The Latest: Australia court upholds ban on pandemic travel

May 30, 2021, 10:13 PM | Updated: Jun 1, 2021, 12:35 am
FILE - In this May 17, 2021, file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left...

FILE - In this May 17, 2021, file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly "Monday Night Hang" gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York. After a statewide midnight curfew on outdoor dining ended May 17, a similar indoor curfew for bars and restaurants ended on Monday, May 31 as coronavirus restrictions ease. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring the coronavirus home.

Most Australians have been stranded in their home nation for more than a year under a government emergency order made under the powerful Biosecurity Act. Australia is alone among developed democracies in preventing its citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country during the pandemic except in “exceptional circumstances.”

The libertarian group LibertyWorks argued the government dids not have the power to enforce the travel ban.

But the three judges ruled for the government Tuesday. They said Parliament knew the law’s impact would be harsh when it passed the Biosecurity Act in 2015.

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MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— UK does surge vaccinations at a rugby stadium in London to fight off the variant first found in India

— American veterans return to Memorial Day traditions as pandemic eases

— China re-imposes travel curbs on southern province after fresh virus cases

— Vietnam to test all 9 million residents of Ho Chi Minh city amid outbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

GENEVA — The World Health Organization is announcing a new nomenclature for the COVID-19 variants that were previously — and somewhat uncomfortably — known either by their technical letter-number codes or by the countries in which they first appeared.

Hoping to strike a fair and more comprehensible balance, WHO said it will now refer to the most worrisome variants — known as “variants of concern” — by letters in the Greek alphabet.

So the first such variant of concern, which first appeared in Britain and can be also known as B.1.1.7, will be known as the “alpha” variant. The second, which turned up in South Africa and has been referred to as B.1.351, will be known as the “beta” variant.

A third that first appeared in Brazil will be called the “gamma” variant and a fourth that first turned up in India the “delta” variant. Future variants that rise to “of concern” status will be labeled with subsequent letters in the Greek alphabet.

WHO said a group of experts came up with the new system, which will not replace scientific naming systems but will offer “simple, easy to say and remember labels” for variants.

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LOS ANGELES — Californians headed to campgrounds, beaches and restaurants over the long holiday weekend as the state prepared to shed some of its coronavirus rules.

Southern California beaches have been busy with families barbecuing and children playing in the sand and surf. Business owners say they’re scrambling to hire workers to keep up with the customer demand since virus cases have fallen and vaccinations have risen.

The surge in travel and recreation comes as California prepares to relax social distancing and masking rules June 15 if coronavirus cases remain low. Newly reported infections in the state have fallen below 1,000 on some days. The positivity rate has been 1%.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is reporting two new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials say the latest figures released Sunday night pushed the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago to 30,841 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The known death toll now is 1,324.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says people must continue getting vaccinated, wear face masks and practice social distancing while honoring soldiers on Memorial Day.

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LIMA, Peru — Peru announced a sharp increase in its COVID-19 death toll, saying there have been more than 180,000 fatalities since the pandemic hit the country early last year.

The announcement was made in the presidential palace during the presentation of a report by a working group commissioned to analyze and update the death toll. The results of the study put the new toll at 180,764 in a population of about 32.6 million, compared to recent data indicating that 69,342 people had died from COVID-19.

Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said the criteria for assigning the new coronavirus as a cause of death were changed. Previously, only those who “had a positive diagnostic test” were considered to have died from the virus, but other criteria have since been incorporated.

The new toll from COVID-19 includes deaths reported between March 2020 and May 22 of this year. Among Latin American countries, only Brazil and Mexico have reported higher death tolls from the disease.

On Monday, the coronavirus monitoring site of Johns Hopkins University was reflecting the previous figure of just under 70,000 deaths in Peru. Questions about Peru’s death toll surfaced soon after the beginning of the pandemic.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey announced a further easing of its COVID-19 restrictions, including a relaxing of nighttime and weekend curfews, following a decline in the number of infections.

Following a Cabinet meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said restaurants and cafes — which were only able to open for delivery or take-away food — would be allowed to accept sitting customers until 9 p.m. as of Tuesday. Businesses such as gyms and amusement parks would also be allowed to reopen until 9 p.m.

The start of nighttime curfews was pushed back by an hour, to start at 10 p.m. Erdogan said Sunday curfews are to remain in place but people will be free to leave their houses on Saturdays. Civil servants will continue working remotely or in shifts in offices.

