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2:03 a.m. Nov. 29, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 261.6 million ahead of White House update on omicron variantThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 261.6 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.20 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 48.2 million cases and 776,639 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 960 deaths a day, , although that number may be low due to the holiday weekend. Cases and hospitalizations are rising again. The White House will offer an update on the U.S. response to the omicron variant, the new one to emerge from South Africa that has been classified a 'variant of concern' by the World Health Organization. For now, it's not clear if the variant is more transmissible or more lethal than other variants, but experts are urging people to get vaccinated as a best first defense, while also following mitigation measures such as wearing a face mask in public and socially distancing. Six cases of the variant have been detected in Scotland and Japan has banned all foreign travelers, India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.6 million and has suffered 468,790 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 614,278 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 268,705 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 145,218.
1:26 a.m. Nov. 24, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 259 million and U.S. cases up 25% in last two weeksThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 258.9 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 5.16 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.9 million cases and 773,857 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, and cases and hospitalizations are rising again, just as Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan and Minnesota are leading the nation by new cases on a per capita basis and federal medical workers are traveling to Minnesota to support hospital staffing. Cases are up 25% in the last two weeks nationally, and up more than 40% in those states and 12 others. Overall, despite the arrival of vaccines in spring that can stop hospitalization and death, more Americans have died of COVID in 2021 than in 2020, the Times reported, as many unvaccinated people succumbed to the illness. Experts also say early relaxation of safety measures have contributed to the grim toll. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization's shows Europe is still the only region with cases rising on a weekly basis. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 466,584 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 613,066 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 262,733 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 144,579.
1:31 a.m. Nov. 23, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 258.3 million and Germany minister offers stark warning to unvaccinatedThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 258.3 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 5.16 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.9 million cases and 772,344 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day, and cases and hospitalizations are rising again, just as Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan and Minnesota are leading the nation by new cases on a per capita basis and federal medical workers are traveling to Minnesota to support hospital staffing. German Health Minister Jens Spahn offered an ominous warning to unvaccinated Germans that by the end of winter, "pretty much everyone in Germany ... will be vaccinated, cured or dead." India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 466,147 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 612,782 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 261,526 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 144,414.
1:23 a.m. Nov. 22, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 257.6 million and U.S. cases inch higher ahead of ThanksgivingThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 257.6 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.15 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.7 million cases and 771,118 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, and cases and hospitalizations are rising again, just as Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan and Minnesota are leading the nation by new cases on a per capita basis and federal medical workers are traveling to Minnesota to support hospital staffing. While cases are still below where they were in early September, and below where they were last Thanksgiving, more than 90,000 cases are being reported every day on average, the Times reported. As most cases and deaths are in unvaccinated people, that group need to get their shots quickly to avoid dying a preventable death. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 465,911 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 612,659 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 260,319 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 144,369.
1:25 a.m. Nov. 19, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Daily average of new COVID-19 cases rises to 6-week high, daily death toll holds above 1,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to a total of 256.2 million on Friday, while the death toll climbed to 5.14 million, according to . The U.S. leads the world with a total COVID-19 case count of 47.5 million and death toll of 768,697. The daily case count topped 100,000 for a second straight day on Thursday, with the seven-day average rising to a six-week high of 94,669, according to . The average daily death count remained above 1,000 for the past three months, rising to 1,158 on Thursday from 1,088 on Wednesday. The daily average of hospitalizations remained flat at 48,276. Michigan led the U.S. in average daily cases with 8,398, followed by New York at 5,986. A decision on is expected by Friday, according to media reports. The FDA is expected to make an announcement that will be followed on Friday by a meeting of a CDC advisory committee on the topic.
1:26 a.m. Nov. 18, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 255 million and AstraZeneca says antibody treatment reduces risk of symptomatic illnessThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 255 million on Thursday, while the death toll edged above 5.12 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.4 million cases and 767,435 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Michigan and Minnesota are leading the nation by new cases on a per capital basis with caseloads up more than 60% in the last two weeks. AstraZeneca Plc said that Phase 3 trials of its AZD7442 antibody combination confirmed that the treatment reduces risk of developing symptomatic COVID, The pharmaceutical company said the analysis of its continuing trial evaluating a median six months of participant follow-up revealed that one dose of AZD7442 showed 83% reduced symptomatic Covid-19 risk and no severe disease or deaths. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 464,623 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 611,851 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 255,448 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 143,801.
