The latest countries to put curbs in place include France, which also the European Union to adopt restrictions for the bloc; Morocco; Qatar; and South Korea.
In other news we cover today, the CDC is recommending indoor masking for eight counties in New York State and one-third of the world will likely be in recession in 2023.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending indoor mask-wearing in eight New York counties in its latest coronavirus data tracker report. New York was one of the first epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The counties are Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Orange, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond.
The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses, returned on Monday with a smaller but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. It was the first time in three years that the parade took place without pandemic restrictions, despite concerns of a tripledemic of SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. The Rose Parade is held along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. First held on January 1, 1890, the parade is typically viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
It should come as no surprise to regular readers of this space that one-third of the world economy will be in recession in 2023, according to the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, who said that this year will be tougher on the economy than the one we just exited two days ago.
In Japan, Emperor Naruhito gave a New Year’s Day address and greeted members of the public for the first time in three years. The change came as the country eases its coronavirus pandemic restrictions despite a year-end surge in new infections.
Researchers at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai believe that major Chinese cities have passed their peak in the current wave of cases, but said that the rural surge is still to come.
In Hong Kong, a local expert, Professor Jin Dongyan, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, said that as many as 200,000 people per day are becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. He said that the risks associated with a resumption of quarantine-free travel with mainland China were manageable compared with the city’s current caseload.
Now here are the daily statistics for Monday, January 2.
As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 665.3 million Covid-19 cases, an increase of 0.3 million cases, and 6.7 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 637.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.2 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Monday at press time is 21,476,372, an increase of 94,000. Out of that figure, 99.8%, or 21,435,634, are considered mild, and 0.2%, or 40,738, are listed as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed over the past 24 hours.
The United States reported 4,000 new coronavirus infections on Monday for the previous day, compared to 5,522 on Sunday, 33,191 on Saturday, 115,787 on Friday, and 122,934 on Thursday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day incidence rate is now 52,854. Figures for the weekend (reported the following day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to a lower number of tests being conducted.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 58,617, a decrease of 11% averaged over the past 14 days, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average daily death toll over the same period is 317, a decrease of -22% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 44,372, an increase of 7%. In addition, the number of patients in ICUs was 5,312, an increase of 11% and the test positivity rate continues to stand at 15%, an 23% increase.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Friday, recorded just under 102.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of over 1.1 million. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, just under 44.7 million, and a reported death toll of 530,707.
The newest data from Russia’s Rosstat state statistics service showed that, at the end of July, the number of Covid or Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 823,623, giving the country the world’s second highest pandemic-related death toll, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 3,284 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in July, down from 5,023 in June, 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.
Meanwhile, France is the country with the third highest number of cases, with 39.3 million, and Germany is in the number four slot, with 37.4 million total cases.
Brazil, which has recorded the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 693,949, has recorded 36.4 million cases, placing it in the number five slot.
The other five countries with total case figures over the 20 million mark are Japan, with 29.4 million cases, South Korea, with 29.1 million cases, placing it in the number seven slot, and Italy, with 25.1 million, as number eight, as well as the United Kingdom, with 24.1 million, and Russia, with just over 21.8 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 268.4 million people in the United States – or 80.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 69%, or 229.9 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 663.8 million. Breaking this down further, 91.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 236.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 78.7% of the same group – or 203.3 million people – is fully vaccinated. In addition, 17.3% of the same population, or over 44.7 million people, has already received an updated or bivalent booster dose of vaccine.
Starting on June 13, 2022, the CDC began to update vaccine data on a weekly basis and publish the updated information on Thursdays by 8 p.m. EDT, a statement on the agency’s website said.
Some 69.1% of the world population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Friday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. So far, 13.17 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered on a global basis and 3.09 million doses are now administered each day.
Meanwhile, only 25.9% of people in low-income countries have received one dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
Only a handful of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. Many countries, however, are under 20% and, in countries such as Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain at or below 10%.
In addition, with the start of vaccinations in North Korea in late September, Eritrea remains the only country in the world that has not administered vaccines.
Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.
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