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Delta’s deadly surge: Daily deaths rise nearly 300% to 891 and number of new cases doubles to 190k

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The daily death toll in the United States has risen nearly 300 per cent, according to a John Hopkins data, as the Delta variant begins to wreak havoc on the country.

There were 321 deaths from COVID-19 reported on Thursday, and 891 on Friday.

The number of new cases reported has doubled to 190,000.

The country has now reported 34,945,468 cases of COVID-19, and 613,013 deaths, according to the John Hopkins University. 

Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, said on Friday he believes there is a significant under-reporting of COVID-19 cases at present. He said the daily caseload could be one million - four times that of the January peak

Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, said on Friday he believes there is a significant under-reporting of COVID-19 cases at present. He said the daily caseload could be one million – four times that of the January peak

Clinicians care for COVID-19 patients in the improvised COVID-19 unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday

Clinicians care for COVID-19 patients in the improvised COVID-19 unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday

Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said he expects the situation to get much worse.

He told CNBC he believes the coronavirus is significantly more widespread in the U.S. than official case counts reflect.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if, on the whole, we’re infecting up to a million people a day right now, and we’re just picking up maybe a 10th of that or less than a 10th of that,’ he said. 

Gottlieb’s assessment would mean that the Delta variant is infecting four times as many people as during the peak of the previous surge, in January. 

Joe Biden has been strongly urging people to get vaccinated. On May 13 he celebrated the announcement that face masks were no longer necessary - something critics have seized upon

Joe Biden has been strongly urging people to get vaccinated. On May 13 he celebrated the announcement that face masks were no longer necessary – something critics have seized upon

The current seven-day average of new daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. is roughly 67,000, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data – an increase of 53 per cent compared to a week ago.

‘What it reflects is a reality where you have a highly transmissible variant that’s widely spread across the U.S. right now that’s spreading mostly in a population that’s either vaccinated and developing mild symptoms or no symptoms at all; or spreading in a younger population that’s also less likely to develop symptoms because they’re younger, healthier,’ said Gottlieb.

Why the Delta Covid variant ISN’T really spreading as quickly as chickenpox 

Top scientists today claimed the Indian ‘Delta’ variant is not spreading as quickly as chickenpox, despite US health officials saying it is just as contagious.

Data circulating within America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed people infected with the mutant strain can go on to infect eight others.

The same internal document  also alleged that fully-vaccinated people can spread the Indian variant just as easily as unvaccinated people because they carry a similar amount of the virus in their nose and mouth. 

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, insisted the agency was ‘not crying wolf’, saying the situation was ‘serious’ and that the measures needed to tackle the spread of Delta were ‘extreme’.

But British scientists have questioned some of the claims made by the department, which has urged Americans to keep their coverings on indoors regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated or not. 

Professor David Livermore, an infectious diseases expert from the University of East Anglia, said vaccine-triggered immunity and the endless waves of Covid which nations have endured meant there were fewer susceptible people around for people to infect.

‘The US, like the UK, has substantial immunity from prior infection and from vaccination,’ he told MailOnline. ‘This will surely be a major drag on Delta’s spread, precluding (viral spread) numbers of that magnitude.’ 

And Professor Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, said the theory was likely just ‘speculation’ because it was very difficult to track down the number of cases sparked by a single infection. 

 

‘Most of the spread and most of the people who are showing up in the hospital are younger people. If that’s where the infection is occurring, then there must be a lot more infection underneath the small numerator that’s showing up in the hospital.’

The highest seven-day day average of new COVID cases recorded in the U.S. was roughly 251,000 on January 8. 

Case counts had dropped off dramatically in the spring as the country’s vaccination campaign picked up speed. 

The Indian ‘Delta’ variant causes infections that are more contagious than the common cold, flu, smallpox and the Ebola virus, and it is as infectious as chickenpox, the CDC claimed in a new research published on Friday.  

It claims COVID-19 vaccines are still highly effective against the Delta variant at preventing serious illness and death, but detailed an outbreak in Provincetown, Cape Cod, over the July 4 weekend which saw many vaccinated people become infected. 

No one who was vaccinated died.

Only 6,587 – or 0.004 per cent – of the 163 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 had suffered serious ‘breakthrough’ infections as of Monday. 

The report attributed 430 cases to the outbreak. The cluster jumped to 931 cases on Thursday. 

About 74 per cent, or 364 cases, had been fully vaccinated. 

At least 79 per cent reported symptoms.  

The Delta variant is more dangerous in several ways, Kaiser Health News claimed in a report, saying the incubation period is four days, rather than six, making people contagious sooner. 

When the pandemic began, people spread the original coronavirus to an average of two or three people. Today, people infected with delta infect six people, on average. 

It is not believed to be any more lethal, but it kills more people because it infects more. 

British scientists have questioned some of the claims made by the CDC. 

