Coronavirus News Update – July 15: ‘The Delta Variant is Gaining Ground,’ Says Governor

By Anna Breuer on 15 July 2021
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On board the Celebrity Summit, where hopefully all are vaccinated

Even as the United States edges closer to the 50% mark for a fully vaccinated population, full-fledged outbreaks are emerging in a handful of states with relatively low vaccination rates. The list now includes Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Nevada. “The Delta variant is gaining ground,” Governor Asa Hutchinson told state residents, lamenting the low vaccination rate and spiraling new case rate that was over 1,000 new infections on Wednesday.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 189.4 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.08 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 172.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 623,846, an increase of 447 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 31 million officially recorded cases and 412,204 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 26,513 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 111% 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 3.54 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion and the equivalent of 46 doses for every 100 people, not quite a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 184.8 million people in the United States – or 55.7% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.2%, or 160 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 335.5 million. Breaking this down further, 67.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 175.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.1% of the same group – or 152.6 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Norwegian Cruise Line filed suit against Florida’s surgeon general over the state’s vaccine passport ban.  The cruise line said that the ban has stopped it from protecting its employees and customers. Norwegian wants to verify all passengers on board are fully vaccinated before they embark.

Finally, the British press is reporting that the pandemic has cost Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Collection Trust, which manages her art collection and visits to her palaces, millions of dollars.  The trust took in £6.8 million ($9.4 million), down from £71 million in 2019 as visitors to Buckingham Place, Windsor Castle, and other attractions plummeted from 3.2 million to just 155,000 in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel and local shelter-in-place mandates.  The trust’s operating costs were £42.9 million in 2020.

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