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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 29: Free Tests for Uninsured Ends in U.S., Shanghai Tightens Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 29: Free Tests for Uninsured Ends in U.S., Shanghai Tightens Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 749th day of the pandemic.
The death toll in the United States fell below the 800 mark for the first time since last summer.  The news comes as the 7-day incidence rate of new cases has fallen greatly since the omicron surge peaked in January, although it appears to have plateaued …

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet launched new service from Calgary to London Sunday night.
The airline’s first flight to London Heathrow Airport arrived at noon local time there.
The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
WestJet’s Dreamliners seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline offers a business-class cabin with fully lie-flat seats, as well as a premium-economy cabin with seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.
The carrier first announced plans for the new …

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

London’s new Elizabeth Line railway, which was originally slated to open in 2020, will begin serving passengers in June of this year.
Originally called the London Crossrail, the city’s new east-west railway, will be called the Elizabeth line.  It is a 73-mile (117-kilometer) rail line that, in the west, will divide into two branches, namely to Reading and stations at Heathrow Airport, and in the east to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
A …

Gatwick Express Train Service to London Resumes after Two-Year Pause

Gatwick Express Train Service to London Resumes after Two-Year Pause

The non-stop Gatwick Express trains linking Central London and Gatwick Airport will resume service in April, the train’s operators said.
The move was announced by Govia Thameslink Railway.
The Gatwick Express was suspended in March 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The service resumed on weekdays in December of last year, but lasted only for two weeks as the omicron variant of the coronavirus took hold.
Service will resume April 3 and …

Delta Adds New Flights to Europe for the Summer Travel Season

Delta Adds New Flights to Europe for the Summer Travel Season

Delta Air Lines announced multiple new flights to Europe and said it will also increase frequencies and upgauge aircraft on other routes.
The list of new flights includes New York to Stockholm, which will start on June 1, 2022, and Salt Lake City to London Heathrow, commencing on May 14.
The Atlanta-based carrier said it would operate up to 74 daily flights to 21 European cities from its ten U.S. gateway cities …

British Airways Slowly Recovers After Major IT Outage on Friday

British Airways Slowly Recovers After Major IT Outage on Friday

British Airways said that “significant technical issues” caused a significant number of flight cancellations and delays across its network on Friday.
The flag carrier said that the problem, which made its website inaccessible and its app inoperative, told customers whose flights had not been cancelled that they could check in at the airport.
“We’re working hard to resolve a technical issue,” the airline said multiple times on Twitter.
The airline also issued a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 12: Omicron Could Infect Half of Europe, Covid Nowhere Near Becoming Endemic, Says WHO

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 12: Omicron Could Infect Half of Europe, Covid Nowhere Near Becoming Endemic, Says WHO

The World Health Organization, in the course of issuing a warning to Europe, said that it was far too early to treat the coronavirus as an endemic disease, saying that it would require some sense of predictability.
“We are still ways off,” Catherine Smallwood, a WHO senior emergencies officer, said at a news conference Tuesday.  “We still have a huge amount of uncertainty.”
The WHO further warned that more than half of …