New outbreak of COVID-19 in prison for the undocumented in Georgia

New COVID-19 outbreak at undocumented prison hits Georgia. The Indian coronavirus variant has been detected in Puerto Rico. Several membe...

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  • New COVID-19 outbreak at undocumented prison hits Georgia.
  • The Indian coronavirus variant has been detected in Puerto Rico.
  • Several members of UNICEF get together to ask countries to donate vaccines to poorer countries.

Atlanta (GA), Jun 23 (EFE News).- An immigrant detention center in Georgia where four illegal immigrants have already died from COVID-19 suffers a new outbreak, already accounting for fifty cases, confirmed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE). According to numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Stewart County, where the prison is located, has registered 63 cases in the last two weeks and has the second highest rate of infections in the state, only surpassed by the neighbouring locality of Chattahoochee.

Of the confirmed cases, 47 were detected at the Stewart Detention Center, according to data provided by ICE, which has put the infected people in “isolation or under monitoring”. Since the pandemic began, Stewart, one of the largest immigrant prisons in the country, has tallied 727 Covid-19 cases and four deaths, making it the deadlies immigration prison in the country due to coronavirus.

Adequate protection against COVID-19 is not being offered

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Immigrant advocates have denounced that the detention center, operated by the CoreCivic corporation, is not doing enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and are demanding the release of all inmates. “We are extremely disappointed by the situation. Despite Stewart’s record, ICE continues to detain hundreds of men and women there. We demand that the prison be closed and that all the prisoners be released, “lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani, legal director of Project South, told Efe.

CoreCivic spokesman Ryan Gustin said in a statement that Stewart follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to “work closely with our government partners to improve procedures as needed.” . “The health and safety of the people entrusted to our care and our staff is the highest priority for CoreCivic,” he added. ICE has 26,197 immigrants in its custody, 681 are currently dealing with the contagion. Since the pandemic began last year, they have reported 17,926 positive cases in total. EFE News.

Puerto Rico registers the first case of the delta variant of covid-19

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San Juan, Jun 15 (EFE News) .- Puerto Rico registered the first case of the delta (Indian) variant of covid-19 in an asymptomatic minor American tourist, who did not require hospitalization. The spokeswoman for the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, Lisdián Acevedo, confirmed this Tuesday that it is a minor from the United States, although without giving more details or how it was infected or its specific origin in the United States before to get to Puerto Rico. The delta variant is attributed to about 6% of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English).

The delta variant, first detected in India in December 2020, however threatens to overtake the UK B.1.1.7 strain as the most widespread due to its large presence on other continents. The first case of the delta variant of the coronavirus on the island, as this mutation of the coronavirus that emerged in India is called internationally, comes the day when Puerto Rico reported 188 (yesterday, 410) additional positive cases between confirmed, probable and suspects, while six additional deaths were registered by covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations continue in decline with 58 (yesterday, 60). The United States CDC declared the delta a variant of concern because it is much more transmissible than SARS-CoV-19 and more easily affects people who did not complete the full vaccination cycle. EFE News

Thirty UNICEF ambassadors ask the G7 to donate covid vaccines

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New York, Jun 8 (EFE News) .- Some thirty UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, including pilot Fernando Alonso, former soccer player David Beckam or singer Billie Eilish, asked the leaders of the G7 countries that donate covid-19 vaccines to the poorest countries. “The world has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for a year and a half, but the virus it is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential that we all return to the starting point ”, says a letter signed by 28 personalities from different artistic and sports disciplines.

For the UNICEF ambassadors “this means more school closings, more interruptions in medical care and greater economic consequences, which threatens the future of families and children everywhere.” The signatories are Ramla Ali, Fernando Alonso, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, José Manuel Calderón, Sofia Carson, Gemma Chan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Olivia Colman, Billie Eilish, Pau Gasol, Whoopi Goldberg, David Harewood, Chris Hoy, Angelique Kidjo, Téa Leoni, Lucy Liu and Juan Manuel López Iturriaga.

You need to be united to defeat the covid

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Also signed were Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Liam Neeson, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Sergio Ramos, Claudia Schiffer, Teresa Viejo and Pink. All of them urge the heads of state of the G7 countries, who will meet between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall (United Kingdom), to guarantee a “fair and equitable supply” of vaccines to income countries low and medium. The G7 meeting will bring together the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, and will facilitate bilateral meetings such as the one scheduled between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden.

“The pandemic will not end anywhere until it has ended everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to all countries, as quickly and equitably as possible. This weekend’s G7 Summit is a vital opportunity for you to agree on actions that will take vaccines where they are most needed and quickly, ”the document reads. Unicef ​​estimates that the G7 countries will soon have enough doses to donate 20% of their vaccines between June and August, which would represent a total of 150 million doses, without this translating into a “significant delay” in their plans for vaccination. vaccination of its adult population. “We ask that you make these urgent donations before August and establish a roadmap to increase donations as supplies increase,” underscore the signatories, who conclude the note with a shout: “DONATE 20% OF VACCINES AVAILABLE. PROTECT US ALL. DONATE DOSE NOW ”. EFE News

New York lifts restrictions against covid-19, with exceptions

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New York, Jun 15 (EFE News) .- The state of New York announced this Tuesday the end of the restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of covid-19, with the exception of nurseries, hospitals and media outlets. transport, coinciding with the time when 70% of adults in this region have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“We have reached 70% vaccination. It is the national goal and we have achieved it ahead of schedule. 70% means that now we can return to life as we knew it, ”said the governor. Andrew Cuomo in an act in which he was constantly interrupted by the enthusiastic applause of the public present.

New York removes certain restrictions

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In his speech, Cuomo announced that the state impositions “that proved to be correct” cease to be in force “as of today, with immediate effect.” However, he cautioned that restrictions imposed at the federal level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remain in effect. Cuomo insisted that there are no longer restrictions in public, commercial, sports, recreational or retail settings.

“Businesses can open, because state orders are no longer in effect, nor are capacity or capacity restrictions, nor do we have to measure temperature, nor is it necessary to continue extraordinary cleaning and disinfection protocols,” added Cuomo. The governor pointed out that to celebrate this moment and pay tribute to frontline workers, fireworks will be launched tonight in different parts of the state.

Coronavirus cases are going down

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He also announced that the covid-19 positivity rate has fallen to 0.4%, the lowest figure in the country, according to Cuomo, and compared it to last spring, when New York became the world’s epicenter of the pandemic. In a passionate intervention, he also called for rebuilding and developing the state.

“In life it is not about going back to where you were. Life goes on. We’ve learned a lot over the past year, we’ve accomplished a lot over the past year, our challenge has to be to reimagine New York and say we’re going to make New York better than ever. We have to capitalize on this moment, take advantage of this moment of transformation to remake New York ”, he stressed. EFE News

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