In contrast, CNN reported that the total number of deaths in November was approximately 36,964.
In the United States, the brutal death toll came as COVID-19 hit communities in coastal areas, weakened the hospital system, and triggered new widespread restrictions.
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Two COVID-19 vaccines were approved in early December, providing hope for hope at the end of the tunnel. But experts continue to warn that although the pandemic is about to end, the pandemic is not over, and the Christmas holiday may trigger another wave.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said in CNN’s “State of the Union Address” on Sunday morning: “We are likely to see a surge in post-season holidays after Christmas and after the New Year.” He was referring to holiday travel. And private parties despite the advice of health experts.
The top infectious disease expert in the United States described the potential increase in cases as “wave after wave of growth,”
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According to TSA, more than 1.1 million people were checked at the airport on Saturday, which is the third busiest day for U.S. air travel since March. More than 616,000 films were shown on Christmas Day alone, and thousands of people went there in the days before the holiday.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the United States has reached record levels. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the country had the fifth highest number of hospitalizations last Saturday-there were more than 117,300 COVID-19 patients nationwide.
On top of the already devastating death toll, another wave of cases and hospitalizations will inevitably mean more deaths.
Fauci said: “When you have to handle 200,000 new cases every day, about 2,000 deaths every day, and the number of hospitalizations exceeds 120,000, we are really at a very critical moment.”
He added: “As we move into the next few weeks, the situation may actually get worse.”
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Fauci’s comments on Sunday come as the United States has over 19 million coronavirus cases. This is another milestone in the pandemic, just over 11 months after the first case was recorded in the United States at the end of January.
Nearly 332,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. According to the prediction of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington, 193,000 people may die in the next two months.
Dr. Peter Hottz, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine, said: “These predictions are simply nightmarish.” “People can still save the lives of their loved ones by staying away from society and wearing masks. Remember, vaccines are just around the corner.”
Experts say that vaccines are slow to spread in some places
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, and more than 9.5 million doses have been distributed.
These numbers now include Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Despite the lag in data reporting, federal officials have previously stated that they will vaccinate 20 million people before the end of this year.
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When asked about the apparently slow introduction of vaccines, Fauci told CNN on Sunday that large-scale integrated vaccine programs with new vaccines started to slow before they were developed.
He said: “I am very confident that as we gain more and more momentum, from December to January and then to February to March transition, I believe we will catch up with this forecast.”
Dr. Esther Choo, professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, explained that vaccine distribution is “just a very complicated thing”.
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Choo said: “In each step, there are complexities, and there is the possibility of delay, whether it is individual country planning, distribution, training, vaccine supply, storage…At this stage, there are too many factors.”
Choo said: “We need to be prepared for this fact because it will be rolled out slowly in many places and will not change our behavior or inevitably change the country’s fashion trends in the short term.”
Choo’s words echoed the opinions of some other experts, who warned the American public not to relax their vigilance when they started vaccination and continue to follow public health measures, including wearing masks, staying away from society, avoiding crowds and washing hands regularly.
Officials say that the vaccine may not be widely available until the summer and begin to have a meaningful impact on the course of the pandemic. Fauci estimates that 70% to 85% of the country’s population needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity.
Expert: Test requirements do not help control the spread of COVID-19 variants
The CDC also announced last week new testing requirements for travelers from the UK, which will take effect on Monday.
Within 72 hours of boarding a flight from the United Kingdom to the United States, passengers must undergo a PCR or antigen test negative and provide a laboratory result certificate. The airline is required to confirm the test before flying.
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This is the result of the first discovery of a new variant of COVID-19 in the UK, and health officials said that “it is predicted that this variant may spread faster”. Since the discovery of this variant, more than 40 countries/regions have restricted their travel from the UK, and in some cases, have also restricted travel to other countries/regions that have recorded cases of this variant.
The Ontario government issued a press release on Sunday stating that the third case of the variant first discovered in the UK was discovered in Ottawa, Canada.
The press release stated that the case was a recent person from the UK. The individual is now in self-isolation.
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The press release stated that the first two cases reported on Saturday have been found to be in contact with a recent traveller from the UK.
An expert said that the new testing requirements for travelers to the United States have not been implemented quickly enough to effectively respond to the reported variants.
Emergency medicine physician Dr. Richina Bicette told CNN: “With our new measures, it makes sense for any place experiencing regional peaks.” “But if they try to ensure that the virus is not imported into the United States , Then these measures will have no effect on this.”
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