Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 29: Hospitalizations in U.S. Rise over 100,000 for Only Second Time in Pandemic

By Paul Riegler on 29 August 2021
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Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States are approaching a peak amidst the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus.  In contrast to earlier surges, patients are typically younger and sicker.

The number of hospitalizations in the United States crossed the 100,000 mark over the past week, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is only the second time that milestone has been reached.

Hospitals in states with low rates of vaccination are running out of ICU beds and hospital staff. In Kentucky, where only 48% of residents have been vaccinated, hospitals are overrun.

“Our hospitals are overrun, and we will see significant death moving forward,” Governor Andy Beshear said at a news conference.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 217 million Covid-19 cases and 4.51 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 193.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 156,145, a 29% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,281, a change of 95% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 39.6 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32.7 million officially recorded cases and 438,242recorded deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.18 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 67 doses for every 100 people, a figure that remains virtually unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 203.9 million people in the United States – or 61.4% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 52.1%, or 172.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 367.9 million, which translates to 0.9 million shots dispensed on Saturday. Breaking this down further, 73.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 189.90 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 62.8% of the same group – or 162.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Eric Clapton, an English rock-and-blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, released a new song, “This Has Gotta Stop,” intended for those against the coronavirus vaccinations.  “I’m used to being free,” one of the lines in the song proclaims.

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