Mr Nautiyal, who has been collating the health ministry data since the state recorded its first case on 15 March 2020, says Uttarakhand had recorded 557 cases in the week from 14 to 20 March, just as pilgrims had begun arriving. The cases rose rapidly after that, with 38,581 cases recorded between 25 April and 1 May – the last week of the festival.
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the decision from the European Union not to renew its order for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Macron said the EU policy is aiming at “responding in particular to the variants… We see that some other vaccines are more efficient.”
The bloc’s Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, said Sunday the EU Commission has not ordered AstraZeneca shots for after June. Two weeks ago, the EU launched legal proceedings against the pharmaceutical group for allegedly failing to respect the terms of its contract.
South Africa halted earlier this year the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after preliminary data indicated it may be only minimally effective against the variant which is dominant in the country.
In France, the variant first identified in Britain has become largely dominant and the South African variant represents only a small percentage of the virus detected in the country.
Across the Channel, Britain has made the AstraZeneca vaccine the centerpiece of its successful vaccination campaign.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— India’s vaccination campaign falters due to a lack of vaccines even as new infections, deaths soar
— Party-goers across Spain rejoice as nation’s state of emergency is lifted
— Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all
— EU says US patent waiver proposal isn’t a magic bullet
— As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
NEW DELHI — India opened vaccinations to all adults this month, hoping to tame a disastrous coronavirus surge sweeping the country, but since then the pace of administering the shots has only dropped, with states saying they only have limited stock.
New infections are still rising at record pace in the world’s second-most populous nation. Alongside a slowdown in vaccinations, states have gone to court over oxygen shortages as hospitals struggle to treat a running line of COVID-19 patients.
On Sunday, India reported 403,738 confirmed cases, including 4,092 deaths. Overall, India has over 22 million confirmed infections and 240,000 deaths. Experts say both figures are significant undercounts.
India’s Supreme Court said Saturday it would set up a national task force consisting of top experts and doctors to conduct an “oxygen audit” to determine whether supplies from the federal government were reaching states.
Complaints of oxygen shortages have dominated the top court recently, which just stepped in to make sure the federal government provided more medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, New Delhi.
BARCELONA, Spain — Impromptu street celebrations erupted across Spain as the clock struck midnight on Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus ended and many nighttime curfews were lifted.
In Madrid, police had to usher revelers out of the central Puerta del Sol square, where the scenes of unmasked dancing and group signing esembled pre-pandemic nightlife.
Teenagers and young adults also poured into central squares and beaches of Barcelona to mark the relaxation of restrictions.
“Freedom!” said Juan Cadavid, who was reconnecting with friends. The 25-year-old Barcelona resident was also rejoicing at the prospect of going back to work at a Michelin-star restaurant that has been closed for the past seven months due to pandemic-related restrictions.
BRATISLAVA — Slovakia’s government is set to discuss possible use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Moscow after it was successfully tested in a Hungarian lab.
Slovakian Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky said he will talk with his country’s experts and “the Russian side about further developments on this issue.”
Hungary offered Slovakia assistance in inspecting the Russian-made vaccine after the Slovak State Institute for Drug Control said it had not received enough information about the Russian jab from its producer to be able to assess its benefits and risks.
The regulator also said the doses it received from Russia differed from those under review by the European Union’s medicines authority.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets Sputnik V abroad, called the findings “fake news.” It welcomed the results of the Hungarian tests and said it asked the Slovak drug regulator to apologize “for spreading incorrect information about Sputnik V.”
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is struggling with a third surge of coronavirus cases, despite a complete closure of all business and transport that began this weekend and continues until May 16, the end of the Eid holidays.
Pakistan reported 118 more deaths and 3,785 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day Sunday. It has now seen nearly 19,000 deaths in the pandemic.
All businesses are now closed except for essential food stores, pharmacies and fuel stations. Public transport in major cities and town is either at halt or allowed only with 50% capacity while intercity passenger transport is completely shut. Federal authorities also extended school closures to May 21
After receiving the first consignment of 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday, the government is trying to ramp up inoculations.
DUBAI — Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates will begin shipping aid from the World Health Organization and other groups into India for free to help fight a crushing outbreak of the coronavirus, the airline said Sunday.
