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Coronavirus digest: US lowers travel advisory for India

The number of fresh cases in India has fallen to a four-month low. Elsewhere, a new study shows over 1 million children have lost a caregiver due to COVID. DW has the latest.

The US State Department has lowered its COVID-related travel advisory for India and Pakistan to “Level 3 — Reconsider Travel” from “Level 4 — Do Not Travel.”

The advisories had previously asked US residents not to travel to either country.

Restrictions imposed in May, which bar the entry of nearly all non-US citizens who have been in India within the last 14, remain in place.

Though India’s COVID cases have been slowing, some local hotspots remain quite active, driving up the total number of cases. The health ministry confirmed 42,015 new infections on Wednesday, and 3,998 deaths, the highest since June 12.

Some provinces in Pakistan have seen a sharp rise in cases lately, but the country has brought the situation under control more generally.

Nearly all travelers to the US must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from the disease.

Here’s an overview of other major coronavirus developments around the world.

Americas

Guatemala received three million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccines donated by the US. The country’s health minister said it was the biggest shipment yet, and would allow the country to vaccinate everyone over 40.

Mexico‘s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 13,853 new confirmed infections and 341 deaths, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 2,678,297 and the death toll to 236,810.

Brazil registered 27,592 new cases of coronavirus and 1,424 new deaths on Tuesday. The infection rate has been accelerating ever since officials relaxed social distancing rules in early May.

Asia-Pacific

The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right COVID measures in place, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The world needed the Olympics “as a celebration of hope,” and the number of cases should not be used to judge the event, Tedros said. Instead, he urged people to think of the way the cases are handled.

South Korea reported a new daily high for COVID-19 infections, with 1,784 confirmed cases. The figures marked the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began.

Australia’s Victoria state logged the biggest daily rise in locally acquired coronavirus cases in more than a week. Health authorities reported 22 new cases on Wednesday, up from nine a day earlier.

The state has extended its stay-at-home orders until July 27.

Mainland China reported 22 new COVID cases, compared to 65 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 20 originated overseas. The rest were local cases, all in the southwestern border province of Yunnan. China’s total number of coronavirus cases stands at 92,364. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

Europe

Authorities in Mallorca are rethinking COVID rules as cases continue to rise on the Spanish holiday island. The number of new infections per 100,000 people rose to 335 from 310 on Tuesday. Last Friday, the figure was 270.

The number of cases in Germany rose by 2,203 and the death toll increased by 19. The total number of cases now stands at 3,748,613 and deaths at 91,416.

Greek Orthodox Church authorities published a circular busting conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. It includes advice that vaccines “do not contain microchips.” Spiritual leaders have urged churches to read the guidelines out to the faithful.

Greece reported more than 3,000 new infections on Tuesday for its approximately 11 million inhabitants.

Global

Around 1.5 million children worldwide lost at least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver as a result of the pandemic between March 2020 and April this year, a new study led by a researcher at the Imperial College London reveals.

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Heat Advisory in effect until 7PM, still a small chance for a big storm

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — This is the hottest feeling day so far in 2021.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory on Sunday until 7 p.m. for the following areas:

Montgomery, Northern Liberty, Colorado, Austin, Waller, Inland Harris, Chambers, Wharton, Fort Bend, Inland Jackson, Inland Matagorda, Inland Brazoria, Inland Galveston, Southern Liberty, Coastal Harris, Coastal Jackson, Coastal Matagorda, Coastal Brazoria, Coastal Galveston, Matagorda Islands, Brazoria Islands, Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula. Additionally, the cities of Conroe, The Woodlands, Liberty, Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus, Eagle Lake, Weimar, Sealy, Bellville, Hempstead, Prairie View, Brookshire, Waller, Houston, Winnie, Mont Belvieu, Anahuac, Stowell, Old River, Winfree, El Campo, Wharton, Missouri City, Mission Bend, Sugar Land, Rosenberg, First Colony, Pecan Grove, Edna, Ganado, Bay City, Pearland, Alvin, Angleton, League City, Friendswood, Devers, Pasadena, Baytown, Palacios, Lake Jackson, Freeport, Clute, Texas City, Dickinson, La Marque, Surfside Beach, and Galveston.

We’ll see highs reach the upper 90s with feels-like temps between 105-110 degrees area-wide. The good news is that we could see a few cooling downpours in the afternoon and early evening hours. We’re looking at a 30% chance of rain for Houston.

An Ozone Pollution Watch will also be in effect for Harris, Galveston, & Brazoria Counties on Sunday. Unhealthy levels of ozone will be possible especially in the afternoon.

We’re also monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for potential development.
READ MORE: Monitoring for potential tropical development late next week, development chances at 40%

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Any rain for the weekend?
A boundary moving to the south should be enough to spark a few scattered downpours Sunday afternoon / early evening. Some of those thunderstorms coming in from the northeast could turn severe with gusty winds and large hail. We are currently calling for a 30% chance of shower and thunderstorms.

How about next week?
As high pressure to our west drifts a bit more north and west we’ll bring back in enough moisture to the area for a few showers and storms through early next week.

