Alabama fans packed the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate the victory of the Crimson Tide National Championship against Ohio State.
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► The celebration was in Tuscaloosa after the victory of the national football championship in Alabama on Monday night, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the celebrants, shouting and welcoming, did not wear face masks as they huddled together in the streets. The scene was exactly what officials feared before the match as they urged people to watch at home and celebrate in private, the Associated Press said.
►The US government wants countries to speed up vaccinations against COVID-19 in people over the age of 65 and others at risk, instead of withholding second-dose vaccines.
► Disneyland in Anaheim will soon be transformed into a place for mass vaccination against coronavirus for residents of Southern California, Orange County officials said on Monday.
►1 million health care workers in California, nursing home residents and staff will receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week, Gov. Gavin Newsum promised Monday. The state is battling a wave that is taking over hospitals and forcing them to provide care and beds, leading to the last grim marker of 30,000 deaths.
► Chief Justice John Roberts received his two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Supreme Court told CNN on Monday.
► Several gorillas in the safari park at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for coronavirus in what is considered the first case among such captive primates. Park executive Lisa Peterson said Monday that eight gorillas living together in the park are thought to have the virus and several are coughing.
► Indiana is the last country to report its first case of a more contagious variant of COVID-19, first identified in the United Kingdom, with 10 countries identifying the strain.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 22.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 376,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The total number is over 90 million cases and 1.9 million deaths.
📘 What we read: Millions of Americans with intellectual disabilities are at “especially high risk” of COVID-19. They are still waiting for vaccinations.
The Trump administration to ask states to speed up vaccinations
The Trump administration is expected to provide new guidelines on Tuesday aimed at accelerating the spread of vaccines to people over the age of 65 and others at risk, rather than withholding second-dose vaccines. Federal officials withheld enough doses of vaccine to ensure booster photos of everyone who received the first dose.
Health and Humanitarian Services Secretary Alex Hazard said it was time to move “to the next phase of the vaccination program” and expand the scope of those eligible for the first dose. It also means expanding the number of places where people can be vaccinated by adding public health centers and additional pharmacies.
“We now believe that our production is predictable enough to ensure that second doses are available to people in current production,” Hazard told ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday. “So everything is now available to our countries and our healthcare providers.” Read more here.
More lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus after a Capitol riot
Many lawmakers said they had been tested for coronavirus after the Capitol riot. Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Said on January 12 that she had tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter in a sheltered room with other lawmakers on January 6.
“I just got a positive COVID-19 test after I was locked in a secure room in the Capitol, where several Republicans not only brutally refused to wear a mask, but also recklessly mocked colleagues and employees who offered it.” , Jayapal wrote on Twitter.
On Sunday, a congressional physician in Congress said elected officials and their staff were potentially exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 while the U.S. Capitol was locked during an armed invasion by pro-Trump rebels. Many representatives announced that they had achieved positive results.
Hospitals are facing a jump in COVID-19, staff shortages and rising mortality
A record 22,676 people died from COVID-19 last week, according to data from John Hopkins University. That’s more Americans die every day than the 2,977 victims on September 11, 2001.
Four countries with the largest share of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients – California, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia – are struggling to cope with the unprecedented jump.
In Los Angeles, public hospitals are preparing to go into crisis, and the county has instructed ambulances not to send patients to congested hospitals if they cannot be resuscitated on the spot. More than two dozen hospitals in Georgia do not have available beds in intensive care units, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
While public health officials are optimistic, widespread vaccination will give a glimmer of hope this spring, there is now no break for doctors and nurses in congested emergency rooms and intensive care units.
It’s getting bigger: the United States is firing shots at stadiums and trade fairs
The United States is entering the second month of the largest vaccination drive in history with a major campaign expansion, opening football stadiums, first-league ballhouses, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse set of people.
After a disappointingly slow launch, involving mainly health workers and residents of nursing homes, countries move on to the next phase before the first is completed, making COVID-19 photos available to groups such as seniors, teachers, bus drivers, police officers. and firefighters.
In the United States, where the outbreak has reached its deadliest stage and the death toll has risen to about 375,000, politicians and health officials have complained in recent days that too many shots are left unused on shelves due to overly strict adherence to federal guidelines that place approximately 24 million health workers and nursing home residents at the front of the line.
The Disneyland resort of Anaheim will be one of the sites capable of vaccinating thousands of Southern California residents, Orange County officials said Monday.
More than 75% of patients still had symptoms 6 months later, a study found
A Chinese study published Friday in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet found that more than 75% of patients with COVID-19 reported symptoms six months after discharge from the hospital.
The British magazine says it is the largest study of so-called “COVID-19 long-term carriers” to date, with researchers examining 1,733 patients at Jin Ying Tang Hospital in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus originated last year.
More than 60% of patients reported fatigue and muscle weakness, about 25% reported difficulty sleeping and hair loss, and 23% reported anxiety and depression.
Contribution: Associated Press
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