The state has seen a sharp jump in the incidence since November
California Becomes First US State to Record Over 3 Million Coronavirus Cases.
The state, with a population of 40 million, has 3,015,644 confirmed cases and 33,724 deaths as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University..
According to the Associated Press, the first million cases in California were recruited 292 days – from January 25 to November 11 last year. Since then, the state has seen a spike in incidence that has pushed health care systems to the brink of collapse, hitting 2 million in the next 44 days, and 3 million in less than 30 days..
Meanwhile, California’s mass vaccination ran into a major hurdle. State’s chief epidemiologist on Sunday recommended stopping use of a batch of Moderna vaccine after some people developed serious allergic reactions after vaccination.
President-elect Biden’s new administration will overturn President Donald Trump‘s decision to lift coronavirus-related travel bans for citizens of most European countries, as well as Brazil, from January 26.
“This move is the best way to further protect Americans from COVID-19 while still allowing travel to resume safely,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House..
However, Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded on Twitter a few minutes later: “Following the recommendations of our team of medical experts, the administration has no intention of lifting these restrictions from January 26th. On the contrary, we plan to strengthen our international travel measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. “.
New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules, effective Jan. 26, will require all air passengers arriving in the U.S. to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight.
Also on Monday, an independent commission analyzing global efforts to combat the pandemic criticized the World Health Organization and China for their response to the virus..
A panel of experts led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in an interim report that WHO should have declared an international emergency earlier than it did on January 30.
The commission also said China should have taken more drastic action in January. The final commission report will be ready in May.
Meanwhile, experts in South Africa said the new coronavirus strain, first identified in the country late last year, is 50 percent more infectious. Experts say the new strain, named 501Y.V2, attaches more firmly to human cells. The South African variant is one of several new strains found around the world that have exacerbated the spread of the virus. There are currently just over 95.6 million infections and over 2 million deaths worldwide..
On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to continue preparations for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, despite a spike in illness in the country that has forced the country to close its borders to foreigners. State of emergency declared in Tokyo.
Recent media polls in Japan show that about 80 percent of the Japanese public believes that the Olympics should not be held this year..
Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for summer 2020, have already been postponed due to the pandemic.
News Service; Voices of America