Coronavirus News Update – May 1: U.S. Has Fully Vaccinated 100 Million People

India Becomes First Country to Record Over 400,000 Cases in One Day

By Anna Breuer on 1 May 2021
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A nurse at a N.Y.C. vaccine center waits for a patient

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded over 152.2 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.2 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 129.4 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 Saturday, almost 145 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 55.4% of the population over the age of 18 – some 142.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 100.4 million people, or 39% of the same population, over a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 30.5% of the population, or 101.5 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Just as India became the first country to record more than 400,000 coronavirus cases in one day, a fire broke out in a Covid-19 ward at the Patel Welfare Hospital in Bharuch, killing 18.

Meanwhile, the United States said it will restrict travel from India, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday.  The ban will not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Israel will give children who aren’t yet old enough to be inoculated a Green Pass Covid-19 passport, which will allow them to visit restaurants, hotels, and cinemas. Under the program, children with a negative PCR test will be eligible for a three-day version of the Green Pass.

In Colorado, cases among middle and high school students are rapidly increasing, health officials there said, some four months after schools began to reopen. The rise in this age group reflects the current age restrictions for coronavirus vaccinations, namely 18 for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccines and 16 for Pfizer-BioNTech.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that restaurants in New York City will be able to expand to 75% capacity starting on May 7.  Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to expand to 50%, while hair salons and barbershops will also be able to operate at 75% capacity.

The governor also ended the use of his micro-cluster zone strategy, under which different districts in the city were color-coded red, yellow, or green, depending on the positivity rate there.

Governor Cuomo also said that New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s announcement that the city would reopen fully by July 1 was premature, indicating it was impossible to foretell the future. “”I am reluctant to make projections because I think they’re irresponsible,” the governor said at a news conference. “July 1. You have May, you have June. You know what happens in May? What happens in June?”

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