Coronavirus Vaccine – COVID Vaccine Updates: Federal relief to deliver $16 billion to Broadway, other live venues, Schumer says
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer offered the so-called “Save Our Stages” legislation – that would deliver more than $16 billion to the entertainment industry.
Schumer says tickets for 19 Broadway shows are now on sale, and more than 40 shows will open or return by next year.
Here are more of today’s headlines:
NY has lowest single-day COVID-19 positivity rate since September 4
New York’s statewide single-day COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.80 percent Friday, the lowest since September 4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. Cuomo says Staten Island’s 7-day average positivity rate also dropped, to 0.93 percent, bringing the individual 7-day average positivity rate of all five New York City boroughs below 1 percent for the first time since September 8, 2020.
More than 10,000 fans expected at 1st Nets playoff game
New York City will take a big step forward Saturday in its reopening efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Brooklyn Nets are ready to open their series against the Boston Celtics Saturday night as thousands will be in attendance at the Barclays Center cheering them on. There are several guidelines in place to keep the game safe – and they differ for those who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated.
As pandemic ebbs, Alabama city throws ‘Tardy Gras’ parade
Thousands of joyful revelers, many without masks, competed for plastic beads and trinkets tossed from floats as Alabama’s port city threw a Mardi Gras-style parade Friday night, its first since Carnival celebrations were scrapped earlier this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lined up shoulder-to-shoulder and several deep along sidewalks, shouting and cheering as nearly 30 floats and several high school marching bands crossed a stretch of downtown Mobile. With both COVID-19 hospitalizations and vaccinations ebbing, many partied with abandon.
Climbing guide says at least 100 virus cases on Everest
An expert climbing guide said Saturday that a coronavirus outbreak on Mount Everest has infected at least 100 climbers and support staff, giving the first comprehensive estimate amid official Nepalese denials of a COVID-19 cluster on the world’s highest peak. Lukas Furtenbach of Austria, who last week became the only prominent outfitter to halt his Everest expedition due to virus fears, said one of his foreign guides and six Nepali Sherpa guides have tested positive.
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