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Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Thursday and Friday are bank holidays in Great Britain as part of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  In the United Kingdom, the usual bank holiday that takes place at the end of May was moved to the start of June to create a four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 through June 5.
Elizabeth ascended the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 779th day of the pandemic.
It was a different kind of lockdown for top echelon politicians in Britain versus the rest of the country.
While their fellow countrymen were told to stay home and not co-mingle households, things were hopping at No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence and executive offices of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 25: CDC Says Monkeypox Does Not Spread Like Covid, 1 in 5 Patients May Develop Long Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 25: CDC Says Monkeypox Does Not Spread Like Covid, 1 in 5 Patients May Develop Long Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 776th day of the pandemic.
A new virus is in the headlines, monkeypox.  Fortunately – and unlike SARS-CoV-2, this virus is not spread easily by air.
“Respiratory spread is not the predominant worry,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, an official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a call with …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 24: U.S. Pandemic Death Rate Higher Than in Some Developing Nations, Austria Pauses Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 24:  U.S. Pandemic Death Rate Higher Than in Some Developing Nations, Austria Pauses Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 775th day of the pandemic.
It will come as no shock to readers of this space that the United States had more deaths above normal levels during the pandemic than other wealthy nations.  The findings come from data released by the World Health Organization this month.
The number of deaths in the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 20: North Korea’s ‘Explosive’ Outbreak Due to Military Parade Superspreader, Worrisome Trend in Wastewater

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.
In March of this year, New York City, in a move approved by Mayor Eric Adams, approved a Covid alert system that now calls for the institution of a mask mandate for public indoor settings based on the current transmission risk level.
There’s only one problem: Mayor …

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 …