Latest news on increasing cases and the Covid-19 recovery plan
Biden is going to be vaccinated
WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden will receive his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public that inoculations are safe.
Monday’s event will come the same day a second vaccine, produced by Moderna, begins arriving in the states, joining that of Pfizer in the national arsenal against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 317,000 people in the United States and life turned upside down around the globe.
“I don’t want to get ahead, but I want to make sure that we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take,” Biden said of his decision. Biden and his wife, Jill, will also thank health workers at the facility where they receive the injections, his new press secretary said.
Despite Covid-19 eviction ban, tenants continue to be evicted
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium was supposed to protect tenants in all 50 states until the end of the year. Keeping tenants affected by Covid in their apartments, the CDC said, would reduce the potential for transmission of the virus that could occur as displaced people were forced to move into with family or friends or to homeless shelters.
But nationwide support for the moratorium has been patchy, housing experts say. Some judges categorically reject the moratorium, while others carry out evictions based on favorable state landlord regulations or contested claims about tenants violating their leases.
Evictions processed while the moratorium is still in place are a preview of what some experts predict will be a wave of homelessness when the CDC’s moratorium expires on December 31. as well as the tenants.
Mental health care resources dwindle during pandemic
In a year of more than 300,000 deaths from a pandemic, job insecurity, a looming deportation crisis and a renewed interest in racial injustice, mental health has been pushed into public discourse across the country.
Politicians have implemented new strategies to recognize disparities in the quality of care for those seeking health care providers and have attempted to address mental health through policy. But questions remain as to whether systems will change enough to normalize mental health care after a year of collective trauma.
In June, about 40 percent of American adults reported having mental health or addiction issues, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in August. The CDC found that the number of adults reporting being anxious was three times as many and four times as likely to report feelings of depression compared to the same time the year before.
More and more countries in the European Union are banning travel from the UK
BERLIN – A growing list of European Union countries banned travel from the UK on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to prevent a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England to spread across the continent.
France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and Bulgaria all announced travel restrictions to the UK, hours after the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that Christmas shopping and gatherings in southern England are to be canceled due to the rapid spread of infections blamed on the new variant of the coronavirus.
Johnson immediately placed these regions under a new strict restriction level of Level 4, upsetting Christmas plans for millions of people.
France has banned all travel from the UK for 48 hours from midnight Sunday, including trucks carrying freight through the Channel Tunnel or from the port of Dover on the south coast of England.
French officials said the break would save time to find a “common doctrine” on how to deal with the threat, but it has plunged the busy cross-Channel route into chaos, used by thousands of trucks a day. .
Hospital staff stretched during the virus outbreak in California
LOS ANGELES – Medical staff are increasingly squeezed as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the emergency care system of the State.
As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections – more than double the previous peak reached in July. A state model that uses current data to predict future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January.
More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. All of Southern California and the 12 northern San Joaquin Valley counties have exhausted their regular intensive care capacity, and some hospitals have started using surge space. Overall, the state’s intensive care capacity was only 2.1% on Sunday.
The huge number of cases over the past six weeks has pushed up the death toll in California. Another 161 deaths were reported Sunday for a total of 22,593.
Many hospitals are preparing for the possibility of rationing care. A document recently released among doctors at the four hospitals run by Los Angeles County calls on them to change their strategy: instead of doing everything to save a life, their goal during the crisis is to save as many patients as possible. This means that those least likely to survive will not receive the same type of care that is normally offered.
Congress reaches $ 900 billion in Covid-19 aid deal
WASHINGTON – After months of deadlock, Congress reached agreement on a nearly $ 900 billion Covid-19 relief plan that includes a new cycle of direct payments and helping unemployed Americans, families and businesses struggling with the pandemic.
“More help is on the way,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said on the Senate floor on Sunday evening. “A few moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and the House finalized an agreement.
The deal includes more stimulus checks, a federal unemployment insurance premium, more money for businesses struggling to pay rent and workers, vaccine distribution funds and funding for schools .
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the package starting later Sunday or Monday.
CDC Advisory Group: Seniors and essential frontline workers to receive next Covid vaccine
People aged 75 and over and essential frontline workers will be the next to receive Covid-19 vaccines, according to recommendations from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee.
On Sunday, the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee voted in favor of the recommendations, which will then be forwarded to the CDC for final approval.
The new proposal comes less than a week after the first vaccines against Covid-19 went to healthcare workers and people living in long-term care facilities across the country. This group is called phase 1a. The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for two Covid-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
What scientists know about the spread of the coronavirus variant in the UK
Several European countries have banned flights from the UK over fear of news coronavirus variant that forced Millions of people in Britain cancel their Christmas plans.
Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Italy have all announced restrictions on travel to the UK. Others will likely follow suit, as scientists have warned the new strain is spreading faster than its predecessor.
As infection levels in the UK rise rapidly, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Saturday that London and the south-east of the UK would be subject to the strictest foreclosure rules, known as “Tier 4”.
As a result, non-essential stores, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks, while people will be limited to meeting another person from another household in an outdoor public space. .