Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 26: New Cases in U.S. Hit Two-Month High, Shanghai Fences In Some Residents During Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 26: New Cases in U.S. Hit Two-Month High, Shanghai Fences In Some Residents During Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 747th day of the pandemic.
China’s lockdowns are pummeling the economy and Chinese stock markets as they continue in major cities including Shanghai and as the capital city, Beijing, scrambles to avert a similar fate.
On Tuesday, the yuan traded near a 17-month low.  It was at 6.57 to the U.S. dollar …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 25: L.A. Company Fined $26 Million for Faking Test Results, No Lockdown Planned Here Says Taiwan

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 746th day of the pandemic.
The new White House Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, said on Sunday that he does not believe that the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 and its subvariants will have much of an effect on the U.S. economic recovery.
Speaking on the CNN news program “State of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 774th day of the pandemic.
Cases across the globe continue to rise.  The United States reported almost 70,000 new cases on Friday, the highest since 107,000 were reported on February 28.
On Friday, I woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose.  Not surprisingly given these figures, my first thought was …

Coronavirus Morning News Update – April 22: Philadelphia Ends Mask Mandate (Again), Los Angeles to Require Masks at Airports

Coronavirus Morning News Update – April 22: Philadelphia Ends Mask Mandate (Again), Los Angeles to Require Masks at Airports

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 773rd day of the pandemic.
The book “Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late” by Deborah Brix, who served as the country’s first coronavirus response coordinator, this in the  Trump administration, published by HarperCollins, will go on sale on …

American, United Forecast Profitability as Travel Demand Surges

American, United Forecast Profitability as Travel Demand Surges

Three of the country’s largest air carriers – American Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines – announced financial results for the first quarter of 2022 on Thursday.
American, the world’s largest airline, said that March was the first month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that its revenue surpassed 2019 levels, and told investors it plans to fly as much as 94% of its 2019 second-quarter schedule.
The Fort Worth-based carrier …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 21: Wear Masks Even Without Mandates Says WHO, Hong Kong Eases Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 21: Wear Masks Even Without Mandates Says WHO, Hong Kong Eases Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 772nd day of the pandemic.
As mask mandates fall, officials from the World Health Organization encouraged people to continue to don face masks in public to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
“The use of masks is still recommended,” said Dr. Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies at the Pan American Health …

DOJ Appeals Ruling Lifting Federal Plane and Train Mask Mandate

DOJ Appeals Ruling Lifting Federal Plane and Train Mask Mandate

 
The U.S. Department of Justice moved late Wednesday to appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down the federal mask mandate for air and train travel and all forms of public transit, following a request by the Biden administration that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review whether it is still necessary to keep it in place.
The CDC then made the request.
“At this time an order requiring masking in …