Coronavirus News Update – April 21: World Records Most Covid Cases in a Single Week

India Now Home to the World’s Most Severe Covid Outbreak

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 April 2021
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There were more than 5.2 million new Covid-19 cases last week, the most ever in a single week since the start of the pandemic. In addition, despite the progress many countries have made on vaccine distributions, the pace of the pandemic continues to accelerate, the World Health Organization said at a news conference Monday. “It took nine months to reach 1 million deaths, four months to reach 2 million and three months to reach 3 million deaths,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director-general. “Big numbers can make us numb, but each one of these deaths is a tragedy for families, communities and nations.”

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded over 143.7 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.06 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 122.08 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 928 million doses, the equivalent of almost 13 doses for every 100 people as of Wednesday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Wednesday, over 133.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 51.1% of the population over the age of 18 – some 131.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 85.9 million people, or 33.3% of the same population, a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 26% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Johnson & Johnson said that it would resume the rollout of its one-shot Janssen vaccine in Europe after the European Medicines Agency said that a warning should be put on the vaccines to indicate the possibility of blood clots to recipients. The move comes after the vaccine’s distribution in the European Union was delayed earlier this month when it was found to have been connected to blood clots in rare cases.

India recorded its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus on Tuesday, with 1,761 deaths. With an average of approximately 200,000 new outbreaks daily over the past week, the country is now the site of the world’s most severe outbreak.

Former coronavirus deniers continue to find that the pandemic has been real all along. Among them is American singer Ted Nugent, a Trump supporter who had previously called the virus a scam. In a Facebook live video on Monday, however, the singer changed his tune. “I thought I was dying,” Nugent said. “I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days,” the artist continued, before going on to reveal that he had tested positive for the virus.

Thirty-two of the 40 detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been given their first shot of the Moderna vaccine. Many were scheduled to have received the vaccine earlier in the year, but President Joseph Biden held off on authorizing them at the time, after receiving backlash from elected officials who said it was unfair that terrorism suspects would receive the shot ahead of many Americans.

Last week, a body infected with coronavirus washed ashore in Vanuatu, an island nation of approximately 300,00 people located in the Pacific Ocean, causing a panic. The government then banned travel off of the island of Efate between Sunday and Wednesday after testing of the corpse revealed the deceased had had the coronavirus, in order to allow time for contact tracing.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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