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    The U.S. death toll from the Chinese coronavirus under President Joe Biden’s administration will soon surpass the death toll recorded during former President Donald Trump’s administration, and in less time — despite vaccines being available under Biden and not under Trump. Approximately 378,955 people in the United States have died from the Wuhan virus in Joe Biden’s first ten months in office, according to statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University. The nationwide coronavirus death toll — which was at 396,442 when Biden first took office — is now at 775,397. On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first coronavirus case in the United States, in the state of Washington, after an individual had returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China. President Biden — who campaigned heavily on combating the coronavirus — took office nearly one year to the date of the first recorded coronavirus case, but now the U.S. death toll from the Wuhan virus is expected to more than double within Biden’s first ten months in office. During the final presidential debate between Trump and...
    The far-left New York Times reports that the coronavirus death rate in Trump counties is three times higher than in Biden counties. The Times says it examined counties where former President Trump won by 60 percent or more and compared those to counties where His Fraudulency Joe Biden won by 60 percent or more. The results were striking. “In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000),” writes the Times. “October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened.” “Some conservative writers have tried to claim that the gap may stem from regional differences in weather or age, but those arguments fall apart under scrutiny,” adds the Times. But if “weather or age were a major reason, the pattern would have begun to appear last year.” In other words, this discrepancy, this wide gap in the China Flu death rate between Trump and Biden counties, did not appear before the vaccine...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has recorded a new daily high number of coronavirus cases as much of the country’s businesses remain closed in an effort to counter a weekslong surge in infections. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday reported 40,993 new infections over the previous day, up more than 700 on the previous record of a day earlier. Russia has tallied new record of infections or deaths almost daily during October. The death toll reported Sunday was 1,158, just slightly down from Friday’s record 1,163. That brought Russia’s official COVID-19 death count to 238,538, by far the largest in Europe. More than 8.51 million infections have been recorded in the country of 146 million during the pandemic. The task force counts only deaths directly caused by the virus. The state statistics service Rosstat, which counts COVID-19 deaths by wider criteria, released figures Friday indicating a much higher toll. Rosstat counted 44,265 deaths in September caused directly by the virus, or in which it was a contributing cause or of patients believed to have been infected....
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or some 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. Despite the mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early on in the pandemic that badly hurt the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, it has delegated the power to enforce coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities. Some of Russia’s 85 regions have restricted attendance...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along with 33,208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 1,000 higher than the day before. Authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccination with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or about 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. Despite the mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early on in the pandemic that badly hurt the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, it has delegated the power to enforce coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities. Some of Russia’s 85 regions have restricted attendance at large public events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other venues. However,...
    MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along with 33,208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 1,000 higher than the day before. Although the record for daily COVID-19 deaths in Russia has been repeatedly broken over the past few weeks, the Russian government is reluctant to toughen restrictions. Authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccination with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or about 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — US cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect — Protests greet start of Italy requiring COVID passes at workplaces — Officials set stage for national campaign to vaccinate younger US children —...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s daily tolls of coronavirus infections and deaths surged to another record on Friday, a quickly mounting figure that has put a severe load on the country’s health care system. The government’s coronavirus task force reported 32,196 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 999 deaths in the past 24 hours. Daily death tolls have set records daily over the past few days, approaching 1,000 as contagion spikes amid a sluggish vaccination rate and authorities’ reluctance to toughen restrictions that would further cripple the economy. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or just about 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. Despite the mounting toll, the Kremlin has also ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early in the pandemic that badly hurt the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, it has delegated the power to enforce coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities. Some of Russia’s 85 regions already have restricted attendance at large public events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other places. However, life remains...
    MOSCOW — Russia has reached another record daily death toll from COVID-19, with 968 deaths registered on Saturday. The national coronavirus task force has reported a persistent rise, with nearly daily records in October. It’s about 100 more daily deaths than in late September. The task force also reported more than 29,000 new daily infections. Authorities says the steep rise in cases and deaths is because of the nation’s low vaccination rate. The deputy prime minister says 47.8 million Russians, or 33% of the population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Brazil coronavirus deaths surpass 600,000 — Russia hits virus death record as autumn surge persists — Boosters, employer mandates drive increase in US vaccines — Los Angeles County sheriff won’t enforce vaccine mandate ___ — See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SAO PAULO — Brazil has topped 600,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, the second-highest toll behind the United States. However, recent fewer cases and deaths have encouraged...
