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Florida holds the record for COVID hospitalizations

According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services data, 10,207 Sunshine State residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 confirmed cases.

The previous record dates back to July 23, 2020, which was more than half a year before vaccinations became widespread. According to the Florida Hospital Association, Florida had then 10,170 hospitalizations.

Florida leads the nation in COVID-19 per capita hospitalizations. Hospitals around Florida report that they have to place emergency room patients in hallway beds and other hospitals report a drop in patient age.

Florida has seen an average of 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 pediatric hospitalizations daily in the last week. Jason Salemi (an associate professor of epidemiology from the University of South Florida) says that both are the highest per capita rates in the country.

On Sunday, thousands marched to Berlin to protest anti-coronavirus policies by the German government. Despite a ban, clashes broke out with police and about 500 people were arrested.

Local authorities had prohibited several protests this weekend including one by the Stuttgart-based Querdenker group, but Berlin protestors defied the ban.

Berlin's police station deployed over 2,000 officers to disperse protesters. However, it stated that officers trying to redirect protesters or disband larger groups of protesters were "harassed" and "attacked."

Berlin police stated that they were trying to break through the cordon of police officers and pull out our colleagues. They also said that officers needed to use batons and irritants.

Germany relaxed many coronavirus restrictions, including the reopening of bars and restaurants. However, there are still restrictions on certain activities like indoor dining at restaurants and staying in hotels. You must prove that you have been fully vaccinated or that you have recovered from the virus.

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ROME -- Rome, an Italian region that encompasses Rome, has reported that its website was hacked. Residents are temporarily unable to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Alessio D'Amato, Lazio's regional health commissioner, said that the hacking attack started just after midnight. It was still crippling the website by Sunday evening. The vaccine would still be available to those who were scheduled to get it on Sunday, but the process would be slow because all data must be manually recorded.

70% of Lazio's residents aged 12 or older who are eligible for the vaccine, have been vaccinated so far. 60% of Italy's citizens have been vaccinated nationally.

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WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health director says that federal guidance encouraging vaccinated persons to wear masks indoors when there is high COVID-19 distribution in their communities is intended to protect the immunocompromised and unvaccinated.

CNN's "State of the Union," Dr. Francis Collins explains that mask mandates can be helpful as viral infections rise in some parts of the U.S., because studies have shown that vaccinated individuals can spread the virus.

He stressed that masks were not a substitute for getting shots, which "extremely well", and reduce the risk of serious illness or hospitalization by "25 percent," including the delta variant.

Collins warns that the virus is currently "having quite a big party in the middle" of the country, but Collins says that the good news is that more people are getting the shot.

He believes that businesses might need to be more proactive in requiring vaccinations and that airlines should consider offering them to passengers as well. Recently, Walmart and Disney have requested that their employees be vaccinated.

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WASHINGTON -- As coronavirus cases continue rising, Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that there will be "some pain and suffering in future".

Fauci spoke on ABC's Sunday's "This Week", saying he didn't see any more lockdowns in America, but cautioned that the situation around the coronavirus pandemic would only get worse as so many Americans remain unvaccinated. This week saw an increase in Americans getting their shots, but as coronavirus cases rise, largely driven by the more infectious delta variant of the virus, only 60% of Americans have been fully vaccinated.

Fauci claimed that unvaccinated people are negatively affecting others, because they "allow the propagation of the epidemic to spread," and countered critics who claim that it is an individual choice whether or not to get vaccinated. Fauci stated that Americans who don't get vaccinated are actually affecting the rights of Americans most at risk for infection. They're "encroaching upon their individual rights" and "making them vulnerable."

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BERLIN -- The German government will recommend that all children aged 12-17 years old receive the coronavirus vaccination on Monday. This is according to a draft resolution. It comes ahead of a meeting of state-level ministers of health. They will also offer boosters to high risk individuals beginning in September.

The Ministry of Health's draft report, which was obtained by the German press agency dpa, and first reported by Bild am Sonntag, stated that all states would offer appointments at youth vaccination centers.

The European Medicines Agency approved BioNTech-Pfizer's vaccine for 12-year-olds and 15-year-olds in May. Moderna's vaccine was approved in July. Germany's vaccine commission has recommended that high-risk young people under 18 years old be vaccinated. This was due to a lack data regarding vaccine safety.

This high-level report would pressure the vaccine commission to officially recommend shots for children under 18. Recently, the commission was criticized for delaying this step.

German states will also expand their "low threshold" vaccination options for young adults at universities or training centers. The draft states that this can contribute to a safe start to teaching and learning after the summer vacations.

A third dose of vaccines will be available for high-risk patients, including those with immunocompromised or elderly. It will be available starting in the fall.

Over 61% of Germans have received at least one vaccine dose, and 52% are fully vaccinated.

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LONDON -- To encourage young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, restaurants, ride-hailing apps, and food delivery companies are supporting Britain's drive. They offer discounts and free pizzas to help them.

The announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care on Sunday was made to increase the vaccination rate for adults aged under 30. Britain is racing to inoculate everyone before the colder weather hits.

According to government statistics, more than 90% of British adults have had at least one vaccine. However, this rate is only about 60% for those aged 18-30.

Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, thanked businesses for their assistance and encouraged people to "take full advantage of the discounts". Uber, Bolt. Deliveroo, and Pizza Pilgrims are just a few of the companies that offer incentives.

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ROME -- According to Sunday's government figures, sixty percent of Italians aged 12 and over who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination had been vaccinated by July 31.

Francesco Paolo Figliuolo is an army general who specializes in logistics and was appointed by the Italian premier as the country's vaccine coordinator. He has set a goal to vaccinate 80% of the eligible population by September.

Italy is especially encouraging young people to get the jab. A popular ice cream shop in Ostia near Rome offered the chance to get the vaccine at no cost. According to state radio, many people took the opportunity to get the injection. They were also given a free "coffee beer" flavor gelato as a reward.

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PHNOM PENH (Cambodia) -- A nationwide campaign has been launched to vaccinate children against the coronavirus in Cambodia.

The country hopes to inoculate approximately 2 million people between 12 and 17 years old before November. It will start in Phnom Penh, the capital, and three other nearby provinces.

The grandchildren of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and other ministers' grandchildren were among the first to get vaccinated on Sunday. As the only way to protect their children from COVID-19, the prime minister encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated. He stated that he expected schools to reopen after the vaccination drive is complete.

Cambodia, like its Southeast Asian neighbors, is experiencing an increase in cases. On Sunday, the Health Ministry reported 671 cases and 23 deaths. It confirmed 1,420 deaths and 77,914 new cases.

Nearly half of the population have had at least one shot. Cambodia intends to vaccinate 12 million of its 17 million inhabitants.

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WINDOW ROCK (Ariz.) -- Twenty-five additional COVID-19 cases have been reported by the Navajo Nation. Officials say that some tribal members are omitting necessary precautions to prevent spread of coronavirus.

"A lot of our new cases on the Navajo Nation were due to family and social gatherings when people let down their guard and don't wear masks," tribal President Jonathan Nez stated in a statement Saturday.

Nez pointed out that the highly contagious delta virus is rapidly spreading in many states. He suggested that people who visit other households wear masks and encourage others.

The pandemic reached 1,377 with the addition of three deaths on Saturday.

The vast reservation of the Navajo Nation includes portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

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