Cuomo sets up a panel to review government-approved vaccines and cites concerns that the process has been politicized.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that New York would review coronavirus vaccines which will be endorsed by the federal government and the state a day after President Trump doubts about a tougher F.D.A. Guidelines.
“To be honest, I won’t trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said at a press conference.
New York officials play no part in the approval process for a potential vaccinebut under the current plan, they would help determine how it would be distributed across the state. In theory, officials could delay such a distribution if they believe the vaccine is unsafe.
State and New York City officials have said they have been discussing a vaccine rollout plan for months.
The governor’s remarks, reiterating earlier calls for government oversight of vaccines, threatened to further complicate a vaccination process that has been in the political debate for months Suspected of suspicion by the American public.
Mr Cuomo said he was alarmed when Mr Trump suggested on Wednesday that the The White House could refuse new F.D.A. Guidelines that would tighten the process of getting a coronavirus vaccine approved.
Mr Trump told the F.D.A. The plan sounded “like a political gambit,” a comment that once again threatened to undermine government officials who have worked to build public confidence in a promised vaccine. Just hours earlier, four senior physicians who led the federal coronavirus response strongly advocated the stricter security procedures that required external expert approval before a vaccine was approved by the F.D.A. could be declared safe and effective.
Surveys have shown a remarkable decrease in the number of Americans who would be willing to take a vaccine once it’s approved. A survey conducted this month by the Pew Research Center found that 51 percent of Americans would be either likely or definitely to take a vaccine, a sharp decrease from 72 percent in May.
The main concern of respondents was that the vaccine approval process was going too fast without taking the time to properly assess safety and effectiveness.
Developing and rapidly manufacturing a vaccine is seen as critical to ending the pandemic that killed more than 202,000 people in the United States, including 32,000 in New York state.
The concerns expressed by Mr. Cuomo were in line with the comments made by Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for President last week the question of a possible vaccine was pressing to the center of the 2020 race. Mr Biden accused Mr Trump of putting political pressure on the vaccination process and trying to speed up the approval of a vaccine to help him get reelected.
To study a vaccine, Mr Cuomo said he would assemble a group of scientists, doctors, and public health experts to review its safety and effectiveness after the federal government approves it.
The governor wants the group, led by the Department of Health, to advise “so that I can look at the camera and tell New Yorkers it is safe to take them with me.”
Mr Cuomo also said that he will set up a second panel to determine how the vaccine will be implemented and distributed, including those to be prioritized in the vaccination process. The governor appeared to be aware of the logistics of administering a two-shot vaccine, saying such treatment would require 40 million doses to fully vaccinate the state’s population, which equates to nearly 20 million.
The action of the governor, a third-term Democrat, is just his most recent encounter with Mr Trump and his administration, including the most recent Justice Department threats Withhold federal funds from New York City. The President suggested that Governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed “anarchy” to gain a foothold in the largest city in the country.
In one (n early look at the fall registrationThe National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported Thursday that the US student population was 2.5 percent lower than last fall as the coronavirus threat forced education to increasingly move online and unemployment rates have shot up.
The decline was particularly sharp at community colleges, where enrollment was 7.5 percent lower than last September, preliminary data shows. In recent economic downturns, community colleges have typically seen a surge in enrollment.
The general decline has so far been more modest than forecast by many education experts. However, the survey shows that enrollment has declined at all types of institutions, including private, nonprofit four-year colleges, which are down 3.8 percent, and for-profit colleges, where enrollment has declined despite nearly 2 percent intense marketing.
Public four-year colleges also saw a small decline of less than 1 percent overall, with the largest losses – 4 percent – occurring in rural institutions. Public four-year institutions in urban areas were the only bright spot for students with a very small plus of half a percent.
The number of international students has also decreased. This is an 11 percent year-over-year decrease, due to the Trump administration increased control these students and the impact of the pandemic on travel.
But the red flag is community colleges, said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of government relations for the American Council on Education, a trade group for higher education. In the country’s community college system, most of the black, Latin American, and low-income students enter the higher education system – members of groups that have all been disproportionately affected by the virus.
“During the 2009 recession, the number of students at Community College increased by more than a million,” said Hartle. “Under normal circumstances, we expect enrollments in community colleges to increase. These are clearly not normal times.”
Doug Shapiro, the executive director of the research center, a nonprofit that studies enrollment trends, warned the survey only reflects data from 138 of the country’s roughly 5,000 colleges. The center expects much more data to be reported in its October report.
