NEW DELHI – India reported another 132,364 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week, and prompting several state governments to ease some restrictions.
The latest update from the health ministry on Friday raised the country’s total to more than 28.6 million, the second highest in the world after the United States. The ministry said that 2,713 more people have died in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 340,702. These numbers are certain numbers.
The ministry also said that after the recovery of 207,071 people on Thursday, India’s recovery rate has reached close to 93.80 percent, which is more than the number of new infected.
Cases have also declined sharply in New Delhi. On Friday, it recorded 487 new infections, the lowest in more than two months. There are currently less than 9 thousand active cases in the capital.
The decline in daily confirmed infections has prompted state governments like New Delhi and Maharashtra to announce lockdown exit measures.
The western state of Maharashtra, home to financial hub Mumbai, is planning to lift most restrictions in half of its districts this month, officials said. New Delhi has already reopened manufacturing and construction activity.
Much of the country is still under some form of shutdown, with many industries and businesses unable to resume work. Schools and most businesses are closed.
There is increasing pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to speed up vaccination. India has administered only 220 million jabs so far and less than 5% of the country has been fully vaccinated.
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– Colombia is moving to restart its economy by easing several lockdown measures, even as it is still fighting a third peak in the coronavirus pandemic, exacerbated by a month of crowded street protests .
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PHOENIX – Arizona’s state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, which used to be known as a national model, will close later this month.
The state’s Department of Health Services announced on Thursday that all of its mass vaccination sites were gradually shutting down operations and would be closed by June 28.
Health officials pointed to a growing number of vaccination options for people, including pharmacies, doctors’ offices and pop-up clinics.
About 1.6 million vaccine doses have been given at mass vaccination sites in the state. The first one to open at State Farm Stadium in Glendale praised President Joe Biden.
More than 5.9 million doses have been administered in the state so far. About 3.3 million people have received at least one dose. More than 2.8 million have received both doses – which makes less than half of the state’s population eligible to receive the vaccine.
DENVER – About 500 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, even as the pandemic appears to be easing.
Health officials say almost all of them share a common symptom: they are unrelated.
Colorado Public Radio reports that COVID-19 vaccines are now in use and almost available to people 12 years of age and older, providing universal protection against the disease and even more against severe cases requiring hospitalization. provide security.
Doctors at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in the state cannot recall a single death of the vaccinated person. Still, health officials are struggling to persuade certain groups to get vaccinated, especially young people and minorities.
According to state health officials, Hispanic and black residents are being hospitalized at disproportionately high rates.
Hispanics make up about 20% of the state’s population, but made up about 28% of those hospitalized in recent weeks. Black residents make up about 4% of the state’s population, but more than twice that figure has been hospitalized in recent weeks.
Olympia, Wash. – Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday a series of giveaways during the month of June with a total lottery drawing of $2 million Includes, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and game systems.
The incentive program, called “Shot of a Lifetime,” ends June 30 and applies to those who begin the vaccination process this month as well as residents who are already vaccinated. have done.
Washington joins several other states — including California, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon — that have already created a lottery in hopes of speeding up vaccination, which has slowed in recent weeks.
Starting next Tuesday, the state lottery will hold one drawing a week for four weeks, with a prize of $250,000. At the end of the fourth week, a final $1 million drawing will be held.
In addition, the state’s public four-year universities and two-year community and technical colleges will receive nearly $1 million for free tuition and expenses for vaccinated students running their own drawings.
SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a pandemic change that Californians are sure to toast: the to-go cocktail.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom says the state will allow restaurants to continue selling alcohol and have expanded outdoor dining through the end of the year.
Restaurants turned to takeout and outdoor seating during the last year as coronavirus restrictions limited indoor service.
The state’s alcoholic beverage control department relaxed rules to allow the sale of alcohol, which could be a big money maker.
Lawmakers could permanently increase the allowance of the go-to cocktail through a bill by State Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat. He said his proposal would increase the income of struggling restaurants and give customers more choices.
The state is set to drop all capacity limits on businesses, indoor and outdoor, on June 15.
WASHINGTON – US producers of vaccine ingredients and ingredients will no longer have to prioritize orders from three companies working on COVID-19 shots, White House officials say.
The change is expected to ease the global shortage of key vaccine ingredients for foreign companies and governments.
Officials say the government is abandoning its use of the Defense Production Act to prioritize supply orders from AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sanofi. Those three companies have yet to win US authorization for their COVID-19 shots, despite receiving funding from the federal government for development and manufacturing.
Administration officials say the US now has enough vaccines to protect all Americans. President Joe Biden has faced mounting pressure to provide more US vaccines and supplies to struggling countries.
Cape Town, South Africa – The World Health Organization says the base of COVID-19 vaccine shipments are “close to a halt” in Africa, while coronavirus cases have increased by 20% over the past two weeks.
New cases rose more than 60% in South Africa alone last week as the country with the highest coronavirus caseload in Africa faced delays in its effort to roll out a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
More than 1 million J&J doses are on hold due to contamination concerns at a US factory at a pharmaceuticals plant in South Africa. The head of the Africa CDC said he expected an announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration on those contamination issues soon.
GENEVA – Vaccination to children against the coronavirus is “not a high priority” given the extremely limited global supply of vaccines, the World Health Organization’s top vaccine expert says.
Dr Kate O’Brien says vaccinating children “is not a priority from the WHO point of view,” even though a growing number of wealthy countries authorize their COVID-19 shots for teenagers and children. O’Brien says that since children are not usually at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, their vaccinations during pandemics are mostly aimed at preventing transmission rather than protecting them from the disease. happens from.
Canada, the US and the European Union recently approved certain COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 12 to 15 years as they reach their vaccination targets for adults. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had earlier urged rich countries to donate their COVID-19 shots to poor countries rather than vaccinate their teenagers and children. Less than 1% of COVID-19 vaccines administered globally have been used in poor countries.
O’Brien says it is not necessary to vaccinate children before sending them back to school if adults who have come in contact with them have been vaccinated.