Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira’s report. Here now the pandemic news from around the world on the 952 day of the pandemic.
Just as the United States hit the 100 million mark in total coronavirus infections, a study was released showing nearly twice as many Republicans died from the virus ahead of the midterm elections than Democrats.
The findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, clearly address a question that has come up multiple times over the course of the pandemic, namely whether there is a link between political affiliation and coronavirus-related death rates in the world. country.
While the study’s authors, Jacob Wallace, Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and Jason Schwarz, can’t say whether this affected the midterm elections, they say it’s “plausible given how stark the differences in vaccination rates have been, among Democrats.” and Republicans.”
The study makes the disparity in vaccine uptake quite clear.
“In 2018 and the early parts of 2020, the excess mortality rates for Republicans and Democrats are similar and centered at zero,” the study said. “Both groups experienced a similar large increase in excess deaths in the winter of 2020-2021. However, in the summer of 2021, after vaccines became widely available, the excess death rate for Republicans rose to almost twice that of Democrats, and this gap widened further in the winter of 2021.” .
Even if it’s not the case that the vaccine disparity had a direct impact on midterms, it’s still a question worth digging deeper.
In other news we cover today, two flight attendants have been found guilty of violating Hong Kong’s Covid quarantine restrictions, Covid rebounds have been found to occur twice as often in patients taking the antiviral Paxlovid, and shortages of workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory is affecting production. .
A new study from Pfizer researchers suggests that cases of Covid rebound after treatment of the virus with the antiviral Paxlovid appear to be at least twice as common as doctors previously believed, although it can occur in any group of patients. The study, which has not yet undergone peer review, was published on the Research Square preprint site.
Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest processor and seller of chicken, beef and other meats, said it had removed its vaccination mandate for workers. The mandate was put in place after the food processing industry became something of an epicenter for SARS-CoV-2 in the early days of the pandemic in 2020.
The revolt against coronavirus pandemic controls continued in southern China. Unverified videos on social media show people breaking down barriers and marching through the streets of Guangzhou.
Two former Cathay Pacific flight attendants have been convicted in Hong Kong for violating the city’s coronavirus quarantine rules while infected. The two, Wong Yoon-loong and Nilsson Lau Kok-wang, were found guilty on Thursday of failing to follow quarantine rules at the start of the city’s fifth wave.
The world’s largest iPhone factory has struggled to replenish its workforce after a mass exodus of workers occurred at the start of the recent lockdown in Guangzhou. Foxconn, which owns the factory, said it will need a full complement of 100,000 workers to resume full production, according to Chinese state media.
Yosemite National Park, a US national park in California, said it would end its visitor reservation system starting in the summer of 2023. The reservation system was put in place in 2020 to limit the number of visitors at any given time.
OTHER HEALTH NEWS
RSV is not only severely affecting children. Adan Serda, a 29-year-old comedian from Texas, died on November 11 after contracting respiratory syncytial virus. Serda was popular in San Antonio and other Texas cities. Serda, who had successfully battled cancer, was survived by his wife, daughter, mother and two sisters.
Now here are the daily stats for Thursday, November 17.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 641.7 million cases of covid-19, an increase of 0.5 million cases and 6.62 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such data. Additionally, 621.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.3 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Thursday press time is 13,910,518, an increase of 151,000. Of that number, 99.7%, or 13,874,572, are considered mild and 0.3%, or 35,946, are classified as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the last 24 hours.
The United States reported 85,283 new coronavirus infections on Thursday from the previous day, compared with 55,368 on Wednesday, 50,025 on Tuesday, 1,954 on Monday and 2,575 on Sunday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The US 7-day incidence rate is now 38,940. Weekend numbers (reported the next day) are typically 30-60% of those released on weekdays due to fewer tests taking place.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 39,193, a number that is statistically unchanged, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths for the same period is 299, a 13% decrease over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 27,704, an increase of 2%.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has registered, as of Thursday, 100 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 1.1 million. India has the world’s second-highest number of officially recorded cases, nearly 44.7 million, and a reported death toll of 530,546.
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.
Meanwhile, France is the country with the third highest number of cases, with 37.2 million, and Germany is in fourth place, with more than 36.1 million total cases.
Recording the third-highest number of deaths from the virus at 688,811, Brazil has recorded more than 34.9 million cases, putting it at number five.
The other five countries with total case numbers above 20 million are South Korea, with more than 26.4 million cases, the United Kingdom, with 23.9 million cases, placing it at number seven, and Italy. , with 23.8 million, ranked number eight. , as well as Japan, with 23.5 million, and Russia, with 21.5 million.
FOCUS ON VACCINATION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of last Thursday, 267 million people in the United States, or 80.4%, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 68.6%, or 227.8 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses dispensed in the United States is now 646.5 million. Breaking this down further, 91.4% of the population over the age of 18, or 236.1 million people, have received at least one first inoculation and 78.4% of the same group, or 202.4 million people , is fully vaccinated. Additionally, 11.7% of the US population in the same population, or 30.3 million people, have already received an updated or bivalent booster dose of the vaccine.
Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data weekly and posted the updated information Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement on the agency’s website.
Some 68.2% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.94 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally and 1.03 million doses are now administered per day.
Meanwhile, only 23.6% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries like 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. However, many countries are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain at or below 10%.
Also, with the start of vaccinations in North Korea at the end of September, Eritrea remains the only country in the world that has not administered vaccines.
Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.
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