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What you need to know

  • The US reported more than 2 million new Covid-19 cases and 24,000 deaths in the first nine days of 2021, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
  • Germany, which was praised for its handling of the first wave of the pandemic, has now topped 40,000 deaths, according to data from the country’s center for disease control.
  • China has locked down Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people, in an effort to contain the country’s worst coronavirus flare-up in months.
  • The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh have been vaccinated against Covid-19, while Pope Francis has said he is in line for the jab.

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Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million 

Two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a Covid-19 unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California on January 7.

The number of known cases of the novel coronavirus globally surpassed 90 million on Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of known cases around the world is now at least 90,005,787. At least 1,931,382 people have died globally, the university said.

The United States leads the world with the most Covid-19 deaths and the most confirmed cases. There are at least 22,255,827 coronavirus cases in the US and at least 373,463 people have died.  

India, Brazil, and Russia follow the US with the highest number of recorded coronavirus cases in the world.   

More than 27,000 new Covid-19 deaths reported in the US in first 10 days of 2021

Clinicians care for a Covid-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center on January 6, in Apple Valley, California.

More than 27,000 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the US in the first 10 days of 2021, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 27,163 deaths have been reported as of Sunday afternoon.

At this pace, January could have more deaths than December, which saw a record of 77,431 total Covid-19 deaths. April saw the second highest number of deaths with 60,750 fatalities, the data showed.

More than 2.2 million new cases have also been reported this year. December saw a record total of 6,365,297 new Covid-19 cases, according to the data.

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the United States, there have been at least 22,197,520 cases of coronavirus at least 373,022 people have died from the virus.

So far today, Johns Hopkins University has reported 60,893 new cases and 514 new deaths.    

Saturday saw the fourth highest number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the US in a single day, according to university data.

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been sluggish. Here's how we can speed it up

Almost four weeks after the first American was vaccinated against the coronavirus, around 6 million people have received one of the shots, far below the US target, set last year, of 20 million by the end of 2020, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Thursday, 5.9 million people had received a vaccination, up from 5.3 the day before, the CDC said. The US surgeon general said this week the United States is averaging about half a million vaccinations a day.

Slow start: While the target of 20 million may have been too high to begin with, the holidays may have caused delays, some health experts said, and there may be a time lag in reporting vaccinations.

“It got off to a slow start and we need to do better at every level, but I believe that we will pick up momentum as we get beyond the holiday season into the first couple of weeks in January,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Newsday’s Randi Marshall this week in a virtual event.

Fauci warned against jumping to conclusions about the pace of the vaccine rollout in such a short time period, saying “we just started.”

Still, though a lot of money and effort has been put into developing vaccines and into distributing it to the states, less seems to have been put into how to actually get them administered, public health experts said.

“There seems to have been the notion in Washington that, gee, you have all these public health people out there. All you have to do is send the vaccine out,” said William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

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Germany tops 40,000 Covid deaths days after record-breaking day

Medical staff take care of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on January 8.

More than 40,000 people have died from symptoms related to the novel coronavirus in Germany, according to data from the country’s center for disease control.

The daily tally from the Robert Koch Institute, showed an additional 465 deaths in a span of 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 40,343.

The country also recorded 16,946 new infections in the same time frame, bringing the total of cases to 1,908,527.

The country, which was praised for its handling of the first wave of the pandemic, reported its largest 24-hour increase in Covid-19 fatalities since the start of the pandemic on Friday. With this, the country’s death toll increased by 1,188 in 24 hours.

Lockdown extended as cases surge: Earlier in the week, the government extended the country’s national lockdown – which was meant to last until January 10 – until the end of the month, while tightening restrictions on movement and contact to curb the spread of the virus.

Germany pushes ahead with vaccine drive: On Saturday, Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that half a million people across the country had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Around 2 million people in total have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the UK

A key worker from Sunderland receives the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Life Science Centre at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, northeast England, on January 9.

Around 2 million people in total have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday. His words came on the same day England’s Chief Medical Officer warned the “situation has deteriorated further” since Monday, when the national alert level was raised to the highest level for the first time.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Hancock said the health service administered more doses over the last seven days than in the whole of December. Exact figures will be published on Monday, but he said the country was “on course” to inoculate 200,000 people per day.

“We’ve now vaccinated around a third of the over-80s in this country,” he added, saying the “most vulnerable” will be vaccinated by the “middle of February.”

