Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 3: New ‘Mu’ Virus Mutation Not an ‘Immediate Threat,’ Says Fauci

By Anna Breuer on 3 September 2021
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The new μ variant of the coronavirus is not an “immediate threat” to the United States, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist.  Fauci said that federal officials are keeping “a very close eye” on it, however. “Bottom line, we’re paying attention to it,” he said at a White House coronavirus briefing.  “We take everything like that seriously, but we don’t consider it an immediate threat right now.”

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 220.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 196.8 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 164,326, a 14% 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 1,521, a change of 67% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 40.5 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 440,103 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.41 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 71 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 Friday, 205.9 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 Thursday. 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, in North Korea, Kim Jong Un, at the start of a meeting of the ruling party’s politburo, called for efforts in the country to prevent natural disasters and Covid-19 outbreaks from damaging the economy, according to state media.

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