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Worldwide COVID Death Toll Surpasses Three Million

CNBC reports: The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan …

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New Cases Rise In 25 States, Daily Average At 71K

Axios reports: The number of new coronavirus infections in the U.S continues to rise, making a quick, clean end to the pandemic less and less likely. Much of the U.S. is relying almost exclusively on vaccines to control the virus, abandoning social distancing and other safety measures. And that’s helping the virus to steadily gain ground even as vaccinations barrel …

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Michigan Sees Soaring New Cases, Hospitalizations

CNN reports: Michigan is now reporting thousands of new Covid-19 cases daily, when just weeks ago, state data showed the daily reported case count was as low as 563 cases. In one part of the state, emergency room physician Dr. Rob Davidson told CNN hospitalizations have gone up “four fold in just the last two weeks.” “Hospitals are being inundated,” …

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Bolsonaro Refuses Action As Brazil’s Crisis Deepens

The Washington Post reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown to halt the out-of-control spread of coronavirus cases, even as the nation reached several grim milestones, including a record number of deaths. “We’re not going to accept these policies of ‘stay home, close everything, lock down,’ ” he said on a visit to the southern city …

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Worry About Contracting COVID Falls To Record Low

Gallup reports: At the same time Americans’ satisfaction with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has surged, their concerns about getting the virus and about the availability of coronavirus tests and hospital services/treatment have fallen to record lows. Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults now say they are very or somewhat worried about contracting COVID-19, the lowest point in Gallup’s trend …

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Expert: US On Verge Of Fourth Major COVID Surge

CNN reports: The US is in category five hurricane status when it comes to Covid-19 and it hasn’t begun to see the beginning of the fourth surge yet, said Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director, on Sunday. “Let me say that, at this time, we really are in a category five hurricane status …

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US Reported Over 78,000 New COVID Cases Yesterday

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. reported more than 78,000 cases for Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published early Friday. Thursday’s figure was higher than Wednesday’s revised total of 67,029 and is similar to levels reached in late February, when the country’s worst wave of infections, which peaked in January, was waning. The …

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France Enters National Lockdown, Closes Schools Again

The BBC reports: French schools will close for at least three weeks as part of new national restrictions to fight rising Covid cases, President Emmanuel Macron says. Mr Macron said that schools would move to remote learning from next week. Lockdown measures, introduced in some areas of France earlier this month, are also being extended to other districts. All non-essential …

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COVID Was Third-Leading Cause Of Death In 2020

CNBC reports: The coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3.3 million deaths were reported in the U.S. last year, a 16% increase over 2019, according to provisional data published Wednesday compiled by …

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Fourth Wave Feared As Week’s Cases Jump To 63,000

The Washington Post reports: New coronavirus cases in the United States continued to rise in the past week, jumping by as much as 12 percent nationwide, as senior officials implored Americans to stick to public health measures to help reverse the trend. The seven-day average of new cases topped 63,000 for the first time in nearly a month, according to …

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Pope Francis: Satan Is Making The Pandemic Worse

Reuters reports: Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. In pre-coronavirus times, Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter, tens of thousands of people would pack St. Peter’s Square. …

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WSJ: Brazil Now Poses “Global Public Health Hazard”

The Wall Street Journal reports: Home to less than 3% of the world’s population, Brazil currently accounts for almost a third of the daily global deaths from Covid-19, driven by the new variant. More than 300,000 have died, and daily deaths now top 3,000, a toll suffered only by the far more populous U.S. The spread of the virus in …

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Birx: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Deaths “Could Have Been Mitigated” After First Surge Of Coronavirus Cases

Axios reports: Former White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx told CNN that she believes that the U.S. coronavirus deaths that occurred after the first surge of cases “could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.” “I look at it this way: There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” said Birx, who served under the Trump administration. “All …

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STUDY: US Response Cost Nearly 400K COVID Deaths

Reuters reports: The United States squandered both money and lives in its response to the coronavirus pandemic, and it could have avoided nearly 400,000 deaths with a more effective health strategy and trimmed federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars while still supporting those who needed it. That is the conclusion of a group of research papers released at …

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Johns Hopkins: US Surpasses 30M Coronavirus Cases

NBC News reports: The U.S. on Wednesday surpassed 30 million cases of COVID-19, highlighting the continued threat of the virus even as the country makes progress on vaccinations. While new cases per day have decreased significantly from their peak in January, positivity totals remain high, at around 55,000 cases per day. As more vulnerable people get vaccinated, the number of …

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COVID Cases Rise In 21 States As Variants Spread

CNBC reports: Even as the pace of vaccinations accelerates in the U.S., Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 states and highly infectious variants are spreading as governors relax restrictions on businesses like restaurants, bars and gyms. Public health officials warn that while roughly 2.5 million people nationwide are receiving shots every day, infection levels have plateaued this month and some …

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French PM Announces Four Week Lockdown For Paris

The Washington Post reports: French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday announced that Paris and several other parts of the country will enter a new lockdown Friday night, as the more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in Britain is prompting a surge in hospitalizations. The lockdown measures are expected to be in place for four weeks, Castex said during a …

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COVID Cases Rise In 14 States Amid Lifted Restrictions

CNN reports: The US may be on the cusp of another Covid-19 case surge, one expert says — a surge that health officials have repeatedly warned about as state leaders eased restrictions and several lifted mask mandates. The first warning sign came when case numbers, after weeks of steep declines, appeared to level off — with the country still averaging …

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Fauci: We’re Not In The End Zone, Don’t Spike The Ball

NBC News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci warned state leaders against the “risky business” of eliminating public health measures, raising concerns on Sunday’s Meet the Press that the nation could see a new surge in cases if it lets its guard down. “Even though the decline was steep, we absolutely need to avoid the urge to say; ‘Oh, everything is going …

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Broadway Marks One Year Of Being Dark [VIDEO]

Broadway.com reports: Exactly a year ago, Broadway shut down due to the growing COVID-19 crisis. Performers Darius Barnes, Ryan Breslin, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Katie Lombardo, Robin Masella, Tomás Matos, Skyler Volpe and Aléna Watters created a stunning video to mark the day. Those who watch are encouraged to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS or The Actors Fund and to …

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