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              more   Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. Leahy: It’s time for today’s “Crommentary.” What is your Crommentary today Crom? Carmichael: Michael, it’s really about COVID in general. There was an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal on November 25th. It had a story and a quote on here from Biden during the debates. He says anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States. And at that time, there were 220,000 recorded deaths. Now, since Biden has been President, we have way surpassed that. And apparently, Biden didn’t mean what he said. And everybody knows that. But it was interesting. Anthony Fauci was seen recently at a book party at the Elante Italian Bistro indoors without wearing his mask. In fact, most everybody there was not wearing a mask. And...
    A miner has miraculously been pulled alive from a 'death trap' Russian mine a day after an underground explosion that left 51 people dead.  Footage showed Alexander Zakovryashin, 51, covered in black soot and lying in the back of an ambulance as he spoke to paramedics, telling them: 'I'm perfect.' The married father of one was called a 'hero' by a medic, but he replied: 'I was just fighting for my life. Everyone would do this.'  A total of 45 miners and six rescuers were killed after a gas leak caused a devastating explosion 820ft underground in the Siberian pit on Thursday, in one of the worst disasters to strike the country's coal mining heartland since Soviet times. Some 63 people were injured, with 50 of them hospitalised, and four in intensive care. Distraught widows told local media that their husbands were ordered to work despite significant methane leaks and that everyone knew the mine was dangerous.   Police arrested two state safety inspectors on Friday who investigators say gave the mine the all-clear in November without ever checking the facility. Footage...
    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...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports raise death toll to 52 from Siberia coal mine fire. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The CDC published its latest predictions in the fight against the coronavirus and said it expects an increase in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations over the next four weeks, according to its new ensemble forecasts. According to Johns Hopkins University, the current COVID-related death toll in the US now stands at 773,000. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Trivia: Ever Wonder Why Label On Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Can Is Upside Down?The CDC forecasts suggest, by December 18, the new death toll could be between 794,000 and 822,000. The agency also predicts hospitals are likely to admit more than 12,000 new COVID patients in the next four weeks. READ MORE: Lincoln Road Restaurants Suing Miami Beach Over Outdoor Dining PermitsFlorida ranks the No. 1 state for predicted number of COVID-19 deaths for the week ending Nov. 28 with 279. Last week, there were 19 new COVID-19 deaths in Florida, which is a change of +1368%. MORE NEWS: Holiday Shopping Frenzy In Full SwingFactors that could throw off the forecasts range from the rise of new variants of the virus that causes...
    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images Germany's Covid-19 crisis continues to rock the nation with the grim news on Thursday that the total number of deaths has now surpassed 100,000. The country's new incoming coalition government is resisting a lockdown, for now, however. Germany reported a massive number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with over 75,000 new infections in the last 24 hours (and up from 66,884 on Wednesday), while the death toll has now reached 100,119 after 351 more people died from the virus during the previous day. Government officials have been watching rising cases with alarm for weeks now, and the country's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly pushed for a two-week lockdown during a meeting on Tuesday with the country's incoming coalition government. According to the Bild newspaper, the new government alliance of the left-leaning Social Democrats and Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats pushed back against the idea, preferring instead to wait and...
    An 8-year-old boy who suffered injuries in Sunday’s Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade attack has died, NBC26 reported Tuesday. Jackson Sparks, as well as his 12-year-old brother, Tucker, were seriously injured after a suspect plowed his car through a crowd at a parade in Waukesha Sunday night, killing 5 others and injuring more than 40, NBC26 reported. A GoFundMe page set up for Jackson’s medical expenses stated he underwent brain surgery at Children’s Wisconsin after sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to CBS58. An update posted Tuesday evening said Jackson succumbed to his injuries. (RELATED: Car Plows Through Crowd At Wisconsin Christmas Parade, Multiple Injured) “Please know that they appreciate your continued prayers and tremendous outpouring of support for their family,” read the statement, according to CBS58. “They do however ask for privacy at this time to allow Tucker to continue to heal physically and their family to heal and mourn the tremendous loss of their sweet little boy who is now under the care of Jesus.” Authorities identified the suspect as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks of Milwaukee, NBC26 reported. Brooks faces 5 counts...