Novavax is entering the final stages of coronavirus vaccine trials.
Vaccine maker Novavax said that on Thursday it would begin the final stages of testing The coronavirus vaccine in the UK and the start of another major trial in the US should begin next month.
It’s the fifth late-stage study by a company backed by Operation Warp Speed, a federal attempt to accelerate the time-to-market of a coronavirus vaccine one of 11 worldwide to reach this crucial stage. Novavax, a Maryland company that has never put a vaccine on the marketsigned a $ 1.6 billion contract with the federal government in July to develop and manufacture its experimental vaccine. that has shown robust results in early clinical trials.
Although Novavax is months behind the front runners in the vaccine race, independent experts are excited about its vaccine as its early studies were particularly successful promising results. Vaccinated monkeys received strong protection against the coronavirus. And in early security attempts released Earlier this month, volunteers in the New England Journal of Medicine produced strikingly high levels of antibodies to the virus.
It’s not possible to make an accurate comparison between early clinical trials of different vaccines, but John Moore, virologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, said that Novavax’s antibodies were significantly higher than any other vaccine with published results. “You just can’t explain that away,” he said.
Studies suggest why men are more likely than women to die from complications of the coronavirus.
Problems with the body’s innate response to infection can explain serious illness and death from the coronavirus in about 14 percent of patients, according to two studies published Thursday in the journal Science.
These problems are more common in men than women and offer a possible explanation for why the virus seems to hit men more heavily.
Both studies focused on type I interferon, a set of 17 proteins that appear when the body is exposed to a virus. Interferons are generated within hours of exposure and signal the rest of the immune system that an intruder is present.
Genetic defects in some people hobble the type 1 interferon response, According to a study. The virus provokes the production of “autoantibodies” – molecules that mistakenly attack and destroy Type I interferons, instead of the virus that gives the virus the crucial time to gain a foothold and wreak havoc.
The researchers found autoantibodies in 101 of 987 people with severe Covid-19, but none of the 663 people with mild or asymptomatic disease. And they were only found in four of 1,227 healthy controls.
The autoantibodies were predominantly observed in men: 95 of the 101 patients in the study were men.
The results have implications for treatment. For example, people with autoantibodies should be excluded from donating convalescent plasma, and they can benefit from therapies that rid them of the harmful antibodies.
One second Study analyzed DNA of 659 seriously ill patients and 534 with mild or no symptoms. The researchers found that 3.5 percent of the critically ill group had mutations in eight genes that prevent the body from making type I interferons.
None of the patients with mild or asymptomatic disease had these mutations.
While the two studies describe different failures in the immune response, “the mechanism ends up being the same,” said Jean-Laurent Casanova, a pediatrician at Rockefeller University who led both studies. “There is not enough interferon.”
Infected young people start waves of the virus that make the elderly sick, a C.D.C. Report says.
As millennials mingled in bars and restaurants and students returned to college campuses during the summer, coronavirus infections among young adults increased.
From June to August, the incidence of Covid-19 was highest in adults aged 20 to 29, according to adults Research published on Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young adults made up more than 20 percent of all confirmed cases.
But the infections didn’t stop with them, the researchers found: Young adults also sowed waves of new infections in middle-aged and then older Americans.
The new data shows that outbreaks related to parties, bars, dormitories, and other crowded venues are dangerous not only to the 20 people present, but also to more vulnerable people with whom they are likely to come into contact.
College campuses have become a particular threat. According to a Database Maintained by the New York Times, more than 88,000 coronavirus infections were reported in nearly 1,200 locations in early September.
At a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, against sending home students from colleges affected by outbreaks.
Dr. Speaking of sick students, Fauci said colleges “should be able to place the students in one facility, perhaps in a separate dorm or floor, so they don’t spread out among the student body,” he said.
“But don’t send them home to your community as they are likely to cause infections in the community,” he said.
The C.D.C. The report examined positive test results and emergency room visits for Covid-19-like diseases from May through August in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The incidence of Covid-19 cases was highest among 20-year-olds, but the increase in cases in this age group was quickly followed by a surge in infections in people aged 60 and over, the researchers found.
A clear pattern emerged in the south, where falls rose dramatically in the summer. Within nine days of an increase in cases in those over 20 and 30, cases increased in those over 60.
In states like Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, the transmission was more sequential. The increase in 20 to 39 year olds was followed nine days later by an increase in cases in 40 to 59 year olds and 15 days later by a further increase in 60 year olds and older.
