December 7, 2020 at 8:35 am #370639
Worldometer, Dec 7: Yesterday- there were more than 175 thousand new cases and 1,087 new deaths in the U.S., over 32 thousand new cases and 374 new deaths in India; over 29 thousand new cases and 457 new deaths in Russia; over 26 thousand new cases and 321 new deaths in Brazil; close to 19 thousand new cases and 564 new deaths in Italy; close to 15 thousand new cases and 184 new deaths in Germany; over 17 thousand new cases and 231 new deaths in the UK; over 11.6 thousand new cases and 593 new deaths in Mexico; over 11.5 thousand new cases and 294 new deaths in Iran; over 11 thousand new cases and 174 new deaths in France; over 9 thousand new cases and 228 new deaths in Poland; over 6 thousand new cases and 76 new deaths in Canada; over 2 thousand new cases and 32 new deaths in Japan; over 1.7 thousand new cases and 7 new deaths in Denmark; 631 new cases and 5 new deaths in South Korea; 272 new cases and 5 new deaths in Sudan; 9 new cases and zero new deaths in Australia; zero new cases and zero new deaths in China.
Reuters, Denmark tightens lockdown to curb Covid-19 spike, Dec 7: “Restaurants, museums, cinemas and other cultural institutions will have to close on Dec. 9 in 38 of 98 municipalities, including Copenhagen, and students in upper primary school, high schools and universities will be sent home… In the last 24 hours, 2,026 new infections have been registered out of more than 78,000 tests and 328 people have been hospitalized… The new restrictions will be in place until Jan 3. Countrywide restrictions already in place will be extended until March”.
Politico, Brix frustrated by ‘parroting back’ of virus misinformation, Dec 6: “White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said Sunday she’s frustrated with the persistence of false claims about the spread of the virus… ‘When I go out, I just don’t meet with healthcare providers and governors and mayors, but I also meet with the community,’ Birx said. ‘And so I hear community members parroting back… that masks don’t work, parroting back that we should work toward herd immunity, parroting back that gatherings don’t result in super-spreading events. And I think our job is to constantly say those are myths.’..
“Public health officials have stepped up their warnings as coronavirus cases hit record levels. A million new cases were diagnosed in the United States in the first five days of December… ‘I think it’s really important that every single person understands that the way this virus is spread is if you’re with anyone indoors without a mask, that’s a viral spreading opportunity,’ Birx said. ‘If you’re outdoors and hugging and kissing individuals, that is a viral spreading opportunity. We have to really understand how contagious, how infectious, this virus is…You cannot gather without masks in any indoor or close outdoor situation'”.
anitaDecember 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm #370789
Worldometer, Dec 9: Yesterday in the U.S. was an all-time pandemic high record of new deaths: 2,949 new deaths, higher deaths per day than on any other day during the pandemic.
Close to 210 thousand new cases were recorded in the U.S. yesterday.
anitaDecember 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm #370848
According to Worldometer, yesterday, December 9, in the U.S. there were 3.265 new deaths, a higher number of Covid-19 deaths in a day than in any other day during the pandemic, an all-time pandemic record high, and the first day with 3,000 + deaths per day.
anitaDecember 17, 2020 at 2:41 pm #371252
Worldometer, Dec 17:
In the U.S., December 16, 2020- a new record high of new infections: over a quarter million, and a new record high of new deaths: 3,561 new deaths.
anitaDecember 25, 2020 at 12:56 pm #371696
Worldometer, Dec 25: yesterday, Christmas Eve, there were more than 193 thousand new cases and 2,835 new deaths in the U.S.; more than 39 thousand new cases and 574 new deaths in the UK; almost 39 thousand new cases (an all-time pandemic record high) and 635 new deaths (an all-time pandemic record high) in Russia.
anitaDecember 28, 2020 at 12:46 pm #371787
Worldometer, Dec 28: There are more than 81 million Covid-19 cases and getting closer to 2 million Covid-19 deaths worldwide; getting close to 20 million cases, and closer to 350 thousands deaths in the U.S.; over 10 million cases and getting closer to 150 thousand deaths in India.
