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Half of inmates at New Hampshire’s largest jail test positive for COVID-19

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The largest jail in the US state of New Hampshire is struggling with a coronavirus outbreak. 

There are currently 120 positive COVID-19 patients from an outbreak of the coronavirus at the Hillsborough County jail, New Hampshire Public Radio reported, according to state data.

The prison, also known as Valley Street Jail, held about 250 people last month, most of which were now in quarantine, the radio noted.

It further noted that the jail had faced a similar outbreak last winter when 150 people, including prisoners and staff, were infected by the virus.

Reportedly, most inmates had chosen not to be vaccinated despite the availability of vaccines at the facility. 

Meanwhile, the administration of US President Joe Biden unveiled a new plan to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 as soon as the FDA approves children's COVID-19 vaccines.

The administration's move comes despite the disapproval of most American parents for the obligatory vaccination of their children.

In the meantime, US health authorities have issued a new warning regarding the emergence of the "delta plus" sub-variant of the coronavirus.

Some scientists believe that the new sub-variant might be even more transmissible than the already highly contagious Delta variant.


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