Professor David Livermore, an infectious diseases expert from the University of East Anglia, said vaccine-triggered immunity and the endless waves of COVID which nations have endured meant there were fewer susceptible people around for people to infect.

‘The US, like the UK, has substantial immunity from prior infection and from vaccination,’ he told MailOnline. 

‘This will surely be a major drag on Delta’s spread, precluding (viral spread) numbers of that magnitude.’ 

And Professor Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, said the theory was likely just ‘speculation’ because it was very difficult to track down the number of cases sparked by a single infection. 

In the United Kingdom, the Delta outbreak is showing encouraging signs of being on the wane. 

Joe Biden on Friday night told reporters that new restrictions were likely on their way to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak

Joe Biden on Friday night told reporters that new restrictions were likely on their way to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak

Biden stopped to talk to the media as he left the White House on Friday evening, en route to Camp David for the weekend

Biden stopped to talk to the media as he left the White House on Friday evening, en route to Camp David for the weekend

Delta outbreaks tend to last 10 to 12 weeks, as the virus ‘burns through’ susceptible populations. 

COVID hospitalizations in England have fallen for first time since third wave took off and Department of Health statistics show the average number of patients needing care also fell sharply.  

To counter the rising raise of U.S. infection, the White House is pushing for Americans to get their COVID vaccine – but has said repeatedly they won’t mandate people get their shot in the arm.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that it was being discussed – but then backtracked, and tweeted that it was not. 

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, appeared on Fox News on Friday and said that discussions were being held about a possible federal vaccine mandate. She said she could not go into details

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, appeared on Fox News on Friday and said that discussions were being held about a possible federal vaccine mandate. She said she could not go into details

‘Yesterday, almost a million people got vaccinated, about half a million people for the first time,’ President Biden said, calling it ‘good news.’

Biden is requiring the more than two million employees of the federal government get vaccinated or submit to regular COVID testing. 

The White House has said vaccine requirements are up to private businesses. 

On Friday, Disney and Walmart, two of America’s largest employers, announced a vaccine requirement for their employees.

The president on Friday warned Americans that new restrictions could be on their way, to curb the spread of COVID. 

While he did not specify what the new restrictions would entail, the White House on Friday said that they were not planning on reintroducing lockdowns.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the principal deputy press secretary, was asked whether there have been ‘conversations in the White House or between the White House and its scientific advisors about more lockdowns, partial lockdowns or anything along those lines’.

Jean-Pierre responded: ‘We have the tools in our toolbelt to fight this variant.

‘We are not going to head towards a lockdown. 

‘We want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can because we have the resources to make sure that doesn’t happen.’   

Why the Delta Covid variant ISN’T really spreading as quickly as chickenpox 

Top scientists today claimed the Indian ‘Delta’ variant is not spreading as quickly as chickenpox, despite US health officials saying it is just as contagious.

Data circulating within America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed people infected with the mutant strain can go on to infect eight others.

The same internal document  also alleged that fully-vaccinated people can spread the Indian variant just as easily as unvaccinated people because they carry a similar amount of the virus in their nose and mouth. 

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, insisted the agency was ‘not crying wolf’, saying the situation was ‘serious’ and that the measures needed to tackle the spread of Delta were ‘extreme’.

But British scientists have questioned some of the claims made by the department, which has urged Americans to keep their coverings on indoors regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated or not. 

Professor David Livermore, an infectious diseases expert from the University of East Anglia, said vaccine-triggered immunity and the endless waves of Covid which nations have endured meant there were fewer susceptible people around for people to infect.

‘The US, like the UK, has substantial immunity from prior infection and from vaccination,’ he told MailOnline. ‘This will surely be a major drag on Delta’s spread, precluding (viral spread) numbers of that magnitude.’ 

And Professor Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, said the theory was likely just ‘speculation’ because it was very difficult to track down the number of cases sparked by a single infection. 

 

In a report published on Friday, Walensky’s agency detailed a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, linked to the spread of the Indian ‘Delta’ variant.  

According to the CDC’s report, 469 COVID-19 cases were identified among Massachusetts residents who had traveled to the popular vacation spot of Provincetown between July 3 and July 17, including 346 fully vaccinated people. 

About 274 of the vaccinated people with so-called breakthrough infections showed symptoms – most commonly cough, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, and fever.

Testing identified the highly contagious Delta variant in 90 per cent of specimens from 133 patients. 

