Austin, Texas is running out of intensive care beds as the daily average of COVID cases in the United States surpasses 100,000 to mark the highest level since February
The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus-transmitted disease COVID-19 pushed the daily average of new cases in the United States above 100,000 for the first time since February and created a crisis in Austin, Texas , where hospitals lack intensive care. single beds.
The seven-day average of new cases in the United States stood at 110,360 on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 112% from two weeks ago. Hospitalizations soared 90% and deaths by 92% over the period.
And as the growth of cases begins to slow in recent hot spots that have been crushed by low immunization rates – most new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated people – others are experiencing flare-ups.
Missouri, Nevada and Arkansas are among the former, while Florida and Louisiana are in the latter group, and both recently set seven-day case records. The hospitalization rate in Florida is about the same as the peak last summer and in Louisiana, more young adults are contracting severe COVID.
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In Austin, authorities are warning of a disaster as cases rise rapidly and intensive care unit beds are reduced to six remaining beds, the Guardian reported. The local government has urged residents to stay at home, wear face masks in public places and get vaccinated. Austin Public Health has elevated its risk-based advice to the highest level of State 5, the document reported.
“The situation is critical,” Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County health authority, said in a statement. “Our hospitals are very stressed and there is not much we can do to ease their burden as the number of cases increases.”
These efforts are not helped by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who, like Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis, issued an order restricting the terms of vaccines and face masks, with DeSantis even threatening to withhold funding for schools if they insist that children wear face masks.
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In a turnaround, the president of the American Federation of Teachers said on Sunday that she now supports the immunization mandates of teachers before they return to class this fall, to protect younger students.
“I think the circumstances have changed and vaccination is a community responsibility and it weighs very heavily on me that children under 12 cannot get vaccinated,” Randi Weingarten told NBC’s “Meet the Press” News Sunday morning.
“Vaccines are the most important way to deal with COVID. Since 1850, we have been dealing with vaccines in schools, it is nothing new to have vaccines in schools, ”she said.
Dr Anthony Fauci, meanwhile, said he hoped the Food and Drug Administration would fully approve the coronavirus vaccine by the end of the month and predicted that this potential move would spur a wave of vaccine mandates in the private sector as well as in schools and universities, the Associated Press reported.
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The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said it was essential to “take the extra step to get people vaccinated.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine tracking shows 166 million Americans are fully vaccinated, or 50.1% of the overall population. This means that they received two doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer PFE,
and German partner BioNTech BNTX,
or Moderna mRNA,
or a photo of Johnson & Johnson’s JNJ,
single-dose vaccine, the only three to have received an emergency authorization to date.
Among adults 18 years and older, 61.1% are fully immunized and 71% have received at least one dose. But rates vary from state to state, and some still have less than 50% of their residents vaccinated.
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Elsewhere, the city of Wuhan in China, where the coronavirus first appeared in late 2019, has tested its 11 million residents after another outbreak of cases, AFP reported. As of Saturday, the city had recorded 37 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases and found 41 local asymptomatic carriers in the latest round of mass testing, Xinhua reported.
In Japan, Tokyo, the site of the recent Olympics, on Monday recorded a record 2,884 new cases of COVID in a single day, according to news site The Asahi Shimbun.
Iran set a record death toll of 542 on Sunday and recorded more than 39,600 new cases, according to the AP. Iran has fought off the most severe wave of the virus that topped the previous peak last November.
Canada has reopened its border to fully vaccinated Americans, CNN reported. To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full series of a Covid-19 vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada.
The global coronavirus-borne disease tally topped 202.9 million on Monday, while the death toll topped 4.29 million according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States leads the world with a total of 35.8 million cases and deaths with 616,864.
India is second by cases with 31.9 million and third by deaths with 428,309 according to its official figures, which should be underestimated.
Brazil is second in deaths with 563,151, but third in cases with 20.2 million. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll with 244,420 but has recorded just 2.9 million cases, according to its official figures.
In Europe, Russia continues to lead the UK with 162,860 deaths, while the UK has 130,630, making Russia the country with the fifth death toll in the world and the highest in Europe.
China has recorded 105,904 confirmed cases and 4,848 deaths, according to its official figures, which are widely considered massively underreported.
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