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Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Officials across the Continent are struggling to contain another wave of the coronavirus.   London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning.  Meanwhile, saying it was “no time for conviviality,” French President Emmanuel Macron put Paris and eight other large cities under a curfew, saying it was necessary to slow the rate of new coronavirus …

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

Paris is not the only capital city imposing restrictions as officials across the Continent struggle to contain another wave of the coronavirus.
London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning,
The move was announced by the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, on Thursday. The move comes after the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said that the capital had …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Parts of the United Kingdom went on “very high” alert Wednesday as part of the country’s new three-tier system including the city of Liverpool.  Restrictions in these zones include a ban on meeting individuals from other householders indoors as well as the closure of bars, restaurants, and pubs.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland announced a strict lockdown, closing schools for two weeks and bars and pubs for four, with the exception of takeout …

Heathrow Traffic Plummets 82%, CEO Calls on U.K. to Replace Quarantine with Covid-19 Testing

Heathrow Traffic Plummets 82%, CEO Calls on U.K. to Replace Quarantine with Covid-19 Testing

Heathrow Airport said Monday that passenger traffic in September was down 82% compared to the same period in 2019.  The number of passengers traversing the airport fell by 5.5 million to 1.2 million, clearly demonstrating the mounting pressure on the global aviation industry.
Reacting to the decline, the airport’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, called on the U.K. government to introduce a so-called “test-and-release” system for passengers and gave the government until November …

British Airways Rather Unexpectedly Appoints New CEO

British Airways Rather Unexpectedly Appoints New CEO

British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group announced multiple executive appointments including the abrupt departure of BA CEO Alex Cruz.
The airline holding company simultaneously announced the appointment of Sean Doyle, currently CEO of Aer Lingus, to replace Cruz.
“[Cruz] worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary,” said IAG CEO Luis Gallego. “Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 12 – One Million Cases in 3 Days, Trump Claims Virus ‘is Disappearing’

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 12 – One Million Cases in 3 Days, Trump Claims Virus ‘is Disappearing’

Health officials around the world recorded one million new coronavirus cases over the past three days, as Europe and the United States saw the virus resurge and cases continued to rise in Brazil, India, and other countries. The figure is the highest total since the start of the pandemic in such a short period of time.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized with the coronavirus a little over a …

U.K. at ‘Tipping Point’ as Boris Johnson is Set to Announce Tougher Restrictions

U.K. at ‘Tipping Point’ as Boris Johnson is Set to Announce Tougher Restrictions

The United Kingdom is at a “tipping point” with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, a leading scientist there warned.
The country’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said that the seasons were “against us” and that the U.K. was running into a “headwind.”  He urged people to limit social contact.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a three-tier lockdown system on Monday to members of parliament.  Different regions of the …