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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 4: BA.5 Surge Is Here, U.K. Release New List of Top Symptoms

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 816th day of the pandemic.
In the United States, today is the third Fourth of July, or Independence Day, to take place since the start of the pandemic.
Last year, Americans, most notably among them President Joseph Biden, had hopes of declaring independence from the coronavirus.  Instead of a return to normalcy, …

New Gun Law in New York Bans Weapons in Most Public Settings

New Gun Law in New York Bans Weapons in Most Public Settings

New York State enacted new gun regulations after the Supreme Court last week said that its restrictive gun-license system was unconstitutional, as were similar regimes in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
The new law bans individuals with gun permits from carrying their weapons in so-called “sensitive places.”  In the Empire State, the list of sensitive includes many places tourists and even locals might visit including …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 3: Tesla Deliveries Tumble Amidst Factory Shutdowns, Hydroxychloroquine Doctor Dead at 48

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 3: Tesla Deliveries Tumble Amidst Factory Shutdowns, Hydroxychloroquine Doctor Dead at 48

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 815th day of the pandemic.
If you were paying careful attention to news relating to the pandemic in early 2020, something quite likely given that there was little else to do, you would have read, both in the Morning News Brief and elsewhere about Dr, Vladimir Zelenko, a self-described “simple country …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 2: California Covid Levels As High As Ever, China Loosens Some Travel Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 814th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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The pandemic is far from over, at least according to data from regional wastewater plants in California. The levels of Covid are currently as high in the state’s wastewater as they were during …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 1: North Korea Says ‘Alien Things’ Brought Covid, N.Y.C. Widens Paxlovid Distribution

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 1: North Korea Says ‘Alien Things’ Brought Covid, N.Y.C. Widens Paxlovid Distribution

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 813th day of the pandemic.
Please do not assume that I inadvertently wandered into Ripley’s Believe It or Not but North Korean officials on Friday suggested that SARS-COV-2 had entered the country on foreign objects from South Korea, specifically “alien things,” that its citizens had touched.
The hermit kingdom did not directly …

Worldwide Chaos Greets Travelers at Airports Ahead of Major Travel Periods

Across the globe, passengers were greeted at airports and by airlines with chaos and meltdowns. Post-lockdown staff shortages and passenger unrest are blighting what was once a tolerable, if not pleasant, experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, just when travelers are returning in droves to the skies, they are finding that the skies suddenly can’t handle the increased demand.
The end of coronavirus test requirements and isolation periods should have …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 23: N.Y.C. Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate for Businesses, Dr. Birx Describes White House Efforts to Downplay Threats

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 23: N.Y.C. Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate for Businesses, Dr. Birx Describes White House Efforts to Downplay Threats

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 805th day of the pandemic.
Slowly but surely, vaccinations for children in the age group six months to five years are starting, but there are some obstacles to overcome.
Perhaps the greatest obstacle is a persistent belief among many that the pandemic is over, which is not at all the case given …