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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 816th day of the pandemic.
In the United States, today is the third Fourth of July, or Independence Day, to take place since the start of the pandemic.
Last year, Americans, most notably among them President Joseph Biden, had hopes of declaring independence from the coronavirus.  Instead of a return to normalcy, …

New Gun Law in New York Bans Weapons in Most Public Settings

New Gun Law in New York Bans Weapons in Most Public Settings

New York State enacted new gun regulations after the Supreme Court last week said that its restrictive gun-license system was unconstitutional, as were similar regimes in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
The new law bans individuals with gun permits from carrying their weapons in so-called “sensitive places.”  In the Empire State, the list of sensitive includes many places tourists and even locals might visit including …

European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

The European Union extended its so-called “Roam Like At Home” rule concerning roaming fees charged by mobile operators for another decade.
The measure, which first went into effect on July 1, 2017, was extended to 2032.
The “Roam Like at Home” rule means that every EU resident’s home plan will work anywhere in the European Union at no additional cost.
When it went into effect, the United Kingdom was still part of the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 3: Tesla Deliveries Tumble Amidst Factory Shutdowns, Hydroxychloroquine Doctor Dead at 48

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 3: Tesla Deliveries Tumble Amidst Factory Shutdowns, Hydroxychloroquine Doctor Dead at 48

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 815th day of the pandemic.
If you were paying careful attention to news relating to the pandemic in early 2020, something quite likely given that there was little else to do, you would have read, both in the Morning News Brief and elsewhere about Dr, Vladimir Zelenko, a self-described “simple country …

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Since Thursday, airlines have posted delays on over 73,000 flights, including over 400 scheduled for Sunday and Monday, and have cancelled almost 8,500 flights in addition.
For flights operating within the United States or into or out of the country, those figures are 15,306 and 3,234 respectively.
The rate of delays and cancellations in both the United States and Europe is higher this year than before the pandemic thanks to bad weather …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 814th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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The pandemic is far from over, at least according to data from regional wastewater plants in California. The levels of Covid are currently as high in the state’s wastewater as they were during …

Spirit Calls Off Shareholder Vote Hours Before Meeting, Will Continue Talks With Both Frontier and JetBlue

Spirit Calls Off Shareholder Vote Hours Before Meeting, Will Continue Talks With Both Frontier and JetBlue

Spirit Airlines unexpectedly announced on Friday that it was delaying a shareholder vote on a proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, thereby extending a heated and protracted battle over the airline by both Frontier and JetBlue Airways.
The move was “to allow the Spirit board of directors to continue discussions with Frontier and JetBlue,” Spirit said in a statement.
JetBlue issued a statement in support of the move
“We compliment the …