World news – Covid-19: Miami Beach closes late night spring break parties


International spectators were banned from the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Greece has reopened its old tourist attractions despite a flood of viruses.

Parents and school principals celebrate new C.D.C. Guided tour that reduces the distance between students to 3 feet. The teachers are not on board yet.

As state officials try to ease restrictions, some experts are questioning the pace of New York reopening.

The city of Miami Beach, concerned about large crowds visiting the Streets of South Beach filled, and the threat of a resurgent coronavirus increased her curfew on Saturday to end the nightly spring break party that she said was out of control.

The 8pm curfew is kicking off in the South Beach entertainment district the city in force. Friday night social media videos showed hundreds of people gathering outside after dark and being scattered by law enforcement.

« It looked like a rock concert, » said Raul J. Aguila, the preliminary City manager, in a hastily convened press conference on Saturday afternoon. « You couldn’t see the pavement and you couldn’t see the grass. »

Florida reopened months before the rest of the country, long before the recent wave of states like Texas lifted all or most of the lockdown and mask mandates.

Miami-Dade County recently witnessed one of the country’s worst outbreaks, and more than 32,000 Floridians have died from the virus, an unthinkable cost that heads of state seldom acknowledge. The state is also believed to have the highest concentration of B.1.1.7, the contagious and possibly more deadly variant of the virus first identified in the UK.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Saturday he was concerned that Americans were feeling too comfortable as vaccinations were accelerating and the country’s daily case numbers fell well below its January peak. However, according to a New York Times database, falls have hit a high plateau, similar to the summer.

« History has shown us that when you have that plateau, it is usually the precursor to another rise – that has we actually seen in the European Union, « said Dr. Fauci on the « Today » show, referring to the recent surge in Europe that has led governments to reintroduce lockdown restrictions.

« I am really concerned if we prematurely declare victory that this is the same thing what will happen, « said Dr. Fauci on the situation in Europe. « If we can hold out just a little longer, the more people vaccinated, the less likely it will rise. » In Miami Beach, police officers said large crowds were drawn into town for looking for a place looked for fewer virus restrictions. Hotel rooms and flights have been greatly reduced to make up for months of lost time.

Miami Beach hotels do not have to close, but guests are encouraged to stay on hotel premises after the curfew. Restaurants, bars, and sidewalk cafes must close at 8 p.m.

Miami Beach’s entertainment district includes iconic Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue and Española Way from Fifth Street to 16th Street. Police will also prevent non-city residents, hotel guests, or employees working on South Beach from entering the city along the MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeway starting at 9 p.m. by 5 a.m. the next day.

The emergency measures will be carried out for 72 hours until the city commission can meet to decide on a longer-term plan. Miami-Dade County has a nationwide curfew as early as midnight.

Greece, desperate to regain its role as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, is lifting some of its lockdown restrictions and opening up ancient outdoor archaeological sites, including the famous Acropolis.

The easing of measures announced on Friday is leading to a contagious and possibly more deadly virus variant in Europe. A fourth wave of virus threatens as vaccinations lag behind on the continent, causing countries like Italy, France and Poland to lock up again. The surge is already hitting Greece: the country recently reported the highest daily rate of new cases in a year, and its hospitals are stretched thin, particularly in Athens, where nine out of ten beds reserved for Covid-19 patients are full.

Greece’s shattered tourism industry is usually the lifeblood of its economy. It accounts for a fifth of their gross domestic product and around one in five jobs. Annual industry sales fell from € 18 billion in 2019 to € 4 billion last year.

The country has pushed for a document showing evidence of vaccination, a recent negative test, or recovery from Covid -19 submits. Such a document could allow freer travel, but it would also raise discouraging ethical questions about granting privileges to the vaccinated.

On Wednesday, under pressure from Greece and other member states, the European Union presented a proposal for such a travel certificate, known as the Digital Green Certificate. Greece is also trying to reach similar agreements with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

However, the dangers of increased travel are a major obstacle. This week, a British expert warned that international travel this summer was « a real risk » as British travelers could bring new varieties back into the country.