    AUTHORITIES have announced that a sixth person - a child - has died from injuries sustained at a Waukesha parade, as police documents say "emotionless" suspect "zig-zagged" through the crowd. Darrell Brooks was arrested on Sunday, just moments after the 39-year-old allegedly plowed through a busy Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring more than 60 others before fleeing the scene. 1Darrell Brooks was arrested on SundayCredit: AP "Waukesha County DA announced a child has now died in the Waukesha Parade incident. Deaths are now at 6 instead of 5," thepatch.com reported on Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint filed against Brooks on Monday, it was clear to police officers that "this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible." Police have not yet released any information about what motivated Brooks' alleged attack in Waukesha on Sunday or whether it was intentional. He was reportedly fleeing the scene of a domestic violence disturbance just before the crash, investigators say. Brooks, who has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999, had been released on $1,000 bond just three...
    The man accused of killing six and injuring 62 when he drove his car into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin has appeared before a judge.  Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, made his first appearance in court on Tuesday as the death count rose to six, with a child added to the dead.  The court heard that he had multiple previous violent convictions, charges filed in three states and lengthy custody time in Georgia.  Friends and families of the 60 people, including many children, hit by an SUV that sped through a Christmas parade in a suburban Milwaukee downtown say they suffered life-threatening injuries, with some clinging to life. Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, is pictured in his November 16 booking photo, provided by Waukesha County Sheriffs Ofice Items lie in the middle of a street in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Monday, where investigations continue after a vehicle slammed into a holiday parade the day before, killing several people and injuring multiple others A young girl who is a member of a dance troupe struck by the SUV, a moment captured on cellphone...
    EUROPE's coronavirus death toll could soar by another 700,000 this winter, the World Health Organisation has warned. Experts warned that the EU could surpass two million Covid-19 deaths by next March if further action isn't taken. 6A busy shopping street in Germany as cases spikeCredit: EPA 6People stand in a 700-meter-long queue to get vaccinated in HamburgCredit: AFP "All of us have the opportunity and responsibility to help avert unnecessary tragedy and loss of life, and limit further disruption to society and businesses over this winter season," Dr Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO's regional director for Europe, said. Research by the WHO suggests that between now and March 1 there will be extreme stress on hospital beds in 25 countries and extreme or high stress in IC units in a horrifying 49 out of 53 countries. Meanwhile, bodies are reportedly piling up in overflowing hospitals and morgues as hospitals buckle under the strain of the continent's fourth wave. The rise in cases has seen Greece join Austria, Germany and the Netherlands in imposing restrictions, while Romanian hospitals fail to...
    BOHONIKI, Poland (AP) — A Polish imam recited prayers Tuesday over the tiny white casket of an unborn Iraqi boy, the latest life claimed as migrants from the Middle East have tried to slip into the European Union illegally and found their path blocked by soldiers and a fast approaching winter in the forests of Poland and Belarus. After the first snow of the season fell overnight, Aleksander Ali Bazarewicz, the imam, waited in hopes that the child’s father — in a refugee center and with his wife hospitalized in serious condition — would arrive. When he didn’t appear, Bazarewicz proceeded to lead the funeral rites in front of an old wooden mosque and later at the graveside. “Another victim,” said Bazarewicz, who led prayers for the first victim of the migration, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee, nine days ago. “We thought this would only happen once but now this sector gets bigger and bigger,” he said, standing among four simple burial mounds, each surrounded by stones and covered with pine branches. All four victims now rest together on the outer...
    White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says the federal definition of 'fully vaccinated' will remain the same as booster shots become widely available and this year's COVID-19 death toll grows to more than twice last year's.  'Fully vaccinated right now, by definition, is the original two doses with the MRNA and the Pfizer and Moderna and a single dose with J&J,' Fauci said Sunday on ABC's This Week. The health official clarified the term as the governors of Connecticut and Massachusetts say they now consider an extra shot, given two to six months after the initial course - to be necessary for full protection.  'We're going to see what the durability of that protection is, and as we always do, you just follow and let the data guide your policy and let the data guide your recommendations,' Fauci added. His comments come as COVID-19's death toll surpasses last year's by more than double - topping 770,800 on Saturday compared to last year's total of 385,343.  White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says 'fully vaccinated' still means just two shots...
