Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 14: Russian President Putin to Self-Isolate Due to Exposure to Covid

By Anna Breuer on 14 September 2021
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has undertaken extraordinary measures to protect himself from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, said he was isolating after several members of his inner circle tested positive for the coronavirus.  As a result, Putin canceled a planned trip this week for a Central Asian security summit in Tajikistan, the Kremlin said.

The Russian president previously said he had been vaccinated with the two-dose Sputnik vaccine and received his second dose in April.  Putin discussed his quarantine on a televised videoconference with other senior officials present.  “We’ll see how Sputnik works in practice,” he said in the course of the virtual meeting.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 226.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.7 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 202.9 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 172,404, an 8% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,827, a change of 36% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.1 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 680,274. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.29 million, and a death toll of 443,247, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.76 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 75 doses for every 100 people, a one-half dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 209.7 million people in the United States – or 63.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 53.9%, or 178.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 380.8 million. Breaking this down further, 75.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 195.6 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65% of the same group – or 167.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Officials in Greece banned unvaccinated individuals from indoor venues such as restaurants and cafes.  Employees of such venues who are not vaccinated will have to undergo regular Covid testing at their own expense.

The Ukrainian government announced it will use vaccine passports to verify an individual’s status with respect to coronavirus vaccinations.  The introduction of vaccine passports will allow public venues such as theaters, cinemas, and fitness centers to operate without social distancing requirements if all patrons and 80% of staff are at a minimum partially vaccinated.

Finally, the Galveston County Health District in Texas reported the death of a four-year-old girl.  The girl’s mother, Karra Harwood, who was an anti-vaxxer, told the Galveston County Daily News that she tested positive and tried to stay away from her daughter, but to no avail.  The little girl died in her sleep one day after Harwood tested positive and Covid was confirmed by the medical examiner.

“I was one of the people that was anti, I was against it,” Harwood told the paper. “Now, I wish I never was.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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