    Moscow (CNN)Russia reported its highest Covid-19 death toll in a single day on Tuesday with 852 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, according to the country's coronavirus response center. The previous all-time high was recorded four days ago, on September 24, when 828 deaths were registered. There has been an increase in coronavirus cases in several of Russia's regions, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.The head of Russia's public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said Friday that only around 47 million Russians have had a dose of the vaccine. Putin says several dozen in his inner circle test positive for coronavirus"We have, let us say, 110-115 million adults. Of them, some 47 million have received one dose. This is less than a half [of Russia's adult population ]... so we have no grounds to say today that [infections] will stop," state news agency TASS quoted Popova as saying.Read MoreThe total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Russia since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 205,531, according to official figures. CNN has previously reported that the...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) -- Orange County's coronavirus hospitalizations rose slightly Saturday, increasing from 308 on Friday to 312, with the number of COVID patients in intensive care increasing from 76 to 85, according to state figures.The county has 22.6% of its ICU beds available and 66% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.On Friday, the county reported 356 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths, bringing its totals to 295,227 cases and 5,384 fatalities since the pandemic began. The OCHCA does not report COVID statistics on the weekend.The 13 latest deaths consisted of 12 in August and one in December. There have been 39 coronavirus-related deaths reported this month.The death toll for August stands at 148. That marks a stark contrast with the rest of the summer. The death toll for July was 22, with 19 in June, 23 in May, 46 in April, 199 in March, 615 in February, 1,580 in January - the deadliest month of the pandemic -- and 976 in December, the next deadliest.Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, deputy county health officer,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An import of data from the state’s system has pushed Allegheny County’s COVID-19 death toll over 2,000. READ MORE: Strategic Effort Between Pa. Attorney General And Local Law Enforcement Shuts Down Drug Trafficking Enterprise The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 147 new Coronavirus cases and seven additional deaths over the past 48 hours. Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 100 are confirmed and 47 are probable cases. READ MORE: CDC Recommends Masks For Fully Vaccinated People In Certain Areas, Reversing Earlier Decision Six of the seven new deaths come from a data dump from the state’s system. Two deaths were from September, one was from November, two were from December, one was from June and one was from this month. All seven people were in the 65+ age group and four were associated with long-term care. There have been 7,322 total hospitalizations and 102,811 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,005. MORE NEWS: Its A Girl: African Baby Elephant...
    The death toll from a fire that swept through a hospital coronavirus ward climbed to 92 on Tuesday, Iraq’s state news agency reported, as anguished relatives buried their loved ones and lashed out at the government over the country’s second such disaster in less than three months. Health officials said scores of others were injured in the blaze that erupted Monday at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah. The tragedy cast a spotlight on what many have decried as widespread negligence and mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals after decades of war and sanctions. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city’s civil defense chief. The government also launched an investigation. The prime minister called the catastrophe "a deep wound in the consciousness of all Iraqis." DRONE HITS IN VICINITY IRAQ AIR BASE IN ERBIL WHERE US TROOPS ARE STATIONED Rescuers and civilians look for bodies after a catastrophic blaze erupted Monday at a coronavirus hospital ward in the al-Hussein Teaching...
    The global death toll attributed to the coronavirus pandemic has topped four million and is still climbing, according to figures released Thursday by Johns Hopkins University.  A live tracker of the virus collated by the university outlined 4,001,791 people have died and more than 185 million have been infected during the pandemic. UPI reports some 40 percent of those deaths can be attributed to the three countries of the United States, Brazil and India. The U.S. leads the world in deaths with 606,218 followed by Brazil with 528,540 and India with 405,028. While the U.S. missed President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one vaccine shot into 70 percent of American adults by the Fourth of July, deaths nationwide are down sharply to around 225 per day, from a peak of over 3,400 per day in January. FACT CHECK CLAIM: Joe Biden promised: “I’m not going to shut down the country. I’m not going to shut down the economy. I’m going to shut down the virus.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. https://t.co/XHSWXoMnpz — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 31, 2020 The virus first emerged...
    As countries rush to vaccinate their citizens, the global death toll passed 4 million on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.  The Delta variant is spreading through some countries where vaccinations lag, causing a "wave of death," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.  "Variants are currently winning the race against vaccines because of inequitable vaccine production and distribution," Ghebreyesus said at his biweekly conference in Geneva. "It didn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way going forward." The number of deaths is approximately the number of people killed in every battle since 1982, according to estimates from the Peace Research Institute Oslo and more than three times the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the world every year.  Even then, it is widely believed to be an undercount because of overlooked cases or deliberate concealment. Global death rates are currently less than half of the highest point in January, with more than 18,000 deaths a day before vaccines were readily available.  WHO CHIEF WARNS ‘VARIANTS ARE CURRENTLY WINNING THE RACE AGAINST VACCINES’ AS DELTA SPREADS...
