Ecuador declares prison emergency after 116 killed in riot
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country. Officials said at least five of the dead were found to have been beheaded. President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Wednesday, which will give the government powers that include deploying police and soldiers inside prisons.
A New York man was arrested after his employer reported that he had provided a plagiarized COVID-19 vaccine card, according to the New York State Police.
David R. Kemp, 24, of Eaton, N.Y., was charged with a second-degree possession of a forged instrument, which qualifies for a Class D felony in the state. The unauthorized use of a government agency’s seal is a federal crime.
A news release from the New York State Police detailed the arrest and charge but did not identify the private company based in Marcy, N.Y., that reported Kemp to the Department of Health Vaccination Complaint Investigation Team.
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Kemp was arrested Friday and arraigned at the Oneida County Public Safety Building. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison, according to the NYS Unified Court System. The minimum for the charge would be probation with no jail time.
This is not the first time COVID-19 documents have been faked. A 24-year-old woman from Illinois forged a vaccine card last month and misspelled Moderna. A Los Angeles couple was arrested last week and accused of falsifying negative test results in Hawaii.
California pushes 1st US vaccine mandate for schoolchildren
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will enact the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine mandate for schoolchildren, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, aiming to have all students in seventh through 12th grades vaccinated by next fall once the shots gain final federal approval for everyone 12 and over. The Democratic governor said he expects the U.S. government to give that final sign-off sometime next year, bumping up from the emergency authorization given now for those 12 to 15. He said the state will require students in kindergarten through sixth grades to get the vaccine once final federal approval comes for children 5 to 11.
Because making a counterfeit COVID-19 document is not difficult given the cards are marked by hand, the FBI released a public warning in March that creating or buying a fake vaccine card is illegal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later delivered guidance to states to pull the templates from their sites back in April. New York is one of the few states to embrace a vaccination verification app.
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Workers hold documents as they wait for their turn to receive the first dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus in a passenger bus converted into a mobile vaccination centre at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India on June 3, 2021.
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An official in personal protective equipment (PPE) manages the crowd as people line up to receive China's Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 31, 2021, as part of the government's campaign to halt the rising number of cases of the virus.
Two elderly women walk into the Alba Caracas hotel to get their first dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine after being in line for more than 5 hours, during a massive vaccination campaign for seniors in Caracas, Venezuela, May 31, 2021.
Catherine Bechard, a Canada Border Services Agency, CBSA, regional Indigenous Affairs advisor, walks along a line-up of southern Alberta residents waiting to get shots of a COVID-19 vaccine from a Montana tribe in Carway, Alberta,, May 18, 2021.
A woman receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as medical health workers visit door-to-door to deliver the vaccines to people who live far from health facilities in Siaya, Kenya, on May 18, 2021.
People wait after receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center for people over 50 years old set up at the Vasconcelos Library, in Mexico City on May 11, 2021.
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A health worker prepares to administer a dose of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan on May 5, 2021.
Nurse Pilar Rodríguez arrives to start visiting her patients in the town of Sa Pobla on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Friday, April 30, 2021. Pilar Rodríguez, age 49, is one of three nurses in the town of Sa Pobla in the interior of the island to administer shots there and in nearby villages. On her rounds of the area on foot, she is welcomed amiably by elderly folk, many bound to a chair or a bed. So far, Rodríguez said she and her colleagues have vaccinated over 70 people at their homes in the rural area. They have all received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the shot leading Spain's campaign.
An elderly woman reacts as she receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at El-Menzah sports hall in Tunisia's capital Tunis on April 12, 2021, as vaccination centers in the North African country experience an influx of registrations a day ahead of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
A medical worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination center on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany.
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Palestinian health ministry workers prepare doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine COVID-19, donated by the Chinese government, at a school in Halhoul, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on April 6, 2021, to be provided to Palestinian teachers and education ministry employees before schools reopen the following week.
A woman wearing Javanese traditonal costume in a vehicle receives a dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Covid-19 vaccine during a mass drive-thru vaccination program at Prambanan temple complex on April 5, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Healthcare workers from Humber River Hospital draw out doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine before administering the vaccine to residents at a LOFT community housing complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Friday, March 26, 2021.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NY man charged with felony, could face 7 years in prison after being accused of faking COVID-19 vaccine card
Texas Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Allen West has pneumonia; infection rates falling - for now: Live COVID-19 updates .
Tea Party favorite and Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and probably will be hospitalized.West, 60, said he is not vaccinated and that his wife Angela West, who is vaccinated, also tested positive. Both have completed monoclonal antibody injections, West said on Twitter. He also said he is "taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocols." Neither drug has received FDA approval for use against COVID.