President Biden to address nation as COVID cases continue to rise


President Joe Biden was set to address the nation on Tuesday afternoon on vaccinations as concerns mounted over a growing increase in COVID infections.

Florida and Texas recorded a third of all COVID cases reported last week, according to the White House. Florida broke two records – for cases and hospitalizations – this weekend. Texas now has more deaths statewide than New York, the first epicenter of the pandemic in the United States

The United States reported 599,334 cases in the week ending Sunday. A week earlier, the cases numbered 364,123. The country is now reporting 2,500 deaths per day, according to USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama rose to 1,583 on Monday. Although some “breakthrough” cases do occur in people who have been vaccinated, the numbers represent only a small percentage of the total number of cases and the majority of breakthrough cases are mild, said Dr Scott Harris, head of public health.

Cases of rupture requiring hospitalization are even less likely.

“These people are generally protected from illness or death,” Harris said in a question-and-answer video with Governor Kay Ivey last week. “Right now we have about 1.6 million people in the state who are fully vaccinated. We wouldn’t be surprised to see 5 or 10% of those people, which is a lot of people, get infected anyway. But the vaccine keeps them from getting really sick in most cases. “

In Kentucky, with only about half of residents vaccinated against COVID-19, hospitals and other public health officials fear that the increase in the number of new cases – which have risen to more than 1,000 a day – won’t leads to more hospitalizations.

Also in the news:

â–º Japan now publicly humiliates people who violate COVID-19 rules. The health ministry shared the names of three people who officials said clearly acted to avoid contact with authorities after they returned to the country.

â–ºThe United States reported 468,000 doses administered on Monday, including 320,000 newly vaccinated, COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar said on Twitter. The 7-day average of newly vaccinated was the highest since July 4.

â–ºBiden administration has offered to send more federal aid to governors, including deploying expert “booster teams” as states grapple with dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases by the highly contagious delta variant.

â–ºMaui County Mayor calls on Hawaii authorities to postpone returning students to in-person learning amid rising COVID-19 cases across all islands. If officials postpone in-person learning, the Hawaii School District, which serves nearly 175,000 students across the state, would be the first major district to launch the school year remotely.

â–º McDonald’s says it will require employees and customers to resume wearing masks inside some American restaurants, regardless of their immunization status.

â–ºAnother Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The governor’s office said in a statement Monday that the staff member and five other people who may have been exposed were in isolation and awaiting more test results. Here’s what you need to know about the state’s new mask mandate.

â–ºSteen destinations – Andorra, Curaçao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya, Malta, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and US Virgin Islands – have been added to the “Level 4 “CDC: COVID-19 Very High Travel Checklist”.

The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 35 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 613,600 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 199 million cases and 4.23 million deaths. More than 164.9 million Americans – 49.7% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What we read: After more than 18 months of the pandemic, with 1 in 545 Americans killed by COVID-19, a significant portion of the population continues to assert their own individual freedoms for the common good. Read the full story.

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New York Governor Cuomo urges companies to adopt ‘vaccine-only admission’

Pressure continues to increase from authorities to get people vaccinated against the coronavirus as infections rise across the country, fueled by the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant.

Days after President Joe Biden said federal workers and contractors should get vaccinated or face restrictions including masking and testing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that airport workers and of the New York City transit system would be required to get the vaccine. or weekly tests. This follows Cuomo’s announcement last week that all state officials must get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests.

At a press conference in Manhattan on Monday, Cuomo also urged private companies to demand vaccinations for their employees and customers.

“Private businesses, bars, restaurants, go to a vaccine-only admission,” he said.

Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “strongly” recommended that vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors, but refused to make the mask mandatory.

Hide opponents at risk after virus case at meeting in Missouri

Many people were maskless as they voiced their displeasure with a mask warrant at a boisterous four-hour St. Louis County Council meeting, and now contact tracers are trying to determine if anyone caught the coronavirus after someone at the meeting tested positive for COVID -19.

The delta variant of the coronavirus that emerged in rural Missouri has made its way to urban areas, prompting new mask warrants in the city and county of St. Louis last month and one that began in Kansas on Monday. City. St. Louis County’s tenure was the subject of an eventful meeting last Tuesday. Democratic County Executive Sam Page said Monday that many of those who spoke and attended ignored the mandate that requires masks in indoor public places.

“Yes, it’s unfortunate that many of those Tuesday nights ignored the law, but that’s what happened,” Page said in a video broadcast live from his home. “As a result, this is where we are at, wondering how many people have been exposed to the virus and how many will become sick from the virus.”

US reaches 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated

On the day the Biden administration greeted the news that 70% of American adults are now at least partially vaccinated, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said a vaccination mandate to scale national “was not on the table”, but noted that employers have the right to take it. step as they see fit.

President Joe Biden said last week that federal workers and contractors should get vaccinated or face several restrictions, including testing and masking. His administration also relies on the vaccine needs of private employers to convince the recalcitrant to be vaccinated.

These efforts, along with perhaps fears of the impact of the delta variant, appear to be paying off. As the 70% mark was reached about a month later than the original July 4 target, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients noted a recent increase in immunization.

Zients said 3 million Americans received their first injection last week, the highest number for a seven-day period since July 4.

“There’s a strong sense of progress, and you see it in the number of hits we get in people’s arms each day,” Zients said.

Contribute: The Associated Press.

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