Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 9: Surge Brings North Dakota Hospitals to Tipping Point

By Paul Riegler on 9 October 2021
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The Delta variant-driven surge of the coronavirus pandemic is receding in many parts of the United States but it is surging in North Dakota, pushing hospitals to their limits. The state’s governor, Doug Burgun along with  local officials is asking residents to avoid risky activities that could land them in the emergency room.  Doctors and health-care administrators are asking the public to drive defensively, skip dangerous activities that could result in injuries, regularly visit their physicians, and ensure all vaccinations – include that for Covid-19 – are up to date.

In Chicago, one day after President Joseph Biden visited the Windy City to plea for more vaccine mandates, Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed course on the mandate for public workers and said they would be allowed to opt out of the required inoculations until the end of the year by getting regularly tested. The original mandate was announced in August.

A New York Nets player is expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars due to his vaccination status.  New York City would require him and other players to have at least one dose of vaccine in order to enter such facilities as sports arenas and Kyrie Irving has missed at least one preseason game as a result of this, resulting in fine of $380,000 for the one game.  The National Basketball League said that “any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses.”

Meanwhile, Singapore added the United States  along with Britain, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain to a list of countries where two-way travel for fully vaccinated individuals can occur without any quarantine requirement, officials there announced on Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 238.1 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.9 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 215.3 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 97,933, a -20% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,770, a change of -14% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has as of Saturday recorded 45.1 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 732,477. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.9 million, and a death toll of 450,526, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 216.6 million people in the United States – or 65.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 56.3%, or 186.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 400.7 million. Breaking this down further, 78.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 201.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 67.7% of the same group – or 174.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.64 billion people across the globe  have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 47.5% of the world’s population. There is a stark gap between the percentage of individuals vaccinated in more advanced countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, for example, where vaccination rates are in the single digits, if not lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that well-off countries are vaccinating people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to give a single dose to its citizenry.

It is critical that the world do a better job of sharing vaccines with poorer nations.

Sharing vaccines is not merely a form of charity.  Rather, the equitable distribution of vaccines is in every country’s health and economic interest and no country will be able to move past the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.

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