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First American Nurse Receives COVID Vaccine; Netherlands, London Follow Germany Into Lockdown: Live Updates

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Summary:

  • First US patients vaccinated
  • London enters tier 3 restrictions
  • Netherlands follows Germany into hard lockdown
  • US average deaths near 2.5K/day
  • Italian government warns of new restrictions to come
  • NJ cases top 400K
  • Singapore approves Pfizer vaccine
  • Netanyahu enters quarantine after COVID exposure

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Update (0945ET): It’s official: Just as Mayor Sadiq Khan warned, London’s COVID alert level has been raised to a “Tier 3″, the highest of the system of tiers and restrictions established by Boris Johnson. Or at least that’s what Health Secretary Matt Hancock has just told Parliament.

We’re sensing the issue of who will follow Germany into lockdown will be the big theme of the day.

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The big news out of Europe Monday morning is that the Netherlands is following Germany into a “hard” holiday lockdown that will start this week and last at least until mid-January. Across the country, schools, non-essential shops and museums will all be closed from midnight on Tuesday, according to the local press.

Students in elementary and middle school will be required to switch to distance learning, and people will be urged to remain indoors as much as possible. The lockdown was reportedly introduced so swiftly, and without much warning, to avoid panic buying in the country’s shops and markets. The Netherlands lockdown will be in place until Jan. 19, longer than the German lockdown announced yesterday.

PM Mark Rutte is expected to make a statement about the lockdown tonight, at around 1900CET, which is in about 3.5 hours.

Circling back to the US, the number of new daily cases dropped below 200K on Sunday, while President Trump celebrated in a tweet minutes ago on Monday morning that the first non-trial patient had finally been vaccinated in the US. Dr. Yves Duroseau, chair of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, and RN Sandra Lindsay, critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, volunteered to be the first New Yorkers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and film of the vaccination was distributed to US cable news channels.

Watch footage below:

While OWS head Moncef Slaoui said over the weekend that 8 in ten Americans could be vaccinated by June…

…a team of analysts at Goldman has come up with projections showing a surfeit of global vaccine supplies will allow the US to hit 50% vaccination rate by April.

Although the US 7-day average for deaths has reached 2.4K, that’s 300 deaths more per day on average over the past week than during the peak from the spring wave. However, in the 24 hours to Sunday, the rate of reported deaths slowed slightly.

The coronavirus vaccine has landed in California. Los Angeles International Airport officials tweeted out pictures Monday morning of the FedEx plane carrying the vaccine to prove it. The airport called it a major milestone “for science, our country and our community.”

The states reporting the most deaths are PA, CA, NY, TX, IL.

In NJ, the coronavirus cases passed 400K on Sunday after reporting another 4.2K positive tests. An additional 24 people in the state died from COVID in the 24 hours through Sunday, bringing the tally to 15.9K, the fifth-highest death toll in the country.

Here’s some more news from overnight and Monday morning:

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the government will suspend its “Go To” domestic travel incentive campaign from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11, according to remarks carried by public broadcaster NHK. The government had been under pressure to halt the campaign after coronavirus cases surged last week (Source: Bloomberg).

Singapore has approved the use of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s coronavirus vaccine and expects the first shipments by the end of the month, by which time it also plans to move into the final phase of its virus curbs (Source: Bloomberg).

Ireland may “very well” face new restrictions in January in the wake of Christmas celebrations, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Monday (Source: Bloomberg).

The Italian government is considering new measures to tighten Covid-19 restrictions over the holidays, effectively walking back some recent moves to allow more movement and business openings during the period, Corriere della Sera reported (Source: Bloomberg).

More bad news out of Sweden. As hospitals across the country are wracked by severe staff shortages, prompting a growing number of health-care workers to quit, an ICU unit in Sweden’s third biggest city has been gripped by an outbreak of Covid-19 that has already infected more than 40% of the staff (Source: Dagens Nyheter).

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Our last note of the day comes courtesy of Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become the latest world leader to enter quarantine, where he will reportedly remain until Friday after meeting with someone who tested positive.


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