Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 5: Chinese Hackers Stole Millions in Pandemic Funds, Australia’s PM Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 5: Chinese Hackers Stole Millions in Pandemic Funds, Australia’s PM Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 970th day of the pandemic.
No sooner had state and local governments in the United States begun to disburse pandemic-related benefits such as unemployment in early 2020 than cybercriminals began to go to work.  Until recently, the only documented instances of such crimes, however, were by domestic fraudsters and most of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 3: WHO Says ‘Not There Yet’ on End of Pandemic, Doctors Didn’t Expect Boris Johnson to Live

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 3: WHO Says ‘Not There Yet’ on End of Pandemic, Doctors Didn’t Expect Boris Johnson to Live

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 968th day of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization had some good news concerning the pandemic but stressed that the world is still in a pandemic and not quite out of the woods yet.
The organization “estimates that at least 90% of the world’s population now has some level of immunity to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 2: Nurse Gets Prison Time for Vaccine Card Forgery, Long Covid May Cost Economy $3.7 Trillion

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 2: Nurse Gets Prison Time for Vaccine Card Forgery, Long Covid May Cost Economy $3.7 Trillion

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 967th day of the pandemic.
Protests against draconian lockdown measures may not be the only problem China’s cities are facing.  Now local governments, which are charged with conducting mass testing and enforcing quarantine and lockdown measures, are running out of money to pay their Covid-related expenses.
This could result in cutbacks in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 1: China Rolls Back Lockdowns Saying It’s ‘Facing a New Situation,’ Parents Refuse Baby’s Surgery if Blood is ‘Tainted’ By Vaccine

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 1: China Rolls Back Lockdowns Saying It’s ‘Facing a New Situation,’ Parents Refuse Baby’s Surgery if Blood is ‘Tainted’ By Vaccine

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 966th day of the pandemic.
As we enter the 38th month since the coronavirus reared its ugly head, with the world having seen approximately 650 million cases, the United States reported 115,515 new infections, the highest since September 7 of this year, when that figure was 143,853.
Meanwhile, protests against pandemic-induced lockdowns …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2022

December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, but the entire world celebrates multiple holidays including Krampus, Christmas, and Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve in the course of the month.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 29: China Cracks Down on ‘Zero-Covid’ Dissent, New Flu Shot Targets 20 Influenza Viruses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 29: China Cracks Down on ‘Zero-Covid’ Dissent,  New Flu Shot Targets 20 Influenza Viruses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 964th day of the pandemic.
If a jogger runs in a park and no one sees him, will 33 people catch Covid?
That is effectively the question Chinese health officials are asking as they contend that a jogger in Chongqing somehow managed to infect a total of 39 people, many of which …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 27: Angry Protests Spread Across China, Covid Mutations Found in Rats in New York City

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 27: Angry Protests Spread Across China, Covid Mutations Found in Rats in New York City

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 962nd day of the pandemic.
It appears that the United States is entering a new phase of the pandemic.  For the first time since its origins in December 2019, more people who have received at least the primary series of a coronavirus vaccine are dying of SARS-CoV-2 than those who have …