By Ciara Linnane
Cases are rising in 24 states, led by Washington, where they are up 423% from two weeks ago
More than 253,000 coronavirus cases have been detected in China in the past three weeks and the daily average is rising, the government said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported
The trend is putting pressure on officials trying to ease economic disruption by relaxing strict controls that have locked millions in their homes.
China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmission through strict lockdown measures and mass testing. The ruling Communist Party pledged earlier this month to reduce disruption to its “zero-COVID” strategy by making controls more flexible, but so far progress has been slow.
Beijing, which announced its first COVID death in about six months over the weekend, has placed parks, populated neighborhoods, shops and offices under lockdown, and many schoolchildren have resumed online learning.
Last week’s average of 22,200 daily cases is double the previous week’s, China’s official news service reported, citing the National Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control.
On Tuesday, the government reported 28,127 cases found in the past 24 hours, including 25,902 with no symptoms. Almost a third, or 9,022, were in Guangdong Province, the export-oriented manufacturing heartland bordering Hong Kong.
Known COVID cases are on the rise again in the United States, with the daily average standing at 41,530 Monday, a 4% increase from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker.
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Cases are rising in 24 states, as well as Washington, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico. Washington state has replaced Nebraska with new cases that are up 423% from two weeks ago. Next up is Arizona, up 110%, and California, up 60%.
The daily average hospitalizations fell 1% to 27,547, but again the trend is mixed across the US. Hospital admissions are up 60% in Alaska, 47% in Arizona and 30% in Wyoming.
The daily average of deaths is down 2% to 294.
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Other COVID-19 news you should know:
– Japan has approved an antiviral pill made by Shionogi & Co. to treat COVID after the company presented new data proving the drug’s effectiveness, The Wall Street Journal reported. The treatment is Pfizer Inc.’s (PFE) first locally developed alternative to Paxlovid. and Lagevrio by Merck & Co. (MRK), which are approved for emergency use in Japan. Shionogi is aiming to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its pill in the US. Osaka-based Shionogi filed for emergency use approval for the drug known as Xocova in Japan in February. The Health Department panel said in July it needed to see the results of a larger human study because the data submitted at the time did not show sufficient improvements in COVID-related symptoms.
– Passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport exceeded pre-COVID levels in the third quarter of 2022, the airport’s chief executive said, prompting the airport to revise its full-year forecast by an additional 1 million passengers, the AP reported. Paul Griffiths, who oversees the world’s busiest airport, told the Associated Press the annual forecast at Dubai International, or DXB, is more than 64 million. The airport saw 18.5 million passengers in the third quarter of this year, up from 17.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 – before and at the start of the pandemic.
— Get ready for long lines at US airports and traffic jams galore – just like the old days. Airports and roads could be “crammed full” this year, according to AAA. It is estimated that 53.6 million people will travel on Thanksgiving weekend, accounting for 98% of pre-pandemic Thanksgiving travel. “Families and friends are looking forward to spending time together this Thanksgiving, one of the busiest in the past two decades,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “Plan ahead and pack your patience whether you’re driving or flying.”
That’s what the numbers say:
The global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 638.5 million Monday, while the death toll rose to over 6.62 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The US leads the world with 98.4 million cases and 1,077,225 deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker shows that 228.2 million people living in the US, or 68.7% of the total population, are fully vaccinated, meaning they have had their first shots.
To date, only 35.3 million Americans have received the updated COVID booster targeting the original virus and omicron variants, accounting for 11.3% of the total population.
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