Coronavirus Morning Roundup – Oct 17: Pfizer CEO warns of winter surge, Fauci calls long-running covid ‘insidious’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira’s report. Here now the news of the pandemic from around the world on the 921st day of the pandemic.

In the news we cover today, Dr. Anthony Fauci called for more action on long covid, Pfizer’s CEO warned of a winter surge in the US, and the world reached the 630 million mark in total coronavirus cases, a account that started at the end of 2019. .

UNITED STATES

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who has contracted the coronavirus twice over the summer, warned that the country could see another wave of Covid infections this winter, in an interview on NBC’s morning show Today. He urged the Americans to get the new bivalent boosters targeting omicron variants before Halloween.

GLOBAL

China on Monday reported 921 new coronavirus infections, of which 245 were symptomatic and 676 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said.

LONG COVID

In an interview with The Guardian, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s top medical adviser, called Long Covid an “insidious” public health emergency and said the US government must prevent the ” complacency”.

A study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that more than two million Hong Kongers have some form of Long Covid. The ongoing study, which follows 6,994 subjects who had had Covid with plans to reach 10,000, said 70% reported at least one persistent long-Covid condition. Symptoms including depression, poor memory, and hair loss, among others.

“Some of them have been suffering from the symptoms since the fourth wave of the pandemic for two years,” said Professor Francis Chan Ka-leung, dean of the school.

TODAY’S STATISTICS

Here are the daily stats for Monday, October 17.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 630 million cases of covid-19, an increase of 0.1 million cases and 6.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. Additionally, 609.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.3 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Monday is 14,266,875, a decrease of 124,000. Of that number, 99.7%, or 14,228,270, are considered mild and 0.3%, or 38,605, are classified as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has not changed in the last 24 hours.

The United States reported 7,040 new coronavirus infections on Monday from the previous day, compared with 2,776 on Sunday, 29,069 on Saturday, 75,172 on Friday and 74,018 on Thursday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The US 7-day incidence rate is now 37,634. 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 37,649, a decrease of 19%, 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 374, a decrease of 8% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 26,475, a decrease of 5%.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has registered, as of Monday, 98.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 1.09 million. India has the world’s second-highest number of officially recorded cases, 44.6 million, and a reported death toll of 528,905.

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 36.3 million, although Brazil has registered the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 687,197, and has recorded 34.8 million cases, placing it in the number four. slot.

Germany is ranked number five with more than 34.6 million cases.

The other five countries with total case figures above 20 million are South Korea, with 25.1 million cases, the United Kingdom, with 23.8 million cases, placing it at number seven, and Italy, with 23 million, at number eight. as well as Japan, with 21.8 million, and Russia, with 21.3 million.

FOCUS ON VACCINATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, more than 265.1 million people in the United States, or 79.9%, have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 68.1%, or 226.2 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 627.8 million. Breaking this down further, 90.8% of the population over the age of 18, or 234.5 million people, have received at least one first inoculation and 77.9% of the same group, or 201.1 million people He is fully vaccinated. In addition, 52.1% of that population, or 104.8 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 68.3% 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, 12.84 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally, and 2.67 million doses are now administered per day.

Meanwhile, only 23.3% 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. However, many countries are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain at or below 10%.

Furthermore, 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 vaccinations.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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