CNN: For 26 days in a row, more than 100,000 people have been hospitalized fighting coronavirus, Dec 28: “December has been a devastating month for coronavirus spread in the US. More than 63,000 Americans have died so far this month — the most since the pandemic began… One hospital in Southern California is facing the possibility of rationing the limited number of ICU beds and treatment equipment due to the surge of cases, meaning health care providers may have to make decisions of who gets treatment and who does not..And with waves of holiday travel, health experts predict cases will only grow. More than 1.1 million people were screened at airports on Saturday, according to the TSA. More than 616,000 were screened on Christmas Day alone…
“Nearly 2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 9.5 million doses have been distributed. Those numbers now include both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines… With vaccines likely not widely available until the summer, experts have cautioned Americans not to let their guard down as vaccinations begin and to continue wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and gatherings, and regularly washing their hands…
“For vaccines to really take hold and achieve herd immunity from the virus, 70% to 85% of the population would need to achieve immunity to it, Fauci said Sunday… The measles vaccine is about 98% effective, Fauci said, and when below 90% of the population is vaccinated against measles, there starts to be a breakthrough against herd immunity and people start to get infected. ‘So, I made a calculation that Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, is not as nearly as transmissible as measles, measles is the most transmissible infection you can imagine,’ he said. ‘So, I would imagine that you would need something a little bit less than the 90%, that’s where I got to the 85.”
Health: Dr. Fauci warns ‘Worst is still to come (Dec 27): “California hospitals are full to overflowing. States down South—including onetime epicenters Florida and Texas—are seeing cases rise… Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke on CNN’s State of the Union this morning to say, well, it can get worse. And it will…
“‘I want to ask about something that President-Elect Biden said this week,’ said anchor Dana Bash. ‘He said the darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us. Dr. Fauci, as you know, over a hundred thousand of our fellow Americans spent their holiday hospitalized with COVID-19 and we’re averaging nearly 200,000 new cases more than 2,000 deaths each day. Do you agree that the worst is still yet to come?’
“‘I do,’ answered Fauci, ‘and the reason I’m concerned—and my colleagues in public health are concerned also—is that we very well might see a post-seasonal—in the sense of Christmas, New Year’s—surge. And as I’ve described it as this ‘surge upon a surge,’ because if you look at the slope, the incline of cases that we’ve experienced as we’ve gone into the late fall and soon to be early winter, it is really quite correctly when you’re dealing with a baseline of 200,000 cases, new cases a day, and about 2,000 deaths per day with the hospitalizations are over 120,000. We’re really at a very critical point…When you travel, you see pictures on the TV screens, then of people at airports, crowded in lines, trying to stay physically separated, but it’s so difficult to do that. And that generally is followed [by a surge]. When people get to the destination, they want to be—you’re going to have mixing of household people at a dinner or at a social function. Those are the things that naturally happen. And as much as we advise against it, nonetheless, it happens”.
The Hill: Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken “very seriously” (Dec 28): “Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Sunday, said people should take the more contagious strain of the coronavirus that has emerged in southeastern England very seriously.’.. Public health officials are examining the new strain ‘very intensively now,’ including questions such as ‘Does it make someone more ill? Is it more serious virus in the sense of virulence? And the answer is, it doesn’t appear to be that way.’
“He added that while their British counterparts have expressed confidence that existing vaccines will be equally effective against the new strain, “we’re going to be doing the studies ourselves,’.. We’re getting isolates of it, making combination of viruses, to be able to directly test, getting sera from people who we have vaccinated, and see if it still neutralizes this new strain, this mutant strain that’s coming from the U.K., as well as from South Africa,’ he added. ‘There’s a similar, but not entirely the same type of mutation that we’re seeing in South Africa.'”.
anitaDecember 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm #371917
Worldometer, Dec 30: yesterday was an all-time pandemic record high of new cases in the UK, over 53 thousand new cases, almost 12 thousand more new cases than the previous record high of the day before. Yesterday was also an all-time pandemic record high of new deaths in the U.S., 3,717 new deaths.
USA Today, California reports first case of more contagious Covid-19 strain, Dec 30: “California has reported its first case of a more contagious Covid-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom- the second confirmed case in the U.S… Scientists in the United Kingdom said the variant strain, known as B.1.1.7, is more contagious than previously identified strains but not more severe. According to models, it has an increased transmission rate of 70% compared with other variants in the U.K.