1:47 a.m. Nov. 17, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 above 254.5 million and FDA may authorize boosters for all adults by ThursdayThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 254.5 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 5.11 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.3 million cases and 765,913 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico. The Food and Drug Administration is aiming to authorize booster doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech for all adults above the age of 18 as early as Thursday, citing people familiar with the agency's plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory panel is due to meet Friday to discuss data on the safety and efficacy of boosters. If both public agencies agree, the program could be expanded as soon as this weekend. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 464,153 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 611,478 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 254,292 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 143,598.
1:25 a.m. Nov. 15, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 253 million and Austria moves ahead with lockdown of unvaccinatedThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 253.4 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.10 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47 million cases and 763,092 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico. Austria has moved ahead with its threat to order unvaccinated people to stay at home for an initial 10-day period, The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk - or getting vaccinated. Authorities are concerned about rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of COVID-19 patients. "It's our job as the government of Austria to protect the people," Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. "Therefore we decided that starting Monday ... there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated." India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 463,655 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 611,283 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 251,796 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 143,337.
2:19 a.m. Nov. 12, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 252 million and Netherlands plans partial lockdownThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 252 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 5.08 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.9 million cases and 759,677 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging almost 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California, Colorado and New Mexico. The Netherlands has opted to take the advice of a panel of experts and implement a partial lockdown, becoming the first Western European country to do so since summer. Bars and restaurants will close early and sporting events will be held without audiences for three weeks as the country faces a new wave of cases. The World Health Organization said this week that Europe is now the only region where cases and deaths are rising on a weekly basis, led by Russia where unvaccinated people have set record daily death tolls for weeks. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 462,690 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 610,224 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 248,203 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,971.
1:37 a.m. Nov. 11, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 251.5 million and judge orders halt on Texas mask ban for schoolsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 251.5 million on Thursday, while the death toll edged above 5.07 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.8 million cases and 759,060 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California, Colorado and New Mexico. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a halt to the enforcement of Texas' ban on mask mandates in the state's schools, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in Austin that the ban ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott violated a federal law protecting disabled students' access to public education. The nonprofit advocacy group Disabled Rights Texas argued that Abbott's ban prohibited accommodations for disabled children particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 462,189 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 610,036 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 247,000 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,772.
1:28 a.m. Nov. 10, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 251 million and WHO says Europe only region where weekly cases risingThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 251 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 5.06 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.7 million cases and 757,409 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California and Colorado. The World Health Organization said Europe is the only region where weekly cases and deaths are still rising, and that they are either stabilizing or declining in other regions. In its weekly epidemiological update, the agency said cases rose 7% in Europe in the week to Nov. 7, while deaths rose by 10%. The highest numbers came from Russia, where new cases rose 3% and there were 8,276 fatalities. Russia shut down last week to stem the spread but continues to fight low vaccination rates that are hampering its ability to contain the pandemic. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 461,849 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 609,756 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 245,794 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,557.
1:27 a.m. Nov. 9, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 above 250.4 million and U.S. to buy more Merck antiviral if authorizedThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 250.4 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 5.05 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.6 million cases and 755,6431 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California and Colorado. The U.S. government will exercise options to buy 1.4 million additional courses of the antiviral pill molnupiravir developed by Merck and privately held Ridgeback Biotherapeutics for $1 billion if the treatment wins FDA authorization, the companies announced. That brings the total commitment from the U.S. government to 3.1 million course of molnupiravir for $2.2 billion, between authorization and early 2022. The U.S. government still has options to buy 2 million more courses. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 461,389deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 609,573 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 244,588 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,293.
