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    The days after the Thanksgiving holiday have seen a new surge of new cases of the virus in the Hudson Valley, which continues to see its infection rate spike. The average seven-day positive infection rate of those tested in the Hudson Valley has been on the rise through the fall, up to 3.39 percent in the latest update from the state Department of Health, after it sat below 3 percent for months. Statewide, the positive infection rate is also surging, up past 4 percent to 4.05 percent in the latest update. Sixty-nine new virus-related deaths were reported in New York in the latest update from the Department of Health including two in Westchester, though the death toll held steady throughout the rest of the Hudson Valley. Average seven-day Infection rates in the state’s 10 regions according to the latest update from the Department of Health: Western New York: 10.30 percent (68.15 seven-day average number of new cases per 100,--- population); Finger Lakes: 9.61 percent (54.88); Mohawk Valley: 9.30 percent (56.55); North Country: 8.92 percent (52.71); Capital Region: 7.62 percent...
    With children back in the classroom and activities moving indoors as the calendar turns to the holiday season, the US has seen a spike in new COVID-19 cases among children that are causing concerns. According to a new report, in the past week, more than 122,000 COVID-19 cases were reported among minors, marking a 22 percent increase from approximately two weeks ago. The numbers represent the 14th straight week that child COVID-19 cases topped 100,000, despite the vaccine becoming more readily available for those between the ages of 5 and 12, though the number has dropped since peaking at 252,000 per week in early September. 
“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children,” researchers said. "However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects. As of Thursday, Nov. 11, the American Academy of Pediatrics was reporting more than 6.6 million COVID-19 cases in children...
    BEIRUT — Rebel-held northwest Syria is facing an unprecedented coronavirus surge and aid agencies are calling on the world to help provide humanitarian and medical aid, increase hospital capacity and ensure people are vaccinated. The surge apparently caused by the more contagious delta variant has overwhelmed hospitals with sick patients and is causing shortages of oxygen, according to local officials. The local rebel-run authority imposed a nighttime curfew as of Tuesday while schools and universities were closed and students are getting distant learning. The region is home to 4 million people, many of them internally displaced people by Syria’s 10-year conflict. Dr. Khaula Sawah, president of The International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, or UOSSM, says international aid is urgently needed “to prevent a humanitarian disaster. Millions of lives are at stake.” The rate of positive test results — an indication of the level of virus spread — is around 55%, according to UOSSM and Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision. Only 1.3% of people are vaccinated, according to World Vision. Local medical authorities say the number of registered...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) chief medical advisor is hitting the exit amid the latest coronavirus surge in the state. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, a deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Whitmer’s point person in the virus, is leaving for a job in the private sector, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported. Khaldun will be replaced by a bureaucrat who temporarily left her state job to work for the World Health Organization. Via the paper: She will be replaced at least temporarily by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, an infectious diseases expert at the state Department of Health and Human Services who oversaw COVID-19 testing strategy. Bagdasarian, who will take over on Oct. 1, most recently has been on sabbatical to work with the World Health Organization on coronavirus planning. “At the height of COVID-19, we stood side by side to keep our state safe through one of the most difficult periods in our lives,” Whitmer said. Khaldun’s exit comes as cases are rising in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Slowly but surely, the national count of new cases of COVID-19 has gradually dropped. Experts say we’re not out of the woods yet, but the latest surge could finally soon subside. The good news is that doctors say after Thanksgiving, the virus should be more manageable. We were recently seeing a 7-day average of up to 160,000 new COVID-19 cases at the peak of the surge. Right now, the CDC says that average is closer to 114,000 new cases per day. Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he expects we’ll eventually drop down to around 20,000 cases per day. He also says the Delta wave will be hitting different regions across the country at different times. “There’s still pockets of vulnerability and COVID is so contagious, it finds its way into those pockets of vulnerability,” Gottlieb said. Even though new cases are declining, more people are dying from the virus. As for booster shots, you should double check to see if you meet the CDC’s eligibility requirements, and then reach out to the provider you saw for your...
