Coronavirus News Update – July 4: Russia Clamps Down on Vaccinations as U.S. Crosses 180 Million Mark

By Paul Riegler on 4 July 2021
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow

Russia is increasingly clamping down on getting citizens to get inoculated against the coronavirus. As of late last month, only individuals who have either been vaccinated, have a current negative coronavirus test, or have proof of having recovered form the virus in the past six months can enter cafes and restaurants. In some parts of the country, local authorities are requiring vaccinations for workers in customer-facing jobs ranging from bank tellers to hairdressers, who face unpaid leave if they don’t get the jab.  Restaurants and shops must have 60% of staff vaccinated by mid-July or face months of closure.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 184.4 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.90 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 168.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which a little over two weeks ago crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 621,255, an increase of 83 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.6 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 30.6 million officially recorded cases and 402,359 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.16 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, and increase of 0.03 billion and the equivalent of more than 41 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 182.1 million people in the United States – or 54.9% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47.3%, or 156.8 million people, are fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 329.9 million. Breaking this down further, 67% of the population over the age of 18 – or 172.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.1% of the same group – or 150 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In India, authorities are investigating allegations that scammers injected thousands of people with fake vaccines in the city of Mumbai. The police have already arrested 14 people on suspicion of involvement in the scheme, which involved using saline solution instead of coronavirus vaccines at nearly a dozen private vaccination sites. The scammers reportedly charged between $10 and $17 per dose.  Authorities said they had confiscated over $20,000 from the suspects.  The individuals were charged with “criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery,” said Vishal Thakur, a police officer in Mumbai.

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