The top spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Human Services recently on leave “Focusing on his health and family well-being” after accusing federal scientists of “rioting” has learned he has cancer, according to a person informed of his condition Thursday.
The doctors gave the spokesman, Michael R. Caputo, the diagnosis “squamous cell carcinoma, a metastatic head and neck cancer that originates from his neck”. A spokesman for Mr Caputo’s family told CNN. He was diagnosed after surgery last week at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., The outlet reported.
Mr. Captuo, a Trump loyalist appointed by the White House as assistant health secretary for public affairs in April, rested with his family at his home in West New York, where they “discussed the next steps in Michael’s care and recovery will decide “. Family spokesman David DiPietro told CNN.
Mr. Caputo took vacation last week after being posted a bizarre and inflammatory Facebook video in which he accused government scientists of working to defeat President Trump and urged followers to buy ammunition before predicting an armed uprising after the elections. Mr. Caputo later apologized to his staff and to Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, for his Facebook monologues. Among other things, he spoke to his followers about his deteriorating mental health and his fear of being killed by an anti-government zealot.
About 4 percent of cancers in the US have head and neck origins and usually begin in squamous cell carcinomas that line the mouth, nose, and throat. According to the American Cancer Society, they are more than four times more common in men than women. More than half of patients will be over 65 when their cancer is first detected.
Treatment may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and one of the newer targeted therapy drugs or immunotherapies.
Fauci warns of the threat of aerosol transmission.
Days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published important new guidelines on airborne coronavirus transmission and then withdrew, Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday ahead of the risk of aerosol transmission of the virus as cooler weather approaches and many people spend more time indoors.
“I think there is enough data to say that aerosol transmission is occurring,” said Dr. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, on a live Facebook discussion with Governor Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey. “Aerosol means that the droplets don’t fall immediately. They hang around for a while.”
Dr. Fauci comes at a time when state and local authorities are trying to come up with reliable guidance on what indoor mitigation measures are needed and how indoor spaces should be ventilated.
The C.D.C. The updated guidelines were “mistakenly” published prior to a full scientific review, but their sudden withdrawal raised concerns about the Agency’s credibility. Senior officials in the Trump administration and the president himself have tried undermine CDC. Scientist.
Regarding aerosol transfer, Dr. Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, told the governor of New Jersey that people “should act as they do” and continue to wear masks and stay two meters apart.
Dr. Fauci also criticized the partisan difference, which has led many people in the United States to resist wearing masks to contain the spread of the virus. “The only way to end this is if everyone pulls together and puts this nonsense of division aside,” said Dr. Fauci.
In the midst of a second wave in Europe, hospital stays remain lower than the first time. But how long?
In Munich, which is usually full of lively crowds for Oktoberfest this month, authorities have only banned gatherings of more than five people. In Marseille, France, all bars and restaurants will be closed next Monday. In London, where the government has spent weeks encouraging workers to return to the city’s abandoned skyscrapers, it is now asking them to work from home.
Summer ended with a big bang in Europe this week amid signs that a surge in virus cases could send another wave of patients to hospitals. Officials across Europe fear a repetition of the harrowing scenes from last spring when the virus flooded intensive care units in countries like Italy and Spain.
As they desperately try to contain a second wave of the virus, European leaders are grappling with a confusing, rapidly changing situation, with conflicting evidence about how quickly new cases of the virus are reflected in hospital admissions.
In Spain, where the number of new cases has risen to more than 10,000 a day, the hospitals in Madrid are almost full and the government is preparing to reopen field hospitals in hotels and in the city’s largest exhibition center. In France, where 66,000 new cases have been reported in the past seven days, hospital admissions and deaths, although increasing too, are rising much more slowly.
Some experts argue that this shows that the virus has lost some of its effectiveness since it arrived in Europe or that it is now mainly infecting younger people who are less likely to experience severe symptoms. Others say this is evidence of social distancing, widespread use of face masks, greater precautions for more vulnerable people, and better medical treatment.
“It won’t be the first time we’ve had to stop everything,” said Dr. Karol Sikora, Oncologist and Professor of Medicine in the University of Buckingham Medical School. “It will burn slowly.”
However, other experts warn against being lulled into complacency: the gap between the number of cases and hospital admissions mainly reflects the fact that more people are tested faster.
Houston public health officials did one surprising disclosure this week: New virus cases in Harris County, the third largest county in the United States, had risen sharply.
However, it turns out that the vast majority of cases – 13,110 of the 13,875 reported on Monday – were not new at all. They were at least 28 days old, another anomaly in virus data popping up across the country.
