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Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 21 – Trump Says Vaccines Will Not Be Widely Available Until Spring

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 21 – Trump Says Vaccines Will Not Be Widely Available Until Spring

As the number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped 31 million on Sunday, U.K. Prime Minister said he was adding restrictions and taking other measures in an effort to avoid a lockdown. “We are now seeing a second wave coming in,” he said to reporters late last week. “It is absolutely, I’m afraid, inevitable, that we will see it in this country,” he added.
The number of new daily cases in Britain …

Britain to Impose Fines of up to £10,000 for Coronavirus Restriction Violations

Britain to Impose Fines of up to £10,000 for Coronavirus Restriction Violations

The United Kingdom announced it would impose fines of up to £10,000 ($12,916) against individuals who do not comply with coronavirus restrictions.
The number of new daily cases in Britain has risen to over 4,000, causing the move as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to avert a nationwide lockdown.
The country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, speaking on a BBC news program hosted by Andrew Marr, made the issue quite clear.
“If everybody follows …

Coronavirus News: Wednesday, September 9 – Theater is ‘at the Point of No Return,’ Queen to Return to Palace

Coronavirus News: Wednesday, September 9 –  Theater is ‘at the Point of No Return,’ Queen to Return to Palace

 
The worldwide number of reported virus cases is quickly approaching the 28 million mark, and now stands at 27.77 million, an increase of over 247,204 cases in the past 24 hours.  The number of deaths stands reached the 900,000 mark on Wednesday as well, with an increase of 4,479 deaths in the past 24 hours, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.
There …

EasyJet to Close 3 Bases Including London Stansted Airport

EasyJet to Close 3 Bases Including London Stansted Airport

EasyJet said it would close its base at London Stansted Airport as of September 1, 2020. It will also close its bases at London Southend and Newcastle airports at that time.
The move will impact as many as 670 pilots.
Johan Lundgren, the airline’s CEO, blamed the move on “the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and related travel restrictions” and said that Britain’s quarantine measures were further impacting demand.
The decision leaves Luton and …

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for bankruptcy as the toll on airline amidst the coronavirus pandemic continued to grow.
The company protection filed from creditors under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to a court filing made in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
The company is 51% owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines.
Chapter 15 bankruptcyallows a foreign debtor to file for …

Coronavirus News: August 3 – Trump Opposes Mandatory Masks on Flights, One Airport Goes to the Dogs

Coronavirus News: August 3  – Trump Opposes Mandatory Masks on Flights, One Airport Goes to the Dogs

As the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 17.5 million mark worldwide, the Trump Administration came out against a measure under consideration in Congress that would make wearing masks mandatory on all U.S. passenger flights.  “This requirement is overly restrictive, and such decisions should be left to States, local governments, transportation systems, and public health leaders,” a spokesman said.
President Trump also rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute …

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines announced it had moved its London Heathrow operations from where it was temporarily operating in Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, the British Airways’ terminal.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offered the most flights between JFK and London’s Heathrow Airport of any airline or alliance prior to the start of the pandemic.
Previously, American had operated out of Terminal 3 but airport operator Heathrow Airport Holdings …