COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway noticed a 19% drop in marriages in 2020 in comparison with the earlier yr, which had already seen the bottom determine since 1927.
Norway’s statistics company stated Monday that the pandemic and measures to counter it led to the autumn. In 2020, 16,200 weddings have been carried out.
On high of that, “the decline of three,000 marriages from 2019 to 2020 is unparalleled and is the biggest decline from one yr to a different since 1919,” stated Ane Margrete Toemmeraas of Statistics Norway.
“Figures present that the corona measures from March 12, 2020 prompted many to postpone their wedding ceremony,” Toemmeraas stated. Whether or not it “results in a rise in 2021, as lots of the postponed weddings could happen this yr as an alternative, will turn out to be clear afterward,” she added.
Norway, a rustic of 5.4 million, has seen 74,545 virus instances and recorded 632 deaths.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— With virus assist in sight, Democrats debate filibuster adjustments
— From vote to virus, misinformation campaign targets Latinos
— UK schools to reopen, backed by frequent virus testing
— Indians minus Ramírez, Reyes after they break virus protocol
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.N. kids’s company says Afghanistan has acquired almost half 1,000,000 coronavirus vaccine doses through the worldwide COVAX initiative.
Conflict-torn Afghanistan acquired 468,000 AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, the primary cargo by way of COVAX, UNICEF stated in an announcement.
The vaccines have been made by the Serum Institute of India, and arrived within the capital of Kabul aboard an Emirates flight, UNICEF stated. Extra vaccines will arrive within the coming weeks and months.
India beforehand donated 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Afghanistan.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— Sri Lanka’s authorities has ended a yearlong work-from-home program for public workers as a result of pandemic.
Staff have been ordered to report again to their workplaces beginning Monday with a view to make sure the uninterrupted supply of public providers,
At first of the pandemic final yr, the federal government imposed a lockdown throughout the island nation for greater than a month, and briefly closed some authorities departments.
As a precaution, a restricted variety of workers have been allowed to go to work, whereas in some establishments, workers had been permitted to earn a living from home since final April.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it’s going to now use solely the Pfizer vaccine to inoculate its inhabitants towards the coronavirus, departing from earlier plans to make use of 4 completely different vaccines.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced the technique Monday, saying the choice was based mostly on the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness. She stated this might make it simpler and fairer for all New Zealanders to have entry to the identical vaccine.
Nonetheless, the technique can also be pushed partly by delays in getting vaccines permitted. Thus far, New Zealand’s medical regulators have permitted solely the Pfizer vaccine and are reviewing two different photographs.
Ardern stated New Zealand has bought 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, sufficient to inoculate all 5 million residents with the required two doses every. She stated many of the doses are anticipated to reach in New Zealand in the course of the second half of this yr.
New Zealand has thus far accomplished inoculations of only some thousand individuals, primarily border employees. The nation has stamped out neighborhood unfold of the virus, and inoculations aren’t thought-about as pressing as in lots of different international locations.
SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean province close to the capital of Seoul has ordered native enterprise house owners and farmers to have all international workers examined for the coronavirus within the subsequent 15 days, focusing on tens of hundreds of employees.
The mass testing marketing campaign is essentially the most vital step South Korean officers have taken but to stem transmissions amongst migrant laborers, who typically face harsh working and residing situations that well being authorities say make them extra susceptible to infections.
The order issued Monday by Gyeonggi province Gov. Lee Jae-myung covers no less than 85,000 legally employed migrant employees, with fines as much as 3 million gained ($2,600) for noncompliant employers.
The order additionally requires workers to make sure their undocumented employees get examined too. The province has inspired these employees to come back ahead, saying they gained’t be reported to immigration authorities if they’re examined earlier than March 22.
South Korea has confirmed greater than 92,000 virus instances, together with 1,642 deaths.
DETROIT — People who find themselves homeless shall be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan beginning Monday.
Well being officers say it’s a important step in curbing infections and ensuring susceptible populations have entry.
“Our susceptible populations are excessive precedence for us proper now,” Ingham County Well being Officer Linda Vail stated, in line with the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to ensure that inhabitants can also be vaccinated and we don’t proceed to have outbreaks in shelters.”
The information comes as an infection charges are dropping and vaccine campaigns are ramping up.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lately introduced the additional loosening of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, easing capability limits in eating places and different companies whereas additionally permitting for bigger indoor and outside gatherings.
WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is projecting U.S. highschool college students will be capable of get vaccinated early within the subsequent college yr and that elementary college college students must be line for vaccinations in early 2022.
Fauci, who serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical officer and director of the Nationwide Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, in an interview with CBS Information’ “Face the Nation” predicted that vaccines for teenagers shall be out there “possibly not the primary day however definitely within the early a part of the autumn.”
At the moment, three vaccines are permitted to be used in america. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the two-shot Moderna vaccine are permitted for people 18 and older. Pfizer’s vaccine is permitted for 16 and up.
Trials are underway to find out the protection of vaccines on youthful individuals.
Youngsters contract the coronavirus nearly twice as typically as youthful kids, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention information.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia has turn out to be one other nation to have recognized a fast-spreading coronavirus variant that’s believed to originate in South Africa.
Slovakia’s Well being Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Eliasova says the variant has been detected in seven samples. 4 of the individuals returned from overseas, considered one of them from the African island of Zanzibar. Three have been contaminated at house.
Slovakia is without doubt one of the hardest-hit European Union international locations. It has been lately dealing with a surge of one other extremely contagious variant present in Britain.
The variety of COVID-19 sufferers in Slovak hospitals surpassed a document of 4,000 earlier this week.
LONDON — British kids are gearing as much as return to highschool on Monday after a two-month closure, a part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated was a plan to get the nation to “begin transferring nearer to a way of normality.”
As a part of the plan, tens of millions of highschool and faculty college students coming again to U.Okay. school rooms shall be examined for the primary few weeks. Authorities wish to rapidly detect and isolate asymptomatic instances with a view to keep away from sending complete colleges house.
“We’re being cautious in our strategy in order that we don’t undo the progress we have now made thus far,” Johnson stated as he urged individuals to get vaccinated.
Excessive colleges and faculties can reopen in phases to permit for testing. The U.Okay. authorities has distributed almost 57 million speedy “lateral circulate” take a look at kits to varsities throughout the nation, however there are considerations concerning the accuracy of the checks, which can lead to pupils being compelled to self-isolate unnecessarily.
However Susan Hopkins, a director at Public Well being England, informed the BBC on Sunday that proof from testing over the previous eight weeks prompt lower than 1 in 1,000 checks resulted in a false constructive.
Britain has had Europe’s deadliest outbreak, with almost 125,000 COVID-19 deaths.