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U.S. states with high COVID cases seeing vaccination rate increase: White House

The spread of the highly contagious delta variant accounts for an estimated 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases across the country.

7/23/2021 1:05:00 AM

The spread of the highly contagious delta variant accounts for an estimated 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases across the country.

The spread of the highly contagious delta variant accounts for an estimated 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases across the country.

Prime MinisterYoshihide Sugaand the International Olympic Committee have been determined to hold the Olympics despite the pandemic. Suga placed Tokyo under a state of emergency on July 12, but daily cases have sharply risen.Spectators are banned from all Olympic venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences allowed at a few outlying sites.

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The emergency measures, which largely involve a ban on alcohol sales and shorter hours for restaurants and bars, are to last until Aug. 22, after the Olympics end on Aug. 8.About 23 percent of Japanese are fully vaccinated, considerably short of the level believed necessary to have a meaningful effect on reducing the risk in the general population.

Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 confirmed deaths, most of them this year.Guinea pulls out of Olympics due to COVID concernsThe African country of Guinea has pulled out of the Olympics, citing the coronavirus.The decision will keep five athletes from competing at the Tokyo Games. Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement in a letter Wednesday addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic committee. He blamed the virus and its variants. headtopics.com

Guinean Olympic committee secretary general Ben Daouda Nassoko told The Associated Press only days before the statement that funds had just been released for the delegation to go to Tokyo. The five athletes impacted by the decision are a freestyle wrestler, swimmers, and a track and judo participant.

Guinea has participated in the Olympics 11 times but has never won a medal. North Korea is the only other country to have pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, also citing concerns related to the coronavirus.Indian gov't calls COVID death study 'misleading'

India's government has dismissed a recent study that estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it"misleading" and"fallacious."On Tuesday, new research by the Center for Global Development estimated excess deaths — the gap between those recorded and those that would have been expected — to be 3.4 million to 4.7 million since the pandemic began. It said an accurate figure may"prove elusive" but the true death toll"is likely to be an order of magnitude greater than the official count."

On Thursday, the health ministry released a statement saying the methodology in the study was misleading and strongly cautioned against attributing all of the excess deaths to COVID-19.Most experts believe India's official toll of more than 418,000 dead is a vast undercount, but the government has continually dismissed these concerns as exaggerated. On Thursday, India registered over 41,000 new cases and more than 507 official deaths. After a devastating surge earlier this year, confirmed infections in India have been on the decline, but authorities have warned that another surge is likely to hit in the coming months. headtopics.com

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Overall, India has the world's second-highest caseload with more than 31 million confirmed infections.Africa procures vaccines as countries face 'severe third wave'African countries next week will begin receiving the first of 400 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine they are purchasing themselves, according to the African Union special envoy on vaccine acquisition.

Strive Masiyiwa told journalists that 6 million doses will begin to ship next week and 45 African countries should receive their first shipment by the end of August. Masiyiwa says all doses should be delivered by September 2022.The 400 million doses represent the collective effort by African countries to pursue doses outside the global COVAX project aimed at delivering vaccines to low-and middle-income nations, The COVAX effort has fallen behind in deliveries because India has imposed export controls on vaccines.

Because of vaccine nationalism around the world, Masiyiwa says there is"no possibility" the African continent can meet its goal of vaccinating 60 percent of its population of 1.3 billion by the end of this year. Less than 2 percent of the vaccines administered globally have been in Africa, according to the World Health Organization, while the Africa CDC says 29 of the continent's 54 countries are now experiencing a"severe third wave" of infections.

Separately, the United States says this week it has shipped 1 million Johnson & Johnson doses to Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia and Senegal, and another 1.2 million doses go this week to Cameroon, Lesotho, Niger, Zambia and Central African Republic. The deliveries are part of a U.S. donation of some 25 million doses to African nations. headtopics.com

Merkel urges Germans to get vaccinated as infection rates increaseChancellorAngela Merkelsays coronavirus infections in Germany are rising at worrying speed. She is appealing to citizens to get vaccinated and persuade others to do so.Germany's infection rate remains low compared to other European countries but has been rising steadily since it bottomed out at 4.9 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents on July 6. On Thursday, that rate stood at 12.2.

Slightly over 60 percent of the German population had received a first dose of vaccine by Thursday, while 48 percent were fully vaccinated. But the vaccination campaign has slowed in recent weeks.Merkel told reporters Thursday that infections are rising with"worrying momentum" and that"we have exponential growth."

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Merkel said that"we all want our normality back" but"for this we need significantly more vaccine protection." She said that every vaccination counts toward bringing life back to normal for everyone.South Korea sees over 1,000 new COVID cases 16 days in a row

South Korea is reporting 1,842 newly confirmed coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours — setting a new pandemic single-day record for the second straight day.The cases announced Thursday raised the country's total caseload to 184,103, with 2,063 deaths from COVID-19.

The new cases include 270 sailors who were recently flown home after a large-scale outbreak on their destroyer engaging in an anti-piracy mission off East Africa.South Korea has seen a spike in infections in recent weeks amid a slow vaccination campaign, lax public vigilance and the spread of more contagious delta variant. The country's daily caseload has been above over 1,000 for 16 consecutive days.

Health officials say they are discussing whether to extend the toughest distancing restrictions imposed on the densely populous Seoul metropolitan area.Tokyo recorded 1,979 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, hitting a new six-month high one day before the Olympics are to begin amid growing worry about the worsening infections during the games. In this July 12, 2021, file commuters wearing face masks walk in a passageway during a rush hour at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo.

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time to start talking about nasal sprays...its absurd that they aren't being talked a bout during a respiratory pandemic...thats like not discussing toothpaste during a tooth decay pandemic.

Delta Variant Now Makes Up 83% Of New U.S. COVID Cases: CDC DirectorDeaths from the virus are also rising, with an average of 239 per day over the last week. That's a near-48% rise from the week prior, said Dr. Rochelle W... Must turn up the fear thanks I feel like this would be more helpful if you provided a comparison. How many people die in accidents every day or car crashes?

COVID-19 Cases In U.S. Triple Over 2 Weeks Amid Misinformation COVID-19 cases have tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation. I report info to TwitterSafety, and they do nothing about all the lies on this platform. They need an option to report misinformation. I think now is the time to revisit Section 230 which gives media platforms blanket coverage to protect them from any liability.

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COVID-19 cases in US triple over 2 weeks amid misinformationMISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. “Our staff, they are frustrated,' said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, a Florida hospital that is canceling elective surgeries and procedures after the number of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 inpatients at its two campuses jumped to 134, up from a low of 16 in mid-May. Pro mask crowd using this to mask vaccinated who the antivaxx in turn point and say vaxx dont work. Vaxx on mask off. Oh well, we'll get through it, simply because these are nothing more than scare tactics!!! Life IS, getting back to normal, where it belongs. OMG! The horror!!!!

Australia cautions COVID-19 cases to rise despite weeks-long lockdown Coronavirus cases in Australia spiked again on Thursday, despite a weeks-long lockdown, with authorities warning that infections would rise more and take a toll on the economy as the country battles to contain the highly contagious Delta variant. thanks Yeah because all they have to do is turn up the cycles of amplification on the PCR test and they can make you idiots think you have anything renjujose byronkaye No - the failed lockdowns 'take toll' on business. Lockdown was never done, because it doesn't work. Obviously