Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 11: New Cases and Deaths Decline, Germany Extends Lockdown

By Anna Breuer on 10 February 2021
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

The daily coronavirus death toll in the United States appears to be in decline, following in lockstep with a drop in the number of new infections and fewer hospitalizations. The death toll is a lagging indicator and those figures began to drop in January.  The United States has reported under 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the past three days and the seven-day average has fallen 50% since peaking on January 8.

Germany’s partial lockdown has been extended to March 7, Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel and the Ministerpräsidenten of the 16 Bundesländer announced Wednesday.

Residents of the United Kingdom may not be permitted to go abroad for vacations until all adults in the country have been vaccinated.  British Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said on the news program BBC Breakfast that holidays this would depend on “everybody having their vaccinations.”  He also said that said anyone hoping to travel abroad “would have to wait for other countries to catch up.”

Sister André, a French nun believed to be the second-oldest known living person in the world, recovered from an asymptomatic bout with the coronavirus and will celebrate her 117th birthday on Thursday.  She tested positive for the virus in mid January and told the French newspaper Var-Martin she hadn’t realized she had it.

A wave of new coronavirus infections at the University of California, Berkeley, has sent the campus into a lockdown. Classes are being held remotely, and approximately 2,000 students have been confined to their dorm rooms, barred from doing anything except going to the bathroom or getting food.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that stadiums and arenas can reopen starting on February 23, albeit with severe limitations on capacity.  Venues that can hold 10,000 people or more will be limited to 10% of capacity once approved by the state’s Department of Health.  Only individuals who can present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the facility will be allowed in and temperature checks and face masks will be mandatory.

The province of Newfoundland is facing a surge in new coronavirus infections and gone into a “circuit-breaker” lockdown, with the closing of schools and non-essential businesses and restaurant dining rooms.  The province’s chief medical officer, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, blamed “complacency” on the part of residents given the long period of time the region was Covid-free.

New Mexico will end its mandatory quarantine for most out-of-state visitors.  Hawaii had been exempt from the quarantine since the positivity rate there is extremely low.

 

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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