Coronavirus Morning News Roundup – Oct 3: Canada ends Covid entry requirements, Norway removes droplet testing for the unvaccinated

The Fountain Restaurant at the original Four Seasons Philadelphia, which closed in 2015

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira’s report. Here now the news of the pandemic from around the world on the 907th day of the pandemic.

In the news we cover today, Germany instituted strict new mask mandates over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line has lifted testing requirements for the unvaccinated, and Canada has lifted Covid-related entry requirements for travelers.

UNITED STATES

Nine New York state counties are now at “high risk” for Covid transmission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling residents to wear masks in public. The nine are Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson, Montgomery, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, and Rensselaer.

Meanwhile, only one luxury hotel in New York City that closed at the start of the pandemic has yet to reopen: The Four Seasons Hotel, located on “Billionaire’s Row” on East 57 Street in a building designed by IM Pei. It remains closed for one year. after its rivals, which include the St. Regis, the Carlyle Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental, opened their doors to guests. The hotel is the subject of a franchise fee dispute between its owner, Ty Warner, the failed actor who became a billionaire by creating the Beanie Babies line of plush toys, and Four Seasons over management fees, which Warner doesn’t want. pay because the hotel has not been profitable.

GLOBAL

In Germany, new coronavirus-related restrictions came into effect over the weekend. Passengers on long-distance trains will have to wear FFP2 masks. Surgical masks, until now mandatory, will no longer be enough.

On public transport, passengers from all 16 Bundesländer, or federal states, will be required to wear surgical masks as a minimum. However, masks are no longer required on most flights, unless required by the destination country.

FFP2 masks should also be used in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors’ offices. Visitors must present a negative Covid test to visit a nursing home or hospital and employees of such facilities will be tested multiple times per week.

TO TRAVEL

Norwegian Cruise Line said Monday that it would end all coronavirus testing, masking and vaccination requirements beginning Tuesday. However, passengers will still be subject to local Covid-19 travel requirements. Norwegian is the first major cruise line to waive testing requirements for unvaccinated passengers. Neither Carnival Cruise Line nor Royal Caribbean Cruises have adopted a similar policy and it remains to be seen if they will.

Meanwhile, Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions, including a requirement to show proof of vaccination and a mask mandate at airports and on planes, ended over the weekend.

TODAY’S STATISTICS

Here are the daily stats for Monday, October 3.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 623.7 million cases of covid-19, an increase of 0.3 million cases and nearly 6.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. Additionally, 603.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.4 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Monday is 13,421,500, a decrease of 178,000. Of that number, 99.7%, or 13,382,066, are considered mild and 0.3%, or 39,434, are classified as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the last 24 hours.

The United States reported 4,755 new coronavirus infections on Monday from the previous day, compared with 6,403 on Sunday, 40,184 on Saturday, 84,801 on Friday and 100,524 on Thursday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The US 7-day incidence rate is now 48,157. Weekend numbers (reported the next day) are typically 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to less testing being done.

The daily average of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 46,686, a decrease of 24%, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths during the same period is 405, a decrease of 9% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 27,990, a decrease of 12%.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded, as of Monday, just under 98.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 1.08 million. India has the world’s second-highest number of officially recorded cases, 44.6 million, and a reported death toll of 528,701.

The most recent data from Russia’s state statistics service Rosstat showed that as of 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 second highest pandemic in the world. number of related deaths, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 3,284 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in July, up from 5,023 in June, 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.

For its part, France is the third country with the highest number of cases, with 35.4 million, although Brazil has registered the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 686,304, and has recorded 34.7 million cases, placing it in the number four. slot.

Germany is at number five with 33.4 million cases.

The other five countries with total case figures above 20 million are South Korea, with more than 24.8 million cases, the United Kingdom, with 23.7 million cases, which places it in the number seven, and Italy, with 22.5 million, in number eight. , as well as Japan, with more than 21.3 million, and Russia, with 21.1 million.

FOCUS ON VACCINATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of last Thursday, more than 264.1 million people in the United States, or 79.5%, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. . Of that population, 67.9%, or 225.3 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 619.8 million. Breaking this down further, 90.5% of the population over the age of 18, or 233.6 million people, have received at least one first inoculation and 77.6% of the same group, or 200.8 million people He is fully vaccinated. In addition, 51.9% of that population, or 104 million people, have already received a first booster dose of the vaccine.

Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data weekly and posting the updated information on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement on the agency’s website.

Some 68% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.75 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally, and 3.63 million doses are now administered per day.

Meanwhile, only 22.7% of people in low-income countries have received a 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% vaccination mark. Many countries, however, are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.

Furthermore, with the start of vaccinations in North Korea, Eritrea remains the only country in the world that has not administered vaccinations.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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