Sunday, January 29, 2023

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, Nov 4: 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 the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Incidence in the region increased for the fifth consecutive week, while declines in incidence were reported in other regions, including the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Amid this rise, thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the streets to protest COVID-19 vaccination certificates and government-imposed security restrictions, including requirements for teachers, government officials and other populations to be fully vaccinated by next week to continue receiving salaries.

With the recent approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children, Washington State is urging families to be patient as they first anticipate a vaccine shortage due to high demand for the vaccine. Parents or guardians will need to make an appointment for young children and can use the health department’s search tool, but there are few appointments available.

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.

7:41 am

Russia sets another daily record for deaths from COVID-19 – 1195 people

Russia has set another record for daily coronavirus deaths as it battles a prolonged spike in infections that have caused restrictions across the country.

The National Coronavirus Task Force on Thursday said 1,195 people have died from COVID-19 in the last day, more than the 1,189 people recorded the day before. Since the end of September, Russia has recorded new highs of infections or deaths almost daily.

The task force reported 40,217 new infections, up from a record 40,993 as of October 31.

Less than 35% of the nearly 146 million people in Russia are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, although Russia approved a domestically produced coronavirus vaccine several months earlier than most countries.

The Russian state task force on coronavirus has reported more than 8.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 243,000 deaths during the pandemic.

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– Jim Heinz, Associated Press

7:30 am

Seattle employees and departments are under pressure from vaccine staffing.

The vaccine introduction in Seattle has put hundreds of vaccinated city workers on more than two weeks of leave, exacerbating staff shortages in key departments and drawing criticism from injured employees.

Mayor Jenny Durcan has demanded that all city employees working at the facility be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18. Although more than 90% of employees were vaccinated and continued to work as usual, more than 500 people received or applied for exemptions for religious or medical reasons. and are on vacation hoping to get housing to keep their jobs.

As of Monday, the departments with the most employees on leave were the Seattle Police Department, with 100 employees; Seattle City Light – 82, Seattle Utilities – 70, and Seattle Fire Department – 55.

For departments like the SFD, where 5% of employees are on mandate leave, the order puts new pressure on an already tense department that had 75 vacancies before the mandate.

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—Sarah Grace Taylor

6:30 am

Washington State Warns Doses Of COVID Vaccine For Young Children Will Not Meet Demand At First, Calls For Patience As Children 5-11 Finally Get Vaccinated

Five-Year-Old Leila Greaves, One Of The First In Her Age Group To Be Vaccinated, Receives A Kiss From Her Mother Natasha Greaves As Her Father, Aliu Ann, Patiently Waits In Line For Leila At Shore Community College On Wednesday.  (Amanda Snyder / Seattle Times)

SHORELINE – Ten-year-old Mika Wong was not at all nervous when he sat down in the brightly lit Shoreline Community College building on Wednesday afternoon. He grinned under his baseball cap and took a deep breath as a firefighter took his left hand and was vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It felt like being pinched,” said Wong, whose two younger sisters, aged 5 and 7, also received their first shot on Wednesday. “He disappeared pretty quickly.”

Wong was among the state’s 10 first children, ages 5 to 11 – most of whom were sons and daughters of doctors and UW Medicine staff – who were waiting in line to receive the Pfizer childhood vaccine on Wednesday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially gave the green light. them this week.

The vaccination ended instantly, although it reflected months of anxious anticipation for many young children and their parents, who had been hoping for doses since the vaccines first became available last winter. Some parents said they felt a wave of relief as they watched their children get vaccinated, but health officials reminded families that supplies to the state would be limited at first and urged patience.

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– Eliza Takahama

6:26 am

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