Coronavirus News Update – May 30: Ireland to Adopt Covid Passport for Travel

Protests in U.K., Brazil Against Handling of Pandemic

By Anna Breuer on 30 May 2021
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County Clare, Ireland

Ireland said it will adopt a Covid-19 passport or certificate that will help Irish citizens travel to and from other states in the European Union starting July 19.  It will also apply a similar approach to travelers arriving from the United States and Great Britain, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Friday.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded over 170.9 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.55 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 152.9 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 1.84 billion doses as of Sunday morning, the equivalent of over 24 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 167.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Over 62% of the population over the age of 18 – some 161.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 132.2 million people, or 51.2% of the same population, who have received both doses. Meanwhile, 59.6% of the population over the age of 12, or some 167 million people, has received at least one shot, including 134.4 million, or 48% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 40.5% of the population, or 134.4 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

In the United Kingdom, hundreds of people marched in protest through London against Covid-19 restrictions.  Protestors were also opposed to the country’s vaccine rollout and the possibility of mandatory vaccine passports.

Meanwhile, Brazilians held nationwide protests against president’s Covid-19 response. The protests took place in at least 16 cities with thousands in attendance.  Protestors criticized President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic and called for his ouster and impeachment.

In Idaho, shortly after Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin issued an order repeating the state’s mask mandate, Governor Brad Little unwound the measure, calling the move by McGeachin a “self-serving political stunt.”

The seven-day positivity rate in New York State has fall to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said Saturday, while the pace of vaccinations has plummeted.   As of Saturday morning, 64.9% of adults over the age of 18 have received at least one jab, the state reported.

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