Coronavirus News Update – June 27: Cases Surge Again in Russia, Many from India Variant

New Yorkers Hospitalized with Covid-19 Hits Pandemic Low

By Anna Breuer on 27 June 2021
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow

Covid is surging in Russia again and the country recorded20,538 new infections over the past 24 hours, health officials there said.  In Moscow, there were 6,723 daily infections on Sunday, down from 8,457 the day before. While cases had plateaued to a level far lower than the country’s high in December, when over 25,000 new cases were reported on Christmas Day, case numbers never dropped below an average of 8,000 per day and the current surge began at the end of May, when the number of cases began to average over 9,000.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded over 181.7 million mark in Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.94 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 166.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which two weeks ago crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 619,343, an increase of 187 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.5 million individual cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, now has 30.5 million cases.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 2.88 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, the equivalent of over 38 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 178.9 million people in the United States – or 53.9% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 45.8%, or 152 million people, are fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 322.1 million. Breaking this down further, 65.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 170.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 56.5% of the same group – or 145.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Officials in New York City reported that the number of New Yorkers hospitalized with Covid-19 has hit an all-time low.  There were 371 Covid hospital patients on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported. The previous low had been on September 20, 2020, with 410 patients.

Russia recorded 20,538 new infections over the past 24 hours, health officials there said.  In Moscow, there were 6,723 daily infections on Sunday, down from 8,457 the day before. While cases had plateaued to a level far lower than the country’s high in December, when over 25,000 new cases were reported on Christmas Day, case numbers never dropped below an average of 8,000 per day and the current surge began at the end of May, when the number of cases began to average over 9,000.

With the increase in cases in Russia, France added the country to its “red” list from which non-essential travel is banned.

Moscow’s mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, said that the India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus now accounts for 90% of new infections in the capital city.  Meanwhile, the black market for fake Covid vaccination certificates is thriving now that city employees have been required to be inoculated against the virus.

Officials in Moscow have also eased online registration requirements so as to allow foreigners who have been vaccinated or who test negative for the virus to obtain a QR code in order to dine at so-called “Covid-free” restaurants, Russian state media reported.

Meanwhile, in Mallorca, authorities there are investigating the origins of a Covid outbreak involving more than 600 students celebrating the end of the semester. The outbreak comes just as the Spanish island prepares for the return of British tourists after the easing of travel restrictions.

Britain’s embattled health secretary, Matt Hancock, resigned Saturday. The move came one day after the Sun newspaper published photos of him kissing an aide back in May, before Covid guidelines allowed cross-household contact.  The news came as the country recorded the highest number of new Covid cases since early February, over 18,000, as the India, or Delta, variant ravages the country.

In Brazil, the televised congressional investigation into the pandemic there suggests that Jair Bolsonaro’s administration committed “crimes against life, the senior politician leading the investigation said. “The most shocking thing is the realization of how negligent the government has been – on so many issues,” Senator Omar Aziz told the Guardian.

Jonathan Spira and Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.

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