    MIAMI (AP) — Florida is reporting its deadliest peak in daily death rates since the start of the pandemic, surpassing previous coronavirus surges in the state, according to federal data published Thursday. Data provided by the state to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that at least eight days in August produced more daily deaths than during the last peak of the pandemic in August 2020. The typical lag times in the reporting of deaths means the true toll of the pandemic can take weeks to emerge. . The data became available on Thursday after the state reported to the CDC more than 1,338 new deaths that occurred over several days or weeks. The figures show the seven-day average in daily deaths reached 244 last month, as compared with their highest previous rate of 227 in August 2020. The numbers for mid- to late August of this year could still rise as the Florida Department of Health reports more data to the federal government. Overall, 45,909 people have died in Florida, according to the CDC numbers. The...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida is reporting its deadliest peak in daily death rates since the pandemic began, surpassing previous coronavirus surges in the state, according to federal data published Thursday. Data provided by the state to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reveals that at least eight days in August produced more daily deaths than at the last peak of the pandemic in August 2020. The typical lag times in the reporting of deaths means the true toll of the pandemic can take weeks to come to light. READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Coral Gables Police Chief Talks About Recovery From Stroke The new data became available on Thursday after the state reported to the CDC more than 1,338 new deaths that occurred over several days or weeks. The figures show the seven-day average in daily deaths reached 244 last month, as compared with their highest previous rate of 227 in August 2020. The numbers for mid to late August of this year could still rise as the Florida Department of Health reports more data to the federal...
    Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, after pushing the planned September return back to October.  Pichai said that starting in January the company will let countries and locations determine when to end voluntary work-from-home policies 'based on local conditions, which vary greatly across our offices.'  He also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office.  CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Tuesday that Google is delaying its global return to offices until at least January 10, the second pushback in recent weeks Google also promised a 30-day heads up before workers are expected back in the office RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Facebook delays employees' return to campus until 2022 as... Twitter closes its NYC and San Francisco...
    By The Associated Press PHOENIX — A day after Arizona surpassed the 1 million in confirmed coronavirus cases, the state on Saturday reported nearly, 3,900 new cases, the most since a surge in February. The 3,893 cases and 55 deaths reported Saturday increased Arizona’s total confirmed deaths to 18, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks from 2,604 on Aug. 12 to 3,184 on Thursday. The rolling average of daily deaths rose from 13 deaths to 23 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University. After climbing steadily since early July, the state’s virus-related hospitalizations in recent days ranged between 1,900 and 2,000, with 1,982 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds on Friday. That’s far below the pandemic peak of 5,082 on Jan. 11. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Russia’s virus-related deaths hit record of 50,000 in July — Contact tracing takes a back seat during latest COVID-19 surge — UK prepares to vaccinate youth ages 12-15 before school starts — How much impact could Sturgis...
    Health investigators across the U.S. are finding it nearly impossible to keep up with the deluge of new COVID-19 infections and carry out contact tracing efforts that were once seen as a pillar of the nation’s pandemic response. States are hiring new staff and seeking out volunteers to bolster the ranks of contact tracers that have been overwhelmed by surging coronavirus cases. Some states trimmed their contact tracing teams this spring and summer when virus numbers were dropping and are now scrambling to train new investigators. Others have triaged their teams to focus on the most vulnerable, such as cases involving schools or children too young to be vaccinated. Texas got out of the business entirely, with the new two-year state budget that takes effect Sept. 1 explicitly prohibiting funds being used for contact tracing. That left it up to local health officials, but they can’t keep up at a time when Texas is averaging more than 16,000 new cases a day. Mississippi has 150 staff working full time to identify people who have had close contact with an infected...
    BANGKOK — Thailand passed 1 million total coronavirus infections Friday as its latest surge dropped below 20,000 daily cases for the first time in 10 days. Over 97% of the cases counted since the pandemic began have been since April. The outbreak connected to Bangkok entertainment venues and travel during the traditional new year in mid-April grew more serious when the delta variant was detected in crowded construction worker camps and spread into markets, communities, and families. The government closed public places and imposed other restrictions last month, but infections and deaths remained high. On Friday, however, the Disease Control Department’s daily statistics report showed the average number of COVID-19 tests has fallen over the past seven days. Thailand reported 19,851 new cases on Friday. Apisamai Srirangsan, a deputy spokesperson for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said in a briefing that although the number of daily cases remains high, it seems quite steady. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — In northeast Florida hot zone, the patients rapidly filling wards are younger and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases fueled by the more contagious delta variant’s spread among the unvaccinated, Chicago once again will be requiring people to wear masks while indoors in public settings, effective Friday. The new indoor mask mandate will go into effect on Friday for anyone age 2 or older, regardless of their vaccination status, and covers all businesses in Chicago; including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. READ MORE: CBS 2 Chicago Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award For Overall Excellence Customers will be allowed to remove masks at restaurants, bars, and other eating establishments while they are eating or drinking. The return the return of the requirement for masks indoors in public settings comes as Chicago has surpassed an average of 400 new cases of COVID-19 per day, largely among the unvaccinated, and caused mostly by the more contagious delta variant. Chicago is averaging 419 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week, up from the...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Medical workers deployed by the state began arriving in North Texas Monday, August 16. They’re intended to boost staffing at local hospitals strained by a new surge of COVID-19 patients. READ MORE: Hopeful They Do The Right Thing, Mansfield Mother Pleading WIth Parents To Mask Students  “Some are arriving as we speak,” said DFW Hospital Council CEO Stephen Love in an interview Monday afternoon. Nearly every hospital in the area, he says, has asked for help. “Staffing has been an issue in every surge, but it’s been a really big issue in this surge,” he said. The medical community has fewer workers now, he reports, than they did during previous surges in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and the year and a half long pandemic has left much of their staff struggling with fatigue. “So we’re actually losing valuable clinical people, and even the support staff people from our workforce that are just saying, hey I’m going to go to another profession or I’m going to make a change,” said Love. READ MORE: Dozens Of Texas School Districts Hammered By...
