Colleges Are Already Moving to Cancel Spring Break to ‘Mitigate the Possible Risks’ During Pandemic

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Several colleges and universities across the country are removing spring break from their academic calendars amid concerns that it would cause a spike in coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, the University of Michigan became the latest school to cancel the annual vacation period, historically marked with travel and partying among college students.

According to a letter penned by University of Michigan Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso to request the change, the move would “mitigate the possible risks associated with campus community members who may have traveled during the middle of the semester,” ABC News reported.

The institution joined a handful of other Big Ten universities who have already scrapped the spring vacation, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University, Ohio State University and the University of Iowa.

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Other universities also taking the

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They Work Full Time. They Attend School. They’re Only Teenagers.

Daniela, 18, is a California high school senior and also works at a restaurant to provide for her family during the coronavirus pandemic. "I want to study forensic pathology at San Jose State," Daniela said. "Applications are due in November." (Photo: Sarahbeth Maney for HuffPost)
Daniela, 18, is a California high school senior and also works at a restaurant to provide for her family during the coronavirus pandemic. “I want to study forensic pathology at San Jose State,” Daniela said. “Applications are due in November.” (Photo: Sarahbeth Maney for HuffPost)

The beginning of the pandemic hit Daniela, a junior in high school, with overwhelming force.

At the same time her high school shut down, her mom, who was six months pregnant, lost her job, and as a person who entered the country without documentation, she was excluded from federal assistance. Her stepdad, a construction worker, had his hours sharply reduced. Daniela would hear her mom crying about not having enough money and reluctantly asking friends for loans.

Daniela needed to help. 

The teen previously spent her weekends working at a Mexican restaurant, using the extra cash to pitch in here and there. By the

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Which supermarkets have delivery slots available?

Elderly and vulnerable customers are being prioritised by some shops, like Sainsbury's (Stockphoto)
Elderly and vulnerable customers are being prioritised by some shops, like Sainsbury’s (Stockphoto)

New government measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus from 1 June have eased to dictate to allow groups of up to six people to meet in private gardens “provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules” by staying 2m apart.

However, food shopping at supermarkets remains under strict social-distancing measures to limit crowding and physical contact between staff and customers.

Since the beginning of lockdown, many people, especially those classed as vulnerable, have turned to online shopping instead.

If you, or someone you know, is a vulnerable person, you can register yourself or another person on the government’s website here, so people can be prioritised for supermarket delivery slots and other help.

But since this surge, keeping your fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards stocked however is proving difficult as delivery slots

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Britain stands at a ‘critical point,’ Chris Whitty to warn this morning

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, left and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance - AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, left and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance – AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Britain stands at a “critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty will warn this morning, potentially laying the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections.

In a televised briefing expected at around 11am, the Chief Medical Officer for England will say the country faces a “very challenging winter”, with the current trend heading in “the wrong direction”.

Boris Johnson spent the weekend with senior ministers and advisers discussing what action to take as the rise in the number of new cases showed no sign of slowing.

It is thought the Prime Minister could set out new measures in a press conference as early as Tuesday.

This morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has delivered a similar message,

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Money laundering is a dirty, even deadly business. Miami plays a huge role

Emily Spell heard the screams from outside her parents’ red brick home.

She found her brother, Joseph Williams, 31, splayed on a mattress in the basement. His eyes, half open, were yellow. His lips were blue.

“Joe, wake up! Joe, wake up!” his wife, Kristina, hollered, while pounding on his chest.

Spell, a nursing student, started CPR. Joe’s mother, who’d raced home from work at the Piggly Wiggly grocery in Garland, North Carolina, tore into the room.

“It’s OK, baby, you can go ahead and sleep,” Susan Williams said. “Do you want a cigarette? Are you cold?”

“I thought my mama had lost her mind,” Emily remembers. “Of course he was cold. Because he was dead.”

