The Newest: Hawaii’s eviction moratorium prolonged 60 days

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor is extending for 2 extra months an eviction moratorium that he applied in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, however says he doesn’t count on to maintain it longer than that.

The present emergency order instituting a pause on evictions was attributable to expire Tuesday, however Gov. David Ige prolonged it 60 days to Aug. 6.

Throughout an interview on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Highlight Hawaii livestream program, the governor famous the legislature has handed a invoice encouraging landlords and tenants to work out funds for previous hire to forestall evictions. He didn’t say whether or not he’ll signal the measure however says he thinks it’s “vital.”

He additionally notes that hire and mortgage aid is out there.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

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— China commerce surges as demand rebounds in US, different markets the place pandemic is waning

— Polio: When vaccines and re-emergence had been simply as daunting

— AP PHOTOS: The return of dwell music to London conjures up artists

— Observe extra of AP’s pandemic protection at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

SEATTLE — Washington state says licensed marijuana shops can supply free joints to advertise coronavirus vaccine clinics.

The “Joints for Jabs” program introduced by state officers Monday will allow pot retail retailers to present away a single pre-rolled joint to anybody over 21 who will get a shot at an on-site vaccine clinic by July 12.

The state already lets breweries, wineries and eating places supply free drinks in change for proof of vaccination. Different incentives embody free sports activities tickets and prize cash of as much as $1 million.

The thought is to influence extra folks to change into vaccinated. Gov. Jay Inslee intends to raise all pandemic restrictions on the finish of the month or sooner if 70% of these over 16 have acquired at the least a primary vaccine dose.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Courtroom says the state has no obligation to compensate companies for monetary losses and bills attributable to emergency well being orders in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unanimous opinion Monday scuttles about 20 lawsuits filed final yr in district court docket. The unique plaintiffs argued that aggressive well being restrictions from the state authorities constituted a regulatory taking very similar to the taking of land for public works tasks.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had urged the Supreme Courtroom to dam the lawsuits. The governor has signed into regulation a wide range of momentary grants, minimal-interest loans and tax breaks for companies in response to the pandemic.

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MIAMI — Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has introduced plans to set sail from two Florida ports whereas requiring visitors be totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus regardless of state laws banning companies from asking proof.

The corporate says it’s in talks with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ employees and attorneys “to make sure that we will supply the most secure cruise expertise for our passengers.”

On Monday, Norwegian introduced sailings from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral and Miami.

Carnival Cruise Line, additionally based mostly in Miami, introduced sailings from the Port of Galveston, Texas, with vaccinated visitors and is working with Florida officers for a ship to depart from PortMiami.

Royal Caribbean Worldwide mentioned Friday that eight of its ships will resume U.S. voyages in July and August with journeys leaving Florida, Texas and Washington state ports.

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NEW YORK—New York will raise extra COVID-19 guidelines as soon as 70% of adults have at the least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, a goal that Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes his state may attain in days.

Almost 69% of New York adults have acquired at the least one vaccination dose, in keeping with the most recent federal knowledge. A smaller proportion of New York state’s 20 million residents have acquired at the least one dose: 56%, or 11 million residents.

As soon as New York hits the 70% goal, unvaccinated folks will nonetheless should put on masks and keep 6 ft (about 1.8 meters) from others on subways and buses, large-scale occasion venues, colleges, nursing properties and hospitals. The state will raise any remaining well being screening, contact tracing and cleansing and disinfection guidelines elsewhere.

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia will likely be freely giving money prizes as a part of a multiweek lottery to entice residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Every of three drawings will award 12 prizes, with half being reserved for folks in a chosen under-vaccinated ZIP code.

Philadelphia’s first drawing on June 21 consists of six $1,000 prizes, 4 $5,000 prizes and two $50,000 prizes. Folks residing within the 19126 ZIP code in north Philadelphia will likely be awarded half the prizes in these classes. Metropolis officers say that ZIP code is likely one of the 20 least vaccinated within the metropolis and was chosen at random.

A number of states together with Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon and Maryland are operating monetary incentive lotteries to extend the variety of folks searching for out vaccines.

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GENEVA — The emergencies chief of the United Nations well being company says COVID-19 vaccination protection of over 80% % is required to considerably decrease the possibility that an imported coronavirus case may generate new instances or spawn a wider outbreak.

Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Well being Group mentioned that in the end, “excessive ranges of vaccination protection are the way in which out of this pandemic.”

His feedback in Geneva to reporters on Monday come as wealthy nations with entry to vaccines are going through stress from WHO and lots of world well being advocates to share extra doses with growing international locations which might be gravely missing in entry to them.

