Coronavirus News Update – April 12: Prince Philip’s Death During the Coronavirus Presents Challenging Situation

India Now Second in World in Coronavirus Cases

By Anna Breuer on 12 April 2021
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Prince Philip’s death in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic at the age of 99 last week presents numerous challenges to a nation already shaken over 125,000 Covid-related fatalities and a year of lockdowns.  In keeping with the prince’s wishes, and given current pandemic-related restrictions in the United Kingdom, the prince’s widow, Queen Elizabeth, is considering “modified” funeral plans, Buckingham Palace, which reiterated pleas for people „not to gather in crowds,“ said.  The prince’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral, which will likely be like no other major royal event in recent history.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded over 136.7 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 2.95 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, approximately 110 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.  India hit yet another record for new daily coronavirus infections, and its total caseload rose to second in the world after the United States and ahead of Brazil, with 13.6 million cases.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 787 million doses, the equivalent of 10 doses for every 100 people as of Monday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Sunday, over 119.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 45.9% of the population over the age of 18 – over 118.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 72.4 million people, or 28.1% of the same population, more than a quarter of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 21.9% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.6 percentage point increase over Sunday.

The drug-maker Regeneron announced Monday that its monoclonal antibody cocktail offered strong protection against Covid-19 when given to an individual who is living with someone with the virus. The cocktail could give doctors a new way to protect against the virus for those who haven’t been vaccinated or who don’t respond well to the vaccination, the company said.

The Pentagon said over the weekend that nearly 40% of members of the U.S. Marine Corps have declined to be inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine, the newspaper USA Today reported over the weekend.  Some Democrats have urged President Joe Biden to make the inoculation mandatory for all U.S. military service members.

A 28-year-old man in the city of General Trias in the Philippines died after police forced him to do some 300 squat-like exercises for breaking curfew. Caught buing water after the nation-wide 6 p.m. curfew by village guards, the man had been brought to Plaza Malabon in front of the municipal hall with another man similarly apprehendied for a curfew violation.  According to the man’s partner, Reichelyn Balce, the man was too weak to even walk the following day and died that night.

Jesse Sokolow contributed to this story.

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