    By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil said Saturday that more than 500,000 people in the country are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 2,000 daily deaths in recent days. Brazil’s reported death toll is second only to that of the U.S., where the number of lives lost has topped 600,000. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga confirmed that the official death toll had passed 500,000. “I am working tirelessly to vaccinate all Brazilians in the shortest time possible and change this scenario that has plagued us for over a year,” Queiroga tweeted. Brazil is registering more than 70,000 confirmed coronavirus infections every day. Just 11.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to the government. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the coronavirus while trying to keep the economy humming. He dismissed the scourge early on as “a little flu” and has scorned masks. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Afghanistan races to ramp up oxygen supplies as...
    By The Associated Press DUBLIN, Calif. — A Northern California county has changed its methodology to record coronavirus deaths, causing its fatality figures to decrease by 25%. The official COVID-19 death count in Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, fell from 1,634 to 1,223 after officials changed the criteria for fatalities to match state and national definitions. Previously, the county had included any person who died while infected with the virus. The Alameda County Public Health Department says its methodology change does not disproportionally impact reported deaths for any specific race, ethnic group or ZIP code. Statewide, more than 62,000 people have died from the coronavirus. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school — States rebound from bleak forecasts to pass record budgets — AP PHOTOS: Return of live music to London inspires artists — U.K. urges commitment to vaccinate the world by end of 2022 — Normandy commemorates D-Day with small crowds, but big heart ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S...
    A trove of Dr. Anthony Fauci's emails has revealed that the infectious disease expert was initially skeptical that the coronavirus pandemic would reach the proportions that it has. Among the emails obtained through public records requests and released on Tuesday by Buzzfeed is one to Fauci from the managing editor of ABC News' medical unit, sent one day after the CDC reported the first confirmed U.S. death from COVID-19. In the March 1, 2020 email the ABC editor asked whether Fauci agreed with what a source at the Department of Homeland Security told him: that epidemiology models showed that 98 million people could be infected with COVID-19 and the death toll could reach 500,000. 'That seems exceptionally high,' Fauci responded.  Fauci's emails revealed that the infectious disease expert was initially skeptical that the coronavirus pandemic would reach the proportions that it has RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chinese virologist who was among first to tout Wuhan lab... Fauci DEFENDS China and says it's 'far fetched' to think... Share this...
    The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), Iran’s largest dissident organization, revealed on Sunday that its independent tally of Chinese coronavirus cases in the country shows that over 300,000 people have died there since the pandemic began. Public health experts consider Iran’s response to the coronavirus crisis among the world’s worst. Iran allowed mass Islamic gatherings at the height of the first wave of the pandemic worldwide and has repeatedly promoted non-existent or unproven coronavirus “cures,” such as a vaccine allegedly developed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a jihadist terrorist organization. Iranian clerics have also promoted unproven herbal remedies and camel urine to fight coronavirus infections. In contrast, Iranian clerics have warned that reputable Chinese coronavirus vaccines cause homosexuality, a claim for which no evidence exists. In July 2020, Health Minister Saeed Namaki referred to Iran’s pandemic response as “embarrassing.” The PMOI, the wing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) active within the nation’s borders, said in a statement on Sunday that it had compiled evidence for the deaths of over 302,000 people since the pandemic began as...
    More On: india COVID overwhelms Latin America, Caribbean as region hits 1M casualties Young adults increasingly dying from COVID-19 in India Indian state extends COVID-19 lockdown to stem spread Thailand reports 1st cases of Indian coronavirus variant NEW DELHI — India crossed another grim milestone Monday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus, while a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside. The milestone, as recorded by India’s Health Ministry, comes as slowed vaccine deliveries have marred the country’s fight against the pandemic, forcing many to miss their shots, and a rare but fatal fungal infection affecting COVID-19 patients has worried doctors. India’s death toll is the third-highest reported in the world after the U.S. and Brazil, accounting for 8.6% of the nearly 34.7 million coronavirus fatalities globally, though the true numbers are thought to be significantly greater. The Health Ministry on Monday reported 4,454 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing India’s total fatalities to 303,720. It also reported 222,315 new infections, which raised the overall total to nearly...
