Spanish prime minister tests positive for Covid

MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Sunday he had tested positive for Covid and temporarily suspended all engagements, just two days after his return from the UN General Assembly meeting. “This morning I tested positive for Covid-19,” Sanchez tweeted, adding that he would not participate in a meeting of the socialists of the Catalan … Read more

US must follow Canada and scrap COVID-19 border rules, lawmakers urge White House – National

Lawmakers from the northern United States welcome reports that Canada is poised to abandon COVID-19 vaccination rules for foreign visitors, and want President Joe Biden’s administration to follow suit. Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, this week wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, urging him to lift the vaccination requirement for truck drivers … Read more

COVID New York City update: Manhattan judge rules vaccine mandate invalid for PBA members

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A judge has ruled that New York City’s COVID vaccine mandate is invalid because it applies to members of the Police Benevolent Association. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank ruled that the city cannot fire PBA members for failing to vaccinate, instead suggesting that the city make vaccination requirements part … Read more

Why COVID is still worse than the flu

When will the pandemic be “over”? At the beginning of 2020, we foresaw that it would end with the complete disappearance of the new coronavirus. When this became impossible, we instead hoped for elimination: If enough people were vaccinated, herd immunity could largely stop the spread of the virus. When this too became impossible, we … Read more

Historic San Francisco hotel on famed hilltop flops into default

SAN FRANCISCO — One of San Francisco’s historic hotels nestled atop a luxurious hilltop has gone into default, meaning the property faces foreclosure from delinquent funding, public documents show. Huntington Hotel, a nearly 100-year-old residential tower on San Francisco’s Nob Hill, is in default of its mortgage, according to documents filed Aug. 16 with the … Read more

Desperately tall COVID patients turn to unproven alternative therapies

Editor’s Note: Find more information about long-term COVID in Medscape’s Long COVID Resource Center. September 22, 2022 – Entrepreneur Maya McNulty, 49, was one of the first victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The businesswoman from Schenectady, NY, spent 2 months in the hospital after contracting the illness in March 2020. In September, she was diagnosed … Read more

US rents rise, leaving a generation of younger workers behind

Sept 21 (Reuters) – The cost of renting a home in the United States is on the rise and young workers have felt the sharpest pain, many of them taking on extra jobs or roommates to pay housing costs. According to Census Bureau estimates released last week, household rents rose 10% from pre-pandemic levels in … Read more

China has huge untapped potential, says Swiss tourism manager

by Martina Fuchs GENVE, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Switzerland Tourism, the country’s national marketing organization, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, China remains one of its key markets with “huge potential” as the organization aims to position as a sustainable top destination. “After two very difficult years, 2022 finally brought about a real recovery,” Simon … Read more

Why I’m taking a break from Twitter

Twitter can remain a place of rich debate if we refuse to accept simplistic solutions to difficult political problems, writes Dr. Victoria Fielding. A WEEK AGO on Thursday, I took a break from Twitter. The next day I awoke to the news of the Queen’s death. As it turns out, my decision to take some … Read more