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Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 30: New Infections and Hospitalizations in U.K. Surpass First Peak

Coronavirus News Update  – Dec. 30: New Infections and Hospitalizations in U.K. Surpass First Peak

Despite strict lockdown measures, the number of hospitalizations and new infections in the United Kingdom continues to spread at an alarming rate. There were over 53,000 new cases on Tuesday, a single-day record, and health officials said that there were over 20,000 people in hospital, a figure far higher than in the peak of the outbreak in April.
Meanwhile, regulators in the United Kingdom gave approval to a homegrown coronavirus vaccine …

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 to Become U.S. Troop Carrier

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 to Become U.S. Troop Carrier

Virgin Atlantic Airways’ last remaining Boeing 747 will become a U.S. troop carrier in its retirement, the company said.
The jet, nicknamed “Pretty Woman,” now belongs to Atlas Air, a cargo airline,
Founded in 1984, Virgin’s first flight was with a Boeing 747. This marks the end of an era for the company. The aircraft type will be replaced by newer planes including the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Airliner.
With the …

Heathrow Express Introduces New Fleet of Trains

Heathrow Express Introduces New Fleet of Trains

Heathrow Express announced the retirement of its Class 332 trains and debuted its new fleet of Class 387s.
Initially introduced in 1997 and then moving to full service in 1998, the Class 332s trains were used by Heathrow Express for over 22 years.
The high-speed service operates trains from Paddington Station in London to Heathrow Airport in 15 minutes.
The new fleet consists of 48 carriages, making up six trains total. Each train …

List of Countries Banning Travel to UK Continues to Grow

List of Countries Banning Travel to UK Continues to Grow

Travel to and from the United Kingdom is becoming increasingly restricted as the list of countries blocking their borders grows.
Following the discovery of the new strain of coronavirus two weeks ago, over 50 countries have imposed bans or restrictions on flights to and from the United Kingdom.
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy all announced temporary suspensions of travel to and from Great Britain, effectively pulling up a drawbridge immediately …

U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Test from Airline Passengers Traveling from U.K.

U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Test from Airline Passengers Traveling from U.K.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it would require a negative test from passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.
The action follows the discovery of a new variant of the novel coronavirus , or SARS-CoV-2, that may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously known variants.
The government will require a PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure …

U.K. and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Accord

U.K. and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Accord

The United Kingdom and European Union announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The move will ease Britain’s December 31st departure date and shape the relationship between the two for years to come.
The agreement, which requires ratification from both sides, appears to be a relief for all involved.
Details on the accord are not yet publicly available but the United Kingdom will, as planned, leave the EU …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 23: England Tightens Restrictions, Trump Demands Changes to Relief Bill

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 23: England Tightens Restrictions, Trump Demands Changes to Relief Bill

The U.K. government placed more of England under the new Level 4 restrictions early Wednesday as health officials emphasized the dangers of how quickly the newly discovered mutation of the coronavirus was spreading.“The new variant makes everything so much harder because it spreads so much faster,” said Matt Hancock, the British health secretary, at a news conference.
The closure of the French border resulted in a massive logjam of trucks bound …