India on Saturday broke another daily world record for new infections with more than 400,000 new cases, but at least one expert says the true tally could be 10 times higher.
Less than 2% of India’s 1.4 billion people are fully immunized, according to the Ministry of Health.
Dr Prabhat Jha of the University of Toronto estimates, based on modeling of a previous outbreak in India, that the true numbers of infections could be 10 times higher than official reports.
“Entire houses are infected,” Jha said. “If a person gets tested at home and says they are positive and everyone in the house starts having symptoms, it is obvious that they have COVID, so why get tested?”
The United States has started shipping valuable vaccine components, oxygen and masks to India, but demand will still far exceed supply. President Joe Biden’s administration also plans to restrict travel between the United States and India from Tuesday.
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►Approximately 10% of the population of Republic, a small town in north-central Washington, tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak linked to large indoor events last month at the local hall of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
►A community college in Nebraska is using federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay for tuition and books that high school students in the state can take this summer. The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials at Metropolitan Community College are hoping their newly approved offering will attract thousands of students.
►Pope Francis during a special prayer service on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica invoked the end of the pandemic and the return of what he called “a horizon of hope”, including a scenario in which scientists can figure out how to beat the coronavirus.
►Canada will receive doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States starting next week. The country had obtained the vaccines from Pfizer on its Belgian site. Vaccinations have intensified in Canada in recent months.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 576,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 152 million cases and 3.2 million deaths. More than 310 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 243 million have been administered, according to the CDC. More than 103 million Americans have been fully immunized.
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Iowa refuses 71% of COVID vaccine offered by the federal government
Iowa is denying 71% of the COVID-19 vaccine supply it could have received from federal officials for the week of May 10, as demand for vaccines continues to decline, the Department of Public Health said on Saturday from Iowa. This is the second week in a row that the state has asked the federal government to withhold part of its scheduled dose allocation.
Department spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand said on Saturday the state could have received a total of 105,300 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine from federal officials for the week of May 10. the week of May 3. For the week of May 10, the state is asking federal officials to withhold 75,280 doses, Ekstrand said in an email to the Des Moines Register, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
Ekstrand also said 88 of Iowa’s 99 counties told the state they would not need some or all of their weekly vaccine allocations for the week starting May 10. all or part of their allowances for last week.
– Tony Leys, Des Moines register
Federal mask mandate extended until September for planes, trains and buses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans, and some states have canceled mask warrants. But masks will still be a must if you are traveling by plane, train or bus this summer. The Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended its face mask requirement for planes, airports, trains, commuter train systems and other modes of transportation until September 13. The mandate, which began on February 1, was due to expire on May 11.
“The requirement for a federal mask throughout the transportation system is aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA official, said in a statement. “Currently, about half of all adults receive at least one vaccine vaccine, and masks remain an important tool in beating this pandemic. We will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess the need for these vaccines. guidelines and recognize the high level of compliance to date. ” Read more.
– Dawn Gilbertson