Coronavirus News Update – April 30: France Set to Reopen in Four Stages

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 April 2021
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Palace of Versailles, France

In an address to the nation, President Emmanuel Macron of France on Thursday outlined the country’s four-step process for coming out of its current lockdown. The first will be on May 3, when schools will reopen on a part-time basis. This will be followed on May 19, when bars and restaurants will open to for outdoor dining, with a maximum of six people per table. On June 9, the country will open its borders to non-European Union travelers, and the curfew will be extended from 7 p.m. local time until 11 p.m. The curfew will be completely lifted on June 30, at which point sporting events and large gatherings will be allowed to take place.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded over 151.2 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.18 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 128.6 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 1.08 billion doses, the equivalent of 13.6 doses for every 100 people as of Thursday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Friday, over 143.7 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 54.9% of the population over the age of 18 – some 141.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 99.1 million people, or 38.4% of the same population, over a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 30% of the population, or 99.6 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut signed into law a bill on Wednesday that eliminates the state’s religious exemption starting next year for childhood immunizations in order to attend school. Although thousands protested the law, Lamont was firm in his stance. “Proud to sign this bill into law to protect as many of our school children as possible from infectious diseases as we can,” the governor said in a tweet announcing the new law.

India set another global record on Friday, recording over 383,000 deaths in a single day. Even though 20% of the country’s coronavirus tests are coming back positive, labs are so overwhelmed that they have stopped processing tests, leaving many unsure as to whether or not they have Covid. President Joseph Biden has pledged to help the country, and on Friday, the United States Air Force delivered its first shipment of oxygen, testing kits, and masks to India.

Officials in Spain said that the country plans to allow tourists who are vaccinated, have antibodies, or have a negative Covid test to visit the country starting in May. Spain is one of the 27 EU states that are currently working to establish a digital passport that will allow vaccinated people to travel freely throughout the bloc.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that all business in the city will be allowed to reopen, at full capacity, beginning July 1. As of Wednesday, approximately 36% of the city’s adults had been fully vaccinated against the virus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City has seen nearly a million cases, and over 32,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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