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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 12: North Korea Goes Into ‘Emergency’ Lockdown, Cases Jump in U.S., Covid Hits Major League Baseball

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 12: North Korea Goes Into ‘Emergency’ Lockdown, Cases Jump in U.S., Covid Hits Major League Baseball

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 763rd day of the pandemic.
North Korea confirmed its first coronavirus cases ever and the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, declared a “severe emergency incident.”
“There has been the biggest emergency incident in the country, with a hole in our emergency quarantine front, that has been kept safely over the past two years …

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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 28: Pandemic-Induced Supply-Chain Crisis Far From Over, China’s Stimulus Package

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 28: Pandemic-Induced Supply-Chain Crisis Far From Over, China’s Stimulus Package

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.
New data suggests that the supply-chain crisis won’t be easing any time soon.  After a short period during which it appeared that the backlogs of containerships that had stacked up outside ports across the globe had eased, it appears that this trend was short-lived.
New data from …

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 – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 23: ‘Do I Have Covid?’, Virus Was Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 774th day of the pandemic.
Cases across the globe continue to rise.  The United States reported almost 70,000 new cases on Friday, the highest since 107,000 were reported on February 28.
On Friday, I woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose.  Not surprisingly given these figures, my first thought was …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 20: Covid Cases Climb in U.S., Milwaukee Reinstates School Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 20: Covid Cases Climb in U.S., Milwaukee Reinstates School Mask Mandate

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.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine took hold of the news cycle starting at the end of February but the coronavirus pandemic is now vying for equal space above the fold.
Coronavirus cases continue to climb in the United States thanks to the highly infectious BA.2.12.1 subvariant of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 18: Mask Mandates Make a Comeback, Some Churches Remain Closed Over Holiday Weekend

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 18: Mask Mandates Make a Comeback, Some Churches Remain Closed Over Holiday Weekend

 
Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 769th day of the pandemic.
All across the globe, people traveled to celebrate Passover, Easter, and Ramadan with friends and family, despite the ongoing pandemic. Services were held in thousands of churches and synagogues but some took a dim view of gathering the faithful in poorly vented buildings for holiday services.
The …