(1) Fully vaccinated people can skip Covid quarantines, CDC says - CNN

by cnn 02/11/2021

People who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus -- meaning they have recieved two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine-- can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.


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The COVID-19 pandemic in Britainis retreating and the reproduction "R" number, which measurestransmission rates, has dropped below 1 for the first time sinceJuly, adding to hopes that some lockdown restrictions could beeased next month. Estimates published on Friday showed that the COVID-19 "R"number for Britain is now between 0.7 and 0.9, a slight dropfrom last week's estimate of 0.7 and 1.0, and dipping under onefor the first time in over six months. TheOffice for National Statistics said that about one in 80 peoplewere infected in the week ended Feb.6, compared to one in 65people the previous week.

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A new modelling study published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) shows that the UK's coronavirus vaccination program is already reducing daily deaths. However, reductions of hospital and intensive care (ICU) admissions will likely take several weeks longer, with large reductions seen by the end of March and continuing into April.

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The first two cases of a coronavirus variant first documented in the United Kingdom have been detected in Clark County, Washington, according to local health officials. Health officials said those residents recently tested positive for the virus, and after their tests were sent toNorthwest Genomics Center, a lab at the University of Washington, forgenome sequencing, officials confirmed the presence of theB. 1. 1. 7 variant. PAST COVERAGE |First cases of U. K.