Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update – August 4: World Crosses 200 Million Mark in Cases

Coronavirus News Update – August 4: World Crosses 200 Million Mark in Cases

The world crossed the 200 million mark in coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the virus surged in many parts of the globe, including in the United States.
As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 200.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 180.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the …

JetBlue Announces Plans for New Terminal at JFK

JetBlue Announces Plans for New Terminal at JFK

JetBlue Airways announced it is moving forward with plans to develop a new terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport on the Terminal 6 and 7 sites.
The resultant 1.2 million-square-foot (111,483-square-meter) Terminal 6 will feature over 100,00 square feet (9,290 square meters) of dining, lounge, and retail space.
The new terminal will integrate “seamlessly” with the airline’s current terminal, Terminal 5, which is fronted by the TWA Flight Center, the original …

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Louisiana, seven San Francisco Bay Area counties, and Berkeley will reinstitute face mask mandates this week.  New York City demurred, settling for a strong recommendation to don a mask indoors. The move followed last week’s guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all people in counties with high or substantial risk of transmission to wear masks in indoor public venues.
The move comes on the heels of last …

Marriott Swings to Profit, Sees Blending of Leisure Trips with Business

Marriott Swings to Profit, Sees Blending of Leisure Trips with Business

Marriott International announced financial results for second quarter of 2021.
The hotel operator reported revenue of $486 million in the quarter compared to a net loss of $234 million in the same period in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic induced downturn in travel and to net income of $232 million in the same period in 2019.  The improvement was driven by leisure travel, while the company keeps “a close eye” on …

Coronavirus News Update – August 2: World to Cross 200 Million Mark, U.S. to hit Goal of 70% in Vaccinations

Coronavirus News Update – August 2: World to Cross 200 Million Mark, U.S. to hit Goal of 70% in Vaccinations

The world will hit a sobering milestone on Monday.  At some point, the 200 millionth coronavirus case will be recorded, bringing the total number of cases globally to over 200 million.  The 100 million case mark was reached on January 27, 2021, after having hit 50 million in early November.
There is some good news, however: The United States, also on Monday, will hit the 70% mark in having given adults …

5 N.J. Men Arrested in Mask Melee in Fort Lauderdale

5 N.J. Men Arrested in Mask Melee in Fort Lauderdale

Five unruly passengers from New Jersey were arrested Friday night in Fort Lauderdale after being escorted off a Spirit Airlines flight after refusing to don face masks on the aircraft.
Passengers on trains, planes, and buses are required to wear face masks, under an executive order issued by President Joseph Biden shortly after his inauguration, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
After leaving the aircraft, the disruption …

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Growing numbers of people, in states where low vaccination demand left entire regions susceptible to the current surges in new coronavirus cases, are being vaccinated.
On Friday, the White House said that over half a million individuals were inoculated for the first time, the highest number since July 1.  Moreover, the average number of people receiving their first shots is up 30% on a daily basis over the past week, which …