    Official death tolls from the coronavirus pandemic are probably a “significant undercount” and the true number of fatalities could be “two to three times higher,” the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) said Friday. Since the current official W.H.O. projection of deaths worldwide is about 3.4 million, “6 to 8 million deaths could be an estimate on a cautionary note,” W.H.O. Assistant Director-General for data and analytics Dr. Samira Asma said. Asma noted her organization’s current working estimate of fatalities is about 1.2 million higher than a tally of official reports from all nations. W.H.O. data analyst William Msemburi said the higher 3.4 million figure includes both an estimate of unreported coronavirus deaths and “indirect deaths,” such as those resulting from patients not receiving care for other ailments because the pandemic overwhelmed hospitals, or lockdowns restricted their ability to access medical facilities. Msemburi contended that even countries with relatively reliable and transparent reporting of coronavirus deaths tended to underestimate indirect deaths and “excess mortality.” Asma called upon all nations to “improve and invest in strong data and health information systems” so health crises such...
    India’s coronavirus death toll topped 200,000 Wednesday with no indications of slowing down as shipments of foreign aid arrived in an effort to supplement dwindling medical supplies. The help, at least one official worried, will not address the thousands of patients turning up at already overrun medical facilities where staff is foregoing sleep and their own health in an effort to provide treatment. "The current wave is particularly dangerous," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told Reuters. "It is supremely contagious and those who are contracting it are not able to recover as swiftly. In these conditions, intensive care wards are in great demand." April 19, 2021: Health workers prepare to take out bodies of six victims of COVID-19 from an ambulance for cremation in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) Several countries have pledged oxygen, medical supplies and even vaccine doses in an effort to combat India's crisis, which has seen over 300,000 new cases added daily for nearly a week straight. But the country is also lacking personnel to treat these ailing patients.  FOREIGN AID ARRIVES IN INDIA...
    The National Covid Memorial Wall in London – REUTERS/Hannah McKay Coronavirus Article Bar with counter .. Worldwide Covid-19 deaths have surpassed three million, according to AFP. The number of coronavirus fatalities continues to rise globally despite vaccination campaigns, as countries such as India and Brazil are battling meteoric rises in Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations. After a slight lull last month, daily death tolls have been increasing, with an average of 12,000 deaths a day last week. For comparison, three million people is more than the population of Jamaica or Armenia, and three times the death toll of the Iran-Iraq war which raged from 1980-1988. While some countries like Israel have benefited from mass inoculation efforts, the pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down: the 829,596 new infections reported worldwide on Friday is the highest number yet, according to AFP’s tally. ​​Follow the latest updates below. 10:48 AM ‘Mystifying’ that India is not on the red list yet, says immunology professor Imperial College’s Danny Altmann said “we should be terribly concerned” after 77 cases of a potentially vaccine-busting Covid-19 mutation...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois reported its largest single-day death toll from COVID-19 in more than a month on Thursday, as new cases and hospitalizations remained significantly higher than mid-March. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,581 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases on Thursday, as well as 40 new deaths. It’s the most deaths reported in a single day since March 11. READ MORE: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union Say Theyre Close To A Deal As They Continue Negotiations On COVID Safety Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 1,292,515 cases, including 21,609 deaths. Illinois is averaging 3,195 new coronavirus cases per day in April, a 105% increase over the first 15 days of March, when Illinois averaged 1,634 new cases per day. READ MORE: Video From Police Shooting That Killed Adam Toledo To Be Released On Thursday, COPA Says The statewide seven-day average case positivity rate stands at 4.2%, nearly double where it stood on March 15, when the rate was 2.2%. As of Wednesday night, a total of 2,043 coronavirus patients...
