Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 19: Delta Variant Now Present in 99% of Cases in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 19 September 2021
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The Delta variant of the coronavirus, originally known as the India variant, currently represents 99% of all coronavirus cases in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to fueling outbreaks in the United States, the highly-transmissible mutation caused major surges in India and later in Britain.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 229.1 million Covid-19 cases and 4.7 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 205.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 148,252, a -9% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,012, a change of 30% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 691,562. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.48 million, and a death toll of 445,155, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.88 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 77 doses for every 100 people, a one dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 211.5 million people in the United States – or 63.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.5%, or 181 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 384.9 million. Breaking this down further, 76.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 197.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.7% of the same group – or 169.6 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s nephew’s bar mitzvah celebration led to a Covid outbreak in Mendham Township in New Jersey and forced the closure of a middle school there.  The school was forced to hold virtual classes on Friday although it plans to resume regular classes on Monday.

The owner of Carmine’s, the Italian restaurant in Manhattan where three tourists from Texas apparently attacked the hostess who was asking for their vaccination passports, told reporters that “there should [be] higher levels of fines for people who are morons.”  Meanwhile, a lawyer for the three women is now maintaining that his clients were racially profiled by the hostess, while law enforcement sources told WNBC News that the hostess was repeatedly punched in the face and body.

Finally, officials in Alabama reported that, for the first time in the state’s recorded history, the state had more deaths than births in 2020.  “Our state literally shrunk in 2020,” Dr. Scott Harris, the state health officer, at a news conference on Friday.  The state recorded 64,714 deaths in 2020 compared to 57,641 births, he said.

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