Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 23: Travel Surged Over the Holiday Weekend, Flight Attendants Balk at End to Mask Mandates

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 23: Travel Surged Over the Holiday Weekend, Flight Attendants Balk at End to Mask Mandates

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 54th day of 2022.
Air travel in the United States over the holiday weekend surged to levels not seen since last year’s Thanksgiving holiday.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, who operates the nation’s airports’ security checkpoints, said it had screened almost 8.4 million people in the period from Friday through Monday. The …

Air Canada to Launch 7 New Routes, Restart 41 Others as ‘Canadians Are Ready to Travel’

Air Canada to Launch 7 New Routes, Restart 41 Others as ‘Canadians Are Ready to Travel’

Air Canada announced on Tuesday plans to launch four new transborder routes as well as three domestic ones.  It will also restart 41 routes that were suspended amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
The new routes include service from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, from Toronto to Salt Lake City, and Vancouver to Austin. In addition, the new domestic routes include Montreal to Gander, Calgary to Fort St. John, and …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 22: Russia Prepares for Ukraine Invasion as Covid Cases Surge, England Ends Legal Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 22: Russia Prepares for Ukraine Invasion as Covid Cases Surge, England Ends Legal Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 53rd day of 2022.
The coronavirus pandemic has consistently been at the top of the news cycle for over two years but today, two events have somewhat overtaken it, although one is just temporary.
The first is the palindromic date.  Today, if you haven’t looked at a calendar, is the 22nd of February …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 21: Australia Reopens to Visitors, England to End Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 21: Australia Reopens to Visitors, England to End Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 52nd day of 2022.
Mask mandates and other coronavirus restrictions are being lifted throughout the world, including all mainland states in the United States, but some experts see this as throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
The number of new coronavirus infections is plummeting after the highly-transmissible omicron surge but the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 51st day of 2022.
The world woke up to the news that Queen Elizabeth of Britain had tested positive for the coronavirus, despite the great precautions taken by the palace to protect the 95-year-old monarch from infection.
The highly-transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus is so insidious that it can infiltrate almost …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 19: New York Won’t Require Booster for Healthcare Workers, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Again Delayed

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 19: New York Won’t Require Booster  for Healthcare Workers, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Again Delayed

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 50th day of 2022.
The United States hit the 80 million mark in total coronavirus cases on Friday,
While the omicron surge is clearly receding, the devastation it wrought continues.  Currently, the average daily death toll in 14 states – Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 18: Omicron Cases Decline, But the Pandemic is Far From Over, Mask Mandates End in Much of the U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 18: Omicron Cases Decline, But the Pandemic is Far From Over, Mask Mandates End in Much of the U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 49th day of 2022.
The number of active cases fell below 70 million for the first time since January 26 of this year as the surge fueled by the highly-transmissible omicron variant receded.
As the headlines trumpet, cases are down in the United States.
Over the past week there have been 902,000 new …