The United States reached one other grim pandemic milestone on Tuesday: One of every 500 Americans has died of COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University information reveals.
With the 662,899th loss of life, America reported a toll equal to 0.2% of the inhabitants, based mostly on the quantity of individuals who answered the 2020 Census that was carried out close to the start of the pandemic.
Half of these deaths have occurred since simply earlier than Christmas 2020.
The nation reached this level as hospitalizations have surged as a result of extremely contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. The surge has brought about shortages in well being care amenities not seen because the winter peak of COVID, earlier than vaccines had been extensively obtainable within the U.S.
The delta variant has added what may doubtlessly be months of improve in instances, hospitalizations and deaths to what gave the impression to be a waning pandemic earlier in the summertime, significantly as kids — ineligible for vaccines beneath age 12 — return to in-person studying.
As of final week, the U.S. has additionally recorded extra COVID instances in 2021 than within the earlier yr. In the final 28 days, the nation has recorded 4.3 million new instances and greater than 39,000 deaths.
Also within the news:
►A federal decide quickly blocked New York on Tuesday from forcing medical employees to be vaccinated after a bunch of well being care employees sued, arguing the state’s mandate disallowed non secular exemptions.
►More than 4,000 college students at California State University, Sacramento, failed to offer proof that that they had been vaccinated by the Sept. 13 deadline, and at the moment are being denied entry to campus.
►The Buffalo Bills turned the second NFL workforce to require that every one eligible viewers members present proof of vaccination. The Las Vegas Raiders beforehand made the requirement for followers 12 and up.
►The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization has really useful that everybody over age 50 obtain an extra booster shot.
►Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after members of his internal circle examined optimistic for COVID. The Kremlin mentioned Tuesday he examined damaging. Putin is totally vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 41 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 663,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University information. Global totals: More than 225 million instances and 4.6 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans — 54% of the inhabitants — have been totally vaccinated, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘What we’re studying: France re-opened to all Americans in June. Despite the EU’s current advice for member nations to ban Americans, it’s nonetheless open – at the least to vaccinated U.S. residents. Read what it is like to go to Paris as a vaccinated American throughout COVID.
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COVID-19 kills 6 members of Florida household in 3 weeks
For months, Lisa Wilson went door to door in Belle Glade, Florida, making an attempt to persuade folks to get the coronavirus vaccine. Despite Wilson’s insistence that the pictures would save lives, some members of her family ignored her.
In the final three weeks, six of them died from problems of COVID-19.
The nightmare started in late August when her 48-year-old uncle died. A day after his funeral, her 89-year-old grandmother was hospitalized and died 24 hours later.
In fast succession, three extra cousins adopted, and on Sunday, a 44-year-old assistant soccer coach in her household died.
“I was in their ears almost every day. ‘You’ve just got to do this,’” Wilson mentioned Tuesday. “I’m beating myself up. Should I have pushed harder?”
— Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post
Tennessee pastor banned from Twitter over COVID-19 misinformation
Controversial Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, who has repeatedly been accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, was banned from Twitter on Tuesday.
After the everlasting suspension, Locke, who pastors Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, posted a video on Facebook saying he was being censored for “dropping gospel bombs.”
Locke’s church has held in-person companies, together with in a tent, since 2020 amid the pandemic. He has been vocal in his opposition to COVID-19 protocols, even declaring his church a mask-free space.
— Natalie Neysa Alund, The Tennesseean
Arizona sues over federal vaccine guidelines for employees
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed a authorized problem to the federal necessities for companies to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing at corporations with 100 or extra staff, calling it an overreach.
“This is an infringement on individual liberties,” Brnovich mentioned Tuesday on a name with reporters, including that the legislation leaves such well being choices to the states.
Brnovich’s workplace filed a grievance in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in search of a ruling that declares the brand new federal insurance policies unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office mentioned the lawsuit was the primary of its sort filed within the U.S., although extra motion is anticipated throughout the nation.
Under President Joe Biden’s plan, the requirement for workers to be vaccinated or bear weekly COVID-19 testing applies to employers with 100 or extra employees. Employers that do not comply may face fines of $14,000 per violation.
— Ryan Randazzo, Arizona Republic
Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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