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Must submit three proofs, one from each of the groups listed below.

All Proofs must be current originals (issued within the last 2 months) imprinted with the name and current Berkeley residential address of the parent/legal guardian. A student can have only one residency for purposes of establishing residency and must be living in Berkeley when submitting forms.

Only personal accounts will be accepted. No care of, DBA or Business accounts.

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Submit one of the following. Must provide all pages.

  • Rental property contract or lease, and proof of payment dated within 45 days
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Submit one of the following. Must provide all pages, cannot be bill.

  • Current bank statement (checking or savings only)
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La Jornada – Almost four million people with a complete anti-covid scheme

Mexico City. On Sunday, 127,244 vaccines against Covid-19 were applied, for a cumulative of 14 million 368 thousand 74 doses. Of the total, correspond to 3 million 927 thousand 307 people who already have the complete scheme of one or two doses.

In the elderly sector, 3 million 119 thousand 722 people have the highest protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the same as 789 thousand 958 health sector workers who care for Covid-19 patients and 17 thousand 627 people who work in the educational field in Campeche, informed Hugo López-Gatell, undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion.

During the afternoon conference at the National Palace, the official highlighted that in ten states the epidemic “seems to be changing its trajectory. It’s not going down anymore, it’s starting to go up, ”he said.

He recalled that for 11 weeks the curve was downward with fewer sick people and less hospital occupancy. Now the increase is not relevant but the important thing is that the decrease stopped.

José Luis Alomía, director of Epidemiology, reported that the ten states are Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Colima, Durango, the state of Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Quintana Roo and Tlaxcala.

Regarding the behavior of the pandemic, 127 deaths were confirmed for a total of 212 thousand 466 people who have lost their lives due to this cause.

Until week 14 (from April 4 to 10) the trend of the epidemic curve registered an increase of 4 percent with respect to the previous week; There are an estimated 25,201 active cases, equivalent to one percent of the total number of people affected by the coronavirus in the country.

The report also shows one million 833 thousand 132 people who have recovered from the disease.

Alomía indicated that hospital occupancy remains low, 15 percent for general beds and 18 percent for those with a ventilator.

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New virus variant from India has reached Europe – health

Of Christina Berndt and Christina Kunkel

If you want to know what unpleasant surprises the coronavirus has in store, then you always look back to Great Britain. Research institutes and health authorities there are particularly good at recognizing new virus variants and assessing the danger they pose. Because a particularly large number of Sars-CoV-2 samples are sequenced in Great Britain, i.e. their genetic makeup is examined, the spread of a new mutant can be easily traced there. And unfortunately, as a rule, if a new virus variant in a country like Great Britain spreads quickly despite a high vaccination rate and measures that are still in place, then this will probably also happen in other parts of the world.

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Hoteliers ask to vaccinate tourist workers like Turkey first

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The Hosbec hotel management association, the largest in the Valencian Community, has asked the Ministry of Health to give priority in the vaccination process to workers of companies that are facing the public, as well as the possibility that they can directly deliver the doses to their employees.

Hosbec considers that this condition is essential for tourism to compete this summer with other rival destinations “that are already ahead of us, like Greece, Turkey or Croatia. “

The European Union is currently finalizing a vaccination passport With the idea that it will be ready in June, but for the employers the important thing is that “the largest number of doses possible is supplied” before the summer campaign, so as not to repeat a season at half gas like that of 2020.

The petition comes after the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, signed an agreement with the CEOE and the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV) on March 11 to allow companies to with staff of more than 500 people could vaccinate, a situation that, in Hosbec’s opinion, “does not adjust to the real situation of the Valencian Community”.

“On the one hand, because there are very few companies of that size. But also because those that meet the requirement, such as Ford, does not have the same needs as a company who works with the public, “explained sources from the employer’s association.

The idea, according to Hosbec, is “compete on equal terms with other countries that are already taking the lead over Spain “and to be able to alleviate public resources using private initiative.

State of alarm

Valencian tourism faces two critical moments for its summer forecasts. The first is next May 9, when the state of alarm decays and, therefore, the perimeter closure that the Community has in force since October.

It will also be important to see the evolution of the incidence in the coming weeks (now it is one of the lowest in Spain) to see if it is necessary to adopt new restrictions or extraordinary measures, just before summer.

