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Sometime this week, just over a year after thein the United States, the US will surpass from the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said Sunday that the death toll is “almost unbelievable.”
“But it’s true,” Faucion Meet the Press Sunday. “This is a devastating pandemic. And it’s historic. People will be talking about this decades and decades and decades from now.”
Assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic at 11:00 a.m. GMT
© Simon MALFATTO Number of deaths linked to the coronavirus officially announced by country, on February 13 at 11:00 a.m. GMT The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 2,384,059 deaths in the world since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Saturday at 11:00 GMT.
Today’s front page of the New York Times: Each dot represents one death from COVID-19 in the United States.— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_)
The grim milestone comes after a bleak winter. For much of January, the US reported well over 3,000 Covid-19 deaths each day. Overall case numbers also exploded: Since, 14 million more people have tested positive for the virus, the total number of US cases.
As of Saturday, the US is still reporting a seven-day rolling average of more than 1,900 deaths per day, though cases have fallen sharply to levels last seen in.
Today's COVID-19 case count is the lowest on a Saturday since Oct 17.— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking)
More than in any other country, the virus has been allowed to rage out of control in the US., the US has almost twice as many Covid-19 deaths as Brazil, which is second in deaths, and over 17 million more total confirmed cases than India, which is second in cases. Of the more than 2.46 million deaths from Covid-19 worldwide, the US has recorded slightly more than one-fifth.
Covid-19: more than 800,000 deaths recorded in Europe
© Provided by Le Point Covid-19, pandemic, United Kingdom P more than 800,000 deaths from Covid-19 have been officially recorded in Europe since start of the pandemic in December 2019, according to a count made by Agence France-Presse on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. based on reports provided by the health authorities.
In late March last year, Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus task force coordinator,that 240,000 deaths would be on the high end of the possible US death toll; the country hit that mark in mid-November, , and the death toll has more than doubled since then.
on Sunday, half a million US deaths also exceeds the US death toll “on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”
There are reasons to be hopeful as the US picks up the pace with vaccinations
As March approaches, however, an accelerating vaccination campaign and falling cases offer hope that things could improve soon — and maybe evenby the summer.
Currently, according to CNN, the US is administering about 1.5 million doses of vaccine per day, but public health officials believe that number could pick up soon. On Sunday, FauciCNN’s Dana Bash that “of course you’d like to see” over 2 million doses per day being administered by the end of April.
Covid-19 cases are down, vaccinations are up. But the US shouldn’t declare victory yet.
The risks of reopening too quickly, explained.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) all but declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be over on Tuesday afternoon: He announced he was lifting the mask mandate he put in place last summer and rolling back pandemic-related restrictions so businesses could return to full operations.
Vaccine availability should also begin to open up in the late spring or summer,, and by July, the country would “likely have all 600 million doses that we contracted for to vaccinate 300 million people.”
As of Sunday,, the US had administered more than 63 million vaccine doses. Because both of the vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use thus far require two shots to be fully effective, that’s not the same as the number of people actually vaccinated. But have still received both doses of the vaccine, and many more have had their first of two shots.
Researchthat even one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was the first vaccine candidate to be approved in the US, can provide “robust immunity” from symptomatic cases of the disease. Additionally, Pfizer data first reported on Sunday that the vaccine is almost 90 percent effective at preventing virus transmission outside a clinical setting, a hopeful finding for vaccines’ ability to keep infection levels low.
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Australia's interest rates will remain at the historic low level of 0.10 per cent despite surging property prices and a recovering economy in the wake of COVID-19. © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts eople are seen walking past the Reserve Bank of Australia headquarters in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met this afternoon, with the nation's top economists deciding to hold their hand on adjusting the rate in line with their three-year forecast.
The data about virus transmission — which comes from an Israeli study — has yet to be peer-reviewed, but it’s still a promising early sign., Pfizer and BioNTech “are working on a real-world analysis of data from Israel, which will be shared as soon as it’s complete.”
As vaccinations pick up, case numbers in the US are also falling dramatically. As the Atlantic’s James Hamblin, that could bode well for the summer.
If vaccination rates continue to rise and case numbers continue to fall, “it would mean that many aspects of pre-pandemic life will return even before summer is upon us,” Hamblin wrote Friday. “Because case numbers guide local policies, much of the country could soon have reason to lift many or even most restrictions on distancing, gathering, and masking. Pre-pandemic norms could return to schools, churches, and restaurants. Sports, theater, and cultural events could resume. People could travel and dance indoors and hug grandparents, their own or others’.”
Still, top public health officials are preaching caution as things begin to look up in the US, particularly as Covid-19 variants continue to spread in the country.
Last Sunday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walenskythat a more infectious — and possibly — coronavirus variant first seen in the UK could become “the dominant strain by the end of March.”
“Now more than ever, with continued spread of variants that stand to threaten the progress we are making, we must recommit to doing our part to protect one another,” WalenskyFriday. “Wear a well-fitting mask, social distance, avoid travel and crowds, practice good hand hygiene, and get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you.”
And mask wearing will likely be necessary for some time yet. Fauci toldon Sunday that Americans may still need to wear masks in 2022, and noted on that it could take until next year for children, particularly young children, to be vaccinated.
Is this the Covid-19 endgame? .
Why experts believe life could be “normal-ish” by fall — and why they fear it won’t be.The Covid-19 pandemic in the United States has decelerated from its winter peak. On January 8, the country saw more than 300,000 new cases — a single-day record. Also on January 8, the US peaked at nearly 250,000 cases a day based on a weekly rolling average, according to Our World in Data.