« International travel this summer is sadly extremely unlikely for the average holidaymaker » said Mike Tildesley, a professor of infectious disease modeling at the University of Warwick who serves on a government advisory board, on BBC Radio Saturday.

While travel certificates might offer some level of security, the potential for variants is that the UK vaccination campaign could endanger it, « really dangerous, » said Dr. Tildesley.

Matt Hancock, UK Health Secretary, said on Saturday that half of all adults in the UK have been vaccinated, but the situation in the European Union is drastically different: only 9.8 percent of residents have been vaccinated.

The easing of restrictions by Greece is part of a gradual effort to restart tourism ahead of an official reopening on May 14th. The changes have been called « pressure relief valves » by the Greek health authorities in order to give the public some rest since the beginning of November. The country will allow open-air archaeological sites and hair salons to open from Monday, and weekend curfews across the country will be eased.

Another initiative due to come into effect later this month will allow all residents with social security numbers access to free weekly rapid tests in Greek pharmacies. The country’s goal is to increase the number of rapid weekly tests from the current 300,000 to 10 million.

Visits to the archaeological sites outdoors are subject to restrictions: With the exception of families, no more than three people can be at the same time, and face masks are compulsory.

But there is also resistance within the Greek tourism industry. A union representing the Ministry of Culture has requested that the reopening be postponed for a few days so that new daily infections can decrease. Opening locations at the height of the third wave of the pandemic could prove dangerous to the health of the public and the general population. « 

New York has joined a growing list of more than a dozen states that have at least one Confirmed the case of a worrying variant of coronavirus first found in Brazil.

The affected variant known as P.1 is highly contagious and in some cases has re-infected people who have already recovered from the coronavirus, according to data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 48 cases of the variant have now been reported in at least 16 states. It is now in at least 25 other countries.

Scientists anticipate that variants will soon become the dominant source of infection in the United States. The country has tried to vaccinate as many people as possible before this happens, although some St aaten relax the lockdown restrictions.

Florida has recorded 21 cases of the P.1 variant, most from all states, according to the latest C.D.C. Data. At least 49 states and Puerto Rico have reported around 5,500 cases of the variant first identified in the UK, which could soon be the dominant form of the virus in the US. Another 180 cases of a variant first found in South Africa have also been reported.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Saturday that the state’s first P.1 case by scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City was identified in a man who lived in Brooklyn in the nineties with no travel history.

« The discovery of the Brazilian variant here in New York further underscores the importance of taking all appropriate measures to continue to protect your health » , said Cuomo in a statement.

Scientists are concerned about the P.1 variant as it shares many mutations with the variant B.1.351 that is dominant in South Africa today. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines still protect against this variant, but are a little less effective. The vaccines against P.1 are expected to work similarly.

The rate of vaccination has increased in the United States. Approximately 79.4 million people received at least one dose of the vaccine that C.D.C. said. In New York, at least 25 percent of the population received at least one dose.

The P.1 variant was first reported in Japan in December in four people who had traveled from Brazil. In Manaus, the largest city in the country’s Amazon, it quickly became dominant and spread to other South American cities. It reached the United States in January and first appeared in Minnesota.

Three studies provided insight into the surge in the variant in Brazil, which most likely escalated in winter and led to a record-breaking increase in coronavirus cases, partly due to the increasing risk of infection. It also had the ability to infect some people who had immunity to previous bouts of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament for the first time on Saturday as a scheduled game between Oregon with the seventh seed and Virginia Commonwealth, a No. 10 seed, was declared non-competitive due to virus issues.

VCU said in a statement on Saturday night that it has received « multiple positive tests » in the past 48 hours.

« We are devastated for our players and coaches, » VCU coach Mike Rhoades said in the statement , which found the team had been tested daily for the past three weeks.

In its own statement on Saturday, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee said it regretted VCU’s players and coaches « Will not be able to enter a tournament in which you have earned the right to participate. »

Under the rules of the tournament, Oregon will automatically advance through the tournament and win the winner of the game on Saturday night between Iowa No. 2 and Grand Canyon, a # 15 seed.