The second determining factor for tourism is the UK. The cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains for the moment its intention to allow foreign travel from May 17, but the lack of concreteness with this plan has led major airlines, such as Jet2, to delay their operations until the end of June .

That the British can travel (or not) outside their country this summer will largely determine the success of the campaign, since it is the first foreign tourist market for the country (more than 2.5 million English arrived in the Valencian Community in 2019) and it is very difficult to find a substitute for it in such a short time.

In fact, and in the absence of the United Kingdom, France has positioned itself as the main supplier of clients to our country, with Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Madrid and the Canary Islands as the main entry points.

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Health! Boris Johnson toasts pubs reopening after pandemic closes

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed a fresh beer in a pub in Wolverhampton, central England; the first that is taken in public after the recent reopening of the pubs after the closure imposed by your Government to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An illness that the British Prime Minister himself suffered exactly a year ago, becoming hospitalized in serious condition, hence his toast ¡Salud! it has a true meaning.

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Sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of dying from COVID-19, according to study | Coronavirus | DW

Lack of exercise is associated with an increased risk of developing a more severe form of COVID-19 disease and dying from it, according to a new study of nearly 50,000 patients.

People who had been physically inactive for at least two years before the pandemic were more likely to be hospitalized, require intensive care, and die from COVID-19 compared to patients who were physically active, according to the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Among the greatest risk factors for severe disease, only advanced age and a history of organ transplantation outweigh physical inactivity, according to the researchers.

In fact, compared to other risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or cancer, “physical inactivity was the most important risk factor in all the results,” they stressed.

In general, those who suffered a more serious course of the disease were elderly, male patients with some pre-existing pathologies, such as diabetes, obesity or cardiovascular diseases.

A little-studied risk factor

Physical inactivity was one of the factors that little had been studied. To analyze its possible impact on the severity of the infection, the researchers compared the evolution of 48,440 infected adults between January and October 2020, in the United States.

The mean age of the patients was 47 years and almost two-thirds were women (62%). On average, their body mass index (BMI) was 31, just above the obesity threshold.

About half had no prior ailments such as diabetes, chronic lung, cardiovascular or kidney disease, and cancer. Almost 20% had one of these risk factors and almost a third (32%) had two or more.

All had declared their level of regular physical activity at least three times between March 2018 and March 2020 during clinic visits.

Among them, 15% described themselves as inactive (0 to 10 minutes of physical activity per week); 7% affirmed to respect the health recommendations (at least 150 minutes per week) and the rest said to practice “some activity” (11-149 minutes per week). About 9% of the total were hospitalized and 2% died.

After taking into account differences by age, ethnicity, and comorbidity, sedentary people with COVID-19 were more than twice as likely to be admitted to a hospital than more active ones. They were also 73% more likely to need resuscitation and 2.5 times more likely to die from the infection.

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Alaska “to offer” free Covid vaccines to tourists from June

Alaska is to offer vaccines against Covid-19 to tourists whothat arrive at their airports in the summer. This was announced by Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy in a press conference and on his Twitter account.

“Today I announce that any tourist who comes to Alaska this summer will be able to get a free Covid vaccine at our main airports, ”he wrote on Friday, April 16.

This scenario arises when Alaska it has one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States. As of the beginning of April, nearly one in three Alaskans (253,240 people) had already received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, while more than one in five (177,827 people) were fully vaccinated.

The vaccination coverage it is higher among residents aged 65 and over, as 70% are already fully vaccinated.

“Alaska is on the way to achieving herd immunity. If we maintain this rapid rate of vaccination, we will soon reach the point where the disease is unlikely to spread further, ”Governor Dunleavy said.

The head of the Alaska Department of Public Health added that as of June 1 opens the possibility of vaccination for tourists, since the state has a large reserve of doses of the vaccine.

According to the preliminary plan, vaccination points will be installed in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan airports and that they will be outside the safety zone, so that Alaskan neighbors who are picking up family members or visitors can also get vaccinated.

The authorities have not specified whether the offer of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will only be open to national tourists or if it will also be available to international sometime.

“There are some places, even Japan, that I think have 1% or 2% of the population vaccinated. Look at Alaska, in the 65 and over range, 66% of our population is vaccinated, ”stated the governor.

It has also not been informed if they will have to present additional requirements or if there will be a pre-registration. What they did say was the national tourists can receive the second dose of vaccine in their home states or stay or return to Alaska to receive it.

