Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 18: ‘The Covid Clouds Are Parting’ and Will Omicron End the Pandemic?

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 18: ‘The Covid Clouds Are Parting’ and Will Omicron End the Pandemic?

Slowly but surely, the world has made progress in vaccinating its citizens.  As of Tuesday morning, some 60% of the world population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, according to Our World in Data, which uses the most recent official numbers from governments and health ministries worldwide.
The picture is also brighter in the northeastern United States, where states are seeing a rapid drop in Covid cases.
“The Covid …

Delta Posts $408 Million Loss in Final Quarter of 2021

Delta Posts $408 Million Loss in Final Quarter of 2021

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The Atlanta-based carrier posted a $408 million loss in the final quarter as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant caused a high rate of absenteeism and a decline in travel, thereby delaying Delta’s recovery from the pandemic.
More than 10% of employees – some 8,000 people in total – called out sick over the end-of-year period, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 17: France Places Tough Restrictions on the Unvaccinated, Austria and Greece Fine Them

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 17: France Places Tough Restrictions on the Unvaccinated, Austria and Greece Fine Them

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a warning Sunday, saying that “the next few weeks will be tough” in many parts of the country as cases fueled by the omicron variant continue to surge.  The country has seen an average of 800,000 new cases per day despite some areas, including New York, having already seen the number of infections plateau.
“The challenge is that not the entire country is moving at …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 16: New York Sees Significant Drop in New Cases, Djokovic Forced to Leave Australia

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 16: New York Sees Significant Drop in New Cases, Djokovic Forced to Leave Australia

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 16th day of 2022
New York State, one of the earliest hotspots for the omicron-fueled surge in the United States, is seeing that surge trend downward since its peak on January 9.
Officials in the Empire State reported a nearly 47% decline in new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday from the approximately …

Hotel Review: The Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut

Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.
The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 14: Supreme Court Issues Split Decision on Vaccine Mandates, Djokovic Visa Revoked

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 14: Supreme Court Issues Split Decision on Vaccine Mandates, Djokovic Visa Revoked

Reports of new cases of coronavirus in the United States are leveling off or even declining in the states that were first hit by the omicron variant.  The situation is improving more in the Northeast where New York City had reported a leveling of new cases two days ago.
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees but it upheld a separate …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 13: Trump Endorses Booster Shots, France Relaxes Entry Requirements for Some

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 13: Trump Endorses Booster Shots, France Relaxes Entry Requirements for Some

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 13th day of 2022.
Former President Donald Trump gave coronavirus vaccine booster shots a strong endorsement Tuesday night and said that politicians who refused to disclose their vaccine status were “gutless.”
The move appeared to be a thinly-veiled shot at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is among the many Republican lawmakers who …