Coronavirus daily news updates, July 16: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions to regular health services and triggered vaccine misinformation, causing about 25 million children across the world to miss routine immunizations that protect them against common diseases.

Officials in the U.K. announced that people 50 or older will be offered a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in the fall.

Meanwhile, just outside Seattle, a group of Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters filed a legal claim seeking $171.5 million in damages after they lost their jobs for failing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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COVID outbreak reported at WA prison

The Washington Department of Corrections reported 20 active COVID-19 cases among incarcerated individuals over the last 14 days at Larch Corrections Center, according to a Wednesday bulletin.

The minimum-security prison near Yacolt, Clark County, was placed on facilitywide outbreak status after one incarcerated individual and three staff members tested positive, the DOC reported last week. There were four active cases among staff members as of Wednesday.

To date, 438 incarcerated individuals and 88 staff members have tested positive at Larch, according to the DOC. The majority of those cases came during an outbreak in late 2020, when more than 90 percent of the inmate population tested positive.

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—The Columbian

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Macao extends lockdown to curb biggest COVID-19 outbreak

The Chinese gambling enclave of Macao on Saturday extended its lockdown by five days as it grapples with the biggest outbreak of the coronavirus in over two years.

Authorities said that industries and commercial companies will remain closed until July 23. The lockdown, which began July 11, had initially been set to expire Sunday.

As part of the lockdown, authorities have suspended dine-in services and ordered all residents to avoid leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary. Those who need to go out must wear KN95 masks or similar.

The city, which has a population of 680,000, recorded 31 infections on Friday. Since its latest outbreak that began June 18, the city has reported some 1,700 infections.

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—The Associated Press

Article Source: The Seattle Times