Deaths from the novel coronavirus in the United States have fallen to the lowest level since March 2020, according to data from multiple sources including Worldometer and Johns Hopkins University. The drop in the death count follows a sharp drop in the number of new cases reported on a daily basis, with the seven-day average now below 20,000.
As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded over 173.4 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.73 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 156.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.
Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, over 2.05 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, the equivalent of approximately 27 doses for every 100 people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 169.7 million people in the United States – just over 51% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 41.4%, or 137.5 million people, are fully vaccinated. Breaking this down further, approximately 63% of the population over the age of 18 has received at least a first inoculation and 52% of that group is fully vaccinated.
Thailand is now in its biggest – and deadliest – wave of coronavirus and much of that, the New York Times reports, can be traced back to diplomats, government officials, military officers, and businessmen who frequent nightclubs that cater to such a clientele.
India’s second wave is ravaging the countryside there. With little testing, few deaths are attributed to Covid, and the official death toll of almost 29 million is universally believed to be understated by two to three times. Vaccination efforts are faltering there and officials there recently ordered 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Hyderabad-based Biological-E in partnership with the Baylor School of Medicine, despite the fact that Phase III trials have not yet been completed.
China has ramped up its coronavirus vaccination program to the point where it is delivering 20 million doses of Sinopharm, that country’s vaccine, per day. As of Friday, according to official government reports, the country has administered 720 million doses with almost 400 million of those last month alone. Sinopharm, however, offers little protection against the coronavirus, something top Chinese officials admitted as far back as April. “We will solve the issue that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates,” Gao Fu, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a presentation at a conference in Chengdu. “It’s now under consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process.”
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is attempting to entice people to get inoculated against Covid by offering an array of prizes. The list includes a brand-new apartment, paid days off, and the opportunity to hold a private party on a commercial plane. While other parts of Asia face shortages of vaccine, Hong Kong has enough for its population of 7.5 million and vaccinations are free.
California is offering those who get vaccinated an opportunity to win $50,00 in a lottery, Vax for the Win. The first winners were selected Friday. “There are real winners here,” said Governor Gavin Newsom as the prizes were awarded.
Finally, six countries in Latin America – Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Uruguay – are in the midst of new waves of coronavirus, and are squarely in the top ten for new cases reported per million members of the population.
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