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Gatherings Gone Wild: Across the Globe, People Are Flouting Lockdown Rules

Thousands of people across the globe, from Europe to the Americas to Southeast Asia, have flouted local restrictions on gatherings as they flocked to parties with as many as 400 unmasked and in some cases unclothed attendees.
Meanwhile, any of us could be carrying the coronavirus and the collective consequences of the actions we take, such as attending large gatherings, can be staggering given the “dark winter” that President-Elect Joseph Biden …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 2: CDC Shortens Recommended Quarantine Time, U.K. Approves Pfizer Vaccine

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 2: CDC Shortens Recommended Quarantine Time, U.K. Approves Pfizer Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday shortened the recommended quarantine period to seven to ten days from 14.  The updated guidance reflects recent scientific findings on the time it takes for Covid-19 infections to develop and also aims to encourage compliance.  Officials at the CDC said they still support the longer option as being the safest.  “We can safely reduce the length of quarantine, but accepting that there is …

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Move over, London. The title of the world’s most connected city amidst the coronavirus pandemic is Shanghai, according to the International Air Transport Association.
A new report from IATA says that the number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of last month.
“The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months,” said Sebastian Mikosz, a …

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Hyatt Hotels announced plans for a Park Hyatt hotel to open in London early in the next decade.
The Park Hyatt London River Thames is slated to open in 2022 and will be incorporated into the Nine Elms, a new residential, commercial, and cultural quarter on the South Bank, directly opposite Westminster.
The hotelier said that it had been a longtime priority for it to open a Park Hyatt in the English …

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW announced Wednesday that it plans to retool all of its German factories to build electric cars, rather than just gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Bavarian automaker said that it will invest €400 million to retool its Munich factory to produce electric vehicles and components while shifting the manufacture of combustion engines to its Steyr and Hams Hall plants in Austria and England as the Bavarian automaker shifts towards …

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways announced a new and free  coronavirus testing program for passengers on flights linking the United States and United Kingdom.
The two carriers said they are working on a “combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how Covid-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.”
The program involves three coronavirus tests, namely one 72 hours prior to departure, one upon landing in …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

As infections soar from coast to coast in the United States, efforts to revive local economies have largely been put on hold.  New infections are mounting in many cases as fast as in the pandemic’s earliest days.
Early data shows that the coronavirus vaccine from pharmaceutical house Moderna is 94.5% effective.  Moderna is the second drugmaker to report an apparently successful vaccine: Pfizer last week said its vaccine was over 90% …