Coronavirus News Update – July 19: England Lifts Nearly All Covid-Era Restrictions Despite Dramatic Surge in Cases

By Anna Breuer on 19 July 2021
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As Prime Minister Boris Johnson sat in self-isolation, England celebrated what the press there had termed “Freedom Day,” when almost all Covid-era restrictions were lifted following what had been one of the most stringent and lengthy lockdowns in the world. The move removed almost all legal restrictions on social interaction and nightclubs opened early Monday morning to celebrate.

The move comes as case numbers continue to surge, reaching levels only seen at the peak of the previous wave in January.  Hospitalizations and deaths during the current wave, however, has been a fraction of those in January given that over half the population is fully vaccinated

Over half a million people – almost 1% of the country’s population – have been “pinged” – or notified, as the prime minster was, of a close contact with someone with Covid-19.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 191.4 million Covid-19 cases and 4.11 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 174.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 624,746, an increase of 31 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.96 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 31.14 million officially recorded cases and 414,141 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 31,745 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 140% 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 3.65 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 48 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, 186 million people in the United States – or 56% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.6%, or 161.1 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 337.7 million. Breaking this down further, 68.2% of the population over the age of 18 – or 176.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.4% of the same group – or 153.5 million people – is fully vaccinated.

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