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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 3: Lufthansa Kicks Head of State Off Flight for Refusing to Wear a Mask, Positivity Rates in England Hit New High

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 3: Lufthansa Kicks Head of State Off Flight for Refusing to Wear a Mask, Positivity Rates in England Hit New High

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 754th day of the pandemic.
Despite the fact that some countries, including Britain, are allowing their airlines and airports to relax mask requirements, they remain in effect in most of the world for travel.
And they are being enforced regardless of an individual’s status with an airline, in politics, or show business.
Case …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 2: Introducing Omicron XE, England’s Reinfection Rate Soars Amidst Fewer Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 2: Introducing Omicron XE, England’s Reinfection Rate Soars Amidst Fewer Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 753rd day of the pandemic.
The reinfection rate is rising in Britain. What does that bode for other countries?
Past experience with the coronavirus tells us that what happens in Britain and on the European continent is quickly followed by a reprise in the United States, just as coronavirus restrictions have been …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 1: Senate Close to Bipartisan Covid Aid Bill, England Ends Free Covid Testing

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 1: Senate Close to Bipartisan Covid Aid Bill, England Ends Free Covid Testing

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 752nd day of the pandemic.
Today is also April 1st, known as April Fools’ Day, Aprilscherz in German, a day marked by practical jokes and hoaxes.  I wish I could say that, after 752 days, this entire pandemic was merely a joke foisted upon the populace, but alas it was not.
In …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 29: Free Tests for Uninsured Ends in U.S., Shanghai Tightens Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 29: Free Tests for Uninsured Ends in U.S., Shanghai Tightens Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 749th day of the pandemic.
The death toll in the United States fell below the 800 mark for the first time since last summer.  The news comes as the 7-day incidence rate of new cases has fallen greatly since the omicron surge peaked in January, although it appears to have plateaued …

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet launched new service from Calgary to London Sunday night.
The airline’s first flight to London Heathrow Airport arrived at noon local time there.
The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
WestJet’s Dreamliners seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline offers a business-class cabin with fully lie-flat seats, as well as a premium-economy cabin with seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.
The carrier first announced plans for the new …

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

Elizabeth Line, London’s New East-to-West Railway, Set to Open in June

London’s new Elizabeth Line railway, which was originally slated to open in 2020, will begin serving passengers in June of this year.
Originally called the London Crossrail, the city’s new east-west railway, will be called the Elizabeth line.  It is a 73-mile (117-kilometer) rail line that, in the west, will divide into two branches, namely to Reading and stations at Heathrow Airport, and in the east to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
A …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 22: Vaccination Rates Stall as Possible Surge Looms, Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked in 2020

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 22: Vaccination Rates Stall as Possible Surge Looms, Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked in 2020

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 742nd day of the pandemic.
Regular readers of this space know that the Morning News Brief has tracked vaccination rates for well over a year now.
The first person in the world to receive a vaccine was Margaret Keenan of Coventry, England, who was 90 when she received the jab on December …