Mystery of the coronavirus origin: Experts still seeking answers – National

China or Italy? Bats or pangolins? More than 11 months since the first cluster of coronavirus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are still questions about the exact origins of the virus and how it jumped from animals to humans. Experts believe the zoonotic COVID-19 disease came from a Chinese […]

Push to end domestic violence — worsened by coronavirus — draws rallies around the world – National

In a global push to end violence against women, activists held rallies Wednesday and world leaders called for action to stop the abuse, which has worsened because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. Protests from France to Ukraine were held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to draw attention […]

American Thanksgiving feared to become coronavirus superspreader event – National

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral out of control in the U.S., with the nation averaging 172,000 new cases per day, hospitalizations reaching all-time highs and the death rate totalling more than a quarter-million people. And as cases continue to climb the day before the American Thanksgiving holiday many say the large amounts of […]

Secret Jewish wedding in New York drew thousands of unmasked guests – National

Thousands of unmasked ultra-Orthodox Jews packed into a massive synagogue in Brooklyn earlier this month, deliberately skirting coronavirus rules to attend a secret wedding that may have become a super-spreader event. A recently-leaked video from the wedding shows thousands of people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood. The […]

‘Majority’ of U.K.’s vulnerable population could get coronavirus vaccine by April: PM – National

With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems […]

Two shots. A waiting period. Why the coronavirus vaccine won’t be a quick fix – National

News about a potential coronavirus vaccine has, predictably, prompted excitement from a lockdown-weary world. But experts say: Not so fast. “It’s completely understandable to have enthusiasm, but this is not going to be instantaneous,” said Alyson Kelvin, a Dalhousie University researcher who specializes in emerging diseases. Memes circulating online fall under the same hopeful […]

Deputies bust 80-person sex party at New York swingers club – National

New York authorities say they caught more than 80 people violating COVID-19 orders in various sexy ways over the weekend, during a second-wave bust at a swingers club in Queens. New York City sheriff’s deputies say they broke up an “illegal bottle/swingers club” early Sunday, where attendees were disregarding a strict limit on public […]

Coronavirus outbreak at world’s largest maker of latex gloves slows production – National

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp., the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves, said Tuesday it expects a two to four-week delay in deliveries after more than 2,000 workers at its factories were infected by the coronavirus, raising the possibility of supply disruptions during the pandemic. Top Glove said it has temporarily stopped production at 16 […]

Risk of Thanksgiving coronavirus spike ‘extremely high’ in U.S., experts warn – National

In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60, of […]

Ghislaine Maxwell quarantining after prison staffer tests positive for coronavirus – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted November 23, 2020 10:06 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is in quarantine at a New York City federal lockup after a staff […]