Coronavirus latest: New York state reports surge in new cases as adult jab deadline looms

Almost 49m Americans have been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, as a number of states put together to supply pictures to all adults in the approaching weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated the US has administered 136.7m doses total for the reason that rollout started in December, with 89.6m Americans receiving at the very least one dose. 

Germany has designated France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic as “excessive incidence areas” from Sunday onwards and would require guests to current a unfavorable coronavirus check to enter. The resolution to maneuver France into the high-risk class has raised considerations on each side of the border.

An additional 100m kids didn’t be taught fundamental studying expertise as a results of the disruptions attributable to coronavirus in 2020, reversing 20 years of progress and triggering a “studying loss” that might take 10 years from which to get well, based on Unesco estimates. Schools around the globe closed for a median of 25 weeks final yr.

French President Emmanuel Macron got here underneath hearth from political opponents on Friday over his refusal to take the blame for the latest surge in Covid-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospital intensive care models in Paris and the north. The authorities lastly locked down practically a 3rd of the nation per week in the past.

The Queen Elizabeth, operated by Cunard, lies moored at Southampton, England © Bloomberg

Cruise operator Cunard will restrict its summer season excursions of the British shoreline to vaccinated UK residents, the corporate has introduced. Cunard stated on Friday that solely individuals who had waited per week after receiving their second dose of an accredited Covid-19 vaccine can be allowed aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth. 

The Serum Institute of India blamed a hearth at its plant for delayed industrial shipments of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines weeks earlier than New Delhi imposed a de facto ban on exports of doses to develop its vaccination drive. SII chief government Adar Poonawalla warned that “a hearth at certainly one of our buildings has brought about obstacles to … growth”.

A vaccine manufacturing unit in the Netherlands on the centre of a spat between London and Brussels has been given the go forward by the European Medicines Agency to start supplying Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs to the EU. The EMA stated on Friday that the Leiden manufacturing unit — run by subcontractor Halix — had been accredited for manufacturing and export.

UK engineers Smiths elevated its half-year dividend after a pandemic-induced enhance in demand for semiconductor testing cushioned a drop in industrial gross sales. The FTSE 100 group raised its dividend to 11.7p, up from 11p over a yr in the past, after beating expectations on headline working revenue, which slipped 6 per cent to £166m.

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