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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 793,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, only 60.4% 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:

Dec 10, 5:25 p.m.
So far, 50 million Americans receive booster injection

More than 50 million Americans have now received a COVID-19 recall, according to recently updated federal data.

More than half of fully vaccinated people 65 years of age and older have received a booster.

On average, around 2.03 million shots in total are administered each day, according to the data. More than half – 1.1 million – are booster doses.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 3:50 p.m.
Significant growth in cases expected in much of the United States, cases could double in New York

The Philadelphia Children’s Hospital PolicyLab predicts “significant” growth in cases across much of the United States over the next four weeks.

Major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast, are seeing significant growth in cases after Thanksgiving, forecasters say.

Cases in the New York City area are expected to at least double through December, forecasters said.

The metropolitan areas of New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina are expected to see rapid increases in cases, forecasters said.

Forecasters also noted a “sudden” increase in cases in Florida over the past two weeks.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 1:10 p.m.
No deaths among 43 omicron patients in the United States

There have been no deaths and one hospitalization among the 43 known omicron patients in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Early indications show that omicron may cause less severe disease than previous variants, public health experts say, but it’s still too early to say for sure. It is also possible that omicron only appears less severe because many infected people have been vaccinated, younger adults.

-Sony Salzman of ABC News

Dec 10 11:31
More than 7,400 Americans admitted to hospital with COVID every day

The United States is now reporting more than 118,000 new cases every day, up nearly 85% since the end of October, according to federal data.

On average, more than 7,400 Americans are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every day – an increase of almost 16% last week, while pediatric hospital admissions have climbed more than 40%, according to the data.

More than 7,600 Americans died from COVID-19 last week. West Virginia currently has the highest death rate in the country, followed by Wyoming, Montana and Tennessee.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 10:04 AM
Masks or vaccination documents required in all indoor public places in New York

Masks will now be mandatory in all indoor public places in New York state, unless the business or location requires proof of full vaccination, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday.

The new measure goes into effect Monday and lasts at least until January 15 as the state tries to disrupt a winter wave.

New York’s seven-day average case rate has jumped 43% since Thanksgiving, according to the governor’s office.

“We shouldn’t have reached the point where we are facing a winter wave, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share the frustration of many New Yorkers that we have not yet passed this pandemic,” Hochul said in a statement. “I want to thank the more than 80% of New Yorkers who did what it took to get a full vaccine. If others follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.”

Dec 09, 7:33 p.m.
At least 25 states have confirmed cases of omicron

At least 25 states have now reported cases of the omicron variant, just over a week after California identified the first case in the United States

Iowa, Michigan and Virginia became the last states on Thursday to confirm positive cases of the worrisome new variant.

Other states with confirmed cases include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky told The Associated Press on Wednesday that most cases were mild, although there was at least one hospitalization.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

09 Dec, 4:22 p.m.
The daily average of cases in the United States has increased by almost 83% since October

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the United States have increased 47% over the past month, according to federal data. Almost 80% of adult intensive care beds are full.

The United States is now reporting more than 117,000 new cases every day. The daily average of cases has jumped nearly 83% since the end of October, according to federal data.

New Hampshire has the highest case rate in the country, followed by Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Indiana, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 09, 2:54 p.m.
More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 fully immunized

More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 are now fully immunized, said White House COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar.

These children are among more than 200 million Americans of all ages who are now fully immunized, according to the White House.

Shahpar’s tweet added: “Early evidence indicates that boosters increase protection against Omicron. Get boosted!”

However, about two-thirds of parents of school-aged children delay or refuse to have their youngest children immunized, according to a survey published Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Parents of teenagers are more willing to get their children vaccinated, but so far only about half of this age group have been vaccinated, KFF found.

The new findings come despite growing evidence that the vaccine is safe and that children and adolescents are now helping to increase the number of cases.

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