The expansion of the Michigan virus in Hawaii opens up eligibility for the vaccine

If baseball fans travel to San Francisco for the Giants’ opening game on Friday, they will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result to be admitted, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Wednesday.

This requirement, which is being implemented by city health authorities, could be “rather one-of-a-kind,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine at UC San Francisco.

“I think San Francisco is very cautious right now, but the requirement will likely go away,” she told Mercury News. “It is enough to mask and seat people in small groups.” The tests do little to help. “

The idea of ​​a so-called “vaccination pass” has led to controversies in recent weeks that have already been banned by several countries. On Wednesday, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued an executive order banning the state government from adopting one. Texas governor Greg Abbott banned them in the state on Tuesday.

Other states have accepted the vaccination certificate. New York launched the Excelsior Pass in late March, and Hawaii is currently testing the technology needed to obtain a vaccination pass when Interisland travel reopens.

President Joe Biden said he would not need a vaccination certificate in order for people to attend meetings.

Also in the news:

►Hawaii announced this week that the state will extend vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 19. This will make it the last state to commit to Biden’s call for approval requirements to be lifted by the end of the month.

► Just under half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states – a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing vaccine distribution by sending more doses to hot spots. New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey combined reported 44% of the country’s new COVID-19 infections. This is based on data from the state health authority compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

►Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued an executive order prohibiting the state government from requesting or issuing COVID-19 vaccination records.

►Carmen Hernandez, 104, received a standing ovation from health professionals when he was evicted from a Colombian hospital. The reason for the celebration? She defeated COVID-19 for the second time.

►The European Union’s Medicines Agency has stated that there is a “possible connection” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare coagulation disorder, but the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks. In a statement released on Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency did not put new restrictions on the use of the vaccine in people aged 18 and over, despite several countries imposing them themselves.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 30.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 559,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global total: more than 132.94 million cases and 2.88 million deaths. At least 225.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed and 171.4 million administered in the United States, according to the CDC.

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Michigan should now restrict indoor youth sports to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that Michigan and other states with high rates of coronavirus transmission should be restricting youth sports indoors and now consider other steps, such as a possible break when eating indoors to help curb the spread of disease the virus.

“I would advocate a stronger harm reduction strategy … to reduce community activity and encourage the use of masks,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a COVID-19 Response Team press conference at the White House.

Walensky’s comments came a day after Governor Gretchen Whitmer attributed rising cases in the state to fatigue and variants of the pandemic.

“It’s not a political problem. It sounds like we could maybe work on the margins a little, but stepping back isn’t going to fix the problem. What we have to do is really get our foot on the ground . ” The pedal for vaccines and the invitation to people to do what we know protect us: masking, distancing, washing hands. “

Michigan’s case rate currently leads the country at 452.5 cases per 100,000 people.

– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

The variant found in the UK is the dominant line in the US today

The CDC has been warning since January that the highly contagious variant of coronavirus, first discovered in the UK, would become the dominant strain in the US, and that time has come.

On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the variant formerly known as B.1.1.7, is “now the most common line circulating in the US”.

While not surprising, the confirmation is significant as B.1.1.7 is believed to be at least 50% more transmissible and also more virulent than the original strain of the virus. The variant is believed to be a major contributor to the current surge in infections in Europe, as well as the recent surge in US cases after a prolonged decline. Of the 17,017 variant variants reported in this country, 16,275 are from the United Kingdom.

The three US-approved vaccines have proven effective against the variant, making the country’s vaccination program even more urgent.

Contributor: The Associated Press

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