The virus has spread over the tournament, which is being held exclusively in Indiana due to the pandemic, as a threat to championship quests ending before they even begin in earnest . Last week, teams on the Atlantic coast and at the Big 12 conferences – Duke, Kansas and Virginia – pulled out of their tournaments because of the virus.

N.C.A.A. Officials have placed significant restrictions on players, coaches and officials in an attempt to prevent the virus from entering the men’s tournament, a juggernaut of college sports that makes up most of the association’s annual revenue. Participation was restricted, teams were largely confined to their Indianapolis hotels, and many tournament-related people were tested for the virus on a daily basis.

In addition, members of team travel groups were required to test negative for the virus for seven consecutive days, before they traveled to Indiana.

But in an interview on Monday, Mark Emmert, of the NCAA President, admitted cases could crop up during the tournament, which is due to close on April 5th. « The first target is not serious medical problems, » said Emmert. « That doesn’t mean we don’t have teams to pull out or test someone positive – we’re not naive – but no serious medical problems. »

TOKYO – Overseas viewers are not allowed to attend the Summer Olympics in Japan will take part, the organizers announced on Saturday, making a big concession to the reality of Covid-19 despite having pushed the plans for the world’s largest sporting event.

Seiko Hashimoto, President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, promised at a press conference on Saturday that the lack of international viewers would not spoil the games.

« The Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different from the past, but the essentials will remain the same, » said Ms. Hashimoto. « The athletes will risk everything and delight people with their outstanding performance. »

The Tokyo Games, which start in July, were originally planned for 2020, but have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic. The Tokyo Organizing Committee has made efforts to develop security protocols to protect both attendees and local residents from the virus.

There is great concern in Japan, with large majorities in polls saying the Games shouldn’t be held this summer. The announcement on Saturday had been predicted for weeks in the Japanese news media. The Paralympics, which begin in August, will also exclude foreign spectators.

Foreign spectators are unlikely to allay public concern about the Games as thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and journalists continue to visit Japan for the event will travel. Almost 80 percent of the public would like the Olympics to be postponed or canceled altogether after some polls.

Thomas Bach, the President of the IOC, has encouraged national organizing committees to secure vaccines for athletes, and he announced this month that China has offered to provide vaccinations for participants who need a vaccination before the Games.

But not all local viewers will have the chance to be vaccinated before the Olympics on July 23rd. In Japan, where the introduction of the vaccine has been relatively slow, the population will not be nearly fully vaccinated by the start of the Games.

According to a database from the New York Times, Japan had about 455,000 Covid-19 cases and 8,797 during the pandemic Deaths, far fewer than in the US and Western Europe. The country declared a widespread state of emergency in early January after a surge in infections. Since then, most areas have repealed the declaration. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced this week that it would end in Tokyo on Sunday.

As part of its efforts to stop the spread of new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus, Japan has also blocked all new entries from abroad since the end of December, except for the Olympic athletes and some of their followers. The exception was controversial: foreign students and workers are still unable to enter the country, and the State Department has not given clear guidance on when this might change.

Regardless of the opposition, officials are planning the countdown to the games officially start on Thursday with the torch relay, which begins in Fukushima. As at the events this summer, the number of spectators will be limited.

Police officers in Germany used helicopters, tear gas, batons and water cannons to control up to 20,000 coronavirus-skeptical demonstrators who gathered in Kassel on Saturday. This was one of the largest demonstrations in Europe against government virus restrictions since the fall.

A police spokesman said many of the protesters were part of the lateral thinker movement, whose supporters either deny the existence of the virus or the government’s measures to contain the virus consider too strict. The movement, which also attracted right-wing extremists, had been relatively calm during Germany’s second blockade. Authorities started easing restrictions this month. Given a new exponential surge in infections across the country, a third lockdown now looks likely.

Virus cases have also surfaced elsewhere in Europe. A month-long lockdown was launched in France, the Paris region and several other areas on Saturday, a year after the country first imposed nationwide restrictions. All non-essential businesses will be closed, but schools will remain open. The government of President Emmanuel Macron has refused to request a lockdown.