The offer by Emirates, which has 95 flights weekly to nine cities in India, initially involves aid already in Dubai but may expand across the carrier’s network as time goes on. That could mean major savings for aid groups as airfreight costs have skyrocketed amid the pandemic. Demand for flown cargo stands at record levels worldwide.
Emirates made the announcement at Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, already home to a WHO warehouse.
A WHO worker on a forklift moved boxes of tents made in Pakistan and rolls of net shades from South Korea preparing for the initial flight planned for next Thursday. That will be used to construct field hospitals for India’s overwhelmed health care system.
ROME — The Italian Health Ministry has set out guidelines for visiting people in nursing homes in the latest sign of reopening in the onetime epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree Saturday setting out a plan that, among other things, requires visitors to either be fully vaccinated, have proof of having had COVID-19 and recovered, or a negative test result in the past 48 hours.
As in other countries, Italian nursing homes and long-term residential facilities were devastated by the pandemic, especially during the first wave of infections in the spring of 2020. The total nursing home death toll isn’t known, since so many COVID-19-suspected deaths were not counted because residents were not tested.
Italy has largely reopened after its wintertime lockdown, even though it is continuing to add around 10,000 confirmed infections and around 250-300 deaths per day. The 224 deaths reported Saturday brought Italy’s confirmed toll to 122,694, second only to Britain in Europe.
MADISON, Wisc. — U.S. states asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses.
From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the Biden administration send them only a fraction of what’s been allocated to them. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S.
More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine, but government leaders are doing everything they can to persuade the rest of the country to get inoculated.
The Biden administration announced this week that if states don’t order all the vaccine they’ve been allotted, the administration will shift the surplus to meet demand in other states.
ISTANBUL — Produce markets were allowed to open Saturday across Turkey as the country’s strictest lockdown continues amid an economic downturn with double-digit inflation.
The markets, or “bazaars,” are integral to Turkish food culture. Producers bring their fruits and vegetables to nearly every neighborhood on set days of the week.
The full lockdown that began in late April and is set to last until May 17 has curtailed this tradition and limited it to Saturdays in designated marketplaces.
Idris Taka, a vendor selling vegetables at an open-air market in Istanbul on Saturday, says he has taken a financial hit. “We could work four to five days a week and now we can work one day out of 17 days,” he said.
Critics have said the Turkish government’s measures to fight a surge in cases have been inconsistent and impractical. Residents have been ordered to stay at home, but millions are exempt from the lockdown and continue to work in factories, hospitals, agriculture and tourism. Foreign tourists are also exempt.
Prices continued climbing in April with year-to-year inflation hovering above 17%.
STOCKHOLM — The Swedish military says 200 conscripts have been sent home from a major military exercise involving thousands of soldiers in southern and central Sweden due to a suspected outbreak of coronavirus infections.
The “Sydfront 21” drill with over 3,500 participants from 13 different units of the Swedish Armed Forces is the first major military exercise in the Scandinavian nation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exercise leader Maj. Ake Palm told Swedish broadcaster TV4 that the military made the decision to send some soldiers home after several conscripts with cold-like symptoms either tested positive or were suspected to have been infected.
Alf Johansson, head of the exercise’s communications, defended holding the drill in the middle of the pandemic.
“This is a very important exercise for the army to train together so that we can maintain our ability to defend Sweden,” Johansson told the Swedish news agency TT.
Sweden, a nation of 10 million, has recorded just over 1 million coronavirus cases, with 14,173 deaths.
HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that Montana will share COVID-19 vaccines with Canadian truck drivers from neighboring Alberta.
According to a memorandum of understanding signed Friday about 2,000 truck drivers from Alberta who transport goods from Canada to the U.S. will be eligible to be vaccinated at a highway rest stop near Conrad.
The vaccines will be available between May 10 and May 23. A similar program to vaccinate truck drivers from Canada began in North Dakota last month.
The Blackfeet tribe in northern Montana has given around 1,000 vaccines to their relatives and neighbors across the border.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The owner of a Northern California bar was arrested on suspicion of selling made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to several undercover state agents for $20 each.
The plainclothes agents from California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control were told to write their names and birthdates on Post-it notes. They say bar employees cut the cards, filled out the identifying information and bogus vaccination dates, then laminated the finished product.