Britain has been a current uptick in instances attributed largely to a rise in instances linked to the so-called delta variant, which initially appeared in India — a former British colony.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, famous that the delta variant is spreading in additional than 60 international locations, and is extra transmissible than the alpha variant – which first emerged in Britain.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has introduced an finish to South Carolina’s pandemic-related state of emergency, saying the coronavirus scenario within the state had improved to the purpose that it was not wanted.

McMaster mentioned Monday that now “we have to proceed on the course that we’ve got set out, and watch out.”

The governor has issued 30 separate emergency declarations all through the pandemic, making a mechanism although which he may difficulty govt orders permitting him to set momentary insurance policies aimed toward reining within the unfold of COVID-19.

McMaster by no means used his powers to implement a complete statewide masks rule, as a substitute calling on South Carolinians to point out private duty in working towards social distancing and different public well being tips. He did order, and has since rescinded, a number of particular statewide orders that required masks in state authorities buildings and eating places.

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GENEVA — The emergencies chief of the United Nations well being company says coronavirus vaccination protection of over 80% % is required to considerably decrease the possibility that an imported case may generate new infections or spawn a wider outbreak.

Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Well being Group mentioned that in the end, “excessive ranges of vaccination protection are the way in which out of this pandemic.”

His feedback in Geneva to reporters on Monday come as wealthy nations with entry to vaccines are going through stress from WHO and lots of world well being advocates to share extra doses with growing international locations which might be gravely missing in entry to them.

Britain has been a current uptick in instances attributed largely to a rise in instances linked to the so-called delta variant, which initially appeared in India — a former British colony.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Well being authorities in Maine, one of the vital vaccinated states within the nation, on Monday reported the fewest variety of new COVID-19 instances since final fall.

The Maine Middle for Illness Management and Prevention reported 30 new instances of the virus. It was the bottom every day complete since October. Maine trails solely Vermont and Massachusetts in its proportion of the inhabitants that has been totally vaccinated towards coronavirus. About 54% of the state has been totally vaccinated.

Monday’s figures got here because the state continues a gradual downward pattern in new instances that started weeks in the past. The seven-day rolling common of every day new instances has fallen over the previous two weeks, going from about 180 new instances per day on Could 22 to about 70 new instances per day on June 5.

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AMSTERDAM — Moderna Inc. has filed a request with the European Medicines Company for its COVID-19 vaccine to be granted authorization to be used in adolescents.

In an announcement on Monday, Moderna mentioned it had filed knowledge for a conditional advertising and marketing approval within the 27-nation EU bloc to increase its coronavirus vaccine to kids, past the inexperienced mild it acquired in January to be used in adults 18 and over.

If licensed, it might be the second COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters to be cleared within the EU. Moderna has additionally filed for authorization to make use of its vaccine underneath emergency use rules within the U.S. and Canada.

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia has change into the second European Union nation to manage the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.

Slovakia has 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine out there and permitted its use on Could 26. However to this point, solely about 5,000 folks have registered to obtain the two-shot vaccine within the nation of 5.4 million.

Hungary was the primary EU nation to make use of Sputnik V, which has not been licensed by the European Medicines Company.

A secret deal for Slovakia to buy 2 million Sputnik V photographs orchestrated by then-Prime Minister Igor Matovic triggered a political disaster in March that resulted within the Slovak authorities’s collapse.

Slovakia has been administering the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs, and also will use Johnson & Johnson. All of these vaccines have been licensed by EMA.

Sputnik V is run to folks 18 to 60 and is out there in eight vaccination facilities.

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BEIJING — Residents of the southern Chinese language metropolis of Guanzhou will be unable to depart until they’ll present that it’s completely mandatory to take action, following an outbreak of COVID-19 that has sickened dozens of individuals in current days.

Anybody who’s given permission to depart should present a unfavorable take a look at for the virus taken within the earlier 48 hours, in keeping with guidelines issued by town authorities that take impact Monday. The identical rule applies to anybody searching for to depart the encircling province of Guangdong.

Town is also proscribing indoor eating, conducting mass testing and banning residents in high-risk neighborhoods from leaving their properties. At the very least two districts within the metropolis of 18 million folks have been closed off completely.

The variant inflicting the Guangzhou outbreak — the delta variant first recognized in India — is reportedly extra infectious as a result of those that have it are slower to show signs whereas carrying extra virus particles.

Guangzhou has reported no deaths from the outbreak, however the metropolis reported one other 4 domestically transmitted instances within the 24 hours earlier than Monday morning, bringing its current complete to greater than 100 since Could 21.

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