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Masks are no longer required at the three main cinema chains in the US for people who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, Reuters reports.
AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas said on their websites that movie goers who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to continue wearing masks, and that other social-distancing measures and cleaning protocols will remain in place.
Brazil registered 49,768 new cases of coronavirus and 2,371 new Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.
The country has recorded more than 16.3 million cases in total and over 456,000 deaths, Reuters reports.
Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, has described vaccine distribution in Africa as “scandalously inefficient” and warned against building an “invisible wall” around parts of the world unable to secure jabs.
“The fact that Africa is not receiving vaccines, in the end, is not good even for those getting the vaccines,” Kagame told AFP and France Inter.
“The backlash will be there, it will come back to them. If we do it equitably, then we have the chance of eradicating it globally.
I hope we don’t find ourselves in a situation where it’s like building an invisible wall. Those who have been vaccinated saying ‘we need to remain safe so we need to keep away those who are not vaccinated’.”
Kagame said it was essential Africa start manufacturing its own vaccines but pointed to hurdles in the way of investment, intellectual property rights and technology.
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Mexico’s health ministry on Friday announced 3,006 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country and 411 more fatalities, Reuters reports.
It brings the total to 2,408,778 infections and 223,072 deaths.
The government has said the real number of cases is likely significantly higher, and separate data published recently suggested the actual death toll is at least 60% above the confirmed figure.
Kosovo has agreed to buy 1.2 million Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines, the first shots bought by the government as it works to speed up inoculations.
Kosovo so far has received around 180,000 vaccines, mostly from an EU-funded programme, Reuters reports.
“Kosovo has secured 1.2 million vaccines in a deal with Pfizer,” the country’s health minister, Arben Vitia, told a news conference.
“We are determined to continue with a much faster process to vaccinate 60% of the population by the end of 2021.”
Beachgoers in the US will be able to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus over the Memorial Day weekend, Associated Press reports.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign that will offer free vaccinations Saturday and Sunday at Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park in Jersey Shore. The announcement came on the day that New Jersey dropped its indoor mask mandate, which Murphy called “one of the biggest steps we can take to move forward with our recovery.” “We’re going to make it possible for beachgoers to get some sun and at the same time get their first shot,” the governor said.
Ireland hopes to permit a staggered return of employees to their offices from August, the government said, with the advice to continue to work from home unless necessary “as strong as ever” until then.
The message is to continue to work from home if at all possible and we anticipate that is going to be the advice until September,” deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar told a news conference.
“However we will give consideration, if things continue to improve (in managing Covid-19), to some kind of phased return perhaps in August around people going in on a staggered basis or for training or induction or reasons such as that.”
U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken said at a meeting with India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar that their two countries were united in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic together, Reuters reports.
Jaishankar, who has spent the past week in the US seeking help to deal with India’s coronavirus crisis, told reporters while standing with Blinken at the State Department India was grateful to the U.S. administration for strong support and solidarity.
Denmark this week began incinerating 4 million mink that had been culled to curb Covid-19 mutations but began to resurface from mass burial sites, prompting renewed health concerns.
The government last year decided to cull all of the country’s 17 million mink to curb a coronavirus mutation and because the mammal was considered likely to host future mutations, Reuters reports.
Some were buried in pits in a military area in western Denmark under two metres of soil only for some to resurface in less than a month.
Contaminants were later found under the graves in an examination carried out on behalf of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, prompting the government to order the incineration of the the animals.
“There’s not supposed to be any virus left, but we burn it at more than 1,000 degrees (Celsius), so if there were any virus left it would definitely disappear,” said Jacob Hartvig Simonsen, the CEO of the ARC waste-management plant.
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