Life slowly returning to normal worldwide as vaccination process picks up
Updated: 2021-06-16 14:47:48 KST
Fireworks light up the skies across the state of New York celebrating a major milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic.
With 70 percent of adults receiving at least one vaccine shot, the state of New York has lifted all state-mandated coronavirus restrictions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Tuesday.
"And now we get back to living and life. The state mandates that have proven right and correct and brought us through this pandemic are relaxed as of today, effective immediately."
All restrictions are now lifted for social and recreation areas and businesses will no longer have to follow social distancing rules, or limit how many people they can allow inside while still keeping people two meters apart.
But some rules, like wearing masks in schools and on subways, will remain.
California, one of the more populous states which imposed strict COVID-19 measures on Tuesday lifted most of its restrictions.
Restaurants and bars in California can operate at 100 percent capacity both indoors and outdoors.
According to the website Our World in Data, over 20 percent of the global population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Looking at the countries, Israel is the front-runner in the vaccination race with almost 63 percent of its population receiving at least one shot.
Israel's health authorities on Tuesday lifted the indoor mask mandate except for unvaccinated people working at nursing facilities or onboard commercial airlines.
This comes as data shows that the country's daily COVID-19 deaths have been hovering zero for almost every day in June.
Some of the hardest-hit countries like Italy and France are also ramping up their vaccination campaigns.
France could also lift its outdoor mask mandate starting from July if health authorities grant approval.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.