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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 810th day of the pandemic.
Britain is in yet another wave of Covid cases, its third major wave this year.
The country’s Office for National Statistics released an updated Infection Survey that shows that approximately 17 million people were estimated to have become infected in the week ending June 18, a 23% …

4 Killed, At Least 150 Injured in Amtrak Crash in Missouri

4 Killed, At Least 150 Injured in Amtrak Crash in Missouri

Four people died and at least 150 were injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri after hitting a dump truck that had stopped on the tracks.
The train collided with the dump truck at a public crossing near the city of Mendon at approximately 12:42 p.m. CDT.
The derailment occurred about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City.
The Southwest Chief train was en route from Los Angeles to Chicago when the accident …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 6: Western U.S. Eclipses Northeast in Latest Surge, U.K. Prime Minister Faces Vote of No Confidence

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 6: Western U.S. Eclipses Northeast in Latest Surge, U.K. Prime Minister Faces Vote of No Confidence

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 788th day of the pandemic.
Shoppers are fickle and clothing buyers are perhaps among the most mercurial.
Fashions that were all the rage in the first two years of the pandemic, namely casualwear and activewear items, are being left behind .  Now that there has been some movement in returning to the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 746th day of the pandemic.
The new White House Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, said on Sunday that he does not believe that the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 and its subvariants will have much of an effect on the U.S. economic recovery.
Speaking on the CNN news program “State of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 774th day of the pandemic.
Cases across the globe continue to rise.  The United States reported almost 70,000 new cases on Friday, the highest since 107,000 were reported on February 28.
On Friday, I woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose.  Not surprisingly given these figures, my first thought was …

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

The average price motorists in the United States are paying for gas is slowly declining from recent all-time highs, not adjusted for inflation.
The average cost of a gallon of regular-grade gas at the pump at the start of the week was $4.17, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is down $0.061 from one week earlier although it is up $1.313 from the same period in 2021.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 5: Shanghai Lockdown Extended, CDC to Review Its Own Processes and Procedures

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 5: Shanghai Lockdown Extended, CDC to Review Its Own Processes and Procedures

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 756th day of the pandemic.
The news coming out of China is far from a surprise, given the manner in which health officials there are trying to contain the spread of Covid.
Residents of Shanghai were supposed to emerge from a two-stage lockdown on Tuesday but, instead, that lockdown continued as the …