Friday, January 28

Record high corona infection rates in the United States

PARTY HATS AND MOUTHBANDS: This is what it looked like when the New Yorkers celebrated New Year in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2021.

The winter wave and the omicron effect hit the United States. The state of New York ended 2021 by setting a new daily record with over 85,000 new cases of infection.

Together with Washington DC and other states on the east coast, New York is now at the peak of infection in the United States. But the rest of the country also notices the omicron effect.

On Thursday, a record 585,013 cases of infection were registered throughout the United States, and the number of hospital admissions is also increasing. 88 deaths in the state were attributed to corona in the last 24 hours of 2021. Nationally, 1181 covid deaths were registered on Friday, according to The New York Times-coronadatabase.

The turn of the year marks the second anniversary of China notifying the WHO of 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” of unknown origin in the city of Wuhan.

Since then, more than 281 million people have been reported to be infected with the virus globally. More than 5 million people have died as a result of covid-19, according to a Reuters report.

On New Year’s Eve, the state of New York experienced the highest infection rates since the start of the pandemic, writes The New York Times.

With 85,476 new infections registered on 31 December, as many as 22 per cent of all coronal tests were positive. The explosive trend of infection shows no signs of decline. On the contrary, the US infection control authorities fear that the real number is even higher because holidaymakers and those infected from congregations are probably not included in the measurements yet.

NEW MAYOR: Eric Adams is sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City. Due to the corona pandemic, the public inauguration has been postponed.

New York is one of several hot spots – along with Washington, DC and other eastern states – that are leading a national increase. On Thursday, a record 585,013 new cases were registered across the country, and hospital admissions are rising across large parts of the country.

During the previous 24 hours in New York State, nearly 90,000 vaccine doses had been administered, according to Governor Hochul’s statement. Eighty-eight deaths in the state were attributed to Covid. Nationally, 1,181 Covid deaths were recorded Friday, according to a New York Times database.

The fight against the winter wave

Governor Kathy Hochul recently urged the public to pay attention to the most vulnerable:

– When we fight against the winter wave, we must have the most vulnerable among us in mind. Do what you can to keep others in your community safe from covid-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands and take advantage of the best tool we have available – the vaccine, she said in a statement when the state’s infectious diseases became known.

Already weeks ago, 21,000 positive corona infections were enough daily to set off the alarm. Since then, the omicron variant has erupted like a tornado, leading to a shaky start to the third year of the pandemic.

Although there were significantly fewer cases of infection, last year’s winter wave in the United States peaked at about the same time. Last year, the peak came on 12 January. If the trend continues this year, it indicates that the winter peak of infection is just over a week from the maximum point.

The New York Times points out that some test experts believe that omicron’s incubation period can be as short as 72 hours, which in this case gives this year’s winter wave high speed.

CLEAR MESSAGE: A mural in New York City encourages the use of masks.

Good news in the bad

Some flashes of light are still seen on the horizon. The omikron variant gives only half as great a chance of being admitted as the delta variant, shows a British report and only a third as many need emergency assistance. But because the infection rate is so high, the high infection rates create problems for society.

Vaccination seems to have a good effect. Statistically, according to the UK Health Security Agency, there are 65 per cent fewer inpatients among those who have received two vaccine doses compared with the unvaccinated and as much as 81 per cent lower for those who have also received a booster vaccine.

The survey is based on 528,176 omicron cases and 573,012 delta variants and is one of the largest omicron surveys ever conducted, writes The New York Times.

NEW TIMES: In Times Square, guards held up reminders that all celebrants must have ID cards and vaccination certificates available.

Tightening up in California

On the opposite coast, in California, infection control rules are now being tightened, writes Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Country had more than 27,000 new cases at the end of 2021. That far exceeds last winter’s figure of 16,000 per day. Nearly 1 in 4 who are tested are now corona positive, according to the health authorities, and the numbers of new infections double every other day.

Hospital admissions are increasing and the health authorities are worried about what will happen when residents return after travel during the holidays.

TIGHTENING IN: Grant Elementary School in Los Angeles is among the schools affected by the omicron variant. The photo was taken at the start of school in August.

In Los Angeles County, all public and private school employees must now wear a face mask at work. Students and staff must also wear masks outdoors in densely populated areas when the spring semester starts on Monday.

Schools will have two weeks from the date of reopening after the Christmas holidays to comply with the mask rules.

Partially postponed school start

The decision was sent out to the county’s 80 school districts on Friday by public health director Barbara Ferrer “in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.”

About 50 school districts in Los Angeles Country will reopen on January 3. The remaining 30, which include the Los Angeles Unified School District, will open the following week.

Los Angeles Country had more than 27,000 new cases at the end of 2021. That far exceeds last winter’s figure of 16,000 per day. Nearly 1 in 4 who are tested are now corona positive, according to the health authorities, and the numbers of new infections double every other day.

Watch VGTV’s New Year’s interview with assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad in the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

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