COVID deaths up 25%, new cases up in every state
Cases of the novel coronavirus rose in all 50 states on Sunday for the fourth consecutive day with an average of seven days, an ominous streak not seen since the spring 2020 surge.
In some states the increases were staggering. New cases in Rhode Island have nearly tripled over the course of the week, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The elevations of Maine and Vermont were almost as large. New cases in Massachusetts, Alaska and Kentucky more than doubled their case count in one week; Minnesota, Florida and Texas were right behind.
The weekly rolling average of cases in the US has nearly tripled in the past month. The frequency of deaths has also risen sharply – 24.7% from its lowest level two weeks ago.
A new survey suggests the reasons why some people refuse to be vaccinated – 90% of participants in a YouGov Poll Those who refuse to be vaccinated fear the potential side effects of the vaccine more than COVID-19 itself. Less than one in 10 vaccine refusers trust medical advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, and only one in five trust the CDC. One in five believes the government is using vaccines to rationalize the population.
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Coco Gauff shared on Sunday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, Announcing her withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics Just days before the games start. Olympic organizers revealed, on Sunday, that three residents of the Olympic Village, including two athletes, had tested positive for COVID-19 despite initially agreeing to access protocols.
Arizona health officials on Sunday reported an additional 980 cases of COVID-19 and three more coronavirus-related deaths. It was the first time in five days that the state reported fewer than 1,000 new cases.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says his office won’t enforce the county’s last-ditch mask mandate, arguing it’s not backed by science. Health officials in popular tourist destinations like Los Angeles and Las Vegas They ask more people to hide their faces inside.
European officials bragged about figures from Our World in data showing that 55.6% of EU citizens have taken at least one dose, compared to 55.4% in the US. This was the first time that the EU numbers had surpassed those across the Atlantic. The vaccination rate in Canada is now also higher than the rate of vaccination in the United States.
Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 34 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 609,000 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: more than 190.5 million cases and 4 million deaths. More than 161.2 million Americans – 48.6% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Two Democratic lawmakers in Texas who fled to Washington, D.C. to thwart the passage of the Republican-backed restricted voting law have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, according to the Leading the Democratic Party Bloc in Texas House. This brings the total number to five.
A group of lawmakers traveled on a private plane to Washington, DC, to lobby Congress to pass federal election reform. But lawmakers drew some criticism after photos emerged from the plane showing them traveling without masks. Federal pandemic guidelines require masks to be worn on commercial flights, but not on private planes.
More experts are calling for vaccinated people to go underground as the coronavirus spreads across the country. Nearly 5,500 fully vaccinated people have either been hospitalized or died of COVID-19, out of the more than 160 million fully vaccinated, CDC reports. “Instead of misrepresenting or masking it, emerging data suggests that the CDC should advise masking and masking in areas with (increasing) cases and positive until we see the numbers decline again,” he said on Twitter.
“If I am in an area where I think there may be a lot of people who are unvaccinated, out of great caution, I will wear my mask indoors,” current US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy He told CNN.
On Sunday, public health officials in the Biden administration targeted social media platforms such as Facebook For the notable failure to stop misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. It comes two days after the president himself said that lies on the internet are “killing people”. Public health officials are more aggressively criticizing the number of media and technology platforms they claim are putting the public at risk, due to the rising number of coronavirus infections across the country and their frustration over persistent conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
“Disinformation continues to spread like wildfire in our country with the help and abetment of technology platforms,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, chief public health adviser to the federal government, said Sunday.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days in self-isolation after coming into contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. His office’s announcement on Sunday mirrors an earlier statement that, unlike most people, he will not face quarantine. On Friday, Johnson met Health Minister Sajid Javid, who later tested positive for COVID-19. People in contact with positive cases usually have to self-isolate for 10 days. Johnson fell ill in April 2020, and spent several days in hospital before making a full recovery.
The British government is still planning to lift all remaining legal restrictions on social contact, as well as other public health measures on Monday, despite the UK recording more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in six months and the dire warning from its chief medical adviser. for the British government.
Contributing: The Associated Press