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    The Nicaraguan government announced on Tuesday March 2 that it had launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus in the country with the Russian vaccine. Agreement reached for the purchase of Sputnik V vaccines Nicaragua received in the course of last week, the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines from Moscow. Nicaraguan authorities announced last January that they had reached an agreement to purchase 3.8 million doses of russian vaccine.According to official figures, Nicaragua deplores 174 dead and records 6,489 confirmed cases of Covid-19. But an independent observatory revealed 2,976 deaths and 13,140 cases. Vaccinate sick people first Marco Arauz, a 62-year-old Nicaraguan, received the first dose of Sputnik V at the Cruz Azul hospital in Managua. Local authorities also announced on Tuesday that the launch of its campaign to vaccination against the coronavirus.Health Minister Martha Reyes said: “We are vaccinating all patients with kidney problems in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 2,104 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 44 deaths on Wednesday.IDPH reported a total of 1,191,520 COVID-19 cases, including 20,626 deaths.As of Tuesday night, 1,260 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 275 patients were in the ICU and 138 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.RELATED: Illinois coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaWithin the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 80,854 specimens for a total of 18,315,522since the pandemic began.The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 24-March 2 is 2.9%.RELATED: Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyA total of 3,392,925 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 443,700 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total...
    Medical workers move a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, March 1, 2021.Giorgos Moutafis | Reuters World Health Organization officials said Wednesday that scientists are trying to understand why Covid-19 cases are suddenly ticking up across much of the world after weeks of falling numbers. There were 2.6 million new cases reported across the world last week, up 7% from the prior week, WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update that reflects data received as of Sunday morning. That follows six consecutive weeks of declining new cases all over the world. The reversal could be caused by the the emergence of several new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus, relaxing public measures and so-called pandemic fatigue, in which people become tired of following precautions, the WHO said in its weekly report. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Why Your Next Relief Payment May Not Be $1,400 They say those more than 2.5 million shots break down to about 1.7 million first doses and more than 791,000 second doses. It comes as the state is also reporting 2,577 new Coronavirus cases and 69 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic has risen to 938,411 since Tuesday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are 1,670 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 354 patients are in the ICU. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf eased gathering limits and lifted out-of-state travel restrictions. The statewide death toll has risen to 24,169. READ MORE: Former North Braddock...
    The recent declines in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are showing signs of stalling, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Wednesday, adding that the country is at a "critical nexus" in the pandemic. "We knew this would happen as variants emerged and reached more people in more communities, but we can still reduce their impact," Walensky said. The U.S. is currently seeing a seven-day average of 66,010 new coronavirus cases, marking an increase of 3.5% from the week prior, while deaths also increased 2.2% from the previous week’s average. KROGER TO CONTINUE REQUIRING MASKS AT US SUPERMARKETS DESPITE TEXAS, MISSISSIPPI LIFTING MANDATES "Today we are at a critical nexus in the pandemic, so much can turn in the next few weeks," Walensky said. "On the one hand, cases in the country are leveling off at rates just on the cusp of the potential to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- President Biden moved up the timeline for vaccinating every American adult after a partnership between two rival drug companies was announced.Merck will begin making the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The president says people should be able to be vaccinated by the end of May.Meantime, the governor of Texas has announced that businesses can fully reopen and the mask mandate was over.The daily case average has increased 3.4%, yet 11 states have loosened, or plan to loosen restrictions in the coming week.New unpublished studies have found the Brazilian variant is more contagious and may be able to reinfect people who have previously had COVID.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are...
    UK Covid cases have plunged by 36 per cent in a week, with 6,385 infections in the past 24 hours. There have also been 315 deaths recorded in the last day. 1Covid cases are falling across the UKCredit: London News Pictures This time last week, there were 442 deaths from Covid and a further 9,938 infections, meaning there has been a 36 per cent weekly drop in positive cases recorded. Yesterday, deaths dropped by 37 per cent in a week with 343 fatalities recorded. Today's figures mean there have been 123,611 deaths from Covid in the UK. Meanwhile 20.7 million people have received their first dose of the Covid jab after 224,996 were given out yesterday. Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh Uni and a Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group member, said the new data showed Britain should end lockdown early. "The data are indeed looking better than the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials on Wednesday reported 788 additional cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths. More than 1.4 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. The new update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state’s total cases to 486,434, with 6,507 cumulative fatalities. Since last March, the majority of the deaths – 63% – have taken place in long-term care or assisted living facilities. However, as of Monday, more than 54% of seniors 65 and older have received their first shot of the two-dose series. Roughly 8.7% of the state’s population has completed the vaccine series. RELATED: What’s The Risk Of Getting COVID On A Plane? Currently only those 65 and older, health care workers, child care workers, and educators are eligible in the state to be vaccinated. Last week, Gov. Tim Walz unveiled details of the long-term vaccination plan for Minnesota, estimating that the general public...
    KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A team of 30 U.S. Air Force medical personnel has arrived at Kingman Regional Medical Center in northwestern Arizona to provide staffing support during the pandemic, The Miner reported. The Air Force sent the personnel at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the hospital in January asked for additional nurses and respiratory therapists, hospital officials said in a statement. The staffing help will enable hospital workers who were temporarily assigned to COVID-19 units to return to their regular duties, officials said. In other developments: — The Arizona Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 1,284 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 819,954 cases and 16,089 deaths. — Arizona's fourth state-run vaccination site was scheduled to open Wednesday at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, joining two others in metro Phoenix and one in Tucson. — The state said it...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 786 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths on Wednesday.Overall, 12,200 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 663,511 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 3.5%. Health officials say there have been more than 8 million tests administered.Indiana makes COVID-19 vaccine available to those 55 and upState health officials say Indiana residents age 55 to 60 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It's the latest expansion of the state's vaccine rollout.The Indiana Department of Health also announced Tuesday the opening of three mass vaccination sites through partnerships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg.The clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.To...
    Seconds mattered: With Capitol under siege, D.C. National Guard waited 3 hours for Pentagon approval Google says it will stop tracking users as third-party cookies phase out The rate at which COVID-19 is spreading in America has slowed substantially. Deaths from the disease, which averaged over 4,000 a day eight weeks ago, have dropped to below 1,000 on many days. Confirmed cases, which increased by as much as 225,000 a day two months ago, currently rise much less than half of that. Nevertheless, fatal cases in the United States number 521,504, about a fifth of the world's total. Confirmed cases have reached 29,000,070, or about 25% of the global total. Because of spotty testing practices and asymptomatic carriers, the confirmed case count in America is suspected to be too low. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Vaccines continue to become a major guard against the spread of...
