Spain, Jim Galloway, Georgia discussed on All Things Considered


Up in just over. Often our seven o'clock this evening on KQED. On a Tuesday. It's all things considered from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Elsa Chang, one key to controlling the Corona viruses preventing its spread across borders as England grinds through its second lockdown, researchers have found a most sequences of new cases in the U. K. Are from a Corona virus strain that originated in Spain. They think British tourists brought it home from their summer vacations. NPR's Frank Langfitt explains. Chris greatly was lying in a hospital bed north of London with covert 19 back in September. He just returned from 10, a reef in Spain's Canary Islands, where he picked up the virus. He's speaking through an oxygen mask, recording himself on a cell phone are my Chris Boyd? Suddenly, parts of this are hard to make out. But Chris said he thought he was invincible. Didn't wear a mask. He recorded this lying in an intensive care bed. Not sure if he'll survive. Thankfully, really did make it. He's out of the hospital now still recovering, But he wasn't alone. Researchers found that 90% of recent sequences of the virus here came from Spain. We identified a new variant of SARS cov, too. It seems to have started in a group of agricultural workers and then spread through Spain. Writers Holiday Travel was resuming across Europe. Mahad Croft is an epidemiologist of you. Nerves to Baron in Switzerland. He's the lead author of the study with the University of Basil and set Covert Spain, a consortium that sequencing the virus, she says cases began to rebound in Spain in early July. Despite this, most countries still allowed holiday makers to go to Spain completely understandable as Spain is a wonderful holiday destination. But we think this variant had an excellent opportunity to follow those travelers home and then start spreading in those countries. Horcoff says The Spanish dream has no special properties and emphasizes That the research does not show it drove Britain's second wave that was a result of people's failure to socially distance. But it does raise questions about the government's decision to encourage summer travel to the continent. Support the tourism industry but not test people When they returned. This is a great opportunity to re evaluate. How can we make this a safer? Because when we've worked so hard with lockdowns to get our case numbers down, we don't want to risk that by opening up to places where case numbers are higher. How did you feel when you made this discovery? It's a feeling of disappointment because it shows that even though we did try hard over the summer, it wasn't enough. Many Britons loves May some like to leave the rainy English weather behind. Party along the country's sunny Mediterranean beaches, Others own homes there, including Sue Wilson, who lives in Valencia, Wilson says this summer, many British tourists ignores social distancing and didn't wear masks. They were on holiday, so I think the common sense not thrown out the window. This case is in Spain spike together, the UK told returning travelers to self isolate Before Wilson flew back to England last month, she was required to fill out a government form explaining where she'd be staying. But when she ran to the airport here, there was no follow up. Nobody asked me any questions. Nobody asked to see my paperwork. I could have gone straight out the door and walk the streets and nobody would have challenged Make people realize that no one's going to check. Then why would anybody bothered to stay home? British officials declined to speak with NPR about how the government handled summer travel or the research findings regarding the span. Strain. In a written statement, the Department of Health and Social Care said it continues to review data to assess the importation of the virus. The UK is averaging about 25,000 new cases and more than 400 deaths a day. Frank Langfitt. NPR NEWS London My very first paid gig as a journalist was summer intern at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. This was back in the mid nineties, and when I showed up to start in the A J C newsroom, Jim Galloway was already an institution. Galloway joined the paper in 1979. He's still writes to political columns a week plus a daily Morning newsletter. He says he has a few more in him. But after 41 years, he is retiring in January, right after the big Senate run awful. Actions. Well, Jim Galloway joins us now for something of an exit interview. Hey there, Jim. Mary Louise is great to be here. Thank you for having me. It's great to have you. Congratulations on Imminent retirement, and I got to say you sure picked your moment has stepped down as the dean of political journalists. And George. I'm just gonna grant you that title at a moment when Georgia is is kind of the center of the political universe. Yeah. Some have greatness thrust upon them. I think this is one of those cases I saw you were planning to what gracefully step down at the end of the year. And you just couldn't stand to miss the runoff. You were like I'm going to stay. Well, it would be. I think it would be somewhat irresponsible to dump that on incoming staff. This is such a historic moment for for Democrats in particular in Georgia, because they're making something of a comeback. I'm not sure that they They will carry one or either of these 22 Senate seats, but my goodness, Joe Biden wins the state for a Democrat for the first time since 1992 with Bill Clinton. It would be. It would be like stopping the book with the last chapter unwritten. So if you're going out with a bang with this, this huge Georgia political story with with two Senate races and the entire U. S Senate in the balance. Um Well, what you point to is, is one or two other stories that will stick with you That felt like a tipping point in covering politics and Georgia go back as far as you want. I know when you started at the paper. Jimmy Carter was president. I was also an Internet th 18 76 when Carter was nominated, So I was working the phones that night when he gave a speech. I mean, personally, the most important significant moment was I was on Tiananmen Square. On June 4th 1989. That was a singular moment. And what drew you back to Georgia after covering something like that in China? Well, the agency is a Cox favorites. Privately, family held company and my dream. When I started, the paper had been to be a foreign correspondents because Cox had them. I mean, they had bureaus everywhere and they were thinking you're putting one up in Beijing. So then I had my I did a university of Michigan. Publish it tonight. Wallace spending your studying language. Got over there. And of course, things kind of blew up came back. And first big newspaper recession had hit Uh And so, so so there goes, there goes the dream of a a career in the in journalism Foreign service. And ultimately, that's put me back in Georgia politics if I had to pick another moment, you know, I guess it would be covering Andy Young when he was mayor. That was That was one of my more interesting assignments and we still talking is still quite active and still carries weight in the city. What will you miss? I will miss. Picking up the phone and being able to talk to some very special, very smart people. I will miss the Johnny Isakson's The Max Cleland's I will miss the Andy Young's And you know, I will be bowing up before we get it chance to really see what will happen. Stacey Abrams. In the 2022 race for governor, You know, the story is never finished. This is the problem. There's always more news and people like us never want to miss it on and let me say I am not dying Hopes will still be around. But I've had 20 years of deadlines hanging over my head and I would like to get through a day where I could have maybe three or four hours to think on that particular topic before I sit down and write. Yeah, That sounds awfully good. Jim Galloway. Thank you. And I wish you all the best talk in the next chapter. Well, thank you very much. And Mary Louise, let me let me just say it's been a joy to watch What's become of you. Look at where you were in the nineties and look where you are. Now. Look where you want to know. Oh, so nice. Jim Galloway. He'll retire from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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