its free online Covid test kit offer one day early on …

As Pandemic Continues, The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2022 Are…

Although they likely sit in a drawer, unused at the current time, passports are a key to unlocking the mysteries of the world, and not all passports are created equal.
The travel restrictions imposed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 continue to remain in place as the world enters the third year where Covid is seemingly omnipresent and stubbornly refusing to go away.
Still, if you happen to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 1: Omicron May Peak in Mid-January, Europe Reports Record New Cases, and Today’s Statistics

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 1: Omicron May Peak in Mid-January, Europe Reports Record New Cases, and Today’s Statistics

Following news from South African that it has passed the peak of its omicron-driven coronavirus case surge, scientists at Columbia University said they believe that the peak there will crest in the second week of January.
The research from Columbia indicates that the country could very well peak by January 9 with a rate of 2.5 million new infections per week, although researchers cautioned that that number may be as high …