1:59 a.m. Nov. 8, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 250 million and U.S. reopens to vaccinated travelersThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 249.9 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.05 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.5 million cases and 754,431 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California and Colorado. More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status, Beginning Monday, bans on travel from specific countries are over. The U.S. will allow in international travelers, but they must be vaccinated - with a few exceptions. The U.S. is also reopening the land borders with Canada and Mexico for vaccinated people. Most trips from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. are by land rather than air. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 461,057 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 609,447 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 243,405 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,236.
1:26 a.m. Nov. 5, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 248.7 million and U.S. cancels Emergent BioSolutions vaccine dealThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 248.7 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 5.03 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.3 million cases and 751,555 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The federal government has canceled a multimillion dollar deal with Emergent BioSolutions , a Maryland-based vaccine manufacturer with facilities in Baltimore that were found to have produced millions of contaminated Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses this spring, Emergent disclosed the development Thursday in a conference call discussing its latest financial results, the Post reported. Emergent said it will forgo about $180 million due to the contract's termination, according to the Post. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.3 million and has suffered 459,873 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 608,671 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 239,943 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 141,826.
1:32 a.m. Nov. 4, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 248 million and U.S. death toll climbs above 750,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 248 million on Thursday, while the death toll edged above 5.02 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.3 million cases and 750,430 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,300 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. President Joe Biden urged parents to get their children vaccinated, after the CDC approved those aged 5 to 11 for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech . Speaking at the White House, Biden said vaccines would be available at 20,000 locations across the country, including schools and community health centers. "You can now protect them from this horrible virus," Biden said of young children. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.3 million and has suffered 459,652 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 608,235 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 238,784 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 141,609.
1:58 a.m. Nov. 3, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 247.6 million and CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 247.6 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 5 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.2 million cases and 748,621 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,300 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining.U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opens a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5, President Joe Biden called the decision "a turning point." "It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others," he said in a statement. "It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus." India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.3 million and has suffered 459,191 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 608,071 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 237,619 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 141,390.
1:17 a.m. Nov. 2, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 247 million and judge suspends vaccine deadline for Chicago policeThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 247 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 5 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46 million cases and 747,033 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,300 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. A judge on Monday suspended a Dec. 31 deadline for Chicago police officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but didn't interfere with a requirement that they be regularly tested, "The principal risk to those who are unvaccinated is to themselves and to others who choose to be unvaccinated," the judge said. The judge noted that COVID-19 has killed many officers nationwide. "In light of that terrible sacrifice, the police unions' request just to have their grievances heard seems a pretty modest task," Mitchell said. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.3 million and has suffered 458,437 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 607,922 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 235,318 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 141,098.
1:29 a.m. Nov. 1, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 247 million as death toll tops 5 millionThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 246.8 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.9 million cases and 745,836 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,400 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Moderna said it would delay filing a request with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine at the 50 µg dose level in children ages 6 to 11, to give the regulator of an earlier submission for use in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age. The company announced the news in a Sunday release, in which it said the FDA had informed it that it needed more time to complete its assessment of the request for the 100 µg dose level in 12-to-17-year-olds. The agency told Moderna late Friday that it would need more time to review the data on the risk of myocarditis after vaccination. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.3 million and has suffered 458,437 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 607,824 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 235,318 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 141,055.
1:16 a.m. Oct. 29, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 245.6 million and Florida sues Biden over vaccine mandate for federal contractorsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 245.6 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 4.98 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.8 million cases and 743,362 deaths. The U.S. is averaging about 1,400 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House, The lawsuit, announced by DeSantis at a news conference, alleges the president doesn't have the authority to issue the rule and that it violates procurement law. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 457,191 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 607,068 and 21.8 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 231,931 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 140,628.
1:30 a.m. Oct. 28, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 245 million and study finds cheap antidepressant has promise as treatmentThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 245 million on Thursday, while the death toll edged above 4.97 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.7 million cases and 741,235 deaths. The U.S. is averaging about 1,400 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 in a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. Researchers tested the pill used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in smaller studies. They've shared the results with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which publishes treatment guidelines, and they hope for World Health Organization backing. The pill, called fluvoxamine, would cost $4 for a course of COVID-19 treatment. By comparison, antibody IV treatments cost about $2,000 and Merck's experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 is about $700 per course. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 456,386 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 606,679 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 230,786 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 140,462.