    SAN RAMON (CBS SF) – Chevron announced Friday that has postponed its return to office plan for employees, the latest Bay Area company to change their plans amid rising COVID-19 cases. According to Bloomberg, the petroleum giant planned for workers at its San Ramon headquarters to return in September but said in a statement that it is “monitoring regional case rates for improvement to determine a new return date.” Earlier on Friday, Contra Costa County health officials said cases have risen in the county by 30% over the last two weeks as the Delta variant drives a surge in cases among the unvaccinated. COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county have also soared in the past month. The company also said that employees at its largest office in Houston are not expected to return before October. Texas has also been hard in the latest surge. According to the Texas Medical Center, more than 5,600 people tested positive in the Houston area for COVID-19 Thursday. Chevron had planned to bring back office employees under a hybrid model of two remote days per week....
    A Mississippi hospital has become the latest to set up an overflow tent as COVID cases surge - with 70 of its staff currently quarantined because of virus exposure.     Crews were setting up a 50-bed mobile hospital for overflow patients at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Wednesday. It was erected in the facility's covered concrete parking lot after the facility hit capacity, and suffered a massive staff shortage because of the virus.    'All of our hospitals are full,' Dr. Alan Jones, UMMC associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs, told WAPT.   'Our biggest pain point is some of our nursing and nursing staff availability,' echoed UMMC Vice Chancellor Dr. LouAnne Woodward. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is setting up a 50-bed mobile hospital for overflow patients as the state sees a surge in COVID cases Hospital officials say the facility has hit capacity amid staffing shortages, noting that 70 employees are currently quarantined due to COVID-19 According to UMMC officials, the pediatric hospital is completely full and while there are some adult beds available, they...
                      by Thomas Catenacci  Big Tech companies reported massive, record-breaking earnings figures as their sales continued to surge amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter all beat earnings estimates and showed large revenue growth, executives for the tech companies said during earnings calls Tuesday evening. The four companies’ earnings reports suggested that the growth experienced by Big Tech during the pandemic will continue apace. “Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement Tuesday, explaining his company’s strong performance. He added that the company has “helped so many consumers and businesses” over the last year. Google reported second-quarter net profit of $18.5 billion, a massive jump from the nearly $7 billion reported last year, according to the company’s report. Its total revenue surged to a quarterly record of $61.9 billion, 62% higher than last year. The record revenue figure shattered Wall Street predictions, which had Google reporting $56.2 billion, Barron’s reported. Apple also reported record second-quarter revenue, earning $81.4...
    The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, on Sunday said the current coronavirus surge, which is being driven by the highly transmissible delta variant, may be "the tipping point" for unvaccinated holdouts. Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSimone Biles sparks nationwide conversation on mental health Aly Raisman defends former teammate Biles: 'I'm proud of her' House Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' MORE asked Collins on CNN's "State of the Union" what he feared would happen if unvaccinated people do not get immunized against COVID-19. "Cases have gone up about fourfold in the last couple of weeks. We're pushing up toward 100,000 cases a day now, and particularly so in those hotspots where vaccination rates are still quite low, maybe 30 percent. That would be Missouri and Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida. And those are areas of deep concern," Collins said. However, Collins noted that vaccination rates have also risen around the country, increasing by 56 percent in the past two weeks. "So, I think maybe I'm trying to look on the bright side of this. What's the silver lining...
