Disneyland has reopened for the first time in over a year – as it has been revealed that more than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Disney fans who visited clapped and shouted like the South California Theme park opened for the first time in 13 months, when it was forced to close at the start of the coronavirus crisis.
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Disneyland news is seen as a powerful symbol of the American recovery of the pandemic, although the park currently only allows visitors from the state and is operating at only 25% of capacity. And that comes just a few months after the company cut 28,000 jobs in its theme parks across the United States.
Disney’s other American theme parks, in Florida, were only closed for a few months last year – but California authorities imposed much stricter restrictions to combat the disease.
The reopening and similar measures elsewhere in the country show growing optimism as COVID-19[female[feminine deaths are falling and the number of vaccinations is increasing.
While the total number of lives lost to COVID in the United States is over 575,000, deaths have fallen to an average of around 670 per day, from a high of around 3,400 in mid-January.
And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39% of the country’s adult population has now been fully vaccinated – totaling more than 100 million people.
Over 55% of adults have received at least one dose. However, officials said about 8% of those who received a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine did not return for their second injection.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said completing the course was important to gain maximum protection against the coronavirus.
“Make sure you get that second dose,” he said during a White House briefing.
The vaccination campaign has slowed down in recent weeks, even as vaccinations have been opened to all adults.
Experts believe that a combination of more favorable weather conditions and a decrease in the number of infections will make it more difficult to reach people who have not yet been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, cruise lines are celebrating the news that the CDC has pledged to resume shipping in the United States by mid-summer and is adjusting some of the rules to help speed up the process.
Earlier this week, the CDC said in a letter to the industry it would let ships sail without going through training trips if 98% of crew and 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated against COVID- 19.
“The voices of community leaders and the wider cruise line community are being heard – and we are very grateful for them,” said Laziza Lambert, spokesperson for the Cruise Lines International Association.
American cruises have been halted by the pandemic since March 2020, with Disney one of the businesses affected.
In new YorkMayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the COVID restrictions to be lifted and the city to “fully reopen” by July 1 thanks to rising vaccination rates and lower hospitalizations.
“We are ready to open stores, to open businesses, offices, theaters, at full speed,” he told MSNBC.
However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo insisted the decision was up to him – and the date could be brought forward.
“I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we need to do, we can be reopened sooner,” he said.
In Michigan, which has become the worst hotspot in the United States in recent weeks, the numbers are finally showing improvement and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced a plan to tie the lifting of restrictions to the state’s vaccination rate.