    By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has been facing a surge of new cases attributed to a highly infectious coronavirus variant that is believed to originate in Britain. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Wednesday neighboring Germany has offered dozens of beds in its hospitals to treat Czech COVID-19 patients. He said 19 of them were immediately ready. Hamacek said that Switzerland was another country ready to help with 20 beds in its hospitals while offering to take care of the transport of the patients. Talks were also underway with Poland to provide around 200 beds. After the day-to-day increase of new confirmed cases reached 16,642 on Tuesday, the fourth highest since the...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison’s three main hospitals are easing limitations on visitors. Citing “a promising decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations locally,” UnityPoint Health—Meriter, UW Health and SSM Health said Wednesday one visitor for each adult patient will be allowed at its hospitals and clinics beginning Monday. Two visitors will be allowed for each pediatric patient. The hospitals said in a statement that those with confirmed COVID-19 cases, or those experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to the coronavirus should not visit. Mask are still required in all health care settings. At SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, visitors won't be allowed for coronavirus patients, except for beginning-of-life or end-of-life cases. Visitors are still banned from the cafeteria. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, health, public health, coronavirus, Wisconsin, lung disease
    Wearing masks and social distancing will dramatically reduce flu cases in the future, a top doctor said on CNN Wednesday. Between 150 and 200 children typically die from influenza annually, but only one has died so far this year, Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s vaccine education center, said on CNN’s “New Day.” “If we mask and social distance every winter, we will see a dramatic reduction in flu, which usually causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths. I wonder whether that will be the lesson from this,” Offit said. The doctor also said a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee he sits on is meeting Friday to discuss flu variants for future vaccines in 2022. (RELATED: Biden Administration Brokers Deal To Bolster Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Production) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of influenza this season...
    PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has been facing a surge of new cases attributed to a highly infectious coronavirus variant that is believed to originate in Britain. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Wednesday neighboring Germany has offered dozens of beds in its hospitals to treat Czech COVID-19 patients. He said 19 of them were immediately ready. Hamacek said that Switzerland was another country ready to help with 20 beds in its hospitals while offering to take care of the transport of the patients. Talks were also underway with Poland to provide around 200 beds. After the day-to-day increase of new confirmed cases reached 16,642 on Tuesday, the fourth highest since the start of the pandemic, a...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott a year ago announcing that field hospitals were being erected, a moment he's now ignoring. Three weeks after a closed electricity market that’s designed to turn disasters into windfall profits collapsed in Texas, turning a winter cold snap into a deadly power shortage that still has many Texans dealing with broken pipes and ruined homes, Gov. Gregg Abbott is badly in need of a new distraction. Abbott spent days during the cold wave sitting on Fox News explaining how the real culprit was the never-passed Green New Deal, and not the fragile by-energy-billionaires for-energy-billionaires system that Republicans had spent decades assembling in Texas. But then, a lot of Texans didn’t get to see Abbott making excuses about windmills on Fox, because they didn’t have any power. Obviously, a distraction was needed. Fortunately for Abbott, he could jump right onto a lemming train of Republican governors all making...
    California’s metrics to measure COVID-19 continued to improve Tuesday, and in another sign of progress, an additional seven counties advanced out of the most restrictive reopening tier with a dozen others primed to do so in six days. With 4,389 new cases reported Tuesday, California’s daily average over the past week fell below 5,000 to its lowest point since the first week of November, according to data compiled by this news organization. Following the the surge last summer, cases fell below 5,000 on the second day of September and remained that low, plateauing just above 3,000 per day, for two months until the first signs of an impending winter wave began to appear at the start of November. The surge that started in November has only now begun to fully recede after four months and tens of thousands of deaths. At the start of November, about 17,000 Californians had perished...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced this week it was adding cases to its data dashboard to include people who had a second infection of COVID-19, but explained it is still a small fraction of total cases and a rare occurrence. Coloradans who have already contracted the virus say they remain careful and concerned about getting infected a second time. (credit: CBS) “I went to McDonald’s one day, I couldn’t taste a breakfast sandwich, I thought it tasted like couch foam,” Dakota Clark, 27, recalled from early January when he got the coronavirus. “Now I don’t allow people over at my house, now I don’t allow other things to happen.” CDPHE said on Monday it added 822 cases where a person had a second infection, reported between Aug. 20, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. The additional cases represent .19% of Colorado’s total count and include...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Adrian Hill plays an important role on the field. “It’s the pressure that drives us to perform on the field,” Hill says. READ MORE: National Guard Protecting U.S. Capitol Served Raw, Moldy Food, Some With Metal Shavings, Lawmakers Say But let’s talk about this Maryland man’s day job as a rocket scientist. READ MORE: COVID In Maryland: 786 New Cases As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Fall That’s right this NFL referee may spend Sundays on the gridiron, but his other pass is out of this world. WJZ’s Rick Ritter caught up with Hill at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab — where the NFL meets NASA. MORE NEWS: March 5 Marks 1 Year Since First COVID Cases Reported In Maryland, Gov. Hogan Declares Friday A Day Of Remembrance You can watch the story on Wednesday at 11 p.m. on WJZ.
    (CBS4) – More school districts are returning to full in-person learning as they get middle and high schoolers back in classrooms. CBS Denver Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said the current science shows schools have not really been vectors for the spread of coronavirus. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Hnida also said the number of teachers being vaccinated is increasing as the level of COVID-19 is decreasing in communities, but he did point out having students back in class will mean more interaction. READ MORE: COVID In Maryland: 786 New Cases As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Fall “There is a risk involved,” he said, “but right now at this point in time, I think the message to parents is really this: take a look at what your district is offering and make sure you are comfortable with it, particularly the school your child attends.” READ MORE: National...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland adds 786 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday morning as hospitalizations and the state’s positivity rate fall again. Fourteen more Marylanders have died in the last day related to the virus, a total of 7,737 since the pandemic began in the state last March. The state reports a total of 383,956 confirmed cases. READ MORE: National Guard Protecting U.S. Capitol Served Raw, Moldy Food, Some With Metal Shavings, Report Says Hospitalizations dropped by 33, with 863 total hospitalized. ICU beds also fell to 228 with 635 in acute care. The state conducted 31,298 coronavirus tests in the last day, up from Tuesday. The positivity rate now stands at 3.28%. Maryland has administered 1,394,725 coronavirus vaccine doses since it began its rollout in December. First doses stand at 900,458 received, with 21,965 administered in the last 24 hours; and second doses now at 494,267, 10,002 in the last day. CORONAVIRUS...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island COVID-19 vaccine subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine in the state. The vaccine was granted an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration last weekend, after an advisory panel to the FDA unanimously endorsed the vaccine. The state has placed an initial order for more than 9,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the shipment is expected later this week, according to the state Department of Health. The 19-member subcommittee includes multiple medical professionals as well as ethicists, nonprofit leaders, educators and faith leaders. Nearly 194,000 people in the state have received a first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, while more than 78,000 people have been fully vaccinated, the department said Tuesday. ___ MORE U.K. VARIANT FOUND Four new cases of the so-called U.K. variant of COVID-19 have...
    By Joanna Plucinska and Kuba Stezycki OLSZTYN, Poland (Reuters) - COVID ward doctor Lukasz Grabarczyk fears his city of Olsztyn in Poland's north-eastern lake district is starting to experience its worst period of the pandemic, as it becomes the epicentre of the country's third wave. Epidemiologists and doctors are trying to find out why the sparsely-populated region, which up until now had low infection rates, has seen such a sharp spike, especially of the variant first detected in Britain, and believe Poles returning from there may be behind it. On Wednesday, the region of 1.4 million saw 1,132 new daily coronavirus cases. Its infection rates per 100,000 people are consistently more than double the national average, according to recent data. "There's an avalanche of new patients and we are running out of beds," said Grabarczyk. Professor Andrzej Horban, the Polish prime minister's top COVID advisor, recently told private broadcaster Polsat...
