New York, Florida, Arizona make vaccines widely available

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that all citizens 50 and older could get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday.

The next day, Arizona will make vaccines available to the state health department and Governor Doug Ducey at sites in Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma counties for those ages 16 and older.

And in Florida, the state announced on Monday that anyone aged 50 and over could get the shot. It’s a welcome sign to the state that became the first state to have more than 1,000 known cases of coronavirus variants.

The federal government currently distributes an average of more than 3 million doses a day, and President Joe Biden has announced that he will instruct all states to remove adult licensing requirements by May 1.

Alaska and Mississippi have already opened vaccinations for all adults, and several other states have announced they will do so in the coming weeks. These include Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Connecticut, Iowa, Utah, and Illinois.

Meanwhile, Miami Beach’s entertainment district is in a state of emergency with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. four days a week, possibly through April 13 Authorities are trying to cope with an influx of recalcitrant spring breakers that flooded the city.

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►The Navajo nation reported no new COVID-19 positive cases and no recent deaths on Monday for the first time in over six months.

► As of Monday, hundreds of Michigan school districts were required to offer at least 20 hours per week of face-to-face tuition in order to receive an emergency pandemic funding increase of at least $ 450 per student. Meanwhile, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced a statewide tour on Monday to hear from residents and brainstorm about the state’s stake in the federal government’s $ 1.9 trillion plan to support the state US economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

► Results from a US study with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may have used “out of date information”. US federal health officials said early Tuesday. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board said in a statement it was concerned that AstraZeneca may have provided an incomplete view of the effectiveness data. AstraZeneca said that on Monday advanced study data from a US study The vaccine shows that it is 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective at stopping serious illness and hospitalization. The US study included 30,000 volunteers, 20,000 of whom received the vaccine while the rest were given dummy shots.

►Vice President Kamala Harris returned to Jacksonville, Florida on Monday, traveling to the state for the first time since her campaign last October. She was in Jacksonville to get President Joe Biden’s “Help is Here” message for the $ 1.9 trillion federal aid package that marked his administration’s first major legislative victory.

📈 Today’s numbers: The US has over 29.86 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 542,800 deaths. according to the Johns Hopkins University. The global total: 123.6 million cases and 2.72 million deaths. In the United States, more than 156.7 million vaccine doses have been distributed and 126.5 million administered. according to CDC.

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Germany will extend the virus lockdown until mid-April if the cases increase

Germany extended its lockdown measures by another month and imposed several new restrictions, including largely closing public life over Easter, in order to reduce the rate of coronavirus infections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the measures early Tuesday after a long video call with the country’s 16 governors, almost three weeks after the two sides last agreed on a plan that paves the way for some rules to be relaxed.

Since then, infections have steadily increased as the more contagious variant, first discovered in the UK, has become dominant. The previously set restrictions through March 28th will now remain in place through April 18th.

In regions where the weekly number of new infections exceeds 100 per 100,000 inhabitants for three consecutive days, stricter rules apply, as agreed at the previous meeting.

“Unfortunately we have to use this emergency brake,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

Almost a quarter of the entire US population has received at least one dose

For the first time, more than 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been given across the country on consecutive days as the pace of vaccination continues to accelerate across the country.

Almost a quarter of the entire US population – and nearly a third of adults – have received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. However, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, warned that data on new cases and hospitalizations suggest that numbers are rising again in the northeast and upper Midwest.

“The apparent flattening of cases and hospital admissions after the continued decline in early January through late February is very worrying,” she said.

A spike could come if Americans stop wearing masks, distance themselves socially, and adhere to other restrictions, she said.

“Believe me, I understand we all want to get back to our daily activities and spend time with our family, friends and loved ones,” she said. “But we have to find the strength to stay there a little longer.”

Contributor: Associated Press

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