Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 21: 670,000 Flags on the National Mall Pay Silent Tribute to America’s Loss

By Anna Breuer on 21 September 2021
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Flags at the base of the Washington Monument.

The coronavirus pandemic became the deadliest disease event in U.S. history, overtaking the 1918 Spanish flu just as the death toll crossed the 675,000 mark.  Of course, the population of the country in 1918 was a third of what it is now, so as a percentage of the population, the 1918 pandemic continues to remain the deadliest of the two.

Meanwhile, at the Washington Monument, an art installation consisting of 670,000 small white flags, each 10” (25.4 cm) apart, flutter in the breeze.  Each flag represents an American life lost to Covid.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 229.9 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.7 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 206.6 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 137,295, a +4% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,087, a change of 51% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 43.1 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 694,453. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.5 million, and a death toll of 445,416, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.99 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 78 doses for every 100 people, a one dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 212 million people in the United States – or 63.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.7%, or 181.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 386.2 million. Breaking this down further, 76.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 197.7 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.9% of the same group – or 170.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The owner of a Rowlett, Texas restaurant, Hang Time, refused service to a couple who wanted to keep their masks on in the restaurant because they are caregivers for their immunocompromised four-month-old son.  The owner of the restaurant asked them to leave.  “I have spent my money on the business, my blood sweat and tears in this business, and I don’t want masks in here,” Tom, the owner of Hang Time, told the local CBS affiliate. Rowlett is a city in Dallas and Rockwall counties.

Meanwhile, another conservative radio host who urged the boycott of the coronavirus vaccine died of Covid.  Bob Enyart, whose co-host called him “the wisest person I’ve known,” also mocked people who died of AIDS on a cable television show.

Finally, Japanese officials said they were reusing the so-called “anti-sex” beds made for the Olympic Village for Covid-19 patients.  Approximately 800 beds will be sent to a temporary hospital for Covid patients by the end of September.  Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said that the beds were “high quality.”  The beds’ cardboard material was chosen with recyclability in mind, but they were found to be far more durable than pundits originally had indicated.

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