BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they had been linked to new coronavirus instances.

Outpatient companies have been suspended at Fudan College Shanghai Most cancers Heart and Renji Hospital, each of which have been cordoned off together with some surrounding residential communities.

China now finds itself on guard in opposition to new clusters of coronavirus infections which were rising largely within the nation’s frigid north.

Lockdowns have been imposed in elements of Beijing and different cities following outbreaks, colleges are letting out early and residents have been advised to remain house for subsequent month’s Lunar New 12 months vacation.

China hopes to vaccinate 50 million folks in opposition to the virus by the center of February.



President Joe Biden indicators burst of coronavirus orders, requires masks for journey. US Chamber of Commerce helps Biden’s virus plan. Dr. Anthony Fauci vows full US engagement with WHO. Angela Merkel sees indicators of coronavirus decline in Germany, however extends restrictions till Feb. 14. India sends 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting its smallest day by day improve in coronavirus infections in two months as officers categorical cautious hope that the nation is starting to wiggle out from its worst wave of the pandemic.

The 346 new instances reported Friday introduced the nationwide caseload to 74,262. There have been 1,328 deaths associated to COVID-19.

Well being authorities have clamped down on non-public social gatherings since late December, together with setting fines for eating places in the event that they settle for teams of 5 or extra folks. The harder guidelines had been imposed to gradual a virus surge that erased months of hard-won features. The 1,241 infections reported on Christmas Day had been the nation’s largest 24-hour soar of the pandemic.

Every day infections have slowed to round 400 to 600 in latest weeks.


MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted new one-day highs for the pandemic, with 22,339 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 1,803 deaths associated to COVID-19.

Mexico has recorded over 1.71 million confirmed coronavirus instances and over 146,000 test-confirmed deaths associated to COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic started. Nonetheless, official estimates recommend the true demise toll is nearer to 195,000.

Officers additionally stated Thursday that hospitals remained at 89% capability in Mexico Metropolis, which is the present middle of the pandemic in Mexico.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s high well being officer says coronavirus vaccinations will probably be restricted for less than state residents amid “extraordinarily restricted” provides of vaccines.

In a two-page advisory, state Surgeon Basic Scott Rivkees advises counties to prioritize out there doses to Florida residents, together with so-called snowbirds who reside within the state part-time. The advisory says folks looking for vaccination should present a driver’s license or different doc, corresponding to rental leases and utility payments.

Florida was one of many first states to open vaccine eligibility to members of most of the people over age 65.

To date, 41,000 of the 1.2 million individuals who have been vaccinated within the state had been marked as out-of-state residents, however the knowledge makes no distinction between guests and “snowbirds.”


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has reported its highest day by day variety of COVID-19 deaths because the governor presses the federal authorities to offer the state with extra vaccine.

Gov. Andy Beshear stated Thursday the state recorded 58 extra coronavirus-related deaths, pushing the full for the pandemic above 3,300. He known as it a “staggering” loss and stated a U.S. flag will probably be positioned on the statehouse grounds Friday for every Kentuckian who has died from the virus.

As Kentucky has ramped up its vaccination marketing campaign, demand has outpaced provide. That prompted Beshear this week to ask the federal authorities to double the state’s vaccine allotment. He stated Thursday: “You give it to us, we will get it in folks’s arms.”


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says the federal authorities has given an excessive amount of coronavirus vaccine to pharmacies, that are struggling to make use of all their doses shortly.

Cox has mandated that vaccine doses be used inside seven days. He stated Thursday that public well being departments are almost assembly that benchmark however pharmacies partnered with the federal authorities are far behind.

The governor says that “this can be a drawback throughout the nation.”

One issue is billing non-public insurance coverage, which is able to cowl a part of the price of a vaccine however going by the method takes longer.


JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has opened a drive-thru website for coronavirus vaccinations within the state capital, which officers hope will make photographs extra accessible to African-Individuals, who’ve acquired the vaccine in a lot smaller numbers than whites.

The operation that opened Thursday at Smith-Wills Stadium is the primary within the capital, and 19th drive-thru for the state. The Jackson space is the state’s most populous and has a Black majority.

The facilities supply photographs for well being care employees, folks 65 and older, and people who find themselves at the least 16 and have well being situations that may make them extra weak to the virus. Vaccinations are additionally persevering with at long-term care services.

The state well being division says solely 15% of vaccinations administered to this point in Mississippi have been to Black residents, with round 70% going to white residents.


SEATTLE — Amazon says it should host a one-day vaccination drive in Seattle this weekend seeking to inoculate as many as 2,000 folks.

The tech large stated Thursday that it’s partnering with Virginia Mason Medical Heart for the hassle Sunday.

Anybody eligible for the vaccine, together with these over 65 years outdated and front-line well being care employees, will be capable of attend the pop-up clinic at Amazon’s South Lake Union campus after registering for a vaccine wait record on Virginia Mason’s web site. Virginia Mason will present the vaccine and volunteers and schedule folks for his or her second photographs earlier than they go away.

In the meantime, Washington state well being officers say they’re transferring forward with plans to open 4 mass vaccination websites subsequent week regardless of logistical issues that embrace questions on vaccine provide.


ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A few of Pennsylvania’s largest well being techniques are warning people who there isn’t sufficient coronavirus vaccine within the state to satisfy surging demand.

