Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 25: Hospitals in Alaska Struggle Amidst Surge in Cases

By Paul Riegler on 25 September 2021
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Roadside stores in Alaska outside of Anchorage

Hospitals in Alaska are struggling to keep up with what has been termed the state’s worst surge since the start of the pandemic. As of Thursday, the state was averaging 146 new daily infections per 100,000 residents, a figure far higher than anywhere else in the United States.  That figure is up 46% in the past two weeks and twenty-fold since July.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 232 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.75 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 208.7 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 123,074, a -16% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,062, a change of 26% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 43.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 705,360. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.6 million, and a death toll of 446,862, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year 6.06 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 79 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 Saturday, 212.86 million people in the United States – or 64.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 55.1%, or 182.8 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 388.6 million. Breaking this down further, 76.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 198.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 66.3% of the same group – or 171.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, two hosts of the live television show “The View” were asked to leave the set while it was on the air after both had apparently tested positive for the coronavirus.  The two, Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin, had been on the verge of bringing Vice President Kamala Harris onto the set for an in-person interview and later tested negative.

Finally, federal regulators in the United States approved booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people who were inoculated with that vaccine more than six months ago and who fall into one of three broad categories: having underlying medical conditions, working at jobs that put them at risk of infection, or being over the age of 65.

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