Coronavirus News Update – June 1: Memorial Day Weekend Air Travel Hits Pandemic High

Actual Death Toll in Peru is Triple What Was Reported, Say Officials There

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 June 2021
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The American flag atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel

Memorial Day travel resulted in a new pandemic high: On both the Friday preceding the three-day holiday weekend and Monday, the number of people traversing the nation’s airport security checkpoints was over 1.9 million, and Friday was the pandemic high, with 1.95 million. The last time that level of travel was reached was in March 2020, just as the pandemic was beginning to take hold.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 171.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.56 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 135.9 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 1.93 billion doses as of Tuesday morning, the equivalent of approximately 24.4 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 167.7 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Over 62.6% of the population over the age of 18 –some 161.5 million people –has received at least a first inoculation, including 132.8 million people, or 48.2% of the same population, who have received both doses. Meanwhile, 59.8% of the population over the age of 12, or 167.6 million people, have received at least one shot, including 135 million, or 48.2% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 40.7% of the population, or 135.08 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Peruvian officials said that the death toll there is three times as high as it had previously tallied.  The updated figures place the country amongst the hardest hit in the world for deaths per million members of the population, putting it ahead of Hungary and the Czech Republic, which were previously the countries with the highest per million members figures.  The government said that 180,764 people have died from Covid as of May 22, almost three times the previous official death toll of 68,000.

Perhaps taking a cue from meteorologists, the World Health Organization announced a new naming scheme for new coronavirus variants and mutations.  The WHO will use Greek letters instead of the more cumbersome B.1.2.67, which is also referred to as the India variant.  Variants will be assigned letters from the Greek alphabet in the order in which they are discovered.  The first variant, the U.K. variant, B.1.1.7, was given the letter Alpha and B.1.2.67 is now Delta.  The big questions are whether the new nomenclature will stick and how far down the alphabet the pandemic will take us.

Jonathan Spira and Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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