Health service faces breaking point: Hancock’s comments came as Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty described the rising numbers of cases, deaths, and hospital admissions as “the most dangerous situation anyone can remember” facing the National Health Service in some parts of the country.

Writing in The Sunday Times, Whitty points to the “new, more transmissible variant of this disease,” which “is spreading rapidly across the country and having tragic consequences.”

Both Hancock and Whitty stressed the importance of obeying lockdown restrictions.

“As far as we can tell, the vast majority are obeying the rules,” he added.

All adults to be vaccinated by fall: Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC on Sunday, Hancock also said every adult will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the fall. This will be “according to need,” with the most vulnerable offered a vaccine first.

Stressing the number of doses on order, Hancock said: “We are going to have enough to be able offer a vaccine to everyone over the age of 18, and by the autumn. I really hope that everybody will take that up.”

Grim case count: The UK has become the first country in western Europe to report more than 3 million coronavirus cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and some 81,000 people have died.

On Saturday, the UK recorded a further 59,937 Covid related cases, and 1,035 deaths.

An earlier version of this post misstated the period that vaccinations took place. To date, a total of around 2 million people have been inoculated in the UK.

How vaccinated grandparents should approach visiting loved ones now

Many grandparents have one goal in mind this winter: Get vaccinated so they can see their children and grandchildren again. But is that safe if their younger family members have not yet been vaccinated?

Older adults are one of the priority groups for vaccination. After health care workers and nursing home residents are vaccinated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that individuals 75 years old and older – along with other categories of essential workers – are next in line for vaccines. In an increasing number of states, seniors are already getting vaccinated or will be vaccinated soon.

What happens when older adults are vaccinated, but their children and grandchildren aren’t? Can grandparents now safely visit with family, or are there still certain precautions they need to take? We turned to CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, for guidance.

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Pope's personal doctor dies from Covid-19 complications

Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died as a result of “complications due to Covid,” the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano announced on Saturday.

Pope Francis chose Soccorsi as a personal doctor in 2015, the news outlet said. He was 78 years old when he died.

Soccorsi was hospitalized in Rome on December 26 for a previous oncological disease, according to the Italian Bishop’s Conference newspaper Avvenire. It’s unclear exactly when he was last in direct contact with Pope Francis.

In an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 channel set to air on Sunday night, Pope Francis said the Vatican will begin Covid-19 vaccinations next week and he is in line to take it.

Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass for the imposition of the Pallium upon the new Metropolitan Archbishops, during the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul apostles, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on June 29, 2020.

Pope Francis says he is in line to take Covid-19 vaccine

US Quarterback Aaron Rodgers pledges $500,000 to help small businesses

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs off the field during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, on December 13, 2020.

Aaron Rodgers is showing his charitable side by throwing $500,000 to the Barstool Fund, a non-profit organization helping small businesses struggling in the pandemic. 

Barstool President Dave Portnoy hosted the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback on an Instagram live Friday not knowing what Rodgers wanted to discuss. But shortly into the conversation, Rodgers made his intentions known by matching Portnoy’s gift to the fund.

“I’ve been following you for a while, and I love the brand and what you guys have done. But this far exceeds anything you have ever done,” Rodgers said. “I just want to get involved. The videos everyday are so inspiring. I’m in. I want to be in the same amount you put in, $500,000.”

The Barstool Fund has raised more than $21 million to help small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and shares videos of recipients on social media. Several celebrities have given money already.

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India announces national Covid-19 vaccination drive from January 16

Health workers conduct a dry run administering Covid-19 vaccinations in Pune, India, on January 8.

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced Saturday that the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive would start from January 16, 2021.

The country of 1.35 billion people is embarking on one of the world’s most ambitious mass immunization programs ever undertaken, with plans to inoculate 300 million frontline workers, and elderly and vulnerable people by August. Preparations have been months in the making.

On Saturday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of Covid-19 in the country along with the preparedness for the vaccination rollout, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. 

  • Phase one aims to vaccinate around 30 million healthcare workers and frontline workers.
  • Phase two will prioritize 270 million people 50 years of age and older, or those aged under 50 with co-morbidities.

The country conducted its third nationwide dry-run on Friday across 615 districts covering 4,895 session sites in 33 states and Union Territories.

