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Interfor International - COVID-19 Daily Update - April 20-2021

Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – April 20

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates -April 20, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 142,217,752(31,739,364 in United States)

Total Deaths: 3,032,909 (567,729 in United States) 

Full Vaccinations Administered: 208 million, globally (25.7% of US population; 85M)

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • Approximately 212 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published by the CDC. 39.9% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 25.7% carefully vaccinated.
  • Consumers will be able to buy rapid Covid -19 tests made by Abbot Laboratories without a prescription at three national retailers, CVC, Walgreens and Walmart.
  • The CDC announced that anyone in the US age 16 and older is now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Connecticut will lift all Covid-19 restrictions except for a mask mandate on May 19.
  • New York’s Governor announced the state will ease Covid capacity restrictions for museums, movie theaters, arenas, and other businesses as the state’s positivity rate dipped below 5%.

International  

  • India reported 259,170 new Covid-19 cases, its sixth consecutive day of more than 200,000 new infections. The country also reported 1,761 new deaths, the highest in almost 10 months. The New Delhi government imposed a curfew until April 26 to combat the rising cases.
  • A two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has opened, allowing passengers to move quarantine-free between both countries for the first time in more than a year. Under new rules, passengers will not be allowed to travel if they had a positive Covid-19 test in the previous 14 days or present flu-like symptoms.
  • Hong Kong will temporarily ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting today after a rise in Covid-19 cases in those countries.
  • Greece lifted quarantine restrictions Monday for some EU travelers as well as those in the US, Britain, Israel, Serbia and the UAE. The restrictions have been eased for people who are fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test up to 72 hours prior to arrival. 
  • A year-long trial launched in the University of Oxford, UK to study how the immune system reacts in people contracting coronavirus for the second time. Volunteers who previously had Covid-19 will be deliberately infected with the virus under carefully controlled conditions, with treatments on hand in case volunteers becomes ill.

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