    The Supreme Court heard a pair of cases on Tuesday challenging Arizona’s election laws. Democrats claim that state laws on ballot harvesting and absentee ballots violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment. Arizona law requires each voter to cast his ballot in his assigned local precinct. The Grand Canyon State’s laws also forbid most third parties from collecting and delivering a voter’s ballot. “The Court has a stark choice between two systems here,” Supreme Court heavyweight Michael Carvin said in conclusion of the Arizona Republican Party’s argument. “Ours is clear, and we think derived directly from the text, and is easy to apply.” Chief Justice John Roberts kicked off the questioning of Carvin, with the chief questioning Carvin’s argument that VRA and the Constitution are violated when a legislature intends to disadvantage a racial group, rather than the Democrats’ argument that the law...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Friday, March 5 will mark one year since the first COVID cases were reported in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan will declare March 5 a day of remembrance to honor the more than 7,700 Marylanders who have lost their lives during the pandemic. READ MORE: Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites To Open This Month In Hagerstown, Waldorf, Salisbury, Gov. Larry Hogan Says A ceremony will be held at twilight at the State House and building across the state will be lit up in amber. READ MORE: Next Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Shipment Not Coming To Maryland Until March 18, Gov. Hogan Says The public can watch the ceremony via livestream. Stay tuned to WJZ for details.. “One year ago at this time, we could not have fathomed the toll that the pandemic would take on each and every one of us,” said Governor Hogan. “On Friday, we...
    A dozen D.C. museums are either open or starting to reopen as the District’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop, according to the District’s official website. What’s reopening: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is reopening on Wednesday. It will be open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Timed ticket reservations are necessary to visit. Glenstone is reopening on Thursday and will operate from Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but it will open at a limited capacity. The next ticket release is April 1 at 10 a.m. The Phillips Collection reopens on Saturday and will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online, and are sold out for this weekend. Ticket purchases for next week will be available Monday at 10...
    More On: sweden Nurse wins contest to watch entire film festival alone in lighthouse Film festival sending someone to remote Swedish island to watch 60 movies in one week The real reason WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange shouldn’t be pardoned Commission finds Sweden failed to protect elderly during pandemic Swedish officials have warned that the country may need to implement its first lockdown amid the pandemic as the number of COVID-19 infections surged 100% in Stockholm over the past three weeks. “We have a third wave of transmissions — it’s here now,” Johan Bratt, the acting health and medical care director for the Stockholm region, said Wednesday, Bloomberg reported. The capital city recorded 6,336 new cases last week, compared with 3,225 for the week beginning Feb. 1, according to data. “Even though vaccinations have started, it will take a long time before enough people are inoculated for us to go back...
    TRENTON, New Jersey (WABC) -- The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases in Union County, with 14 confirmed cases and one death.The cases were reported to the department between February 3 and February 26, and health officials are working with the local health departments in Union County to investigate the cluster.The individual who died was a male resident of Union County in his late 60s."This is a continuing investigation," New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. "The risk to anyone who lives in Union County is very small. Out of an abundance of caution, the department recommends that individuals who live in Union County who become ill with pneumonia-like/respiratory symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headache visit their healthcare provider."As it can take up to two weeks for symptoms to develop, officials recommend that those who develop...
    BENGALURU, Mar 3 (.) – Bharat Biotech’s vaccine was 81% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in an interim analysis of a late-stage test in India, the company said on Wednesday, a big boost for a vaccine that has been rejected by some healthcare workers due to lack of data. The positive result also improves prospects for overseas sales of the vaccine, the first successful COVID-19 injection being developed in India and already attracting interest from more than 40 countries, according to Bharat Biotech. “COVAXIN demonstrates a trend of high clinical efficacy against COVID-19, but also significant immunogenicity against rapidly emerging variants,” said the president of the pharmaceutical company, Krishna Ella, in a statement, referring to his vaccine. The executive highlighted that the analysis is based on 43 cases of COVID-19 patients who showed mild to moderate and severe symptoms. Of the total cases, 36 were from a placebo group, while...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – A Texas woman has spent months caring for COVID-19 patients pouring into hospitals as the virus raged across the state — and the country. “It has been devastating”, ICU nurse Brittany Smart said minutes after the end of her shift. READ MORE: University President Says Emails Defending School Song “The Eyes of Texas” Were Hateful Healthcare workers had begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel, she said, amid ongoing vaccinations and after several weeks of declining COVID-19 cases. But that was “shut down” when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was lifting the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses, Smart added. In a recent Instagram post the cardio-thoracic nurse said, “I give up. I’ve seen too many bodies stacked like firewood. Y’all don’t understand, or you just don’t care. This isn’t political. These are FUC**** HUMANS! & they are DYING.” (credit:...
    BERLIN (AP) — German leaders are looking for ways to ease the country out of a long-running coronavirus lockdown, which they are expected to extend on Wednesday while also opening the door to relaxing some restrictions. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany have the power to impose and lift restrictions, are expected to extend the shutdown in principle by three weeks until March 28. But they are looking for ways to balance concern over the impact of more contagious coronavirus variants with a growing clamor for a return to a more normal life. The first measures already have been taken: many elementary students returned to school a week ago. And on Monday, hairdressers opened after a 2 1/2-month break. Some German states also allowed businesses such as florists and hardware stores to open on Monday. Most stores have been closed nationwide since...
    Jill Biden to visit two reopened schools as part of education focus Rio Tinto chairman to stand down amid Juukan Gorge outcry After adding over 48,000 new cases on Mar. 1, the U.S. now has more than 28,200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 490,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 22.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 21.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers...
    BERLIN (AP) — German leaders are looking for ways to ease the country out of a long-running coronavirus lockdown, which they are expected to extend on Wednesday while also opening the door to relaxing some restrictions. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany have the power to impose and lift restrictions, are expected to extend the shutdown in principle by three weeks until March 28. But they are looking for ways to balance concern over the impact of more contagious coronavirus variants with a growing clamor for a return to a more normal life. The first measures already have been taken: many elementary students returned to school a week ago. And on Monday, hairdressers opened after a 2 1/2-month break. Some German states also allowed businesses such as florists and hardware stores to open on Monday. Most stores have been closed nationwide since...
    The end-of-day totals from California public health websites for Monday, March 1, registered 4,959 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases there have been in the state to 3,549,531. The 14-day total of new cases, 5,870, is down 86.1% from the Jan. 1 high of 42,268. There were 296 new deaths reported Monday, for a total of 52,499 people in California who have died from the virus. Hospitalizations also continue to decline. There were 5,302 hospitalizations of people with coronavirus-related infections reported on Monday. That’s a 76.8% drop since the Jan. 1 high of 22,853 people who needed hospital care.       Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources Related Articles New federal COVID vaccine site in East Oakland opens for underserved...
    BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time, the number of people vaccinated in Massachusetts has surpassed the number of coronavirus cases reported during the pandemic. Combine that with three vaccines and there is hope that we are turning a corner in the pandemic. “I want to see my grandkids again and get back to living life a little bit normal,” Paul Zackular told WBZ-TV. READ MORE: CVS Lists Teachers As Eligible For COVID Vaccine Appointments In Massachusetts Massachusetts will soon have its third COVID-19 vaccine to offer people following Johnson and Johnson’s approval. A shipment of 2,000 doses arrived Tuesday at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center also got its J&J vaccines. Both hospitals plan to distribute the shots later this week. “We’re ready to start giving this vaccine out to our community,” said Tufts Medical Center Dr. Gabriela Andujar Vazquez. The new vaccine arrives are coronavirus cases continue...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday he is considering extending a coronavirus state of emergency in the Tokyo region for about two weeks because of concerns that infections have not slowed enough and are continuing to strain medical systems in the region. Suga declared a month-long state of emergency on Jan. 7 for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, and then extended it through March 7. An emergency issued for up to 10 other urban prefectures later in January was lifted last week, underscoring the government’s eagerness to allow businesses to return to normal as soon as possible. “Our anti-infection measures are in a very important phase,” Suga told reporters Wednesday. “In order to protect people’s lives and health, I think we need to extend (the state of emergency) for about two weeks.” Tokyo is to host the Olympics, delayed by one year because of the virus,...
    By JOSEPH KRAUSS, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority's decision to divert some of its tiny stockpile of coronavirus vaccines to senior officials, soccer players and others has sparked controversy, feeding into long-standing concerns about corruption as it struggles to respond to a worsening outbreak. The PA has repeatedly said that its first vaccines would go to medical workers and elderly patients, who are at greatest risk of severe illness or death. But to date it has only acquired enough doses to inoculate 6,000 people in a population of nearly 5 million. “We have focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000" in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s not enough.” The Health Ministry says it has secured tens of thousands more doses through a World Health Organization program designed to aid poor...
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority’s decision to divert some of its tiny stockpile of coronavirus vaccines to senior officials, soccer players and others has sparked controversy, feeding into long-standing concerns about corruption as it struggles to respond to a worsening outbreak. The PA has repeatedly said that its first vaccines would go to medical workers and elderly patients, who are at greatest risk of severe illness or death. But to date it has only acquired enough doses to inoculate 6,000 people in a population of nearly 5 million. “We have focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000″ in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s not enough.” The Health Ministry says it has secured tens of thousands more doses through a World Health Organization program designed to aid poor countries and through agreements with...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will soon lift the state's mask mandate, even as federal officials have urged states not to abandon COVID-19 precautions and have noted a slowing drop in cases nationwide. "Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed," Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement. Texas will join a dozen other U.S. states that do not currently have a statewide requirement to wear masks, including neighboring Oklahoma, according to a tally by the National Academy for State Health Policy. It's currently the most populous state without a statewide mandate. The governor's executive order, which will take effect on March 10, also lifts capacity restrictions imposed on the state's businesses. Local officials can still impose "mitigation strategies" if hospitalizations in their area...
    At least 13 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in Southern California Sunak Extends Furlough Pay for U.K. Workers Until September After adding over 48,000 new cases on Mar. 1, the U.S. now has more than 28,200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 490,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 22.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 21.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of...
    (CNN)Brittany Smart has spent months tending to the Covid-19 patients who poured into Texas hospitals as the virus raged across the state -- and the country. It has been devastating, the ICU nurse told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday night, speaking right after the end of another shift. Health care workers had begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel, she said, amid ongoing vaccinations and after several weeks of declining Covid-19 cases. But that was "shut down" when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was lifting the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses, Smart added."We're all pretty exhausted and I'm scared of what this is going to look like," she said.Experts are warning of a potential Covid-19 surge while several governors are loosening restrictionsSmart said she doesn't think now is a safe time to take away the mask mandate and called the governor's move "nerve-racking."Read...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.  The upcoming guidance, first reported by Politico, is expected to include that fully vaccinated individuals should be able to gather in small groups with other people who have also been vaccinated. The CDC currently does not recommend in-person gatherings with the general public, saying "gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice."  Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, other mitigation measures will still be recommended, including wearing a mask in public and social distancing. The sources wouldn't specify when exactly this guidance would be released but one said it would be released when it's finalized "later this week."  At the White House COVID-19 response briefing Monday, President...
    A BRIT who caught one of the new Covid variants has revealed the symptoms she experienced. The woman, who didn't want to be named, tested positive for the E484K mutation of the original coronavirus strain in January. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 4The woman, who didn't want to be identified, said her symptoms differed from the classic onesCredit: Getty - Contributor 4 So far, cases with the spontaneous mutation - named VUI202102/01 - have been limited to a cluster of 55 people in Liverpool. The woman said the early signs were different from the classic ones people are told to look out for, such as a new, persistent cough and fever. She told the Liverpool Echo she first started feeling unwell with symptoms of the common cold. It was after this that she lost her sense of taste and smell - a sign that was...
    THE Isle of Man has today shut pubs and schools once more as it enters a 21-day 'circuit-breaker' lockdown following a spike in Covid cases. The island has been enjoying relative freedom from restrictions since the beginning of February when all lockdown measures were scrapped. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5The Isle of Man has entered a 21-day circuit breaker lockdown todayCredit: lansons pr Schools and businesses reopened on the island on February 1, with locals no longer asked to stay at home or wear masks. The latest lockdown however, which came into force at midnight last night, will require people to stay at home aside from exceptional reasons such as for food, exercise or medical appointments. Schools are shut to most pupils and non-essential businesses are required to close. All hospitality and leisure venues have also shut their doors to customers although takeaway and...
    First lady wades into school reopening debate with trip to 2 schools Biden budget pick Neera Tanden drops out of nomination process After adding over 48,000 new cases on Mar. 1, the U.S. now has more than 28,200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 490,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 22.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 21.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday the government is considering a two-week extension of a state of emergency in the Tokyo area due to the pressure on the medical system from COVID-19 cases. "I think that about two weeks will be necessary, so I would like to make a final decision after hearing the opinions of the experts and people concerned," Suga told reporters. While new coronavirus cases have fallen significantly from a peak in early January, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Tuesday the pace of decline had slowed, expressing concern that it may not be enough to lift restrictions. The government had in January placed 11 of its 47 prefectures under emergency restrictions to run to March 7, lifting them early for all but the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area which includes Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Andrew...