According to the new measures, people will be allowed to exercise outdoors but will be allowed to use the restricted areas, which include the north of the country and the Nice area, do not leave. A night curfew remains in place.

Poland, where the daily rate of new infections has tripled in the last month, introduced new trade restrictions on Saturday and closed all but grocery stores and pharmacies. Cinemas and hotels had to close, although shopping centers with shops selling groceries were still open.

During the protest in Kassel on Saturday, demonstrators challenged counter-protesters, police officers and journalists to the German news agency D.P.A. reported. The authorities there had set up police-guarded areas where journalists could retreat if they were attacked by demonstrators, according to France 24, a state-owned news broadcaster. Most protesters did not wear masks and some tried to break barriers after police tried to break open the gathering, according to DPA Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors are expected to reinstate lockdown restrictions on Monday Proponents of the full reopening of schools received a big boost on Friday when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that elementary school students and some middle and high school students could be three feet apart in classrooms > The previous instruction to keep most students three feet apart had become a major barrier to student return to full-time teaching in many school districts as capacity was severely limited. Many experts are now saying that a growing body of research shows that six feet isn’t much more protective than three, as long as other safety measures such as wearing masks are in place.

Public health experts, parents and school officials welcomed the new recommendation . Teachers’ unions that have used the 6-foot guide to oppose bringing children back for normal class schedules have not done so.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s second largest educators union, said in a statement that it would reserve « judgment » on the new guidelines until research on the behavior of the virus in schools, particularly schools, is further reviewed in cities or with insufficient resources. Becky Pringle, president of the largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association, raised similar concerns.

Even so, the new guidance seemed to have an immediate impact in some places. New York City, the country’s largest school district, announced Friday that it would give families another option to choose in-person tuition for their children. The city said elementary schools, preschool programs, and programs for children with complex disabilities would switch to three foot distancing in April, while distancing rules for middle and high school students were reviewed.

In Texas, Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District, the new guide to « a game changer ». In considering when and how more students can be brought back to his district’s classrooms, he added, « My biggest hesitation has been the social distancing requirements. »

In Anne Arundel County, Md., Where the schools are running reopening to allow students to attend two days a week, the education committee president said the new guidelines would make it easier for the district to meet the superintendent’s goal of getting students on a four-day weekly schedule before the end of the year. « It was a real challenge getting students six feet away for four days, » said CEO Melissa Ellis.

Still, there was ample evidence that the new guidelines would not be enough to address some Encourage districts, particularly on the west coast, to return to a normal school week soon. Concerns from teacher unions appear to be putting some districts under pressure to delay the return of classrooms to greater density.

In Los Angeles, the country’s second largest system, district and union leaders agreed earlier this month that the Students can return to classrooms from April for a mix of face-to-face and remote learning.

Superintendent, Austin Beutner, said the district will not change its reopening plans in response to the new guidelines. Many of the district’s families, the majority of whom are low-income families, Black and Latino, have announced that they are likely to continue distance learning.

Even with the new guidelines, many questions remain about the way schools operate deal with their reopenings, controversial and unsolved.

Although the CDC continues to recommend six feet of space when children eat; the fact that students have to remove their masks at lunchtime has raised concerns for educators and their unions. Seattle, for example, plans to reopen elementary schools on a half-day schedule in the coming weeks to avoid meal times and give students less than three hours a day of one-to-one classes, just four days a week.

In the meantime some districts close schools one day a week, sometimes referred to as “deep cleansing day”. A practice that experts say has no benefit. In Anne Arundel County, Cleansing Day is why the district plans to bring students back four days a week this spring, instead of five.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York City would have more Will take steps towards normalcy: soon more people will be admitted to restaurants; a 11 p.m. curfew in companies like cinemas would end; Yoga courses, including indoor fitness activities, may be restarted.

« Covid is falling, vaccination rates are rising, » said the governor on Thursday. “Start looking aggressively into the future and let’s get back to life and life and get this economy working because it’s safe.”

