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U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

The Biden Administration has no plans “at this point” to lift any current travel restrictions as concerns over the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant rise in lockstep with the number of cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.  “The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and …

California, N.Y.C., and Veterans Affairs Issue Covid Vaccination Mandates

California, N.Y.C., and Veterans Affairs Issue Covid Vaccination Mandates

California, New York City, and the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first state, city, and federal agency on Monday to announce a requirement for coronavirus vaccinations for their employees.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Denis McDonough, said that healthcare personnel who work in or visit Veterans Administration facilities or who provide direct care to people that the agency serves would have eight weeks to get the jab.
Meanwhile, officials in …

Coronavirus News Update – July 25: U.S. ‘Going in the Wrong Direction,’ Says Fauci

Coronavirus News Update – July 25: U.S. ‘Going in the Wrong Direction,’ Says Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said that the United States is “going in the wrong direction” as the number of coronavirus cases continues to sharply rise.
“If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases, … it is among the unvaccinated,“ Fauci said on a CNN news interview on Sunday. “And since we have 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated, that’s a …

Coronavirus News Update – July 24: N.Y. Mayor Urges Businesses to Require Employees to get Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Update – July 24: N.Y. Mayor Urges Businesses to Require Employees to get Vaccinated

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged employers in the Big Apple to require their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and signaled he would take similar measures for hundreds of thousands of municipal workers.
“If people want freedom, if people want jobs, if people want to live again, we have got to get more people vaccinated,” Hizzoner said on a weekly appearance on the radio station WNYC.  “I’m …

Southwest Airlines Returns to Profitability as Air Travel Picks Up

Southwest Airlines Returns to Profitability as Air Travel Picks Up

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for second quarter of 2021.
Revenue rose to $4.008 billion from $1.008 in the same period in 2020.
The Dallas-based carrier reported net income of $348 million after a loss of $915 million in the same period in 2020 in the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline was able to report a profit thanks to a $724 million offset of salaries and other benefits funded by proceeds …

Massive Internet Outage Takes Down Delta, BA, FedEx, Airbnb, and McDonald’s

Massive Internet Outage Takes Down Delta, BA, FedEx, Airbnb, and McDonald’s

A widespread Internet outage disrupted major travel, financial, retail, and Olympics-related websites across the globe early Thursday afternoon.
The problem, traced back to outages at Akamai and Oracle, two major providers of Internet infrastructure, took down Delta Air Lines, British Airways, FedEx, Airbnb, HSBC, and McDonald’s among others.
“We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service,” Akamai said at the time of the outage, which lasted less than …

American Airlines Reports First Profit Since Start of Pandemic

American Airlines Reports First Profit Since Start of Pandemic

American Airlines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2021.
The airline’s revenue was up more than four-fold from a year ago following increased demand after a severe decline amidst the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, but was down 37% from the same quarter in 2019. American was able to report a second-quarter profit of $19 million, its first since the pandemic started, thanks to the nearly $1.5 billion in …