Is it true that a tropical system could develop in the Gulf of Mexico next week?
Yes, it is possible low pressure will spin up in the western half of the Gulf next week, but it is way too early to know if we’ll get any impacts here should one form. You can stay aware and informed on what’s happening in the tropics by visiting abc13.com/tropicalupdate.

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Calls to cancel Olympics, U.S. travel advisory in place as preparations move ahead

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Calls to cancel the Olympics altogether are mounting, including from an official partner of the Games, even as organizers signal they’re prepared to go ahead with competition at the end of July.

Sentiment among the public in Japan has long shown many people are wary of hosting the Olympics, which was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Depending on how the question has been phrased in a number of recent surveys, between 60% and 80% of those living in Japan are against the games taking place, according to the Associated Press.

The Asahi Shimbun became the first newspaper in the country to write an editorial imploring Japanese leaders to call it off. The newspaper is a Tokyo 2020 Olympic official partner. The Tokyo Medical Practitioners’ Association, which has more than 6,000 members, also called for the Games to be canceled last week, saying it was concerned the number of cases in the area could rise.

International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said last week he believes the public may be more open to hosting the games as more and more people in the country are vaccinated. Right now about 2.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data. Coates also added the IOC expects about 80% of those in the Olympic Village will be vaccinated, and noted strict COVID-19 protocols are in place.

“The advice we have from the WHO (World Health Organization) and all other scientific and medical advice that we have is that — all the measures we have outlined, all of those measures that we are undertaking are satisfactory and will ensure a safe and secure games in terms of health,” Coates said. “And that’s the case whether there is a state of emergency or not.”

On Friday, Japan extended its coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo until June 20.

U.S. travel advisory: avoid Japan

The U.S. State Department raised the travel health notice level for Japan to its highest level because of COVID-19. The Level Four designation says U.S. citizens shouldn’t travel there. According to the U.S. Embassy in Japan, the country doesn’t allow people to enter the country for tourism or other “short-term purposes.”

Dr. Stephen Thomas, an infectious disease specialist in New York, said if people go to Japan for the Olympics, they should continue to wash hands, wear a mask and social distance even if they’re vaccinated. Being vaccinated means the likelihood someone will get COVID-19, or have severe symptoms if they do get it, is greatly reduced, but it’s not zero.

“If I was not vaccinated, I would really think very very carefully about traveling to a place where the vast majority of the population is unvaccinated and that we don’t anticipate will reach even moderate levels of vaccination in the near term,” Thomas said.

Athletes continue to prepare

Despite the uncertainty that has persisted for more than a year surrounding the Olympics, athletes are finally getting ready for the upcoming Olympic trials, which the United States uses to determine the top competitors to send to Tokyo.

  • Swimming will happen in Omaha from June 4-7 and 13-20
  • Divers will travel to Indianapolis to compete in their trials from June 6-13
  • Track and Field will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 18-27
  • The gymnastics event will take place from June 24-27 in Saint Louis.

Simone Biles will be among those competing in the gymnastics event. She recently made history at the U.S. Classic when she completed a Yurchenko double pike, becoming the first woman to do so in competition. The move began with a sprint down the runway, a roundoff onto the springboard, a back handspring onto the vault and two backflips.

  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Drumming up (virtual) interest in the Games

As the pandemic forced many people inside and onto their computers for socializing and entertainment, there was a huge increase in participation in esports and virtual sports, according to IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell.

McConnell said the Olympics have worked for several years to engage with those communities, and that led to the Olympic Virtual Series ahead of the Games. The events run through June 23 and allow people around the world to participate in esports and virtual versions of baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing and motorsports.

While it’s a way for fans to connect this year, in the future it could be part of the larger worldwide competition.

“One of the things we’ve been very clear about is the door is open for a virtual sport to be included in the Olympic program in the future,” McConnell said, adding the soonest that could happen would be for the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

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Flood Advisory in effect for Austin, Ft. Bend, Harris and Waller counties until 2:15 a.m.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — 12:06 a.m. update: Flood Advisory in effect for Austin, Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties until 2:15 a.m.A severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued through 2 a.m. Saturday for some of our viewers northwest of Houston (Brenham, College Station, Columbus, & Sealy areas.)

Storms should be near the coast by midnight and will quickly move off the coast early Saturday. Then a cool front will spark widespread storms on Saturday especially in the afternoon. Sunday and Monday should be mostly dry and pleasant.

How much rain has your part of town received so far? Harris County provides rainfall totals across the city with a map from the Flood Warning System.

Stay weather aware by downloading the ABC13 app to have the latest breaking news and weather alerts sent straight to your phone.Will Friday be a rain-out?

Not an all day washout, no. We are seeing some showers forming this morning on an outflow boundary moving through the area, and we could see thunderstorms develop along that same boundary. We’ll see less rain this afternoon, with another batch possible this evening.What about Memorial Day weekend?
Rain chances will spike to 60% on Saturday as a cool front moves in. After that, rain chances and humidity levels fall. The weather will be nice for Memorial Day.

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