1:28 a.m. Oct. 27, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 244.6 million and FDA advisors back Pfizer's COVID-19 shot for childrenThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 244.6 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.96 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.6 million cases and 738,883 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,400 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. A group of scientists who advise the Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine outweigh the risks for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The 17-0 vote in favor of the vaccine puts the U.S. one step closer to the first authorization of a shot for this age group. One member abstained. The next step is the FDA's decision. The regulator is not required to follow the recommendation of the committee, but it often does. The final regulatory stamp of approval has to come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which is set to meet next Tuesday and Wednesday, and the CDC director herself. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 455,653 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 606,646 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 229,672 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 140,253.
2:20 a.m. Oct. 26, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 244 million and travelers to U.S. face new rules on vaccinationThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 244.1 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 4.95 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.5 million cases and 737,371 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,400 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced Monday, The government will require airlines to collect contact information on passengers regardless of whether they have been vaccinated to help with contact tracing, if that becomes necessary. Beginning Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated, with only limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding a plane to the U.S. There will be tightened restrictions for American and foreign citizens who are not fully vaccinated. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 445,068 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 605,804 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 228,581 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,990.
1:55 a.m. Oct. 25, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 244 million; Fauci says kids aged 5 to 11 should start getting shots in early-to-mid NovemberThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 243.7 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 4.95 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.4 million cases and 735,941 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said he expects children aged 5 to 11 to become eligible for vaccines by early-to-mid November. A review panel to the U.'S. Food and Drug Administration found last week that the benefits of the shots outweigh risks, and an advisory committee will convene Tuesday to discuss the matter. If they vote in favor and the CDC grants final approval by next week, Fauci told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that children could start getting their shots shortly after. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 44,712 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 605,644 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 227,506 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,950.
1:13 a.m. Oct. 22, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 242.5 million and CDC approves expanded booster programThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 242.5 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 4.93 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.3 million cases and 733,218 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday agreed to extend COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different to the one they got as primary dose, The Food and Drug Administration had already authorized such an expansion of the nation's booster campaign on Wednesday, and it was also endorsed Thursday by a CDC advisory panel. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had the final word on who gets the extra doses. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.1 million and has suffered 453,042 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 604,679 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 224,369 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,562.
1:18 a.m. Oct. 21, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 242 million and FDA backs Moderna, J&J boosters and mix-and-matchThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 242 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.92 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.2 million cases and 731,265 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially, The agency's decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, which began with extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine last month. But before more people roll up their sleeves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consult an expert panel Thursday before finalizing official recommendations for who should get boosters and when. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.1 million and has suffered 452,811 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 604,228 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 223,331 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,444.
1:26 a.m. Oct. 20, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 head toward 242 million and WHO says Europe only region with rising casesThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 241.6 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.91 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.1 million cases and 728,296 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The World Health Organization said the only region with rising cases in the past week was Europe, where the U.K., Russia and Turkey are suffering the most new infections. In its weekly epidemiological update, the agency said more than half of European countries reported a rise in their numbers in the most recent week and cases rose by about 1.3 million. The news comes as Russia, the country with the most COVID fatalities in the region, repeatedly set new one-day death toll records as its population continues to avoid vaccination. And while the head of Britain's National Health Service has urged the government to introduce stricter COVID-19 protocols including mask-wearing and the faster vaccination of children, politicians have so far demurred, . India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.1 million and has suffered 452,651 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 603,855 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has 222,3120 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,265.
1:12 a.m. Oct. 19, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 241 million and U.S. FDA may soon allow mix-and-match boostersThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 241.2 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 4.90 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45 million cases and 726,201 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,600 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. The Food and Drug Administration is moving to soon allow people to receive booster shots that are different from their first COVID-19 vaccine doses, citing people familiar with the matter. The FDA won't recommend any booster over the others but will permit people to get a booster shot that is different from the shot they first received, one of the people said. The agency is trying to greenlight mixing and matching as soon as this week, the people said, and is also expected to approve Moderna Inc. , and Johnson & Johnson boosters this week India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 452,454 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 603,465 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 221,314, mostly due to a low vaccination rate, followed by the U.K. at 139,042.
