Kentucky reports 421 new COVID-19 cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has reported 421 new coronavirus cases and four more virus-related deaths. Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday on social media that the new cases include 78 Kentuckians ages 18 or younger. The governor said this week that the virus’s incidence rates are much higher among younger Kentuckians. He said that’s “directly associated” with who has been vaccinated. Inoculation rates have lagged among younger Kentuckians. Meanwhile, the state’s virus-related restrictions will be eased again starting Friday, when capacity will be allowed at 75% for businesses and events in Kentucky. The state’s coronavirus-related capacity restrictions will end on June 11.