Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 2: WHO Expresses Concern Over New ‘Mu’ Variant

By Anna Breuer on 2 September 2021
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Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

The World Health Organization said it is carefully monitoring a new coronavirus variant known by the Greek letter μ or “mu.”  It has mutations with the potential to evade the immunity provided by current vaccines or from a prior Covid-19 infection.

The new variant was first identified in Colombia.  It has since been spotted in at least 39 countries, the WHO said.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 219.5 million Covid-19 cases and 4.55 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 196.4 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 166,060, an 18% 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 1,418, a change of 75% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 40.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32.9 million officially recorded cases and 439,833 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.38 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 70 doses for every 100 people, a figure that remains virtually unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 2,055 million people in the United States – or 61.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 52.6%, or 174.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 371.3 million, which translates to 1.1 million shots dispensed on Wednesday. Breaking this down further, 74.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 192 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 63.6% of the same group – or 164.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, an Illinois woman entered Hawaii with a vaccine card that noted she had been inoculated with the “Maderna” vaccine.  As followers of the game show “Wheel of Fortune” know, it’s getting the correct vowel that is tricky.  Chloe Mrozak apparently posted a photo of herself holding up her CDC vaccine card. The card showed that both doses were from the same batch of vaccine and administered in Delaware.  Authorities in the First State could not find any record of her vaccination and she was escorted into custody as she tried to depart the Aloha State.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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