Daily coronavirus cases that are happening in the city and in the State reported appear to have reached a plateau following a post-holiday spike. Mortality rates and hospitalization rates associated with the virus are falling, and more people are receiving the vaccine.

Denmark reported Saturday that two people suffered cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, one of whom died. The Danish Medicines Agency is currently investigating whether the condition is a possible side effect.

A spokesman for the capital region of Denmark confirmed the death, and the Danish news agency Ritzau reported that the other person, an officer in her thirties, was seriously ill.

Millions of people in dozen of countries have received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine with few reports of side effects. However, the European Medicines Agency, the continent’s top medicines agency, carried out a review after several countries stopped using the vaccine. On Thursday, the agency said it thought the vaccine was safe, although it would continue to look out for links to blood disorders. It was determined that any threat would be very minor and that the shots would prevent far more deaths than they could cause.

Recent blood clots and abnormal bleeding in a small number of vaccine recipients in European countries raised questions about safety and security led to suspensions. This led to a disturbing pause in vaccination campaigns this week, even though some European countries entered a third wave of infections.

« Right now we’re investigating whether this is exactly the same condition with multiple blood clots, low platelet counts and bleeding « , said Tanja Erichsen, Director of the Danish Medicines Agency, in a radio interview with the Danish national broadcaster DR.

 » We prioritize reports of suspected serious side effects like these and investigate them thoroughly to determine whether there is a possible link to the vaccine exists « , said Ms. Erichsen on Saturday on Twitter. “We are in the process of addressing the two specific cases.”

This is the second death in Denmark after a person received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Norway is investigating the deaths of two people who received the vaccine.

Denmark has suspended the use of AstraZeneca until Thursday, despite assurances from the European Medicines Agency. Other Scandinavian countries and Finland have made similar decisions. However, some European countries, including France and Germany, have resumed recordings.

Part of the continued caution is due to preliminary results from medical experts in Norway and Germany, who point to a possible link between the vaccine and the extremely rare ones Indicate blood disorders. The German experts said the sinus or cerebral vein thrombosis, which Germans suffered 13 days after receiving the vaccine, was caused by an immune system reaction they believe may be related to the shot. They did not publish detailed data, but planned to present their results to The Lancet.

Dr. James Bussel, an expert in platelet disorders and professor emeritus at Weill Cornell Medicine, said the occurrence of abnormal clotting and low platelets in people under the age of 50 was unusual. He found that researchers in Europe had identified antibodies produced by the immune system – possibly in a highly unusual response to the vaccine – that may have activated platelets and triggered a cascade of abnormal clotting and bleeding.

Researchers in Germany and Norway will continue their investigations. In Germany, where the vaccine is being re-administered, doctors are now warning anyone who receives an AstraZeneca shot to see a doctor immediately if they have a headache, dizziness, or blurred vision more than three days later. They said the problems could very likely be treated if caught in time.

Even as Americans across the country looking for a life-saving coronavirus vaccine to return to a semblance of normalcy, more than a quarter of congressmen have , nur einen Anruf von einem Schuss entfernt, diesen abgelehnt.

Gesetzgeber, die sich während der Pandemie weiterhin persönlich getroffen haben, was häufig gegen die Empfehlungen der öffentlichen Gesundheit verstößt, haben seit Ende Dezember Zugang zum Pfizer-Impfstoff. Aber im Repräsentantenhaus haben etwa 25 Prozent der Gesetzgeber keine Impfung erhalten, schrieb die oberste Republikanerin diese Woche an Sprecherin Nancy Pelosi und zitierte Daten aus dem Büro des behandelnden Arztes. Es ist unklar, wie viele Senatoren geimpft wurden, obwohl eine Handvoll Republikaner erklärt haben, dass sie nicht beabsichtigen, einen zu bekommen.

Das Zögern im Kongress spiegelt einen breiteren Trend in den Vereinigten Staaten wider, wo Umfragen darauf hindeuten, dass Republikaner einer Impfung weitaus skeptischer gegenüberstehen. Da Impfungen vertrauliche Gesundheitsinformationen sind, gibt es keine Aufschlüsselung, welche Gesetzgeber eine erhalten haben. In den letzten Wochen haben jedoch mehrere Republikaner die Idee öffentlich abgelehnt.

