Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 31: U.S. to Hit 40 Million Cases

By Anna Breuer on 31 August 2021
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The United States will, over the next 24 hours, hit the 40 million mark in coronavirus cases.  The country has been adding cases at the rate of over 150,000 per day over the past two weeks, with no end in sight.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 218.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.53 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 195 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 158,946, a 12% 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 1,348, a change of 91% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 39.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32.8 million officially recorded cases and 438,962deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.29 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.11 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 69 doses for every 100 people, a figure that remains virtually unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 204.7 million people in the United States – or 61.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 52.4%, or 173.8 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 369.6 million, which translates to 700,000 shots dispensed on Monday. Breaking this down further, 74.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 191.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 63.4% of the same group – or 163.7 million people – is fully vaccinated.

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