    CASES of Covid-19 are still rising in 22 places in England and this interactive map reveals if your local area is one of them. Official data published by Public Health England (PHE) states that in the last seven days infections have dropped in 92 per cent of places (290 areas). ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... Of the 315 local areas in England, just three have remained unchanged. Boston in Lincolnshire has stayed flat at 179.6 cases per 100,000, which equates to 126 infections. Amber Valley in Derbyshire is unchanged at 115.5 cases per 100,000 and South Northamptonshire is at 55 cases per 100,000. A drop in infection levels across the country is paramount to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown. As infection rates fall - different areas of society are set to open, with the hope that normal life will resume by...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected on Wednesday to agree a gradual relaxation of coronavirus curbs with regional leaders, but the rules can be tightened again if infections jump, according to draft plans seen by Reuters. Pressure is growing on the government to set out clear plans to restore normal activities after months of pandemic lockdown, even though daily cases have begun creeping up again and the pace of vaccination has been sluggish. With regional elections due later this month in two federal states, and a national election in September, politicians are trading blame over who is responsible for the slow pace of vaccines and the roll-out of more testing for COVID-19. Support for Merkel's Christian Democrats fell to its lowest in a year, or 34%, according to a Forsa poll conducted for RTL/ntv television, while their Social Democrat coalition partners were stuck on 16%. Health Minister...
    By EMILIE CHETTY, Associated Press VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The president of Seychelles says he hopes enough residents will soon be vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus in the Indian Ocean island nation. Seychelles began vaccinations in January, and by the end of February, about 44% of those vaccinated had gotten a second shot. “We are hoping to achieve herd immunity mid-March when we would have vaccinated 70,000 of our people,"" Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan told The Associated Press in an interview last week. "That represents 70% because our population is 100,000.” So-called herd immunity is reached when enough people are protected through infection or vaccination to make it difficult for a virus to continue to spread. The exact threshold for coronavirus is unknown, although some experts suggest that at least 70% of a population would need to be protected to hold the virus in check....
    A EXPLOSION rocked a coronavirus testing centre in the Netherlands early this morning, police said. There were no reported injuries after the blast at 7am local time, which local media said appeared to be a deliberate attack. 1The Covid test centre is Bovenkarspel was sealed off by policeCredit: Twitter One security guard was on duty at the regional health board testing centre in Bovenkarspel, in Noord Holland. Broadcaster NOS said a metal pipe exploded outside the building, but this has not been confirmed. Streets were sealed off while explosives experts checked to make sure the location was safe. It comes as the region has been hit by sharply rising positive coronavirus test results for several days. Nearby Hoorn is now fourth in the list of Netherlands towns with the highest infections per head of population. Most read in NewsTIME TO GO CUOBillboard demands Cuomo RESIGN as he's stripped of Covid...
    VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The president of Seychelles says he hopes enough residents will soon be vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus in the Indian Ocean island nation. Seychelles began vaccinations in January, and by the end of February, about 44% of those vaccinated had gotten a second shot. “We are hoping to achieve herd immunity mid-March when we would have vaccinated 70,000 of our people,”” Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan told The Associated Press in an interview last week. “That represents 70% because our population is 100,000.” So-called herd immunity is reached when enough people are protected through infection or vaccination to make it difficult for a virus to continue to spread. The exact threshold for coronavirus is unknown, although some experts suggest that at least 70% of a population would need to be protected to hold the virus in check. The emergence of new...
    The Ministry of Health and the communities will analyze this afternoon a plan of “shared” measures for Easter to avoid a new rebound in the covid-19 pandemic, as has occurred in other designated periods in which mobility and social contacts increase. They will do so in a new meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council in which the differences of position will become evident about restrictions that should be implemented on those dates. With some CC AA in favor of closing the perimeters and others, like Madrid, in favor of opening them. Fewer covid cases and deaths in residences On the other hand, the Government has described as “hopeful“The data on the current impact of Covid-19 in residences, where a decrease in deaths has been observed since the beginning of February and he attributes it to the vaccine. “The current data are encouraging,” they assure IMSERSO sources, specifying that “reflect...
    By The Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan — The first batch of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Taiwan. Taiwan has signed contracts securing 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 4.76 million doses of vaccines through COVAX. Wednesday’s delivery had 117,000 doses, which was transported from the airport with a police escort. Health care workers, especially those who have direct contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, will be the first to get the shots, Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said at a news briefing. The island has yet to announce a mass vaccination campaign for the general public. The island is planning to give the first dose to 117,000 individuals, the minister said, with the first dose providing an efficacy rate of 71%. The second dose is meant to be given eight weeks later, boosting effectiveness to 81%. ___ THE VIRUS...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan — The first batch of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Taiwan. Taiwan has signed contracts securing 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 4.76 million doses of vaccines through COVAX. Wednesday’s delivery had 117,000 doses, which was transported from the airport with a police escort. Health care workers, especially those who have direct contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, will be the first to get the shots, Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said at a news briefing. The island has yet to announce a mass vaccination campaign for the general public. The island is planning to give the first dose to 117,000 individuals, the minister said, with the first dose providing an efficacy rate of 71%. The second dose is meant to be given eight weeks later, boosting effectiveness to 81%. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Biden vows...
    Growing numbers of parents are pretending their children are ill after searching symptoms online, doctors have said. Experts said 'Doctor Google' and social media were fuelling an increase in parents who fabricate illnesses in their children. Some have kept their children off school, taken them to multiple doctors, put them through tests or even shaved their child's head so it looks like they are undergoing chemotherapy. Yesterday the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) launched guidance about so-called fabricated or induced illness (FII) in children, previously known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Cases arise when parents believe their child has an illness when they do not, or in some rare cases cause the illness themselves. Experts said 'Doctor Google' and social media were fuelling an increase in parents who fabricate illnesses in their children. Stock image RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next BBC...
            by Dan McCaleb  Nursing homes in the U.S. are seeing the lowest number of new COVID cases since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began tracking the data in May 2020,according to a new report from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The health care groups, which represent 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities in the U.S. that provide care to about five million people annually, say ythe study shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are working. Specifically, nursing homes have seen an 82 percent drop in new cases since the peak during the week of Dec. 20, when there were more than 30,000 new resident cases, the report says. “We still have a long road ahead, but these numbers are incredibly encouraging and a major morale booster for frontline caregivers who have been working tirelessly...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Tuesday. Riverside County health officials reported 552 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 37 additional fatalities since Friday, bringing countywide totals to 290,325 cases and 3,829 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 275,909 had recovered. READ MORE: Horse Dies During Training At Los Alamitos Race Course There were 301 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Tuesday, 73 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both decreases from Monday. As of Tuesday, Riverside County reported that 524,309 vaccine doses had been administered to county residents. San Bernardino County health officials reported 59 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 286,814 cases and 2,952 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 281,675 had recovered. There were 280 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Tuesday, 69 of whom were being treated in...
