Good Morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now on the 800th day of the epidemic, news of the epidemic is coming from all over the world.
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index is out and despite the harshness of the response to the pandemic in Asia, it found that, when it comes to how citizens perceive their governments’ response, the average satisfaction rate in Asia is significantly higher than in Europe. and Latin America.
The results showed that people living in free democracies were far less satisfied with their country’s coronavirus response, with only 51% saying their country was responding well. The satisfaction rate also largely reflects the mortality rate in a particular country.
“Even though many Asian countries continue to grapple under mask mandates and lockdowns, their citizens’ satisfaction levels are still high because they link it to a low death rate and think their governments have done better than Europe and the US. where COVID mortality rates are still high,” lead researcher Frederic DeVoe said in a statement.
“But it is difficult to know whether this is due to autocratic or democratic responses,” DeVox said.
The index is based on surveys conducted by Latana, a market research firm based in Berlin. It seeks to “understand the global crisis that democracy is facing from the perspective of ordinary people around the world.”
The survey, conducted between March 30 and May 10, included 52,785 responses from 53 countries around the world.
In other news we cover today, New York City prepares to vaccinate children under 5, Florida officials succumbing to parental pressure and ordering a vaccine for that age group , and Anthony Fauci sparred with Rand Paul in a Senate hearing.
Here’s a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours.
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New York City announced plans to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to children under the age of 5 through pediatricians and ten city-run vaccination centers. Parents will be able to schedule an appointment on the city’s “Vaccine Finder” website.
In addition, after facing drought pressure, the state of Florida bowed out, saying it would allow pediatricians, other doctors and children’s hospitals to order a coronavirus vaccine for this age group. Florida was the only one of 50 states that had not ordered for a vaccine before a federal deadline that passed earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, Kovid has directed the country’s leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on Thursday and arguing with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
Fauci, who said Wednesday that he tested positive and was taking the antiviral PaxLovid, was in fine form to spar with the senator.
“Will you let me answer a question?” Fauci said, partly jokingly, as Paul, who is also a medical doctor, constantly interrupts answers to questions.
Paul asked Fauci if there was any direct scientific evidence that a booster dose prevents hospitalization and death in all people five years of age and older. In his answer, Fauci said that the booster recommendations were based on assumptions and antibody data, to which Paul replied: “If I give a patient 10 mRNA vaccines and they … Proof that we should be giving 10 boosters, Dr. Fauci?”
Without missing a beat, Fauci said that “an absurd exaggeration.”
Hong Kong officials believe a sixth wave of the coronavirus is likely to hit in September, but say the impact will be minimal. Health and Labor Law Secretary Chi-Kwong commented on this possibility after 1,160 new local cases were reported in the special administration area. An additional 116 imported cases were also reported.
The minister also pointed out that Friday night’s law enforcement inspections had fined operators and employees at least 36 times, as well as 33 patrons in 12 pubs who violated COVID rules, with evidence of a negative coronavirus test result. A new requirement to introduce was also included. Enter such an establishment.
Now here are the daily figures for Saturday, June 18.
As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 543.9 million COVID-19 cases, an increase of 0.7 million new cases in the past 24-hour period, and 6.34 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. . In addition, 518.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.5 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases stands at 18,569,940 as of Saturday, an increase of 111,000. Of that figure, 99.8%, or 18,533,833, are considered mild, and 0.2%, or 36,107, are listed as significant. The percentage of cases considered serious has remained unchanged in the last 24 hours.
The United States recorded 116,485 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, compared with 104,135 on Friday, 134,095 on Wednesday and 126,403 on Tuesday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day incidence rate remains over 100,000 and is now at 101,038. Weekend figures (reported the next day) are generally 30% to 60% of those posted on weekdays due to the small number of tests being done.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 101,631, which is statistically unchanged based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average daily death rate for the same period is 316, an increase of 20% compared to the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 30,189, an increase of 6%.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded 87.9 million cases as of Saturday, more than any other country, and 1.04 million have died. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases at 43.3 million, and has reported 524,840 deaths.
New data from Russia’s Rosstat State Statistics Service showed at the end of May that the number of covid or covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic in April 2020 is now 812,827, making the country the world’s second-highest pandemic-related death toll. is giving. , after the United States. Rosstat reported that 11,583 people died of coronavirus or related causes in April, up from 35,584 in March and 43,543 in February.
Meanwhile, Brazil has now recorded 668,968, the third highest number as a result of the virus, and has recorded 31.7 million cases.
France ranks fourth in total cases with 30.1 million cases, and Germany is fifth with 27.2 million. The United Kingdom is now at number six with 22.5 million cases and is the only country in the world with the total number of cases exceeding 20 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, more than 259.2 million people in the United States – or 78.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 66.8%, or 221.9 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses distributed in the United States is now 592.3 million. Breaking this down further, 89.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 231 million people – have received at least the first vaccine and 76.8% of the same group – or 198.2 million people – have been fully vaccinated. In addition, 50.6% of that population, or 10.2 million people, have already received a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine.
Due to Monday’s bank holiday, CDC is not publishing updates to vaccinations or other data until Tuesday, June 21.
More than 66.3% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Saturday, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information. To date, 11.98 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered globally and 8.49 million doses are now being administered every day.
Meanwhile, only 17.8% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received it. . At least one dose of the vaccine.
Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. However, many countries are less than 20% and in countries such as Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.
In addition, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not vaccinated.
Paul Riggler contributed to this story.
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