Fauci says mandates of in-house masks could be relaxed; The fall of infections


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For the first time in seven months, the United States is reporting one new case of coronavirus every two seconds. At its worst in January, more than five cases were reported every two seconds. The average number of new cases in the US is now about 40,000 per day, down about 43% from the last peak less than a month ago. Anthony Fauci said Sunday in “Meet the Press” on NBC News that masks could become seasonal and that he is open to easing indoor mask requirements as more people are vaccinated. But some states are asking the federal government to withhold massive quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine this week amid reduced demand for injections, as nearly half of the US population received at least one injection, and more than a third were fully vaccinated. However, the frequency of first-dose vaccinations in the United States has decreased 60% in the past month alone, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United States reported administering fewer than 5.1 million first doses in the week ending Sunday, down from 12.3 million doses in the week ending the previous month. Compared to the best reported vaccination week, vaccinations have decreased by 89% in South Dakota, 86% in Alaska, 85% in Wyoming, and 84% in North Dakota. – Mike Stuka also in the news: The Embrompto Street celebrations erupted across Spain early Saturday when the six-month national emergency to contain the spread of the Coronavirus ended and several nighttime curfews were lifted. He is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker Dracula, Reuters reported. The Swedish army says that about 200 recruits have been brought home from a large military exercise in which thousands of soldiers participated in southern and central Sweden due to suspected injuries. Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 32.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 581,000 cases. Mortality, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 158 million cases and 3.29 million deaths. More than 329.8 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States and more than 259.7 million have been given, according to the CDC. More than 114.2 million Americans are fully vaccinated – 34.4% of the population. What we read: In one analysis, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that out of 43 states, whites are vaccinated 1.6 times as compared to blacks and 1.5 times higher than the rate for Hispanics. Experts say more needs to be done to reach minorities. Keep updating this page for the latest updates. do you want more? Subscribe to the Coronavirus Watch newsletter to get updates for your inbox and join our Facebook group. Flu season has been virtually non-existent thanks to COVID measures – a year of social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in 2020 – 2021 flu season is practically non-existent. Public health laboratories and clinical laboratories reported 2,038 cases of influenza during the season from September 27, 2020 to April 24, 2021, according to CeDC. The agency estimates that about 38 million people contracted the flu during the 2019-2020 season. John Schwartzberg, professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of California – Berkeley, School of Public Health. “In all my years of influenza monitoring … I’ve never seen anything like this before.” – Adriana Rodriguez Fauci says it is time to start relaxing the rules of the inner mask, White House Corona Virus Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says it is time to start relaxing the inner mask requirements. “I think so,” he said when asked on ABC News. “I think you will likely see that as we go along, as more people get vaccinated.” Fauci also said wearing masks could become a seasonal habit for some people trying to avoid respiratory illnesses like the flu. He predicted that the United States would reach President Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% by Independence Day. As vaccination rates rise and new cases fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will update their guidelines, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We need to start to be more liberal, as more people are vaccinated,” he added. Parents are reluctant to have their children vaccinated as well. Pfizer and BioNTech have filed for full approval of the US Food and Drug Administration for the COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years of age or older, but a large percentage of parents are not very enthusiastic about having their children vaccinated, recently surveys show. While 71% of parents or caregivers said in a March survey that they would vaccinate themselves, only 58% said they would vaccinate their children, according to a report by ParentsTogether, a national organization that provides education and resources to families. In the survey, nearly a third of parents said they would wait some time to see how vaccines work, according to findings published in the April issue of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vaccine Monitoring Program. Almost one in five said that their children would definitely not be vaccinated. “It will take some time for all parents to feel comfortable with the vaccine, but what I hope people will understand … is that this becomes part of the way,” said Bethany Robertson, co-founder and co-director of ParentsTing that did the vaccine frequency report, “Protecting our children and our community.” Laos suffers its first recorded death from the Coronavirus, a 53-year-old Vietnamese woman in Laos has become the first death from the virus recorded in the country, the Vientiane Times reported. Dr. Boathip Fomin, Deputy Director General of the Department of Health Care and Rehabilitation, said, The woman, who had worked at a karaoke club in the capital, Vientiane, was suffering from underlying medical problems including diabetes. The death came amid an increase in injuries since the New Year holidays in Lao last month. Fomin said containment became difficult when many contacts came. Suspects are inaccurate information and warned that people who intentionally concealed information may be accused of spreading the virus, as Los Angeles will offer vaccinations without an appointment starting Monday, Los Angeles residents will no longer need an appointment to get vaccinated COVID-19 in whatever location the city manages, the mayor of the city. “We stand at a critical juncture in our battle to end this pandemic, and our city will continue to do everything in its power to remove barriers to accessing the vaccine and deliver doses directly to all Angelino,” Garcetti said in a statement. The Los Angeles Times said the move was aimed at people who do not have the time or technology resources to access or navigate online booking platforms. India reeling while the virus escalates The pace of vaccination has slowed down in India and regional officials there say they have limited quantities of vaccines to administer, even as the country grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases and complaints of lack of oxygen in hospitals. The second most populous country in the world is registering a record rate of infection: Just over 403,000 confirmed cases were reported on Sunday, including 4,092 deaths. Meanwhile, the daily vaccination rate fell to 1.3 million last week. That’s down from 3.5 million a day in April. So far, about 10% of India’s population has received a single dose, while only 2.5% have received one, and on Friday, the European Union called on the US to start increasing its exports of vaccines to help contain the global crisis. The United States said earlier last week that it would support efforts to waive some intellectual property protection measures for COVID-19 vaccines to allow more countries to produce more of them, but officials said it would not have an immediate impact on global supplies and drugmakers. They opposed the removal of patent protection. – Donovan Slack Contributing: Adriana Rodriguez, USA Today; Associated Press.


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