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Sunday reported its highest single-day death toll from COVID-19 this year, bringing the country’s total deaths in the pandemic to nearly 64,500, state TV reported. The report said 258 new deaths were recorded in 24 hours. Iran’s deadliest day of the pandemic was in mid-November, when more than 480 deaths were tallied. Sunday’s news report said health care officials also confirmed 21,063 new coronavirus cases since the day before, bringing Iran’s total confirmed cases to more than 2,070,000. “We are expecting a heavy rise in hospitalizations in the next week,” Health Minister Saeed Namaki warned. He blamed the increase in cases on shopping, family gatherings and travel ahead of and during the Iranian New Year in late March. On Saturday, Iran began a 10-day lockdown in the capital, Tehran, and other major cities amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. Iran’s vaccination campaign has been slow, with some 200,000 doses administered in the country of 84 million people, according to the World Health Organization. Last week, COVAX, an international collaboration to distribute vaccines equitably around...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The United States has now surpassed more than 560,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.Hospitalizations are on the rise in 17 states, even as 42% of American adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine.Now, states are bracing for a drop in supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine."There are available appointments now. They're probably not going to be available next week," New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said.The Governor of Illinois is blaming a mix-up of ingredients at a Baltimore plant that ruined millions of doses yet to be sent out.A new study finds people who got the Moderna vaccine reported more side effects than those who got the Pfizer shot. Moderna recipients were more likely to report getting chills, and other side effects included fever and fatigue.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - GOP pounces on Biden's infrastructure plan Cuomo signs recreational marijuana bill into law 42 percent of Americans feel comfortable attending in-person sports: poll MORE (D) was reportedly in negotiations for a book deal when top aides were working to alter publicly released information on the number of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes in the state. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the negotiations, which resulted in a $4 million deal for a book on the Cuomo administration’s response to the pandemic, occurred at the same time aides worked to make edits on an impending Health Department report. The newspaper, citing sources with knowledge of the book bidding process and an examination of the timeline of talks, reported an overlap between the negotiations for Cuomo's book and efforts to intervene in the Health Department report. Melissa DeRosa, one of Cuomo’s top aides involved in the effort to withhold the true coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, also helped Cuomo with his book’s development by attending meetings with publishers and editing drafts of the book, according...
    EMMANUEL Macron has announced a three-week nationwide school closure and domestic travel ban amid a surge in coronavirus cases in France. The French President has announced the closure of all schools and childcare centres and a travel ban within the country. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5Macron has imposed new restrictions on France amid soaring Covid ratesCredit: AFP 5Schools will close under France's new lockdown, but university students can go in one day a weekCredit: AFP Speaking in a televised nationwide address this evening, President Macron said measures already introduced in some regions of France will be extended across the country, including a 7pm curfew.  People are also asked to work from home where they can and non-essential shops will be closed, with the measures lasting for four weeks. Saying the education of children is "non-negotiable", the French president announced daycare centres, primary schools, middle schools and high schools will shut for just three weeks.  They will move to remote learning from next week, before breaking up for the Easter holidays on 12 April for...
    American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic was published last October when then, like now, the pandemic had not ended. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, was the only politician in America who was brazen enough to declare victory over a virus that was killing people daily. Like Donald Trump, another bully from Queens, he seemed to be born with whatever gene makes a human unable to feel shame. Five months later, the virus is still killing people daily and Cuomo has certainly learned some lessons. You can’t make repeated passes at women, including those who work for you, and assume no one will ever challenge your behavior. You can’t try to hide the true coronavirus death toll in nursing homes and assume the FBI won’t investigate you. You can’t run a state government like a small-time junta, rewarding loyalty over competence, deputizing political operatives with no public health experience to oversee a rollout of life-saving vaccines. But here we are. New York will soon surpass 50,000 coronavirus deaths. Cuomo’s state currently has the second-highest death toll and death rate...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting a three-day total of 10,101 Coronavirus cases and 62 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 592 New Coronavirus Cases, Countywide Death Toll Reaches 1,760 This brings the statewide total to 1,015,268 cases and 25,015 deaths since Friday’s report. There are 1,856 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 366 patients are in the ICU. The Health Department says the statewide percent positivity for the week of March 19-25 stood at 7.6%. Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening. However, restrictions are in place for bars, restaurants and large gatherings. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. #COVID19 Update (as of 3/29/21 at 12:00 am):• 10,101 additional positive cases of COVID-19 (3/27, 3/28 & 3/29)• 1,015,268 total cases statewide • 25,015 deaths statewide• 4,956,257 doses of vaccine administered (through 3/28/21) READ MORE: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live More information: https://t.co/7pzosEXhEX...
    New data from Mexico indicates that the death toll from the coronavirus is far higher than previously thought. A report published by Mexico's health ministry showed that by mid-February there had been just over 294,000 deaths "associated with COVID-19" – a nearly 60% increase from the originally published figure. That figure has since risen by almost 27,000 more deaths through March, bringing the total to more than 321,000. Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, gestures during his daily morning briefing, to speak about apply Covid-19 vaccine to elderly in Mexico, at National Palace, on March 17, 2021 in Mexico City. (Photo: Ismael Rosas / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) The new report was published Saturday with little fanfare. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced significant criticism for his handling of the pandemic, the BBC reported. Those figures put Mexico second after the U.S., but the population of Mexico is 126 million – far smaller than either the U.S. or Brazil, which previously ranked second-most: the U.S. boasts a population of over 328 million and Brazil has 211...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 592 new Coronavirus cases and one additional death over the last 48 hours. READ MORE: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 450 are confirmed and 142 are probable cases. The dates of tests range from March 22-28. The Health Department says new cases range in age from 1 month to 91 years, with a median age of 36 years. There have been 5,741 total hospitalizations and 84,850 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,760. READ MORE: Why Are There No Houses To Buy? The newest reported death is not associated with a long-term care facility. The patient was in their 70s. This is the COVID-19 Daily Update for March 29, 2021. In the last 48 hours, 592 new cases were reported to the Health Department. Of these, 450 are confirmed cases and 142 probable cases. There were 1,463 PCR tests with the date of positive tests...
