Good Morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here is now the pandemic news from around the world on the 801st day of the pandemic
Toddlers who have never looked inside a supermarket may soon be free to explore a treasure trove of cereal aisles from the vantage point of a shopping cart, when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upheld the unanimous recommendation of its advisory panel. Supported all children to be vaccinated. Between 6 months and 5 years of age.
By approving two vaccines, one by Moderna and one by Pfizer-BioNtech, each with a slightly different dosage, the country became the first to offer handheld jabs for this age group.
Many countries offer vaccinations for those 5 and older, and Cuba starts at 2, China at 3, but only the United States now starts at 6 months.
“Together, led by science, we have taken another important step in our nation’s fight against COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said in a statement. “We know that millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can.”
As part of the rollout, the Biden administration plans to offer vaccination pop-up sites at children’s museums and public libraries and vaccinations could begin as early as Monday or Tuesday.
In other news we cover today, North Korea is now reporting an “epidemic” of an unknown intestinal disease and New York City may repatriate workers who refused to submit proof of vaccination, But only if they vaccinate against the coronavirus.
Here’s a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours.
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In New York City, municipal workers who failed to comply with the city’s vaccination rules late last year are getting one last shot at getting their jobs back.
Such workers were informed on Friday that they have “an opportunity to return to employment if” [they] Complete vaccination. He has until the end of June to get his first shot and should be fully vaccinated by mid-August.
“Once you have provided proof of full vaccination (both doses), you will be reinstated to your civil service title at your most recent pay within two weeks of submitting proof of full vaccination, including benefits or There will be no change in service,” Marisa Cagliano, assistant commissioner of human resources for the New York Police Department, wrote in a letter to the fired workers.
The Financial Times reported that China is converting parts of the Olympic Village in Beijing into COVID isolation camps. Hundreds of people have been sent there since a cluster of Covid cases broke out in the capital’s entertainment district.
Meanwhile, North Korean officials reported what was called an “acute intestinal epidemic” in South Hwanghae province. Officials sent medical teams and epidemiological investigators to the province to check for gastrointestinal illness, which South Korean officials believe could be cholera or typhoid.
The outbreak comes on the heels of a major Covid wave and ongoing food shortage.
Now here are the daily figures for Sunday, June 19.
As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 544.1 million Covid-19 cases, an increase of 0.2 million new cases in the past 24-hour period, and 6.34 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. . In addition, 519.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.4 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Sunday stood at 18,442,682, a decrease of 123,000. Of that figure, 99.8%, or 18,406,620, is considered mild, and 0.2%, or 36,062 is listed as significant. The percentage of cases considered serious has remained unchanged in the last 24 hours.
The United States recorded 14,212 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, compared with 116,485 on Saturday, 104,135 on Friday and 134,095 on Wednesday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day event rate is now 96,015. Weekend figures (reported the next day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to the small number of tests being conducted.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 100,763, a 1% decrease based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average daily death rate for the same period is 316, an increase of 20% compared to the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 30,189, an increase of 6%.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded 87.9 million cases as of Sunday, more than any other country, and 1.04 million deaths. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases at 43.3 million, and the death toll at 524,856.
New data from Russia’s Rosstat State Statistics Service showed at the end of May that the number of covid or covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic in April 2020 is now 812,827, making the country the world’s second-highest pandemic-related death toll. is giving. , after the United States. Rosstat reported that 11,583 people died of coronavirus or related causes in April, up from 35,584 in March and 43,543 in February.
Meanwhile, Brazil has now recorded 669,062, the third highest number of cases as a result of the virus, and has recorded 31.7 million cases.
France ranks fourth in total cases with 30.1 million cases, and Germany is fifth with 27.2 million. The United Kingdom is now at number six with 22.5 million cases and is the only country in the world with the total number of cases exceeding 20 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, more than 259.2 million people in the United States – or 78.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 66.8%, or 221.9 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses distributed in the United States is now 592.3 million. Breaking this down further, 89.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 231 million people – have received at least the first vaccine and 76.8% of the same group – or 198.2 million people – have been fully vaccinated. In addition, 50.6% of that population, or 10.2 million people, have already received a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine.
Due to Monday’s bank holiday, CDC is not publishing updates to vaccinations or other data until Tuesday, June 21.
More than 66.3% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Sunday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. To date, 11.98 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally and 8.49 million doses are now being administered each day.
Meanwhile, only 17.8% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received it. . At least one dose of the vaccine.
Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. However, many countries are less than 20% and in countries such as Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.
In addition, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not vaccinated.
Paul Riegler contributed to this story.
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