Joe’s family had no idea that he was one of the first of thousands of Americans who would die from fentanyl, the most dangerous narcotic in the world. And even after they saw the

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Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents

Clarissa Carson cradled her baby girl in her arms and felt her heart drop. The ICU nurse looked out her front window, barely making out trees across the street. Dense, choking smoke — the result of nearby wildfires — had settled in her hometown of Medford, Oregon, a city of 82,000 located 27 miles north of the California border. 

It was 2017, and Carson badly wanted to take her daughter, who had just started crawling, outside to their yard, to let her feel a ray of sunshine on her face, let the grass tickle her knees. She knew sensory input was critical to her development. This was the summer Carson’s blue-eyed baby girl started balling up her fists and shaking her hands when she got excited, drool spilling onto her chubby cheeks.

Carson knew if they went outside, she’d get that reaction. But she also knew that with the hazardous

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Toronto nightclub subject to COVID-19 exposure alert, Alberta sees 1st likely transmission in a school

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9,212 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 142,318 diagnoses, 9,206 deaths and 123,900 recoveries (as of Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,424 active cases (16,381 total cases, including 255 deaths, 14,702 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,803 active cases (7,842 total cases, 223 deaths, 5,797 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 325 active cases (1,540 total cases, 16 deaths, 1,199 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 1 active cases (194 cases, 2 deaths, 191 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active case (272 total cases, 3 deaths, 267 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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How a high-tech ‘health passport’ could get the world moving again

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Cathay Pacific – Cathay Pacific

In a post-COVID aviation first, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has announced a partnership with a local biotech firm, Prenetics, to introduce a digital health passport system which could significantly ease the way towards a safer form of air travel. 


The high-tech set-up would allow passengers to use a mobile app to present a negative COVID-19 result at check-in and again on arrival at their destination. Prenetics told the South China Morning Post that the pilot project will take-off on the London to Hong Kong route in October, potentially paving the way for quarantine-free travel between the two financial hubs – and at best providing a model which could be implemented globally.     


Hong Kong has been at the forefront of virus prevention and control since COVID-19 made its first murky appearance across the border in China in mid-January. To date, the city of 7.4

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How Italy has dodged a second wave

Tourists queue outside San Marco Basilica, on September 10, 2020 in Venice, Italy - Corbis News
Tourists queue outside San Marco Basilica, on September 10, 2020 in Venice, Italy – Corbis News

Commuters and students with bulging backpacks step off the train platforms and walk briskly past bustling espresso bars, fashionable shoppes and trattorias laying tables for the day.

It feels  – except for the fact everyone is wearing masks – like any other typical autumn back-to-school day in a mid-sized Italian city.  Classes start Monday here in at Italy’s largest, oldest university in Bologna following an alternating weekly hybrid approach: half of pupils following the live stream online, the other half sitting in pre-selected seats in the classroom, where both students and professors must wear masks during lessons. 

Much of Europe is struggling with what WHO officials this week warned was an  “alarming” second wave of Covid-19. New lockdowns and restrictions are being considered for regions of Spain, France and the UK.

Italy, however, seems

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Movie Theaters Cleared To Reopen As Coronavirus Cases Surge

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Anne Arundel movie theaters and performance venues can reopen next week, County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Friday afternoon. These businesses may unlock their doors at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25.

Indoor venues may open at 50 percent capacity or 100 people-per-auditorium, whichever is less. This limit is broken down by each hall, not by each building. In theory, the whole movie theater could have more than 100 customers inside. Each auditorium, however, may not exceed 100 viewers at a time.

Outdoor locations also face a capacity cap of 50 percent or 100 patrons, whichever is less. Both indoor and outdoor theaters must institute appropriate health and safety protocols, Pittman’s order mandates.

The announcement comes two weeks after most of the state entered the third and final stage of coronavirus recovery. Gov. Larry Hogan gave jurisdictions permission to move into this last phase starting Sept. 4,

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