Meanwhile, the country’s education minister said primary and secondary school students would return to their classes for in-person education two times a week. In less populous towns and villages, schools would reopen full time.

Earlier this month, the number of daily COVID-19 infections dropped to below 10,000 for the first time since March 1, after reaching a record-high of more than 63,000 daily cases in mid-April.

On Monday, the Health Ministry posted 6,933 new cases and 122 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total death toll in the country stands at 47,527 with more than 5.2 million infections.

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DETROIT — A large mural honoring a firefighter and other Detroit public employees who died from COVID-19 has been unveiled on the side of a building.

Capt. Franklin Williams of the fire department dominates the painting. But there are images of a bus driver who made an emotional plea for protection from COVID-19 before he caught the virus, and 5-year-old girl Skylar Herbert, who was the daughter of a firefighter and police officer.

“This mural represents community heroes representing those institutions who also fought for our country by putting on a uniform and fighting an unknown enemy: COVID-19,” said Odie Fakhouri, chief operating officer of the Arab American and Chaldean Council, which owns the building on Seven Mile Road.

Williams, 57, was eligible to retire from the fire department but wanted to work until age 60. He died last summer.

The mural, which faces a Detroit fire station, was created by artist Charles “Chazz” Miller with assistance from students at University of Detroit Mercy, the Detroit Free Press reported. It was unveiled Sunday.

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FALLON, Nev. — Doctors and nurses are staffing mobile clinics throughout the U.S. to ensure people in tiny towns and far-flung rural areas can get vaccinated.

In Nevada, Arizona, Kentucky and elsewhere, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has dispatched the mobile units to places that lack pharmacies, clinics and other vaccination sites.

Volunteer doctors and nurses in Nevada have teamed up with the National Guard to deliver thousands of shots to communities that state officials say couldn’t offer vaccinations any other way. It’s one of many efforts underway as the nation struggles to reach herd immunity as interest wanes in vaccinations.

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BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a rule that allowed the federal government to require strict pandemic measures in regions with high rates of infection can expire at the end of June, as the country has seen a steady decline in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

Merkel told reporters in Berlin that the so-called “emergency brake” she pushed through despite resistance from some state governors had “indeed had an effect” in flattening the curve of infections.

Germany’s disease control agency said it received reports of 1,978 new cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths Sunday. A total of 88,442 people have died as a result of a coronavirus infection in Germany and the country has recorded almost 3.7 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic, social and interpersonal problems it has caused.

Francis presided over a special evening ceremony Monday in the Vatican Gardens that featured recitation of the Rosary, Scripture readings and hymns sung by some 300 people. It was the conclusion of a monthlong prayer marathon that began May 1 with a similar service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Francis sat before a reproduction of one of his favorite icons of the Madonna, known as Mary Untier of Knots. Those devoted to the icon pray for Mary’s intercession to help resolve their problems.

Opening the service, Francis said there were many “knots tightening around our existence and tying up our activities: they are the knots of egoism, indifference, economic and social knots, knots of violence and war.”

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PARIS — France opened up virus vaccinations to adults of all ages starting Monday, earlier than originally scheduled, as vaccine deliveries have picked up speed.

More than 48% of France’s adult population has had at least one dose, and more than 20% have had two, according to public health authorities. After a slow start blamed on bureaucracy and delayed deliveries, France has now administered more than 36 million vaccine doses.

Anyone 18 and over can sign up for an injection. And 12 to 15-year-olds should have access soon too, after the European Medicines Agency authorized use of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group last week. Prime Minister Jean Castex said “the horizon is clearing” but warned be people to stay vigilant.

France has registered more virus infections than any European country, and more than 109,000 deaths linked to COVID-19.

Virus patients still occupy more than half of the intensive care beds France had before the pandemic but their numbers have been falling for weeks and the country is gradually reopening its restaurants, businesses and tourist sites.

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LONDON — British health authorities are aiming to vaccinate 15,000 people in one day at London’s Twickenham rugby stadium as part of a race to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus variant.

The strain, first identified in India, accounts for a majority of new cases in the U.K., which is seeing a rise in infections after weeks of decline. Scientists say the variant is more transmissible than even the previously dominant strain first found in the U.K. but current vaccines are effective against it.

Many scientists are urging the Conservative government to delay plans to lift social distancing and other restrictions on June 21, arguing that more people need to be vaccinated before measures can be eased safely. The government will announce its decision on June 14.

Three-quarters of U.K. adults have had one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and almost half have had both doses.