Senator Rand Paul, Republikaner von Kentucky und ehemaliger Augenarzt, sagte, er würde « mit der Wissenschaft in diesem Fall » einen Impfstoff ablehnen, weil er das Virus bereits hatte.

« Ich habe mich nicht für eine Impfung entschieden, weil ich sie natürlich bekommen habe », sagte Paul kürzlich gegenüber Reportern. (Die Wissenschaft sagt das Gegenteil; die Zentren für die Kontrolle und Prävention von Krankheiten empfehlen, dass Menschen geimpft werden, auch wenn sie bereits das Coronavirus hatten.)

Die Zurückhaltung der Republikaner ist nur das jüngste Hindernis, mit dem der Kongress konfrontiert ist, wenn die Staats- und Regierungschefs überlegen, wie sie beginnen können, ein Gefühl der Normalität wiederherzustellen. Gleichzeitig haben viele Helfer auf dem Capitol Hill – von denen einige für Gesetzgeber arbeiten, die erwarten, dass sie persönlich erscheinen – selbst Schwierigkeiten, eine Impfstoffdosis zu finden.

Frau Pelosi, Demokratin von Kalifornien, sagte am Freitag gegenüber Reportern, dass das Haus darauf abzielen sollte, dass „100 Prozent“ der Mitglieder geimpft werden, beklagte sich jedoch darüber, dass sie niemanden zwingen könne, einen Schuss anzunehmen. Wenn die Republikaner sich weigerten, sagte sie, würde es länger dauern, bis das Haus wieder normal ist, wie es die Mitglieder dieser Partei gefordert haben.

ISLAMABAD – Premierminister Imran Khan aus Pakistan hat positiv auf das Coronavirus getestet, teilten Beamte am Samstag mit.

Herr Khan isoliert zu Hause und wird voraussichtlich mindestens 10 Tage in Isolation bleiben, sagten Beamte. « Der Premierminister hat leichten Husten und Fieber », sagte Dr. Faisal Sultan, der De-facto-Gesundheitsminister des Landes. « Ein Team von Ärzten behandelt ihn. »

Der Premierminister erhielt am Donnerstag seine erste Impfstoffdosis, und Beamte sagten, es schien, dass er vor der Impfung infiziert worden war. Regierungsminister und andere Beamte, die in den letzten drei Tagen Kontakt zu Herrn Khan hatten, werden nun ebenfalls auf das Virus getestet. Der Schutz vor einem Impfstoff dauert in der Regel einige Zeit, und für einen maximalen Schutz sind zwei Dosen der meisten Impfstoffe erforderlich.

Herr Khan, 68, ein ehemaliger Cricketspieler, gilt allgemein als sehr gesund. Kritiker sagen jedoch, er habe eher lässig eine Maske getragen. Während einer Einweihung von Regierungsprojekten am Freitag war Herr Khan auf Bildern ohne Maske zu sehen, als er Beamte traf.

Pakistan steht vor einer dritten Welle der Pandemie, deren Positivitätsrate in den letzten Wochen stark angestiegen ist. « Es ist sehr alarmierend », sagte Dr. Sultan, der feststellte, dass die Rate auf 9,5 Prozent gestiegen war.

« Der Druck in der Bundeshauptstadt Peshawar, Karachi und den großen städtischen Zentren von Punjab nimmt zu », sagte er auf einer Pressekonferenz.

Die Pandemie hat in Pakistan mehr als 623.000 Menschen krank gemacht, und laut einer Datenbank der New York Times sind mehr als 14.000 Menschen gestorben.

Beamte haben die Öffentlichkeit aufgefordert, die Sicherheitsprotokolle einzuhalten, und warnen davor, dass eine Nichtbeachtung zu strengeren Beschränkungen führen könnte. Die steigende Anzahl von Fällen hat die Behörden dazu veranlasst, Beschränkungen für Lebensmittelgeschäfte und gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte aufzuerlegen.