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have imposed a lockdown in the southern Sindh province, including the commercial hub of Karachi and other urban centers, amid an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown began Saturday and is set to last until Aug. 8, despite opposition from the federal government and the local business community. Sindh’s chief minister Murad Ali Shah said Friday that a sudden rise in virus cases has flooded hospitals in Karachi, the provincial capital. The new surge appears linked to many of the crowd-attracting activities earlier this month during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Sindh provincial government is closing all markets, except for pharmacies, bakeries, gas stations and grocery stores, which still must close by 6 p.m. All transport between cities is halted and public busses aren’t operating. Private cars and taxis are limited to two people. Ongoing examinations at schools and universities are also postponed until after the lockdown. Nationwide, Pakistan on Saturday reported 65 deaths and 4,950 new virus cases in the past 24 hours. The South Asian country has reported 1,029,811 confirmed cases...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jefferson Health’s Dr. Rob Danoff sat down virtually with CBS3’s Janelle Burrell about the latest surge of COVID-19, mostly caused by the Delta variant. Below is a transcript of the interview. Janelle Burrell: “A lot of people ask me, ‘If I’ve been vaccinated, why do I still have to wear a mask?’” READ MORE: Residents Begin To Clean Up, Assess Damage After Two Tornadoes Touch Down In Bucks County Leaving Path Of Destruction Dr. Rob Danoff: It’s a great question but the reason being is the Delta variant is very contagious. For every one person who has the infection, they can spread it to six others. Fortunately, the vaccines have done a good job of preventing us from getting sick or having a lot of symptoms. They’re really good at that, but you can still get the disease. It might be a small cold, a headache, sore throat and you can potentially spread it to others. So if a person who’s vaccinated keeps getting exposed to people without the vaccine and with Delta, they can get it....
    Big Tech companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter reported massive, record-breaking earnings figures as their sales continued to surge amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement Tuesday, explaining his company’s strong performance. Apple reported record second-quarter revenue of $81.4 billion, or 36% more than it did during the same period last year, and earned $21.7 billion in profit, according to the company. Big Tech companies reported massive, record-breaking earnings figures as their sales continued to surge amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter all beat earnings estimates and showed large revenue growth, executives for the tech companies said during earnings calls Tuesday evening. The four companies’ earnings reports suggested that the growth experienced by Big Tech during the pandemic will continue apace. “Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement Tuesday, explaining...
    HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam has announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region. The lockdown order, issued late Friday night, bans the gathering of more than two people in public. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses can stay open. Earlier in the week, the city had suspended all outdoor activities and ordered non-essential businesses to close following an increase in cases. On Friday, Hanoi reported 70 confirmed infections, the city’s highest, part of a record 7,295 cases in the country. Nearly 5,000 are from Vietnam’s largest metropolis, southern Ho Chi Minh City, which has extended its lockdown until Aug. 1. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases rise — Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested — AP poll: Most unvaccinated unlikely to get shots — Britain’s summer getaway takes off but nothing like pre-coronavirus ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SYDNEY — Thousands of...
    One Republican governor is blaming the "unvaccinated" for the alarming surge in COVID cases. On Thursday, July 22, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) called out the residents in her state who adamantly refuse to get vaccinated even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus ravages the state. During an interview with CBS-42 of Birmingham, Ivey voiced her concerns about the accelerated spread of the virus. "It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks," Ivey told the publication. "It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down." Ivey, also one of the few Republican leaders to publicly embrace the vaccine, also criticized right-wing conservative media outlets for spreading misinformation and sowing doubt about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. She noted that the state's rise in hospitalizations is most prevalent among unvaccinated Americans. "Let's be crystal clear about this issue," Ivey said, adding, "And media, I want you to start reporting the facts. The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths...
    Marin County is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, but this mini spike in infections is unlike previous surges, the county’s public health officer said Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean the same thing in terms of the threat to our community, especially with regards to severe illness, hospitalization and death,” Dr. Matt Willis told the Board of Supervisors. Willis said the number of hospitalizations has remained fairly stable despite a rise in infections that began in mid-June in large part because between one in four and one in five of the cases have involved people who were fully vaccinated. The emergence of a new dominant strain of the virus, the delta variant, which is more infectious than previous strains, is causing the increase in cases. This strain of the virus, which is becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain nationally and internationally, now accounts for about 80% of all COVID-19 cases in Marin. Fortunately, so far vaccines have proven effective in providing protection from serious illness. “We’ve had 177 cases of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after they were fully...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported a new high in daily coronavirus cases Wednesday, as a surge spreading beyond the capital puts pressure on authorities to extend their toughest distancing rules. New cases have exceeded 1,000 a day for two weeks amid a slow vaccination campaign, lax public vigilance and the spread of more contagious delta variant. A majority of the recent cases have been among people in the Seoul metropolitan area, but the virus is increasingly spreading beyond the capital region. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said more than 30% of daily cases were outside the capital region for a fourth consecutive day. He said the next several weeks would be the most important period of the ongoing outbreak because many people are expected to travel across the country for summer vacations. The 1,784 virus cases detected in the past 24-hour period was the country’s biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began. The new cases brought the country’s total to 182,265 with 2,060 deaths, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Earlier last week, the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, has weighed in on a new COVID-19-related recommendation for when schools start back up in a few weeks. This, as New York City lawmakers are still divided over how the Big Apple should continue to enforce coronavirus protocols, CBS2’s John Dias reported Tuesday. READ MORE: Long Island Educators Combining Lessons Of Heart, Mind And Body This Summer To Reclaim What Was Lost Due To Pandemic A pandemic plight between Mayor Bill de Blasio and some City Council members continues, as the Delta variant stands responsible for 69% of city COVID cases. “Try and block what looks to be like another oncoming COVID-19 wave in New York City,” Councilman Mark Levine said. Levine, the chair of the Health Committee and Democratic nominee for Manhattan borough president, is pushing for the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate. “It’s a better system that we need now, as cases are rising fast. And sadly, hospitalizations appear to be increasing now, too,” Levine said. READ MORE: De Blasio Says Mask Mandate Not The...
