BANGKOK — Thailand on Sunday reported two new native infections, a day after figuring out greater than 500 instances south of Bangkok in a rustic that had largely introduced the pandemic underneath management.
The 548 instances on Saturday, most of them linked to the nation’s greatest wholesale seafood market, come after Thailand noticed solely a small variety of infections over the previous a number of months attributable to strict border and quarantine controls.
On Sunday, a 78-year-old seafood vendor in Bangkok who had visited the shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province examined optimistic. The opposite case was a lady in central Thailand who labored at a magnificence parlor within the north.
Well being officers say many of the instances on the seafood market are migrant staff from Myanmar. The governor imposed an evening curfew and different journey restrictions in Samut Sakhon province till Jan. 3.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— Normal sorry f or ‘miscommunication’ over vaccine shipments
— UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London outlets over virus
— One other US coronavirus file; vaccine shipments decreased
— As corporations across the globe race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and nations scramble to safe tens of millions of doses, questions on the usage of pork-derived elements has begun to play a task within the buying and deliberate distribution.
— California hospitals are battling to seek out beds to accommodate sufferers amid fears that the exploding coronavirus an infection price will exhaust sources and well being care staff.
— Israel’s prime minister has been vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, making him the primary Israeli and among the many world’s first leaders to be inoculated.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded greater than 1,000 new coronavirus instances for the fifth consecutive day, placing strain on authorities to implement the hardest distancing guidelines that may additional harm the economic system.
The Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company says it’s discovered 1,097 further instances over the previous 24-hour interval, the very best each day tally for the reason that pandemic started. That places the nationwide caseload at 49,665, together with 674 deaths.
About 70% of the brand new instances come from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan space, which has been on the middle of a viral resurgence.
The tempo of the unfold has already met authorities situations for elevating social distancing guidelines to their highest degree. However officers have been reluctant to maneuver ahead with the measure out of worries for the economic system. The brand new step would ban a gathering of greater than 10 folks and shut tons of of 1000’s of non-essential companies.
SYDNEY — The outbreak in Sydney’s northern seaside suburbs has grown to 70 instances with a further 30 within the final 24 hours, and authorities say they could by no means be capable of hint the supply.
Whereas the numbers are rising, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned Sunday there hasn’t been proof of huge seeding outdoors the northern seashores neighborhood. A brand new record of instances, nonetheless, exhibits the virus had unfold to higher Sydney and different components of the state.
The federal government has imposed a lockdown within the space till Wednesday. Residents will solely be permitted to go away their houses for 5 fundamental causes, together with medical care, train, grocery store, work or for compassionate care causes.
State Chief Well being Officer Kerry Chant mentioned that contact tracers are but to find affected person zero, however an in depth investigation is underway.
HOUSTON — Texas on Saturday surpassed 25,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the second-highest complete within the nation.
State well being officers reported 272 new deaths attributable to COVID-19, bringing Texas’ loss of life toll to 25,226.
Circumstances of COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalizations proceed to rise within the state. On Saturday, the state reported 9,796 folks hospitalized with the virus, a rise of practically 23% during the last month.
Officers reported 12,914 new instances on Saturday. That comes two days after the state set its one-day file of recent instances — 16,864 — on Thursday.
The rise in instances and hospitalizations comes as state well being officers introduced Friday that Texas will obtain 620,000 extra doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the following week. Greater than 224,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been delivered in Texas.
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico on Saturday reported 1,442 further recognized COVID-19 instances and 27 further deaths.
The statewide totals elevated to 128,930 instances and a couple of,155 as seven-day rolling averages for each day new instances dropped and each day deaths rose during the last two weeks.
In response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College and The COVID Monitoring Challenge, the rolling common of each day new instances dropped from 1,869 on Dec. 4 to 1,542.1 on Friday whereas the rolling common of deaths rose from 28.9 to 34.1.
A pandemic-high 48 each day deaths have been reported Thursday as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham mentioned each day deaths might develop even increased over the year-end holidays.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 2021 Iditarod Path Sled Canine Race will probably be about 140 miles shorter than regular because of issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Race officers introduced Friday that groups will now not embark on a 1,000-mile journey to Nome however as an alternative will take a roughly 860-mile loop that begins and ends in Willow.
Each musher should additionally take a look at unfavourable for the coronavirus earlier than the race begins. They will even be examined once more throughout the race.
Facial coverings and social distancing will probably be mandated at checkpoints.
The race is scheduled to start on March 6.
ATLANTA — U.S. well being officers intently monitoring potential uncomfortable side effects of the primary licensed COVID-19 vaccine say they’ve seen six instances of extreme allergic response out of greater than 1 / 4 million pictures given.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned greater than 272,000 pictures of the Pfizer vaccine got nationwide as of Saturday morning. The half-dozen instances of allergic response have been reported as of Friday evening, and included one particular person with a historical past of vaccination reactions.
Well being officers are protecting shut look ahead to such uncomfortable side effects.
U.S. vaccine recipients are supposed to hold round after their injections in case indicators of an allergy seem. The CDC says all instances occurred inside the advisable commentary window and have been promptly handled.
