Coronavirus News Update – July 12: Infections Rise in 42 States, Australia Extends Restrictions

By Anna Breuer on 12 July 2021
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In a strong indication that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the United States, 42 states reported an increase in infections over the past two weeks.  Only Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia saw a decline in cases over the seven-day period that ended Saturday. The increase comes as the pace of vaccinations has dropped considerably.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 187.8 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.05 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 171.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 622,828, an increase of 23 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.73 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 30.9 million officially recorded cases and 409,130 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added 19,032 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 60% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.44 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of more than 45 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 Monday, 184.1 million people in the United States – or 55.5% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48%, or 159.2 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 334.2 million. Breaking this down further, 67.6% of the population over the age of 18 – or 174.6 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.8% of the same group – or 151.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Malta is striking a unique stance in the European Union, only allowing fully vaccinated travelers into the country.  The tiny archipelago nation – it has a population of approximately 500,000 people – has the world’s highest per capita of fully vaccinated residents, 70%. Seventy-four percent of the population has received at least one dose.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to announce on Monday that most remaining restrictions relating to the pandemic would indeed be lifted on July 19 as planned. The move would allow nightclubs to reopen and remove capacity limits on social gatherings, weddings, funerals, and sporting events. The announcement is expected late Monday, although most restrictions on international travel will remain in place.

In Australia, Sydney officials warned that the city’s lockdown could be extended as the current outbreak, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, shows no signs of slowing down. Residents of the country’s most populous city entered a strict lockdown more than two weeks ago after an airport limousine driver contracted the virus, which then spread rapidly.  Health officials there reported 112 new infections on Monday, the highest one-day total yet in an outbreak that has seen 678 infections since it began in mid-June.

Elsewhere, South Korea set a new high in new daily coronavirus cases for the third straight day.  Officials are preparing to put into place strong social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area where transmission has surged following months of complacency.  Nightclubs and churches will be ordered closed, visitors will be banned at hospitals and nursing homes, and weddings and funerals will be limited to immediate family.

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