February 1 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton and Kara Fox, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, February 2, 2021
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3:16 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

More than 32 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, new CDC data shows

From CNN's Deidre McPhillips

Medical staff inoculate the public and first responders against Covid-19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on February 1.
Medical staff inoculate the public and first responders against Covid-19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on February 1. Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

More than 32 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The CDC reported that 32,222,402 total doses have been administered, about 65% of the 49,936,450 doses distributed. The data shows that all states have reported that at least half of distributed doses have been administered.

Nationally, about 1.1 million more doses have been administered since reported yesterday, for a 7-day average of about 1.3 million doses per day. 

More than 26 million people have now received at least one dose of the vaccine and nearly 6 million people have been fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.

Note on the data: States have 72 hours to report vaccine data, so data published by the CDC may be delayed – and may not necessarily mean all doses were administered on the day reported. 

2:55 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

"Critical" week begins in France, country's finance minister says

From Barbara Wojazer and Pierre Bairin

Policemen patrol near Le Printemps shopping center in Paris on January 31.
Policemen patrol near Le Printemps shopping center in Paris on January 31. Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

The French government will be closely watching this week’s coronavirus numbers in the hope of avoiding another lockdown, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on RTL radio on Monday morning. 

“This week is critical because if the choices we made bear fruits, we will be able to avoid another lockdown,” Le Maire noted.

He echoed French Prime Minister Jean Castex who said that “we still have a chance to avoid confinement” during an address to the nation on Friday. 

“We all want to be able to return to our normal life. We are all tired of living like this,” Le Maire added on Monday morning, acknowledging the impact of measures on French people’s morale.

“If we can avoid the hardship of a lockdown, I think the only wise and responsible choice is to use all the other options” before resorting to a lockdown, the Minister emphasized.

The government is also weighing the economic costs of a confinement, knowing that the curfew “limits economic damages.”

While the current nighttime curfew costs the French state around $7.2 billion per month, a full lockdown costs $18 billion per month, Le Maire explained.

On Monday evening, France recorded 4,347 more coronavirus cases – though Monday’s numbers always tend to be lower.

There are now 3,218 patients in intensive care units, a jump of 70 from the previous day, according to data released by the health agency on Monday evening.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospital increased by 301, totaling at least 27,874 on Monday, according to the same numbers.

On Monday evening, at least 1,537,614 people had received a first injection of Covid-19 vaccine, and 69,464 had received a second dose.

2:38 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

There are now 19 cases of the UK Covid-19 variant in Georgia, health department says

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

There are now 19 known cases of the UK Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 in Georgia, the Department of Health said in a news release

The cases are in individuals ages 15 to 61. Eight are male and 11 are female, the release said.

The cases live in metro Atlanta – Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties. DPH is working to identify close contacts of the individuals, and will monitor them closely.

The Department of Health is not releasing any other information on the individuals.

2:14 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

Russia extends UK flight ban until Feb. 16

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina

Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from the United Kingdom until Feb. 16, Russian state media reported citing the country’s coronavirus task force. 

"In order to prevent import and spread of novel coronavirus infection in Russia the task force has decided to extend the suspension of flights with the UK,” TASS reported. “To ensure the protection of public health, the restrictions have been extended until 23:59, February 16, 2021.”

Russia imposed the flight ban on Dec. 22 in light of the new coronavirus variant circulating across the UK and several other countries. 

2:32 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

German Chancellor says everyone in the country will be offered a vaccine by Sept. 21

From Claudia Otto and Stephanie Halasz

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference in Berlin on February 1.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference in Berlin on February 1. Hannibal Hanschke/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said everyone in the country would be offered a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 21. 

Speaking at a news conference after a virtual meeting with pharmaceutical company representatives and the state prime ministers of the German states, Merkel said the vaccine would need to be available for 73 million adults. 

“We basically need a good management for citizens when vaccination appointments will be handed out. There is a national vaccination strategy, this strategy will now also include a national vaccination plan, and according to this plan we will predict delivery dates to the best of our knowledge,” Merkel said. 

Speaking at the same news-conference, the Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher warned that the vaccine situation would remain tight in the first quarter. 

And Markus Soeder, Prime Minister of Bavaria, said coronavirus was a serious stress test for the population. He warned not to endlessly look back and analyze mistakes. 

2:32 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

South Africa eases strictest Covid-19 restrictions as infection rates drop

From CNN’s David McKenzie

A man walks past a closed liquor store in Newtown, Johannesburg, on December 29, 2020.
A man walks past a closed liquor store in Newtown, Johannesburg, on December 29, 2020. Phil Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced several measures to ease Covid-19 restrictions as infection rates continue to drop in the country. 

“We have recorded our lowest daily increase in infections since the beginning of December last year,” he said Monday, adding that hospital admissions have dropped considerably in recent days.  

Ramaphosa announced that public spaces, pools, and rivers will now open and he rescinded the ban on alcohol sales and transportation – with certain restrictions. Ramaphosa also announced an easing of a nationwide curfew to between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time as well as certain restrictions on religious gatherings. 

South Africa had been hit by a significant second wave of the virus driven by a more infectious variant identified late last year. Tighter restrictions were put in place in late December. 

Ramaphosa was on hand earlier Monday in Johannesburg to receive one million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute in India. 

1:36 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

More than 1 in 5 US Covid-19 deaths were reported in January

From CNN's Deidre McPhillips

Employees move bodies into refrigerated semi-trucks at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on January 14 in Tucson, Arizona.
Employees move bodies into refrigerated semi-trucks at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on January 14 in Tucson, Arizona. Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

More than 441,000 people in the United States have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began about a year ago. About 22% of those deaths – more than 95,000 – were reported in January, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

December was the second deadliest month with more than 77,000 reported deaths, followed by April with nearly 61,000 reported deaths. 

More than half of all Covid-19 deaths were reported in those three months: January 2021, December 2020 and April 2020. 

The seven-day average of new cases has dropped nearly every day since reaching a peak on Jan. 8, but reported deaths remain high. In January, there were more than 3,000 deaths reported each day, on average. 

1:29 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

New York state positivity rate is down for the 24th straight day, governor says

From CNN's Brian Vitagliano

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference on February 1.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference on February 1. State of New York

New York state positivity rate is 4.8%, which is the 24th straight day of decline, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested.

Speaking at a news conference today, Cuomo said 141 New Yorker’s passed away yesterday due to Covid-19, “Remember these are not just numbers, these are 141 number of deaths,” he said.

New York state has vaccinated approximately 1.69 million residents according to the governor. “We are basically exhausting our week to week allocation, waiting for my supply from the federal government, we have much more distribution in place than we have supply,” Cuomo said Monday.

Note: These numbers were released by New York State Dept. of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

1:27 p.m. ET, February 1, 2021

New US security directives require airlines, airports to report those who disobey mask rules

From CNN's Greg Wallace

People wait for a flight at an international terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport on January 25 in New York City.
People wait for a flight at an international terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport on January 25 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Airlines and airports across the US will now be required to report to federal authorities any instances of passengers or patrons disobeying the new federal mask mandate, according to documents obtained by CNN.  

The documents are the security directives issued to airlines and airports by the Transportation Security Administration this weekend to carry out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mask order, and President Joe Biden’s executive order.  

The directive instructs officials to submit the “full name and contact information” of anyone not complying with the order to the TSA, as well as the “circumstances related to the refusal to comply.”  

Airlines should make “best efforts to disembark the person who refuses to comply” with the mask mandate, the directive says. 

The directive says that failure to comply with the mask rules at the airport “may result in the removal and denial of re-entry” of violators. 

The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday.