Good Morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now on the 830th day of the epidemic, news of the epidemic is coming from all over the world.
As temperatures rise to unprecedented levels in parts of Europe and the United States, coronavirus infections are on the rise in 40 of the 50 states in the union. The increase is particularly evident in the West, Great Plains and Midwest.
The problem scientists and local officials face is a lack of data, something it rivaled in the early days of the pandemic, before COVID testing became widespread.
Scientists at the CDC and elsewhere know this is an issue.
“You don’t have to count the drops of rain to see how hard it is to rain.”
The agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Valensky, said in early July that a CDC colleague told her last month.
“So we can tell from five million to one million PCRs how we’re doing every day in areas across the country.”
The good news, however, is that hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID have not increased to the level seen during the omicron growth at the beginning of the year, mainly due to a relatively higher number of people – There were especially people over the age of 18. Vaccinated in the United States. About 90% of those in that group received at least one dose and 77% received two.
In the news we cover today, thousands of tourists on vacation in a Chinese resort city found themselves under lockdown and Los Angeles is moving toward a masked mandate.
Here’s a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings Friday indicating that the emergence of a range of highly infectious omicron subtypes this spring appeared to undermine the protection that current vaccines offer for hospitalization. CDC scientists said the first and second booster doses actually increased the body’s defenses, increasing the level of protection against the subtypes as well as making up for the protection lost since prior doses of the vaccine.
“When individuals become eligible a booster dose should be received immediately,” the researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly.
Meanwhile, as 56 of 58 counties in California hit “high” transmission levels according to the CDC, Los Angeles County stands alone as it plans to roll back an indoor mask mandate.
One reason: More than 4,400 people have died from Covid in 2022 alone, far more than the death toll from motor vehicle accidents or the flu, the county’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, tells a regular.
More than 2,000 visitors are stranded in the southern China city of Beihai, as authorities there imposed a lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Beihai is a popular holiday destination in the Guangxi region, known for its white-sand beaches.
The city reported more than 500 new infections in the past week, an astronomical number by Chinese standards given the country’s “zero COVID” policy.
Now here are the daily figures for Monday, July 18.
As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 567.9 million Covid-19 cases, an increase of 0.5 million new cases in the previous 24-hour period, and 6.39 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 539 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.6 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases stands at 22,489,616 as of Monday, a decrease of 56,000. Of that figure, 99.8%, or 22,450,509, is considered mild, and 0.2%, or 39,107, is listed as significant. The percentage of cases considered serious remains unchanged over 24 hours.
The United States reported 21,971 new coronavirus infections on Monday, compared with 21,041 on Sunday, 166,772 on Saturday, 136,289 on Friday and 191,735 on Thursday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day event rate remains over 100,000 and is now 128,515. Weekday figures (reported the next day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to the small number of tests being done.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 129,938, a 15% increase based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average daily death rate for the same period is 420, an increase of 9% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 40,942, a 20% increase.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded 91.3 million cases as of Monday, more than any other country, and 1.05 million deaths. India has the second highest number of officially recorded cases in the world, at about 43.8 million, and has reported 525,760 deaths.
New data from Russia’s Rosstat State Statistics Service showed at the end of May that the number of covid or covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic in April 2020 is now 812,890, making the country the world’s second-highest pandemic-related death toll. is giving. , after the United States. Rosstat reported that 11,583 people died of coronavirus or related causes in April, up from 35,584 in March and 43,543 in February.
Meanwhile, Brazil has now recorded 675,408, the third highest number of cases as a result of the virus, and has recorded more than 33.3 million cases.
France ranks fourth in total cases with 33 million cases, and Germany is fifth with 29.7 million. The United Kingdom, with 23.1 million cases, now ranks sixth and as of Monday was the only other country in the world with the total number of cases exceeding 20 million, while Italy passed that milestone on Saturday and now exceeded 20.1. lakh cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, more than 260.7 million people in the United States – or 78.5% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 67.1%, or 222.7 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses distributed in the United States is now 596.2 million. Breaking this down further, 89.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 231.8 million people – have received at least the first vaccination and 77% of the same group – or 198.8 million people – have been fully vaccinated. In addition, 51.3% of that population, or 102 million people, have already received a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine.
Beginning June 13, 2022, CDC began updating vaccine data on a weekly basis and published it as of 8 p.m. EDT on Monday, a statement on the agency’s website said.
More than 66.8% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. To date, 12.22 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally and 5.18 million doses are now being administered every day.
Meanwhile, only 19.4% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received it. At least one dose of the vaccine.
Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccination. However, many countries are below 20% and in countries such as Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.
In addition, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not vaccinated.
Anna Breuer contributed to this story.
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