    By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has sided with Los Angeles County public health officials who halted outdoor dining during a November spike in COVID-19 cases. While the order is no longer in effect because of a decline in cases and hospitalizations, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said the issue wasn't moot. The panel on Monday told a Superior Court judge to set aside an order that had granted a preliminary injunction to restaurants that temporarily halted the order. The appeal court had previously stayed the lower court order. A statewide shutdown then went into effect, superseding LA County's closure. Still, the ruling reverses what had been one of the few victories for those opposing shutdown orders. A message seeking comment from the California Restaurant Association, which filed the suit, wasn't immediately returned. LA County, the nation's largest with 10 million residents,...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Nearly 100 midshipmen were moved to the Graduate Hotel in downtown Annapolis Tuesday in an effort to provide more quarantine/isolation space in the Naval Academy dormitory, officials said. Naval Academy senior leadership announced the decision to implement increased COVID-19 mitigation measures due to an uptick in positive cases within the Brigade of Midshipmen. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines This is the second wave of midshipmen moving to temporarily be moved to a downtown Annapolis hotel, officials said. On Monday, the Academy announced that 98 midshipmen would temporarily reside at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Annapolis. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    New York : The director of Health Emergencies of the WHO, Mike Ryan, gave a blow of reality. Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi / EFE The Director of Health Emergencies of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mike Ryan, considered “premature and unrealistic” to predict that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will be eradicated by 2022, although he indicated that he does hope that by then it will have stopped causing deaths and serious cases. “It would be premature and unrealistic to believe that we will end the virus at the end of this year, but we can end hospitalizations and deaths, end the tragedy associated with the pandemic,” Ryan said at a press conference. “The main goal now is to keep the transmission of the virus as low as possible” to reduce those serious and fatal cases, he added. Ryan also said that some preliminary data...
    March 2, 2021 9:51 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The states of Texas and Mississippi announced on Tuesday their decision to lift their respective state-level orders to wear a face mask to protect themselves from COVID-19 and allow businesses to operate at the top of their capacity, despite warnings from medical authorities in middle of the pandemic. The announcement of the Governor of Texas, the Republican Greg abbott, will make that territory the first great state in the United States to eliminate the requirement to wear face masks, when its order takes effect on March 10. “Too many Texans have been turned away from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This has got to stop. It’s time to open Texas 100%,” Abbott said. “In addition, I put an end to the order of the mask,” he added at a press...
    President Biden warned against the continued threat of the coronavirus Tuesday, just hours after Republican-controlled states announced a reversal on COVID safety policies. "Though we celebrate the news of a third vaccine, I urge all Americans, please keep washing your hands, stay socially distanced, wear masks -- keep wearing them, get vaccinated when it's your turn," Biden said from the White House. "Now is not the time to let up." The president’s words followed a tweet by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, announcing that all state imposed coronavirus regulations will be lifted Wednesday, including mask mandates. BIDEN SAYS COVID-19 VACCINES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL US ADULTS BY END OF MAY "Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With so many of these rules relaxing, there’s one big glaring concern left for seasoned experts of infectious disease. Variants. READ MORE: Window Hit By Gunfire At University Village Health Care Clinic Those strains that could kick case counts back up. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports on how experts are framing this as one of the last big hurdles Illinois needs to clear. Experts said there will be outbreaks of these variants. Illinois is about middle of 50-state pack in variant cases. “I am super optimistic.” But in a recent conversation with Doctor Emily Landon, she added this warning: “There is the risk of these new variants somewhere on the horizon,” Landon said. So far, two variants have made their way into Illinois. Nearly 70 cases of the so-called UK variant have emerged since late last year in Illinois. Most cases are in Cook, Champaign, Lake and...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will seek the support of the defence forces in its COVID-19 immunisation drive, authorities said on Wednesday, as it looks to ramp up a vaccination rollout programme that is running behind schedule. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will provide help in rolling out vaccines to aged care residents in rural and regional areas not readily accessible by other medical providers, acting Defence Minister Marise Payne said. ADF teams are expected to start next week and will focus on the planning, logistics and operations support. "As we move into the next phase of the aged care vaccine rollout and continue the expansion of teams, additional nurses, pharmacists and providers are being added, with ADF vaccination teams supplementing these efforts," Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement. Australia began mass inoculation for its 25 million population on Feb. 22 with frontline health staff and senior citizens getting...
    By FRANCES D’EMILIO ROME (AP) — The variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is prevalent among Italy’s infected schoolchildren and is helping to fuel a “robust” uptick in the curve of COVID-19 contagion in the country, the health minister said Tuesday. Roberto Speranza told reporters that the variant, associated with higher transmission rates, has shown pervasiveness “among the youngest age group” of the population. In recent weeks, Italy’s incidence of new cases among young people has now eclipsed incidence among the older population, a reversal of how COVID-19 afflicted residents in the first months of the pandemic. Italy, a nation of 60 million people where COVID-19 first erupted in the West in February 2020, has registered nearly 3 million confirmed cases. Speranza announced stricter directives, contained in the first anti-pandemic decree of new Italian Premier Mario Draghi, aimed at trying to “govern this curve of contagion,” especially among school-age...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 1,407 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,194,242 cases and 21,554 deaths. Of the new deaths reported, 26 people were over the age of 80, 38 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 20 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, six people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. READ MORE: 2 Chances Of Rain Headed For Southern California This Week And while COVID-19 transmission decreases, L.A. County remained Tuesday in the state’s most restrictive purple tier with an adjusted case rate of 7.2 new cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 3.5%. In order to move to the less restrictive red tier, the adjusted case rate must be at or...
    Miami : Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suspended the mandatory mask order and lifted restrictions on businesses, including bars and restaurants, so they can operate at full capacity beginning March 10. “Eliminating state mandates doesn’t end personal responsibility,” Abbott said, speaking from a crowded restaurant where many of those around him were not wearing masks. “Now is the time to open Texas 100%.” The announcement makes Texas the largest state to end an order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans. Only California and New York have registered more deaths from COVID-19 than this southern state of the country. The old man looked upset in the Intensive Care Unit. He had gotten out of bed and was trying to get out of the room. Dr. Joseh Varon, who saw him crying and gave him a comforting hug, explains what the old man’s...
    Nursing homes in the United States have seen a huge drop in new COVID-19 cases this year — suggesting that coronavirus vaccines are working, a report released Tuesday said. There was a dramatic 82 percent decline in new cases among US nursing home residents since the peak during the week of Dec. 20, according to the report by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. That week, there were more than 33,000 new cases and on Feb. 7, just 6,077 cases were recorded. By comparison, COVID-19 cases in the general population dropped by just 46 percent. The report, which uses data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shows that COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes also dropped by 63 percent between Dec. 20 when 5,932 deaths were logged and Feb. 7 when 2,211 fatalities were recorded Coronavirus vaccination efforts kicked off in the US...
    MICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 1,067 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 24 death Tuesday. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 590,217 and 15,558 deaths as of March 1. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive?   READ MORE: Novi Schools Will Receive Therapy Dogs To Help Students Returning To In-Person Cope With Stress In the state as of Feb. 26, there has been a total of 541,258 recovered cases of COVID-19.   MORE NEWS: Ford Family Putting Up Two Classic Cars For the latest numbers, visit here. They are updated daily with coronavirus updates included as of 3 p.m. © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will begin reopening more parts of its economy starting Wednesday, including indoor dining, movie theaters and gyms, an upbeat Mayor London Breed announced as California gave seven counties the go-ahead thanks to declining rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “This is the beginning of a great time in San Francisco, you save money not buying those plane tickets to go other places. You can enjoy your city, right here right now,” Breed said under blue skies from Pier 39, an area popular with tourists in picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf. The announcement came nearly a year after the San Francisco Bay Area imposed the nation’s first lockdown, shuttering thousands of businesses and forcing residents indoors. San Francisco, with a population of 900,000 before the pandemic, has among the lowest case and death rates in the country, with more than 34,000 cases since the start...
    Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday the state will be open for business starting Wednesday, just hours after Texas announced they’d be doing the same. “Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules,” Reeves tweeted. “Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!” Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time! — Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021 The average daily new coronavirus cases in Mississippi have dropped by 27% this past week compared to the average two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times (NYT). Average...
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Leaders of Greek-life organizations at the University of Virginia have extended their restrictions on in-person activities for fraternities and sororities, even as school administrators lift stay-at-home orders for students. The Inter-Fraternity Council’s message posted on its website said it is suspending all organized in-person activity until the end of March, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reported Tuesday The Inter-Sorority Council, in an email sent to member chapters, suspended in-person gatherings until March 12. “In January, the Inter-Fraternity Council decided to lift the ban on in-person events after seeing widespread compliance with the restrictions in the fall,” the council’s Feb. 26 statement says. “Since then, there have been multiple incidents of blatant noncompliance and disrespect for the less restrictive rules. Such behavior is irresponsible, and puts the health of the university community and many Charlottesville residents in unnecessary danger.” Housing and meal plans were deemed exceptions, the...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has emerged in Oregon, the first known such case on the U.S. West Coast, medical authorities said Tuesday. The sample was sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of January by medical officials in Douglas County, Oregon. They said they received the results back on Monday night, showing the P.1 variant. “The P.1 variant … appears to be related to business travel outside the United States to and from Brazil,” the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said in a statement Tuesday. “This cases marks the first case of the P.1 variant in Oregon, as well as the first case on the West Coast of the United States.” The variant, which was originally traced to Brazil, appears to be more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain. It can potentially be contracted by someone who was...
    More On: nursing homes LI Rep. Zeldin exploring run for governor amid Cuomo scandals Cuomo to be stripped of pandemic powers amid sex harass, nursing home scandals How is Chris Cuomo still on the air at CNN? ‘Resign Now!’ billboard targeting Gov. Cuomo amidst dueling scandals gets update Nursing homes in the United States have seen a huge drop in new COVID-19 cases this year — suggesting that coronavirus vaccines are working, a report released Tuesday said. There was a dramatic 82 percent decline in new cases among US nursing home residents since the peak during the week of Dec. 20, according to the report by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. That week, there were more than 33,000 new cases and on Feb. 7, just 6,077 cases were recorded. By comparison, COVID-19 cases in the general population dropped by just 46 percent. The...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 980 new confirmed COVID cases and 37 additional deaths in the state on Tuesday. Health officials said the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 551,667 while the total number of deaths is 15,859. READ MORE: Senate Confirms Raimondo As Biden Commerce Secretary There were 56,007 total new tests reported. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive? As of Tuesday, the seven-day weighted average of positive tests in Massachusetts is 1.82%. There are 775 people currently hospitalized for a coronavirus-related illness Tuesday, which is a decrease of 13 since Monday. There are 187 patients currently in intensive care. MORE NEWS: Boston Marathon Will Offer Virtual Race Option Again This Fall There are an estimated 28,867 active cases in Massachusetts.
    Q: I just read an article that in Los Angeles County, there’s going to be a free online dispute resolution program for small claims cases, which requires the parties to try to settle their dispute before appearing in court. Can you explain this process? -G.B., Santa Monica Ron Sokol  A: The Los Angeles Online Dispute Resolution program became effective just this past week. The court is seeking to utilize remote technology in a positive way. Thus, the court notifies litigants with pending and new small claims cases about LA-ODR. There are step-by-step written questions to answer regarding the parties’ disputes. The litigants share documents in confidence, propose a resolution and may (but are not required to) reach a resolution without a court hearing. If settlement is achieved, there are agreement forms that, once finalized, are automatically and electronically filed with the court (at no cost). If settlement is not reached...
    Seven new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Connecitcut as the overall positivity rate of those tested statewide rose slightly to nearly 3 percent. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that on Monday, March 1, there were 17,331 COVID-19 tests administered across the state, with 502 coming back positive for a 2.9 percent infection rate, up slightly from over the weekend, but still one of the lowest rates since mid-November. The new COVID-19 fatalities brought the death toll to 7,658 since the pandemic began. Lamont said that four more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, leaving 413 still being treated statewide. A total of 283,128 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Connecticut residents out of more than 6.8 million tested. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut,...
    City health officials are asking residents of a Baltimore housing development to get tested after elevated levels of COVID-19 were detected in its wastewater. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City announced on Monday that it began notifying residents of Latrobe Homes that one or more residents or visitors to the development were likely infected with COVID-19. The Baltimore City Health Department said it would be conducting free testing out of a daycare center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 'WE ARE A CHILD OF THE PANDEMIC': BALTIMORE BAKERY DEFIES THE ODDS WITH DEBUT "Protecting our residents’ health and wellbeing is our number one job," Janet Abrahams, HABC president and CEO, said in a statement. "This innovative detection program is working exactly the way we had hoped it would, giving us a chance to stop a spread before it starts." Abrahams called on all who may have been exposed...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  San Francisco will resume indoor dining on Wednesday as the city moves out of the most restrictive coronavirus tier for reopening. “We are in an amazing place,” said a jubilant Mayor London Breed at an outdoor news conference on Tuesday. “We are not completely where we want to be, but better than we have been since October of last year.” A sharp decline in coronavirus cases is moving San Francisco from the most restrictive purple tier for widespread prevalence of the virus into the next level, red, for substantial spread. In the past, the city allowed indoor dining only when cases had dropped to the point that it qualified for the lower, orange tier, for counties where virus spread is moderate. California Sex, travel, peace of mind. How life is changing for some of the fully vaccinated California Sex, travel,...
    Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, speaks during an Operation Warp Speed vaccine summit at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced Tuesday that they are lifting statewide mask mandates and allowing businesses to reopen at full capacity even as the decline of daily Covid-19 cases slows and federal officials urge states to exercise caution. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press briefing at Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock that he will issue a new executive order that rescinds most of his previous Covid-19 restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate. He added that all businesses would be allowed to open "100 percent," effective March 10. "Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility," Abbott said, speaking in a crowded dining room where many were not wearing masks. "It's just that now state...