More than 61,000 program managers, 200,000 vaccinators, and 370,000 other vaccination team members have been trained so far. 

India on Saturday recorded 18,222 new Covid-19 cases and 228 deaths for the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 10,280,841 virus cases and 150,999 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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A Health official takes part in dry run or a mock drill for Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a Urban Community Health Centre in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on 02 January 2021. (Photo by Himanshu Sharma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

India embarks on one of the world's most ambitious vaccine rollouts

"This is our most dangerous time." US Covid-19 deaths are at unprecedented levels

Andy Beshear, governor of Kentucky, arrives at the University Of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 14, 2020.

The weekly tallies of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States have never been higher, and state officials are warning of more alarming patterns following the holiday season. 

The total number of Americans infected with the virus surpassed 22 million Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and more than 372,000 have died.

From the states: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state was seeing a “real and significant increase in cases and our positivity rate from people’s gatherings around the holiday.”

“This surge that we’re in right now is at least twice the rate, the seriousness, of the previous surges that we have seen,” the governor said Friday.

Colorado’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, on Friday warned of “early signs” of a rise in Covid-19 cases. “We are starting to see the impact of the holidays show up in our data,” she said. Health experts believe about one in 105 residents are currently contagious, Herlihy added. 

US Capitol riot: Health officials are also concerned Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol may have consequences for the pandemic.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday that the riot would likely be a “surge event” that will have “public health consequences.”

“You had largely unmasked individuals in a non-distanced fashion, who were all through the Capitol,” Dr. Robert Redfield told the McClatchy newspaper group. “Then these individuals all are going in cars and trains and planes going home all across the country right now.”

Record cases and deaths: In the nine days since the start of 2021, the US has recorded more than 2 million new Covid-19 cases and more than 26,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The nation has averaged about 247,200 Covid-19 cases a day over the past week as of Friday – an all-time high, and more than 3.7 times greater than a summertime peak set in late July, Johns Hopkins data shows.

And the country has averaged 2,982 deaths a day over the past week – the highest figure of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins. This week also saw the first time the US reported more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, on Thursday.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: COVID Check Colorado site tester Kellen Taylor administers a COVID test at Echo Park Stadium on December 30, 2020 in Parker, Colorado. The site is one of the closest testing sites to Ebert County, where the first case of a person positive for a COVID-19 variant that is thought to be more contagious was detected in the United States. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

More states report climbing Covid-19 numbers as CDC chief warns US Capitol riot was a likely 'surge event'

US reports more than 269,000 Covid-19 cases

The United States reported 269,623 new Covid-19 cases and 3,655 virus-related deaths on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The latest figures bring the nationwide total to 22,132,396 and at least 372,428 people have died in the US.

At least 22,137,350 vaccine doses have been distributed and 6,688,231 doses of the vaccine have been administered, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

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Canadians call out leaders for breaking their own Covid-19 rules

Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, answers questions at a daily press conference in Toronto, on June 5, 2020.

Canadians who have endured a travel ban, 14-day quarantines and weeks-long lockdowns are angry with politicians and government workers who are flouting the very health guidelines they helped put in place. 

After telling Canadians to hunker down and cancel holiday plans, more than a dozen high-profile politicians, public health leaders and even a hospital CEO have been caught taking vacations.

What followed were confessions, demotions, resignations and a ferocious, if uncharacteristic outcry from Canadians.

In Alberta, where the Covid-19 case numbers are among the highest in the country, eight politicians have admitted to traveling abroad.

Many Canadians have also been outraged by what seems like a deliberate plan by some to hide their vacation plans. 

Ontario’s finance minister, Rod Phillips, lost his job after a video message posted on Christmas Eve thanking his constituents for obeying lockdown turned out to be pre-recorded.

“For politicians who have been preaching to us to restrict our activities, to restrict our social gatherings, to see our elderly loved ones through iPad and glass windows, for them to then ignore the sacrifice of others for their personal pleasure, (it) is hard to articulate how deeply disturbing that is,” said Dr. Alan Drummond in an interview with CNN from his medical office in Perth, Ontario. “It truly feels like an insult.”

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Canadians call out leaders for breaking their own Covid-19 rules

China keeps promising its African allies that coronavirus vaccines for the continent are a priority. But where are they?