Die Rollout-Kluft zwischen Europa und den Vereinigten Staaten hat sich vergrößert, und einige der Länder, die zu Beginn der Pandemie am stärksten betroffen waren, sind mit einer tödlichen dritten Infektionswelle konfrontiert. Frankreich, große Teile Italiens und andere Regionen sind wieder gesperrt. Jede Woche sterben rund 20.000 Europäer an Covid-19.

Kontinentaleuropa wurde ein weiterer Rückschlag versetzt, als in den letzten Tagen mehrere Länder aufgrund der Angst vor Blutgerinnseln und Gehirnblutungen die Verbreitung des AstraZeneca-Impfstoffs vorübergehend einstellen mussten. Die meisten von ihnen nahmen es am Freitag wieder auf, nachdem Europas oberste Arzneimittelbehörde für seine Sicherheit bürgte, aber das Vertrauen der Öffentlichkeit in den Schuss wurde stark erschüttert.

Die Impfrettung bleibt vorerst verlockend unerreichbar. Nur etwa 10 Prozent der Europäer haben eine erste Dosis erhalten, verglichen mit 23 Prozent in den USA und 39 Prozent in Großbritannien.

Es gibt keinen einzigen Schuldigen, der die Lage in Europa verursacht hat. Vielmehr hat eine Kaskade kleiner Entscheidungen zu immer längeren Verzögerungen geführt. Der Block verhandelte vergleichsweise langsam Verträge mit Arzneimittelherstellern. Die Aufsichtsbehörden waren bei der Zulassung einiger Impfstoffe vorsichtig und überlegt. Europa setzte auch auf Impfstoffe, die nicht auf den Markt kamen oder die die Versorgung erheblich beeinträchtigten. Und die nationalen Regierungen haben die lokalen Bemühungen in Bürokratie verwickelt.

Malaysias ehemaliger Premierminister Najib Razak appelliert an die Verurteilung des letzten Jahres wegen Diebstahls von Hunderten von Millionen Dollar. Und er kämpft in vier weiteren Prozessen gegen ähnliche Anklagen. Aber es gibt einen Verstoß, den er frei zugibt: einen Verstoß gegen eine Coronavirus-Regel in einem Restaurant.

« Ich gestehe », schrieb er am Freitag auf seiner Facebook-Seite. « Ich akzeptiere sowohl Kritik als auch Einsicht. »

Mr. Najibs Verstoß trat auf, als er im Chee Meng Hühnerreisladen in Kuala Lumpur essen ging, sich aber bei seiner Ankunft nicht wie erforderlich bei einer Telefon-App anmeldete. Er nannte es einen « zufälligen Fehler ».

Ein in den sozialen Medien weit verbreitetes Video zeigte ihn und sein Gefolge, wie sie beiläufig ins Restaurant schlenderten.

Er ermutigte die Behörden, die entsprechende Geldbuße in Höhe von etwa 365 US-Dollar zu verhängen, und sagte, er werde von einem von der Regierung angebotenen Frühbucher-Special Gebrauch machen. Wenn er die Geldstrafe innerhalb von sieben Tagen zahlt, würde er einen Rabatt von 50 Prozent erhalten.

« Die Polizei wird mich anrufen », sagte er am Samstag in einem anderen Beitrag. « Ich werde kooperieren. »

Aufgrund des Skandals um fehlendes Geld aus dem staatlichen Investmentfonds 1Malyasia Development Berhad oder 1MDB verlor die Regierungskoalition von Herrn Najib bei den Wahlen 2018 zum ersten Mal seit der Unabhängigkeit im Jahr 1957 die Macht. Er wurde als Premierminister verdrängt, aber wieder – von seinem Distrikt ins Parlament gewählt.

Er wurde beschuldigt, mindestens 4,5 Milliarden US-Dollar aus dem von ihm geschaffenen und überwachten Fonds abgezogen zu haben. Ein Großteil des Geldes soll auf seinem persönlichen Rückkonto und im Besitz von Familienmitgliedern gelandet sein.

