Coronavirus News Update – June 24: 474 Days After it Started, New York’s State of Emergency is Over

After Stumbling, EU Vaccinations Take Off

By Anna Breuer on 24 June 2021
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New York City as seen from the air

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York will end the state disaster emergency declared on March 7, 2020 to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The end of the state of emergency comes 474 days after it started. “Now we’re starting to write a new chapter for a post-Covid New York – the state disaster emergency is ending and we can focus on reimaging, rebuilding and renewing our state.”

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 180.5 million mark in Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.91 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 165 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which last week crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 618,302.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.5 million individual cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is second only to India, which just crossed the 30 million mark.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 2.75 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, the equivalent of over 36 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 177.9 million people in the United States – or 53.6% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 45.4%, or 150.8 million people, are fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of doses dispensed in the United States to 319.9 million. Breaking this down further, 65.6% of the population over the age of 18 – or 169.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 56.1% of the same group – or 144.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, then President Donald Trump considered sending infected Americans to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, according to a forthcoming book, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, written by two Washington Post reporters. The island is where the United States holds terrorism suspects in the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The 153 employees of the Houston Methodist hospital system who contested a hospital policy requiring vaccination against the coronavirus and lost with the judge calling their protests “reprehensible” were fired for failing to meet the hospital’s vaccination mandate.

Meanwhile, the city of San Francisco said Wednesday that it would require all 35,000 city employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, making it the largest municipality in the country with such a mandate in place. The requirement will go into effect once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives Covid-19 vaccines full authorization. Currently, vaccines in the United States are being provided under emergency authorizations.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a monument honoring essential workers in New York will open in Battery Park. The “Circle of Heroes” memorial, which is slated to open by Labor Day, will include a circle of 19 maple trees, each tree representing an individual group of essential workers and their contributions to the people of New York. In the center will be an eternal flame in memory of those who died of the coronavirus.

Finally, after a troubling start, the European Union is finally getting people vaccinated against coronavirus. EU states are currently inoculating people at double the rate taking place in the United States, 0.8% of the population per day versus .04% in the United States and 1.2% in Canada.  If this trend continues, more doses per capita will have been given by Bastille Day, July 14, in the bloc than in the United States.

Jonathan Spira and Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.

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