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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 771st day of the pandemic.
In March of this year, New York City, in a move approved by Mayor Eric Adams, approved a Covid alert system that now calls for the institution of a mask mandate for public indoor settings based on the current transmission risk level.
There’s only one problem: Mayor …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 7: Fall Wave in U.S. Could Infect 100 Million, China’s Lockdowns Bring the Return of Shipping Delays,

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 7: Fall Wave in U.S. Could Infect 100 Million, China’s Lockdowns Bring the Return of Shipping Delays,

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 758th day of the pandemic.
For a while, it seemed as if the global shipping and supply chain crisis was easing somewhat.  Just as with everything else relating to the pandemic, things weren’t quite as they appeared.
Global shipping was starting to recover from almost two years of chaos just as the …

Delta to Open Delta One Clubs at JFK and LAX, Limit Access to Sky Clubs

Delta to Open Delta One Clubs at JFK and LAX, Limit Access to Sky Clubs

Delta Air Lines announced plans to open lounges for exclusive use by its business-class passengers in two locations and also said it will limit access to its Sky Clubs.
The Atlanta-based carrier announced plans for two new Delta One Club lounges with access limited strictly for Delta One business-class passengers, at John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles International airports.
The 36,000-square-foot (3,345-square-meter)  JFK Delta One Club will open in 2023 near …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 746th day of the pandemic.
The new White House Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, said on Sunday that he does not believe that the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 and its subvariants will have much of an effect on the U.S. economic recovery.
Speaking on the CNN news program “State of …

Coronavirus Morning News Update – April 22: Philadelphia Ends Mask Mandate (Again), Los Angeles to Require Masks at Airports

Coronavirus Morning News Update – April 22: Philadelphia Ends Mask Mandate (Again), Los Angeles to Require Masks at Airports

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 773rd day of the pandemic.
The book “Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late” by Deborah Brix, who served as the country’s first coronavirus response coordinator, this in the  Trump administration, published by HarperCollins, will go on sale on …

The Busiest Airport in the World? Why It’s Atlanta (Again)

 
Just as the travel industry begins to recover globally, Atlanta has taken the crown as having been the world’s busiest aerodrome in 2021, rebounding after dropping down one spot the previous year.
The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw over 107 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for the 22nd time.  Until 2019, the airport had held the title for 21 years in a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 28: Lax Covid Precautions at the Oscars, White House Emphasizes Indoor Air Quality

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 28: Lax Covid Precautions at the Oscars, White House Emphasizes Indoor Air Quality

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 748th day of the pandemic.
Sunday’s Oscars looked far more normal than last year, when the event was held at Union Station, There was no red carpet, few if any parties, and the audience was limited to 170.
It was a time when vaccines were still rolling out and mask mandates were …