New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise compared to last week as thethroughout the U.S., said Thursday. The weekly average of new daily cases was 10% higher, even though patients were down 95% from the nation’s peak in January, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a briefing.
The delta variant thought more contagious, is the second-most prevalent variant circulating in the U.S. and is expected to become the most common “in the coming weeks,” Walensky said. “As we prepare for Independence Day, I want to remind those who remain unvaccinated to protect themselves byand avoid crowds to prevent transmission and illness,” she said.
Also, in the news:
► Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced that fully vaccinated residents will no longer be required to wearin most public settings. Business capacity restrictions will be lifted starting July 5.
►The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said a 10-week drop-in COVID-19 cases in the region has ended and warned a new wave could loom unless.
►The African Union special envoy tasked with procuringfor the continent is blasting Europe as Africa struggles amid a crushing third wave of infections. “Not one dose, not one vial, has left a European factory for Africa,” Strive Masiyiwa said Thursday.
►Several nations are imposing new. The Czech Republic is imposing measures to contain the spread of the delta variant. Portugal and Malaysia are imposing curfews in some areas. And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says unspecified “extra precautions” to contain the spread will be needed in the .
►Fifty-two Italianhave been suspended for their alleged involvement in an assault on inmates who had protested the lack of face masks and virus tests during the peak of Italy’s pandemic last year.
►About 77% of vaccinated adults said everyone in their household is vaccinated. In comparison, 75% of unvaccinated adults said no one they live with is vaccinated, according to a recent survey from Kaiser Family Foundation.
►A Washington state lawmaker apologized Wednesday for wearing a yellow Star of David – a symbol forced on Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust – at a speech over the weekend to protest restrictions implemented during the.
📈 Today’s numbers:
ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY DATA, the U.S. has more than 33.6 millionand at least 604,900 deaths. The global total: More than 182.4 million cases and more than 3.95 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 154.8 million Americans have been – about 46.7% of the population.
📘 What we’re reading:
Across the country, there is growing evidence that Black and Latino boys fell furthest behind in school this educators and advocates see a chance to rethink how schools serve boys of color. refreshing this page for the latest news. Want more? Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox, and join our .. In this moment of upheaval,
Rush hour isn’t quite so rushed in the early morning hours anymore. And it’s not just an hour, either. (Not that it ever was.) While Americans are gradually returning to some semblance of normal, traffic data suggests that the morning drive has changed drastically – and it may never return to pre-COVID-19 patterns.
In short, rush-hour traffic is more spread out and, generally, has shifted later in the morning as Americans can avoid heavy traffic due to remote work, according to traffic data analyzed forby Wejo, which tracks data from connected vehicles. Read more.
– Nathan Bomey
The LaborThursday that jobless claims dropped by 51,000 to 364,000. Applications for unemployment benefits have fallen more or less steadily since the year began. The rollout of vaccines has sharply reduced new COVID-19 cases, giving consumers the confidence to shop, travel, eat out, and as the economy recovers. Read more.
A top U.S. official suggested people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine likely are protected against the delta variant. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNBC data shows the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot – a “cousin” of the J&J vaccine – is highly effective against the variant first identified in .
“While we are still awaiting direct studies of Johnson & Johnson and the delta variant, we have reasons to be hopeful because the J&J vaccine has proven effective against preventing hospitalizations and deaths, with all the variants we’ve seen to date,” Murthy said Wednesday. Murthy’s comments come as other companies, such as Moderna, announced that their, including the delta variant, which is thought to be more contagious.
living during the COVID-19 pandemic, younger generations feel that online presence is more important than real-life interactions, a study released Thursday shows. The survey finds that 60% of how you present yourself online is more crucial than how you appear in person.
On average, Americans visit more than eight websites per day, amounting to more than 3,000 per year, according to a study by Squarespace on how Americans engage with digital platforms. Of the 2,032 adults surveyed, Squarespace found Americans are becoming more invested in the online world, especially millennials and Gen Z. Read more.
– Kate Mabus
Michiganders a chance to win a combined total of more than $5 million in cash nine college scholarships worth $55,000 apiece.
Called the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes,” the lottery-style raffle will be operated by the state in conjunction with Meijer and the Michigan Association of United Ways as an. Read more. – Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
with an efficacy above 50% are worth using, though many already approved have a far higher rate.
CureVac CEO Franz-Werner Haas says the18- to 60-year-olds against hospitalization. He calls it “an important contribution to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the dynamic variant spread.”
Contributing: The Associated Press