VIRUSES TODAY: Deaths are decreasing, but health experts urge vigilance

Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations have plunged in the US, but death is decreasing from a January peak of around 4,500 was not quite as steep

Edited by The Associated Press

March 12, 2021, 10:15 pm

• 3 min of reading

THE NUMBERS:

VACCINES: More According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 65.9 million people, or 19.9% ​​of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. About 35 million people, or 10.5% of the population, have completed vaccination.

CASES: The seven-day moving average for new daily cases in the United States has declined over the past two weeks from From 69,891 on February 25 to 53,797 on Thursday, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University.

DEATHS: The seven-day moving average for new daily deaths in the United States has declined over the past two weeks from From 2,079 on February 25 to 1,386 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

STATE VACCINATION RATES: The percentage of the population that received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC: New Mexico (27.7%); Connecticut (27.6%); Alaska (26.5%). States with the lowest rates: Alabama (16.7%); District of Columbia (15.9%); Georgia (14.6%).

THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY

– Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations have plunged, but deaths are decreasing from a January peak of around 4,500 was not that steep. But after weeks of fluctuating around 2,000, it dropped to roughly 1,400 US lives lost every day. Health experts urge vigilance.

– International allies are urging President Joe Biden to release supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has received emergency clearance from the European Union and the World Health Organization but not from the United States

– Broadway theaters are still closed with no end in sight. This meant that people who make a living in entertainment had to be creative. The dancers are teaching online lessons and the actors are doing the dubbing work.

QUOTE: “A year later and things are still not the same,” says Jeremy Shouse, a restaurant manager from North Carolina, adding that its wages have dropped by 20%. An AP-NORC poll finds that 54 percent of black Americans lost some form of family income during the pandemic compared with 45 percent of white Americans.

ICYMI: Religious leaders and spiritual counselors across the United States have cared for the sick, fed the hungry, consoled the dead. Some have done so during their recovery from the coronavirus or grieving the loss of their family and friends.

ON THE HORIZON: No.11 Kansas, No.16 Virginia and unranked Duke will miss the Big 12 and ACC men’s basketball tournaments this weekend due to positive coronavirus tests.

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