Coronavirus News Update – April 20: More than 80% of Americans Over 65 Have Been Partly Vaccinated

Flight Sets Record for Positive Covid-19 Cases

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 April 2021
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Over 80% of Americans above the age of 65 have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The numbers are promising, although the rate at which Americans in this age group will get vaccinated in the coming weeks is expected to slow, given that all Americans over the age of 16 is eligible for a shot.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 142.8 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.04 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 121.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 919 million doses, the equivalent of  over12 doses for every 100 people as of Tuesday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Tuesday, 132.3 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 50.7% of the population over the age of 18 – some 130.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 85 million people, or 33% of the same population, nearly a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 25.7% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

A record number of people on a Vistara flight on April 4 from New Delhi to Hong Kong bave tested positive. In the past 16 days since the flight, 47 of those on Vistara Flight 6395, or approximately 25% of the passengers on board, have tested positive for the disease.

India hit a new daily high of coronavirus cases on Monday, with over 272,000 new cases and 1,169 deaths reported. Many of the country’s hospitals are facing oxygen shortages, and are overrun to the point of having to turn patients away due to lack of beds, similar to the situation in New York City during the first wave in the United States last spring.

Facebook announced that its workers will be able to choose to continue working from home once the pandemic has ended, joining other big tech companies like Microsoft and Twitter who have given their employees the option to continue to telecommute. Facebook employees who wish to take advantage of the company’s new policy must, however, first request authorization from a manager.

A travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand opened Monday, enabling travellers to fly between the two countries without having to quarantine for the first time in over a year. Passengers will not be allowed to travel if they have test positive in the past 14 days, and will need to have spent the two weeks prior to their flights in one of the two countries. So far, ticket sales have shown that a majority of demand is coming from Australians wanting to fly to New Zealand.

Efforts by U.S. authorities during the early weeks of the pandemic last year to bring American citizens abroad back to the country led to health and safety concerns, according to a report published by the United States Accountability Office on Monday. Everyone from evacuees to health officials to the communities the citizens returned to were endangered, as the government had not yet developed any concrete strategy for repatriation or evacuation, and efforts were extremely muddled.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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