Veteran US civil rights activists Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, representatives said Saturday.
Jackson, 79, was vaccinated against the virus, receiving his first dose in January during a publicized event.
He also put out a statement where he urged other to get the shot on their turn.
“For understandable reasons… African Americans harbor suspicions about scientists and vaccines,” he had said at time, adding, however, that if they “decline to be vaccinated, all will remain at risk.”
The two-time presidential candidate and his wife, 77, were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Here is a roundup of other coronavirus news from around the world:
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in France for the sixth consecutive weekend to protest a COVID-19 health pass required for daily activities.
According to the Interior Ministry, 175,500 people took part in the protests on Saturday.
The health pass is official documentation, with a QR scan code, that proves a person has had the COVID-19 vaccine. Many French bars, restaurants, museums and sports venues will not allow people inside unless they can show the health pass.
Germany reported 7,050 new cases and three new deaths in the last 24 hours, according to figures released by the Robert Koch Institute. The total tally now stands at 3,868,197 infections and 91,976 fatalities.
The United Kingdom will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public in the coming week for the first time, British media reported.
Starting Tuesday, anyone above the age of 18 in the UK will be able to opt in for the government’s new program intended to produce data on antibody protections for people following infection.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday defended his lockdown strategy to tackle the coronavirus in the face of growing protests in the country’s two largest cities.
He said the restrictions would remain until 70% of the population was fully vaccinated.
“You can’t live with lockdowns forever and at some point, you need to make that gear change and that is done at 70%,” Morrison told the Australian
The country reported a record 914 news cases of the highly contagious Delta variant, surpassing the previous high of 894 a day earlier.
Police arrested hundreds of people in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday during the anti-lockdown demonstrations.
New Zealand reported 21 news cases of COVID-19 as the country conceded its ambitious “COVID zero” elimination strategy may no longer be viable.
The Pacific island nation’s response to the pandemic centered on eliminating the virus from the community. But COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the Delta variant may force a rethink.
“(Delta is) like nothing we’ve dealt with before in this pandemic,” he said.
“It does change everything, it means that all of our existing preparations begin to look less adequate and raises some pretty big questions about the future of our long-term plans.”
adi/ (Reuters, AP, AFP)
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