Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 29: U.K. Cases at All-Time High, U.S. Orders 171 Million Reformulated Vaccine Doses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 29: U.K. Cases at All-Time High, U.S. Orders 171 Million Reformulated Vaccine Doses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 841st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, the United States will receive 171 reformulated doses of a bivalent coronavirus vaccine later this year and cases in the United Kingdom have reached an all-time high.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 28: U.S. Cases Hit 6-Month High, Millions Left Without Sense of Taste or Smell After Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 28: U.S. Cases Hit 6-Month High, Millions Left Without Sense of Taste or Smell After Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 840th day of the pandemic.
The United States hit a near six month high in new cases when it recorded 227,253 on Wednesday.  Not since February 9, in the midst of the omicron surge, have we seen a higher figure and current figures are believed to be significant undercounts by at …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 27: Two Studies Support Zoonotic Origins for Covid2, Wuhan in Lockdown, Gridlock in Congress

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 27: Two Studies Support Zoonotic Origins for Covid2, Wuhan in Lockdown, Gridlock in Congress

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 839th day of the pandemic.
Scientists as well as much of the world have been pondering the origins of the novel coronavirus that has been at the center of the current pandemic since late 2019.
Noting the paucity of data and findings in this area, researchers from major institutions across the globe …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 25: Haven’t Had Covid? You May Be Next, Cases Mount in Japan

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 25: Haven’t Had Covid? You May Be Next, Cases Mount in Japan

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 837th day of the pandemic.
There’s an ever shrinking minority of people across the globe who believe they’ve never been infected with the novel coronavirus.  Some of them may be wrong.
In my own case, having never tested positive for the virus has made it harder to explain some symptoms that point …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 24: Europe’s Cases Treble, Tests Utilizing Nasal and Throat Swabs Are More Accurate, Says New Research

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 24: Europe’s Cases Treble, Tests Utilizing Nasal and Throat Swabs Are More Accurate, Says New Research

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 836th day of the pandemic.
If your city or town is at high risk for community transmission of Covid, you are no alone,
The number of U.S. counties meeting the CDC’s high-risk threshold for Covid spread rose another 18% over the last week and is up 102% over the last two.  The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 23: The Virus That Came to Dinner, Biden’s Recovery, Chinese Says Its Vaccines Are Safe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 23: The Virus That Came to Dinner, Biden’s Recovery, Chinese Says Its Vaccines Are Safe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 835th day of the pandemic.
“The Man Who Came to Dinner” is a play (and subsequent film) about an acerbic radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, who, shortly before the Christmas holidays, falls and breaks his hip on ice upon arriving for a dinner engagement at the Stanleys, a prominent Ohio family.  Whiteside …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 22: Biden’s Positive Covid Test, Mask Mandate to Return to Los Angeles

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 22: Biden’s Positive Covid Test, Mask Mandate to Return to Los Angeles

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 834th day of the pandemic.
As the coronavirus pummels the world for the third summer in a row, bringing case figures and hospitalizations to their highest levels in months, President Joseph Biden tested positive for Covid on Thursday, a stark reminder that the pandemic isn’t quite done with us yet.
Biden wasn’t …