Coronavirus pandemic update
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) announced on Tuesday that New York City will require certificates of vaccination for a variety of indoor events, from meals to health clubs and concerts.
This city is considered to be the first in the United States to introduce such limit Because of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variants, Covid-19 infections have increased.
“This will encourage more vaccinations-we have seen it,” de Blasio said on Tuesday, unveiling what he called the “Keys of New York City” pass.
The mayor said that the idea is to convince New Yorkers that vaccination is essential to live a better life and enjoy the city’s rich products.
“If you want to participate fully in our society, you must be vaccinated,” De Blasio said. In contrast, those who have not been vaccinated will increasingly be excluded from a range of activities.
The mayor said that more details of the plan will be finalized in the coming weeks. It will be implemented from September 13th.
Earlier this week, some well-known city companies announced similar requirements, especially restaurant owner Danny Meyer and the Equinox fitness chain.
Business leaders in New York City generally view September as a new milestone in the city’s recovery from the pandemic. The company has been urging employees to return to the office, public schools will reopen, and Broadway shows — a huge tourist attraction — will also resume.
However, these expectations have been shaken due to the increase in new Covid infections caused by the Delta variant. In June, there were an average of about 200 cases per day. According to city data, this number has now increased to more than 1,200 people. The hospitalization rate and the number of Covid deaths remain low. Approximately 45% of urban residents have not yet been fully vaccinated.
The new authorization was issued after the city took a series of measures to increase vaccination rates-from providing citizens with a $100 debit card as an incentive to vaccinate, to requiring city staff to be vaccinated or tested for Covid every week .
It reflects the broader efforts of federal and local officials across the country to increase the lagging vaccination rate through a combination of rules and incentives.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the past week, the daily vaccination rate in the United States has been hovering at about 550,000 daily vaccination rates, higher than the low reached in July, but below the peak of more than 3.4 million in mid-April.
The United States announced on Monday that 70% of Americans have now received at least one jab.