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(NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, more than 5.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 908,000 Americans, according to compiled real-time data. by the Center for Systems Science and Systems at Johns Hopkins University. Engineering.

About 64.2% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Latest headlines:
-Daily cases below 300,000 for the 1st time this year
-Omicron is estimated at 96.4% of new cases
-Michigan closes bridge to Canada amid trucker-led protests
-Oregon will lift mask mandates for indoor public spaces and schools by March 31

Here’s how the news evolves. All times Eastern.

February 08, 7:32 p.m.
Boston mayor sets out guidelines to drop vaccine proof requirement

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu outlined plans to drop evidence of the city’s vaccine requirement at indoor businesses, including bars, movie theaters and restaurants.

The city must have fewer than 200 COVID-19 hospitalizations per day, 95% of intensive care beds must be free, and the community positivity rate must be below 5%, before the requirement is removed, he said. she stated.

“The quickest way to ensure that we ease pressure on hospital capacity and reduce community positivity is to continue filling the gaps with vaccination and boosters,” Wu said in a statement.

There are no immediate plans to end the city’s mask mandate in schools, she added.

ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

February 08, 7:20 p.m.
LA County maintains mask mandate for schools

While California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that he would end the statewide mask mandate next week, Los Angeles County health officials said on Tuesday that they had no immediate plans to drop their mask mandate.

Los Angeles County Health Department Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told reporters that the county’s decision will be made based on whether the number of hospitalizations drops or if the vaccination is approved for young people. children.

The mandate will be dropped when daily hospitalizations fall below 2,500 for seven consecutive days, according to Ferrer. Once that threshold is reached, “masking will no longer be required outdoors at outdoor mega events or in indoor outdoor spaces in day care centers and K-12 schools,” Ferrer said.

Even if this threshold is not met, the mandate could be abandoned eight weeks after the approval of vaccines for children under 5 years old. Pfizer has submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration to have its vaccine approved for children 6 months to 5 years old. A hearing is scheduled for February 15.

Los Angeles County is the second largest school district in the nation, with over 600,000 students.

February 08, 1:53 p.m.
Daily cases below 300,000 for the first time this year

The U.S. case rate is down, down 63.4% since the peak three weeks ago, according to federal data.

For the first time since December, daily cases in the United States are below 300,000.

However, experts continue to warn that the United States is not off the hook. Case levels remain much higher than the country’s previous surges, and the United States is still reporting millions of new cases every week. Experts also point out that many Americans who take home tests do not submit their results and therefore the total number of cases may be higher than reported.

On average, about 13,000 Americans with COVID-19 are admitted to hospital each day — a drop of 26.4% in the past week, according to federal data.

Emergency room visits with diagnosed cases of COVID-19 are also down, down nearly 60% in the past month, according to federal data.

The U.S. mortality average is at a plateau, with the country reporting about 2,300 new COVID-19-related deaths every day, according to federal data. This average is significantly lower than last winter, when the country peaked at around 3,400 deaths per day.

ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

February 08, 11:28 a.m.
Omicron is estimated at 96.4% of new cases

The presence of the omicron subvariant, BA.2, is increasing in the United States, according to new data released by the CDC.

BA.2 is estimated to account for 3.6% of new COVID-19 cases in the United States as of February 5. BA.2 is expected to represent 1.2% of new cases the previous week.

The original omicron strain, B.1.1.529, still makes up the vast majority of new cases, accounting for about 96.4% of cases in the United States.

There are still many unknowns about the BA.2 variant, but currently it does not appear to demonstrate more severe disease. There is also no indication that BA.2 will have any further impact on vaccine efficacy.

The delta variant, which accounted for 99.2% of all new cases just two months ago, is now estimated at 0% of new cases.

ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos, Eric M. Strauss

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