Coronavirus News Update – July 23: 3 States Now Responsible for 40% of all U.S. Cases

By Anna Breuer on 23 July 2021
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The United States has “fundamentally changed the course of this pandemic” and the pandemic is now one of the unvaccinated.   Three states – Florida, Missouri, and Texas – are currently responsible for 40% of all cases in the United States. “For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone,” Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters Thursday, adding that, “within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated people.”

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 193.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.15 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 175.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 626,179, an increase of 336 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 35.2 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.3 million officially recorded cases and 419,502 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 45,343 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 180% 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 3.79 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 49 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 48 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 187.2 million people in the United States – or 56.4% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.8%, or 162.2 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 339.8 million. Breaking this down further, 68.6% of the population over the age of 18 – or 177 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.7% of the same group – or 154.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

New Zealand put its quarantine-free travel program to and from Australia on pause for at least eight weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand cited the rise of the Delta variant in Australia, which has left 50% of the country under lockdown.

Chicago Public Schools joined New York City and the state of California in imposing a face mask requirement in school buildings regardless of vaccination status when the new academic year starts, the school system said.

Meanwhile, 31 of the 550 children at a sleep-away camp in upstate New York have so far tested positive for the coronavirus.  None of the cases is serious, according to Jack Mabb, the health director of Columbia County, where the camp is located. All but a handful of its staff and almost all campers over the age of 12 are vaccinated.  The 31 children who tested positive are all under the age of 12, and therefore not currently eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

Finally, the National Football League informed its teams that, if a game cannot be rescheduled during the regular 2021 season when necessitated due to a coronavirus outbreak amongst non-vaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will forfeit the game and players and staff will be subject to discipline from the league commissioner.

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