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Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 30 – Trump Blames China for Virus, Biden Blames Trump

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 30 – Trump Blames China for Virus, Biden Blames Trump

In the first U.S. presidential debate, President Donald Trump blamed China for the coronavirus and its impact on the country, while former Vice President Joseph Biden blamed Trump.
In Washington, D.C. negotiations continue between Congress and the Trump administration in an effort to end an impasse on a broad coronavirus relief package.  The House of Representatives is expected to approve an update $2.2 trillion relief bill on Wednesday thanks to Democratic …

United Airlines Mulls Return to New York’s JFK Airport After 5-Year Absence

United Airlines Mulls Return to New York’s JFK Airport After 5-Year Absence

United Airlines, which ended its operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is considering a return to the aerodrome in 2021.
The Chicago-based airline, which by 2015 only operated premium transcon flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, explained its departure at the time, saying it had failed to make a profit on these routes over the past seven years.
The move would require the availability of slots …

New York City to Fine People Who Refuse to Don Masks

New York City to Fine People Who Refuse to Don Masks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city will fine those who refer to wear a face mask in public.
The move follows Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the rate of positive tests for the coronavirus had climbed above the 3% range for the first time in months.
The rise came largely from people in nine postal codes where health officials have reported a worrisome increase in cases.  …

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 28 – New Cases Skyrocketing in France

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 28 – New Cases Skyrocketing in France

As the global death toll crossed the 1 million mark, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said that the country should prepare for the Covid-19 “challenge” of the coming seasons, noting that the country is still in the first wave of the pandemic given that case numbers never declined significantly to a good baseline.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that a second wave of the coronavirus …

Met Opera Cancels 2020-21 Season, Extending Shutdown for One Year

Met Opera Cancels 2020-21 Season, Extending Shutdown for One Year

The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday it would be cancelling its 2020-21 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said that, based on the advice of health officials, it could not safely restart performances “until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement.”
The company had already cancelled its fall season in June and had shut down in …

N.Y. Now Require Visitors from 35 Territories and States to Self-Quarantine

N.Y. Now Require Visitors from 35 Territories and States to Self-Quarantine

Travelers from 35 other territories and states planning to visit New York will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of five more states with significant community spread of the coronavirus to the list, which, when it debuted on June 24, had only nine states.
“The virus’ spread across the country – new cases have increased more than 15 percent in the …

Amtrak to Discount Some Northeast Regional Fares

Amtrak to Discount Some Northeast Regional Fares

Amtrak announced a permanent reduction in multi-ride fares in the Northeast Corridor.
The new rates are 40% lower per month for monthly tickets and 50% lower for ten-ride multi-ride tickets.
The Northeast Corridor runs from Boston through Providence, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia through Wilmington, and Baltimore, to Washington, D.C. There are branches to Springfield, Massachusetts, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and several cities in Virginia that are not part of the Northeast Corridor …