Vaccination cards are being used in some places as a pass for people to attend large gatherings. The European Union is considering allowing in tourists who can prove they have been vaccinated.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s governor is barring state officials from requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they may have access to state property or services.
Republican Gov. Mark Gordon announced the directive against “vaccine passports” Friday.
Gordon in a statement encourages Wyoming residents over 16 to get vaccinated but calls it “a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.”
The Cheyenne Post reports Gordon’s directive encourages Wyoming’s cities, towns, counties and private businesses to provide full access to places and services regardless of a person’s vaccine status.
Over 180,000 people in Wyoming, or almost one-third of the state’s population, have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
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India is to recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid angry calls for a complete nationwide lockdown.
Some 400 medical officers are expected to serve on contract for a maximum of 11 months, the ministry said in a press release, adding that other defence doctors had also been roped in for online consultations.
COVID-19 cases and deaths have been hitting records every two or three days. Deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday.
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.
But pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown as it did during the first wave last year.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a “complete, well-planned, pre-announced” lockdown instead of “sporadic” night curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a few days at a time.
“IMA is astonished to see the extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions from the ministry of health in combating the agonizing crisis born out of the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement on Saturday.
Modi is battling criticism for allowing huge gatherings at a religious festival and holding large election rallies over the past two months even as COVID-19 cases were surging.
The health ministry reported 4,092 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 242,362. New cases rose by 403,738, just shy of the record and increasing the total since the start of the pandemic to 22.3 million.
India on Saturday reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll of 4,187. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see 1 million COVID-19 deaths by August. read more
With an acute shortage of oxygen and beds in many hospitals and with morgues and crematoriums overflowing, experts have said the actual numbers for COVID-19 cases and fatalities could be far higher than reported.
The world’s largest vaccine producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 34.3 million, or only 2.5%, of its 1.35 billion population as of Sunday, according to data from the government’s Co-WIN portal.
Support has been pouring in from around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment.
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It can be a hard concept to understand: Everyone participating in an athletic event coming away a winner.
But that’s happening around the region, thanks to Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Sports.
The fledgling program — it’s in its first full year locally — is affording “special” student-athletes the opportunity to compete in smaller-scale track and field meets where the emphasis is on effort, and the adulation of the athletes, their coaches, schoolmates and families is the reward.
The Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Sports program is supported by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.
SOPA is working with 91 schools in 12 counties, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to provide IUS programs for indoor bocce, track and field and soccer. Over the course of four years, Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks to build a network of partnerships with school districts which encompass all areas of the state.
The goal is to have high schools throughout Pennsylvania offer Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) opportunities in at least two Unified Sports.
“By providing opportunities for students, both with all types of disabilities and without disabilities, to participate in sports meaningfully and by engaging other students in the school community, Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) helps promote inclusion, acceptance and respect,” the organization’s mission statement said.
The program has taken off in a big way locally.
Unified track and field teams have been established at Daniel Boone and such Pioneer Athletic Conference schools as Methacton, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford and Upper Merion. Team rosters can number at least 12 athletes, but not exceed 40.
“It creates an environment that’s inclusive and supporting,” Traci Huddleson, head of the Boone Unified team, said during a meet with Pottsgrove Thursday her school hosted. She credited such school administrators as athletic director Eileen Schmidt and principal Aaron Shorz with getting the program going.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “Through COVID, we had growth as athletes and a team. The high school track team members were out being supportive.”
The meets stage eight events for the athletes: Five track (100, 400, 800, 4×100 and 4×400 relays) and three in the field (shot put, long jump and “mini” javelin). Athletes have to compete in one event from each category; the relays are co-ed in nature.
Pottsgrove’s Unified sports program had its inception two years ago, the product of athletic director Steve Anspach’s attendance at a high-school football game hosted by Souderton.
“I saw their (Souderton) school doing a fundraiser during the game,” he recalled. “I asked about it and learned about Unified sports, in which Souderton participates.”
Linette Coddington and Maria Steinmetz oversee the Pottsgrove team, whose formation was enthusiastically embraced by Anspach and the Pottsgrove administration. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, however, prevented Pottsgrove from getting any kind of season going.
“When it was put out, we were one who was interested,” Coddington said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get far.”
The team’s numbers increased only slightly in 2021. Hope exists, however, for more student involvement next year.
