Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 6: Please Don’t Post Your Vaccination Card on Insta

One Year Ago: The First Death in the U.S. from Covid-19

By Anna Breuer on 6 February 2021
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The first death in the United States from the novel coronavirus occurred exactly one year ago. Patricia Dowd died from the virus on February 6, 2020. Since then, over 450,000 people in the country have died.

In the Netherlands, the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, or National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, said Friday that the country had surpassed the one million mark in case numbers. The total number of infections there stands at 1,001,826.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission warned individuals who have gotten vaccinations not to post their vaccination cards on social media, given that a card has the individual’s full name, date of birth, and the type of vaccine given on it. “Please – don’t do that,” the agency said, in a warning that doing so could make the individual vulnerable to identify theft or other scams.

In New York, the positivity rate has fallen to 4.31%, the lowest since November 28, while total hospitalizations are at the lowest level since the first day of the year. The Bronx continues to have the highest infection rates in the city, however.

Governor Andrew Cuomo opened up the vaccine eligibility list to people with preexisting conditions including cancer patients as well as people with heart disease and diabetes.  The state said it has administrated 91% of the vaccine doses it has received.

The U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted restrictions on religious services in California.  In a case brought by two churches in the state, the court ruled that restrictions imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom violated the Constitution’s protections on free exercise of religion.  The court, in a brief, unsigned opinion, blocked the governor’s ban but left two elements of the ban in place, namely a 25% capacity restriction and a prohibition on singing and chanting.

Its borders closed to international visitors, New Zealand is turning to locals to “Do Something Different” support the country’s tourism economy.  Before the pandemic, the industry, which employed some 230,000 people, along with almost four million foreign visitors, contributed 41.9 billion New Zealand dollars ($30.1 billion) to the country. The board is telling locals, “Please don’t travel under the social influence,” while recommending that they find new ways of looking at what’s nearby.  Social Observation Squad patrolman Tom Sainsbury warns of hot-tub photos, “man sits quietly on the rock contemplating” photos, and the classic “summit spread eagle.”  Sainsbury, using a bullhorn, issues a warning to the couple taking the summit photo and sends them off to a bicycle winery tour instead.

The number of new cases in Dubai, which began to allow tourists in for its peak year-end season, has quadrupled amidst the influx of tourists from abroad who were trying to escape from severe lockdown measures as well as winter weather.

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