Coronavirus Morning News Brief – December 18: Court of Appeals Restores Biden Administration’s Vaccination Mandate for Private Businesses


Patrons of Radio City Music Hall for the annual “Christmas Show”

The intermittent vaccination mandate for employees of private U.S. companies with more than 100 workers is back. A federal appeals court on Friday restored rules issued by the Biden administration that require these companies to ensure their workers are vaccinated. In early November, the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals overturned a stay entered by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals. A divided panel on the Sixth Circuit said in its opinion that legal challenges to the administration’s demands are likely to fail.

The decision was immediately appealed urgently to the Supreme Court by several companies which remain opposed to the warrant. In addition, the Labor Ministry said it would extend the deadline for complying with the mandate by about a month until February 9.

New York state health officials reported 21,027 new infections on Friday. The figure was the highest since the early days of the pandemic.

Cases are also increasing “at lightning speed,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday. Authorities plan to limit access to public spaces such as restaurants, museums and long-distance trains to those who are vaccinated. The government hopes to transform the country’s health pass, or health pass, into a vaccination passport. If Parliament approves it, only those vaccinated would be eligible for the pass and

In New York, Broadway and non-Broadway shows continued to shut down due to outbreaks of Covid in the business.

Radio City Music Hall announced on Friday that “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” had canceled all remaining performances in 2021 due to an outbreak among performers.

Several Broadway musicals, including “Ain’t Too Proud”, “Hamilton”, “MJ – The Musical”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Mrs. Doubtfire ”and“ Tina – The Tina Turner Musical ”went on hiatus on Saturday due to positive coronavirus tests at the company.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, who appeared without a face mask before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday where he questioned the effectiveness of face masks has now tested positive for Covid. Kelly testified to explain how airlines, including his own, suffered operational collapses over the summer that airline executives attributed to staff shortages after US carriers received $ 54 billion salary support funded by taxpayers during the pandemic.

Kelly had tested positive several times ahead of the hearing, Reuters reported, but when she returned home on Thursday she complained of mild symptoms. Following the positive test result, contact tracing was carried out, including CEOs of American Airlines and United Airlines, Doug Parker and Kirby.

Austrian authorities have announced a change in the requirements for coronavirus testing necessary to enter the country. Travelers who have not yet received a vaccine booster must meet the 2G + standard[“2G”means”geimpft”(vaccinated)and”genesen”(recovered)whichmeansthatentryislimitedtothosewhohavebeenvaccinatedorwhohaveprovenarecentrecoveryofCovidandthe”+”meansthatthepreviousPChasbeenreleasedfromrejection2G”standsfor“geimpft”(vaccinated)and“genesen”(recovered)meaningentryislimitedtothosewhohavebeeninoculatedorhaveproofofrecentrecoveryfromCovidandthe“+”meansthatanegativePCRtestisrequiredinadditionThosearrivingtravelerswhohavealtreadyhadestreadyrboosterswhohavealtreadyforesthePcRtestisrequiredinaddition[« 2G »signifie« geimpft »(vacciné)et« genesen »(récupéré)cequisignifiequel’entréeestlimitéeàceuxquiontétévaccinésouquiontlapreuved’unrétablissementrécentdeCovidetle«+»signifiequ’untestPCRnégatifestrequisenplusLesvoyageursarrivantquiontdéjàreçuleurinjectionderappelpeuventrenoncerautestPCR[“2G”standsfor“geimpft”(vaccinated)and“genesen”(recovered)meaningentryislimitedtothosewhohavebeeninoculatedorhaveproofofrecentrecoveryfromCovidandthe“+”meansthatanegativePCRtestisrequiredinaddition ThosearrivingtravelerswhohavealreadyhadtheirboostershotcanforegothePCRtest

Now here are the daily stats for Saturday, December 18.

As of Saturday morning, the world had recorded 274.1 million cases of Covid-19, an increase of 0.7 million new cases and nearly 5.4 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks this information. In addition, 246.1 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.6 million.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 125,838, a 20% increase. The average number of deaths per day over the same period is 1,294, an increase of 15% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States on Saturday recorded 51.6 million cases, a figure higher than any other country, and a death toll of 826,719. India has the second. highest number of officially recorded cases in the world, over 34.7 million, and a reported death toll of 477,158. Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths from the virus, 617,641, and has a just over 22.2 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Saturday, 240.8 million people in the United States – or 72.5% – had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of this population, 61.3%, or 203.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been delivered in the United States is now 491.9 million. Breaking down further, 84.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 219.1 million people – received at least one first vaccination and 72.3% of the same group – or 186.8 million people – are fully vaccinated. In addition, 31.1% of this population, or 58 million people, has already received a recall.

Some 56.8% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the previous day, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that follows these informations. So far, 8.68 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide.

Meanwhile, only 7.6% of people in low-income countries received a dose, while in countries like Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK and the states – United, at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine. In countries like Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, for example, vaccination rates remain single-digit or even lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that wealthy countries immunize people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to administer a single dose to their citizens.

It is essential that the world does a better job of sharing vaccines with the poorest countries.

Sharing vaccines is not just a form of charity. On the contrary, equitable distribution of vaccines is in the health and economic interests of each country and no country will be able to overcome the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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