2:04 a.m. Oct. 18, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 240 million and U.S. edges toward 725,000 fatalitiesThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 240 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 4.9 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.9 million cases and 724,318 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. But some northern states are seeing cases rise again as the cold months send people indoors again, the New York Times reported. Alaska is still leading by new cases on a per capita basis. In medical news, Two doses of either the vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines provided a similar level of protection to prior natural infection when the Delta variant was dominant, the French biotech Valneva said its coronavirus vaccine candidate India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 452,290 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 603,282 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 220,323, followed by the U.K. at 138,997.
1:16 a.m. Oct. 15, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 head toward 240 million and FDA panel endorses Moderna boosters for someThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 239.6 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 4.88 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.8 million cases and 721,567 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,800 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should get a half-dose booster to rev up protection against the coronavirus. The panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, as well as younger adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk from COVID-19.The committee will reconvene on Friday to discuss boosters for the Johnson & Johnson shot. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 451,814 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 602,099 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 216,402, followed by the U.K. at 138,647.
1:16 a.m. Oct. 14, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 239 million as FDA panel meets on Moderna boosterThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 239 million on Thursday, while the death toll edged above 4.87 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.7 million cases and 719,530 deaths. The U.S. is averaging close to 1,900 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet later Thursday to discuss and take a vote on whether to authorize a booster dose for people vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. The committee will reconvene on Friday to discuss boosters for the Johnson & Johnson shot. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 451,435 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 601,574 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 215,438, followed by the U.K. at 138,487.
1:14 a.m. Oct. 13, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 edge toward 239 million and U.S. to reopen land borders in Nov.The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 238.7 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.86 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.6 million cases and 716,479 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,900 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the earliest days of the pandemic. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 451,189 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 601,398 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 215,438, followed by the U.K. at 138,351.
1:27 a.m. Oct. 12, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 238.3 million and Texas Gov. Abbott bans vaccine mandates despite almost 70,000 deathsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 238.3 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged closer to 4.86 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.5 million cases and 714,060 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,800 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law, the Associated Press reported. The move comes as the administration of President Joe Biden gears up to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. It also comes as many European countries use mandates to up their vaccination rates. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines , have said they would abide by the federal mandate. Texas has suffered 68,057 COVID deaths so far, and more than 4.1 million Texans have been infected with the illness. The state has fully vaccinated just 52% of its population, leaving the rest vulnerable to a preventable death. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.9 million and has suffered 450,963 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 601,213 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 214,476, followed by the U.K. at 138,167.
1:29 a.m. Oct. 11, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 238 million as Merck sees FDA approval for antiviralThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 237.9 million on Monday, while the death toll rose above 4.85 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.3 million cases and 713,350 deaths. The U.S. is again averaging 2,000 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. Merck & Co. Inc. submitted an application for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) with the Food and Drug Administration for molnupiravir, their oral antiviral medicine for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults. The company had disclosed that data from a Phase 3 trial found the treatment reduced the risk of of hospitalization or death in adults at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 by 50%. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.9 million and has suffered 450,782 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 601,011 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 213,522, followed by the U.K. at 138,139.
1:33 a.m. Oct. 8, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 237 million and U.S. death toll climbs above 710,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 236.8million on Friday, while the death toll rose above 4.83 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.2 million cases and 710,180 deaths, after passing 710,000 overnight. The U.S. is now averaging more than 1,800 deaths a day, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. President Joe Biden on Thursday defended his COVID-19 vaccine mandates, as he said Americans who haven't gotten shots put the U.S. economy in jeopardy. "We've made real progress across the board," he said, citing declining cases. But he added that the unvaccinated "put our economy at risk" and urged more employers to require vaccines for workers. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.9 million and has suffered 450,127 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 599,810 and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 210,673, followed by the U.K. at 137,818.
