Coronavirus News Update – August 14: As Delta Variant Spurs Cancellations, Southwest Says Virus is Hurting Business

Germany Classifies U.S. as ‘High Risk’

By Paul Riegler on 14 August 2021
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Schloß Elmau, located Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald

Southwest Airlines said that the surge in new coronavirus cases fueled by the Delta, or India, variant is causing new bookings to diminish and the number of cancellations to rise.  As a result, the airline said that the slowdown would make it difficult for it to show a profit in Q3.

Meanwhile, officials in Germany moved the United States to a “high risk” classification on Friday amidst the rising number of cases there. The action affects unvaccinated travelers who wish to visit the “land of poets and thinkers.” Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for ten days upon arrival, starting Sunday, if they do not have documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated or have immunity from a past infection.  The quarantine period can be shortened if they test negative on the fifth day.

Germany also reclassified Israel and Turkey as high risk.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 207.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.34 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 185.8 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 128,537, a 66% 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 651, an increase of 116%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 37.4 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 32.2 million officially recorded cases and 430,910 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 4.58 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of 60 doses for every 100 people, which is virtually unchanged over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 197.1 million people in the United States – or 59.4% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.5%, or 167.7 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 354.8 million. Breaking this down further, 71.6% of the population over the age of 18 – or 185 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.5% of the same group – or 158.7 million people – is fully vaccinated.

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