“The strain was first spotted in September in southeastern England and accounted for a quarter of cases in London by November. By the week of Dec. 9, it was responsible for 60% of cases in the city. As Britain cheered the emergency authorization Wednesday of a coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the government extended its highest tier of restrictions to three-quarters of England’s population, beyond London and the southeast to large swaths of central, northern and southwest England…
“The strain has been identified in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, India, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates…
“SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, mutates regularly and acquires about one new mutation in its genome every two weeks, according to the CDC. The U.K. variant has several mutations that affect the so-called “spiked protein” on the virus surface that attaches to human cells. ‘The overwhelming majority of mutations are irrelevant,’ Fauci said. ‘Every once in a while, you get a mutation that does impact the function of the virus. This particular mutation does in fact make the virus better at transmitting from one person to another.’
“Researchers believe current COVID-19 vaccines will likely protect against the new variant, but data is needed. The virus would ‘likely need to accumulate multiple mutations in the spike protein to evade immunity induced by vaccines or by natural infection,’ according to the CDC. ‘From what we know from experience with this mutation and other mutations, it’s unlikely to have a large impact on vaccine-induced immunity, or existing immunity from previous strains,’ said Dr. Greg Armstrong, director of the CDC’s Office of Advanced Molecular Detection…
“South Africa has also identified a strain similar to the one first identified in the U.K., but it emerged independently of the U.K. strain and is not related to it, according to the CDC. U.S. health officials said Wednesday they did not know if the South Africa strain was also circulating in the U.S.”
anitaDecember 31, 2020 at 12:36 pm #371988
Worldometer, Dec 31: yesterday- there were over 234 thousand new cases in the U.S., and a new all-time pandemic record high of 3,880 new deaths.
Also yesterday- in the UK, there were over 50 thousand new cases (second highest all-time record high of new cases) and 981 new deaths (the current winter wave record high, almost as high as the all-time pandemic high of 1,166 new deaths on April 21).
anitaJanuary 5, 2021 at 6:23 pm #372240
Worldometer, January 5, 2021: so far, there have been a pandemic total of over 365 thousand Covid-19 deaths in the U.S., almost 200 thousand deaths in Brazil, more than 150 thousand deaths in India, more than 76 thousand deaths in the UK (and a new all-time record high of almost 61 thousand new case), and more than 76 thousand new cases in Italy, more than 66 thousand deaths in France, almost 60 thousand deaths in Russia, more than 51 thousand new cases in Spain.
CNN: Los Angeles County ambulance crews are told not to transport Covid-19 patients with little chance of survival, Jan 5: “Hospitals are declaring internal disasters and having to open church gyms to serve as hospital units,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said. ‘Our health care workers are physically and mentally exhausted and sick.’ Solis called the situation a ‘human disaster.’ Almost 7,900 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, in just Los Angeles County. And 21% of them are in intensive care units, officials said Tuesday…On Tuesday, another 224 deaths were announced, bringing the total in the county to more than 11,000. Now, ambulance crews in LA County have been told not to take patients with little chance of survival to hospitals.”
January 6, 2021 at 1:14 pm #372327
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by anita.
Worldometer, Jan 6, 2021: yesterday in the US there were more than 233 thousand new cases, and 3,738 new deaths (the second highest number, first being 3,876 on Dec 30). Yesterday in the UK there were almost 61 thousand new cases (the highest number of new cases in all of the pandemic, a new record high), and 830 new deaths.
anitaJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm #372408
Worldometer, Jan 7, 2021: yesterday, in the US, there were two record-high numbers in all of the pandemic: almost 261 thousand new cases, and 4,100 new deaths.
The UK had its record-high number of new cases in all of the pandemic: over 63 thousand new cases, and 1,041 deaths- a record-high in this winter wave of the pandemic. There were 4 days in April with the same or higher number of new deaths.
anitaJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:40 pm #372458
Worldometer, Jan 8: yesterday two more record high numbers in the US: more than 280 thousand new cases, and 4,223 new deaths- more than yesterday, and more than on any other day during the pandemic of 2020-2021.
A winter-wave record high of 1,162 new deaths yesterday in the UK is lower by only 4 than the all time pandemic high of new deaths on April 21 (1,166).
anitaJanuary 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm #373253
Worldometer, January 21, 2021: yesterday in the U.S., there were 4,385 new deaths, the second highest number in all of the pandemic, second only to the all-time pandemic record high of 4,482 new deaths on January 12 of this year. Yesterday in the UK there were 1,820 new deaths, an all-time pandemic record high, 210 more new deaths yesterday than the day before.
Yesterday, there were more new cases in Spain than at any day before, an all-time pandemic high number of new cases, over 41.5 thousands.
In India, the curve of new cases and new deaths has been flattening since about mid- September, with over 15 thousand new cases and 152 new deaths yesterday.