 

A new CDC report detailed 469 cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts between July 3 and July 17, of which 74% were in fully vaccinated people

A new CDC report detailed 469 cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts between July 3 and July 17, of which 74% were in fully vaccinated people

Only four of the vaccinated people were hospitalized, two of whom had underlying conditions, and there were no deaths. This shows vaccines are effective even against the Delta variant, which now makes up 83% of all new infections

Only four of the vaccinated people were hospitalized, two of whom had underlying conditions, and there were no deaths. This shows vaccines are effective even against the Delta variant, which now makes up 83% of all new infections

Provincetown: How July 4 weekend turned the partygoing playground of New England into the center of a Covid cluster

Located near the northern-most point of Cape Cod, Provincetown – or P-Town – is known for its beaches, artists and as a popular vacation spot for the LGBT+ community. 

It has a population of just under 3,000 people year-round, but this raises to as high as 60,000 in the summer months.

Young party-goers descend on the town to make the most of the plethora of bars and clubs found along it’s famous Commercial Street.

Wealthy tourists usually found in nearby cities such a Boston and Manhattan will often use the town as their playground to spend their hard earned cash – or that of their parent’s.

But a week after crowds descended to celebrate the Fourth of July – the holiday President Joe Biden hoped would mark the nation’s liberation from COVID-19 – the manager of the Cape Cod beach town said he was aware of ‘a handful of covid cases among folks who spent time there’ 

Within weeks, the outbreak rapidly grew until, as of Thursday, 882 people were tied to an outbreak in the town, with 74 per cent of those having had both doses of the vaccine. It was reported that seven people were hospitalized, ABC News reported.  

Before this, health officials were assuming that it was rare for a vaccinated person to become infected with the virus and, if they were, they probably wouldn’t infect others. 

The assumption was based on studies of an earlier virus, and not the new Delta variant, which was first detected in India earlier this year. 

It is indicated that this outbreak is among the new evidence behind the decision to make masks compulsory indoors again, even if they have had both doses of the vaccine.  

The owner of Marine Specialties, a long running Army-Navy store, had been leery of officials dropping virus safety mandates ahead of what many expected would be a busy summer season. 

‘If we’d stuck with masks all along, I don’t think we’d be having this conversation,’ Patrick said, adding that he’s required all his staff to be masked and vaccinated.

Researchers found nearly three-quarters of the infections occurred in people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with either of three shots approved in the U.S. for emergency use.

What’s more, tests showed that immunized people carried about the same viral levels in their noses and throats as unvaccinated people did.

However, there were just four hospitalizations and no fatalities among the fully vaccinated group, showing that the vaccines are very effective against severe disease and death. 

The team looked at COVID-19 cases linked to summer events and large gatherings in Provincetown, on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, between July 3 and July 17.

Thousands of residents and tourists flocked to the summer town for Independence Day celebrations as well as family vacations, resulting in crowded bars, restaurants, rental homes and more.

Travis Dagenais, who was among the many vaccinated people infected, said ‘throwing caution to the wind’ and partying in crowds for long nights over the July Fourth holiday was a mistake in hindsight.

‘The dominant public messaging has been that the vaccine means a return to normal,’ the 35-year-old Boston resident told AP on Thursday. 

‘Unfortunately, I’ve now learned it’s a few steps toward normal, not the zero-to-sixty that we seem to have undertaken.’

Dagenais credits being vaccinated with easing the worst of the flu-like symptoms in a couple of days. He has recovered. 

On July 10, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health began receiving reports of an increased number of cases linked to the county.

The 14-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in the county rose from zero cases per 100,000 persons on July 3 to 177 cases per 100,000 persons.   

Although experts generally agreed with the CDC’s revised indoor masking stance, some said the report on the Provincetown outbreak does not prove that vaccinated people are a significant source of new infections.

‘There’s scientific plausibility for the (CDC) recommendation. But it’s not derived from this study,’ said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher. 

‘What’s going on here? Why are they saying this?’ asked Tucker Carlson, the Fox News anchor, on Friday night, questioning why new restrictions could be brought in.

‘It turns out the COVID vaccines – the drugs more impressive than the moon landings, which you could not question – don’t actually do what they thought they could.’

He noted that three quarters of the people infected in a recent outbreak, in Cape Cod, were vaccinated.

‘So now we learn that virtually everything they told us about the vaccinations is wrong,’ he claimed – failing to point out that there were no deaths among vaccinated people in the Cape Cod outbreak, which shows the vaccine does work.

He accused the Biden administration with not being honest with the American public, insisting that more should have been done to explain that the science was preliminary and evolving, and saying that the public could ‘cope with the truth’.

Carlson accused the scientists of lacking ‘humility’.

‘They are punishing the country for the disaster they made,’ he said. ‘It’s your fault.’ 

He added: ‘Why are lockdowns the answer to a failing vaccine?’ 

Carlson pointed out that the UK did not reimpose a lockdown, despite their spread of the Delta variant being considered more advanced than the United States. 

Indeed, the one glimmer of hope came from Britain, where the Delta variant has wreaked havoc, but is now dramatically slowing down.

Experts hope that this may indicate the U.S. surge could also be over soon. 



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