SAN FRANCISCO — Cruise ships are returning to San Francisco after a 19-month hiatus introduced on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor London Breed introduced the Majestic Princess will sail into the port of San Francisco on Monday. It’s the primary cruise ship to dock within the San Francisco Bay Space since March 2020, when the Grand Princess captured the world’s consideration. The ship was carrying individuals contaminated with the coronavirus, and 1000’s on board have been quarantined because it idled off the California coast.
The Majestic Princess will sail from Los Angeles for a weeklong California coast voyage that may embody an in a single day cease in San Francisco. The port of San Francisco expects to welcome 21 cruise ships via the rest of the 12 months.
Passengers must present they have been vaccinated no less than 14 days earlier than embarking on the cruise and have proof of vaccination. They have to even have a damaging COVID-19 check taken inside two days of their embarkation, based on an announcement from Princess Cruises, a Carnival Corp. subsidiary that operates the vessel.
The CDC’s newest cruise ship steering recommends passengers present proof of vaccination and a latest damaging check. It advises vacationers who’re at larger threat for extreme COVID-19 sickness to keep away from cruises.
MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:
— Brazil coronavirus deaths surpass 600,000, second globally behind U.S.
— Russia hits virus dying report as autumn surge persists
— San Francisco to welcome cruise ships after 19-month hiatus
— Nevada amongst final states so as to add fast checks to virus tally
— See all of AP’s pandemic protection at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
HONOLULU — Honolulu will permit a restricted variety of followers at College of Hawaii soccer video games because it begins easing coronavirus restrictions.
The governor and the mayor say they’re enjoyable guidelines for out of doors leisure venues as vaccination charges rise and the decline of case counts, check positivity charges and hospitalizations. Beginning Wednesday, out of doors venues can permit as much as 1,000 attendees or as much as 50% of their full capability, whichever is smaller.
Attendees will should be vaccinated, put on masks and preserve bodily distance. Restrictions on indoor leisure, out of doors weddings, golf tournaments and highway races shall be eased.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation reported 51 coronavirus instances and one dying on Friday.
It was the third consecutive day the tribe reported no less than one coronavirus-related dying after going six days with no extra deaths.
Navajo officers are urging individuals to get vaccinated, put on masks in public and reduce journey. The tribe’s reservation is the nation’s largest at 27,000 sq. miles and it covers elements of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The newest numbers elevated the tribe’s totals to 34,3350 confirmed instances and 1,454 confirmed deaths.
MOSCOW — Russia has reached one other report day by day dying toll from COVID-19, with 968 deaths registered on Saturday.
The nationwide coronavirus job drive has reported a persistent rise, with practically day by day information in October. It’s about 100 extra day by day deaths than in late September.
The duty drive additionally reported greater than 29,000 new day by day infections. Authorities says the steep rise in instances and deaths is due to the nation’s low vaccination charge.
The deputy prime minister says 47.8 million Russians, or 33% of the inhabitants, have acquired no less than one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
SAO PAULO — Brazil has topped 600,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, the second-highest international toll behind america.
Nevertheless, latest fewer instances and deaths have inspired mayors and governors to confess followers into soccer matches and permit bars and eating places keep open late.
The nation’s common day by day dying toll has hovered round 500 for a month, down sharply from greater than 3,000 in April. Virtually 45% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, and a booster shot is being administered to the aged.
The U.S. has surpassed 710,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths.
ROME — Italy will provide a 3rd dose of a coronavirus vaccine to all individuals over 60 who accomplished vaccination no less than six months in the past.
The Well being Ministry says booster pictures additionally shall be supplied to these with “fragile” well being circumstances, no matter age. Italy already had authorized giving a 3rd dose of the vaccine to individuals over 80 or residing in care houses, together with well being care personnel, transplant recipients and people with depressed immunity.
Ministry authorities have mentioned a 3rd shot to all who’ve been vaccinated isn’t into consideration. In Italy, 80% of these 12 or older have been absolutely vaccinated.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The proportion of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations amongst vaccinated Pennsylvania residents has risen sharply prior to now month, though the shot stays broadly protecting.
That’s based on new statewide well being knowledge. The newest Division of Well being statistics on so-called “breakthrough” infections present from Sept. 5 to Oct. 4, vaccinated individuals represented simply over 1 / 4 (26%) of greater than 135,000 new infections and practically 5,000 hospital admissions throughout the state.
That’s up from simply 6% of instances and 5% of hospitalizations between January and September. Pennsylvania residents who stay unvaccinated are nonetheless much more prone to contract the coronavirus, grow to be hospitalized and die than those that acquired the shot.
