As the CDC issued relaxed rules for the totally vaccinated on Monday and the tempo of pictures elevated, concern mounted on one other entrance: Young folks keen to go on spring break.
Florida is getting busy. Disney theme parks in Orlando are booked solid subsequent Monday via Thursday. Throngs of faculty college students are strolling the strip in Fort Lauderdale, many with out masks and ignoring social distancing. At least one sizzling spot there, nonetheless, is pumping the brakes.
The out of doors occasion area The Wharf, that includes dwell music, foods and drinks, introduced on social media that in the course of the spring break season guests with out-of-state ID must be 23 or older. The Wharf says it is going to be working at lowered capability and requiring masks be worn always whereas strolling via frequent areas and when not consuming or ingesting.
In Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber is set to keep away from a brand new burst of virus instances in his metropolis. Gelber issued a stern warning for spring break revelers: “Don’t be foolish. Don’t come here if you think this is an anything-goes environment. We will arrest you and it will ruin your time here.”
Help is on the way in which: The U.S. vaccination charge has risen to a median of two.2 million doses per day, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients introduced. New York City alone administered 100,000 doses over the weekend.
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►The seven-day rolling common for day by day new instances and COVID-19 deaths within the U.S. has decreased over the previous two weeks. Infections dwindled from 66,162 on Feb. 21 to 57,972 on Sunday, whereas fatalities dropped from 1,873 on Feb. 21 to 1,677 on Sunday.
►Millions of Americans ought to begin to see stimulus checks of as much as $1,400 land in their bank accounts in just a few weeks. The one-time funds are a part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bundle that’s anticipated to get closing approval within the House on Wednesday.
►Italy surpassed 100,000 useless within the pandemic, a 12 months after it turned the primary nation in Europe to go on lockdown. The per-capita dying toll in Italy is about the identical as within the U.S.
►Colorado well being officers are advising anybody who participated in a raucous Boulder party-turned-riot to quarantine for no less than 10 days and to get examined for COVID-19. The occasion turned so violent a automotive was flipped over and a police SWAT crew used tear fuel to break up the gang.
►New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her nation will now use solely the Pfizer vaccine to inoculate its inhabitants. She says the choice was primarily based on the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29 million confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 525,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 117 million instances and a couple of.59 million deaths. More than 116.3 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 92 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Public heath specialists have been important of Texas, Mississippi and different states which have tossed apart masks mandates. They additionally warn of one other menace to the nation’s hard-fought good points in opposition to COVID-19: The variety of Americans getting examined for coronavirus has dropped considerably since January. Read the full story.
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- CDC eases restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans
- White House vows to fight Russian attempts to undermine vaccine confidence
- NYC vaccinations boom – and J&J vaccine is the favorite
- Biden address to mark 1-year anniversary of shutdowns
- Have more Americans been vaccinated than have been infected?
- Down syndrome adults face high risk – but many can’t get vaccine
- Variant cases have doubled in US since Feb. 18, CDC data shows
Wyoming is becoming a member of Texas and Mississippi, changing into the fifth state – all led by Republican governors – to elevate masks mandates lately in opposition to the recommendation of public well being specialists. A sixth state, Alabama, prolonged the mandate however mentioned it might finish on April 9.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, whose order goes into impact March 16, additionally mentioned a number of companies will be capable to resume regular operations. They embrace institutions that usually function indoors, equivalent to bars, theaters, gyms and eating places.
The discarding of masking necessities by some states drew a rebuke final week from President Joe Biden, who likened the selections to “Neanderthal thinking,” and a warning against prematurely removing restrictions from the CDC.
Satisfaction with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the U.S. has increased enough that a majority of both Democrats and Republicans approve of it, but 1 out of every 4 Americans still say they’ll never get the vaccine if they can avoid it, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
Of the 60% of respondents who said they’re at least somewhat satisfied with the vaccine rollout, 69% are Democrats and 58% Republicans. Partisanship is more of a dividing line in the decision to skip the vaccine, with 36% of Republicans saying they want to avoid it, compared to only 6% of Democrats.
