Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 7: Labor Day 2021 Saw 300% More Covid Cases Than Last Year

By Anna Breuer on 7 September 2021
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Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but the coronavirus remains with us.  The country’s seven-day average of new cases as of the holiday was more than four times higher than Labor Day in 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins.  The seven-day average of new cases this year was 137,270 daily cases, versus 39,355 daily cases in 2020.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 222.2 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 198.8 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 132,135, a -12%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 1,385, a change of 31% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 40.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 33.1 million officially recorded cases and 441,075 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.52 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 24 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, 206.9 million people in the United States – or 62.3% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 53%, or 175.8 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 374.5 million, which translates to  3,2 million  shots having been dispensed on Sunday. Breaking this down further, 74.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 193.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 64% of the same group – or 165.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, health officials in Los Angeles County said that the mu variant was detected in 167 people over the summer there.  The mu variant has been labeled a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization.  Such variants of interest are not considered as much of a threat as mutations labeled “variants of concern,” such as the delta variant.

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