Pennsylvania expanded eligibility for the vaccine this week to incorporate folks age 65 and over in addition to youthful folks with severe well being situations that put them at greater danger. The state had beforehand been directing the vaccine to well being care employees and residents of long-term care services.

Some 3.5 million folks at the moment are eligible to obtain one of many two authorized vaccines. However hospital officers stated Thursday that the state’s weekly allotments are nonetheless extraordinarily restricted and there’s no indication when the vaccine may start arriving in ample amount to permit them to extend the variety of folks getting photographs.


JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi legislators are altering a few of their work habits to attempt to keep away from a repeat of final yr’s coronavirus outbreak on the state Capitol when about 4 dozen lawmakers examined constructive and some had been hospitalized.

In regular instances, it’s frequent for lobbyists, journalists and state company leaders to take a seat or stand shoulder to shoulder to observe legislators work throughout committee conferences. The purpose now’s to place extra space between folks.

Small rooms that crowd simply at the moment are off-limits. And Home and Senate leaders stated Thursday that committees will conduct some enterprise on-line beginning subsequent week.

Legislators will in a position to debate and vote on payments by a gathering app generally utilized by companies.


WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is again within the White Home briefing room.

Fauci, the nation’s main infectious illness professional, was tasked by President Joe Biden to provide an replace on the coronavirus pandemic after largely being sidelined in latest months by former president Donald Trump.

Fauci stated the brand new administration would “be utterly open and trustworthy” in coping with the pandemic and, in an implicit rebuke to the Trump administration, stated every little thing now can be “primarily based on science and proof.”

He additionally stated within the Biden administration, the rule can be “in case you don’t know the reply, don’t guess.”

Fauci, who repeatedly attacked by Trump for breaking together with his rosy view of the pandemic, supplied an replace on the brand new, extra contagious strains of the virus, which has now claimed the lives of greater than 400,000 Individuals.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine introduced Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic help {dollars} to purchase two million at-home fast coronavirus exams to assist native well being departments reply quicker to testing wants.

The Republican governor additionally stated the state’s 10 p.m. to five a.m. pandemic curfew, as a consequence of expire in a pair days, will probably be prolonged, although he didn’t present particulars. In the meantime, Lt. Gov Jon Husted stated the state is wrestling with large numbers of fraudulent unemployment claims being filed for federal pandemic help.

Husted stated 1.four million of these claims, almost 800,000 have been flagged as fraudulent, together with a declare somebody made in Husted’s identify.

The at-home check equipment deal includes a partnership between the state, Miami-based digital well being firm eMed and Chicago-based medical machine firm Abbott Laboratories. Customers can administer the BinaxNow at-home fast antigen exams with outcomes out there in about 15 minutes.

An organization spokesperson stated customers will obtain on-line steering to take the exams, and the outcomes will probably be recorded with the Ohio Division of Well being. Devine stated native well being departments have been asking for such a fast testing.


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is shifting into the second section of coronavirus immunizations because the Republican-led state Home authorized a invoice that might lengthen the state’s pandemic emergency declaration.

The 119-Three vote sends the invoice to Gov. Laura Kelly, who has till Jan. 26 to behave earlier than the declaration expires. It expands using telemedicine and provides flexibility in well being care licensing by March 31. But it surely additionally limits Kelly’s potential to shut companies and permits counties to decide out of masks mandates and different well being orders she points.

The transfer comes as Kelly stated communities can transfer past immunizing well being care employees and long-term care residents.

She urged endurance in a information launch, noting that the subsequent section consists of about 1 million Kansans, together with these ages 65 and older, prisoners and important employees corresponding to lecturers and regulation enforcement officers. Nonetheless, the subsequent weekly cargo of vaccine from the federal authorities accommodates solely about 45,000 new first doses.

Kelly stated native well being departments, will determine how their restricted provide of the doses will probably be allotted by inhabitants teams.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is signing 10 government orders geared toward combating the coronavirus pandemic, together with one broadening using the Protection Manufacturing Act to increase vaccine manufacturing.

Biden additionally signed an order Thursday mandating masks for journey, together with in airports and planes, ships, trains, buses and public transportation, in addition to one directing the Federal Emergency Administration Company to reimburse states for some prices associated to their COVID-19 response and to offer funds to assist reopen colleges.

Biden is ordering FEMA to start establishing vaccination facilities and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention to start a program to make vaccines out there by native pharmacies beginning subsequent month. And he’s mobilizing the Public Well being Service to deploy to help localities in vaccinations.

The administration is making an attempt to offer 100 million vaccine injections through the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency, an preliminary step towards getting the nation inoculated from the illness in order that colleges and companies can totally reopen.


TORONTO — The chief of Canada’s most populous province says he isn’t shopping for the excuse from Pfizer about why Pfizer deferred all its COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Canada subsequent week.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says it unacceptable that different international locations are getting the doses and Canada isn’t.

Pfizer introduced a short lived discount in deliveries final Friday so it might upscale its Puurs, Belgium plant, which provides all photographs delivered outdoors america. Ford says that’s “crap” and says Pfizer is messing up.

Governments in Europe additionally say the delay is costing crucial time through the early phases of the rollout to care properties and hospital personnel.


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