    MEXICO’S government has acknowledged that the country's true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60 per cent more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 7Mexico has acknowledged its true death toll from the coronavirus is around 60 per cent higher than the official figuresCredit: Getty 7A healthcare worker attends to a Covid-19 patient in a field hospital set up inside the Citibanamex convention centre in Mexico CityCredit: AP The only way to get a clear picture is to review excess deaths and review death certificates. On Saturday, the government quietly published such a report, which found there were 294,287 deaths linked to Covid-19 from the start of the pandemic through February 14. Since February 15 there have been an additional 26,772 test-confirmed deaths. The higher toll would rival that of Brazil, which currently has the world's second-highest number of deaths after the United States. The Johns...
    The total number of deaths from the coronavirus in Mexico has topped 300,000, according to the latest figures tallied by government officials.  Over the weekend, government officials published a new report showing an additional 294,287 deaths in the country were linked to COVID-19 since last year, the Associated Press reported. Since Feb. 15 of this year, there have been an additional 26,772 deaths among people who have gotten tested.  Mexico does little testing, the AP reported, and many Mexicans are believed to have died at home from coronavirus without ever receiving a diagnosis.  The new numbers published over the weekend would place Mexico second in the world behind the U.S. in most nationwide deaths from coronavirus.  The U.S. has reported 548,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 30 million cases nationwide. More than 2 million people worldwide have died of COVID-19.  Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took a two-week leave of absence from his duties last month after catching the virus, vowing not to wear a mask or mandate other citizens do the same.  “There is no authoritarianism in Mexico ... everything...
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has a lot to reflect on. A year to the day since Prime Minister Boris Johnson first put the country under lockdown to slow the fast-spreading coronavirus, a national day of reflection has been organized by the end-of-life charity Marie Curie to remember the people who died after contracting COVID-19. “Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting,” said Prince Charles, who is a patron of Marie Curie. The U.K. has registered more than 126,000 virus-related deaths, the highest pandemic death toll in Europe and the fifth-highest worldwide. Britain is set to observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday at noon. Residents are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8 p.m. with phones, candles and flashlights to signify a “beacon of remembrance.” London’s skyline will turn yellow when landmarks including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium light up at nightfall. Other notable buildings that will...
    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has a lot to reflect on. A year to the day since Prime Minister Boris Johnson first put the country under lockdown to slow the fast-spreading coronavirus, a national day of reflection is being organized to remember the people who died after contracting COVID-19. The U.K. has registered more than 126,000 virus-related deaths, the highest pandemic death toll in Europe and the fifth-highest worldwide. Britain is set to observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday at noon. Residents are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8 p.m. with phones, candles and flashlights to signify a “beacon of remembrance.” London’s skyline will turn yellow when landmarks including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium light up at nightfall. Other notable buildings that will be illuminated include Cardiff Castle and Belfast City Hall. Churches and cathedrals plan to toll bells, light thousands of candles and offer prayers. “Today, the anniversary of the first lockdown, is an opportunity to reflect on the past year — one of the most difficult in our country’s history,” Johnson...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden marked one year since the coronavirus swept into the United States with his first prime-time television address Thursday night, commemorating the loss of more than a half million lives while offering hope for better days ahead. Biden’s White House speech came 50 days after he took office and almost exactly a year after much of U.S. commerce shut down as the coronavirus enveloped state after state in a country that was unprepared for its biggest health crisis since the 1918 flu epidemic. Now, even as thousands of schools remain shut to classroom instruction and millions of workers are still unemployed, there are signs of a sense of normalcy slowly returning. Some state governors are easing restrictions, allowing businesses to expand operations, despite warnings from U.S. health officials that reopening too soon could cause COVID-19 cases to spike. Biden: Enough Vaccine for Every Adult American by End of May   President says the cooperation among competitors to produce more doses and other actions will speed up the timeline by two months Biden’s address follows congressional approval...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is marking one year since the coronavirus swept into the United States with his first prime-time television address Thursday night, commemorating the loss of more than a half million lives while offering hope for better days ahead. Biden’s White House speech is coming 50 days after he took office and almost exactly a year after much of U.S. commerce shut down as the coronavirus enveloped state after state in a country that was unprepared for its biggest health crisis since the 1918 flu epidemic. Now, even as thousands of schools remain shut to classroom instruction and millions of workers are still unemployed, there are signs of a sense of normalcy slowly returning. Some state governors are easing restrictions, allowing businesses to expand operations, despite warnings from U.S. health officials that reopening too soon could cause COVID-19 cases to spike. Biden: Enough Vaccine for Every Adult American by End of May   President says the cooperation among competitors to produce more doses and other actions will speed up the timeline by two months Biden’s...