    (CNN)For Dr. Frank Courmier, the latest Covid-19 surge hitting his Louisiana hospital is different from the three preceding waves -- the people now getting sick are younger."We're getting people in their third and fourth decades, otherwise healthy with no real preexisting conditions coming in, unvaccinated and very sick, very fast," Courmier told CNN. "We see almost no vaccinated patients."The younger patients have meant that Courmier, the medical director for pulmonary and critical services at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, has had to have difficult conversations with their children."Something new that I'm having to struggle with is now having to tell four-, five- and nine-year-olds about their loved one and not being able to get them home or be able to see them," he said with a catch in his throat. "That's difficult. And I don't want to go through that over and over again.""I have children of my own," he later added, "and it's just very difficult to imagine if my kids had to go through the same issue."Read MoreCourmier was one of several Louisiana-based health...
    By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases for the sixth straight day as the greater capital area entered stringent social distancing restrictions to slow transmissions. The 1,100 new cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency were the highest ever for a Monday, when the daily increase is usually smaller because of reduced tests during the weekends. More than 780 of the cases were from capital Seoul and nearby Incheon and Gyeonggi Province, areas where officials have enforced the country’s strongest social distancing measures starting Monday. Private social gatherings of three or more people will be prohibited from 6 p.m., nightclubs and churches will be shut down, and visitors will be banned at hospitals and nursing homes. South Korea has added more than 12,100 cases this month alone, brining its caseload to 169,146, including 2,044 deaths. The country last week set record daily increases for three straight days through Saturday, when it reported 1,378 new cases. The viral surge is a worrisome development in a country where only...
    By The Associated Press DHAKA, Bangladesh — Authorities in Bangladesh say the country has registered the highest number of COVID-19 casualties and positive cases in a single day. The news comes amid concern that the coronavirus pandemic could worsen over the next seven days. The government’s Directorate General of Health Services said that 230 people died and 11,874 tested positive on Sunday. That’s a single-day record on both counts. About 100,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 10 days. Experts say if the present trend continues already overwhelmed hospitals would struggle to provide treatment. Bangladesh has been under a nationwide lockdown since July 1. But new records of positive cases are being reported everyday. Overall, Bangladesh has reported more than 1 million positive cases, including 16,419 deaths, in the nation of 160 million people. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — South Africa ramps up vaccine drive, too late for this surge — Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE...
    By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia’s daily tally of confirmed coronavirus infections has exceeded 25,000 for the third day in a row. Authorities reported 25,033 new cases Sunday. Russia has been facing a sharp rise of contagions in recent weeks, with daily new infections increasing from around 9,000 in early June to over 25,000 on Friday. For the first time in the pandemic, the daily death toll exceeded 700 on Tuesday. It’s remained at that level ever since, with 749 new deaths registered on Sunday. Officials blame the surge on the spread of the delta variant. They’re seeking to boost vaccine uptake, which has remained lower than in many Western countries. As of Wednesday, about 27 million Russians, or just 18.5% of the 146-million population, have received at least one shot of a vaccine, and 18.5 million, or 12.6%, have been fully vaccinated. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — South Africa ramps up vaccine drive, too late for this surge — Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic...