The survey also reveals the public is generally more pessimistic about how long it will take to return to normalcy after the pandemic, with 21% saying by the summer – down from 29% in a January survey – 40% saying by the end of the year and 27% saying even later.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans on Monday, saying they can visit with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. They can also visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 – indoors and without wearing masks or physical distancing.
Fully vaccinated people also don’t need to quarantine or get testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic. But they still must take precautions in public such as wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing and avoidance of medium- and large-size in-person gatherings.
“COVID-19 continues to actual an amazing toll on our nation,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a press briefing of the White House COVID-19 Response Team. “Science and the safety of public well being should information us as we start to renew actions.”
The Biden administration said Monday that it is taking steps to combat Russian disinformation aimed at undermining confidence in the vaccines produced by Pfizer Inc. and other Western companies. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s remarks came in the wake of a Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal that four publications, all serving as fronts for Russian intelligence, have targeted Western-produced COVID-19 vaccines with misleading coverage that exaggerates the risk of side effects and raises questions about their efficacy.
“We will fight (the disinformation) with every tool we have,” Psaki said during a press briefing on Monday.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
More than 100,000 New Yorker City residents were vaccinated over the weekend, raising the total doses administered in the city to more than 2.3 million, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. The mayor said the city could vaccinate 500,000 per week if it can get more supply. Many residents who “had hesitation earlier than” about getting vaccinated told him they are now ready, de Blasio said. And the Johnson & Johnson shot is the vaccine of choice, he said.
“One of probably the most constant issues we heard is folks need the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a result of it is one dose and also you’re executed,” the mayor said.
President Joe Biden will make the first prime-time address of his term Thursday night to commemorate the one-year anniversary of shutdowns taken across the nation at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who announced the address, did not provide a time or say where the president will deliver remarks. State lockdowns rapidly closed businesses across the country, spiking unemployment to a high of 14.8% last April before slowly improving.
“He will focus on the numerous sacrifices that the American folks have made over the past 12 months and the grave loss communities and households throughout the nation have suffered,” Psaki said. “The president will look ahead, highlighting the function that Americans will play in beating the virus and transferring the nation to getting again to regular.”
– Joey Garrison
The number of Americans now completely vaccinated for COVID-19 has surpassed the number of reported cases of the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Just over 31 million people have been completely vaccinated, 9.4% of the inhabitants, in response to the CDC. The Johns Hopkins information dashboard counts 29 million cases of the virus reported nationwide, but experts warn that reported cases likely represent a fraction of actual infections.
Recent studies indicate that adults with Down syndrome, specifically those 40 and older, are three to 10 times as likely to die from COVID-19 than the general population. The findings confirmed what many had already suspected – that those with the genetic disorder, already prone to respiratory issues, heart conditions and other risk factors for coronavirus, were more susceptible to the virus’ harmful effects. But Down syndrome priority for the vaccine varies from state to state.
“It’s clear that they should be moved to the front of the line,” said Republican Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Minnesota, lead author of a letter signed by bipartisan state legislators last month imploring health officials to prioritize adults with the condition. “I can’t emphasize enough how dangerous it could be for these individuals if they don’t get the vaccine.”
– Marc Ramirez
The U.S. added a record 380 new coronavirus variant cases Sunday, continuing a trend that has seen the country double its known total of such coronavirus infections since Feb. 18. Different versions of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading quickly even as the pace of new infections has generally been falling nationwide.
The variants can spread more easily, dodge some treatments and immunities or both, leaving them a threat even as more Americans get vaccinated. The U.S. has 3,133 known variant cases, up from the 2,753 reported Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control said Sunday.
Most of America’s known variant cases are of B.1.1.7, which was first seen in the United Kingdom, with 3,037. Vaccines have proved effective against it, but the variant is considered at least 50% more infectious than the original strain, making fast, widespread vaccination imperative.
– Mike Stucka