COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark appears to have missed its target of 90% of people over 12 having been vaccinated twice by October 1, as the latest official figures show 84.9% have received both vaccines.
The latest official figures from the Danish health authorities show that 4,366,235 people have received both vaccines.
Those who received the first injection – 4,453,321 people – represent 86.6% of those over 12 years old.
The vaccine is voluntary and free in Denmark, which said on September 10 that it no longer considers COVID-19 to be “a socially critical disease” due to the large number of vaccinations. All restrictions have since been removed.
The Scandinavian country has a total population of 5.8 million people.
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VUNG TAU, Vietnam – Vietnam will lift the lockdown on its largest city on Friday, ending nearly three months of movement restrictions to curb a wave of coronavirus.
Residents of Ho Chi Minh City will be able to leave their homes, but the government will still maintain social distancing and travel within and outside the city will be controlled.
The delta variant has infected 770,000 people and killed more than 19,000 in three months, with Ho Chi Minh City accounting for the majority of deaths.
Vietnam is speeding up vaccinations by prioritizing big cities and reducing injections in a shorter time frame so that both doses are given to more people.
Almost half of adults in Ho Chi Minh City have received both vaccines, while the overall vaccination rate in Vietnam is low.
SANTA FE, NM – New Mexico County prisons grapple with a high-risk environment for COVID-19 infection at the same time as many more beds fill with inmates.
Lawyer for the Association of County Governments, Grace Philips, warned lawmakers on Wednesday that overall coronavirus vaccination rates among county detention center staff are below the state average – 61% against around 71% for adults in general.
Inmates are much less likely to be vaccinated as they arrive in increasing numbers at county detention centers.
The state’s county jail population has grown by more than a quarter since May 2020.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A second hospital in Alaska begins rationing health care as the state faces a peak in coronavirus cases.
The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel announced the move on Wednesday, as it indicated it was operating at full capacity.
Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, which is the state’s largest hospital, has already rationed care.
Coronavirus infections in Alaska increased 42% last week.
The president of the regional hospital of Bethel claims to have done everything to delay the rationing but had to take the plunge.
Hospital CEO Dan Winkelman urges “all residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region to get vaccinated, wear a mask in indoor public spaces and respect social distancing.” He warns that “this is our last stand against this virus.”
MELBOURNE, Australia – The state of Victoria in Australia has reported 1,438 new cases of coronavirus – nearly 500 more than the previous record set a day earlier.
Australia’s second most populous state also reported five more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24-hour period on Thursday. Victoria on Wednesday reported 950 new infections and a daily record of seven deaths.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the national government remains committed to ending lockdowns in Australia despite the worsening situation in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne.
Frydenberg is a resident of Melbourne and says the city became depressed after spending 242 days in lockdown.
The government has said its payments to workers who lost hours due to lockdowns will end two weeks after 80% of a state or territory’s residents have been fully immunized.
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HONOLULU – More than 160 Oahu business operators have been cited, warned or arrested in the weeks since Honolulu imposed new pandemic safety rules. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that most cases involved warnings.
The Alcohol Commission issued six tickets, including three for serving alcohol after 10 p.m., two for failing to verify immunization status and one for failing to trace contacts.
Police have also issued summons or made arrests for people not wearing masks and not keeping the required physical distances.
Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said city officials couldn’t immediately break down the number of arrests versus citations because they are compiled together under the same outfit category. files.
City spokesman Tim Sakahara said the vast majority of businesses are playing by the rules.
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