COVID death toll worldwide reaches 4 million; Tokyo in emergencies: live updates
The global death toll from the coronavirus reached 4 million on Wednesday, as increasing cases of variants threaten to overtake vaccine advances.
The number of cases has exceeded 185 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Both are widely considered to be undercoverage due to overlooked cases or deliberate cover-up.
The United States has the highest death toll in the world, with more than 600,000, or nearly one in 7 deaths, followed by Brazil with more than 520,000. But vaccines, including 3 trillion doses have administered, have resulted in a drop in cases and deaths around the world.
And the numbers are startling: The U.S. vaccination program has averted an estimated 279,000 additional deaths and up to 1.25 million additional hospitalizations, according to a new study published by Yale University and the Commonwealth Fund. Nearly 50% of all Americans have been fully immunized, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If there had been no vaccination program, daily deaths from COVID-19 would have potentially climbed to nearly 4,500 deaths per day,” according to the study.
But the CDC is now planning the highly transmissible delta variant, first identified in India, is now the dominant strain in the United States The variant accounts for 51.7% of all new infections, according to CDC data.
Also in the news:
►Maine health officials say more than half of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in every county in the state.
►New York, once the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States, kicked off a tape parade through lower Manhattan on Wednesday to honor the “hometown heroes” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
►The Food and Drug Administration could fully approve the Pfizer vaccine this month, former White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt told CNN on Wednesday.
►The country’s third-largest school district on Wednesday announced plans to open three school-based vaccination sites for students and families next week and establish permanent sites in Chicago schools starting in September, in giving priority to neighborhoods with low vaccination rates.
►It’s gonna be a “hot tubby summer.” The popular children’s television program “Teletubbies” tweeted images of fictitious COVID-19 vaccination cards as part of efforts to promote vaccinations. “We’re all vaxxed! Just in time for a hot summer in Tubby,” the account tweeted. “Who’s ready to go out and play”
Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 606,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 185 million cases and over 4 million deaths. Over 157.9 million Americans have been fully immunized – 47.6% of the population, According to the CDC.
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Millions of new college graduates are looking for work after a year of virtual classes and the loss of on-campus experience. And while American businesses, struggling with the most severe labor shortages on record, need millions of workers, students who graduated in May struggle to find a job.
Part of the fight is driven by competition with 2020 graduates who postponed their job search during the pandemic and the millions of Americans made redundant due to the health crisis, experts say. And while employers are scrambling to fill a record number of job openings, many are low-paying positions that college graduates aren’t looking for.
Other more skilled white-collar jobs will also beg, but mostly in certain industries, like tech and healthcare, according to college and staff officials.
More than half of seniors and recent graduates (55.6%) described their career prospects as pessimistic, according to a survey of around 1,000 recent and future graduates in February and March. The vast majority were looking for entry-level positions, and three in four said they had difficulty finding them.
– Paul Davidson
With the opening of the Olympics in two weeks, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihde Suga announced a state of emergency for Tokyo which will come into effect from Monday to August 22. This means that the Olympics, which will open on July 23 and end on August 8, will take place entirely under emergency measures.
Suga said the state of emergency was necessary to “prevent the resurgence of the future spread of cases across the country.”
The main focus of the emergency is a request to close bars, restaurants and karaoke lounges serving alcohol. Banning the serving of alcohol is a key step in easing the Olympic festivities and preventing people from drinking and partying. Tokyo residents are expected to face stay-at-home requests and watch the games on TV from their homes.
Months ago, overseas fans were banned from attending the Olympics. But just two weeks ago, the organizers and the International Olympic Committee decided to allow the venues to be filled to 50% of their capacity but that the crowds do not exceed 10,000 people. The state of emergency will force them to change their plans again, a decision likely to come later Thursday.
– Associated Press
The UK has recorded more than 30,000 daily coronavirus infections for the first time since January, as the UK government prepares to lift all remaining lockdown restrictions in England.
Government figures showed another 32,548 confirmed cases on Wednesday, the highest level since January 23.
For much of the spring, infections were below the 5,000 mark. But the arrival of the more contagious delta variant, first identified in India, has likely caused an increase in cases.
Despite the increase, the UK government has said it still aims to lift any remaining lockdown restrictions in England on July 19, a move many scientists believe is dangerous.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said cases could reach a daily high of 100,000 this summer, a level of infection not reached in previous waves of the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government hopes the rapid rollout of vaccines has created a wall of immunity.
The Biden administration will send a COVID-19 emergency response team to provide public health support in southwest Missouri, CNN reported Wednesday.
“Emergency response teams”, announced at a White House press conference last week, will be sent to emerging COVID-19 hotspots across the country, where vaccination rates remain low. They will aim to increase screening and vaccination rates, as well as to find and treat those who have fallen ill with the virus.
Hospital officials said on Tuesday the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Springfield, Missouri, tripled last month.
“99.5% of deaths from COVID over a 6-month period go unvaccinated,” Erik Frederick, executive director of Mercy Springfield, wrote on Twitter. “So if you are vaccinated, there is a light at the end of a tunnel. If you are not vaccinated, it’s probably a train.”
With low vaccination rates in southwest Missouri and the highly infectious delta variant of the virus taking hold, the situation is expected to get worse before it gets better.
Ashley Casad, vice president of clinical services at CoxHealth, said CoxHealth facilities in the Springfield area are seeing about 18 new patients per day who need to be admitted due to COVID-19. Next week, that number is expected to increase to 24 per day. Then the next week.
– Galen Bacharier and Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader
Contribute: The Associated Press.