    By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister is encouraging the country’s 27 million citizens who are over 50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 Asad Umar also heads the national body tasked to control coronavirus. He said people over 50 are vulnerable to serious health effects. Umar in a tweet Sunday said that 5.6 million people, or 20.6% of those in Pakistan in that age group, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The federal body recorded a slight hike in the positivity rate. It’s asking residents to wear masks and maintain social distance at public places. Authorities report 27 additional death and 1,980 more cases of the virus in a single day. That brings the country’s tally of deaths due to COVID-19 to 22582 and number of total confirmed cases to 973,284. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — South Africa ramps up vaccine drive, too late for this surge — Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:...
    The triumph of a moderate Democrat in the mayoral primary in deep blue New York City appears to accelerate a recent trend of some of the party’s most fervent voters breaking away from its most progressive candidates. Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department captain, this week became his party’s nominee to lead the nation’s largest city after making a centerpiece of his campaign his rejection of left-leaning activists’ calls to defund the police. His win comes on the heels of victories by self-styled pragmatic candidates in relatively low-turnout elections — which tend to draw the most loyal base voters — in races for a U.S. House seat in New Mexico, a congressional primary in Louisiana and a gubernatorial primary in Virginia.
    By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia on Sunday reported more than 25,000 new cases of coronavirus infection, the largest number since January, as the country faces a sharp surge over the past month. The national coronavirus task force said 663 patients died, down from the previous day’s 697, which was a record high. The tally of 25,142 new cases was more than 2.5 times as high as daily new infections in early June. Moscow, St. Petersburg and the region surrounding Moscow accounted for about half the nationwide total cases. Although the Kremlin says authorities are not discussing a lockdown, Moscow has imposed restrictions including requiring restaurant and bar patrons to show a code certifying they have been vaccinated or received a negative PCR test. Throughout the pandemic, Russia has recorded 5.61 million infections and 137,925 deaths. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC — Biden sees virus ‘independence,’ but COVID takes no holiday — The pressure is on to get people rental assistance before virus eviction ban lifts in US — Europe in vaccination race against COVID-19′s delta variant — Iran...
    During a surge in violence among the LA homeless population, a video posted online Friday shows a man and woman attacking a homeless man as people walk by without stepping in to help, according to Fox News. The video shows the assailant repeatedly punch and kick a homeless man sitting on the ground. A woman is seen standing next to the attacker, and at one point joins in on the beating, while people walk by in the background without intervening. It is unclear why the man and woman began the attack. Videos showing violent incidents involving homeless people in Los Angeles have become increasingly common online, Fox News reported. In a similar video, a man is shown being taken into custody by police before being put on a stretcher. “This guy was having a mental health episode and he basically assaulted me and battered me on the beach,” said the victim in an interview, according to Fox News. “It was more upsetting than serious until he broke my fishing rod and I was like ‘Well, now he does have a...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that his state would become the latest to send National Guard troops to the southern border -- after an appeal for help in dealing with the border crisis from Arizona and Texas.Hutchinson announced a 90-day deployment of up to 40 members of the state’s National Guard to Texas to help with security at the border. SOUTH DAKOTA GOV. KRISTI NOEM SENDS 50 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO TEXAS TO HELP TACKLE BORDER CRISIS Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge put blame on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for failing to the secure the border in a tweet, saying that the troops would help "fill the gap" at the border and stop the flow of human trafficking and drugs into the U.S. Amid a massive spike in encounters at the border, both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a call to other states earlier this month for help to stem the crisis at the border. "On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all...
    By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has reintroduced tough restrictions including a ban on alcohol sales and an extended nightly curfew as it fights a fast-increasing surge of COVID-19 cases. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the delta variant that was first discovered in India appears to be driving South Africa’s new increase. South Africa recorded more than 15,000 new cases Sunday including 122 deaths. That brings its total fatalities to near 60,000. The country’s most populous province of Gauteng has the brunt of the current surge accounting for about 66% of new infections. The province includes the largest city Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria. Health authorities are concerned that the country’s eight other provinces are likely to soon see spikes in cases to match those in Gauteng, where hospitals are running short of COVID-19 beds and patients are being taken to health facilities in other provinces. Neighboring Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique are also fighting growing numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC — Bangkok, 9 provinces restrict movements to curb rising cases — Parts of...
