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Holiday getaway pushes US airport traffic to pandemic high

Holiday getaway pushes US airport traffic to pandemic high

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The Fourth of July holiday weekend is jamming U.S. airports with their biggest crowds since the pandemic began in 2020. About 2.49 million passengers went through security checkpoints at U.S.
Tesla's 2Q sales drop amid supply chain, pandemic problems

Tesla's 2Q sales drop amid supply chain, pandemic problems

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla's sales from April through June fell to their lowest quarterly level since last fall as supply chain issues and pandemic restrictions in China hobbled production of its electric vehicles.
For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations.
With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

Tourism is booming again in France — and so is COVID-19
Emergency department at Perth hospital closing for a week due to COVID-19 outbreak

Emergency department at Perth hospital closing for a week due to COVID-19 outbreak

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — The emergency department at Perth hospital will close for five days due due to a COVID-19 affecting staff at the facility.
Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights Friday than they did earlier this week .
COVID cases up by more than 30% in Britain last week

COVID cases up by more than 30% in Britain last week

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases across Britain has surged by more than 30% in the last week, new data showed Friday, with cases largely driven by the super infectious omicron variants.
'Summer of recovery': Pandemic-stricken tourism industry sees signs of optimism

'Summer of recovery': Pandemic-stricken tourism industry sees signs of optimism

TORONTO — Canada Day has kicked off the unofficial start of summer, and the tourism sector is hopeful the first season in three years largely free of COVID-19 restrictions will marshal a much-needed boost for a pandemic-stricken industry.
After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce - and chaos

After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce - and chaos

JERUSALEM (AP) — At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer.
N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasi