World Covid deaths hit 5 million as pandemic takes staggering toll

Two women walk next to graves of people who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 20, 2021.

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More than 5 million people have died of Covid-19 in less than two years as the world continues to battle the highly contagious Delta strain of the virus and keep an eye out for new mutations.

According to data collected Monday by John Hopkins University, 5,000,425 Covid-19-related deaths have been recorded worldwide. 745,836 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States, making it the country with the most recorded deaths.

The coronavirus pandemic, which first appeared in China in late 2019, continues to cause deadly consequences worldwide.

It is as a result that many countries are lifting pandemic restrictions and ending lockdowns, which were imposed to varying degrees throughout 2020 in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading.

The rapid development of Covid vaccines, clinically proven to significantly reduce serious infections, hospital stays, and deaths from the coronavirus, has helped dramatically reduce the number of people dying from Covid, especially in western countries where the vaccination programs are at an advanced stage.

Nonetheless, there have been growing concerns in recent months about an increase in infections, hospital admissions, and deaths as winter approaches, not only among the unvaccinated, who are far more at risk of serious complications from Covid, but also among the elderly (who are too vaccinated first), as immunity wears off over time.

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Covid deaths on the rise once more within the U.S. after weeks of decline, CDC says

A nurse disinfects her hands as she leaves a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient room in the intensive care unit at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Jan. 28, 2021.

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Coronavirus deaths are picking up again as the Delta variant tears through unvaccinated pockets in the country, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

“After weeks of declines, the seven-day average daily deaths rose 26% to 211 per day,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a press conference.

New cases are also on the rise, with a current seven-day average of 26,300 cases, according to the CDC. That is around 70% more than the seven-day average of the last week.

The seven-day average for hospital admissions is now 2,790, which is about 36% higher than a week ago after weeks of declines.

In light of the new numbers, Walensky said the pandemic has now become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk and communities that are fully vaccinated are generally doing well,” Walensky said.

Only four states accounted for more than 40% of all new cases in the past week. One in five cases occurred in Florida alone.

The five states with the highest number of cases, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada, all had higher vaccination rates compared to the national average.

The US reports an average of 530,000 vaccinations per day over the past week, according to the CDC. More than 3 million shots per day were reportedly administered at peak levels in mid-April.

According to CDC data, about 65% of Americans 12 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 56.5% are fully vaccinated.

Walensky claimed that the Pfizer and Modern Vaccines are still highly effective against the Delta strain, although studies have shown reduced effectiveness of the vaccines over the highly transmissible variant.

Israel Ministry of Health released preliminary results showing the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in preventing infection from the Delta variant at 64%. The study also showed similar effectiveness in preventing serious illness from the virus variant after two doses. Some experts have criticized the Israeli study, citing problems with Israeli genome monitoring.

Other Studies by Public Health England and The Lancet put Prevention rates for the Delta variant after two doses of a Pfizer vaccine at much higher numbers. Walensky also cited numbers “exceeding 90%” in mRNA vaccine protection against hospitalization and death against the Delta variant.

CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.

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Greater than 6,000 deaths recorded in 24 hours

A patient wearing an oxygen mask is driven to a COVID-19 hospital for treatment while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is developing in Ahmedabad, India on Aug.

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India’s daily reported death toll from the coronavirus crisis hit a record high on Thursday, with more than 6,000 people dying from the disease.

That surpassed the record number of daily deaths reported by the United States that year.

India’s Ministry of Health data showed that 6,148 Covid-related deaths were recorded over a 24-hour period as the daily reported cases stayed below 100,000 for the third day in a row.

The death toll rose after one of India’s poorest states, Bihar, revised its total Covid-19-related death toll from about 5,400 to more than 9,400 on Wednesday, attributable to people staying at home or in private hospitals died Reuters reported.

India is battling a devastating second wave of eruptions that began in February and accelerated in April and early May, overwhelming the country’s health infrastructure. The sector struggled with a shortage of beds, oxygen and medicine, while many doctors and other health workers succumbed to the disease.

While the cases peaked in early May, government officials have sounded the alarm over a possible third wave that could hit the country later this year.

Experts say expanding its vaccination program is the right path for India to both get its economy out of the Covid crisis and mitigate the effects of a third wave. However, its rollout, which began in January, has faced issues such as a vaccine shortage that resulted in less than 5% of the population receiving both doses to date.

The government estimates that more than 2 billion vaccine doses could be available by December as more vaccine candidates are expected to receive regulatory approval. prime minister Narendra Modi this week said that India will provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all adults.

India has reported more than 29 million cases and over 353,000 deaths since the pandemic started last year.

Cuomo administration underreported Covid deaths in nursing properties, report says

A view of a patient being rolled out of a nursing home in Flushing Queens New York USA during the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020.

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The New York Department of Health reported Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes by up to 50%, according to a new report released Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

The 76 page report comes after a month-long investigation by the attorney general’s office to allegations that nursing homes have not followed the security protocols for coronaviruses.

The investigation found that the number of Covid deaths among nursing home residents in some facilities has increased by more than 50% after counting residents who died in the hospital. The official Covid-19 state death toll in nursing homes excludes patients who have died after being transported to hospital.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has Exposed to criticism for not disclosing the total number of nursing home residents who have died from Covid-19. In her comprehensive report, James, also a Democrat, noted that “many nursing home residents in hospitals died of Covid-19 after being transferred from their nursing homes, which is not reflected in the overall data on nursing home deaths published by DOH . “

Cuomo representatives did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on the results.

The attorney general’s findings put them directly in conflict with the governor, who often boasted of the state’s response to the coronavirus. Cuomo has also dismissed criticism of a policy by the Ministry of Health that directed nursing homes to accept residents who tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor has repeatedly defended his government’s response to the pandemic, stating that the state was poorly supported by an inept federal government that was caught by surprise by importing the virus.

James’ results are based on a survey of 62 nursing homes, or approximately 10% of nursing homes in the state. She said her law firm is continuing to investigate inconsistencies in the data reported by the Ministry of Health and the numbers reported to the Attorney General.

The investigation also found that a number of nursing homes did not adhere to “Critical Infection Control Guidelines”; B. Failing to isolate residents who test positive for the virus.

“As the pandemic and our investigation continue, it is imperative that we understand why New York nursing home residents have suffered needlessly so alarmingly,” James said in a statement. “While we cannot bring back the people we lost to this crisis, this report aims to provide transparency the public deserves and encourage increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

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