The spread of the coronavirus in the United States continues to slow, with the country ending its first week since June without any infection days exceeding 30,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that under-vaccinated areas in the United States could become hot spots for a coronavirus mutation first detected in India and is increased surveillance of the most transmissible variant.
The British government pushed back Claims by former chief assistant to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that officials pursued a collective immunity strategy in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Sniffer Dogs Could Shorten Travel Lines (7:07 a.m., NY)
Covid sniffer dogs could be used to detect coronavirus at points of entry, potentially reducing long waits at test lines and stepping up efforts to contain transmission, according to a British study.
Two dogs could accurately scan 300 plane passengers in about half an hour as part of a rapid screening strategy, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said in a study published Monday. Then only the people selected by the dogs would need to undergo a PCR test.
Japan to extend emergency (6:58 a.m. HK)
The Japanese government plans to extend the state of emergency for coronavirus in 9 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, which will expire on May 31, the Yomiuri newspaper reports, citing several unidentified officials.
The government is considering an option to extend the period in the 9 prefectures until June 20, when the emergency in Okinawa is due. Another option under discussion is to close the period on June 13th. An official decision is expected this week.
Chile to grant passes for the vaccinated (6:06 a.m. HK)
Chile will grant a mobility card for people fully vaccinated from this week, President Sebastian Pinera said at a press conference on Sunday.
The pass will be electronic and will allow greater mobility for people living in municipalities in the midst of partial quarantine. The permit will also allow Chileans to travel between different regions of the country. Chile has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 40% of the population fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracking.
Three in Wuhan lab hospitalized at end of 2019, WSJ Reports (3:20 p.m. NY)
Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital care in November 2019, around the time experts say the coronavirus began circulating in the Chinese city, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The newspaper cited a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that may bolster the theory that the pandemic started in the lab, which has studied coronaviruses. No official conclusions have been drawn on the origin of the virus, and many countries, including the United States, have criticized China for its lack of transparency, without openly embracing the theory of laboratory leaks, which had been pushed by the Trump administration.
Death in California (2:48 p.m. NY)
California’s death fell to 33 from 50 the day before. The cases rose to 1,308 from 1,186, a rate of 2.8 new cases per 100,000. California has administered more than 36 million vaccines in total. The state is preparing for its reopening on June 15, when mask requirements and lift capacity limits were relaxed for most sites.
Deaths in France are lowest since fall (1:36 p.m. NY)
France reported the lowest daily increases in coronavirus-related deaths since October, a sign that the pandemic’s grip on the country is loosening. The 70 additional deaths recorded in the last 24 hours bring the official toll to 108,596. France has notified 9,704 new cases, about a third less than the seven-day average.
Gottlieb Says Covid Profile Has Changed (12:22 pm NY)
Decline in hospitalizations from Covid-19 shows ‘rapidly declining vulnerability’ in the United States, as those infected – down sharply, but still averaging over 25,000 a day last week – tend to be more young and less vulnerable to complications. said former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
Gottlieb told CBS that many in the United States are gradually recalibrating their approach to masks, social distancing and other measures as cases and deaths drop sharply.
“We have to pass judgment on our comfort. A lot of people have spent a year wearing masks and taking precautions, so it will take some time for us to get comfortable in environments without these precautions, ”he said.
Texas Governor welcomes early end of masking (12:05 p.m. NY)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his The decision to remove hidden mandates and allow businesses to open at full capacity as early as March was the “right decision”.
“Of course, President Biden and the Democrats have spoken out against this,” he told Fox News on Sunday. “Democrats said I issued a death warrant.”
New cases and deaths have been dropping in Texas since March. Last week, the state reported no deaths from the virus for the first time in more than a year. About 43% of the people of Texas have received at least one dose of the vaccine, behind the US average of almost 49%, according to Bloomberg Vaccine Tracking.
Italy reports the fewest deaths this year (11:58 a.m., NY)
Italy reported the lowest number of daily coronavirus-related deaths this year on Sunday, according to Ansa. There were 3,995 new cases of the virus compared to 4,717 a day before and 72 deaths compared to 125 on Saturday.
New York positive test rate drops (11:48 am NY)
New York state’s one-day positive test rate fell to 0.77%, the lowest since late August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. The state’s positive tests are among the lowest in the United States, with a seven-day average of 0.92%.
Cuomo reported 1,073 new infections, in line with the decline in cases, and 12 deaths. Hospitalizations continue to decline.
U.S. epidemic continues to weaken (8:16 a.m., NY)
The United States reported just over 18,700 new cases on Saturday, capping the first week since June with no infection days exceeding 30,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Average daily infections have dropped to about 25,600, from nearly 217,500 at the end of the first week of vaccine implementation in the United States in mid-December.
481 other deaths were recorded, capping a week with the fewest deaths since the end of March 2020.
Norway Earmarks Priority Shots (8h 06 NY)
Norway has decided to set aside 500 doses of the vaccine for people in socially critical jobs, the government said in a statement. statement Saturday. Parliamentarians, the government and the health directorate are among those who will have priority.
UK denies Cummings claims (7:05 a.m. NY)
The UK government has pushed back against claims by former chief aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that officials pursued a herd immunity strategy in the early days of the pandemic. Dominic Cummings posted a series of tweets on Saturday criticizing the UK’s response.
He said leaving enough infected citizens to achieve natural herd immunity was the “official plan in all documents / graphics / meetings” until early March 2020, when it became clear that such a policy would lead to disaster.
When asked about the allegations in a BBC interview on Sunday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that was “not at all” the plan. Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, also said that was not the country’s strategy.
Germany promises summer relaxation (5:51 p.m. HK)
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has pledged a broad easing of pandemic restrictions during the summer if the country’s seven-day incidence rate falls below 20. “Last summer the rate was less than 20. We should aim for that again, ”Spahn told the Sunday edition of Bild. According to the Robert Koch Institute, Germany has seven– seven-day incidence rate of 64.5. This means that there are 64.5 new infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
CDC sur Variant Watch (17 h 01 HK)
Federal health officials are Step up their surveillance of the highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 first identified in India, as experts warn under-vaccinated areas in the United States could become hotspots for the mutation.While cases in the United States attributed to variant B.1.617 are currently below 1%, the growth rate remains uncertain due to the small sample size. A scientific panel said the strain could be up to 50% more transmissible than B.1.1.7, the variant that emerged from the UK. This mutation was first observed in the United States in late December and is now dominant nationally.
India cases lowest for over a month (2:38 p.m. HK)
New cases of the coronavirus in India continued to slow with a daily total of 240,842 on Sunday, the lowest in more than a month. Meanwhile, the Indian capital has extended its lockdown until May 31, as it halted vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 due to a vaccine shortage. India and many other members of the World Trade Organization have re-called for a three-year patent waiver on products and technologies used in the treatment of Covid-19, the Economic reported Times.
CDC investigates cases of heart inflammation in young people (7:17 a.m. HK)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating “relatively few” reports of a heart problem in adolescents and young adults after a Covid-19 vaccination.
A report from a meeting of the agency’s safety group on May 17 said that most of the discovered cases of myocarditis “appear to be mild” and could be unrelated to vaccinations. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle often found after infection.
The cases mainly involved adolescents and young adults and more often men than women. The report added that cases occurred more often after a second dose than the first and were generally found within four days of infection.
– With the help of Ian Fisher, Chiara Remondini, Katharine Gemmell, Yueqi Yang, Ros Krasny, Gaspard Sebag, Linus Chua and Go Onomitsu