Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

The world has recorded over 113.5 million coronavirus cases since the appearance of the virus in late 2019, while the death toll on Thursday crossed the 2.5 million mark. In the United States, over 29 million people have been infected, and the death toll there is over 520,000.
The death toll in California from the coronavirus hit the 50,000 mark Wednesday. The Golden State has lost more residents to the coronavirus than …

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Employment in New York City’s arts, culture, and recreation sectors has plummeted by 66% amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel and dining, according to a new report issued by the state’s Comptroller’s Office.
The sector, the report noted,is “a cornerstone of the city’s ability to attract businesses, residents and visitors alike.”
It further noted that “the sector relies on audiences who gather to take part in shared experiences, and this way …

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

EU leaders convened via videoconference Thursday to address the bloc’s lagging vaccination rollout and other pandemic-related concerns including the issue of vaccination passports.
The main issue the union of 27 countries faces is whether to ease current travel restrictions, especially given that the bloc is one of the hardest hit areas in the world.
“The epidemiological situation remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges,” European leaders will reportedly say, according …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 24: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Meets Requirements for Emergency Use Authorization

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 24: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Meets Requirements for Emergency Use Authorization

A little over one year after the coronavirus started appearing in cities other than Wuhan, it has sickened almost 113 million people across the globe. Over 2.49 million people have died from it, and 88 million have recovered although some will have lasting aftereffects including lung damage.
Meanwhile there were 71,802 new cases in the United States, a 37% 14-day change, and 2,328 new deaths, a 23% reduction averaged over the …

Coronavirus Update – Feb. 23: Biden Calls 500,000 Death Toll a ‘Heartbreaking Milestone’

Coronavirus Update  – Feb. 23: Biden Calls 500,000 Death Toll a ‘Heartbreaking Milestone’

“Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone,” said President Joseph Bide, marking the shocking death toll in the United States with a moment of silence Monday.
The World Health Organization found that Chinese officials did “little” in terms of epidemiological investigations into the causes of the initial outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan in the first eight months following the onset of the virus, according to an internal document.  The news, …

Movie Theaters in New York, London to Reopen

Movie Theaters in New York, London to Reopen

Movie theaters in New York City will be able to reopen next month, albeit at limited capacities, while those in London will be able to reopen in May.
The move comes almost exactly at the one-year point after theaters closed in the state, namely on March 12, 2020.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan on Monday at a news conference.
Starting on March 5, cinemas in the Big Apple can …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 22: U.S. Crosses 500,000 Mark in Covid-19 Deaths

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 22: U.S. Crosses 500,000 Mark in Covid-19 Deaths

The United States crossed the 500,000 mark in coronavirus-related deaths at some point over the weekend, a little over one year after the first death from the coronavirus occurred in the country in Washington state.  The milestone as crossed as the number of new cases there continued to decline on a steep slope.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor and the Biden administration’s chief medical officer, forecast “a …