The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has now recorded more than 43 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and leads the world in both cases and deaths, according to the tally. Globally, more than 4.7 million deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The death toll in the United States is now roughly higher than that of the people of Nashville or Washington.
The United States has seen a drop in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, bringing some relief to overwhelmed hospitals, especially in the South.
But admins brace for another possible surge as the cold pushes people inside. It is estimated that 70 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, warned on Friday that some might see the encouraging trends as a reason not to get the vaccine.
“This is good news, we are starting to see the curves [coming down]”, he said.” This is no excuse to move away from the question of the need to be vaccinated.
The director of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Friday that the country’s average seven-day cases and hospital admissions were down about 15% from the previous week.
“While we have made tremendous strides in our campaign to immunize as many Americans as possible, we still have work to do to make sure immunization coverage is high and even nationwide,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Figures released by the CDC showed the United States had a daily average of about:
The United States is on track to double the number of large-scale COVID-19 tests in the market in the coming months, said Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator.
Health officials welcomed the news that a pill developed by the American drug manufacturer Merck could halve the chances of dying or being hospitalized for those most at risk of contracting severe COVID-19, but could not provide a timeline for approval by regulators.
“The news of the effectiveness of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news,” Fauci said. “The company, when it informed us last night, had mentioned that it would submit its data to the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] imminently. “
California Governor Gavin Newsom also announced on Friday the country’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, a plan that will require all elementary to high school students to get vaccinated once a vaccine has obtained final approval for different age groups.
“We need to do more,” the Democratic governor said at a college press conference in San Francisco.
“We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted from it.”
-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 8:45 p.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
British Columbia is extending its mandate of masking in elementary schools to children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. Children should wear masks when working at their desks and on school buses.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside made the announcement Friday morning.
“This additional step reassures families and parents, I think, about the safety of the school environment,
Whiteside said in Vancouver.
The change comes after three Vancouver-area school districts decided to tighten masking rules on their own.
Henry had previously resisted calls from parents and teachers to make face covering mandatory for younger students.
-From CBC News, last updated 2:15 p.m. ET
What is happening in the world
As of Friday morning, more than 234.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker. The death toll worldwide was over 4.7 million.
In the Asia Pacific area, typhoon winds and rain eased what could have been a more festive vibe in Tokyo on Friday, as restaurants were allowed to sell alcohol and stay open later after the last state was lifted. COVID-19 emergency.
Japan is cautiously easing restrictions that have prevailed in much of the country for nearly six months. New cases of COVID in Tokyo totaled 200 on Friday, a sharp drop from more than 5,000 a day in August amid a fifth wave driven by the infectious delta variant that brought the medical system to the brink of collapse .
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has lifted a six-week national lockdown as coronavirus cases and deaths decline. However, movement restrictions remain in place.
The August 20 lockdown has been extended three times as Sri Lanka grapples with an unprecedented wave of COVID-19 cases and deaths from the rapid spread of the delta variant. New daily infections fell below 1,000 and deaths below 100, from a peak of more than 3,000 cases and 200 deaths in early September.
Despite the end of lockdown on Friday, people are only allowed out to work or buy essentials. Public gatherings are prohibited and cinemas, schools and restaurants are still closed. Sri Lanka has reported more than 516,000 confirmed cases and 12,847 confirmed deaths.
In AfricaSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased restrictions at the lowest alert level as the country seeks to open up its economy ahead of the summer recess.
Egypt received 1.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States on Thursday as part of the COVAX initiative, the first batch of a total of five million doses.
In the Americas, beaches and recreation centers have reopened in the Cuban capital, after authorities said it was time to resume outdoor activities, including taking a stroll on the Malecon Coastal Promenade, which has long been a hotspot. rally in Havana.
Authorities say Thursday’s reopening was possible because 90% of the city’s residents are vaccinated against the coronavirus and the number of new cases has declined.
In Europe, around 1,100 doctors and dentists in Italy are currently suspended because they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The president of the National Federation of Physicians, Filippo Anelli, stressed on Friday that those who are not vaccinated are a minority of the 460,000 members of the federation (less than 1%) and indicated that “many are currently correcting their status” thanks vaccination.
In the Middle East, Israel’s health ministry has identified fewer than 10 cases of heart inflammation following a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine among millions administered, according to recently released data.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 6:55 p.m. ET