ATLANTA – Georgia has more than 4,000 people in hospital due to COVID-19, and officials say hospitalization is increasing at a rate that is raising questions about the health system’s ability to handle the demand.
The numbers rose again on Monday as Governor Brian Kemp highlighted the vaccinations for nursing home employees, starting with the nursing home in Gainesville.
The state has moved up to the top 20 of the most new cases per person in the last 14 days as infection rates have fallen in the Midwest and soar in the South.
Northeast Georgia Health System is a four-hospital system based in Gainesville that continues to see increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients. She puts a family in the gym to take care of people with milder conditions, but Dr. John Delziel says they are “basically in their energy” and that surgeries are being delayed.
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– AstraZeneca chief says researchers believe its vaccine It will be effective against a new type of virus that leads to a rapid increase in infections in Britain.
– China sentences the former lawyer who reported the virus news to four years in prison.
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LAS VEGAS – Nevada officials reported fewer cases and deaths from COVID-19 than at any time in December.
Officials reported 868 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday and 21 additional deaths. Both were well below daily highs set earlier in December – of 3,194 cases and 57 deaths.
Before Monday, Nevada had reported at least 1,000 new confirmed cases every day since November 2.
Officials say the reasons for the downward trend are not clear. It could be due to adherence to state prevention measures, to a decrease in the number of tests performed and processed during the holidays, or both.
Kirkland, Washington – Residents and staff at a nursing home in the Seattle area where the first deadly outbreak of COVID-19 occurred in the United States began receiving vaccinations on Monday.
The first death associated with the Life Care Center was reported in Kirkland, Washington, in late February, and more than 40 people associated with the facility have subsequently died from the Coronavirus. The Seattle Times reported that Monday was the first day long-term care facilities could receive vaccinations under a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens, which handle shots for most of the state’s nearly 4,000 long-term care facilities.
Along with health care workers, Washington state has recommended that nursing home residents receive the vaccine first, followed by residents of assisted living facilities, adult family homes and other care sites. State officials have set a target for all residents to receive the first dose of the two-dose vaccine by the end of January.
LOS ANGELES – Cruise ships without passengers will visit the Port of Los Angeles in the coming weeks in a move towards a future resumption of service by the industry, which has been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The port says the fuel, supplies and services visits are part of the rebuilding of ships in U.S. waters as a prerequisite for meeting federal regulations for resuming sailing in the future.
Ships from Princess Cruises, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line will dock periodically at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal from this week through 2021.
The cruises have been suspended since March.
93 cruises in the Port of Los Angeles, accounting for more than 70% of all cruises, have been canceled this year.
According to the port, the cancellations amounted to a loss of nearly $ 100 million in economic activity on the waterfront. Each cruise on a cruise ship contributes approximately $ 1 million to the local business and economy.
Topeka, Kansas – Governor Laura Kelly plans to get a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday as part of a larger plan to give shots to select Kansas officials so the state government can continue to operate during the pandemic.
The Democratic governor confirmed her plans Monday during an impromptu interview at the State House after a party marking the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa of African American Heritage. She told The Associated Press last week that the state was looking into giving footage of people in state agencies, the Republican-controlled legislature and the state court system.
The country has so far focused on vaccinating healthcare workers. Kelly employees have repeatedly said that she will receive the vaccination when it is her “turn”.
Kelly said she will get her first dose of vaccine during a press conference.
Madrid – Spain has surpassed the record of 50,000 deaths officially attributed to COVID-19.
The Spanish Health Ministry said on Monday that the number of victims had reached 50,122.
Spain has recorded nearly 1.88 million cases of the new Coronavirus, among its population of 47 million.
Movement restrictions and nationwide curfews in recent weeks have helped the country slow the spread of COVID-19.
The nation’s 14-day case rate per 100,000 population is 246, down from last fall’s peak of 529, recorded on November 9. The Ministry of Health says just over 21% of intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are occupied.
Spain kicked off a national vaccination program Sunday in nursing homes.
Las Vegas – The problems exacerbated by the epidemic, but not the virus itself, are being blamed for the increase in deaths among the homeless in the Las Vegas area.
Local public health officials and advocates for the homeless tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the number of street deaths is up 16% compared to last year. However, the rate of COVID-19 test positive among homeless communities is roughly the same as that of the general population.
Clark County reported 186 homeless deaths from January 1 to December 4, which is an average of 35 deaths per 1,000 people, which is six more than in 2019.
