Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 1: Shanghai Disneyland in Lockdown, N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect

By Anna Breuer on 1 November 2021
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Shanghai Disneyland was temporarily closed Sunday after one visitor tested positive for the coronavirus.  Chinese authorities required Disneyland to go into lockdown mode and test all 34,000 guests before anyone could exit the park.

All of those tested were found to be negative for the virus.

Meanwhile, New York City officials began to enforce its vaccine mandate on Monday.  Public employees who did not provide proof of at least an initial dose of coronavirus vaccine are being told to stay home on unpaid leave.

Over the weekend, the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said that over 91% of all public workers had provided proof of vaccination, a stark increase from 83% ten days earlier.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 247.6 million Covid-19 cases and, as mentioned, over 5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 224.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 72,961, a -13% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,346, a change of -12% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Monday, recorded over 46.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 766,233. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 34.3 million, and a death toll of 458,470, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.  Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 607,860, and has seen over 21.8 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 221.5 million people in the United States – or 66.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 58%, or 192 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 422 million. Breaking this down further, 79.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 206.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 69.6% of the same group – or 178.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.9 billion people across the globe have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 50.8% of the world’s population, a .4 percentage point increase in the past 24 hours. There remains, however, a countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, for example, where vaccination rates are in the single digits, if not lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that well-off countries are vaccinating people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to give a single dose to its citizens.

It is critical that the world do a better job of sharing vaccines with poorer nations.

Sharing vaccines is not merely a form of charity.  Rather, the equitable distribution of vaccines is in every country’s health and economic interest and no country will be able to move past the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.

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