“Seeing the outcome is a big thing,” Coddington said. “The numbers hopefully will increase”
One competing athlete, Grace Habecker from Daniel Boone, pointed to one of the principal aspects of the Unified competition,
“Our goal as team collectively,” she said, “was to make Pottsgrove feel super welcome.”
Habecker competed in the 400 and long jump. Her satisfaction with her performance was obvious.
“I got in the pit, which is awesome,” she said in describing her long-jump showing. “In the 400, I ran hardest.
Ryan Sullivan, among the spectators present at the Daniel Boone meet, has more than just a professional interest in Unified track. The veteran head coach of the Perkiomen Valley boys and girls cross country teams has a son, Quinn, who’s a member of the Pottsgrove team.
“They’re supportive of each other,” Sullivan noted. “The kids have fun. It’s good.”
In the meet, Quinn competed in the long jump and ran the third leg of Pottsgrove’s 4×400 relay. He’s also run the 400 in some meets, and has a 7-foot-9 best in the long jump.
“I like it. It’s fun,” he said. “I think I will do it again next year.”
Those sentiments resonate with Special Olympic Unified representatives like Ashley Herr and Jason Merola, who were both in attendance at Boone Thursday. Herr oversees the region that encompasses Berks, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties while Merola’s region includes the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.
“It’s been growing exponentially,” Herr said. “We’re pushing to move more into Berks County.”
She noted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its forcing the shutdown of sports programs in the spring and summer of 2020, posed a challenge to the program. At the same time, it hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of school districts to be part of the conversation.
“COVID was a huge challenge. We had schools signed up, then they were quarantined,” Herr said. “But there’s a waiting list of schools wanting to get involved. Funding is also a factor.”
“Our schools got some meets in,” Merola added. “A lot were virtual.”
At Perkiomen Valley, the circumstances behind its formation of a Unified Sports program mirrors that of other local districts. Emily Witman, head coach of the team, noted the district’s administration and school board, along with recently-retired high school athletic director Larry Glanski, put their support behind the program.
“Larry came to me and asked me to coach,” she recalled. “I did this when I was in college.”
PV hosted a meet with Haverford Friday. The team currently carries 15 athletes.
“It was hard to start due to COVID,” Witman said. “Some students were uncomfortable about that.”
The next phase for Unified Sports will be regional meets. Spring-Ford and Pottsgrove will be serving as hosts for two of the meets, Souderton a third.
Spring-Ford will compete against teams like Lower Moreland and Haverford Monday (May 10). Pottsgrove will go against Boone and Springfield Township May 17.
The Souderton regional May 18 will include Methacton, Upper Merion and Upper Dublin.
The regional meets will be followed by a “virtual” state meet. At this level, the champion regional teams will compete at their home sites, with the results compiled and calculated by the state organization.
Anspach recalled being approached, while attending Pottsgrove’s meet at Spring-Ford, about his school hosting a regional championship meet.
“I was asked if we were interested in doing it at Pottsgrove,” he said. “I got the support of the administration and school board for it.”
To Anspach, the response of the Pottsgrove students to the Unified program made support of the request obvious.
“It’s awesome, every day seeing the kids practice,” he said. “They love it … the opportunity to compete and have fun, with support.”
Sophie followed her brother Hans to Munich university, where he was studying medicine, and the siblings socialised with the same group of friends, said to have been united by their mutual appreciation for art, culture and philosophy. Sophie, who studied the subject along with biology, is said to have liked to dance and play the piano, and she was a talented painter.
May 8, 2021
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As a kid growing up in the ’80s just outside London, my life revolved around soccer. (Except of course it didn’t, because it was called football. But that’s not an argument I expect to win here, so soccer it is.) Soccer was what was on my bedroom walls, what I thought about in class, what I played during school breaks and what I did on the weekend. My team was Tottenham Hotspur, which, at the time, was a successful, almost glamorous club from North London. They won domestic and European trophies in 1981, 1982 and 1984. I was an impressionable, soccer-mad boy back then, so my fate was sealed. It helped that my next-door neighbor supported them, too: He was a year older than me, so automatically cool. Tottenham it was, and has remained ever since.
