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  • Meanwhile in India...

    The fact that plenty of vaccinated people are getting infected is a sign both that masking protocols are still deeply important and that the longer it takes to vaccinate the whole world, the more at risk we all are.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ishaantha...09956466552835

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    • Global coronavirus cases and deaths rise because of new variants, lax public health restrictions, says WHO


      In India, a pandemic spiral drove the global surge in cases in the week ending April 18. The United States, Brazil, Turkey and France together reported the highest number of new infections, while all regions except for Europe reported an increase in new cases.


      Deaths due to covid-19 jumped 8 percent globally, the WHO said, with a 49 percent increase in Southeast Asia, the region in which it places India.

      “The COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of easing,” the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update. “A third of the global cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths has been reported in the last three months alone.”

      The pathogen’s resurgence in the last four months is probably due to more contagious virus variants and a premature easing of public health restrictions, the agency said.

      As countries strengthen their surveillance and sequencing capabilities, authorities have reported more cases involving the variants, including those that first emerged in Brazil, Britain and South Africa.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...ve-updates-us/

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      • The open border (no quarantining, no covid-19 72 hour certificate of clearance) between NZ and Australia came into effect on 19 April.

        From 1 flight a day to OZ we had, I think, about 19 full flights in each direction.

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        • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
          Meanwhile in India...

          The fact that plenty of vaccinated people are getting infected ...

          https://mobile.twitter.com/ishaantha...09956466552835
          Also from that thread:

          Amanda Mecke @ameckeco
          Replying to @ishaantharoor and @vali_nasr
          “Plenty?”

          Anjan @akcantwit
          Replying to @ishaantharoor and @latha_venkatesh
          When did 0.03% become plenty?

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          • India devastated by impact of second wave

            Officials believed worst of pandemic was over, stirring outrage at lack of preparation







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            • The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) women's world championship due to be held in Nova Scotia has been cancelled for the second time.

              The IIHF and Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that they received confirmation from the provincial government of Nova Scotia that the championship in Halifax and Truro will be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

              Players were set to come from across Canada as well as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and the United States for the tournament running May 6-16.CBC

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                India devastated by impact of second wave

                Officials believed worst of pandemic was over, stirring outrage at lack of preparation






                India has had a festival since January that has attracted millions of people to gather en masse without masks, and Modi has only just advised them to stop. Brazil has full beaches with young folk drinking and cavorting for months. Stupid is .....

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                • Originally posted by 18.99s View Post

                  Also from that thread:

                  Amanda Mecke @ameckeco
                  Replying to @ishaantharoor and @vali_nasr
                  “Plenty?”

                  Anjan @akcantwit
                  Replying to @ishaantharoor and @latha_venkatesh
                  When did 0.03% become plenty?
                  Still the evidence seems to show vaccinated reinfected folks rarely get hospitalized or get severe symptoms. We always knew the flu vaccine was not 100%.

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                  • Thru April 21, my county (Sonoma-population 499,000) has administered 404,884 doses of vaccine. 40.9% of the 16+ population are fully vaccinated, and another 19.7% are partially vaccinated. That leaves 39.4% of the 16+ unvaccinated. We should get there by mid-June. County Health Dept. surveys show that 86% of adult residents want to be vaccinated, with another 6% undecided.

                    On February 1, the county had 483449 total tests, 26189 positives and 265 deaths. By March 1 it was 545927, 28134 and 298. By April 1 it was 605428, 29257 and 309. Thru Apr. 21 the figures are 646043 tests, 29734 positives, and 312 deaths.

                    These figures sound promising to me. But how are your counties doing?

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                    • Hungary (2697) passed Czech Rep. (2684) in deaths per million. It is still behind Gibraltar (2791). But given they lead the world in seven-day deaths / million (158), it is probably a matter of time before they pass Gibraltar (whose last confirmed death was on March 13).

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                      • Washingtonpost.com

                        India announces most daily new infections in history of pandemic, with nearly 315,000



                        India on Thursday recorded the world’s highest number of new coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period since the beginning of the pandemic, reporting a staggering 314,835 cases, as a surge tears through communities and inundates the nation’s hospital infrastructure.

                        The single-day case count surpasses a previous record set by the United States, when more than 313,000 infections were reported on Jan. 8, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

                        The massive outbreak in India has been blamed on more contagious variants of the virus, as well as an early relaxation of restrictions and a slow-moving vaccination campaign.


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                        • ‘Excess Deaths’ in 2020 Surpassed Those of 1918 Flu Pandemic

                          https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...eath-toll.html

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                          • meanwhile, in passing-it-along land....



                            An unvaccinated staff member brought a variant, or new strain of the virus, into the nursing home, causing 18 residents and four workers who had been vaccinated to test positive for COVID-19, according to the study released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

                            In all, 46 cases were identified at the nursing home in 26 residents and 20 workers. Three residents who contracted COVID-19 died, two of whom had not been vaccinated, the study said.

                            But overall, those who had been vaccinated fared much better with fewer or no symptoms, it said. About half the staff and 90% of residents had been vaccinated for COVID-19.





                            https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...sh/7332528002/

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                            • Fully vaccinated you are really in great shape.

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                              • Situation in India is rather dire...

                                India Covid surge: Hospitals send SOS as record deaths registered

                                https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56870410

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