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Russia’s health minister said Saturday that the country is planning a mass vaccination campaign for the coronavirus starting in October.
Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told the state-run Interfax news agency that the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility based in Moscow, is processing paperwork to register its vaccine after it completed clinical trials.
The article goes on to state the following:
Doctors and teachers will be vaccinated first, Murashko said, adding the campaign would be “widespread.”
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California becomes first state to hit half a million coronavirus cases
CBS News reports: More than half a million people have tested positive for the coronavirus in California, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. California is the first U.S. state to hit 500,000 cases.
More than 9,000 people have died from coronavirus in California, and more than 6,000 people are in the hospital or an intensive care unit, according to state data published Friday morning.
In mid-July, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced new restrictions to try and ease the spread of the virus. Bars, breweries, restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and other indoor businesses that “encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult” were ordered to close. Counties that are on the state’s monitoring list for three or more consecutive days were also ordered to close indoor operations, including fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, personal care services, salons, and malls.
California is the first U.S. state to hit 500,000 cases. https://t.co/PvxQ98FxYS
— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) August 1, 2020
Mexico No. 3 in virus deaths
Associated Press reports: Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind Brazil and the United States…Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country’s confirmed total to over 46,600. That put Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has more than 46,100, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Some countries are seeing hopeful signs: China reported a more than 50% drop in newly confirmed cases in a possible indication that its latest major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang may have run its course.
However, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, infections continue to surge. Hong Kong reported more than 100 new cases as of Saturday among the population of 7.5 million. Officials have reimposed dining restrictions and mask requirements.
Coronavirus: Mexico’s death toll becomes world’s third highest https://t.co/dJSV5b0iTz
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 1, 2020
Hurricane could hinder US response
Associated Press reports: …A hurricane bearing down on the East Coast on Saturday is threatening to complicate efforts to contain the virus.
Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even though Florida has become a major hot spot, and other states in the path of the storm prepared emergency shelters that comply with social-distancing measures.
But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said no immediate evacuation orders have been given and that hospitals in general are not being evacuated of coronavirus or other patients.
The Latest: Florida coast preps for hurricane, virus safety https://t.co/gUuzlqUCQ4
— The Times Record (@MidcoastNews) August 1, 2020
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