Coronavirus News Update – April 25: The World Has Administered 1 Billion Shots

Oscars to Be Held at L.A. Train Station

By Anna Breuer on 25 April 2021
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Lausanne is the capital of the Swiss canton Vaud.

Over one million coronavirus shots have been administered in some 172 countries since the start of vaccinations in December, according to several data trackers.  The first jab was given to Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother in the United Kingdom, on December 8. The preponderance of doses have been given in wealthy countries and nearly a quarter of them were administered in the United States.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded over 147.4 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.12 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 124.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Sunday, over 138.6 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 53.1 of the population over the age of 18 – some 136.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 92.7 million people, or 35.9% of the same population, over a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 28% of the population, or 93 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.5 percentage point increase over Saturday.

The 93rd Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, will be held not Dolby Theater, its longtime home, but rather at Los Angeles’ Union Train Station. The 82-year-old terminal is the largest train station in the Western United States.  Nominees and their guests will sit together at designated tables seating two to four people inside the grand Ticket Concourse and no inter-table mingling will be permitted.  All tables will be spaced 6’ (1.8 m) apart. This year’s Golden Globe Awards was held in a virtual manner, with recipients at home and the Tony Awards was not held given that Broadway theaters have not yet been able to safely reopen.

Over 8% of Americans who were inoculated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines have failed to get their second shot, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.  While some will eventually get it, this means that some 5 million people are not fully inoculated. The reasons for this range from a fear of the more severe side effects of the second dose as well as supply issues where the second dose was simply not available.

Health officials in India reported 349.691 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the fourth day in a row that the country of 1.3 billion people has set a world record for daily infections. The country reported 2,767 deaths, yet another high after eight consecutive record death tolls reported there.

Meanwhile, health officials in Switzerland said they had identified the first case of the Indian coronavirus variant, B.1.617.   “The first case of the Indian Covid-19 variant has been found in Switzerland, the Bundesamt für Gesundheit or Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said.  “It was a passenger that was in transit at the airport. The adding of India on the list of risk countries is currently being evaluated.”

Finally, a man in Manacor, Spain, was arrested by the Policia National Saturday after he went to his place of work and a fitness center after displaying Covid-19 symptoms and testing positive on a coronavirus test. The man, who reportedly spread the virus to at least 22 people and told co-workers he was going to infec them, was charged with a “crime of injury” in the outbreak he helped spread.

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