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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” …

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue Airways, which first announced plans to offer service from Boston to London in 2019, said it would delay the launch of the new service by several months.
The move was attributed to delays in the delivery of aircraft from Airbus that would be used on the route.
When the service was originally announced, almost a year before the start of the pandemic, flights were intended to start in 2021.
The New York-based …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Thursday and Friday are bank holidays in Great Britain as part of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  In the United Kingdom, the usual bank holiday that takes place at the end of May was moved to the start of June to create a four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 through June 5.
Elizabeth ascended the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 771st day of the pandemic.
In March of this year, New York City, in a move approved by Mayor Eric Adams, approved a Covid alert system that now calls for the institution of a mask mandate for public indoor settings based on the current transmission risk level.
There’s only one problem: Mayor …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 761st day of the pandemic.
God save the Queen.
On Monday, Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms, became the third longest reigning monarch in history, surpassing Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled for 70 years and 91 days before dying in October 2016.
The 96-year-old has been …

United Airlines Plots Major Expansion on Flights Between U.S. and Europe

United Airlines Plots Major Expansion on Flights Between U.S. and Europe

United Airlines announced on Tuesday what it termed the largest expansion in its history.
The airline will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights from mid-April through early June, adding new non-stop flights to the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France as well as to Jordan, Norway, Portugal, and Spain.
The list of cities to be served includes London, Milan, Munich, Nice, and Zürich in addition to Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; …

JetBlue to Offer New Service Linking Boston with Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

JetBlue to Offer New Service Linking Boston with Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

JetBlue Airways announced plans to offer new service linking Boston with both major London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.
The move will make the New York-based airline the only carrier to offer daily service between New England and both London aerodromes.
Non-stop service from Boston Logan International Airport to London Gatwick Airport will start on July 19, 2022, followed by non-stop service from Logan to London Heathrow on August 22.
The airline in a …