They will begin to measure the interest of vaccines at the Anchorage airport in the last five days of April, when they will administer the vaccine to residents who arrive, leave or pass through the facilities.

The tourist vaccination plan is part of a state plan to revive tourism in Alaska. The economic loss from cruise cancellations in the state amounts to $ 3 billion.

Mike Dunleavy says that with a plan billionaire marketing they will place targeted ads on national television shows and other media throughout the spring and summer, encouraging Americans to visit Alaska as a safe destination.

“Additional funds from CARES will be awarded to nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting Alaska travel. The funds have been allocated by the Legislature to the Dunleavy Administration for response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, which makes it an immediate assistance plan, ”they note in their Web page.

The plan of Alaska, where residents over 16 years of age can be vaccinated for a month, has sparked controversy in the United States, as citizens ask that the remaining doses of Alaska be given to states that still need more vaccines.

When this happens, we will travel again … Alaska has more than 100,000 glaciers and is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. bit.ly/2YWfwBV

published by Live USA on Monday, February 8, 2021

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British traffic light and staycations: will the summer of 2020 repeat itself?

Analysis/ The United Kingdom will put its Covid risk semaphore into operation by countries from May 17, when the Government of Boris Johnson is supposed to lift the ban on international leisure travel. However, there are many doubts about how the Cabinet expects the summer to develop, if it will really use the traffic light to give its citizens accurate information about where to travel safely, or if it will use that tool to try to get the British to stay behind. holiday in the UK. On the other hand, the fact that the traffic light qualifies countries and not regional destinations preferred by the British also casts doubts on its effectiveness and the suitability of this system for, for example, Spanish beach destinations. A study carried out in the United Kingdom warns that by May 17, there could be only eight countries on the green list and none of them is a relevant tourist destination. Most European countries would be in amber color.

A study carried out by the consulting firm of the former British Airways chief of strategy, Robert Boyle, which includes the British sector medium Travelmole, shows that by the time the ban on international leisure travel in the United Kingdom is lifted, on May 17, the traffic light that qualifies different countries for the risk of contracting Covid I could show only eight of them in green. And hardly any are a relevant summer tourist destination for the British.

Green and amber

If the predictions of these experts are true, only USA, Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Australia and New Zealand they would be on the green list for international travel, while most of Europe would be amber.

This would mean that the British could escape quarantine back to their country only if they wear one of those countries in green, since it is foreseen that, for these “green” countries and when returning to the United Kingdom:

– the traveler must take a prior test (it is not clear whether at the destination, before leaving, or upon arrival in the UK)

– also a PCR on or before your second day of arrival in England

– you will not have to self-quarantine upon return (unless the test result is positive) or carry out additional tests.

On the contrary, if it really happens that almost all of Europe is in amber, this would mean that travelers returning to the UK from one of the countries on the amber list should:

– self-quarantine for a period of 10 days

– carry out a pre-departure test

– carry out a PCR on the second day of your arrival

– perform another PCR on the eighth day. They will also have the option to pay for a private COVID-19 test on the fifth day and if the result is negative, they will be able to end their self-isolation early.

Be that as it may, the traffic light does not make things much easier either, apart from the fact that the obligation to Performing so many PCRs considerably increases the cost of the trip, even for those returning from a country on the green list.

The June 2020 quarantine

If the traffic light serves to qualify entire countries and a more limited selection is not made to regions, the main Spanish beach destinations could be harmed, as happened last summer. A positive situation of the pandemic figures in, for example, the Balearic Islands, would go unnoticed by a possible consideration of Spain in the amber list. Something similar happened last summer, and airline corridors with specific regions were ultimately frustrated by the UK’s decision to impose, on July 25, a second quarantine on all of Spain.

A subsequent analysis of the impact of that quarantine made many think that in reality the decision made by the Government of Boris Johnson had more political and strategic motivations than health

Already with the quarantine imposed in June 2020, the British media and the tourism industry in that country had the fly behind their ears. On June 4 we published in HOSTELTUR this article: The UK quarantine: a matter for politicians and not scientists. The thesis, defended by a large part of the British tourism sector and by some media, such as The Independent, was that although the Government of Boris Johnson had justified before the tourism sector, society and Parliament, that the quarantine that was going to be imposed in the country on June 8 was a scientists recommendation, it was not really like that.

