Cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, however, continue to increase in some regions of the United States.
Joe Biden asked Americans not to contribute to the setback of the “progress that we all struggle so hard to achieve”, continuing, “we need all Americans to work hard and keep their guard on this final stretch.”
Earlier this week, Biden also said that with increased pressure for vaccination “at least 90% of all adults in this country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, just three weeks from now, because we have the vaccines. the vast majority of adults, you won’t have to wait until May 1st. ”
India said on Saturday, April 3, that it registered almost 90,000 new infections on Friday, the highest daily total in six months.
Italy has initiated a strict “red zone” blockade in an effort to prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases. Italy has reported 3.6 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.
The designation of the red zone is the highest level of restrictions in the country. All non-essential movements were banned.
The three-day blockade coincides with the Easter holiday, forcing Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, to make his annual Easter address in front of an empty St. Peter’s Square.
Compared to the USA, European nations are struggling to accelerate vaccination programs.
The World Health Organization said that only 10% of Europe’s population received one dose of vaccine and only 4% received two doses.
One reason for the delay among European nations is the dependence on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. There have been reports of blood clots in some people who received the injection. The drugmaker rejected that claim and found no evidence to link the vaccine to blood clots. The Netherlands on Friday followed Germany, which suspended the use of the vaccine for people under the age of 60.
Incidents of people who have developed blood clots are rare. The European Medicines Agency said the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe.
France on Thursday announced plans for a third national blockade to contain the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Also on Friday, the CDC updated the guidelines to say that fully vaccinated people can travel without observing quarantines, although they must still wear masks, practice social detachment and wash their hands frequently, the US health agency warned.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the world has registered more than 130 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2.8 million deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. The USA leads with 30.6 million cases of the virus, followed by Brazil with 12.9 million infections and India with 12.3 million cases.
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