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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 …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 21: U.S. Passes 12 Million Cases, Sets Daily Record

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 21: U.S. Passes 12 Million Cases, Sets Daily Record

The United States, which only recorded its 11 millionth case six days ago, crossed the 12 million mark on Friday, as a record 198,500 new infections were reported and added to the total.  On average, the number of cases has increased by 67% over the past 14 days.
The increase came as the number of infections globally crossed the 58 million mark. The United States leads in the number of cases, …

New Rules to Allow Canadians to Avoid Quarantine when Traveling to Hawaii

New Rules to Allow Canadians to Avoid Quarantine when Traveling to Hawaii

Canadians who wish to travel to Hawaii will be allowed to bypass the self-quarantine period with the proviso that they show prof of a negative coronavirus test, under new rules announced Thursday.
Governor David Ige made the announcement saying that Canada represents the second-largest international market for the islands after Japan.
“Canada and Hawaii share a close bond, and we have been overwhelmed with the calls and emails from our Canadian friends asking …

Google Adds Real-Time ‘Crowdedness’ Feature for Mass Transit to Maps App

Google Adds Real-Time ‘Crowdedness’ Feature for Mass Transit to Maps App

Google added three new features to its Maps app designed to help travelers stay safe amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The list of new features includes an expansion of its live “crowdedness” information for public transit systems, which displays the real-time busy state of transit lines when users look up directions. Previously, the Maps app only displayed such information for stations.
“If you need to take transit, Google Maps can help you more easily …

WestJet Opens Elevation Lounge in Calgary

WestJet Opens Elevation Lounge in Calgary

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet previewed its new flagship lounge, the WestJet Elevation Lounge, located at its hub at Calgary International Airport.
The 9,300-square-foot (864-square-meter) facility was designed by the New York-based architecture and design firm Gensler and melds a contemporary look with influences from Canada’s varied landscape, which ranges from majestic mountains, rolling plains, forested valleys, to beautiful blue rivers and lakes.
The lounge opens to the public next Monday and is …

Canada Launches Pilot Testing Program for Covid to Reduce Quarantine Time

Canada Launches Pilot Testing Program for Covid to Reduce Quarantine Time

Canada is launching a pilot program that will test international travelers for the coronavirus, allowing them to end the country’s strict 14-day quarantine with receipt of a negative result.
The news was announced by Alberta premier Jason Kenney on Thursday.
The program, which is being piloted at Calgary International Airport in Alberta as well as at one land border crossing, will start on November 2.
“We must find ways to bring back safe …

WestJet Shuts Down Much of Its Operation in Atlantic Canada Region

WestJet Shuts Down Much of Its Operation in Atlantic Canada Region

WestJet announced it would “indefinitely” suspend all flights to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney, and Charlotte and significantly reduce service to Halifax and St. John’s as a result of the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in air travel.
The suspension will eliminate over 100 flights per week previously operated by the airline, or roughly 80% of the carrier’s capacity in the Atlantic region.
The airline also said it was suspending all flights to Quebec City.
The Canadian …