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Coronavirus News Update – April 18: After Heavy Criticism, Ontario Backpedals on New Police Powers to Make Random Stops

Coronavirus News Update – April 18: After Heavy Criticism, Ontario Backpedals on New Police Powers to Make Random Stops

Officials in Ontario backpedaled on day after extending and expanding the province’s stay-at-home orders and granting sweeping new powers granted to the police that would allow them to randomly stop and question people, including those traveling in private automobiles, to ensure that their trips outside the home were “essential.” The measures had been intended to address the rising number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations there.
As of Sunday morning, the …

Coronavirus News Update – April 17: Global Death Toll Hits 3 Million, Over 120 Million Have Recovered

Coronavirus News Update – April 17: Global Death Toll Hits 3 Million, Over 120 Million Have Recovered

The world woke up to a staggering figure: over three million people have now died as a result of the coronavirus since the first case was reported some 14 months ago. The three million mark was crossed early Saturday, according to data reported by Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.
Meanwhile, as of Saturday morning, the world has recorded over 141 million Covid-19 case.  In addition, almost 120 million people …

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had identified a small number of people who had contracted Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated. The percentage, however, of these so-called breakthrough cases – approximately 5,800 recipients out of around 66 million Americans, or some 0.008% – is not abnormal, the agency said, as the vaccines in the country are highly effective – up to 95% so – but …

Vienna Extends Lockdown to May 2

Vienna Extends Lockdown to May 2

Vienna and the province of Niederösterreich, or Lower Austria, extended their current coronavirus lockdowns through May 2.  The lockdowns were set to expire on April 18.
The news was announced by Vienna’s Bürgermeister, Michael Ludwig, at a press conference.
Ludwig, Vizebürgermeister Christoph Wiederkehr, and Gesundheitsrat Peter Hacker met for several hours via video conference with health experts on Monday afternoon before making the decision to extend the lockdown. Several intensive care doctors …

Hawaii Plans to Exempt Vaccinated Travelers from Quarantine

Hawaii Plans to Exempt Vaccinated Travelers from Quarantine

Hawaii’s governor announced plans to allow vaccinated travels to bypass the state’s quarantine requirements, although a timeline for the change has not yet been announced.
The change requires the approval of the state’s director of the Emergency Management Agency, Major Geneneral Kenneth S. Hara, the governor wrote in the state’s 19th Emergency Proclamation, issued Friday.
Once approved, travelers will be able to upload proof of vaccination, such as the CDC Carte Jeune, …

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen single-dose vaccine after six recipients developed a rare blood clotting disorder within two weeks of receiving the vaccine. “We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy …

Coronavirus News Update – April 12: Prince Philip’s Death During the Coronavirus Presents Challenging Situation

Coronavirus News Update – April 12: Prince Philip’s Death During the Coronavirus Presents Challenging Situation

Prince Philip’s death in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic at the age of 99 last week presents numerous challenges to a nation already shaken over 125,000 Covid-related fatalities and a year of lockdowns.  In keeping with the prince’s wishes, and given current pandemic-related restrictions in the United Kingdom, the prince’s widow, Queen Elizabeth, is considering “modified” funeral plans, Buckingham Palace, which reiterated pleas for people „not to gather in …