Meanwhile, case figures in New York State, home to one of the earliest epicenters of the pandemic, fell 15% last week, a strong indication that the BA.5 wave is receding, although the Empire State posted an increase in both hospitalizations and deaths. The Knickerbocker State reported 44,235 new cases for the week ending this past Sunday, down from 52,115 cases in the preceding period. Apple said it would drop its face mask requirement for corporate employees “in most locations,” according to an internal memorandum viewed by this publication.
Happy morning. Jonathan Spira is the reporter for this. On the 845th day of the pandemic, here are the latest updates from around the world. Many people have observed that the pandemic has caused time to both speed up and slow down. We now have some scientific proof for this. Since atomic clocks were first used to measure the earth’s rotation in the 1960s, June 29 was the shortest day on Earth. One day on Earth lasts roughly 24 hours due to the spinning of the planet on its axis. According to the atomic clocks, midnight on June 29 was 1.59 milliseconds early.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 121,413, a 4% decrease, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average daily death toll over the same period is 446, an increase of 4% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 43,653, a 5% increase.
“In light of current circumstances, wearing a face mask will no longer be required in most locations,” the company’s “Covid-19 Response Team” wrote in the memo. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved three destinations, namely Romania, Moldova, and Miquelon, to Level 3, its highest-risk category. Miquelon is a French archipelago off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
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 there in April 2020 is now 812,890, giving the country the world’s second highest pandemic-related death toll, after the United States. Rosstat reported that 11,583 people died from the coronavirus or related causes in April, down from 35,584 in March and from 43,543 in February.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Tuesday, recorded 93.2 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of almost 1.06 million. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, almost 44.1 million, and a reported death toll of 526,430.
Meanwhile, France is the country with the third highest number of cases, 33.86 million, although Brazil has recorded the third highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 678,792, and has recorded 33.85 million cases, placing it in the number four slot.