The numbers have been mentioned at a gathering of a committee that advises the CDC on vaccines. The group on Saturday endorsed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, which was granted emergency authorization on Friday.
Much less extreme uncomfortable side effects have additionally been uncommon. Among the many first 215,000 folks to get vaccinated within the U.S., fewer than 1.5% of them had issues that left them unable to carry out their regular actions or required medical care.
Many vaccines could cause short-term discomfort, reminiscent of a sore arm or sure flu-like signs. COVID-19 vaccines are inclined to trigger extra of these reactions than a flu shot, and a few hospitals are staggering the instances their staff get vaccinated to keep away from staffing issues.
MONROE, La. — Louisiana’s latest member of Congress was admitted to a hospital for monitoring on Saturday, in the future after asserting that he had been identified with COVID-19.
Republican Rep.-elect Luke Letlow was admitted as a precaution, spokesman Andrew Bautsch advised The Information-Star. Bautsch is also preventing the illness, the newspaper mentioned.
Letlow, who’s from the northeast Louisiana city of Begin, was elected earlier this month to the fifth District seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. He’s scheduled to be sworn in subsequent month.
He had introduced Friday that he had been contaminated by the coronavirus and was quarantining at dwelling.
Letlow was the third high-profile Louisiana politician in two days to say he had been contaminated. Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, who’s leaving to change into a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s White Home workers, and Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser each mentioned Thursday that they’d examined optimistic for the virus.
Two Republicans in Louisiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Sen. Invoice Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson — have publicly mentioned they’ve recovered from the illness.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — America added a file of practically 1 / 4 million coronavirus instances up to now day.
Well being consultants says the file might enhance as instances surge in varied components of the nation and well being care methods wrestle to maintain up.
Together with 249,709 new instances, there have been a further 2,814 reported deaths nationwide up to now 24 hours. That pushed the confirmed U.S. loss of life toll previous 313,000, in keeping with researchers at Johns Hopkins College.
California led the case surge with 48,221 extra infections. Virtually 17,000 individuals are hospitalized in California and well being officers are scrambling to seek out sufficient beds for sufferers. Texas, Florida, New York and Tennessee all registered greater than 10,400 new instances.
The seven-day rolling common for brand new instances within the U.S. rose up to now two weeks from 183,787 to 219,324 on Friday, a rise of practically 20%.
Well being officers are involved about future instances introduced on by journey and gatherings throughout the holidays and New 12 months’s.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State well being officers say 2,711 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered to date in Tennessee, the worst state within the nation for brand new instances per capita.
The Tennessee Division of Well being on Friday unveiled its on-line vaccination dashboard, which will probably be up to date on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tennessee frontline hospital well being care staff on Thursday started receiving the Pfizer vaccine.
There have been 1,640 new instances per 100,000 folks in Tennessee up to now two weeks, which ranks first within the nation, in keeping with researchers at Johns Hopkins. The seven-day rolling common of each day deaths rose from 50 on Dec. 4 to 74 on Friday.
Republican Gov. Invoice Lee has declined to require a masks order. Solely a dozen different states lack a statewide masks requirement.
PHOENIX – Arizona residents are being advised to “shrink their circles” of private contacts and gatherings to assist the state’s well being care system deal with coronavirus instances.
Arizona reported a file 4,104 COVID-19 associated hospitalizations. It additionally added greater than 5,500 coronavirus instances on Friday.
State and native governments have to do extra to scale back the coronavirus’ unfold, as a result of one in every of Banner Well being’s hospitals is utilizing a refrigerated truck trailer to enhance its now full morgue, says Dr. Marjorie Bessel, the hospital chain’s chief scientific officer.
Solely 8% of all beds and intensive care unit beds have been accessible, in keeping with the state’s coronavirus dashboard.
The Division of Well being Companies reported 118 extra deaths, growing the statewide totals to 448,231 confirmed instances and seven,937 confirmed deaths.
WASHINGTON — With coronavirus numbers setting new each day information, the nation’s capital is quickly suspending all indoor eating in eating places over the vacations.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an government order Friday evening banning indoor eating for 3 weeks, beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. and lengthening by means of Jan. 15.
The District of Columbia will stay in part two of its reopening plan, and the federal government described the transfer as a “vacation pause.”
The order additionally extends Washington’s public well being emergency by means of March 31 and orders all museums to shut. The complete Smithsonian community of museums, which incorporates the Nationwide Zoo, already shut down voluntarily in late November.
WASHINGTON — An Military basic in control of COVID-19 vaccines apologized Saturday for “miscommunication” with states on the variety of early doses delivered.
Gen. Gustave Perna’s remarks got here a day after a second vaccine was added within the struggle in opposition to the coronavirus. Governors in additional than a dozen states says the federal authorities has advised them subsequent week’s cargo of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will probably be lower than initially projected.
“I need to take private accountability for the miscommunication,” he mentioned. “I do know that’s not completed a lot lately. However I’m accountable. … This can be a herculean effort and we’re not good.”
Perna says the federal government now’s on observe to get roughly 20 million doses to states by the primary week of January, a mix of the newly accepted Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. He says 2.9 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses have been delivered to date.
The coronavirus has killed greater than 313,000 folks within the U.S., the very best loss of life toll on the planet.
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