Coronavirus News – Jan. 6: In England, 1 in 50 Has Been Infected, Germany Extends Lockdown

By Anna Breuer on 6 January 2021
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A Straßenbahn on the Maximilianstraße in Munich

The world surpassed the 86 million mark for coronavirus infections, as the United States crossed 21 million. Over 1.8 million people have died from the virus as of Wednesday.

Here’s what you need to know today:

German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel announced the country’s national lockdown will be extended until at least the end of January.

Health officials in England said that one in 50 people there has had the coronavirus.

The positivity rate in New York City surpassed 9%, resulting in calls by many for the city’s schools to be closed.

Officials in Los Angeles are urging extreme precautions for residents because the coronavirus is “everywhere.”  “”You run the risk of an exposure whenever you leave your home,” said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

In Northern California, a hospital had two hours to inoculate 600 people after the freezer it was storing the temperature-sensitive Moderna vaccine in broke.In what became a study in mass vaccinations, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center was able to enlist the fire department and the county jail in its efforts.  Because every minute counted, it ignored state guidelines on inoculations and distributed the vaccine with the sole purpose of making good use it.

Meanwhile, scientists at the National Institutes of Health are studying whether the Moderna vaccine dose can be halved, a move which would double the available supply.

Scotland’s prime minister, Nicola Sturgeon, told President Trump that he is not welcome in the country amidst the coronavirus pandemic. “We are not allowing people to come into Scotland now without an essential purpose, which would apply to him, just as it applies to everybody else. Coming to play golf is not what I would consider an essential purpose.”

The 63rd Grammy Awards, the awards presented by the Recording Academy, will be postponed. Citing in a statement the “deteriorating Covid situation in Los Angeles,” organizers said the awards would now be held on March 14.

Citing evidence of false negative results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about the accuracy of a coronavirus test used by Congress to stem the spread of the coronavirus on the Hill.  The agency said that the Curative SARS-Cov-2 test, which is a self-administered nasal swab, often provides incorrect results,  which result in “delayed or lack of supportive treatment, lack of monitoring of infected individuals and their household or other close contacts for symptoms resulting in increased risk of spread of Covid-19 within the community.”

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