Coronavirus News Update – June 22: Over 150 Million Fully vaccinated in U.S., Death Toll in India Crosses 30 Million Mark

By Anna Breuer on 22 June 2021
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A mural in Bogotá, Colombia

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 179.6 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.89 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 164.94million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which last week crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 617,483.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.42 million individual cases, a higher figure than any other country and second only to India which just crossed the 30 million mark.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 2.66 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, the equivalent of over 35 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 177.3 million people in the United States – or 53.4% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 45.2%, or 150 million people, are fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of doses dispensed in the United States to 318.6 million. Breaking this down further, 65.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 168.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 55.9% of the same group – or 144.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The coronavirus is ravaging Colombia, which now has over 3.9 million cases, and the death toll from the virus there surpassed 100,000 Tuesday.  A dearth of vaccines has led to widespread protests across the country.

Meanwhile, new research suggests that the India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus could dominate the United States within weeks. The variant, which is more contagious than other variants, is more likely to cause severe disease.  The Delta variant is spreading so quickly that it could cause yet another surge in the country this summer or fall.

Currently, the virus is accelerating in multiple poorly vaccinated states, primarily those in the South as well as Missouri and Utah. Although the number of new cases and hospitalizations is plummeting in most states, in Missouri, Arkansas and Utah, the seven-day average of hospital admissions for Covid-19 cases has increased more than 30% in the past two weeks, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In Mississippi, the hospitalization rate is up 5% in the same period. There has been a significant increase in the hospitalization rate of people 18 to 29, the agency’s figures also show.

Airbus introduced a solution for quarantining a person with Covid-19 in flight.  The PaxCase concept allows cabin crew to seal off one row of seats with a pop-up bubble to limit contagion.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail people who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine.  The Philippines is currently battling one of Asia’s worst outbreaks, with over 1.3 million cases and 23,000 deaths.

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that younger Americans are less likely to be vaccinated than their elders., while another study found that factors including income and education may affect vaccine hesitancy.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. South, people over 65 lag behind the nationwide average in getting inoculated against the coronavirus.  In 11 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia, Idaho, and Missouri as well as West Virginia and Wyoming, more than 20% of those over 65 have yet to get the first dose of vaccine.

In Manatee, Florida, two people are already dead and four are hospitalized after a wave of the virus swept through a government building there.

Finally, in Turkey, Presdent Recep Erdogan is once again easing some Covid-19-related restrictions. The Sunday lockdowns and weekday curfews will end starting July 1.  Government working hours will return to normal and age restrictions on public transportation and intercity travel will end as well.

Jonathan Spira and Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.

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