Unfortunately Tottenham, or Spurs, as they’re also known, have succeeded in winning precious little of note since. Indeed, they were, for a long time, the definition of “mid-table mediocrity,” a phrase the British press use for any team that never seems to drop toward the bottom of the league nor soar to the important spots at the top. Prior to moving to New York, I had a season ticket at Spurs for close to 20 years. As we used to say in the stands, it’s never the disappointment that kills you, it’s the hope. We always thought we’d turn it around. And then, recently, we did. A new, young head coach ushered in our most exciting period for decades: We played fast, flowing football, won a lot of games and were lauded as one of the sexiest teams in Europe (and for the uninitiated, most of the best soccer teams are from Europe, though their players come from all over the world). We opened a wonderful new stadium and stood on the precipice of greatness.
And then we blew it. In this glorious five-year spell, we still didn’t actually win anything. We nearly won the English Premier League. Twice. And we nearly won the Champions League, Europe’s biggest competition, losing in the final. But winning a trophy? Not a bit. It must be lovely to support a team that wins things all the time, but I wouldn’t know. I know, instead, of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, of mockery from family and friends and of the stale smell of “What if?” That brilliant coach? Sacked by the chairman, replaced by a perpetual winner who, at the time of writing, looks likely to break that habit with us, turning us into a boring, unadventurous, mid-table, mediocre side in the process. Anyway, sport. Isn’t it great?
This is our first sports issue. And while it’s new ground, it’s far from alien: There’s a sporting angle to almost all our passion points at Robb Report, whether that’s the travel potential of a fishing expedition, examining why Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves his new helicopter, looking back at the unexpected style heroes of the NBA or discovering what food and drink our top athletes prefer (wine figures unusually highly). But there are also some great sports-specific tales told here, too.
We asked a broad selection of team owners what they’d learned about themselves, as well as club management, during their time at the helms. What we discovered was both surprising and revealing: A few lessons could be applied to running many businesses, but most were unique to the athletic pursuits. As one commentator said, “Smart people will sometimes do questionable things around sports.” We also meet the teenage prodigies making millions in esports, check in with the America’s Cup-winning captain Peter Burling in “The Answers” and analyze the alpha mindset that propels some of our readers to ever more remarkable and even reckless feats of physical and mental endurance in the name of… well, what? Achievement? Fun? Sport?
Enjoy the game, and the issue.
First-year Lauren Wideen smiles during her senior pictures in Prairie du Sac, Wis., in August 2019. Wideen said she looks forward to her college life.
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First-year Lauren Wideen said she wants to become a physician assistant because she is drawn to helping others and sports. Playing volleyball, basketball and soccer throughout her life, Wideen said sports gave her friendships that she might not have otherwise made and a lot of memories to look back on.
As a Sports Medicine major from Praire du Sac, Wis., Wideen said she not only enjoys playing sports but also loves the science behind them. She said she is passionate about studying how the human body works while playing sports, which motivates her to pursue her dream job of being a physician assistant.
“I am drawn to sports medicine because health workers who specialize in it help all kinds of people, not just athletes,” Wideen said.
Wideen volunteered at youth sports camps in her community during high school. Currently, she said she works as a certified nursing assistant at an assisted living facility near her home in Wisconsin. She helps residents with daily tasks, including dressing and bathing.
“Being a CNA has definitely been a very rewarding experience,” Wideen said. “I have learned a lot from both health and personal perspective, and it’s rewarding to get to connect with other residents.”
Looking back, Wideen said she decided to go to Pepperdine because of its smaller campus and the Sports Medicine major.
“I know it is across the country for me and this will certainly be challenging,” Wideen said. “But, I just want to go somewhere else and try something new.”
This semester, Wideen is a member of Pepperdine’s Pre-Physician Assistant Society. Recently, in hopes of seeing the beach and meeting professors in person, Wideen said she flew to Malibu from her hometown in April.
“I’m really excited to meet new people and try new things,” Wideen said. “I want to stay motivated and accomplish what I have so far.”
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The current crisis, observers say, has exposed the chinks in Mr Modi’s armour. They say his centralised style of leadership seemed reassuring last year but proved hollow this time as he passed the buck to states. A generous vaccine strategy, which saw him donate doses to countries, now appears like careless grandstanding since India has forced its largest vaccine marker to renege on international commitments, which brought it funding. His strident majoritarianism, which so many voters admired, stops him from reaching out across the aisle for bipartisan solutions, experts say.