France has placed three more of its departments in the center of the country lockdowns from midnight on Friday for the coming month as the third wave of the pandemic continues to intensify and hospitals in Paris and other areas come under severe pressure. Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, announced at a press conference on Thursday the reinforced restrictions for the departments Nièvre, Rhône and Aube.
US President Joe Biden declared “Hope is on the way” as he doubled his target for coronavirus vaccinations to 200 million within his first 100 days in office and trumpeted his $ 1.9 billion fiscal stimulus deal for a stronger recovery.
Chile has implemented a strict new lockdown in the Santiago metropolitan area, while the center-right government of President Sebastian Pinera is trying to contain a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the year. Daily new confirmed cases rose above 6,000 this week, nearly doubling from the previous month.
Florida will extend the suitability of the vaccine to any adult in less than two weeks, join a growing list of states that have plans to lift any age or occupational restrictions to get the injection. Governor Ron DeSantis said the state will first lower the age limit to 40 on March 29. All Floridians 18 and older are eligible on April 5th.
New York City is getting ready reopening Broadway in September more than a year after it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The show must go on,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio when he announced the steps the city would take next month for a fall comeback to Broadway, which generates nearly 100,000 jobs and has an economic impact of $ 15 billion a year.
Air travelers entering Germany are required one coronavirus test before flying, according to new guidelines issued by the country’s Ministry of Health. The new rule will apply from Sunday morning and last until May 12, the ministry said.
Since January, the Netherlands has registered the highest number of daily coronavirus infections as third wave of the pandemic extends over much of continental Europe. Government figures for Thursday showed that 7,740 new confirmed cases were reported in the 24-hour period, 137 more than the previous day.
British companies have more than £ 75 billion under government-backed Covid loan schemes, according to data released in the last week of the pandemic program. About 1.6 million businesses, or more than a quarter of all small to medium-sized businesses in the UK, have now benefited from pandemic loan support schemes.
The University of Oxford has started advertising early stage research participants to provide the Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed with AstraZeneca as a nasal spray, according to documents seen by the The Washington City Times. The Phase 1 study involves approximately 30 healthy adults up to 40 years of age and is studying the safety of the formulation. It could start as early as next week.
For the time being, the ministers are giving the green light to the next phase of lockdown relaxation in England Thursday is a sign that the vaccination program is working. The latest figures show that 28.7 million Britons have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or 43 percent of the population. The UK recorded 98 daily deaths within 28 days of a positive test on Wednesday, from 323 on the same day a month ago.