PHOENIX – Health officials in Arizona reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for the second day in a row.
They say the 2,306 new cases and five additional deaths brought the state’s totals to 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Arizona had reported 2,066 new cases and 22 deaths as of Saturday, the highest daily total since early March. The numbers rose rapidly with 1,759 cases and 15 deaths reported Thursday and 1,965 cases and 24 deaths reported Saturday. Public health officials in the state and elsewhere attribute the worsening of the spread to the highly contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates.
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COLUMBIA, SC – The University of South Carolina is forcing students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has accelerated statewide.
School officials said masks are required again inside campus buildings given Richland County’s high coronavirus transmission rate.
The announcement follows recently updated federal guidelines that call for indoor masks to be worn regardless of vaccination status in areas where the delta variant is spreading rapidly.
Young adults have the lowest vaccination rate of any age group in South Carolina. But South Carolina’s public colleges and universities cannot force students to get vaccinated after lawmakers banned schools from making the vaccine a condition of enrollment.
ORLANDO, Florida – A day after recording the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke its previous record for ongoing hospitalizations, set more than a year ago.
The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data released to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The previous record was dated July 23, 2020, more than six months before vaccinations began to become widespread. Florida then had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association.
Florida now leads the country in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as state hospitals say they need to place emergency room visitors in hallway beds and others document a notable decrease in the age of patients.
Florida averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 child hospitalizations per day over the past week. Both are the highest per capita rate in the country, according to Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.
BERLIN – Thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Sunday to protest against the German government’s anti-coronavirus measures despite the ban on gatherings, resulting in clashes with police and around 500 arrests.
Local authorities had banned several different protests over the weekend, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, but protesters in Berlin defied the ban.
The Berlin Police Department has deployed more than 2,000 officers in an attempt to disperse the protests, but said officers seeking to redirect protesters or disband larger groups have been “harassed and attacked”.
“They tried to break the police cordon and remove our colleagues,” Berlin police said, adding that the police had to use irritants and batons.
Germany relaxed many of its coronavirus restrictions in May, including reopening restaurants and bars. Yet many activities, such as eating indoors at restaurants or staying in a hotel, require proof that an individual is either fully vaccinated, has recovered from the virus, or can prove a recent negative coronavirus test.
ROME – The Italian region that includes Rome says its website has been hacked, making it temporarily impossible for residents to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Lazio Regional Health Commissioner Alessio D’Amato told state television that the “very powerful” hacking attack started just after midnight and by early Sunday evening it was still crippling the website. He said those who were due to receive the vaccine on Sunday will still receive the injection, but the process will be slow as all data has to be recorded by hand for now.
So far, some 70% of Lazio residents aged 12 or over who are eligible for the vaccine have been vaccinated. Nationally, 60% of Italian residents have been vaccinated.
WASHINGTON – The director of the National Institutes of Health said federal guidelines urging vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in communities with high COVID-19 spread are primarily aimed at protecting the unvaccinated and immunocompromised.
Dr Francis Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union” that mask warrants may help as viral infections increase in parts of the United States, as studies show that vaccinated people can transmit the virus to people. ‘others.
But he stressed on Sunday that the masks are not a substitute for an injection, which work “extremely well” and reduce a person’s risk of serious illness and hospitalization by “25 times,” including the delta variant.
Collins warns that right now the virus is “having a pretty big party in the middle of the country,” but the silver lining is that more people are now getting vaccinated.
He says companies may need to step up efforts to require vaccinations, and there can be arguments for airlines to consider them for passengers as well. In recent days, Disney and Walmart have asked their employees to get vaccinated.
WASHINGTON – Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, warns of “some pain and suffering in the future” as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Fauci, speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, said he did not anticipate further lockdowns in the United States, but warned that the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic would continue to grow. make it worse because many Americans are still not vaccinated. While this week the country has seen an increase in the number of Americans getting vaccinated, as coronavirus cases increase largely because of the more infectious delta variant, still only about 60% of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Fauci argued that the unvaccinated affects others because they “allow the epidemic to spread and spread,” and fended off critics who say getting vaccinated is an individual decision. Fauci said those who choose not to be vaccinated actually impact the rights of Americans particularly prone to infection, as they “infringe on their individual rights” by “making them vulnerable.”
BERLIN – The German government will recommend offering the coronavirus vaccine for all ages 12 to 17 on Monday, according to a draft resolution ahead of a scheduled meeting of state-level health ministers. They also plan to offer reminders to those at high risk starting in September.
The Ministry of Health’s draft report, obtained by the German news agency dpa and first reported by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, says that all states will start offering appointments at vaccination centers for young people.
The European Medicines Agency approved the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds in May and Moderna’s vaccine in late July. Yet the German Vaccine Commission had so far only recommended that high-risk young people under the age of 18 get vaccinated, citing a lack of data on vaccine safety in this age group.
The high-level report would pressure the vaccines commission to officially recommend vaccines for people under 18. The commission has recently been criticized for delaying such a step.
In addition, German states will expand their “low threshold” vaccination possibilities for young adults at universities and training centers. “This can make a significant contribution to a safe start for teaching and learning after the summer break,” says the project.
For those at high risk, including the immunocompromised and the elderly, a third dose of the vaccine will be available from this fall.
More than 61% of the German population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 52% are fully vaccinated.
LONDON – Restaurants, ridesharing apps and food delivery services are supporting Britain’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, offering discounts and even free pizza slices to persuade young people to roll up their sleeves and get it vaccinate.
The program, announced by the Department of Health and Welfare on Sunday, is designed to increase the vaccination rate among adults under 30 as Britain rushes to vaccinate as many people as possible before the arrival of cold.
While more than 90% of adults in Britain have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the rate for people aged 18 to 30 is around 60%, according to government statistics.
As he thanked companies for their help, Health Secretary Sajid Javid urged people to “take advantage of the discounts.” Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are some of the brands offering incentives.