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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 29: Mask Mandates Return to Bay Area, Lockdowns in China Adversely Impact Apple

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 29: Mask Mandates Return to Bay Area, Lockdowns in China Adversely Impact Apple

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 750th day of the pandemic.
The calendar will soon turn from April to May and with it comes May Day, an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. May Day, which is on Saturday, is also a public holiday in many countries, in most cases referred to as Labour …

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; …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 29: New Omicron Variant No Cause for Alarm, Senator Spreads Vaccine Misinformation

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 29: New Omicron Variant No Cause for Alarm, Senator Spreads Vaccine Misinformation

The new BA.2 sub-variant of the omicron variant is not a cause for alarm, scientists across the globe are saying. The spinoff is becoming the dominant cause of coronavirus cases in some parts of the world but, despite its nickname as the “stealth” variant, can be detected in FDA-approved and at-home tests.  Unlike the original omicron variant, now known as BA.1, BA.2 doesn’t cause a certain signature on lab tests …

FAA Reveals 50 Airports That Will Have ‘Buffer Zones’ Ahead of 5G Expansion

FAA Reveals 50 Airports That Will Have ‘Buffer Zones’ Ahead of 5G Expansion

The Federal Aviation Administration published, on Friday, a list of the 50 airports that will have buffer zones where mobile operators AT&T and Verizon Wireless will limit the deployment of new 5G services.
The two mobile operators are rolling out 5G C-band service, on which the two spent a combined $70 billion to secure a portion of the C-band spectrum.  The use of C-band should improve 5G coverage in many areas.
The …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 5: Thousands Protest in Vienna Against New Strict Pandemic Measures

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 5: Thousands Protest in Vienna Against New Strict Pandemic Measures

Over 40,000 people took to the streets of Vienna to protest a tough new national lockdown and comprehensive vaccine mandate for all adults in an attempt to stem a sharp increase in new infections and deaths there.  The Landespolizeidirektion Wien said in a tweet confirmed the number in tweet, adding that 1,500 people staged counterprotests.
The far-right Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, the third largest group in Parliament, has led the fight against …

Hawaiian Air to Ramp Up Holiday Service to Seattle and California

Hawaiian Air to Ramp Up Holiday Service to Seattle and California

Hawaiian Airlines announced plans to ramp up service linking the Aloha State with Seattle and multiple destinations in California.
Hawaii has enjoyed some of the lowest infection, hospitalization, and death rates in the nation throughout the pandemic although, more recently, the islands experienced a large surge of delta variant cases, causing the state’s governor, David Ige, to ask visitors to delay trips.  Governor Ige now says that the return to a …

Nor’easter Leaves Thousands Without Power While Creating Havoc in Air Travel

Nor’easter Leaves Thousands Without Power While Creating Havoc in Air Travel

Millions of people on the East Coast were preparing Monday night for a powerful nor’easter on the heels of a storm that was one of the strongest ever to hit the West Coast.
The National Weather Service in San Francisco reported an unprecedented 11” (28 cm) of rain at the base of Mount Tamalpas in Marin County while downtown San Francisco was drenched with 4” (10 cm) of rain, the fourth …