Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Health officials across the globe are keeping a close watch on the so-called “delta plus” variant of the coronavirus, formally known as AY.4.2.    This variant has two new mutations to the spike protein, A222V and Y145H, which allow the virus to enter the body.
Some scientists believe the new sub-variant, which has been identified in over 6% of new infections in the United Kingdom, could be 10% to 15% more transmissible …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

 
Britain, which four months ago shed almost all Covid-era restrictions, is experiencing a surge in cases, with new infections almost a pandemic high.  The number of new cases October 21, 2021 was 51,484.  The high, reached earlier this year, was 68,053 on January 8, while the number of new cases was only 1,712 on April 25 of this year.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions and deaths are rising again, just as the effect …

Coronavirus Virus Briefing – Oct. 20: New York City Mandates Vaccinations for All City Workers, Offering No Testing Option

Coronavirus Virus Briefing – Oct. 20: New York City Mandates Vaccinations for All City Workers, Offering No Testing Option

 
New York City plans to require all municipal employees to be vaccinated by the end of their month or go without pay, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
The plan does not allow workers to submit to regular coronavirus tests as an alternative to vaccination.
“We need to reassure all New Yorkers that if you’re working with a public employee, they’re vaccinated,” Hizzoner said in announcing the mandate.
Starting November 1, all …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 19: Non-Vaccinated State Workers on East and West Coasts Face Dismissal

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 19: Non-Vaccinated State Workers on East and West Coasts Face Dismissal

Non-vaccinated public employees are being fired in Washington State and Massachusetts after the deadline to prove vaccination status had passed. In Washington, Monday was the last day of employment for more than 800,000 workers, including the head football coach at Washington State University as well as employees at state agencies, schools, and health care facilities.  That figure represents more than 10% of the state’s 7.65 million population.
In Massachusetts, some 1,600 …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 18: Fauci Urges Police Officers to Get Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 18: Fauci Urges Police Officers to Get Vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, urged police officers to get vaccinated, telling Fox News that they should think of it as a key part of their role in the community.
“Think about the implications of not getting vaccinated when you’re in a position where you have a responsible job, and you want to protect yourself because you’re needed at your job, whether you’re a police officer or …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 17: Covid Cases in Russia Surge to Record Highs

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 17: Covid Cases in Russia Surge to Record Highs

Russia reported its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, health officials there said on Sunday.  The figure – 34,303 – was over 70% higher than the number of new cases just one month ago as the country faces what may be its greatest coronavirus challenge yet.  Just 20,174 new cases were reported on September 19, 2021.
The country’s national coronavirus task force said on …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 16: United Air Vaccine Mandate On Hold for Workers Claiming Religious or Medical Exemption

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 16: United Air Vaccine Mandate On Hold for Workers Claiming Religious or Medical Exemption

Russia reported its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, health officials there said on Sunday.  The figure – 34,303 – was over 70% higher than the number of new cases just one month ago as the country faces what may be its greatest coronavirus challenge yet.  Just 20,174 new cases were reported on September 19, 2021.
The country’s national coronavirus task force said on …