The Prime Minister’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallace, made it clear on several occasions at the time that this unprecedented measure had been decided only by ministers.

A general quarantine like the one applied in June by the United Kingdom – and then again in July – has value, the British media recalled then, when the infection rate of a country is lower than that of other countries. In this way, the local population is protected and imported cases from countries with worse numbers are avoided. However, the UK had at the time one of the highest infection rates in the world. Despite everything, the quarantine was implemented.

England lifted the quarantine with Spain on July 4, allowing a complete restart of the industry and vacation packages. But this was short-lived.

The quarantine of July 2020

After a brief pause of relative normality, the British Government decided to reimpose the quarantine, specifically, from the early hours of Sunday, July 26: The British Government again imposes the quarantine for Spain.

As a consequence, Scotland, which had announced that same Monday that removed the quarantine for travelers from Spain, it decided to re-implement it in line with the decision made by Downing Street. Ireland had not removed Spain from its list of countries in need of isolation.

At that time, criticism against the British Government by the country’s tourism industry increased again, describing the news as “devastating”, as well as “excessive” and not justified by the evolution of the virus in Spain

This decision meant that the destinations where the British market is the main one, practically finished the season or, as a lesser bad thing, saw it very shortened and limited to markets more subject to the seasonality of July and August.

However, despite the great damage that this closure caused to the British broadcasting industry, the almost 45 million Britons who go abroad each year were able to spend their money within their own country, as we told in How the United Kingdom has made the Britons will spend the summer at home.

Summer 2020 UK staycations meant extra revenue of £ 8 billion (almost 9,000 million euros) in the domestic market, money that was no longer spent on its travel issuing sector and in your favorite destinations, like Spain (see: Staycations in the UK: almost € 9bn extra money in revenue).

The doubts

Right now, as of April 20, the UK continues to generate more doubts than certainties in the travel industry, in British preferred destinations and in the citizens themselves, who are eager to travel again.

There is not a day that a minister or other government official does not appear in the media to warn that “it’s too early” to think about summer vacation and to discourage the British from making reservations (see: The British Government insists: reserving now for the summer is premature).

From the outside, and witnessing what happens only through what transpires in the British media about the intentions of the Johnson Government, the feeling is that the Cabinet is torn between two opposing forces.

One, the evidence of the British interest in traveling and the urgent need for the travel industry to get back into business. And the other, the temptation to make it as difficult as possible to try to get as many citizens as possible to stay at home and spend their money on a vacation within their own territory, something that after three months of close-and-shut closure would suit them. very good to the British economy

The lack of clarity of government decisions is so great that this is one of the reasons that he pointed out. Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy, to justify the decision to cancel all its programs until June 23.

In a letter sent to his partners of the different tourist destinations he flies to, explaining the decision to them, Heapy complained about “lack of clarity” regarding possible travel restart dates and the requirements that operators must meet as of mid-May. He assured that “we cannot operate in this environment of uncertainty and we must act to protect our business and our colleagues.”

This criticism, that of generating uncertainty and never giving clear planning with clear criteria, has been received by the British Government numerous times from the country’s tourism sector.

So, despite the fact that we already know how the British traffic light will work this summer, the doubts remain more than the answers. Some doubts with two aspects: on the one hand about what will the epidemiological and immunization situation be this summer in the UK itself and in British favorite destinations, and on the other, what is the real intention of the government of Boris Johnson regarding international travel.

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Covid cases among people aged 25 to 59 years “skyrocket in a worrying way,” according to the WHO

  • The doctor of the World Health Organization María Van Kerkhove highlights that “higher rates of infection are being seen in all age groups” and asks “not to blame anyone”

The CEO of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that infections and income from coronavirus among the people from 25 to 59 years old “They are skyrocketing in a very worrying way.”

During his speech at the press conference on Monday, Tedros pointed out that this increase is “possibly” due to the higher transmissibility of new strains and even “less social distancing among the youngest“.

In this context, the Director-General of WHO has ensured that it is possible to contain this pandemic “in a matter of months”, but as long as the necessary measures are applied “in a systematic and equitable manner”.

Although he has warned that the world is “going through difficult times”, the director general of the WHO has been optimistic and has indicated that “there are many reasons to remain hopeful”, at a time when they have already deceased “more than 3 million people“for the coronavirus.

