While you sleep: coronavirus updates for May 3
INDIANAPOLIS – There have been several developments in the coronavirus pandemic that you may have missed overnight.
Here is an overview:
Virtual job fair. Several Indianapolis employers are participating in a virtual diversity career fair today to help find new opportunities for people unemployed due to the pandemic.
The country has seen unprecedented job losses and time off, but according to an Indiana University economics professor, Hoosier state has recovered well.
The latest unemployment figures in the state had fallen to around 4.5 to 4.7 percent. It’s still about a point above where it was before the pandemic.
Restaurant revitalization fund. Support for local restaurants affected by COVID-19 opens today. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is part of the American Rescue Plan and aims to keep the doors open to struggling businesses.
According to SBA.gov, millions of dollars are to be gained to offset losses caused by the pandemic.
Restaurants can receive up to $ 5 million per physical location with a limit of $ 10 million total per business. Applications under $ 1,000 will not be accepted.
Applications open at noon for restaurants seeking relief.
Trade negotiations on vaccines. America’s top trade negotiator to start talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome still-critical intellectual property issues COVID-19[female[feminine vaccines to be more widely distributed around the world, two White House officials said Sunday.
The White House has come under pressure from lawmakers at home and governments abroad to join an effort to waive patent rules for vaccines so poorer countries can start to produce their own generic versions of vaccines to immunize their populations.
India’s boom continues. India on Monday recorded 368,147 new cases of coronavirus and 3,417 deaths as a catastrophic wave spreads across the country.
The latest figures came after the leaders of 13 opposition parties wrote a letter urging the government to launch a free vaccination campaign and ensure an uninterrupted flow of oxygen to all hospitals. Over the weekend, several hospital officials requested court intervention over the oxygen supply in New Delhi, where a lockdown was extended for a week to contain the wave of infections.
“The water went over the head. Enough is enough, ”said the New Delhi High Court, adding that it would start punishing government officials if the oxygen supplies allocated to hospitals were not delivered.
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