Coronavirus News Update – July 10: Delta is Now the Dominant Variant in the U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 10 July 2021
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A vaccination site in New York City

The highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant is now the dominant mutation of the coronavirus in the United States, according to figures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released earlier in the week. The Delta variant now accounts for over half of all new cases in the country.  It is believed to be 60% more transmissible that then U.K., or Alpha, variant.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 187 million Covid-19 cases and 4.04 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 171 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 622,715, an increase of 490 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.71 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 30.82 million officially recorded cases and 407,537 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added 18,272 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 52% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

As of Saturday morning, 25 states have reported increases in the number of new cases including Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, and New York.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.35 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of more than 44 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 183.7 million people in the United States – or 55.2% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47.7%, or 158.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 332.3 million. Breaking this down further, 67.3% of the population over the age of 18 – or 173.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.5% of the same group – or 151.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In the United States, vaccination rates have flattened.  The country is struggling to reach the 70% mark that President Joseph Biden had set as a goal for the Fourth of July holiday period.  An ABC News-Washington Post poll found that, among the non-vaccinated, 74% say they’re unlikely to get the jab.  The president called on Americans to get inoculated, saying “it’s the most patriotic thing you can do.”

The Biden Administration is also calling on companies to set up clinics on site where workers can get vaccinated, and to offer paid time off for employees who get vaccinated outside of the workplace.

Finally, the CDC released new guidance for schools on Friday.  The guidance calls for them to fully reopen and suggests school districts base the measures they take on local data.  The move was praised by two of the largest teachers’ unions.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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