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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 51st day of 2022.
The world woke up to the news that Queen Elizabeth of Britain had tested positive for the coronavirus, despite the great precautions taken by the palace to protect the 95-year-old monarch from infection.
The highly-transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus is so insidious that it can infiltrate almost …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 11: Canadian Blockades Costing Automakers Billions, New York City to Fire Thousands of Non-Vaccinated Workers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 11: Canadian Blockades Costing Automakers Billions, New York City to Fire Thousands of Non-Vaccinated Workers

President Joseph Biden asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use federal powers to end the blockade of truckers who are interfering with border crossings to the United States, including the Emerson Port of Entry in Manitoba and the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit with Ontario.  The truckers are protesting coronavirus restrictions and mandates and the demonstrations are reportedly resulting in billions of dollars of losses and costs as the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 10: U.S. Exiting ‘Full-Blown Pandemic Phase Says Fauci, 500,000 Deaths Since Omicron

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 10: U.S. Exiting ‘Full-Blown Pandemic Phase Says Fauci, 500,000 Deaths Since Omicron

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 41st day of 2022.
The number of deaths across the globe from the coronavirus since the omicron variant was first detected in November hit the 500,000 milestone, just as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joseph Biden, said that the United States is exiting “the full-blown pandemic phase.”  …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 8: Governors in 4 States Plan to Lift Mask Mandates, Hong Kong Sees Record Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 8: Governors in 4 States Plan to Lift Mask Mandates, Hong Kong Sees Record Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 39th day of 2022
From California to Connecticut, as the number of coronavirus cases plunges, states are somewhat easing mask mandates. 
Meanwhile, the world will hit the 400 million mark in coronavirus cases at some point on Tuesday.
On a more positive note, 90 million people in the United States  have received …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 6: Canadian Truckers Loudly Protest Restrictions, Turkey’s President Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 6: Canadian Truckers Loudly Protest Restrictions, Turkey’s President Tests Positive

Even as the surges fueled by the omicron variant of the coronavirus appear to be on the decline in many places, the world is ostensibly sicker than it has been in over 100 years, namely since the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic which killed at least 17 and as many as 100 million people, epidemiologists have estimated.  Only the Black Death –  the bubonic plague of 1346 to 1353 –  which …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 1: U.S. Hits Vaccine Milestone, Non-Vaccinated New York City Workers Face Dismissal

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 1: U.S. Hits Vaccine Milestone, Non-Vaccinated New York City Workers Face Dismissal

As of Monday, 250 million Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, representing a little over 75% of the population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In addition, 88 million Americans have received a third, or booster, dose, representing 41.5% of the fully vaccinated population.
This fact may be of particular interest to travelers as countries including Spain, the Netherlands, and Singapore are among …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 16: New York Sees Significant Drop in New Cases, Djokovic Forced to Leave Australia

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 16: New York Sees Significant Drop in New Cases, Djokovic Forced to Leave Australia

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 16th day of 2022
New York State, one of the earliest hotspots for the omicron-fueled surge in the United States, is seeing that surge trend downward since its peak on January 9.
Officials in the Empire State reported a nearly 47% decline in new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday from the approximately …