Cases and deaths from COVID-19 have increased in more than half of U.S. states over the past week, as vaccination rates slow and the highly transmissible delta variant spreads across the world.
Forty-seven states reported more new cases of COVID-19 last week than the week before, and deaths increased in 30 states compared to a week earlier, according to USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns University Hopkins.
California saw an increase in the number of cases throughout July, a 124% increase from two weeks ago, according to data from the Los Angeles Times. The county itself has surpassed 1,000 cases for five consecutive days. But while hospitalizations remain low, they come from a specific source.
“To date, we have not had a patient admitted to a [Department of Health Services] hospital that has been fully vaccinated, with the J&J, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Every patient we have admitted for Covid is not yet fully vaccinated, ”County Health Services Director Dr Christina Ghaly said on Tuesday. DHS operates four hospitals in the region.
More than 60% of California residents have been fully vaccinated, but vaccination rates have slowed in recent weeks.
Also in the news:
►Nebraska will resume reporting coronavirus statistics after abandoning the practice a week ago after public health experts widely criticized the decision. Updates will be weekly rather than daily.
►New cases of the coronavirus surged in New York City during the week ending Sunday, increasing 66% as 3,970 cases were reported, according to state and national records.
►The delta variant leads to an increase in the number of cases worldwide, including in Italy. There have been 2,153 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the Italian Ministry of Health on Wednesday. This is more than double the 1,010 infections confirmed a week earlier.
► Argentina has reported more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, a blow to a country that has intermittently imposed some of the world’s toughest lockdowns, only to then see erratic compliance from many.
►Johnson & Johnson said its single dose injection protects against the delta variant and produces an immune response that lasts eight months and more. The company announced the results of the preprint study earlier this month and published the interim results of the study in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.
►With the Tokyo Olympics opening in just over a week, Tokyo on Wednesday reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly six months, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.
►Overdose deaths hit a record 93,000 last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the US government reported on Wednesday. This estimate overshadows the peak of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths the year before and represents a 29% increase.
The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 33.94 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 608,100 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 188.28 million cases and over 4 million deaths. Nearly 160 million Americans – 48.2% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
What we read: Thousands of school children across the Navajo Nation live without internet access, computers, cell phone service or electricity. When the pandemic struck, more than 23,398 Native American students in New Mexico lacked the high-speed internet and devices they needed for distance learning, the Department of Public Education of the United States of America concluded. ‘State. The actual number is significantly higher.
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“Make polio great again”? : Americans outraged as Tennessee drops vaccination for teens
Americans, including Tennessee residents, media and public figures, took to social media after the Tennessean reported on Tuesday the state health department’s stop of adolescent immunizations.
TDH’s new approach includes removing teens from postcards about vaccination doses, stopping COVID-19 vaccination events on school property, and cleaning the agency logo from certain documents that may be provided, according to an internal report and emails obtained by the Tennessean, part of the United States Network TODAY.
This applies to all vaccines. Not just COVID-19.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki commented on the sacking of the state’s top vaccine official and Tennessee’s decision to drop the vaccination, the USA TODAY correspondent reported to the White House on Wednesday. , Joey Garrison.
“We have of course seen the reporting and coverage of this issue,” Psaki said. “We oppose any effort that politicizes our country’s response to the pandemic. “
TDH chief medical officer Dr Tim Jones said any information released on back-to-school vaccinations should come from the Tennessee Department of Education, not the Tennessee Department of Health, according to the email and report obtained by Tennessee.
However, former Tennessee senior vaccine official Dr Michelle Fiscus, who was fired without explanation on Monday, said the state’s decision to cancel vaccination for minors came in response to pressure from conservative lawmakers.
“Kill kids for owning libraries,” Paulette Aniskoff, former director of the Obama White House’s Office of Public Engagement, said on Twitter.
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– Daniella Medina, Nashville Tennessee
Indonesia becomes new virus hotspot in Asia, surpassing number of cases in India
Indonesia reported more than 54,000 new cases of the coronavirus for the first time on Wednesday, overtaking recent daily infections in India, whose catastrophic outbreak is on the decline, and becoming the new virus hotspot in Asia.
Authorities fear that the most transmissible delta variant may now spread from the islands of Java and Bali, where epidemics have caused a partial lockdown that has closed places of worship, shopping malls, parks and restaurants.
“I predict that the epidemic will increase continuously in July because we are not yet able to prevent the spread of infections,” epidemiology expert Pandu Riono from the University of Indonesia said on Wednesday. “Emergency social restrictions are still insufficient. They should be twice as strict since we are facing the delta variant, which is twice as contagious.”
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported 54,517 new cases and 991 deaths, bringing the number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to more than 2.6 million and the number of confirmed deaths to more than 69,000. a month, the number of daily cases was about 8,000.
Contribute: The Associated Press.