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This is the second year that Americans celebrate Easter, Ramadan and Easter from home.

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The spread of the vaccine in the United States may be uneven, but this is the envy of our northern neighbors.

“Meanwhile in Canada” is spreading on social media as Canadians complain about their hesitant vaccination program More than 30% of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine compared to about 12% of Canadians, according to public health statistics from both nations .

“The good news for Americans has provoked jealousy and criticism from Canadians who ask why our provinces are so far behind,” the Toronto Star reported.

Conservative Canadian MP Michelle Rempel Garner said on Twitter that the United States wants to open vaccinations for all adults. She also noted that the Auckland Zoo plans to vaccinate some of its most risky animals this summer.

“Most Americans aged 16 and over will have access to the vaccine in the next week or two,” she wrote on Twitter. “In Canada, this milestone is far away. In fact, these zoological animals in the United States may have had access to the vaccine before many older Canadians.”

Social media users were quick to point out that in one of the last days, the United States fired about 4 million shots, while Canada fired about 72,000.

“Meanwhile in Canada, we are considering approving the vaccine with the same mechanism as the color of the paint for your living room,” an annoyed Canadian tweet said. Another suggested that “in Canada, meanwhile, we are waiting for American vaccines because our integrated economies mean we don’t have the facilities to produce them.”

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The UK will test a series of measures, including “certifying coronavirus status” in the coming weeks to see if it can allow people to return safely to mass gatherings in sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts.

A Mississippi health official encouraged people over the age of 65, as well as those aged 16 and over with existing conditions, to refrain from personal church services for Easter if they had not been vaccinated.

►On Easter 2020, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses were temporarily closed and others decided to close to give employees a day off. While more stores will be open than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, several large retailers will be closed, including Costco, Sam’s Club and Target.

►COVID-19 vaccines can reduce transmission, experts say, but vaccinated Americans still have to wear masks in public. That’s why.

📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has more than 30.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 554,000 deaths. The total number is over 130 million cases and 2.8 million deaths. At least204 One million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 158 million have been administered, according to the CDC.

📘 What we read: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume low-risk travel for themselves, but the agency still does not recommend travel given the growing number of cases.

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The citizens of Kuwait, the first mantra, provoke controversy in the Persian Gulf

Foreigners who run Kuwait’s small, oil-rich economy, serve its society and make up 70% of its population, are struggling to get coronavirus vaccines. Unlike other Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait came under fire because it first vaccinated its own people. This leaves legions of workers from Asia, Africa and elsewhere cleaning up Kuwaiti citizens’ homes, caring for their children, driving their cars and packing groceries, still waiting for their first doses, despite the burden of the pandemic. Authorities imposed targeted blockades and published a growing number of viruses, broken down by nationality.

“It’s easy to see migrants as the root of all the problems in Kuwait,” said Rohan Advani, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Citizens do not have political or economic power, so when they do not like what is happening to their country, blaming foreigners becomes the main way out.”

The Pope is tearing apart “scandalous” armed conflicts despite the pandemic

Pope Francis gave his Easter message at a liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica before gathering about 200 people, instead of the traditional speech on the balcony overlooking a square full of thousands. The pandemic was in front and in the center of the stream Urbi et Orbi ″ address of the Pope (Latin for “Towards the city and the world”). Francis condemned the armed conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe amid the global health crisis and argued for a level playing field.

“The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nevertheless – and this is scandalous – the armed conflicts are not over and the military arsenals are strengthening, “Francis said.

Susan Miller

Reports of an NCAA men’s tournament dying from a COVID fast probe

Marion County Health Department is investigating whether anyone in Indianapolis was exposed by Alabama residents after news of an NCAA fan dying from complications of COVID-19. Luke Ratliff, a 23-year-old student at the University of Alabama, died after a short illness days after participating in the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis, his father confirmed. Many people told The Tuscaloosa News that he had died of complications related to COVID-19.

Ratliff, a major fan of the school’s basketball team, was hospitalized shortly after returning to Tuscaloosa on March 29. He had attended the school game against UCLA at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis the night before. It is unclear whether he contracted the virus before, during or after his visit to Indianapolis, or where he became infected. It is also not known if he was symptomatic while in Indianapolis.

“Emily Hopkins, a star of Indianapolis.”

The governor of Arizona is at loggerheads with Phoenix over access to Easter Park

Gov. Doug Ducey has asked Phoenix to open facilities for a public park for Easter weekend after Phoenix City Council voted last month to ban barbecue and close parking lots to prevent overcrowding. In a letter to Phoenix Mayor Kate Galego on Friday, Ducey criticized the city for trying to limit visitors to the park, writing that the council’s decision violated a state executive order and the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gallego responded to the governor with his own clearly worded letter, saying the city would continue with its plans and that Ducey had no legal basis for making such demands.

“This crisis has made it clear to all of Arizona that you are putting guerrilla politics before saving lives. It is also not surprising that you expressed your views in a guerrilla, divisive way, not in a real effort to keep your people safe,” Galego wrote.

– Nicole Sadek, Republic of Arizona

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