Coronavirus News Update – July 21: ‘If Anybody is Lying Here, it is You,’ Fauci Tells Senator

By Anna Breuer on 21 July 2021
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The main staircase in Apple’s store in New York City, which reopened in lat 2019

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, clashed with Senator Rand Paul at a senate hearing on Tuesday.  The senator accused President Biden’s top health advisor of lying about U.S.-funded virus research and Fauci turned the tables on him. “If anybody is lying here, it is you,” he admonished the senator at the hearing.

New York City officials said they would require city health workers to either be fully vaccinated or to submit to weekly coronavirus testing. Approximately 60% of them are already vaccinated. The city could expand the policy to other workgroups who work with the public, including police officers and teachers.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 192.4 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.14 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 175 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 625,401, an increase of 455 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 35 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.2 million officially recorded cases and 418,511 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 37,975 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 195% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.73 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 49 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 186.5 million people in the United States – or 56.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.7%, or 161.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 338.5 million. Breaking this down further, 68.3% of the population over the age of 18 – or 176.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.6% of the same group – or 153.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Life expectancy in the United States fell the most in over seven decades in 2020 as the novel coronavirus resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, according to estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Life expectancy was reduced by 1.5 years to 77.3 years, erasing gains made since 2003.

A man who made a dramatic escape from Western Australian quarantine was arrested by authorities.  The man, who was not identified, tied bedsheets together to escape from his fourth floor quarantine hotel room.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of  State has lowered its Covid 19-related travel advisory for India to Level 3, which is a recommendation to “Reconsider Travel,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday.  The previous level was Level 4, Do Not Travel.

The Johnson and Johnson Jannsen vaccine may be less effective against the India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus as well as against the Lambda variant that has been spreading in South America, according to a study that was published by researchers at the Grossman School of Medicine Tuesday.

Finally, amidst the current rise in Covid-19 cases and continued concerns from Apple’s employees about the company’s plans to start bringing many workers back into the office three days a week starting in September, Apple has reportedly delayed its plans to do so until at least October.

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