Latest updates on the Indiana coronavirus for August 5, 2021
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, August 5, 2021.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers 12 years and older via the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This week’s mobile vaccination clinics in central Indiana
Thursday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm:
State House Market
430 Place Robert D. Orr, Indianapolis, EN 46204
Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .:
Orestes Red Gold
120 E. Oak St., Oreste, EN 46063
Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m .:
Indianapolis Colts Training Camp
19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield, IN 46074
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m .:
Block Party at Flanner House
2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Patients with an appointment at a state-hosted public vaccination site can get a free Uber or Lyft ride. Call 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966 to receive a voucher to cover the cost of an Uber ride to and from your immunization appointments. IU Health offers free Lyft rides to any vaccination site in the state. Call 1.888.IUHEALTH (888-484-3258) and choose option 9 if you need transportation to get to your immunization appointment.
Tokyo newspapers record 5,042 cases as infections rise amid Games
Tokyo has reported 5,042 new cases of the coronavirus daily, reaching a record high since the start of the pandemic as infections rise in the Japanese capital which hosts the Olympics.
The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138. Nationally, Japan has reported more than 14,000 cases for a total of 970,000. Tokyo has been in a state of emergency since mid-July and four more zones have since been added. But the measures, essentially a ban on alcohol in restaurants and bars and their shorter hours, are increasingly ignored by the public, who are fed up with the restrictions.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has denied that the Olympics caused an increase in infections. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has denied that the Olympics caused an increase in infections.
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There were over 35.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been 614,785 deaths recorded in the United States
Globally, there have been over 200.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 4.25 million deaths. More than 4.27 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.
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Australia’s 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, is entering a sixth lockdown, with a state government chief blaming the country’s slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccination.
Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s most populous and third most populous cities, respectively, in the lockdown due to the spread of the delta variant. The head of state said Melbourne and the surrounding state of Victoria would be closed for seven weeks after eight new infections were detected in the city.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews gave less than four hours’ notice that the state would close on Thursday evening. He says his government has no other choice because only 20% of Australian adults have been fully vaccinated.
Delta variant challenges China’s costly foreclosure strategy
The delta variant challenges China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting a warning that Chinese leaders who believed they could keep the coronavirus from entering need a less disruptive approach.
As the highly contagious variant pushes leaders elsewhere to renew restrictions, China is battling its most severe outbreak in a year. Beijing is reviving the tactics that shut down China: access to a city of 1.5 million people has been cut, flights canceled and mass tests ordered in some areas.
This “zero tolerance” strategy helped contain last year’s outbreak. But its impact on the work and lives of millions of people is triggering warnings that China must find ways to control the virus without shutting down the country.