Coronavirus News Update: April 5 – India Sees Over 100,000 New Cases in One Day

U.S. Now Averaging Over 3 Million Vaccinations Per Day

By Jesse Sokolow on 5 April 2021
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India recorded over 100,000 new cases in a single day ,  for the first time since the pandemic began ravaging the world, health officials there said. The country has the third highest number of cases in the world after Brazil and the United States, with 12.6 million, and is only the second country after the United States to surpass 100,000 new cases in a single day.

As of Monday morning, the world has seen 132.1 million Covid-19 cases and recorded nearly 2.9 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, 105.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered over 665 million doses, the equivalent of 8.7 doses for every 100 people as of Monday morning, a 0.4 percentage point increase since Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Monday, 106.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Over 40% of the population over the age of 18 – more than 103.6 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 59.8 million people, or 23.2% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 18.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.5 percentage point increase over Easter Sunday.

Although the United States is now averaging over 3 million vaccinations a day,,  experts believe that the country may be on the verge of yet another surge thanks to the new strains of the virus that have been circulating. “We have to think about the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand new virus,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN in an interview. “It’s acting differently from anything we’ve seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously.”

Still, as of late February, there were around 41 million white Evangelicals across America that said they didn’t plan on getting vaccinated, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. The group’s reluctance, stemming from what they claim to be the vaccine’s tie to abortion, as well as their general distrust of the government, could make the country’s recovery much more difficult.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain announced that the United Kingdom will provide free twice-weekly rapid testing for the entire population of the country. He also said that the country will provide certificates that will those who are negative to gain access to night clubs and sporting events. The country plans to allow outdoor dining at restaurants to resume next week.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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