Im Juli wurde er in sieben Korruptionsfällen für schuldig befunden und zu bis zu 12 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Er wurde auch mit einer Geldstrafe von fast 50 Millionen US-Dollar belegt.

Im Oktober wurde eine seiner Gerichtsverhandlungen für zwei Wochen unterbrochen, da Herr Najib nach seiner Reise in den Bundesstaat Sabah, einem damaligen Coronavirus-Hotspot, unter Quarantäne gestellt werden musste. In diesem Prozess wird er mit mehr als zwei Dutzend Korruptionsvorwürfen konfrontiert.

Herr Najib, der versucht, seinen Ruf wiederherzustellen, schien den Vorfall im Hühnerreisladen zu nutzen, um die Sonderbehandlung hervorzuheben, die andere hochrangige Beamte erhalten haben, die ohne Strafen gegen die Vorschriften für Coronaviren verstoßen haben.

« In meinem Fall keine Doppelmoral », sagte er. « Andere Leute, andere Parteien, Minister, die ich nicht kenne. »

Judy Dodd begann im vergangenen Frühjahr mit langen Covid-Symptomen zu kämpfen – Atemnot, Kopfschmerzen, Erschöpfung. Dann wurde sie geimpft.

Nach ihrem ersten Pfizer-BioNTech-Schuss Ende Januar fühlte sie sich körperlich so elend, dass sie überredet werden musste, den zweiten zu bekommen. Für drei Tage danach fühlte sie sich auch schrecklich.

« Ich bin aufgewacht und es war wie » Oh, was für ein schöner Morgen « , sagte Frau Dodd, eine Mittelschullehrerin, die auch Schauspielerin und Regisseurin ist. « Es war, als hätte ich monatelang » Sweeney Todd « inszeniert, und jetzt leite ich » Oklahoma! « 

Frau Dodd, die sich weiterhin gut fühlt, gehört zu einer Reihe von Menschen, die berichten, dass sich die Symptome nach Covid, die sie seit Monaten erleben, nach der Impfung zum Teil deutlich verbessert haben. Es ist ein Phänomen, das Ärzte und Wissenschaftler genau beobachten, obwohl es, wie bei vielem über die Pandemie, viele Unsicherheiten gibt.

Wissenschaftler beginnen erst, mögliche Auswirkungen von Impfstoffen auf lange Covid-Symptome zu untersuchen. Anekdoten bestimmen die Bandbreite: Abgesehen von denen, die berichten, dass sie sich nach den Schüssen besser fühlen, sagen viele Menschen, dass sie keine Veränderung erfahren haben, und eine kleine Anzahl sagt, dass sie sich schlechter fühlen.

Berichte von Ärzten variieren ebenfalls. Dr. Daniel Griffin, ein Arzt für Infektionskrankheiten an der Columbia University, sagte, dass etwa 40 Prozent der langen Covid-Patienten, die er behandelt hat, nach der Impfung eine Verbesserung der Symptome anführten. Andere Ärzte sagen, es sei zu früh, um es zu wissen.

In diesem Monat ergab eine kleine Studie britischer Forscher, die noch nicht von Experten begutachtet wurde, dass acht Monate nach dem Krankenhausaufenthalt wegen Covid-19 bei den geimpften Personen eine Verbesserung der längeren Covid-Symptome auftrat als bei den noch nicht geimpften. Die 44 geimpften Patienten in der Studie waren älter und hatten mehr Grunderkrankungen, da sich Menschen mit diesen Merkmalen früher für Impfstoffe qualifizierten.

Frau Dodd sagte, sie halte ihre Verbesserung nicht für selbstverständlich. « Ich bin immer noch vorsichtig, was um die Ecke ist – diese Krankheit ist so unvorhersehbar », sagte sie.

Aber sie fügte hinzu: « Selbst wenn ich, Gott bewahre, einen Rückfall habe, ist es wirklich erstaunlich, diese Zeit jetzt zu haben, wenn ich mich besser fühle. »

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