Coronavirus News Update – May 16: Amidst New Concerns, UK Moves to Address Indian Virus Variant

Taiwan Sets Record for New Daily Caseload

By Anna Breuer on 16 May 2021
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Amidst growing concerns over the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, health officials in the United Kingdom said they might be forced to “flex” the country’s vaccine rollout to prioritize people in the most affected regions.  Vaccine Minister Madhim Zahawi said that younger people in the northwest of England and in London could be vaccinated sooner than scheduled, and officials might also shorten the gap between the first and second jabs.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 163.45 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.39 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 141.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 1.43 billion doses as of Friday morning, the equivalent of over 19 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Saturday, 156.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Approximately 59.4% of the population over the age of 18 – some 153.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 120.3 million people, or 46.6% of the same population, who have received both doses. Meanwhile, 55.7% of the population over the age of 12, or 156.8 million people, have received at least one shot, including 121.8 million, or 43.5% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 36.7% of the population, or 121.8 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, issued a strong condemnation following the lifting of mask recommendations for vaccinated people by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calling on the agency to “do the right thing” and revise its guidance.  The head of the group, Bonnie Castillo, said that the new guidance “is not based on science” and would harm front-line workers.

Taiwan, which has had one of the world’s leading responses to the pandemic, reported a new daily high on Sunday of 206 locally transmitted infections in Taipei, breaking the record set Saturday of 180. Officials there raised restrictions to their highest level since the start of the pandemic 15 months ago, and the partial lockdown measures set off a wave of panic buying.  The new cases represent over half of the 552 locally transmitted cases the island nation has recorded since early 2020.

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