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The death toll for the weekend attack in northern Burkina Faso has risen to at least 28 officers and four civilians, the government said Monday, marking the deadliest attack on the West African nation’s security forces since jihadi violence started more than five years ago. The military detachment in Inata, in the Sahel’s Soum province, was attacked Sunday at 5 a.m. by unidentified armed groups, said Burkina Faso’s Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura. Another detachment in the nearby town of Kelbo was also attacked the same day, but was repelled, he said. The government called the violence barbaric and cowardly and announced three days of mourning. While the death toll remains provisional, it’s the largest recorded loss on Burkina Faso’s security forces during a single attack, said Heni Nsaibia, senior researcher at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project. “The escalating violence points to a very worrisome trajectory,” he said. However, he said it should be looked at in context, since in recent weeks security forces have either announced or were reported to have...
    The death toll from rapper Travis Scott’s November 5 performance at Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas, has risen to 10 after a 9-year-old boy who was trampled at the event died from his injuries. The family of Ezra Blount, who was on life support for days after he was injured at Astroworld, confirmed that he died on Sunday, according to a report by ABC 13. Last week, Ezra’s father, Treston Blount, told ABC 13 that his son was a fan of the rapper, saying: “He was so stoked” to attend the concert. Blount reportedly held Ezra high on his shoulders as the countdown began to Scott’s performance. He stayed toward the back of the back of the crowd because he thought that area would be more calm, but the stampede hit as soon as the rapper took the stage. The boy’s father then reportedly lost consciousness and Ezra fell to the ground, where he was then trampled by concertgoers. Blount said that after he regained consciousness, he could not find his son anywhere. The father then rushed to on-site medic tents, as well as...
    (CNN)The 9-year-old boy who was injured at the Astroworld Festival died Sunday, according to family attorney Ben Crump.The death toll from the chaotic concert now stands at 10. Funeral services for some of the victims began over the weekend as dozens of lawsuits have been filed over the tragedy.The boy, identified as Ezra Blount by his family, had been in a medically induced coma in an attempt to overcome brain, liver and kidney trauma, according to a statement from Crump.Ezra Blount attended the Astroworld concert with his father, his grandfather said."The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra's death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer," the statement from Crump said. Bernon Blount previously told CNN his grandson was in Houston, Texas, to see "his favorite artist" and attended the...
    A 9-year-old boy who was put in a medically-induced coma following the Astroworld festival crowd surge died Sunday, bringing the death toll to 10, according to USA Today. The young boy, named Ezra Blount, or EB, attended the concert with his dad and was injured after falling from his father's shoulders during the melee. He was rushed to Texas Children's Hospital, where he was placed in a coma in an attempt to help his brain overcome the trauma. Blount was placed on life support for nine days following the incident, during which he suffered major organ damage and brain swelling.  Houston mayor Sylvester TurnerSylvester TurnerCriminal investigation launched into deaths at Houston festival Over two dozen arrested following Houston music festival Texas governor directs agency to offer resources for probe of deadly music festival MORE confirmed Blount's death Sunday night. "Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come," Turner wrote. I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening. Our...
    As the U.S. closes in on its second year of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death toll in red America has surpassed that of blue America, a new analysis finds. DailyMail.com looked at data from 40 counties where Donald Trump or Joe Biden won at least 60 percent of the vote in the last presidential election in the four most populous states: California, Florida, New York and Texas. At the beginning of 2021, the cumulative Covid death toll per 100,000 people in blue counties was higher than that in red counties, but not by much. The two started to diverge in the spring and, by November, Trump counties were recording death tolls 1.3 times higher than Biden counties were. This is similar to the pattern seen on state-by-state basis.  In Florida, for example, the per capita death toll in Trump counties this month is 1.6 times higher than in Biden counties. The main reason for the disparity is vaccines. COVID-19 death tolls were similar in red states and blue states at the start of the year, but this changed after the...
