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Omicron already playing havoc with travel and tourism

November 30th, 2021
Omicron already playing havoc with travel and tourism

News of the omicron variant of the coronavirus and a growing list of new restrictions is putting a crimp in freshly made travel plans.Thanksgiving leftovers are still in the fridge, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday sales are in play, and this week many fully vaccinated people were hoping to get deals for Christmas travel, spring break, and reunion and bucket list trips.Cases were first reported in South Africa and soon surfaced in other countries, including Israel, Belgium, and Canada. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Saturday on NBC’s “Weekend... Read More

Texas man who got $1.6M in PPP loans, bought Lamborghini is sentenced to 9 years

November 29th, 2021
Texas man who got $1.6M in PPP loans, bought Lamborghini is sentenced to 9 years

A Texas man who fraudulently got $1.6 million in coronavirus relief loans and then spent some of it on a Lamborghini was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Monday, federal prosecutors said.The man, Lee Price III, 30, was sentenced to 110 months on wire fraud and money laundering counts, the Justice Department said. He pleaded guilty in September.Price, of Houston, received $1.6 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, which Congress passed in March 2020 to help businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.The purported businesses had no record of employees or payroll, and... Read More

Court blocks Covid-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

November 27th, 2021
Court blocks Covid-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption.A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request for a stay of September’s lower court order pending an appeal. It also sped up the hearing process by setting a Dec. 13 deadline for opening briefs.The vaccination mandate was supposed to have taken effect by Jan. 12 but the appellate court stay blocks enforcement until sometime in March, when the appeal hearing will be scheduled.The judge who issued... Read More

South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike

November 25th, 2021
South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike

JOHANNESBURG — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday.The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out. Scientists monitor for possible changes that could be more transmissible or deadly, but sorting out whether new variants will have a public health impact can take time.South Africa has seen a dramatic... Read More

U.S. group helps get Mexican teens get coronavirus shots in California

November 19th, 2021
U.S. group helps get Mexican teens get coronavirus shots in California

SAN DIEGO — A group in San Diego along with San Diego County stepped in to help their neighbors in Mexico.A group of Mexican teens traveled by bus to California on Thursday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as efforts get underway across Mexico to get shots in the arms of teens.About 150 kids from Tijuana were bused to the Mexican consulate in San Diego on Thursday where county nurses administered the Pfizer vaccine.The pilot program in San Diego aims to get shots in the arms of 450 youths ages 12 to 17 before it ends in late December. The adolescents from Tijuana were selected by Mexican... Read More

Idaho reports 1st child death from Covid in infant

November 10th, 2021
Idaho reports 1st child death from Covid in infant

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho infant died of Covid-19 last month, marking the state’s first pediatric coronavirus death, officials said Tuesday.“Our hearts go out to the family of this child,” Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Idaho Division of Public Health, said in a statement. “Infection with the virus can have devastating impacts on families, and this situation highlights the seriousness of Covid-19.Nationwide, nearly 900 Covid-19-related deaths in children have been reported since the pandemic began. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare did not identify the infant or make... Read More

China-linked disinformation campaign blames Covid on Maine lobsters

October 21st, 2021
China-linked disinformation campaign blames Covid on Maine lobsters

In mid-September, Marcel Schliebs, a disinformation researcher at the University of Oxford who had been tracking messaging that Chinese diplomats and state media spread on Twitter for 18 months, spotted the emergence of a surprising coronavirus origin theory.  Zha Liyou, the Chinese consul general in Kolkata, India, tweeted an unfounded claim that Covid-19 could have been imported to China from the United States through a batch of Maine lobsters shipped to a seafood market in Wuhan in November 2019. It marks the latest in a series of theories that have been pushed by pro-China accounts since... Read More

Russia records highest daily new Covid-19 case number

October 17th, 2021
Russia records highest daily new Covid-19 case number

MOSCOW — Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70 percent up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases.The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19.The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday.Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from... Read More

Letitia Wright denies report she spread anti-vaccination views on ‘Black Panther 2’ set

October 13th, 2021
Letitia Wright denies report she spread anti-vaccination views on ‘Black Panther 2’ set

Actor Letitia Wright denied a report that she has been speaking out against Covid-19 vaccinations during the filming of Marvel’s “Black Panther 2.”Last week, The Hollywood Reporter alleged that Wright was sharing her views about the vaccines in Atlanta on the set of the highly anticipated superhero sequel. Wright denied the report, which cited an unnamed source, in a statement Wednesday on Instagram.“I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,” she wrote. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft & my main focus is always to... Read More

White House to announce Walmart, FedEx, UPS will increase services to help supply chain

October 13th, 2021
White House to announce Walmart, FedEx, UPS will increase services to help supply chain

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce Wednesday that three of the largest U.S. goods carriers, Walmart, FedEx and UPS, will up their efforts to address supply chain shortages resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.The carriers “will make commitments towards moving to 24/7 working during off-peak hours” at key ports in Southern California, senior administration officials said on a call Tuesday evening.President Joe Biden will meet Wednesday with leaders of the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, California, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to... Read More