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Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 23: New Virus Sub-Variant Raises Concerns in the U.K.

Health officials across the globe are keeping a close watch on the so-called “delta plus” variant of the coronavirus, formally known as AY.4.2.    This variant has two new mutations to the spike protein, A222V and Y145H, which allow the virus to enter the body.
Some scientists believe the new sub-variant, which has been identified in over 6% of new infections in the United Kingdom, could be 10% to 15% more transmissible …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

 
Britain, which four months ago shed almost all Covid-era restrictions, is experiencing a surge in cases, with new infections almost a pandemic high.  The number of new cases October 21, 2021 was 51,484.  The high, reached earlier this year, was 68,053 on January 8, while the number of new cases was only 1,712 on April 25 of this year.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions and deaths are rising again, just as the effect …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 12: Covid Response ‘One of UK’s Worst Ever Public Health Failures’

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 12: Covid Response ‘One of UK’s Worst Ever Public Health Failures’

The United Kingdom’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic was one of the country’s worst ever public health failures, a House of Commons inquiry found.
The belief in “herd immunity” and the delay in ordering a lockdown was part of a deliberately “slow and gradualist” approach which meant that the country fared “significantly worse” than others, according to the 151-page “Coronavirus: Lessons Learned to Date” report.
Referring the slow response, the report …

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express, which first announced plans for a Centurion Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport prior to the pandemic in December 2018, marked its opening on Tuesday.
The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) Centurion Lounge in London is located in Terminal 3 after security.
Visitors to the lounge have access to a large dining area, bar, shower suites, restrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, a spa, and private phone rooms. The menu is focused on food and drink representative …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 8: England Reduces ‘Red List’ to Just 7 Countries, Singapore to Admit U.S. Travelers by End of Year

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 8: England Reduces ‘Red List’ to Just 7 Countries, Singapore to Admit U.S. Travelers by End of Year

England will remove 47 countries and territories from its so-called “red list” of places it considers to have the highest coronavirus risk, officials said on Thursday.  Travelers from red-list countries must quarantine in government-designated hotels upon arrival.  The move leaves just five countries on the list, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela, all in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Fully vaccinated travelers from countries not on the …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 6: U.S. Hits Vaccination Milestone, Cases Rise in English Schools After Dropping Mask Mandate

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 6: U.S. Hits Vaccination Milestone, Cases Rise in English Schools After Dropping Mask Mandate

The United States hit a vaccination milestone on Tuesday: 65% of the total population has now received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. The news comes as the country is close to having dispensed 400 million total doses of vaccine.
Nonetheless, the pandemic remains a substantial threat.  Most deaths from Covid since the beginning of September were people who weren’t vaccinated. Indeed, some 68 million Americans are eligible for the …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct 3: Israel to Require Booster Shot to be Considered Fully Vaccinated Going Forward

Coronavirus News Update – Oct 3: Israel to Require Booster Shot to be Considered Fully Vaccinated Going Forward

The Israeli government announced new criteria for determining vaccination status.  In order to be considered fully vaccinated, and hold a vaccination passport, most people will have to have had a third booster shot of vaccine.
The move makes Israel the first condition to condition fully vaccinated status on having had a booster.  To be considered fully vaccinated going forward, individuals must meet one of the following criteria: 1.) be 12 years …