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TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

Business
March 14 (UPI) -- The Transportation Security Administration screened the most passengers in a single day since last year at the end of last week as spring break travel continues despite warnings from health officials. On Friday the TSA screened 1,357,111 travelers, the most since March 15, 2020, less than a week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Advertisement The TSA reported its lowest travel volume of just 87,500 passengers on April 14, 2020, and air travel in 2020 fell 60% overall from the previous year to 324 million. The record in air travel came just a day before the United States administered 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, fulfilling President Joe Biden's pledge to reach the milestone before the end of his first 100 days in office. However, th...
Huawei Mate X2 folding phone unveiled despite chip supply worries

Huawei Mate X2 folding phone unveiled despite chip supply worries

Technology
HuaweiHuawei has unveiled a revamped foldable smartphone, which it says has a much smaller internal gap when closed than that of its main rival Samsung.The Mate X2 marks a major redesign for the Chinese firm. When shut, the large display is now hidden inside the device rather than exposed over its exterior, as was the case with past generations.But its price - about £2,000 ($ 2,800) - is likely to limit demand.And US trade bans also threaten the firm's ability to produce them.The company's consumer devices chief acknowledged the challenges it faced in his opening remarks about the new phone."US sanctions have posed great difficulties to our business operations and day-to-day work," Richard Yu said in a video recorded at the firm's headquarters near Shenzhen."However, thanks to the solid su...
COVID-19 deaths of Serbian clerics highlight virus worries

COVID-19 deaths of Serbian clerics highlight virus worries

Health
As coronavirus cases surge globally, the COVID-19 deaths of two senior Serbian Orthodox Church clerics — one who died weeks after presiding over the funeral of the other — are raising questions about whether some religious institutions are doing enough to slow the spread of the virus.More reports are emerging about people who attended religious services and contract the virus — some after parishioners seemed to ignore the pleas of church and health officials officials to wear masks, practice social distancing and other steps to combat the virus that's killed nearly 1.4 million people worldwide.In Belgrade, many mourners paying their respects Saturday to Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej ignored precautions and some kissed the glass shield covering the patriarch's body, despite warni...
German, Czech, Italian virus records deepen Europe worries

German, Czech, Italian virus records deepen Europe worries

Health
BERLIN -- Record daily infection figures in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and elsewhere added to fears on Thursday that Europe is running out of chances to control its latest coronavirus outbreak. France has set a 9 p.m. curfew for many of its biggest cities as governments across the continent take increasingly tough action.New infections have surged across Europe over recent weeks as the fall kicks in, prompting authorities in many places to start reimposing restrictions that were relaxed over the summer. The Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Britain are among the countries causing particular concern.While Germany, the European Union's most populous nation, is still in comparatively good shape, alarm bells have started ringing there too. On Thursday, the cou...
Saudi-led coalition, U.N. voice worries over Yemen separatists’ declaration of self-rule

Saudi-led coalition, U.N. voice worries over Yemen separatists’ declaration of self-rule

World
April 28 (UPI) -- A declaration of self-rule by a separatist group in Yemen has caused military and diplomatic leaders to call for calm, fearing the move may reignite violence between the Southern Transitional Council and the internationally recognized Yemeni government. The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, diplomats and the United Nations on Monday called on the STC to refrain from escalating tensions in the already war-torn country, urging it to adhere to a power-sharing agreement it signed with the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in November. "The coalition demands an end to any escalatory actions and calls for return to the agreement by participating parities, stressing the immediate need for implementation without delay and the need to prioritize the Yem...