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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 832,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, about 62.3% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

06 Jan 15:55
About 126,000 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19

An estimated 126,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Of these patients, about a sixth – or 21,000 – are in intensive care units.

The spread of the omicron variant is bringing the United States closer to the hospitalization record set last winter when 140,000 patients infected with the virus were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, the country records an average of 554,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day, five times more than a month ago, according to federal data.

Over the past week, the United States has reported an estimated 3.88 million infections with COVID-19, which on average represents about six Americans who test positive every second.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

06 Jan 14:34
More than 800 LA firefighters and police officers tested positive

More than 800 Los Angeles Fire and Police Department personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday.

Currently, 505 police officers and 299 firefighters are in quarantine after receiving positive results.

“These are big numbers. Figures that reflect the personnel issues we all face,” Garcetti said at a press conference outside a fire station.

He added that five out of six employees in the two departments are fully immunized, in line with the immunization mandate put in place for city employees.

Garcetti said that despite the number of officers and firefighters absent from work, the city is still protected.

“Both LAPD and LAFD have maintained the levels of personnel necessary to keep Angelenos safe, and we have maintained levels of personnel to make sure you, your family and our communities are safe,” he said. -he declares.

Jan 06, 12:33 pm
WHO says global cases rose 71% last week

Global cases of COVID-19 “have risen sharply,” the World Health Organization wrote in its weekly epidemiological update released Thursday.

Cases of the virus increased 71% in the week ending Jan. 2 from the previous week, meaning 9.5 million new COVID-19 infections have been reported globally, according to the ‘WHO.

The Americas saw the largest increase at 100%, followed by Southeast Asia at 78% and Europe at 63%.

The United States recorded the most cases of COVID-19 last week, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy.

The WHO added that there had been a 10% decrease in the number of new deaths from the previous week with more than 41,000 virus-related deaths recorded.

January 06, 11:17
1.3 million people in UK have long-standing COVID, data shows

It is estimated that 1.3 million people in the UK suffer from a lengthy COVID, according to new data released Thursday by the UK Office for National Statistics.

Long COVID is a condition in which patients who recover from the virus still show symptoms for weeks – even months or years – later.

The ONS said the figure, which is based on self-reported symptoms, equates to 2% of the population living with long-term COVID.

Fatigue was the most common symptom, reported by 51% of those surveyed. Other common symptoms included loss of smell (37%), shortness of breath (36%), and difficulty concentrating (28%).

About 64% said their long symptoms of COVID made it difficult for them to carry out their daily activities.

The longest COVID has been reported most often in people aged 35 to 69, women, people living in poorer areas or those working in health care or education, according to the ONS.

06 Jan 4:05 AM
American Medical Association criticizes new CDC guidelines

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest medical association, criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new quarantine and isolation guidelines for COVID-19, saying the recommendations “risk spreading the virus further.” .

The CDC updated its guidelines on Dec. 27, saying asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for five days instead of 10.

“The American people should be able to count on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for timely, accurate and clear advice to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Instead, the new quarantine and isolation recommendations aren’t just confusing, but risk spreading the virus further, ”American Medical Association President Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, in a statement.

Harmon referenced the data cited by the CDC in its rationale for shortening the isolation period, which estimates that 31% of people remain contagious five days after a positive COVID-19 test, suggesting that the data proves that thousands of Americans could resume their lives while being infected.

“With hundreds of thousands of new cases a day and more than a million positive cases reported on Jan. 3, tens of thousands – potentially hundreds of thousands – could return to work and school contagious. they’re following new CDC guidelines on ending isolation after five days without a negative test, “Harmon said.” Doctors are concerned that these recommendations put our patients at risk and could further overwhelm our healthcare system. “

Harmon said a negative COVID-19 test should be required to end isolation after a positive test, because re-entering society without knowing whether an individual is still positive ultimately risks further transmission of the virus.

While test availability remains a nationwide issue, Harmon also called on the Biden administration to increase test production and distribution, adding that “a shortage of tests at this time does not justify the omission. of a test requirement to get out of a now shortened isolation “.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

06 Jan 03:16
Chicago cancels school for day 2

Chicago officials on Thursday canceled all public school classes amid classroom safety discussions with city teachers.

Classes were canceled on Wednesday after a majority of Chicago Teachers Union members voted in favor of distance learning amid an increase in COVID-19 cases. School officials called their action an illegal strike.

“In a time of crisis related to this pandemic, the worst thing we can do is give up science and data,” Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said on Twitter. “If you care about our students and our families like we do, we won’t give in. We stand firm and fight to get our children back to learning in person.”

Teachers were excluded from their remote classrooms on Wednesday, according to the union. Union leaders asked members to try to log in again on Thursday, urging them to post photos on social media.

The union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday.

“We have security rights and we’ve been at the negotiating table for 20 months to secure those rights,” union president Jesse Sharkey said in a statement.

Chicago’s public schools are among the largest in the country, with approximately 340,000 students in 636 schools.

06 Jan 02:43
TSA reports over 3,000 employee cases

The Transportation Security Administration reported 3,037 current COVID-19 infections on Wednesday.

The agency’s infections increased by about 16% in two days, according to data from the TSA.

The agency, which employs around 60,000 people, said it has accumulated 15,191 cases of COVID-19. The agency said 12,154 employees have recovered and 33 have died.

-Sam Sweeney of ABC News

Jan 05, 9:02 PM
CDC signs Pfizer boosters for 12-15 year olds

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given children ages 12 to 15 the final green light to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 recall.

“It is essential that we protect our children and adolescents from infection with COVID-19 and complications of serious illness,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement endorsing the recommendation of the CDC advisory committee. extend eligibility for recall.

The CDC recommends that teens between the ages of 12 and 17 receive a Pfizer booster five months after their second dose.

-Cheyenne Haslett from ABC News

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