The Twickenham walk-in vaccination center is offering jabs without an appointment on Monday to people from northwest London, a hotspot for the Indian-identified variant.

Health officials in the northwest England town of Bolton, which had the highest rates of the new variant, say infections are starting to fall after a mass testing and “surge vaccination” campaign.

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NEW YORK — Bars and restaurants no longer have to close at midnight across New York state, as its coronavirus curfew for indoor dining ended Monday.

With that, establishments can return to the closing times that their liquor licenses or other regulations allow. A similar pandemic curfew for outdoor dining ended May 17, although some local governments have their own closing-time rules for outdoor tables.

Restaurateurs have been looking forward to the later hours as they try to recover from the shutdowns and other limitations on their business during the virus crisis.

“The lifting of the curfew is critically important,” the NYC Hospitality Alliance’s executive director, Andrew Rigie. “We’re a 24/7 city, so there’s tons of people that would still be out eating and drinking after midnight.”

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              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              FILE - In this May 17, 2021, file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly "Monday Night Hang" gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York. After a statewide midnight curfew on outdoor dining ended May 17, a similar indoor curfew for bars and restaurants ended on Monday, May 31 as coronavirus restrictions ease. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
            
              A doctor inoculates a woman with a dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign for seniors, at the Alba Caracas's hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A Kashmiri shopkeeper cleans the display of his shop that was opened following a partial relaxation in the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Mukhtar khan)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A Kashmiri shopkeeper cleans the display of his shop that was opened following a partial relaxation in the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Mukhtar khan)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A doctor inoculates a woman with a dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign for seniors, at the Alba Caracas's hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A member of the public prepares to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              FILE - In this April 12, 2021 file photo, a patient sits inside an ambulance as she waits to be admitted to the Hospital Espanol, a public clinic that has been exclusively dedicated to the treatment of C0VID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Some of the sick in Uruguay have never able to talk to a doctor while others saw their health deteriorate so quickly they never made it to a hospital. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              A Kashmiri shopkeeper cleans the display of his shop that was opened following a partial relaxation in the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Mukhtar khan)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              An elderly man gets inoculated against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajanish kakade)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A member of the public prepares to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              FILE - In this April 12, 2021 file photo, a patient sits inside an ambulance as she waits to be admitted to the Hospital Espanol, a public clinic that has been exclusively dedicated to the treatment of C0VID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Some of the sick in Uruguay have never able to talk to a doctor while others saw their health deteriorate so quickly they never made it to a hospital. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              A member of the public prepares to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              A family member of a person who died due to COVID-19 lights the funeral pyre at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              An elderly man gets inoculated against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajanish kakade)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member of a person who died due to COVID-19 lights the funeral pyre at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A member of the public prepares to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              FILE - In this March 18, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to test a child for COVID-19, on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million inhabitants and gives it one of the highest per capita coronavirus death rates, according the Our World in Data.. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member of a person who died due to COVID-19 lights the funeral pyre at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              People queue up to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              A member of the public prepares to receive a coronavirus vaccination at a surge vaccine operation set up at Twickenham rugby stadium, south-west London, Monday May 31, 2021.  Up to 15,000 doses of vaccine are ready to be administered at the walk-in centre which has been set up for residents of north-west London in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.  (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              A family member performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              FILE - In this April 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, in Washington. In April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations around the globe are still waiting to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              An elderly man gets inoculated against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajanish kakade)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              FILE - In this March 8, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. With a high death rate, Uruguay is battling to contain the virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
            
              FILE - In this April 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, in Washington. In April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations around the globe are still waiting to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              A family member performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              Sri Lankans queue up to receive the second dose of Covishield, Serum Institute of India's version of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a public vaccination drive in Welisara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawarden)
            
              Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus attend class at a school, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 31, 2021. Pakistani authorities reopened schools of grade 10 and 12 following a steady decrease in deaths and infections from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              A family member performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              Christoph Bunzendahl on cello, left, and Annick Sauvanaud on violin, right, perform in the waiting room at the Antwerp Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday, May 31, 2021. While many cultural venues remain closed due to COVID-19 measures, the City of Antwerp is providing professional musicians, many of whom play in the Antwerp Philharmonic, a small stage to reintroduce the public to live music. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
            
              A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a resident as they monitor cases at a village in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 31, 2021. The president of the Philippines recently warned he will jail village leaders and police officers who don't enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              A family member prays as he performs the last rites of a person who died due to COVID-19 at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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