Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 5: Covid Death Rate 5X Higher for Low Paid Workers, Republican Candidate Guilty of Misuse of Pandemic Funds

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 5: Covid Death Rate 5X Higher for Low Paid Workers, Republican Candidate Guilty of Misuse of Pandemic Funds

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 787th day of the pandemic.
A new study led by a University of South Florida epidemiologist found that most working-age Americans who died of the coronavirus during the first year of the pandemic were essential workers in socioeconomic positions that required prolonged contact with others.
The study found that Covid-19 mortality was …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 785th day of the pandemic.
Companies are taking desperate measures in the move to have employees return to the office.
Investor and business magnate Elon Musk, in an e-mail memorandum to SpaceX employees and a separate one to Tesla executives, said that they were required to spend “a minimum of 40 hours” …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 2: N.Y.C. May Have 30 Times the Official Number of Case, U.S. Sees Over 200,000 New Daily Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 2: N.Y.C. May Have 30 Times the Official Number of Case, U.S. Sees Over 200,000 New Daily Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 784th day of the pandemic.
If you’re hearing from friends, colleagues, and family that people are getting sick left and right, it isn’t someone’s vivid imagination:  The number of coronavirus cases in New York City may be undercounted by at least a factor of 30, an early survey of the current …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 1: How to Interpret Rapid Test Results, Used Car Dealer Pleads Guilty in $45 Million Covid Mask Fraud Case

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 1: How to Interpret Rapid Test Results, Used Car Dealer Pleads Guilty in $45 Million Covid Mask Fraud Case

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 783rd day of the pandemic.
It’s June.  The pandemic isn’t even close to being over, and Covid cases in many parts of the world, including the United States and much of Western and Central Europe, continue to rise.
More people are relying on at-home coronavirus tests than ever, given greater availability and …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 31: WHO Acts to Speed Response to Global Health Emergencies, Shanghai Prepares to Reopen

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 31: WHO Acts to Speed Response to Global Health Emergencies, Shanghai Prepares to Reopen

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 782nd day of the pandemic.
While things around you may look normal, whatever that term is supposed to mean, it’s worthy of note that Covid cases in the United States are on the rise and the average number of new daily infections is four times that of last Memorial Day.
Meanwhile, over …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 30: Memorial Day Travel Somewhat Resembles Pre-Pandemic Days, Cases Rise in North Korea

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 30: Memorial Day Travel Somewhat Resembles Pre-Pandemic Days, Cases Rise in North Korea

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 781st day of the pandemic.
The Memorial Day bank holiday weekend in the United States this year had more than a passing resemblance to Memorial Day weekends of years past, I.e., prior to the start of the pandemic.
Over 39 million people in the country were expected to have taken to the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 779th day of the pandemic.
It was a different kind of lockdown for top echelon politicians in Britain versus the rest of the country.
While their fellow countrymen were told to stay home and not co-mingle households, things were hopping at No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence and executive offices of …