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll in nearly six months on Monday, as the state marked more than three weeks with an average infection rate below 3%. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,182 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as well as 5 more deaths. That’s the fewest deaths reported in a single day since Sept. 14. READ MORE: Park District Spring Program Sign Up Starts Monday Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 1,199,517 coronavirus cases, including 20,767 deaths. READ MORE: Chicago Police Seeking To Identify People Involved In Last Summers Clash With Officers At Columbus Statue In Grant Park The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate stands at 2.3% for the second day in a row. That rate has now been below 3% for 22 days in a row, the longest such stretch during the pandemic. As of Sunday night, a total of 1,178 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Illinois, including 266 in the ICU and 118 on ventilators. MORE NEWS: CPS Middle...
    When Chiara Geroldi removes her makeup at night, you can see the contamination that comes off with it. Your deck is full of dust that needs to be swept constantly, and your hair gets dirty faster when you’re outside. “Bergamo is a very polluted area,” says Geroldi, 50, who works as a clerk. “It is a very industrial city. The air is not good here, especially in winter ”. For decades, Bergamo and other picturesque towns in the Po River Valley in northern Italy have suffered from some of the worst air quality in Europe. Pollution has long been considered one of the leading causes of cancer in the area, filled with factories and roads packed with trucks carrying goods. Many of the homes are off the main gas grid, which means that, in winter, the wood burning stoves release particles into stagnant air. Now scientists are investigating whether a long-running health crisis has made a new one worse. Early research suggests that long-term exposure to the microscopic particles that abound in the dirty air of Bergamo – and also...
    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd during a speech on Thursday "enough fussing and whining," as the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the country that has the third-highest number of reported cases globally.  With over 10.7 million confirmed cases, Brazil follows the United States and India to rank third on the list of countries with the most reported infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. It has the second-largest COVID-19 death toll after the U.S., with more than 260,000 coronavirus fatalities. Bolsonaro was addressing a live crowd at a ceremony for a new railroad, where he appeared to downplay the pandemic. "There must be more than a dozen rural producers (farmers) here for sure," Bolsonaro said, according to Reuters. "You did not stay at home, you did not cower. We have to face our problems, enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" "We have to confront our problems, obviously respecting the elderly and those who have diseases, but where will Brazil be if we don't stop?" he continued.  The president has been against social distancing measures...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas reported 315 more deaths Thursday from the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 as the state's pandemic death toll neared 44,000. The Texas Department of State Health Services said the state's COVID-19 death toll stood at 43,878 Thursday. The state's confirmed and probable coronavirus cases rose by 5,903 to 2,671,442. An estimated 152,267 of those cases were active Thursday, officials said. Of those active cases, 5,263 required hospitalization as of Thursday, the state’s most recent total made available. That was 245 fewer than Wednesday. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Texas has fallen by 7,265.7 per day. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Texas, Associated Press
    Brazil reported more than 1,640 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the highest one-day death toll the country has seen during the pandemic. The country's health ministry recorded 1,641 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing its death toll to more than 257,360. Brazil also saw 59,925 new cases, bringing its total to more than 10.64 million cases. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 521 ImagesBrazil has the second highest death toll behind the U.S., which has recorded more than 516,600 deaths. According to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a Brazilian Ministry of Health research institution, Brazil has vaccinated a little over 3% of its population. As the country deals with a highly contagious variant of the virus, its health system is being overrun. The foundation reports that intensive care units in 19 of its 26 states are at more than 80% of capacity, an increase from 12 states in a Feb. 26 report. The previous report states that the occupancy rates in the ICU for COVID-19 patients is "the worst scenario ever observed." Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer Alexa Lardieri...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's coronavirus czar has been hospitalized over the past five days for COVID-19 treatment but is recovering well, a health official said on Sunday, as the country marks the one-year anniversary of its first confirmed infections. Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the face of Mexico's response to the pandemic, has drawn criticism for downplaying the need for masks and for spear-heading a strategy of limited testing. Mexico has registered 185,715 fatalities from the coronavirus, giving it the world's fourth-highest death toll from the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally. Lopez-Gatell was admitted for "early hospitalization" last Wednesday after his medical team determined he required supplemental oxygen, said Ruy Lopez, head of the National Center of Preventative Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece). "He has progressed well and we hope he can be released from the hospital unit tomorrow," Lopez told a news conference. A number of high-level officials in Mexico have contracted the virus, including President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has shunned face masks. Mexico on Sunday registered another 458 coronavirus fatalities and 2,810 more confirmed infections, for a...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of Rhode Islanders who have died after contracting COVID-19 has passed the 2,500 mark, according to state Department of Health numbers released Friday. With six more virus-related fatalities Thursday, the state's death toll is now 2,502. The state also reported 437 new confirmed cases of the disease, 399 who tested positive Thursday and the remainder who tested positive on previous days, pushing the number of known cases in the state to nearly 126,000. Thursday's positivity rate was just over 2%. The number of people in the state's hospitals with the disease as of Wednesday, the latest day for which the information is available, was 168, up slightly from the previous day. The latest seven-day average positivity rate in Rhode Island is 2.03%. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Rhode Island the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test encounters using data from The COVID Tracking Project. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island has decreased over the past two weeks,...
    CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, whose big brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., is under fire because thousands of New Yorkers died in nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic on his watch, oddly claimed on Monday that American’s haven’t honored COVID victims as the death toll passed 500,000. President Biden paid tribute to the staggering number of Americans who have lost a loved one during the pandemic with a moment of silence outside of the White House on Monday. Shortly afterwards, the "Cuomo Prime Time" namesake declared that Americans had previously failed to pay victims tribute. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo claimed on Monday that American’s haven’t honored COVID victims as the death toll passed 500,000. EX-CNN PRODUCER SAYS CHRIS CUOMO'S ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ ON COVID GOES BEYOND HIS BROTHER "Do you know that we never once stopped to honor the dead? We have never once come together as a nation to mourn because we have never really wanted to own the reality and that’s what death is, it is the real. But tonight that ends, it is time to say goodbye. It...
    Madison Summers February 23, 2021 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, believes political divisions in 2020 while combatting the coronavirus pandemic were “unfortunately damaging.” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Fauci during Tuesday’s interview if former President Donald Trump’s “denial and lack of facts” about the coronavirus pandemic “contributed to this level of loss.” The U.S. hit 500,000 deaths due to the virus on Monday. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded, “I’m uncomfortable going back and directly criticizing.” After noting he was “hoping that we would see a uniform, unified approach towards all doing that together” on reopening the U.S. economy, Fauci said other “signals” were “not helpful.” “When signals come saying, ‘This isn’t so bad, we’re in pretty good shape,’ when we’re saying we’re not, we being the health people, that was not helpful,” he said. “Because the people who wanted to deny that this is something that was serious when you get a signal from above that it might not be [so bad], then you don’t...
    President Biden offered a personal message to people who are grieving loved ones as the COVID-19 death toll passed 500,000 on Monday, the highest in the world. He said it would be painful, but he knew from his own experience losing immediately family members that healing means remembering those who have died. "And it's also important to do that as a nation," he said. "Those who have lost loved ones, here's what I know: They're never truly gone. They'll always be part of your heart." Moments later, he appeared outside the South Portico of the White House for a moment of silence honoring those felled by the respiratory disease. Surrounded by dozens of candles, he bowed his head alongside first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff. US PASSES 500,000 COVID-19 DEATHS Elsewhere in the city, bells tolled at the National Cathedral to honor the lives lost. And the American flag above the White House flew at half staff in line with a proclamation issued by Biden for the same to be done...
    By The Associated Press Here’s what’s happening Monday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has almost topped 500,000. The virus has reached into all corners of the country and communities of every size. At the same time, many families are left to cope in isolation, unable even to hold funerals. Experts warn that over 100,000 more deaths are likely in the coming months, despite the vaccination campaign. — President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to those firms with fewer than 20 employees, the nation’s smallest businesses and ventures owned by women and people of color. — A new study finds that teachers may be more important drivers of COVID-19 transmission in schools than students. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied nine transmission clusters in elementary schools in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, and in only one was a student clearly the first documented case. The CDC advises schools to cut down on teacher-to-teacher meetings, ensure that masks are worn correctly and increase...