Critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay in Queens, NY, the first person in the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
Italy overtakes UK for highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe
Pandemic restrictions in Germany during the holidays
The United States reached the sobering milestone of 300,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, in contrast to the hope and relief felt after the first person in the United States received an injection to protect against the deadly pandemic.
The U.S. death toll climbed to 300,267 as of Monday afternoon, and the number of cases jumped to 16,388,504, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins Universityy.
This follows at least 1,357 new coronavirus deaths and 184,248 new cases reported on Sunday, according to data provided by the New York Times. That brought the daily average over the past week to 210,112 cases, up 30% from the average two weeks earlier.
While the daily number of cases edged down to 207,444 on Saturday, the number of hospitalizations rose for an eighth consecutive day on Sunday to a record 109,331, breaking the previous day’s record of 108,487, according to the COVID follow-up project.
And yet, there was reason to be optimistic.
“I have high hopes today. Relieved, ”said Sandra Lindsay, intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, who was the first person in the United States to be vaccinated, according to an Associated Press report.
The vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer Inc. PFE,
and BioNTech SE BNTX, based in Germany,
is happening in other hospitals across the country. In the United States, healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be the first to receive the vaccines.
Later this week, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet to discuss whether Moderna Inc.’s MNA,
The use of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate must be authorized. The same committee met last week and voted 17-4 to recommend that the FDA grant emergency use authorization for the vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech.
“While vaccine developments are promising and we should really welcome the progress, we must remember that they are unlikely to be available to the general public for several months,” wrote analysts at Raymond James in a research note.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has risen to 72,626,153, according to JHU data, as the death toll reached 1,618,509. At least 47.4 million people have recovered.
The United States was by far the world leader as it accounted for about a fifth of cases and deaths, but was second in recoveries with 6.3 million, behind 9.4 million recovered from India.
Brazil recorded the second highest number of deaths with 181,402 and the third highest number of cases with 6,901,952 cases, while India was second in number of cases with 9,884,100 and third in number of cases. deaths with 143,355.
Mexico was fourth in deaths with 113,953 and 13th in cases with 1,250,044.
Italy had the fifth highest number of deaths with 65,011, and overtook the UK to have the highest death toll in Europe. The UK was fifth with a death toll of 64,500, and climbed to sixth in the world with 1,874,803. Italy was eighth in cases with 1,855,737.
Germany was 16th for deaths at 22,330 and 12th for cases at 1,357,049.
German said this weekend that he was tighten containment measures from Wednesday until January 10 to try to stop the surge in cases. The seven-day moving average of daily cases in Germany rose to 26 new cases per 100,000 on December 12, from 21.2 new cases per 100,000 on November 28.
China, where the virus was first discovered at the end of last year, had 94,410 confirmed cases and 4,752 deaths.