Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 19: The World Remains as Vulnerable as Ever to New Pandemics Says Report, Cases in U.S. Skyrocket

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 770th day of the pandemic.
For the first time since early February, the number of new cases came close to the 200,000 mark in the United States and the 7-day incidence was over 100,000.
As cases continue to dramatically rise, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 18: Following Chinese Model, North Korea Faces Catastrophe, Apple Reinstates Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 769th day of the pandemic.
Public health experts are warning that Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s plan to emulate China’s “success” in fighting coronavirus outbreaks could lead the hermit nation down the road to catastrophe.
China has used a combination of mass testing, vaccinations, and strict lockdowns to keep case counts relatively low, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 16: Companies Bring Back Mask Mandates as Cases in U.S. Surge, North Korea Mobilizes Military

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 16: Companies Bring Back Mask Mandates as Cases in U.S. Surge, North Korea Mobilizes Military

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 767th day of the pandemic.
The number of new coronavirus cases is proliferating across the United States, with the average number of new daily infections hovering around the 90,000 mark over the past week, a 60% increase from just two weeks ago.
The number of new cases being recorded is believed to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 15: North Korea in ‘Great Turmoil,’ Fewer Americans Are Practicing Social Distancing

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 15: North Korea in ‘Great Turmoil,’ Fewer Americans Are Practicing Social Distancing

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 766th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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The state of Massachusetts announced a $56 million settlement with the plaintiffs of a class-action lawsuit stemming from a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus at a veterans’ home two years ago, officials there …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 14: In North Korea, a ‘Malignant Epidemic,’ Surge Puts New York State on High Alert

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 14: In North Korea, a ‘Malignant Epidemic,’ Surge Puts New York State on High Alert

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 765th day of the pandemic.
Health experts across the globe have long feared what would happen when the first major outbreak of the coronavirus would occur in North Korea and our worst fears are being realized: On Saturday, state media reported that there had been over 500,000 cases of unexplained fever …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 13: Patti Lupone Tells Theatergoers to ‘Get the F— Out’ Over Masks, North Korea Reports First Pandemic Deaths

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 13: Patti Lupone Tells Theatergoers to ‘Get the F— Out’ Over Masks,  North Korea Reports First Pandemic Deaths

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 764th day of the pandemic.
Theater legend Patti Lupone, while taking part in a filmed question-and-answer session with her costars for the Tony-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” called out a pair of theatergoers, following a performance on Tuesday, when she noticed the two not wearing their masks over their noses.  …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 11: EU Ends Mask Recommendation for Air Travel, Bill Gates Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 11: EU Ends Mask Recommendation for Air Travel, Bill Gates Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 762nd day of the pandemic.
The big news this morning is that the European Union said it will no longer recommend that member states mandate face masks on flights and in airports.  The news was announced by two EU agencies, the EU Aviation Safety Agency, known as EASA, and the European …