    OAKLAND (BCN/CBS SF) — Police in Oakland are investigating a fatal shooting that left a male victim dead early Wednesday morning, according to authorities. Officers responded at 3:46 a.m. to the 2600 block of East 27th Street after they were alerted to gunshots in the area. READ MORE: I Am A Gold-Collar; Driverless Tesla Backseat Rider Basks In Social Media Notoriety As He Flaunts His Wealth Officers located an unresponsive man suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to police. Paramedics pronounced the man, an Oakland resident, dead at the scene. His identity has not been released. Officers are investigating the death. Anyone with information can call the Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (510) 238-3821. The fatal shooting is the latest in a particularly violent year that has seen police reporting an enormous spike in deadly Oakland street violence. Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong on Monday vowed that he and his department were determined to halt the surge in gun violence that continued last weekend including two homicides and nearly a dozen shootings over a 36-hour span. READ MORE: Lawmaker...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections. The world’s largest maker of vaccines is still short of critical supplies — the result of lagging manufacturing and raw material shortages. Those factors delayed the rollout in several states. Only a fraction of India’s population likely can afford the prices charged by private hospitals for the shot. That means states and the federal government will be in charge of immunizing 900 million Indian adults. India set another global record Saturday with 401,993 daily cases, taking its tally to more than 19.1 million. There were 3,523 confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 211,853, according to the Health Ministry. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India wants to vaccinate all adults; sets record 400,000 daily virus cases — Olympic torch relay detour; diving test event opens in Tokyo — Las Vegas hitting jackpot with return of pandemic-weary visitors — ‘London to Delhi’ stationary biking raises cash for India’s virus crisis ___...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. is pledging immediate medical aid to India to help combat its surge in coronavirus cases. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke by phone Sunday with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, and expressed sympathy and support. According to the White House statement, the U.S. is “working around the clock” to immediately deploy to India drug treatments, rapid diagnostic COVID-19 testing kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment and will seek to provide oxygen supplies as well. The White House says it had identified sources of raw material urgently needed for India’s manufacture of the Covishield vaccine and will make that available. The U.S. also intends to pay for an expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE, the vaccine manufacturer in India, so it can ramp up and produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. A team of U.S. public health advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USAID will also be sent to assist Indian officials. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s crematoriums...
    Iran on Saturday banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports. Details: Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, a spokesperson for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization told IRNA that the ban will be effective starting at midnight. Zibakhsh said there are now flight restrictions to and from 41 countries. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free Catch up quick: India is currently facing the world’s worst coronavirus surge. This week, the nation set a new record for the world’s highest number of cases reported in a single day. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Four months into the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the number of Minnesotans dying of the virus each day is down significantly from the peak in December. It’s a sign the vaccines are working — particularly to protect the most vulnerable, who were vaccinated first. But the state isn’t there yet. In recent weeks, Minnesota has seen an uptick in its COVID-19 hospitalization rate, from about 4 per week per 100,000 residents in early March to 14.3 per week per 100,000 residents mid-April. It’s not just that hospitalizations are increasing that concerns public health officials. It’s also who the patients are: since the virus’ peak in the fall, the median age of people hospitalized has dropped by more than a decade, according to Minnesota Department of Health data. Doctors say the typical patient earlier in the pandemic was older, with multiple underlying medical conditions. Now, they still tend to have medical comorbidities, but...
    Despite the current surge in cases amongst youth, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), predicts that all schools nationwide will be fully in person and no longer remote by September 2021. "We should anticipate, come September 2021, that schools should be full-fledged in person and all of our children back in the classroom," Walensky told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. Walensky added that this can be anticipated regardless of whether or not children are vaccinated. "We can vaccinate teachers, we can test, there's so much we can do," she said. In regards to when she expects children to become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Walensky said that with recent studies indicating that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for children between the ages of 12 to 15, she believes children can get vaccinated as early as May. Her anticipation that schools will open nationwide by this fall comes at a time of concern that children are spreading coronavirus at a rapid rate, and a White House briefing in which Walensky urged caution amid...
    The ongoing spring surge in COVID-19 infections isn’t quite as bad as it looks. Yes, cases are spiking in big eastern states including Florida, New Jersey, New York, and especially Michigan. But there’s a silver lining. Because so many of America’s seniors have been vaccinated, more younger workers are getting infected this time around— and those younger people are far less likely to get really sick or die. However, the surge—driven by the spread of dangerous new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and a reckless rush by governors and mayors to end a year of mask mandates and social distancing rules—isn’t just an immediate threat to unvaccinated people.READ THIS LIST Cheat Sheet Politics Crime Entertainment Media Covid-19 World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel Beast Inside Crossword Newsletters Podcasts About Contact Tips Jobs Advertise Help Privacy Code of Ethics & Standards Diversity Terms & Conditions Copyright & Trademark Sitemap Coupons © 2021 The Daily Beast Company LLC
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Voters in four Indian states and a union territory cast their ballots Tuesday in elections seen as a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which faces a tough fight to stop the country’s latest surge in coronavirus cases. News channels showed voters wearing masks as officials carried out temperature checks and tried to maintain physical distancing in lines. Modi on Twitter requested people, particularly young voters, “vote in record numbers,” as the polls opened in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states and the federally administered territory of Puducherry. The elections are seen as crucial for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, to gain a foothold in the northeast and south. In eastern West Bengal and Assam states, where the third phase of elections is underway, Modi’s party is banking on its strong Hindu nationalist ideology to draw votes. But the contest is keenly watched in West Bengal, where Modi and his top leaders have campaigned heavily to wrest power from the state’s firebrand chief minister, Mamata Banerjee. West Bengal, one of India’s most...