According to public health experts, the sudden rise in deaths can be attributed to the pandemic’s exacerbation of difficulties in accessing health care and other services. It is possible that people who live on the streets do not have the ability to make virtual appointments.
Berlin – The head of the World Health Organization said it is important to intensify genetic sequences around the world to ensure the discovery of new types of the Corona virus as the epidemic enters its second year.
New variants discovered in increasingly contagious Britain and South Africa have caused concern and caused new travel restrictions this month.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in an online press conference on Monday from Geneva that “there will be new setbacks and challenges in the coming year – for example new variants of COVID-19 and helping people who are tired of the epidemic to continue fighting the epidemic. That. “
He said that the World Health Organization is working closely with scientists around the world to “better understand any and all changes to the virus” and their impact.
Tedros said he wanted to “stress the importance of increasing genomic sequencing capacity worldwide” and share information with the UN Health Agency and other countries. “Only if countries research and test effectively will they be able to select variables and adjust strategies for adaptation,” he said.
WASHINGTON – Nearly 1.3 million people traveled through US airports on Sunday, the highest level of air travel in more than nine months, despite fear that travel could lead to more cases of COVID-19.
The Transportation Security Administration said it examined 1284599 on Sunday, the highest total since March 15. More than 10 million people have traveled by air since December 18, including six days with at least one million people screened.
Figures for road trips are not available, but the AAA forecast that about 85 million Americans will travel during the Christmas holiday season, most of them by car.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top expert in infectious diseases, said the level of travel could lead to another increase in COVID-19 cases. Fauci said crowded airports make it difficult to maintain social distancing, and holiday gatherings feature people from different families.
New cases of COVID-19 have spiked about two months ago. More than 330,000 deaths have been reported from the virus.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has decided to extend its closure for a week to all official ports of entry due to fears of a new rapidly spreading alternative to the Coronavirus.
The Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior announced, on Monday, the continued closure of borders and the suspension of international commercial flights for at least another week. Freight flights and shipping methods will not be affected.
The country closed its ports last week, after the most contagious strain of the virus was discovered in Britain. Starting Sunday, non-citizens of the country were allowed to leave the kingdom despite the travel ban.
Although cases have decreased in recent months, Saudi Arabia has struggled to stem a major outbreak that has infected more than 362,000 people and killed more than 6,000.
The Hague, Netherlands – The Dutch Public Health Service said it had confirmed 11 cases of the new, most contagious type of coronavirus that was first detected in Britain, including five in a group linked to a primary school in the port city of Rotterdam. .
Health Minister Hugo de Jong said in a letter to lawmakers on Monday that authorities are conducting further investigations into the school cluster in an effort to find out more about the spread of the new species.
De Jonge says the research could help answer questions about whether the role of primary school children in the spread of the new variant is different from other variants of the virus.
All schools in the Netherlands have been closed until at least January 15 as part of a strict five-week lockdown aimed at curbing high infection rates.
De Jong says that a government advisory panel of health experts set to meet Wednesday to assess the pandemic will also discuss the new alternative.
Jakarta – Indonesia announced, Monday, that it will temporarily ban foreigners from entering the country for 14 days starting January 1 to combat the spread of the new, most contagious type of COVID-19.
The announcement was made at a press conference by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
Foreigners who will arrive in Indonesia from Monday to Thursday will be allowed entry by showing a negative result from a Coronavirus test with 48 hours of their departure. They will do another test upon arrival at the airport in Indonesia. If the second test is negative, they will still have to complete the mandatory five-day quarantine and take another test after quarantine.
Marsudi added: “They will be allowed to continue the visit to Indonesia if the test showed a negative result.”
Indonesia reported 5,854 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday and 215 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in the country to 21,452.
One of her lawyers said that a Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former lawyer who reported the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison for “inciting quarrels and stirring up trouble.”
Zhang Chan was sentenced by the People’s Court of Pudong New District in Shanghai’s financial hub after accusing her of spreading false information, interviewing foreign media, creating public order and “maliciously manipulating” the outbreak.
Zhang, 37, traveled to Wuhan in February and posted on various social media platforms about the outbreak that is believed to have emerged in the city in central China late last year.
She was arrested in May amid strict nationwide measures aimed at curbing the outbreak and tight censorship to deflect criticism of the government’s initial response. Zhang reportedly went on a prolonged hunger strike while in detention, prompting authorities to forcibly feed her, and she is said to be in poor health.