Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 798th day of the pandemic.
It was bound to happen.
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Fauci was “experiencing mild symptoms,” the National Institutes of Health said in a statement.  He has been one of the more prudent individuals in taking precautions …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 15: China’s Draconian 3-Day Testing Requirement, New Cases in U.S. Level Off

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 15:  China’s Draconian 3-Day Testing Requirement, New Cases in U.S. Level Off

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 797th day of the pandemic.
People in multiple countries have complained about onerous coronavirus restrictions over the past 27 months or so but these all pale when compared to China’s tough “zero Covid” policy.
Residents in at least 50 cities – which translates to well over 100 million people – now must …

Covid Testing Rule for Travel Ends, But Is It Good News for Everyone?

The United States, at the stroke of midnight early Sunday morning, dropped the requirement for travelers to that country to produce a negative test for the coronavirus, but that does not mean it’s safe to travel if you test positive and are planning to fly, literally anywhere.
The rule, which was put in place in January 2021, ended for United States-bound travelers beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 795th day of the pandemic.
The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cinderella” took its final curtain at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End Sunday evening.
The show was a casualty of the pandemic multiple times, from its twice-delayed opening night to Lord Lloyd Weber’s public promise to open the show in …

Coronavirus Morning News Briefing – June 12: Amazon Employee Sues for Home Office Costs, Cruise Industry Wants Changes to CDC Rules

Coronavirus Morning News Briefing – June 12: Amazon Employee Sues for Home Office Costs, Cruise Industry Wants Changes to CDC Rules

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 794th day of the pandemic.
Companies and most employees have always considered the elimination of the commute along with fuel costs and wear and tear on an automobile to be a fair exchange for the opportunity to work at home.  Personal attire costs also typically drop as do dry-cleaning expenses.
That wasn’t …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 11: Canada Is Pausing Random In-Airport Covid Tests, Panic Buying Hits Shanghai

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 11: Canada Is Pausing Random In-Airport Covid Tests, Panic Buying Hits Shanghai

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 793rd day of the pandemic.
The requirement for travelers to the United States to produce a negative test for the coronavirus goes away at the stroke of midnight early Sunday morning, but does not mean that it’s safe to travel if you test positive and are planning to fly, literally anywhere.
The …

U.S. to Drop Covid Testing Requirement for Travelers Arriving From Foreign Countries

U.S. to Drop Covid Testing Requirement for Travelers Arriving From Foreign Countries

The United States will end on Sunday the requirement for people arriving in the country by air to test negative for the coronavirus.
The requirement was first put into effect 17 months ago and was tightened last December to require negative tests taken within 24 hours of departure.  It will end Sunday at 12:01 a.m.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will reassess the decision in 90 days, a senior …