Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Concerns of an increase in cases with state relaxing restrictions in US

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NEW YORK (WABC) — There are encouraging signs in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as the daily average number of cases this week is down six percent.

However, experts caution that it’s too soon to drop our guard.

Despite that warning, several states are easing restrictions.

Masks are coming off in Arizona.

Earlier this week, Texas and Mississippi lifted mask mandates and business restrictions.

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Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation.

Europe records 1M coronavirus cases last week
Europe recorded 1 million new coronavirus cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline, according to the World Health Organization. Among the hard-hit places is the Milan suburb of Bollate, where the virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school with alarming speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members tested positive.

Javits Center vaccine facility open 24/7 thanks to J&J doses
The Javits Center has begun accepting appointments around the clock in an effort to get more New Yorkers vaccinated. The state-run vaccination facility went into 24-hour mode just after midnight Saturday morning.

Fever-scanning devices may be wildly inaccurate, researchers say
Researchers say temperature-scanning devices used to check for fevers amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be wildly inaccurate. The Washington Post reports that a study of the scanners by the surveillance research organization IPVM found they can be dangerously ineffective – raising the risk that infected people could be waved through medical screening checkpoints. After The Washington Post discussed the findings with the FDA, the agency issued a public alert warning that improper use of the devices could lead to inaccurate measurements.

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