1:18 a.m. Oct. 7, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 236.5 million and White House to buy $1 billion of rapid at-home testsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 236.5 million on Thursday, while the death toll rose above 4.82 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44 million cases and 707,788 deaths, after passing 700,000 last Friday. The U.S. is now averaging more than 1,800 deaths a day, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. The White House announced that it will buy $1 billion worth of rapid, at-home tests to address a shortage. The move is expected to quadruple the number of tests available to people living in the U.S. by December, Jeff Zients, White house COVID-19 response coordinator said, The White House is expecting to increase the number of at-home tests to 200 million a month by December. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.9 million and has suffered 449,856 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 599,359 and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 209,752 followed by the U.K. at 137,694.
1:38 a.m. Oct. 6, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 236 million and vaccines likely kept 100,000 U.S. seniors out of hospitalThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 235.9 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose above 4.81 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.9 million cases and 705,284 deaths, after passing 700,000 late Friday. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that vaccines likely kept 100,000 U.S. seniors out of the hospital, Vaccination prevented abut 265,000 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations and 39,000 deaths of Medicare beneficiaries in the first five months of this year, the study found. Researchers used individual claims and county vaccination rates to evaluate the impact on the country's 62.7 million Medicare recipients. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 449,438 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 598,829and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 208,842 followed by the U.K. at 137,544.
1:19 a.m. Oct. 5, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 235 million and AstraZeneca seeks FDA EUA for antibodyThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 235.4 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose above 4.8 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.8 million cases and 703,285 deaths, after passing 700,000 late Friday. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. AstraZeneca has requested an Emergency Use Authorization to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Covid-19 prophylaxis AZD7442, If granted, AZD7442 would be the first long-acting antibody to receive an EUA for Covid-19 prevention. Data from a Phase 3 trial showed a 77% reduction in the risk of developing symptomatic Covid-19 with long-acting antibody combination, the drug company said. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 449,260 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 598,152 and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 207,932, followed by the U.K. at 137,378.
4:36 a.m. Oct. 2, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 234 million and U.S. death toll passes 700,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 234 million on Saturday, while the death toll rose above 4.79 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.6 million cases and 700,327 deaths, after passing 700,000 overnight. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. There was positive news from Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics Friday that the the oral antiviral they developed as a treatment for COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization or death in at risk adult patients with mild-to-moderate COVID by about 50% in an interim analysis of data from a Phase 3 trial. Some 7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 following randomization, compared with 14.1% of patients given a placebo. The companies will submit an application for an emergency use authorization to the FDA and other regulators. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 448,573 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 597,255 and 21.4 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 205,297, followed by the U.K. at 137,171.
1:34 a.m. Oct. 1, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 223.7 million and Merck says antiviral is effective as treatmentThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 233.7 million on Friday, while the death toll rose above 4.78 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.4 million cases and 697,849 deaths. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, , although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. There was positive news from Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics that the the oral antiviral they developed as a treatment for COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization or death in at risk adult patients with mild-to-moderate COVID by about 50% in an interim analysis of data from a Phase 3 trial. Some 7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 following randomization, compared with 14.1% of patients given a placebo. The companies will submit an application for an emergency use authorization to the FDA and other regulators. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 448,339 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 596,749 and 21.4 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 204,424, followed by the U.K. at 137,043.
1:28 a.m. Sept. 30, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 233.2 million and CDC urges pregnant or trying to get pregnant to get shotsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 233.2 million on Thursday, while the death toll rose above 4.77 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.3 million cases and 695,116 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 2,000 deaths a day, the most since late February, although new cases and hospitalizations are declining. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued a health advisory urging those who are pregnant, lactating, and trying to get pregnant to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said 31% of people who are pregnant have been vaccinated, a figure that is much lower than the 65% of people in the U.S. who are eligible for a shot and are fully vaccinated. There have been at least 125,000 pregnant individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19; 22,000 have been hospitalized and 161 people died. Pregnancy can put people at higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if they contract the virus. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.7 million and has suffered 448,062 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 596,122 and 21.4 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 202,700, followed by the U.K. at 136,906.
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