    The top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned COVID-19 cases could balloon if restrictions are not followed, even with a trio of vaccines receiving approval for emergency use. Director Rochelle Walensky, who took over the CDC on Inauguration Day, pointed out that after weeks of declining infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, new cases of the virus are again beginning to increase “slightly," a trend that will spark a fourth surge if the public doesn't exercise caution. “At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” she said during a White House briefing on Monday. DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP RECEIVED FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE SHOTS AT WHITE HOUSE A United Kingdom strain is estimated to be 40% to 70% more transmissible than the original virus, and a variant discovered in California is also thought...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is asking health providers to help them in their investigation into COVID-19 “vaccine breakthrough cases” where individuals who have been vaccinated later get COVID-19. On Tuesday, MDH released the health advisory to health providers throughout the state and is asking them to identify and report cases where Minnesota residents are COVID-19 positive 14 days after completing the two-dose series of vaccinations. That includes those with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive? So far, these particular cases have been rare, but there have been reports of a handful of breakthrough cases being discovered in certain states. READ MORE: Minnesota Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Mohamed Noors 3rd-Degree Murder Appeal “This investigation will help MDH and CDC understand to what extent sub-optimal primary immune responses among specific groups,...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that the state will lift its mask mandate that was aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Abbott, who faced pushback from fellow Republicans when he enacted the order in July, also said he would allow all businesses to fully reopen starting March 10. [ READ: States With Mask Mandates ]"Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility," Abbott said. "It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed." Texas is now the largest state to lift its mask mandate. It is averaging over 7,600 new cases per day with approximately 9% of its adult population fully vaccinated. The state has recorded over 2.6 million cases of the virus – the second highest of any state. The Week in Cartoons: March 1-5View All 10 ImagesThe director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week warned states to keep their mitigation...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday reported 94 new cases of the coronavirus and seven more deaths, but the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness the virus causes, continued to drop. The Department of Health said the state's confirmed and probable cases since the pandemic began now totals 322,509. The number of people who have died due to COVID-19 now totals 5,250. The state's COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped by 14 to 441. The low number of new cases comes the day after Arkansas saw a spike that officials said was due to a cleanup in virus data. The state on Sunday reported 3,220 new cases, but the department said 2,932 of them occurred before Feb. 14. The state's reported COVID-19 deaths also dropped by 174 on Sunday because some deaths had been reclassified and duplicates removed. The department on Monday reported 636,600 of the 989,580 coronavirus vaccine...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.  The upcoming guidance, first reported by Politico, is expected to include that fully vaccinated individuals should be able to gather in small groups with other people who have also been vaccinated. The CDC currently does not recommend in-person gatherings with the general public, saying "gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice."  Even for people who have been fully vaccinated, other mitigation measures will still be recommended, including wearing a mask in public and social distancing. The sources wouldn't specify when exactly this guidance would be released but one said it would be released when it's finalized "later this week."  At the White House COVID-19 response briefing Monday, President...
    ROME (AP) — The variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is prevalent among Italy’s infected schoolchildren and is helping to fuel a “robust” uptick in the curve of COVID-19 contagion in the country, the health minister said Tuesday. Roberto Speranza told reporters that the variant, associated with higher transmission rates, has shown pervasiveness “among the youngest age group” of the population. In recent weeks, Italy’s incidence of new cases among young people has now eclipsed incidence among the older population, a reversal of how COVID-19 afflicted residents in the first months of the pandemic. Italy, a nation of 60 million people where COVID-19 first erupted in the West in February 2020, has registered nearly 3 million confirmed cases. Speranza announced stricter directives, contained in the first anti-pandemic decree of new Italian Premier Mario Draghi, aimed at trying to “govern this curve of contagion,” especially among school-age children....
    EXCLUSIVE: Channing Phillips will become acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, effective Wednesday, with current acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin transitioning to continue the "overall supervision" of the Capitol riot investigation "at the request of" the Justice Department, Fox News has learned.Fox News obtained a memo Sherwin sent to staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C., notifying them that, "Effective tomorrow, Channing Phillips will take the reins as the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia."  BIDEN DOJ WANTS DC'S ACTING US ATTORNEY TO TRANSITION TO SPECIAL ROLE FOR CAPITOL BREACH PROBE Phillips was the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia under the Obama administration and stayed in the post until September 2017.  "In the wake of a nationwide pandemic shutdown, historic social unrest and upheaval, and the brazen assault of our Capitol on January 6, this Office has marched forward and remained the...
    Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will be reopening Texas "100%" and ending the Lone Star State's mask mandate, effective next week. "This must end," he said during a Tuesday press conference in Lubbock. "It is now time to open Texas 100%. Everybody who wants to work should have that opportunity. Every business that wants to be open should be open." "I am issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate," he said. The governor cited the state's abundance of testing facilities, personal protective gear, and vaccinations as primary drivers behind his decision. Abbott is set to issue an executive order on the new policies taking effect on March 10. GREG ABBOTT RULES OUT...
    THE fall in coronavirus deaths in England is three weeks ahead of the government’s estimates, new figures show.  Experts have called for lockdown restrictions to be eased more quickly as fatalities and cases continue to decline.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Experts have suggested that a steep fall in Covid deaths could be down to the vaccine rollout starting to take effectCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3 Boris Johnson has repeatedly stressed that he will be guided by “data not dates” as the country leaves lockdown.  But a steep fall in cases and deaths, combined with the success of the vaccine rollout, have prompted fresh calls to lift measures more rapidly.  The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (SPI-M), which advises the government, published its most recent modelling on deaths on February 1o.  It estimated that fatalities would not drop below 200 a day until mid-March...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Health reported another 7,179 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. That brings the total to 1,918,100 since the first publicly announced infection in March of 2020. READ MORE: Survey Finds 3 In 10 Small Businesses Believe They Won’t Survive Without More Federal Assistance There were another 140 additional deaths, bringing the total to 31,696. The single-day positivity rate was 5.69% while the 14-day positivity rate was 6.05%. MIAMI-DADE In Miami-Dade, there were 1,956 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and 32 newly reported deaths. The death toll is now 5,481.. The additional cases increased Miami-Dade County’s overall total to 412,908. The single-day positivity rate was 4.87% while the 14-day positivity rate was 6.11%. READ MORE: Florida Health Insurance Efforts Get A Boost BROWARD In Broward, there were 897 new cases and 9 additional deaths. The death toll stands at 2,408. Broward County’s overall total increased...
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin reported 324 new coronavirus cases and 28 deaths Tuesday.The state's seven-day average of new cases as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was 575.More than 564,000 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,440 have died of the disease since the pandemic started.RELATED: When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Find out where you are in lineCOVID-19 vaccine coming to Pick 'n Save, Metro Market storesNearly 4,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to Pick 'n Save and Metro Market locations in Wisconsin this week.The state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday that the Kroger-owned stores are joining Walgreens as participants under a federal program to get the vaccine into underserved areas.The federal government is providing 2,340 doses this week and the state is contributing 1,552 doses.Anyone currently eligible for the vaccine can schedule an appointment through Kroger's website or...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's largest city has received permission from state health officials to start coronavirus vaccine registrations for residents 50 and older who live in the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods, the mayor announced Tuesday. Those eligible will get their vaccinations at neighborhood clinics, Mayor Jorge Elorza and City Council President Sabina Matos said in a statement. “The city is working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and community partners to reach residents in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” Elorza said. “Providence is making every effort to administer vaccines equitably and efficiently and this next step allows us to more directly reach our most vulnerable residents as quickly as possible.” State-run mass vaccination sites and retail pharmacies will continue vaccinating eligible residents 65 or older. The city's Clinica Esperanza has been granted authority to vaccinate residents 18 and older provided they also help register...