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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Laid to Rest in Quiet Ceremony Amidst Covid Restrictions

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Laid to Rest in Quiet Ceremony Amidst Covid Restrictions

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest amidst a somber albeit small affair replete with tradition and reverence.
The Queen sat alone during the service, and all guests who were not members of the same household had to sit around two meters apart.
Members of the royal family wore masks, allowing them to grieve a bit more privately.  While the mood was sorrowful, …

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had identified a small number of people who had contracted Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated. The percentage, however, of these so-called breakthrough cases – approximately 5,800 recipients out of around 66 million Americans, or some 0.008% – is not abnormal, the agency said, as the vaccines in the country are highly effective – up to 95% so – but …

U.K. Partially Reopens After 3 Months of Lockdown

U.K.  Partially Reopens After 3 Months of Lockdown

Britain’s third lockdown – one of the longest and most stringent to take place amidst the coronavirus pandemic – ended in the wee hours of the morning on Monday and, in characteristic fashion, a few pubs opened up early to celebrate, despite having to pour their first pints for outdoor consumption.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the moment “a major step forward in our road map to freedom.”
Britain had entered its …

Coronavirus News Update – April 12: Prince Philip’s Death During the Coronavirus Presents Challenging Situation

Coronavirus News Update – April 12: Prince Philip’s Death During the Coronavirus Presents Challenging Situation

Prince Philip’s death in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic at the age of 99 last week presents numerous challenges to a nation already shaken over 125,000 Covid-related fatalities and a year of lockdowns.  In keeping with the prince’s wishes, and given current pandemic-related restrictions in the United Kingdom, the prince’s widow, Queen Elizabeth, is considering “modified” funeral plans, Buckingham Palace, which reiterated pleas for people „not to gather in …

JetBlue Unveils Details of New ‘Core’ Coach Cabin on Flights to London

JetBlue Unveils Details of New ‘Core’ Coach Cabin on Flights to London

JetBlue Airways revealed its plans for coach service on its new flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
The new route will be operating using Airbus A321LR aircraft with Airspace by Airbus cabins. The cabin, which the airline will call “core” instead of coach, will feature seats that are 18.4” in width, among the widest in the industry in coach, and have a minimum seat pitch …

U.K. to Ease Covid Lockdown Measures as New Cases Fall Precipitously

U.K. to Ease Covid Lockdown Measures as New Cases Fall Precipitously

The United Kingdom will begin to relax some coronavirus-related public-heath measures beginning next week and plans to fully reopen its economy by summer.
The plan, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, follows months of lockdowns and the start of a successful inoculation campaign that stemmed the spread of the virus.  Over 31 million people or close to half the British population have received at least one dose of the vaccine and the …

Coronavirus News Update: April 5 – India Sees Over 100,000 New Cases in One Day

Coronavirus News Update: April 5 – India Sees Over 100,000 New Cases in One Day

India recorded over 100,000 new cases in a single day ,  for the first time since the pandemic began ravaging the world, health officials there said. The country has the third highest number of cases in the world after Brazil and the United States, with 12.6 million, and is only the second country after the United States to surpass 100,000 new cases in a single day.
As of Monday morning, the …