“These chilling figures are difficult to assimilate, each of these deaths is a tragedy. Last week, for the eighth consecutive week, new cases of covid-19 increased,” he lamented.

Do not blame the youngest

For her part, the WHO doctor Maria Van Kerkhove has highlighted that they are seeing “higher infection rates in all age groups “, for which he has asked” not to blame anyone “since” everyone has to play a role in this pandemic. “

“We have to avoid crowded places and that governments support the population so that can telework, stay home and be able to reduce the spread of the virus. We all have a role to play, children, youth and adults, “he said.

In this sense, the expert has asked “to stop blaming”: “Young people are showing us how we can be distanced without losing an iota of connectivity. We all have a role, we all have to feel supported. “

“Change the way you think”

Along the same lines, the WHO emergency director, Michael Ryan, has defended that youth “is not the problem but the solution” to the pandemic, which is why he has advised the population “to change the way of thinking.” “There are not enough recommendations that can change things if we do not change our way of thinking. Perhaps this pandemic could promote a change in mentality, we have to think a lot about it,” he said.

When asked about the number of deceased babies from covid-19, Dr. Van Kerkhove has assured that she cannot give a “concrete answer” but has warned that “many children die” due to “so many cases”, but has clarified that “there is still a much lower proportion of children who experience the disease in its severe form. “

“When it affects children in general it is milder, but this is not a universal law. Everyone is at risk from this virus and anyone who becomes infected runs the risk of developing the disease in its most serious form”, has explained.

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In addition, the expert has affirmed that they are developing focused guidelines so that the more than 1 billion people around the world who live with disabilities “can stay safe and receive the necessary material” to fight the coronavirus.

Thus, he stressed that they are working on innovations in terms of Integral Protection Equipment or transparent masks that allow lip reading, as well as a series of initiatives that they are launching so that those who live with disabilities and their families “have the information necessary “.

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Experts call for resuming AstraZeneca to British rhythm

The thrombi associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine They have had an impact and a social impact that in some autonomous communities has been reflected in the vaccination data. Fear of the drug seems residual if territory by territory is analyzed, but it grows if we extrapolate it to the whole of Spain, where “more or less one in five people has not been vaccinated” due to “mistrust”, says Joan Carles March , specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, who believes that “it makes no sense to have closed vaccination to these population groups”, and advocates promoting the strategic plan at the rate of the British: “the minimum of immunization [una dosis] to the maximum of the population, lengthening it to the maximum ».

The Government has pending to resolve in the next few hours or days what will happen with AstraZeneca, for those under 60 and also with the second doses for those who have already received the first puncture. March believes that, after weeks of “now yes, now no” this or that population group is vaccinated, a climate of “distrust of the vaccine has been generated that will be difficult to change.” “The EMA has said one thing and each country has done what it wanted. The EMA has not ruled on an established, clear and conclusive profile of those affected by thrombi after vaccination. There has been talk of women and those under 50 years of age, but there are also men ”. And, taking into account the cases and the severity, he has valued the benefits of the vaccine against the risks.

In this sense, the vice president of the Spanish Association of Vaccination, Ferran Moraga-Llop, has recently asked that the policy not interfere in the health strategy with messages that are not based on scientific evidence. “We need to vaccinate the whole country and the whole world,” for which it will be necessary to “deliver messages of safe and effective vaccines” for everyone. March adds that “stopping vaccination has generated doubts, other types of messages must be sent, such as the benefits of vaccination, the importance of it and its advantages. It would be very important for politicians and other types of public figures to be publicly vaccinated. It is key in those moments to value and strengthen these messages of the joy of being vaccinated and being well ».

How does the UK vaccinate?

The Mallorcan specialist highlights the performance of the United Kingdom, “which has a very important role in vaccination. They have vaccinated more population than other countries and have maintained an important strategy with the first dose, which allows them to now have, between vaccinated and people who have had the disease, around 80% of the immunized population. Everything obeys a decided and maintained strategy. They have only stopped vaccination in those under 30, due to three deaths. But they have not stopped vaccinating and they have stupendous results, which can be seen in the incidence and fall in hospitalizations, serious cases and deaths.

Joan Carles March is in favor of this rhythm in vaccination so that “the Balearic Islands can reach a better situation for the month of June, because it will still take months to have a good situation at all”. He believes that the activation again of Janssen will also help: “When authorized, you have to vaccinate fully.”

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