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UK expands vaccinations; 6 million shots given

LONDON – Britain is expanding its coronavirus vaccine program which has seen about six million people receive the first two doses – even though the death toll from the flu is close to 100,000.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that three-quarters of UK people over the age of 80 had received the vaccine. He said three-quarters of the elderly residents’ homes had also received the first embarrassment. About 5.9 million doses of the vaccine were provided on Saturday.

Health officials aim to vaccinate 15 million people, including everyone over the age of 70, by February 15.

The British immunization campaign is a rare success in a country with a devastating outbreak in Europe. UK recorded 97,329 deaths among people found recovering.

Another 1,348 deaths were reported on Saturday, with the UK set a few days to become the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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Here is what happened:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has reported its first case of coronavirus outside the isolation area in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence that the virus was spreading in the community.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said on Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who had just returned from Europe. Like other returning travelers, he spent 14 days in solitary confinement and was twice tested for the virus before returning home in Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and was diagnosed with it.

He said health officials would test genetic testing but were working under the assumption that the case was a dynamic AIDS virus. He said they were investigating to see if he could have contracted the disease from another visitor who lived in the same segregation area.

New Zealand has completed the transmission of the virus to the public, at least for now. Bloomfield said officials were stepping up efforts to track down and investigate and hoped to find out more about the case in the coming days.

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BEIJING – A Chinese city has completed 2,600 temporary treatment rooms as the north of the country battles new strains of coronavirus.

The living rooms of the city of Nangong in Hebei province outside Beijing have no heaters, toilets, showers and other facilities, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

The focus is on Hebei because it is close to the capital and the province has closed large areas to prevent the spread of the virus. The provincial capital of Shijiazhung and the city of Xingtai, which includes Nangong, have been severely closed. Social isolation and mass testing are also forced.

The province farther northeast of Heilongjiang has reported 29 other cases, related to an outbreak of meat processing disease. Beijing, where about two million citizens have been ordered to be re-examined, has reported two confirmed cases.

China currently has 1,800 people treated with COVID-19.

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The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the second case, to a person from the Yamhill district, a week after the first case was found in Multnomah County.

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NEW YORK – New York will send more vaccination kits to state-of-the-art facilities and churches to ensure there is no shortage of vaccines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.

Markets include syringes, utensils, room dividers, privacy curtains, cleaning supplies, protective equipment and more. Includes instructions on how to set up a vaccine.

New York installed first kits last week in five New York City resident buildings and eight churches and cultural centers where about 4,200 people are eligible for the vaccine, Cuomo said.

The kits are now being shipped to four other facilities in New York City and to eight other churches across the country, with the aim of vaccinating another 3,000 people in those areas on Tuesday. Areas in Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Buffalo will be receiving kits.

The kits are part of efforts to ensure black-and-white vaccinations in Latin and other communities where COVID-19 has had an unequal impact, the governor said.

Also on Saturday, the governor’s office reported that 144 more people had died from the coronavirus. More than 8 800 people were hospitalized, a drop of 44 compared to Friday’s figures.

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SAN FRANCISCO – The state court of appeals has rejected an application by a Southern California church to change state coronavirus restrictions that impede worship services inside during a coronavirus outbreak.

Sacramento Bee says Friday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals

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