Coronavirus News Update – July 3: Officials Across U.S. Sound the Alarm Over Significant Increase in New Cases

By Anna Breuer on 3 July 2021
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The London Eye, or Millennium Wheel,on the South Bank of the Thames, the most popular paid tourist attraction in the U.K.

Just as the United States is about to celebrate a Fourth of July holiday that many including President Joseph Biden had hoped would mark a return to normalcy, local officials across the country are sounding the alarm over a dramatic rise in new Covid cases.  The country saw 20,467 new cases on July 2, a 17% rise over the past two weeks.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded over 184 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.98 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 168.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which two weeks ago crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 621,172, an increase of 842 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.58 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 30.5 million officially recorded cases and 401,538 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.13 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, and increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of more than 41 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 181.7 million people in the United States – or 54.7% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47.1%, or 156.3 million people, are fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 328.8 million. Breaking this down further, 66.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 172.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 57.9% of the same group – or 149.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they plan to halve the number of arrivals from overseas as the country’s hotel quarantine system is showing cracks due to outbreaks from the highly transmissible India, or Delta variant. The country plans to keep its borders closed to non-citizens for the foreseeable future, officials there said.

The United Kingdom has seen a 52% increase in new cases week over week, reporting 27,125 new infections on Friday, as it moves towards what the media has dubbed “Freedom Day,” the day on which Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to reopen after undergoing one of the longest stretches of lockdown in the world.

Meanwhile, officials in Missouri asked the Biden Administration on Thursday for a “surge response team,” something the White House had announced only hours earlier.  The surge response teams will help states contain outbreaks fueled by the new India, or Delta, variant and low inoculation rates.  The number of new cases in the state has doubled over the past two weeks.

Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.

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