BEIJING — A second metropolis in southeastern China has seen a soar in COVID-19 circumstances in a delta variant outbreak that began late final week.
The Nationwide Well being Fee stated Tuesday that 59 new circumstances had been recognized within the newest 24-hour interval, greater than doubling the full to 102. All are in Fujian province on China’s east coast.
The port metropolis of Xiamen has confirmed 33 circumstances up to now two days. One other 59 circumstances have been present in Putian, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) north on the coast, the place the outbreak was first detected.
Xiamen locked down affected neighborhoods, closed leisure and health venues and canceled group actions together with these for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Pageant vacation. Lengthy-distance bus service to different elements of the province has been suspended.
China has largely stopped the unfold of COVID however has sporadic outbreaks. A delta variant outbreak in July and August unfold to a number of provinces, elevating concern about new and extra contagious variants.
— FDA consultants amongst group opposing U.S. booster shot plan
— Australia’s capital metropolis of Canberra will stay locked down for second month
— UK to vaccinate 12-to-15-year-olds regardless of opposition from some scientists
— Washington state hospital execs say they’ve little capability to assist Idaho
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital metropolis of Canberra will stay locked down for a second month after the native authorities reported 22 new coronavirus infections.
The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney outbreak of the virus’ delta variant was detected.
Territorial Chief Minister Andrew Barr stated Tuesday that Canberra’s lockdown will probably be prolonged till Oct. 15.
Canberra is surrounded by New South Wales state, the place Australia’s delta outbreak started when a limousine driver examined optimistic June 16. He was contaminated whereas transporting a U.S. cargo flight crew from Sydney’s airport.
Sydney is Australia’s largest metropolis and has been locked since June 26.
Earlier than delta got here to Canberra final month, town of 430,000 folks had not recorded a single case of coronavirus group an infection since July 10, 2020.
CULLMAN, Ala. — As a whole lot of largely unvaccinated COVID-19 sufferers stuffed Alabama intensive care items, hospital employees in north Alabama contacted 43 hospitals in three states to discover a specialty cardiac ICU mattress for Ray Martin DeMonia, his household writes in his obituary.
The resident of Cullman, Alabama, was lastly transferred to Meridian, Mississippi, about 170 miles (274 kilometers) away. The 73-year-old antiques vendor died Sept. 1 due to the cardiac occasion he suffered.
Now, his household is making a plea.
“In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated you probably have not, in an effort to unencumber sources for non-COVID associated emergencies,” his obituary reads. After describing the seek for an ICU mattress for DeMonia, the obituary provides: “He wouldn’t need another household to undergo what his did.”
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Nice Falls Excessive College in Montana is transferring to distant studying for the remainder of the week because of a rise in coronavirus circumstances amongst college students and employees.
College officers stated Monday that greater than 35 folks have examined optimistic for the virus. Shifting to distant studying will enable for quarantine or isolation instances for college kids and employees to lapse and provides sanitation crews time to disinfect greater than 40 school rooms.
Scholar athletic actions will proceed as scheduled, however there will probably be a masks requirement when college students and coaches are in shut proximity.
Different faculty districts have switched to distant courses due to outbreaks.
DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging the Meals and Drug Administration to shortly authorize booster pictures for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in addition to allow kids ages 5 to 11 to be vaccinated.
Polis stated Monday that foot-dragging by U.S. well being officers has value lives. In his phrases, “The FDA must get out of their ivory tower and understand there’s a actual life pandemic.”
In August, Pfizer stated it had began the applying course of for a 3rd dose of its vaccine for everybody age 16 and older. It asserts that folks’s antibody ranges soar fivefold to tenfold after a 3rd dose, in comparison with their second dose months earlier.
The White Home has begun planning for boosters later this month, if each the FDA and the CDC agree. Advisers to the FDA will weigh proof about an additional Pfizer shot Friday. The U.S. already presents an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to folks with severely weakened immune programs.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The variety of coronavirus infections and folks hospitalized for COVID-19 in West Virginia have set new highs as Gov. Jim Justice scolds residents who proceed to balk at getting vaccinated.
At the very least 40% of the state’s folks older than 12 haven’t acquired all doses.
The governor stated Monday that “this can be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” He has balked at issuing both a vaccination or masks mandate.
Officers stated Monday that confirmed virus circumstances statewide totaled about 8,860 final week, breaking the earlier weekly excessive of about 8,200 set in early January. A file 852 folks had been in hospitals Monday for COVID-19, the illness that may be brought on by the virus. The earlier excessive of 818 was set Jan. 5.
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