All anomalies raise red flags when relying heavily on daily case numbers to assess where the virus is wavering or ebbing. According to statisticians, looking over a longer period of time provides a clearer and more accurate picture.
Texas has had repeated virus data problemsbut it is not alone. Sudden backlog dumps make it difficult to get a picture of what the virus is doing in one state at a time. A day after the data surge in Houston, South Carolina reported about 2,000 positive test results, some of which were from March.
South Carolina officials blamed you not in the country Laboratory. However, health officials say such spikes often reflect a variety of factors, such as incomplete, incorrect, or duplicate test information – sometimes it means employees have to manually re-enter data – and reluctance to use outdated technologies such as Fax machines.
(The Times has been tracking cases in an extensive databaseand excludes anomalies from the 7-day averages whenever possible.)
“We’ll never be one step ahead of this if we don’t work towards data reconciliation and automation,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Harris County Health Department director.
Dr. Shah, who is also a past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said the sharp rise in cases reported Monday included efforts to clean up Harris County’s backlog.
A buildup of test data isn’t the only type of inconsistency that can tarnish virus tracking efforts. For example, some Texas counties only count cases confirmed based on polymerase chain reaction or P.C.R. testing performed in a laboratory. Other counties cut C.D.C. Guidance by also reporting likely cases based on a doctor’s assessment of a patient’s symptoms or less sensitive rapid tests.
When a new wave hits Iran, pandemic emergency funds have disappeared.
Iran has complained that its hands are tied while fighting the pandemic because its pockets are empty – the result of punishment US sanctions.
But there can also be another reason. According to health ministry officials, state emergency funds to fight the virus are not being considered.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said Wednesday that his ministry had received about 27 percent of the money from the country’s emergency funds, but no one knew where the rest, about $ 800 million, had gone.
“I don’t know what other important cause this money was used for,” Namaki said on Wednesday, according to the Iranian media.
Health officials said the country’s supply of medical equipment was empty and that health workers had not been paid for two to three months. They warned that both doctors and patients were exhausted and full.
The announcement of the lack of funds and unpaid health workers came as Iran is hit by another third surge in the virus.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health announced that the entire country was now considered a red zone, as hospital stays and deaths had increased, but the capital Tehran had been designated as an “additional red zone”. According to a report by the city council, at least 70 to 100 people die every day in Tehran.
In April, when Iran experienced its first wave of pandemics, President Hassan Rouhani called for about $ 1.2 billion to be withdrawn from the National Development Fund savings earmarked for development projects. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed, and the government announced that the money will be used to purchase medical equipment, training, treatment, and equipment and equipment domestic production.
Six months later, a large part of the money still has to be delivered.
“You cannot fight the coronavirus empty-handed,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi in a television interview on Wednesday.
The Missouri governor has canceled campaign events and is isolating himself.
Just weeks before election day, Republican governor Mike Parson of Missouri has canceled campaign rallies and is isolating himself at the governor’s mansion after he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus.
It is just the latest example of how the pandemic complicates politics and the voting process, even as the virus has become a central issue in political races.
Parson, 65, announced on Wednesday that he and his wife Teresa had tested positive for the virus and reiterated Parson’s own handling of the outbreak during an election year.
Mr Parson initially resisted being issued a residence warrant at home this spring and refused to give a nationwide mask mandate new cases in Missouri averaged about 1,600 a day, tripling from early July, according to a Times database. He has asked questions about his decision too appear in public and Shaking hands on the campaign trail without mask.
Mr Parson’s Democratic opponent Nicole Galloway on Thursday criticized Mr Parson for downplaying the virus threat by saying that children would do so Overcome the virus Anxious to go ahead and reopen schools.
“Missourians didn’t get over it,” said Ms. Galloway follow in the polls. “We don’t have to go on. We need action now.”
The two were supposed to debate on Friday, but the event and others in Missouri have been moved. Mr. Parson said he showed no symptoms and that he and his wife were feeling “fine”.
Mr. Parson, a lieutenant governor who was elevated after the elected governor resigned in 2018is the second governor known to test positive for the virus. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican who also opposed a mask mandate, got infected with the virus in July.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican known for his careful and aggressive handling of the virus, initially tested positive as part of a screening to meet President Trump in August, but it turned out to be false positives. He later received a negative Result of a more detailed test.
Americans lost more than $ 145 million to virus-related fraud.
Americans have lost more than $ 145 million to coronavirus-related fraudAccording to the Federal Trade Commission, which said it had filed more than 200,000 complaints from consumers.
