Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, January 25: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

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Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, January 25: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 has arrived in Pierce and Snohomish counties, according to health officials. Variants of the virus threaten to reverse progress made in ending the pandemic.

One question is how effective the current vaccines will be against these altered versions of the virus. Some seem more contagious than the original version, and all of them are poorly understood.

That has a warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci Raised: Assume the worst about the strain found here.

We update this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Seattle area, the US and the world. Click here to see the live updates from the past few days and all other coronavirus reports. Here’s how we are tracking the daily spread in Washington and the world.

Alaska has the highest coronavirus vaccination rate in the country

Alaska had the enviable position of having the highest rate of coronavirus vaccinations per capita in the nation since last week, the state’s chief health official said.

Anne Zink, chief medical officer of Alaska, said last Thursday the progress was the result of community efforts to quickly distribute vaccinations and additional grants to federal agencies across the state, KTOO-FM reported.

Zink told the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce that Alaska is getting more vaccine doses due to allowances above the state’s share for the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

“We have the highest veterans per capita. We have a large military presence. And we have a large indigenous population with over 229 sovereign tribes, ”said Zink. “For these reasons, we received an additional vaccine in the state through these federal partnerships.”

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-The Associated Press

6:50 am

Dutch politicians condemn the unrest over the weekend when the curfew began

Politicians and local leaders condemned the second night of curfew on Monday for coronavirus rioters who clashed with police in around 10 cities in the Netherlands the day before.

This image from a video shows a COVID-19 test center after it was set on fire on Saturday, January 23, 2021, in Urk, 80 kilometers northeast of Amsterdam.  The Dutch police have clashed with protesters who demonstrated against the blocking of the country in the capital Amsterdam and the southern city of Eindhoven.  The riots come a day after insurgent youths who protested on the country's first night of curfew set fire to a coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk.  (Pro News via AP)

This image from a video shows a COVID-19 test center after it was set on fire on Saturday, January 23, 2021, in Urk, 80 kilometers northeast of Amsterdam. The Dutch police have clashed with protesters who demonstrated against the blocking of the country in the capital Amsterdam and the southern city of Eindhoven. The riots come a day after insurgent youths who protested on the country’s first night of curfew set fire to a coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk. (Pro News via AP)

“It is unacceptable,” said Prime Minister Mark Rutte. “It has nothing to do with protest, this is criminal violence and this is how we will deal with it.”

Worst of all was Eindhoven, where police clashed with hundreds of rioters who set a car on fire, threw stones and fireworks at officials, broke windows and ransacked a supermarket at the southern city’s train station.

“My city is crying and so am I,” said the mayor of Eindhoven, John Jorritsma, to the media on Sunday evening. In an emotionally impromptu press conference, he called the rioters “the dregs of the earth” and added, “I fear that if we continue down this path we are on the way to civil war.”

The riots coincided with the first weekend of the new national coronavirus from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew, but mayors insisted that the violence was not the work of citizens concerned about their civil liberties.

“These demonstrations are kidnapped by people who only want one thing, namely riot,” said Hubert Bruls, mayor of the city of Nijmegen and chairman of a group of local security organizations, opposite the news talk show Op1 on Sunday evening.

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-The Associated Press

6:48 a.m.

Increased testing is causing new cases of Thai coronavirus to skyrocket

Workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, Monday, January 25, 2021. Thailand recorded a new daily high of over 900 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus on Monday in the province near the capital Bangkok, where in December a major outbreak occurred.  (AP photo)

Workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, Monday, January 25, 2021. Thailand recorded a new daily high of over 900 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus on Monday in the province near the capital Bangkok, where in December a major outbreak occurred. (AP photo)

Thailand discovered a record of 914 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, all in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok, where a major outbreak began in December. The new cases shot the national total over 14,000.

The previous high was on January 4, when 745 cases were reported, mostly in Samut Sakhon among migrant workers from Myanmar. The province is a center for fishing and industry. The first case reported in the recent wave was found there in mid-December at a large fish market that was closed.

All new cases in other provinces will be announced on Tuesday. National totals are announced the day after the test results, but Samut Sakhon health officials released the local results on Monday, the day they began proactive mass testing in the province, targeting up to 10,000 people a day for a week .

They said 844 new cases were discovered through proactive testing and 70 discovered in hospitals on Monday. Thai nationals accounted for 119 cases and migrant workers for 795.

Earlier on Monday, health ministry officials had announced 187 new cases nationwide, bringing the total to 13,687.

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-The Associated Press

6:17 am

Find out about the last 24 hours

• • A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 has arrived In Counties Pierce and Snohomish, health officials say. Variants threaten to reverse progress made in ending the pandemic, a warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci Trips: Assume the worst about the strain found here.

• • Many of the earliest COVID-19 “long haul” are still not back to normal. COVID-19 put Seattle-based Kelly Hickman, 37, into a cycle of fatigue and brain fog so impenetrable she couldn’t read a book. Hickman is one of the first “long-distance riders” to lose their health, their jobs and their once normal lives. “Is this my life now? I don’t know and the doctors don’t know,” says Hickman as researchers from Seattle try to find the answer.

• • Should Washington State Require Schools to Reopen? whether their counties reach certain coronavirus numbers? Lawmakers are addressing this controversial issue and other educational issues related to the pandemic.

• • President-elect Joe Biden Today, travelers from at least 30 nations will impose COVID-19 restrictions.

• Fauci talks about what it really was like to work for Trump. from the scariest moments to those when he was the stubborn “skunk at the picnic”. Why did he never quit? He still has unfinished business. Dr. Deborah Birx describes her inside look at how misinformation shaped crucial White House statements about the pandemic.

• • Ambulances have an invisible passenger: COVID-19. Thomas Hoang and Joshua Hammond have always dealt with life and death as rescue workers in California, but now that they’re just a breath away from becoming patients themselves, this is how their harrowing 24-hour ambulance shift goes.

• • An aspiring traveler got COVID-19 and canceled his trip. But will Airbnb ever let him book it again? Travel Troubleshooter had to intervene.

– Kris Higginson

Seattle Times staff and news services