    Astroworld attendee Bharti Shahani, 22, passed away Wednesday night from injuries sustained at the concert, according to attorney James Lassiter. “The message that we’re here to communicate is clear. We want justice for Bharti. We want justice for her family. We want to make sure that the people who decided to put profits over the safety of the lives of children and youth are held accountable for their callous disregard for life,” Mohammed Nabulsi, an attorney with Lassiter Law Firm, said at a press conference Thursday. WATCH: Shahani, a Texas A&M University student, is now the ninth person to succumb to injuries sustained at the event headlined by Travis Scott on Nov. 5. Dozens of additional attendees have also sustained injuries, including a 9-year-old boy who is now in a medically induced coma, CNN reported. “I think at the end of the day, it was the people in the back who had no regard for the people in the front, just pushing people up, it just got so crowded. And obviously part of it was the medical staff. There were...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An eighth school staff member in Minnesota has died of COVID-19 since the start of the school year roughly 10 weeks ago. Minnesota Department of Health data released Thursday shows that one school staffer died of the virus in the last week. The data doesn’t show where the staffer worked. The number of COVID-19 school staff deaths this year now matches the staff death toll of all last school year. In total, 16 staffers have succumbed to the disease since August of 2020. Denise Specht, the president of the Education Minnesota union, said that every COVID-related death in a school is tragic, because schools should be safe places for people to work and students to learn. “Minnesotans need to come together to do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus so all our students can get back to doing the activities they love and educators can refocus on teaching,” she said. This month, children ages 5 to 11 became the latest demographic eligible for the vaccine. Per state data, more...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An eighth school staff member in Minnesota has died of COVID-19 since the start of the school year roughly 10 weeks ago. Minnesota Department of Health data released Thursday shows that one school staffer died of the virus in the last week. The data doesn’t show where the staffer worked. The number of COVID school staff deaths this year now matches the staff death toll of all last school year. In total, 16 staffers have succumbed to the disease since August of 2020. Denise Specht, the president of the Education Minnesota union, said that every COVID-related death in a school is tragic, because schools should be safe places for people to work and students to learn. “Minnesotans need to come together to do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus so all our students can get back to doing the activities they love and educators can refocus on teaching,” she said. This month, children ages 5 to 11 became the latest demographic eligible for the vaccine. Per state data, more...
    By Erwin Seba | Reuters HOUSTON – The death toll in the Astroworld Festival stampede rose to nine with the death of a 22-year-old Texas college student late on Wednesday, according to a lawyer for the family. A stampede of fans during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on Friday killed nine people between the ages of 14 and 27 and injured scores. A 9-year-old boy remains hospitalized in critical condition, police have said. Bharti Shahani, a Texas A&M University student, died from “horrific injuries” sustained at the rap concert, James Lassiter, a lawyer for the family, said on Thursday. She attended the concert with her sister and cousin who survived. “We want to make sure that the people who decided to put profits over the safety of the lives of children are held responsible,” said Lassiter in a news conference attended by Shahani’s family.
    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...
    Freetown, Sierra LeoneThe death toll from a fuel tanker explosion in Sierra Leone's capital has risen to 115, a health ministry spokesperson said on Monday.The ministry had previously said 99 people were killed when the tanker exploded following a collision in a suburb of Freetown on Friday. Victims included people who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the ruptured vehicle.Hundreds more were injured in the blast, stretching the capacity of Freetown's health service, which has suffered from years of underfunding and a fall in medical staff during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic.Blackened shells of cars still lay at the scene of the accident, and members of a family whose business and house burnt down said they had been sleeping outside. More than 100 people were killed in the explosion, according to authorities in the West African country."Since the incident we have not received any personal help yet, (a) place to sleep, food to eat, nothing like that yet," said Mohamed Lamin Mansaray, the owner of Wellington bar and beverage shop.Read MoreMansaray said he had told people to run away from...
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Seven more bodies have been recovered from a high-rise apartment building that collapsed while under construction in Lagos, bringing the death toll to 43, a Nigerian Red Cross official said. Among the dead is Femi Osibona, a director of Fourscore Homes, the real estate company building the 21-story luxury tower, Segun Akande told The Associated Press. No survivors have been rescued from the site since Tuesday. It is not known how many people remain missing but one construction worker at the scene estimated that 100 people were working there when it collapsed on Monday, meaning that 48 people could still be missing. Distraught families are replacing their hopes with fear. Many of the construction workers were young and from Benin, Nigeria’s southern neighbor, according to Ekene Iwuozor, who worked at the site. He escaped the accident as he did not go to work that day, but his 25-year-old brother is among the missing, he said. “I wasn’t feeling too well, so I told my brother to go and meet me later. Little did I know...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s children aged 5 to 11 years old will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Thursday, officials said Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, the Western States Scientific Safety Review workgroup passed along its OK of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 to western state governors, including in California. READ MORE: Port Of Los Angeles Prepares For 200 Cruises In 2022, Most Since 2008Dr. Dan Cooper, a pediatrician with UC Irvine’s Institute for Immunology, said he is advising parents to get their children vaccinated. However, he is careful to tell reluctant parents to at least think about it. He does not favor mandates. “I would at first like to try to get parents to get the vaccine,” Cooper told City News Service. “It’s a touchy situation. You’re making a decision about someone else, not about yourself.” Cooper noted that “`because it is less severe” a problem among children, “we have a little bit more breathing room.” Cooper said it appears one-third of...
