The subway will run all night, and restaurants, shops and gyms will drop their capacity limits as New York removes most restrictions that have plagued the city and its residents for more than a year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Social distancing still needs to be maintained, Cuomo said. But as of May 17, the subways will no longer close between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will lift indoor capacity restrictions on May 19.
“This is a major opening for economic and social activity,”
More than 80,000 city workers returned to their offices today, said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Today the town hall is in a commotion. It’s a great feeling,” the mayor said. “I was at City Hall during the pandemic, as were many of my colleagues. But for the first time in, you know, a year plus, we really have the spirit and energy of this place back. And it’s a great feeling.”
The New York subway will resume running overnight and capacity constraints for most businesses will end nationwide in mid-May as COVID-19 levels continue to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
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►The administration of the small business on Monday started accepting applications for grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Thousands of restaurants and bars destroyed by the pandemic are eligible for a $ 28.6 billion grant.
►With the onset of the emerging pandemic, Hard Rock has said it will spend $ 20 million in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to renovate hotel suites, open a Starbucks store, buy new slot machines and table games, add of a new restaurant and upgrading the beach.
► Public health authorities in Los Angeles County did not report any new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday. Infections have remained at their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic.
📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has more than 32.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,000 deaths. Total worldwide: Over 152.9 million cases and nearly 3.2 million deaths. More than 312.5 million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 245.5 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 104.7 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
📘 What we read: California is reopening as coronavirus cases in the country decline. But critics say the “extreme measures” the fight against the virus was too much.
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New cases in the United States are steadily declining with vaccination
The United States currently has an average of less than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus per day, a level not seen since early October and a sign that the national mass vaccination program is affecting the pandemic. In the week ending Sunday, the United States reported 344,463 cases. The average daily value decreases by about 22,000 cases each day compared to a small peak observed three weeks ago. This is far beyond the records set in January; now the United States reports as many cases in one week as it receives every two days then.
Help for the cause: Nearly 150 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 40% of adults in the United States have been fully vaccinated.
Globally, however, daily deaths and new deaths remain at or near record levels, largely driven by India’s well-documented struggles. And India’s reported figures are generally seen as a fraction of the true 1.4 billion nationwide.
Florida Gov. DeSantis Dismisses Local Mask, Requires Social Distancing
Gov. Ron DeSantis, surrounded by Florida House and Senate leaders, suspended local orders for COVID on Monday and signed a proposal approved by lawmakers last week that limits the government’s ability to impose masks and other social alienation measures used to combat with coronavirus. The bill makes it difficult for local authorities to impose measures such as wearing masks and makes a permanent executive order to DeSantis, which bans “vaccine passports.”
DeSantis said those who think vaccine passports are needed “really say you don’t believe in vaccines, you don’t believe in data, you don’t believe in science.”
– James Call, USA TODAY Network
Clinical trials for the Novavax vaccine are aimed at children aged 12-17 years
Novavax announced on Monday a pediatric extension of its phase 3 clinical trial for NVX-CoV2373, the company’s vaccine candidate. The additional arm of the current study will evaluate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of NVX-CoV2373 in up to 3,000 adolescents aged 12-17 years in up to 75 sites in the United States. Participants will receive randomly either the vaccine candidate or placebo in two doses given at 21-day intervals. Two-thirds of the volunteers will receive intramuscular injections of the vaccine and one-third will receive a placebo. Participants will be monitored for safety for up to two years after the final dose.
“We hope … to play a significant global role in offering vaccinations to as many people of different ages as possible to end the suffering caused by the pandemic,” said Dr. Gregory M. Glenn, president of research and development. activity of Vovavax.
Teacher Assessment Week has a special significance in the pandemic
It was a difficult year in education: bizarre schedules, little class time for millions, and so many scaling rooms. Education Reporters in the US TODAY Network had the forefront of the highs and lows of an exceptional year of study. These challenges have affected many; 43% of teachers who have recently given up, citing stress – both before and during COVID-19 – as the main reason for leaving.
During Teacher Assessment Week, we highlight the teachers who have stayed with us over the past year because of their perseverance or charm or determination to help students or communities. Read about some of the stars here.
Most employees still work from home
An increasing number of countries are removing business restrictions, forcing people to shop, dine and travel. But the revival of an activity is excruciatingly slow: Office work. The number of employee visits in 10 major cities reached 26.1% of the pre-pandemic level in the week ending April 21, according to Kastle Systems, the largest technology provider, which tracks such data through keyboards and other devices. While Dallas and other subway areas in Texas have exceeded this average, cities like San Francisco and New York are lagging behind.
“While the return to the office is progressing slowly, we have not yet noticed any significant movement,” said Kastle chairman Mark Ain. “That’s a very low number.” Read more here.
– Paul Davidson
U.S. vaccine aid to other countries may be overdue
The Biden administration is besieged by requests from foreign leaders for help in accessing COVID-19 vaccines. But while President Joe Biden has vowed that the United States will be an “arsenal of vaccines” for the world, his advisers have not yet specified how and when the United States will begin sharing US supplies. Instead, Biden has repeatedly said that his administration will help the rest of the world only after all Americans have access to vaccines. This position is increasingly untenable, especially in the face of the deepening COVID-19 crisis in India and the growing global gap in vaccination rates, say global health experts and advocates.
“We hope that our aid will have a catalytic effect on society more widely here and around the world to come to the aid of the Indian people,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. Read more here.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
Tourism in a pandemic: Tips for etiquette and safety
Hiking and mountain biking have been more popular than ever since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, so many trails are busier than usual. This can make it confusing to know the right ways to live with tourists, cyclists and the rest of your environment in the pandemic world of masks and social distancing.
Don’t stress – there is a guide for a trail label that will give you peace of mind for your outdoor explorations on foot or by bike. Among the tips: It is polite to wear a mask and put it on if you can’t give another tourist 6 feet of space. Read more here.
– Shanti Lerner, Republic of Arizona
Walgreens is launching its vaccination program on the streets of Chicago
Walgreens runs mobile vaccination clinics in Chicago. Traveling clinics will focus on delivering vaccines directly to underserved communities and those with barriers to access to the vaccine. Over the next two months, additional mobile clinics will begin rolling across the country, said company president John Standley.
“Mobile clinics and other models we use will allow us to put vaccines at the heart of the most affected communities, as well as deal with common barriers such as transportation and convenience,” Standie said.
Walgreens launched its vaccination program in December through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chain has taken 15 million vaccine photos.
Puerto Rico struggles with overstrain in hospitalization cases
Although 55% of Puerto Ricans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the United States is struggling to jump in cases and hospitalizations as it tries to support an economy shattered in recent years by a coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, earthquakes and the protracted financial crisis. Although health authorities say many are eager to get vaccinated – more than 2 million doses have been administered on the island of 3.3 million Americans – they note that some people who are not yet fully protected ignore restrictions that include curfew lasting more than a year. This and the spread of new variants may be partly to blame for the current influx of infections.
“The solution is vaccination,” said Governor Pedro Pierluisi. The island has reported about 2,000 deaths from COVID.
The United States to talk to the WTO about the wider spread of vaccines
The White House says the U.S. trade envoy will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to address the intellectual property issues that prevent the widespread use of critical COVID-19 vaccines.
The White House is under strong pressure to join forces to help abandon patent rules for vaccines so that poorer countries can start making their own common versions.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said on CBS’s Face to the Nation on Sunday that U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Ty would begin talks “about how we can get this vaccine more widespread, more licensed.” more widely shared. “
Klein and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration would have more to say on the issue in the coming days.
Contribution: Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: COVID-19 cases are falling; New York lifts most restrictions