The country’s best communicable disease specialist said he “believes as much as possible” that by mid-February, most states will be at the peak of their incidence of COVID-19.
In a speech on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the disease had peaked and begun to decline sharply in several states in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, but cases in the South and West said it was still increasing.
“When dealing with this virus, you never want to be overconfident,” Fauci said, and the coronavirus “has amazed us in the past”.
Fauki said more percent of the country could have “slightly more pain and suffering with hospitalization” in areas that have not been fully vaccinated or amplified.
The goal, Fauki said, is to control infections where the virus has not been eradicated, but the rate is low enough that “it is essentially integrated into the common respiratory infections that Americans have learned to live with.”
Also in the news:
►Scott Quiner, a 55-year-old unvaccinated patient from Minnesota to Texas, died Saturday during a court battle over whether or not to turn off his ventilator, the family’s lawyer said.
►Arkansas broke the state record for the fifth day in a row, reporting nearly 1,700 coronavirus hospitalizations on Saturday.
►New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is postponing her wedding after announcing new restrictions on Sunday. Restrictions were imposed after nine cases of the Omiron variant were identified in a family who flew to Auckland to attend the wedding.
►Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said in an interview with Israel’s N12 News that he hopes COVID-19 amplifiers will be used “once a year” rather than every 4-5 months.
►Kiribati, one of the most isolated islands in the world, was blocked for the first time in months after most of the passengers on the country’s first international flight passed a positive test for COVID-19, the government said on Facebook.
📈Today’s numbers: More than 70 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 865,000 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 349.4 million cases and more than 5.5 million deaths. More than 210 million Americans – 63.3% – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Beijing will begin mass testing of 2 million people ahead of the Olympics
Beijing, a city of 2 million people, began mass coronavirus testing on Sunday as China tightened restrictions ahead of the Winter Olympics. The government has told people in high-risk areas of the Chinese capital not to leave the city after 25 cases were detected in Fengtai District and 14 in other locations. As Beijing prepares to open the Winter Games on Feb. 4 under intense antivirus surveillance, the ruling Communist Party is stepping up its “zero tolerance” strategy to isolate every infected person.
The Chinese capital “must take the most drastic, firm and resolute measures to block the epidemic’s spread chain,” city government spokesman Xu Hexiang told a news conference.
Non-US citizens entering the country by land or ferry must be vaccinated
Non-U.S. citizens, even if they are traveling for “important” purposes, must be fully vaccinated before entering the country by land or ferry. The change, which went into effect on Saturday, was first announced in October.
“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to safeguard the health of the population while safely facilitating cross-border trade and travel, which is important to our economy,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorcas said in a statement Thursday.
Unvaccinated U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and U.S. citizens can enter the country by ferry or land port.
– Beyli Shuls
Virginia’s parents were arrested for threatening the rules of the mask
In Virginia, a parent who opposed masquerade mandates was charged with verbally threatening school property after she said Monday that she would bring a gun installed at the school if her child was forced to wear a mask. Amelia King, 42, was upset after she lost contact with the public opinion department at a Page County Public School Board meeting on Thursday.
“My children don’t come to school on Mondays wearing masks. This is not happening and I will bring every weapon loaded and ready, ”King said. Luray told police that King later called and apologized for the word. King was released on $ 5,000 bail. Eventually, the school council voted Monday to make masks optional for students. This came after Governor Glenn Yangkin issued an order giving parents the right to choose whether or not to send their children to school with or without a mask.
– Patrick Heath, Staunton news director
North Carolina is seeking FEMA assistance in the face of increasing hospitalizations
North Carolina hospitals treat a record number of coronavirus patients, and state health officials are seeking federal help in the Charlotte area. Atrium Health, the state’s largest health care provider, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and Emergency Management are asking FEMA for help with additional nurses, including staffing, Governor Roy Cooper said. To expand capacity, Atrium Health said it relocated staff from emergency medical and outpatient centers, limited non-emergency treatments, and staff from closed specialized centers, and used the flexibility provided by the state, but this was above 95%.
Officials say unvaccinated people make up 72 percent of those hospitalized and 83 percent of those admitted to intensive care related to COVID-19.