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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 2: The Case of the Coughing Trump Employee, BQ Variants Poised to Cause New Wave in U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 2: The Case of the Coughing Trump Employee, BQ Variants Poised to Cause New Wave in U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 937th day of the pandemic.
After a highly publicized start Monday, the Trump Organization’s criminal fraud trial was delayed Tuesday after the prosecution’s first witness tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office filed tax-fraud charges against two companies, namely Trump Corp. and Trump Payroll Corp., which are part of a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 1: Bolsonaro’s Covid Nightmare in Brazil Comes to an End, Britons Have Never Been Happier

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 1: Bolsonaro’s Covid Nightmare in Brazil Comes to an End, Britons Have Never Been Happier

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 936th day of the pandemic.
For the first time in recent memory, the 14-day incidence of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States was flat compared to the prior day.  This comes as hospitalizations are rising by 2% to 3%, and the daily death toll remains statistically stable at 350.
Meanwhile, in Brazil, it …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 30: Masks For All on Halloween, MGM Casino in Macau Under Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 30: Masks For All on Halloween, MGM Casino in Macau Under Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 934th day of the pandemic.
Happy Halloween weekend.  Halloween, the only holiday celebrated in the United States and other countries where masks don’t evoke a partisan response, is Monday but it is largely being celebrated with parties that began to take place Friday night.
But don’t necessarily stop wearing masks – at …

Hilton New York Times Square Reopens After Pandemic Pause

Hilton New York Times Square Reopens After Pandemic Pause

The Hilton New York Times Square hotel, which closed in the earliest days of the pandemic in March 2020, reopened its doors to guests this week.
The previous owner of the hotel, Sunstone Hotel Investors, had said that the hotel was permanently closed but it was sold earlier this year to Newbond Holdings, the Witkoff Group, and Apollo Global Management, which allowed it to reopen.
“This is an incredibly vibrant time of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 27: Wuhan, Site of First Covid Outbreak, Is in Lockdown, Hospitalizations of Children Surge in New York

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 27: Wuhan, Site of First Covid Outbreak, Is in Lockdown, Hospitalizations of Children Surge in New York

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 931st day of the pandemic.
Both I and President Biden may have gotten our bivalent Covid booster shots, but we are in the minority. As a result, the White House is bracing for between 30,000 and 70,000 deaths attributable to the virus come winter.  Nearly all could be preventable by vaccines …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 23: CDC Director Tests Positive for Virus, Vienna to Continue Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 23: CDC Director Tests Positive for Virus, Vienna to Continue Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 927th day of the pandemic.
One thing that is not prominent in pandemic reporting these days is contact tracing and there’s perhaps good reason, despite continued high numbers of cases in many parts of the country.
Covid is so pervasive today in the world that the type of contact tracing done in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 22: Forget Twinfluenza and Prepare for a Triple Threat, BA Variants Are on the Rise

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 22: Forget Twinfluenza and Prepare for a Triple Threat, BA Variants Are on the Rise

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 926th day of the pandemic.
Forget twinfluenza and prepare for a triple threat of winter illnesses in the coming months.  In addition to the coronavirus and influenza, cases of RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, are on the prowl.
RSV, a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, is spreading at …