About half of all American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while a quarter of the population has been completely inoculated. While this is an impressive number, it is not enough to gain collective immunity and suppress the virus.
But Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the country remained in a “complicated phase”.
“Cases among young people who have not yet been vaccinated are also increasing,” she said yesterday at a White House briefing.
Experts say there are several reasons behind the increase in the number of Covid-19s, including variants of the coronavirus – such as the more contagious strain B.1.1.7 which helped fuel another outbreak in Michigan. Fatigue from a pandemic and the growing number of Americans on the move have also likely contributed to the rise.
The worrying spike in cases is not unique to the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that the global number of new infections has been on the rise for eight weeks. More than 5.2 million cases were reported last week – the highest weekly figure yet. The number of deaths also increased for the fifth week in a row, topping 3 million over the weekend.
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Q. Should I disinfect surfaces to avoid Covid-19?
Vincent Hill, head of the CDC’s waterborne disease prevention branch, said the risk of transmission from contact with a surface, while small, is high indoors. Outdoors, the sun and other factors can destroy viruses, Hill said during a hotline. The virus dies “quickly” on porous surfaces but may persist longer on hard interior surfaces.
Research also suggested that surface transmission was more likely within the first 24 hours of a person’s infection and that households where one person had Covid-19 had lower transmission rates when surfaces were cleaned. and disinfected.
So while keeping surfaces clean isn’t a waste of time, it’s not the only or even the most important way to reduce risk, the CDC said. The agency updated its guidelines for disinfecting surfaces in community settings, and Hill added that cleaning should focus on high-contact areas such as doorknobs and light switches.
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India to offer Covid-19 vaccines to all adults in May
It is not known whether the second most populous country in the world, with nearly 1.4 billion people, has enough vaccines to meet this growing demand. Currently, only healthcare workers, frontline workers, or people 45 and over can be vaccinated in India, and vaccine stocks have already dried up in some places, with at least five states reporting severe shortages. .
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Most of the 2 million Venezuelans living in Colombia have arrived in recent years after fleeing the economic crisis in their country of origin. They are not fully integrated into Colombian society, which can make it difficult to follow up and connect with them for programs such as vaccine deployment.
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- A two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand opened on Monday. But Australia says it is “in no rush” to unlock the borders to other visitors.
- Seven otters from the Georgia Aquarium tested positive for the coronavirus after showing “mild respiratory symptoms, including sneezing, a runny nose, mild lethargy and a cough.” Although they are geriatric, they are improving and should make a full recovery, the aquarium said.
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