Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 2: Russia Hits Pandemic High in New Covid Cases and Deaths

By Anna Breuer on 2 November 2021
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Moscow at night, photographed from the Four Seasons Moscow

The number of daily coronavirus cases in Russia hit a pandemic high on Monday with 39,321 while the death toll there climbed to a record 1,178 as of Tuesday morning. The country is in the midst of a partial lockdown and authorities are urging people to get inoculated against the virus.

This fourth wave in Russia is wreaking havoc in a largely non-vaccinated country where people are distrustful of the government and its efforts to stem the spread of the disease.  Fake vaccination certificates abound and police there have opened over 500 investigations into their distribution.  The government has also ordered over 2,000 websites that sell such certificates to shut down.

Meanwhile, in China, over 50% of flights into Beijing airports were cancelled as the capital city tightens coronavirus restrictions.  Officials there told residents who had traveled to areas with confirmed cases should “postpone” their return.

Finally, some 9,000 New York City municipal employees were placed on unpaid leave because they failed to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.  As of Sunday, 91% of all city workers had complied with the mandate, Hizzoner reported.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 248 million Covid-19 cases and, as mentioned, over 5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 224.7 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 74,504, a -11% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,300, a change of -20% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Tuesday, recorded over 46.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 767,441. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 34.3 million, and a death toll of 458,470, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.  Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 607,954, and has seen over 21.8 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 221.8 million people in the United States – or 66.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 58%, or 192.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 423 million. Breaking this down further, 80%% of the population over the age of 18 – or 206.6 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 69.6% of the same group – or 179.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.91 billion people across the globe have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 50.9% of the world’s population, a .4 percentage point increase in the past 24 hours. There remains, however, a 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 citizens.

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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