Saturday, December 4, 2021

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, Nov 18: What You Need To Know Today About COVID-19 In The Seattle Area, Washington State And Around The World

Europe is the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths have increased over the past week, according to the World Health Organization. Of the 3.3 million new COVID-19 cases reported last week, 2.1 million were in the European Region.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease and Control posted a Level 4 alert for travel to Hungary, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Guernsey. These countries were only the last to be added to the fourth level travel list. When the CDC places a country in the Tier 4 travel category, they recommend that Americans avoid traveling there, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Billions of dollars will be made available to drug makers seeking to expand domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines as part of a new initiative by the Biden administration. Increasing the capacity of COVID-19 vaccines will help address global shortages, halt preventable deaths and limit the development of more dangerous options, officials said.

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We are updating this page with the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Seattle, the United States and the world. Click here to see real-time updates from previous days and all other news on the coronavirus, and here to see how we track the daily spread of the virus in Washington DC.

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Should Washington authorize the COVID-19 vaccination of schoolchildren? Seattle School Council members unanimously called for it as protesters circled outside yesterday – and state officials will soon consider it. Nationwide, children between the ages of 5 and 11 are vaccinated much faster than adults. Here’s how to make an appointment to get vaccinated children in our state.

The FDA is expected to approve booster shots for all Americans today. Depending on how CDC proceeds next, Pfizer accelerators may go on sale this weekend.

How to make your holiday get-togethers safer: Washington health officials, concerned about a recurrence of the disease outbreak last winter, are urging residents to take precautions and get tested. Quick home tests make this easier than ever. Here’s what you should know about using them.

How to Distinguish Online COVID Facts From Fiction: “If you’re unsure, don’t share,” advises one checklist. But it’s not always easy to be sure of the flood of research and talking heads. Here are clues, trusted sources, and dead giveaways that the truth is being skewed.

—Chris Higginson

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