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll from the collapse of a high-rise apartment building under construction in Nigeria’s most populous city has risen to 21, the Lagos state governor said Wednesday, as rescue crews continued to seek surviving workers in the rubble. Nine people had been rescued by Tuesday, but no new survivors were found Wednesday. The previous official death toll, released early Tuesday afternoon, had been 14. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said it was unclear how long the rescue mission would continue. “There is no pillar in any form that is holding anything,” he said of the building’s remains. “Hope is what is in short supply,” he told families. “Hope is what we all require now.” It’s unknown how many people could still be trapped inside the debris, but one construction worker at the scene had estimated there were about 100, leaving potentially 70 unaccounted for. The 21-story luxury apartment building under construction toppled Monday and it took several hours for officials to launch the rescue effort. Authorities have arrested the property’s owner, according to media reports, saying that...
    Lagos, NigeriaRescuers in Nigeria on Wednesday raced to find survivors, two days after a high-rise building under construction collapsed and trapped scores of people in the commercial capital Lagos, as the death toll rose to 22, an emergency official said.Anxious family members and large crowds gathered near the site of the incident hoping to hear news on the fate of those still trapped under chunks of masonry and mangled steel where the building once stood.National Emergency Management Agency coordinator for Lagos Ibrahim Farinloye told Reuters via text message that the death toll had climbed to 22 after several bodies were recovered overnight. Nine people were pulled out alive. People buried under collapsed luxury high-rise in Nigeria call for helpBuilding collapses are frequent in Africa's most populous country, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.The Lagos state government said there had been some building infractions during construction earlier this year but did not say whether these had been rectified.Read MoreThe state's chief architect was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely as the government launched an independent investigation into the causes...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s seven-day total for deaths from COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic, according to online research website Our World in Data. In the seven days through Nov. 1 the nation recorded 2,188 deaths — a level unseen since April 2020 — amid increasingly widespread vaccination. After a sluggish start, Latin America’s largest nation has now fully vaccinated more than half its population. That share is even higher in some large cities, such as Sao Paulo, where virtually 100% of the adult population has had at least one shot and more than 90% are fully vaccinated. And a greater percentage of Brazilians have had at least one dose than Americans, according to the data site. That has put the nation’s number of virus deaths on a downward trend for the last four months. Experts’ widely expressed concern that Brazil could see a renewed surge from the spread of the delta variant thus far hasn’t materialized. The nation’s current daily toll is just one-tenth the gruesome peak...
    The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems.  Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.  "This is a defining moment in our lifetime," said Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious disease specialist at the Yale School of Public Health. "What do we have to do to protect ourselves so we don’t get to another 5 million?"  Reena Kesarwani holds a photograph of her husband, Anand Babu Kesarwani, who died of COVID-19, in their hardware shop, Oct. 25, 2021, in the Chhitpalgarh village in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state.  (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS TAKE MEDICAL LEAVE AMID LOOMING VACCINE SANCTIONS  The death toll, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the...
    The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation. “This is a defining moment in our lifetime,” said Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious disease specialist at the Yale School of Public Health. “What do we have to do to protect ourselves so we don’t get to another 5 million?” The death toll, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. It rivals the number of people killed in battles among nations since 1950, according to estimates from the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Globally, COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke. The...
    PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 5 million, nearly two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation. The staggering figure is almost certainly an undercount because of limited testing and people dying at home without medical attention, especially in poor parts of the world, such as India. Locally in Pennsylvania, the death toll has surpassed 31,000 lives lost. (TM and © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
    BALTIMORE (AP) — COVID-19′s global death toll tops 5 million in less than 2 years, as virus humbles both poor and rich countries. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    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 —...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says death toll has risen to 47 in southern Afghanistan mosque bombing. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hospital official says death toll from bombing at Afghanistan mosque climbs to 37, with more than 70 wounded. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    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...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s interior minister revises death toll to five killed in Beirut in protest against judge probing port blast. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan officials further raise death toll to 46 dead in fire that engulfed 13-story building overnight. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan officials raise death toll to 25 killed in overnight fire that engulfed 13-story building, with dozens injured. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A soldier has been found dead at Fort Hood over the weekend - adding yet another to the tally of lives lost in connection with the base. Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Bocanegra confirmed that the soldier, who has not been identified, was found unresponsive behind his company barracks on Saturday. Shortly afterwards, the 1st Cavalry Division soldier was pronounced dead, KWTX reports.  No additional information has been provided about the death, but Bocanegra said that investigation is now underway. The death is the latest in a string of incidents involving soldiers connected to Fort Hood, with 31 people having died in 2020 alone.  A 1st Cavalry Division soldier was found dead behind his company barracks at Fort Hood (pictured) over the weekend, Army officials have confirmed MailOnline has approached the US Army for additional comment.   Last year, 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen disappeared in April and was later found to have been bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked.  The main suspect in her disappearance, Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, killed himself when investigators confronted him.  The string of deaths...
    "In this table, 661 Maine CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] recipients have died within 28 days of receiving the vaccine," said McCullough, one of the most cited cardiologists in academic literature, during the Friday hearing before a Maine judge. Here is a copy of the table from Thomas Renz's law firm, which prepared a PowerPoint presentation obtained by TheBlaze, based on the CMS billing codes. According to McCullough, these deaths and ailments are among "patients who did not have any of these serious conditions prior to the onset of the vaccine program who developed or died within 28 days of receiving a [COVID] vaccine." The data was quarried to rule out anyone who had a record of any of these ailments since Jan. 1, 2020. Thus, these are not people who were sick with some of the blood disorders listed in the table. It doesn't mean that all of them died of the vaccine, but it sure is suspicious. As McCullough noted, "Twenty-eight days within the administration of any investigational drug or product is...
    OMSK, RUSSIA OCTOBER 9, 2021: Cemetery workers in protective gear bury people who died of causes related to COVID-19 at Novo-Yuzhnoye Cemetery. Yevgeny Sofiychuk/TASS (Photo by Yevgeny Sofiychuk\TASS via Getty Images)Yevgeny Sofiychuk | TASS | Getty Images Russia has hit a grim new record in its Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of daily deaths caused by the virus hitting a new high. Russia reported 28,190 new coronavirus cases and 973 deaths from Covid on Tuesday, a new record number of daily fatalities, according to data from the government's coronavirus taskforce. In total, Russia has recorded over 7.8 million cases of the virus and over 218,000 deaths. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko delivered sharp warnings on the public health crisis in Russia on Tuesday, telling a cabinet meeting that that incidence of Covid in Russia had increased 16% over the past week and in some regions, the growth rate was more than 30%. Russia has about 255,000 beds for Covid patients, of which about 235,000 are occupied, Murashko said, with 11% of Russia's hospitalized Covid patients in a serious or critical condition "and practically...
    Of the more than 4.8 million people worldwide who have reportedly died from COVID-19, at least 138,300 of those deaths — according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — have been in the United Kingdom. One of the COVID-19 survivors in the U.K. is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose response to the pandemic is examined in a House of Commons report issued this week. And according to the House of Commons' Health and Social Care Committee, the United Kingdom's death toll from COVID-19 would have been lower had the Johnson government been quicker to embrace social distancing measures. Journalist Jamie Ross, reporting in the Daily Beast, explains, "The report, published on Tuesday, states that if Johnson's government had introduced a lockdown just one week earlier than it did, Britain's death toll could have been slashed in half. However, the lawmakers concluded that a dangerous level of 'groupthink' in the top level of government and its advisers got in the way of decisive action." The report is what Americans would describe as "bipartisan," as it comes from members of the Conservative...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting a four-day total of 16,287 new coronavirus cases and 151 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 350 New Cases, 1 More DeathThis brings the statewide total to 1,486,134 cases and 30,058 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,967 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 670 in ICUs. The state says 13,135,136 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,297,593 people are fully vaccinated. So far, 69.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. READ MORE: Reported Burglary At Bethel Park Home Under InvestigationIf you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 5,574,761 people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 77,592 cases among residents and 16,598 cases among employees of...