COVID-19 is sending mixed messages. The US is reporting more than 800,000 cases a day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and hospitalizations are also setting records.
But New York state reported only about 48,000 cases on Friday, a nearly 47% drop from last week’s case count, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Saturday.
“We are heading towards the waves of winter, but we have not yet recovered from it,” the governor said in a statement.
Minnesota also saw a drop in intensive care hospitals for COVID-19, and cases are falling in Washington DC and other cities in the eastern part of the country.
But New York’s declining trend is not indicative of the national COVID-19 picture, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned on Sunday.
“The whole country is not moving at the same pace,” he told CNN host Jake Tapper.
Oklahoma and Georgia both saw a more than 100% increase in weekly COVID-19 cases, shows a USA Today analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, while Colorado saw a 90% increase.
“We should not expect a national peak in the next coming days,” he said. “The next experience weeks will be tough.”
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Figures from Johns Hopkins University show that the United States has reported its own 850,000 fatalities. During the last week, an average of 1,776 people died in the US every day.
The Biden administration will launch a website on Wednesday where Americans can order up to four free COVID-19 test kits per person.
IUS Representative David Tron of Maryland announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. According to The Washington Post, Tron said he had received a booster and is experiencing “only minor symptoms.”
INavajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order requiring all government employees on the tribe’s vast reservation to receive a booster shot.
I Today’s issue: The US has recorded more than 65 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 850,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 326 million cases and over 5.5 million deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 208 million Americans — 62.9% — have been fully vaccinated.
I What we are reading: Omicron is closing a large number of daycare centers. Parents are “just trying to stay afloat.” USA Today’s Alia Wong explains.
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On average, 800,000 new cases are being reported every day in the US
The United States is reporting more than 800,000 cases a day for the first time, even amid signs that America’s omicron wave is slowing. USA Today’s analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows the country recorded 5.65 million cases in the week ended Saturday. Case reports continue to rise rapidly despite the paucity of tests. Yet, only in the last week has the country reported more cases than March, April, May and June 2021 combined.
About 158,500 Americans were reported to have been hospitalized on Saturday. The number of patients is increasing in hospitals in 46 states; 34 states have reported rising death rates.
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No. 1 ranked tennis player Djokovic leaves Australia after losing appeal
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was pulled out of Australia on Sunday after avoiding relegation and losing the appeal to play at the Australian Open. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday canceled Djokovic’s visa, which was upheld by an Australian court.
Hawke tweeted on Sunday: “I welcome today’s unanimous decision of the full Federal Court of Australia, in my decision to exercise my power under the Migration Act to revoke Mr. Novak Djokovic’s visa in the public interest.” has been retained.” “I can confirm that Mr Djokovic has now left Australia.”
Djokovic, 34, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the decision, but respected it. He was due to play on Monday, but will be replaced by a “lucky loser” from the qualifying tournament. The Serb has won a record nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row. The relegation order usually includes a three-year ban on his return to Australia, which casts any attempt to play the tournament in the future in doubt.
Djokovic was initially allowed to enter the country without vaccination. But this exemption was quickly angered by many Australians.
Health insurers must cover testing under new rule
A federal rule requiring health insurers to test at home is one of several moves aimed at curbing cases in the US amid a record-breaking wave of COVID-19 infections.
The wave showed signs of peaking last week, but most states are still reporting rising cases over the past seven days.
Federal agencies have also moved toward recommending high-quality masks, and the Biden administration is set to launch a website where Americans can order free COVID-19 testing kits.
Contribution: The Associated Press