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen in a recent interview with Xinhua News Agency and China Media Group in Beijing, on December 31, 2020.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi concludes his tour of Africa this weekend without making a single concrete vaccine commitment to a continent hoping a benevolent Beijing will help inoculate its population out of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, as Covid-19 tore across the globe and wealthy countries began to pre-order stockpiles of vaccines for their citizens, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that African vaccinations were a “priority” for Beijing.

His commitment followed mass donations of masks, testing kits and medical equipment to the continent by Beijing and private individuals, such as billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma.

Now, with negative sentiment towards China hardening in Western democracies due to trade wars and human rights issues, African allies – which have crucial voting rights at major international bodies – have arguably become an even more vital bloc for China to keep on side with its so-called vaccine diplomacy.

While a cold chain vaccine air bridge from Shenzhen, in southern China, to Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, has been established, and manufacturing capabilities are being set up to make Chinese shots in Cairo, Wang’s trip made it no clearer when Africans can expect to receive a Chinese vaccine – or on what terms.

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China keeps promising Africa coronavirus vaccines. But where are they?

Biden’s plan to release all Covid-19 vaccine doses could be risky, but context is important, says former FDA official

A registered nurse holds a vile of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to healthcare employees in Anaheim, California, on January 8.

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to release all available Covid-19 vaccine doses immediately could be risky, but it’s important to take it in context, former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Dr. Norman Baylor said Saturday in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish.

Both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses, 21 and 28 days apart, respectively. Second doses are currently on hold by the federal government and released according to the vaccine schedule for people to complete their two-dose regimen. 

“Giving the one dose and delaying the second dose beyond what was discovered in the clinical trials, we take a risk of those individuals not necessarily being protected sufficiently,” said Baylor, former director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR).

He noted that the only efficacy data available on these vaccines is from the clinical trials, which followed the outlined dosing regimen. However, the context around Biden’s plan is important, Baylor added.

“You have to have an idea of when is that second dose coming. Is that second dose coming 21, 28 days after you give that first dose?” he said. “Maybe it’ll come in five weeks – and there’s a little room for plus and minus with days – but you have to contextualize the whole plan before you can just dismiss it completely.”

United States reports over 130,000 Covid-19 hospitalizations

The United States reported 130,777 current Covid-19 hospitalizations on Saturday, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP).

It is the fifth highest number of hospitalizations reported in the country and the 39th consecutive day that the US has remained above 100,000 current hospitalizations.

The highest hospitalization numbers according to CTP data are:

January 6, 2021: 132,464 January 7, 2021: 132,370 January 8, 2021: 131,889 January 5, 2021: 131,215 January 9, 2021: 130,777

The weekly tallies of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the US have never been higher, and state officials are warning of more alarming patterns following the holiday season.

More than two million new Covid-19 cases and 24,000 deaths were reported in the first nine days of 2021 in the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid tracker. 

Biden coronavirus adviser "not recommending that the second dose be delayed”

Douglas Magee, 78, a retired Army officer and resident of the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson, right, is inoculated by Brent Myers, a CVS pharmacist, in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 9.

President-elect Joe Biden’s team is confident that if they release all available doses of Covid-19 vaccine immediately, people will be able to complete the two-dose regimen as planned, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of Biden’s coronavirus advisory board says.

“I want to be very clear that we are not recommending that the second dose be delayed, so people should still get their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at 21 days, of the Moderna vaccine at 28 days,” Gounder told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Saturday.

Gounder said that having a second dose ready for each person who receives their first dose could lead to vaccines sitting on the shelves, and the new plan aims to simplify distribution.

“What we’re really trying to do is just get doses out as quickly as possible, simplify the tracking that’s necessary here, and we have faith that the supply will meet the need in this case,” Gounder added.

Israel's PM Netanyahu receives second dose of Covid vaccine

Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to receive the second Covid-19 vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, on January 9.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has received his second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech anti-coronavirus vaccine, along with Health Minister Yuli Edelstein.

Israel is making steady progress vaccinating its citizens against Covid-19 and Netanyahu has repeated that all Israeli citizens will be vaccinated by the end of March.

Earlier on Saturday, the Health Ministry announced four cases of the South African Covid-19 variant, the first such cases reported in the country.

The Ministry reported the cases consisted of two contagion chains – one from a person returning from South Africa, and from a family infected by a returnee.

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