Dr. Denise Johnson, the state’s appearing doctor common, says the info strengthened the case for booster pictures. Final month, U.S. well being officers authorized a 3rd dose of the Pfizer vaccine for all People 65 and older, together with youthful individuals with well being points or these in high-risk, frontline jobs.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff says he gained’t implement the county’s vaccine mandate in his company.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva oversees the biggest sheriff’s division within the county with roughly 18,000 workers. He mentioned Thursday in a Fb Stay occasion that he doesn’t plan to hold out the county’s mandate.
Los Angeles County workers needed to be absolutely vaccinated by Oct. 1. The mandate was issued by government order in August and permits solely non secular and medical exemptions.
Villanueva says his workers are prepared to be terminated moderately than get vaccinated. Greater than 26,000 individuals have died of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama’s prime well being official is urging individuals who’ve not been vaccinated for the coronavirus to get a shot throughout the subsequent week to assist forestall one other vacation spike of infections and deaths.
Dr. Scott Harris says it takes 5 – 6 weeks for somebody to achieve the utmost quantity of immunity after the preliminary vaccine in a shot-two course of. He says meaning time is operating out for individuals to have “the most secure doable Thanksgiving.”
Harris says he was “cautiously optimistic” the vacations gained’t be as lethal as final 12 months due to vaccinations and the big quantity of people that have antibodies after contracting the virus.
NEW YORK — A panel of vaccine consultants will meet in early November to think about whether or not to suggest the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters youthful than 12.
The Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices scheduled a two-day assembly for Nov. 2-3, well being officers mentioned Friday. The Pfizer matter is anticipated to take up a part of the agenda.
The consultants are anticipating the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration may have determined by then whether or not to authorize use of the Pfizer vaccine for youngsters between ages 5 to 11. The committee’s job is to assist the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention develop suggestions for medical doctors and the general public about which vaccines must be used and the way they need to be given.
At the moment, Pfizer vaccines are licensed just for individuals 12 and older.
WARSAW — Polish biotechnology firm Mabion S.A. has signed a $372 million contract to provide one of many uncooked supplies that American firm Novavax must make its COVID-19 vaccine.
Below the four-year deal, Mabion will produce a protein antigen starting in December at its services in Konstantynow Lodzki, central Poland. It’s Poland’s largest contract within the biotechnology sector.
Novavax has partnered with Serum Institute of India and requested regulators in India, Indonesia and Philippines this week to permit emergency use of its NVX-CoV2373 vaccine, which is less complicated to retailer, cheaper to make and never already reserved by wealthy nations.
Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla had mentioned the corporate had hoped to launch the vaccine in India by June, however manufacturing was hobbled by the U.S. embargo on exports of crucial uncooked supplies. The corporate hopes to promote the vaccine in September, and Mabion shall be a part of the availability chain going ahead.
“The addition of Mabion’s technical experience and manufacturing capability to Novavax’ international manufacturing community expands our skill to offer broad entry to our vaccine throughout a number of areas,” Novavax Govt Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Rick Crowley mentioned.
ALBANY, N.Y. — House well being aides who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccination are barred from working in New York beneath a brand new state mandate.
The mandate, put in place by Gov. Kathy Hochul, additionally applies to employees at assisted residing houses, hospice care, remedy facilities and AIDS dwelling care applications. It comes on prime of one other mandate, carried out final month, that coated hospital and nursing dwelling employees.
Information on how most of the state’s greater than 210,000 dwelling well being aides had been vaccinated forward of the deadline Friday wasn’t instantly accessible from the state.
The House Healthcare Staff of America not too long ago estimated roughly 70% of the group’s 32,000 members had acquired the coronavirus shot.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A decide has rejected a request by 33 Oregon State Police troopers to briefly halt a mandate that requires them to get absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 by Oct. 18.
The Oregonian/OregonLive studies retired Oregon Supreme Court docket Justice Jack Landau mentioned in a written opinion Thursday that based mostly on case legislation “the police energy of the state contains the authority to enact public well being legal guidelines which will have the impact of curbing particular person rights.”
Landau went on to say that Gov. Kate Brown is appearing inside her legislatively granted authority in issuing the vaccine mandate. Brown has mandated vaccinations for the state’s government department workers, together with the troopers, and for tons of of 1000’s of well being care employees and Okay-12 educators and volunteers.
Spiritual or medical exemptions might be requested. Not less than eight lawsuits have been filed.
LAS VEGAS — Nevada’s governor says a lower in coronavirus case charges and a rise in vaccinations is partly as a consequence of a virtually two-month deployment of federal emergency administration “surge groups” in areas of Las Vegas.
Gov. Steve Sisolak says check positivity, a key measure of the unfold of the coronavirus, has decreased statewide to eight.5%.
The speed, measured as a 14-day common, stood Thursday at 6.7% in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County. It was larger in some elements of the state, together with 22.6% in Elko County. The World Well being Group purpose is 5% for enjoyable measures limiting the coronavirus.
Statewide, Sisolak says 63% of the eligible inhabitants age 12 and older has acquired no less than one shot.