June, 19, 2021 Covid-19 news

By Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 7:45 a.m. ET, June 20, 2021
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11:26 a.m. ET, June 19, 2021

Moscow records highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Katharina Krebs

Nurses work at a hospital treating Covid-19 patients in Moscow on June 17.
Nurses work at a hospital treating Covid-19 patients in Moscow on June 17. Gavriil Grigorov/TASS/Getty Images

The Russian government's coronavirus task force confirmed a new daily record of 9,120 Covid-19 cases in Moscow on Saturday, which sets a new all-time high since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The previous high of 9,056 infected was recorded a day earlier. 

In total, 1,278,265 infected people have been identified in Moscow.

Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced new restrictions on Friday to curb the spread of coronavirus and extended some restrictions already in force until June 29, according to a message posted on his blog.  

7:22 a.m. ET, June 19, 2021

Some of New York's mass vaccination sites will begin downscaling, governor says

From CNN's Laura Ly

Members of the National Guard help people sign up for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments at York College in Queens, New York, on February 24.
Members of the National Guard help people sign up for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments at York College in Queens, New York, on February 24. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Some of New York state’s mass vaccination sites will begin downscaling and will shift their resources to localized vaccination efforts, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The decision to downscale the mass vaccination sites was made given overall statewide progress on vaccinations, the governor’s office said.

On Tuesday, Cuomo announced that 70% of New Yorkers had received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and that most state-mandated restrictions would be lifted immediately.

The state now plans to shift resources to communities where the vaccination rate is below the state average.

On Thursday, Cuomo announced that 12 new pop-up vaccination sites would be opening in such areas, including in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

The state sites designated for downscaling are chosen based on demand, proximity to other vaccination sites, and other local vaccination efforts, Cuomo’s office said.

The downscaling will begin on Monday, with the closing of mass vaccination sites in Corning, Oneonta, Potsdam and York College, the release stated.