Live Updates: New York Ends Covid Restrictions After Reaching Vaccination Target
Here’s what you need to know to navigate the markets today.
• New York is lifting most of its coronavirus restrictions now that 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine. “Today, New York State reached our goal of 70% adult immunization. It means we can come back to life as we know it, ”Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
tweeted Tuesday. “Effective immediately, state-imposed COVID restrictions are lifted in business and social settings. This means the state will end capacity restrictions and requirements for social distancing, hygiene protocols, health screenings, contact tracing and more, CNBC reported. Masks are still required on public transportation and in-person schools, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York, the epicenter of the global Covid-19 outbreak at the start of the pandemic, now has a seven-day average positivity of 0.41%, up from a high of 7.9% on January 4. About 9.8 million people are fully immunized, and more than 11.1 million people have received at least one injection, according to state data.
• People in five US states were infected with Covid-19 in December 2019 and early 2020, before those states officially reported their first cases, according to a National Institutes of Health study released Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported. The results, published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, indicate that researchers found evidence of infection in nine of the 24,079 people whose blood samples were taken between January 2, 2020 and March 18, 2020 in the part of an NIH research program, suggesting the first cases were sporadic. The samples, from people in Massachusetts, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania, provide evidence that Covid-19 was infecting Americans before the world learned of the deadly outbreak in Wuhan, China . Two people showed signs of infection weeks before public health officials confirmed the virus had arrived in the United States, as testing was limited to people with symptoms who had traveled to a country with Covid -19. Italy and other countries have also reported possible early cases.
• Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman told New York-based employees who were reluctant to return to the office: “If you can go to a restaurant in New York, you can walk into the office, and we want you to be at the office. office, ” The Financial Times reported. He said that although the bank has not yet “dictated” the return of staff to headquarters, it strongly encourages workers to do so. “[By] On Labor Day, I’ll be very disappointed if people haven’t found their way into the office and then we’ll have a different kind of conversation, ”he said. He said the bank had offered more flexibility during the pandemic, but would take a dim view of those who wanted to continue working remotely from out-of-state locations. “If you want to get paid at New York rates, you work in New York,” he added. He said that over 90% of
employees working in its offices are vaccinated, a proportion which is expected to increase to 98%.
• The European Union could start authorizing travel for US residents as early as Wednesday, despite concerns over variants of the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. Portugal proposed adding the United States, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, the Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Taiwan to the “white list” of countries from which non-essential travel is permitted, which the EU government sends. could approve Wednesday, Bloomberg reported, citing an anonymous diplomat. Although some European countries already allow visitation by vaccinated Americans, being added to the whitelist would lift restrictions across the bloc and allow quarantine-free travel from the United States, regardless of vaccination status. From July 1, people with Covid-19 digital certificates can travel freely among the 27 EU member states without having to quarantine themselves, starting 14 days after their last shot.
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