US approves Covid-19 vaccines, begins nationwide distribution
The United States has announced that the first COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed across the states from Monday December 14, 2020, according U.S. officials.
The government on Friday gave the final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID related deaths in the U.S. has continued to increase, with the latest data showing that the country hit another grim daily record Friday, recording 3,309 deaths.
That surpassed the previous one-day high of 3,124 deaths reported Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Saturday also saw a new high in daily confirmed infections, with more than 231,775 reported.
That’s nearly 4,000 above the previous record set on Dec. 4.
As of Saturday, New York accounted for over 10,595 new COVID-19 cases.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of indoor dining in New York City starting Monday December 14 as the city's rising hospitalization rate has not stabilized over the last five days.
During a press conference Friday, Governor Cuomo said, "Outdoor dining and takeout will be permitted to continue."
The Governor also outlined the new criteria for the State's cluster zone system.
He said if a region is projected to hit 90 percent hospital capacity within three weeks, it will be designated a Red Zone, closing non-essential sectors.