Programs related to the pandemic peaked in the spring and focused on federal stimulus payments and other forms of financial relief, as well as unemployment and other government benefits, the commission reported.
The data was compiled by the Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network tracked nearly 206,000 reports coronavirus-related fraud reported to the F.T.C. from January 1st to September 22nd.
The median loss was $ 300. Losses could be higher for older Americans, who are frequently the target of this type of scam, said Lucy Baker, a consumer protection officer with the United States Public Interest Research Group, who shared the data this week.
Many scammers posed as a source of relief from coronavirus stimuli or marketed a cure or preventive treatment for Covid-19. They were smart, experts said, and sent robocalls, text messages, and emails to consumers.
Elevated stress levels can lead people to make impulsive decisions instead of thinking about whether to avoid clicking a link in a phishing email, said Stacey Wood, a psychology professor at Scripps College in California who deals with consumer fraud deals.
AARP has advised consumers to avoid websites that claim vaccines or cures related to coronavirus. You should also beware of emails, phone calls, or social media posts promoting coronavirus testing or claiming to raise money for victims or investigation.
The number of unemployed seeking help in the United States rose last week.
Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States remained at a surprisingly high level last week as employers continued to lay off workers six months after the first coronavirus pandemic crisis.
About 825,000 Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday. That’s more than 796,000 a week earlier, though it’s well below the more than six million people a week who sought benefits during the peak of the spring layoffs. These numbers do not reflect adjustments for seasonal variations. (Bereinigt betrug die Gesamtzahl der letzten Woche 870.000 gegenüber der Vorwoche.)
Darüber hinaus wurden 630.000 Erstanmeldungen für Pandemic Unemployment Assistance registriert, ein Notfallprogramm des Bundes, das Freiberufler, Selbstständige und andere Personen umfasst, die vom regulären Arbeitslosensystem ausgeschlossen sind. Dieses Programm wurde von Betrug und Doppelzählung geplagt, und viele Ökonomen sagen, die Daten seien unzuverlässig.
In jedem Fall verlieren Hunderttausende Amerikaner jede Woche ihren Arbeitsplatz, und weitere Millionen, die zu Beginn der Krise entlassen wurden, sind immer noch auf Arbeitslosenunterstützung angewiesen, um ihre Grundkosten zu decken. Die Anträge auf Leistungen sind nach wie vor höher als auf dem Höhepunkt vieler früherer Rezessionen, und nachdem sie im Frühjahr schnell gesunken sind, ist die Zahl in den letzten Wochen nur langsam zurückgegangen.
“Im Vergleich zum April sind sie im Abwärtstrend, aber wenn man sie mit der Zeit vor Covid vergleicht, sind sie immer noch so hoch”, sagte AnnElizabeth Konkel, Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerin auf der Karriereseite Indee.
Die Weltbank prognostizierte im April, dass das Geld, das Einwanderer in ihre Häuser in Lateinamerika und der Karibik transferieren, in diesem Jahr um fast 20 Prozent sinken würde, da die Pandemie zu Entlassungen oder Arbeitszeitverkürzungen führte.
Ihre Prognose des „stärksten Rückgangs in der jüngeren Geschichte“ dürfte sich jedoch kaum einstellen, wenn die aktuellen Trends anhalten.
Nach den schlimmsten Monaten der Sperrung sind viele Einwanderer wieder im Einsatz und Sie schicken ihren Verwandten noch mehr Geld als vor dem Abschwungnach neu erstellten Schätzungen.
“Alle sprachen darüber, wie die Überweisungen sinken würden, aber sie sind bemerkenswert stark geblieben”, sagte Matt Oppenheimer, Geschäftsführer von Remitly, einem in Seattle ansässigen Unternehmen für digitale Geldtransfers.
Die Überweisungen nach Lateinamerika, von denen etwa drei Viertel von in den USA tätigen Einwanderern gesendet werden, gingen im März und April steil zurück, erholten sich jedoch wieder. Das Geld, das im ersten Halbjahr 2020 in einige dieser Länder überwiesen wurde, übertraf nach offiziellen Angaben tatsächlich den im gleichen Zeitraum des Jahres 2019 gesendeten Betrag.
Nach Angaben von Führungskräften von Geldtransferunternehmen sind die Überweisungen von Indern, Filipinos und Nigerianern in den USA im Vergleich zum Vorjahr ebenfalls weiter gestiegen.