    (CNN)Michigan is in another coronavirus surge and hospitals are again on the front line, but this time they have a new type of patient: younger and healthier.Fred Romankewiz was on his way to get vaccinated, but he didn't feel well so he canceled the appointment and got a Covid-19 test instead. Though he'd been inches from the coronavirus finish line, the 54-year-old construction materials salesman from Lansing now tested positive. "What really is frustrating to me is it's been a year and what -- three months now, and I played it right to the tee. I mean, I did everything correct," said Romankewiz. "And then to have this happen."How one of Detroits churches is tackling vaccine hesitancy to help combat Michigans Covid-19 surgeWatching TV, responding to a steady stream of text messages and cracking jokes from his hospital bed in Lansing's Sparrow Hospital, Romankewiz said he feels upbeat about his prospects for a full recovery but that the virus laid him low."I felt like I went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson," he said. "I was absolutely physically exhausted. I mean,...
    BOCHNIA, Poland (AP) — European countries scrambled Monday to tamp down a surge in COVID-19 cases and ramp up vaccinations, hoping to spare hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by the pandemic’s latest deadly wave of infections. The crush of coronavirus patients has been relentless for hospitals in Poland, where daily new infections hit records of over 35,000 on two recent days and the government ordered new restrictions to prevent large gatherings over the long Easter weekend. France’s health minister warned that the number of intensive care unit patients could match levels from a year ago. But in a sign of the disparities from one country to the next, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that barbers, gyms and outdoor bar and restaurant patios would be able to open next week after the country reported progress with vaccines and its recent lockdown. Meanwhile, the U.S. vaccination campaign kept accelerating, with 40 percent of the nation’s adult population receiving at least one dose. On Sunday, coronavirus patients filled almost all of the 120 beds at the County Hospital of Bochnia, 40 kilometers (25...
    WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that a surge of coronavirus cases in Europe could foreshadow a similar surge in the United States. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, is urging Americans to remain cautious while the nation races to vaccinate its citizens. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Faucis says he is “optimistic” of the vaccines’ effectiveness and expressed hope that AstraZeneca’s vaccine could join the arsenal of inoculations. He deemed it an “unforced error” that the company may have used outdated data in a clinical trial, perhaps casting doubt on its effectiveness. But he says Americans should take comfort knowing the FDA would conduct an independent review before it was approved for use in the United States. ____ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Germany is extending its lockdown by another month and imposing new restrictions to drive down the rate of infections — Sinovac says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children as young as 3 and has submitted the data to Chinese regulators — Town in Colombian mountains uses discipline of locals, social-distancing campaign...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in four months amid a worrying surge that has prompted multiple states to return to some form of restrictions on public gathering. The Health Ministry on Sunday reported 43,846 new cases in the past 24 hours, the worst single-day increase since mid-November. The central Maharashtra state, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai, accounts for more than half of the new infections. The state has imposed a lockdown in some districts until the end of the month and authorities in Mumbai city said they will roll out mandatory random coronavirus tests in crowded places. According to the ministry, seven other states have been reporting a surge in new cases from the last week, leading some to reimpose containment measures, including focused lockdowns and restaurant and school closures. India has so far reported more than 11.5 million cases of coronavirus infection, the world’s third-highest total after the United States and Brazil. The cases had been falling steadily since a peak in late September, but experts say...
    NEW DELHI — India has reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in four months amid a worrying surge that has prompted multiple states to return to some form of restrictions on public gathering. The Health Ministry on Sunday reported 43,846 new cases in the past 24 hours, the worst single-day increase since mid-November. The central Maharashtra state, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai, accounts for more than half of the new infections. The state has imposed a lockdown in some districts until the end of the month and authorities in Mumbai city said they will roll out mandatory random coronavirus tests in crowded places. According to the ministry, seven other states have been reporting a surge in new cases from the last week, leading some to reimpose containment measures, including focused lockdowns and restaurant and school closures. India has so far reported more than 11.5 million cases of coronavirus infection, the world’s third-highest total after the United States and Brazil. The cases had been falling steadily since a peak in late September, but experts say increased public gatherings and...
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