- More than 20,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day in Florida.
- The delta variant of the coronavirus is behind a large number of cases registered throughout the country.
- Vaccination accelerates in New York due to a high number of registered cases.
Miami, Aug 5 (EFE).- The state of Florida recorded 20,133 new cases of Covid-19 this Thursday, the second highest number of infections since the pandemic began in 2020, while hospitalizations broke their own record for four days in a row. According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death of 84 people was also reported this day as a result of SARS-CoV-2.
Florida, which represents around 6.5% of the population of the entire country, accounted for almost 22% of the new cases of Covid-19 last Wednesday, according to the data collected by the CDC. Due to this, the state average of new cases in seven days reached 18,120 yesterday. Florida recorded 12,408 hospital admissions due to Covid-19 last Wednesday, thus breaking its daily record due to the spreading of the delta variant. And today the record was again broken with 12,888 admissions, according to data reported by state medical centers to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Consequences of high infections in Florida
The sudden increase in new cases and hospitalizations in the state has led some Florida hospitals, including Broward County’s Memorial Healthcare System, to temporarily suspend operating room operations in order to have enough staff and beds, Miami reported Thursday. Herald. To date, about 2,577 people remained in Intensive Care Units (ICU), which represents about 40% of the beds in the entire state.
Vaccinations have increased in those US states with the highest rates of covid-19 infections, which are precisely where there are fewer immunized people, the White House reported on Thursday. According to federal data, approximately 48.8% of Florida’s population is fully vaccinated (nearly 10.5 million people), although the vaccination campaign continues strongly because this number is still considered low.
Most hospitalized are not vaccinated
Public health experts and front-line healthcare workers continue to highlight that the vast majority of those now hospitalized are not vaccinated. The Miami Heat basketball team, in coordination with the Miami-Dade County Council, with a Hispanic majority, is holding a vaccination event this Thursday to attract young people, the segment of the population most affected at the moment.
The event is held at the FTX Arena, the largest in Miami, to attract anyone over the age of 12. According to the call, there will be a “chance to win tickets” for the next Heat games, as well as for six great concerts in the same arena that include the Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and the famous American singer Kane Brown. Also for the Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin concert; that of Fonseca and Andrés Cepeda, that of the Canadian singer The Weeknd and that of the Colombian Maluma. The event, where the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered, is part of the Florida Department of Health’s free campaign, the organization reported. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Florida has recorded 2,678,764 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 39,403 deaths from the disease, according to the CDC. EFE
The delta variant is already responsible for 93% of covid-19 cases in the US
Washington, Aug 4 (EFE News) .- The delta variant accounted for more than 93% of the new cases of covid-19 in the United States during the last two weeks of July, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diseases (CDC, in English). Specifically, the delta mutation of the virus and its different subvariants was behind 93% of the cases that were sequenced in those two weeks.
There are even parts of the United States with low vaccination rates, such as the Midwest where Kansas, Iowa and Missouri are located, among others, where that percentage is higher and reaches 98%. Two weeks ago, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky claimed that the delta variant was to blame for 83% of sequenced COVID-19 cases in the United States. country.
It was only 3% of the cases
At the end of May, this mutation only accounted for 3% of new infections of the disease, while the alpha mutation was the dominant one and caused 69% of new infections. Currently, according to the CDC, the alpha variant only accounts for 2.9% of new cases. Just a month ago, optimism about the proximity of the end of the pandemic reigned in the US due to the effectiveness of vaccines, but the expansion of the delta variant and the stagnation of the immunization campaign raise concern.
In the last two days, the number of hospitalizations has reached levels not seen since last February and has tripled compared to the last month. The United States, the country most affected by the pandemic, already reaches 35.2 million cases and more than 614,000 deaths from covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. CDC data indicates that so far 57.9% of its population has received one dose of the vaccine, compared to 49.7% who have received the full regimen. EFE News
Covid-19 cases rise in New York, which seeks to speed up vaccination
New York, Jul 14 (EFE News) .- Although they remain at relatively low levels, the cases of covid-19 have begun to rise again in New York with the advance of the delta variant, while the authorities locals try to get more people to get vaccinated. In recent days, the Big Apple registered several days with more than 400 cases, well above the around 200 that were being seen recently.
The positive test rate, meanwhile, has gone from approximately 0.5% to around 1.3%, leaving the average for the last month at 0.9%. The mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, assured this Wednesday that these figures are being monitored, but for the moment ruled out the reimposition of restrictions, noting that hospitalizations and deaths remain at minimum levels.
New York reports increases in covid
In the last 7 days, the average number of daily hospitalizations is 17 and the number of deaths is 3. The priority right now, De Blasio insisted at a press conference, is to keep the vaccination campaign moving forward as quickly as possible, given that people who have not been immunized are by far the most at risk.
In that sense, the New York Health Commissioner, Dave Chokshi, assured this Wednesday that if you can talk about an outbreak, it is currently an outbreak among unvaccinated people. Thus, he highlighted that during the last months more than 98% of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19 in the city have been of people who had not completed the vaccination.
The New York authorities put on the table this Wednesday a new study prepared by Yale University that, using a projection system, estimates that the vaccination campaign has saved more than 8,300 lives in the Big Apple during the last 6 months. According to that analysis, the injections have also prevented more than 44,000 hospitalizations and a quarter of a million cases in a city of about 8.5 million people.
So far, more than 9.6 million doses have been administered in New York, which has allowed almost 64% of the adult population to have completed the vaccination schedule, according to official data. The percentage, which drops to 52% if minors are also taken into account, varies significantly from one area of the city to another, which has recently led the authorities to reinforce their efforts in districts such as Staten Island, which they are well below the average and where more infections are being registered.
The delta variant of covid
Today, municipal representatives assured that they plan to reinforce the incentives offered to residents to get vaccinated and awareness campaigns. In this sense, Chokshi insisted that, even with the new variants, a person who has completed the vaccination has a very high level of protection against the disease and, above all, against serious cases that require hospitalization.
Cases among those vaccinated, he stressed, are somewhat more numerous with the delta variant, but they are still very rare and, when they occur, generally lead to mild symptoms. New York was one of the great global epicenters of covid-19 in the early stages of the pandemic and between late 2020 and early 2021 it suffered a significant second wave of infections. In total, the disease has killed more than 33,000 people in the city, according to official data. EFE News
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