“Für die meisten Amerikaner ist das nicht intuitiv”, sagte Oppenheimer. “Aber für Einwanderer ist die Unterstützung ihrer Familien zu Hause der Hauptgrund, warum sie überhaupt hierher gekommen sind.”
Jason Go, ein philippinischer Kardiologe in Grand Forks, N.D., sagte, dass er nicht nur weiterhin monatlich Geld an seine 71-jährige Mutter auf den Philippinen überwiesen habe, sondern sie jetzt noch mehr schickte.
“Ein Teil meiner Motivation, hierher zu kommen, bestand darin, meine Mutter zu unterstützen, die mich in die Medizinschule geschickt hat”, sagte Dr. Go, 46, der vor 17 Jahren in den USA ankam.
“Angesichts der außergewöhnlichen Umstände während der Pandemie sende ich extra, damit sie ihre Medikamente im Voraus kaufen kann”, sagte er. “Sie hat auch Geld gebraucht, um Masken und Lebensmittel in großen Mengen zu kaufen, weil sie nicht mehr ausgehen kann.”
Die israelische Regierung sagte am Donnerstag, dass sie sich verschärfe its second national lockdown nachdem Coronavirus-Fälle in der letzten Woche auf etwa 5.000 pro Tag angestiegen sind, die höchste Rate pro Kopf in der Welt.
The new measures, which will come into force on Friday, will remain in effect at least until the end of the Jewish holy days in mid-October. Die meisten Unternehmen müssen schließen, und alle Versammlungen, einschließlich Protesten und gemeinsamen Gebeten, sind auf Gruppen von bis zu 20 Personen im Freien innerhalb von etwa 1.100 Metern Entfernung von zu Hause beschränkt.
An exception was made for Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, which begins on Sunday at sunset.
Die Regierung überlegte immer noch, ob sie ausgehende Flüge einstellen sollte, damit Israelis vom internationalen Flughafen Ben-Gurion ins Ausland reisen konnten.
Die neuen Beschränkungen waren größtenteils dazu gedacht, einen hitzigen Streit in Israel anzugehen. Auf der einen Seite stehen diejenigen, die sagen, sie hätten das Recht, Massenproteste gegen Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu abzuhalten – die Proteste finden wöchentlich auf den Straßen in der Nähe seiner offiziellen Residenz in Jerusalem statt. Auf der anderen Seite stehen orthodoxe Politiker, die sich gegen Gebetsbeschränkungen aussprechen, solange die Proteste fortgesetzt werden dürfen.
Das israelische Parlament muss alle Maßnahmen genehmigen, die die gesetzlich verankerte Protestfreiheit einschränken.
In other developments around the world:
Der 65-jährige Suresh Angadi starb am Mittwoch als erster hochrangiger Beamter an dem Coronavirus in India. Er war Juniorminister der Indian Railways und der vierte indische Gesetzgeber, der an Covid-19 starb. Mr. Angadi was a powerful politician from the southern state of Karnataka, where he worked to strengthen the grassroots of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the nationalist Hindu party that rules India. With 5.7 million confirmed cases, India has the world’s second-highest caseload after the United States.
China National Biotec Group, a front runner in coronavirus vaccine development, will donate 200,000 doses of its vaccine to health care workers in Wuhan City, where the pandemic first emerged nine months ago, the company’s chairman said Thursday. The vaccine, developed by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has only completed two phases of clinical trials, but has been approved for emergency use. It is currently in the final stages of trials in more than 10 countries.
Germany on Thursday the cities added Copenhagen, Dublin and Lisbon on a list of risk areas in the European Union that travelers should avoid. Germany has a 7-day average of around 1,700 new cases per day. The country’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas, has also gone into quarantine after one of his employees tested positive for the virus.
Reporting was contributed by Matt Apuzzo, Pam Belluck, Aurelien Breeden, Ben Casselman, Choe Sang-Hun, Melissa Eddy, Michael Gold, Maggie Haberman, Christine Hauser, Mike Ives, Miriam Jordan, Isabel Kershner, Gina Kolata, Mark Landler, Apoorva Mandavilli, Jeffery C. Mays, Jesse McKinley, Sarah Mervosh, Raphael Minder, Christina Morales, Eshe Nelson, Benjamin Novak, Richard C. Paddock, Azi Paybarah, Elian Peltier, Monika Pronczuk, Roni Caryn Rabin, Simon Romero, Adam Satariano, Anna Schaverien, Christopher F. Schuetze, Dera Menra Sijabat, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Sui-Lee Wee, Sameer Yasir and Elaine Yu.