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Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Just as the world hit 59 million cases, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut crossed a collective milestone over the weekend that few wish to cross: The tri-state area recorded its one millionth positive coronavirus case.  Earlier in the month, Texas, followed by California, crossed that milestone.
The number of new reported daily cases in the United States was 141,648.  The nation has seen a 54% increase over the past 14 …

The Riskiest and Safest Places to Be in the United States on Thanksgiving

Aside from a few areas that are so remote they might serve as their own NBA bubble that fended off the novel coronavirus as long as they could, the coronavirus has left no stone unturned, no county untouched.  Indeed, only one county in the United States is virus free.
That county, Kalawao County in Hawaii, is where the Kalaupapa settlement is located on the island of Molokai.  The settlement dates back …

California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Spread of Covid-19

California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Spread of Covid-19

As the number of coronavirus cases in the state seemingly spiraled out of control, Governor Gavin Newsome announced an overnight stay-at-home order for much of California, saying it was “crucial” to act now.
The state’s Department of Public Health issued an order that prohibits most non-essential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the 40+ counties in the state’s purple tier, the strictest tier of California’s road …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

As infections soar from coast to coast in the United States, efforts to revive local economies have largely been put on hold.  New infections are mounting in many cases as fast as in the pandemic’s earliest days.
Early data shows that the coronavirus vaccine from pharmaceutical house Moderna is 94.5% effective.  Moderna is the second drugmaker to report an apparently successful vaccine: Pfizer last week said its vaccine was over 90% …

Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers in California to Remain Independent Contractors

Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers in California to Remain Independent Contractors

Drivers for so-called gig economy companies in California such as Uber and Lyft will remain independent contractors and not become employees of their respective companies after voters in that state approved Proposition 22.
The measure allows gig economy companies to continue to treat drivers as independent contractors.
Proposition 22 was conceived by Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash to exempt their companies and others from a recent state labor law that would have …

Hawaiian Airlines to Restart the Two Longest Domestic Flights in the U.S.

Hawaiian Airlines to Restart the Two Longest Domestic Flights in the U.S.

Hawaiian Airlines said it plans to restart its two longest flights to the mainland in December.
The two flights were temporarily suspended amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the closing of the Hawaiian border to tourists.
The move comes as the state began to exempt travelers who can present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure from a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
At 5,095 miles (8,199 kilometers), the new Hawaiian Airlines non-stop …

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines said Sunday it would restart non-stop service to China between San Francisco and Shanghai.
The airline had suspended its flights to China amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.
The flights will no longer stop in Seoul for a crew change.
“We look forward to resuming nonstop service and offering our customers greater convenience and shorter flight times,” said Patrick Quayle, the airline’s vice president for international …