MARCH 30 | Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York
NEW YORK: Hundreds of vaccinations have been administered after a declaration of emergency over a measles outbreak in New York.
Rockland County Executive, Ed Day, said in a statement, the vaccination was believed to be the right way to get at least a 93 percent immunization rate with the first shot.
Day on Friday called for the school vaccination legislation to be tightened and said that a draft law was being discussed at the state level.
It was reported that Rockland County had registered 157 cases out of 314 cases of measles in the United States between January 1st and March 21st.
2) Thousands of German teens join Thunberg’s climate fight
BERLIN: Thousands of German youths joining Swedish teen activist, Greta Thunberg went on strike from school on Friday, to protest against climate change to Berlin.
The teenagers, bringing homemade posters with slogans, packed into a park in central Berlin to sound the alarm about global warming and march to Brandenburg Gate.
Three hundred police officers have been dispatched to the protest which is expected to draw around 15,000 people.
The protest came at a time when a government commission recommended that coal be phased out by 2038 and left the politicians divided on how to react.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier urged the students not to skip school saying that demonstrations are not less effective outside class hours.
3) Afghanistan worst storm in 20 years, kill 17
HERAT: Flash floods caused by heavy rains in western Afghanistan killed at least 17 people, destroyed 500 houses and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, Hasibullah Shir Khani said, the two days floods that started on Thursday killed 12 people in Jawzjan, two in Badghis, two others in Herat and another in Sar-e Pul province.
As the floods worsen an already desperate situation, the officials in Herat put the death toll higher than the national government.
Aid organization World Vision said in a statement that tens of thousands of Afghans were affected by the storm which was labelled as the worst storm in 20 years.