Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 26: The World Moves to Contain Fast-Moving South Africa Virus Variant

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 26: The World Moves to Contain Fast-Moving South Africa Virus Variant

A new variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in South Africa may have a number of mutations in it that could make it more transmissible and allow it to evade some immune system in the body responses triggered by vaccines or previous infection, scientists and the Health Ministry there warned.
Officials there are considering new public-health restrictions to contain the outbreak, dubbed B.1.1.529, and many countries took steps to …

DOJ to Prosecute More Unruly Airline Passengers

DOJ to Prosecute More Unruly Airline Passengers

A possible return to calm in the skies came about Wednesday when U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed federal prosecutors to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who commit assaults and other crimes when in flight.
“I am directing United States Attorneys to prioritize prosecution of federal crimes occurring on commercial aircraft that endanger the safety ofpassengers, flight crews, and flight attendants,” Garland wrote in a memorandum to the head of the …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: EU Warns of Possible ‘Very High Burden’ on Healthcare System

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: EU Warns of Possible ‘Very High Burden’ on Healthcare System

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned in all its glory on Thursday, replete with floats and dancers, one year after the pandemic forced organizers to hold a pared down and largely prerecorded version.  Thousands of onlookers came to watch the spectacle of an animatronic turkey waddling its way down Central Park West and the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan along with thousands of performers ranging from Broadway stars to …

Hawaii Lifts Social Distancing Rules for Bars, Restaurants

Hawaii Lifts Social Distancing Rules for Bars, Restaurants

Governor David Ige announced major changes to the state’s coronavirus rules and that he would not renew his executive order concerning social distancing and further said that the state’s counties would no longer be required to seek state approval for emergency orders relating to the pandemic.
In announcing the changes, the governor reflected on the state’s Covid death toll, which stood at 1,002 as of Tuesday.
“The sacrifices we have all made …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Germany, which reported a pandemic high of 66,884 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, began to have ticket controllers on public transportation check passengers’ proof of vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative Covid test, as part of the country’s so-called 3G policy.  In that model, “3G” stands for “geimpft” (vaccinated), “genesen” (recovered), or “getestet” (tested).
Face masks have long been mandatory on public transportation including buses, the U-Bahn (subways), the S-Bahn (regional commuter …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Cases Surge Ahead of Thanksgiving Family Gatherings

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Cases Surge Ahead of Thanksgiving Family Gatherings

With the Thanksgiving holiday just days away, new cases in the United States are climbing across many parts of the United States, a worrysome trend given the fourth wave of infections that is overwhelming parts of Europe.
While the number of new cases is half of what it was one year earlier, it is also up 16% from the prior week, an increase driven mostly by non-vaccinated individuals.
People who remain unvaccinated …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 22: ‘Almost Everyone Will Be Vaccinated, Recovered, or Dead,’ Says Germany’s Spahn

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 22: ‘Almost Everyone Will Be Vaccinated, Recovered, or Dead,’ Says Germany’s Spahn

Germany’s health minister issued a grim prognosis for the immediate future on Monday.  By the end of winter, “almost everyone will be vaccinated, recovered or dead,” said Gesundheitsminister Jans Spahn.
Europe is currently battling a fourth wave of the coronavirus and one country, Austria, became the first Western nation to issue a vaccine mandate for its population.  It also entered on Monday its fourth full lockdown.  Discussions continue about a nationwide …