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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 901st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, reports indicate that the new BA.2.75.2 sublineage of the omicron variant can evade the protection offered by current vaccines and the United Kingdom is heading towards a fall wave of new cases.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 17: Should You Get Flu Shot and Covid Booster Together?, U.K. Expects Fall Wave

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 17: Should You Get Flu Shot and Covid Booster Together?, U.K. Expects Fall Wave

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 891st day of the pandemic.
There’s been a lot of discussion about getting a flu shot and Covid booster at the same time, one-stop shopping if you would.
Getting both at the same time is safe but whether you should or not may depend on your tolerance for how sore you want …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Day of the Queen’s Funeral

Monday, the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, is a bank holiday in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
While retailers are not required to shut on the day, it is likely that many will do so to mark the occasion, as well as to avoid attracting criticism.
The British Retail Consortium said in a statement that “[R]etailers are taking their lead from Government and are choosing to mark the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 14: New Variant BA.6 Present in Almost 10% of U.S. Cases, 17 Million Have Long Covid in Europe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 14: New Variant BA.6 Present in Almost 10% of U.S. Cases, 17 Million Have Long Covid in Europe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 888th day of the pandemic.
If you test positive for Covid, you might want to consider flushing your nose twice a day with a saline solution.  A study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta found that doing so would drastically reduce the possibility of hospitalization or death.
If you …

Charles III Formally Proclaimed King as New Era Begins in Britain

Charles III Formally Proclaimed King as New Era Begins in Britain

Amidst pomp and circumstance, during a historic televised Accession Council ceremony on Saturday, King Charles III was officially proclaimed as Britain’s new monarch.
The new king’s reign was announced at an historic Accession Council ceremony that was televised from the throne room in St. James’s Palace in the presence of his Privy Council, a group that included all living former prime ministers of the United Kingdom.
The last Accession Council ceremony was …

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Her Majesty the Queen, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace said.
Prince Charles, 73, who has been heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king,  His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, is now Queen Consort.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that “[T]he Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” adding that “[T]he King and the Queen Consort will …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 4: England Begins to Offer Citizens Updated Booster Shots, German Workers Take Record Sick Days

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 4: England Begins to Offer Citizens Updated Booster Shots, German Workers Take Record Sick Days

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 878th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, German workers took a record number of sick days, residents in Chengdu experienced long delays in mandatory Covid testing over the weekend, and England is rolling out new bivalent booster shots on Monday.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over …