Coronavirus News Update – August 2: World to Cross 200 Million Mark, U.S. to hit Goal of 70% in Vaccinations

By Anna Breuer on 2 August 2021
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

The world will hit a sobering milestone on Monday.  At some point, the 200 millionth coronavirus case will be recorded, bringing the total number of cases globally to over 200 million.  The 100 million case mark was reached on January 27, 2021, after having hit 50 million in early November.

There is some good news, however: The United States, also on Monday, will hit the 70% mark in having given adults 18 years of age and older at least their first coronavirus shot.  This was a milestone President Joseph Biden wanted to reach by July 4 of this year. Although that target wasn’t reached, the number of new infections and deaths from the coronavirus were nearing record lows at that point in time.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 199.2 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.2 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 179.8 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 79,763, a 149% 14-day change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant. The average number for the world is 580,698, a 14% 14-day increase, while the average death toll is 9,109, a 13% 14-day change.

In the United States, the death toll is now 629,384, an increase of 69 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 35.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.7 million officially recorded cases and 424,981 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 4.17 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of over 54 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 191.5 million people in the United States – or 57.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49.6%, or 164.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 346.5 million. Breaking this down further, 69.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 180.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 60.5% of the same group – or 156.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The latest data from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention shows that the coronavirus vaccines currently approved in the United States for emergency use during the pandemic offer extraordinary protection.  The report said that 99.999% of those fully vaccinated do not die from a breakthrough infection.  The news isn’t quite as good for the unvaccinated.  Their chances of dying from the virus are 25 times higher.

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was believed to have planned to announce a mask mandate on Monday, the announcement he made fell short of that plan.  Hizzoner, resisting calls for another mandate, said he was strongly encouraging people to don masks.  “We want to strongly recommend that people wear masks in indoor settings even if you’re vaccinated,” the mayor said.

To combat the spread of the virus, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday he will require all 68,000 employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to be vaccinated or face similar weekly testing and scrutiny as other state employees are now subject to.  The agency operates New York City’s buses, trains, and commuter rail systems.

Finally, officials in Germany plan to offer vaccine booster shots to older people and those individuals with underlying health conditions.  The booster shot program will begin in September, according to a draft plan published in Germany newspapers that is expected to be announced on Monday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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