Coronavirus Morning Information Transient – Aug. 19: U.S. Plans for Insurers and Sufferers to Pay for Covid Pictures, Willie Nelson’s Extreme Bout

Till just lately, “Masks Up” indicators have been commonplace in Broadway theaters.

Good morning. That is Jonathan Spira reporting. Right here now the information of the pandemic from throughout the globe on the 862nd day of the pandemic.

One hallmark of the coronavirus pandemic has been that the U.S. authorities has paid for all coronavirus inoculations and coverings.  Now it plans to shift that burden to the healthcare trade – and sufferers.

The transfer might generate new sources of income and better prices for customers within the years to come back.

Little is thought about how this may transfer ahead however the Division of Well being and Human Providers will maintain a planning session with representatives from giant pharmacies, drugmakers, and state well being departments on the finish of August.

This transfer was contemplated each by the Trump and now the Biden administrations. Nonetheless, the impetus behind the transfer, the dearth of enough authorities funding to proceed present applications, is giving the White Home a brand new sense of urgency.

The federal government has made testing vaccines accessible at no cost to the 30 million residents with out healthcare insurance coverage because the earliest days of the pandemic.

The problem now could be find out how to proceed to make jabs and coverings, together with the brand new antivirals from Pfizer and Merck, accessible when the U.S. authorities is not the purchaser.

In different information we cowl right now, a number of faculty districts are conserving masks mandates as the college 12 months approaches, one Broadway present is requiring masks on sure days of the week, and singer Willie Nelson had a extreme bout of Covid.

Right here’s a take a look at what has taken place over the previous 24 hours.


Whereas most faculty districts within the nation are loosening or completely abandoning masks necessities, no less than two faculty districts, one in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland, have chosen to double down on masking as an infection charges from the extremely contagious BA.5 omicron variant proceed to rise.   The 2 are the Prince George County faculty district in Maryland, the state’s second largest, and the town of Philadelphia, the 18th largest faculty district within the nation.


A robotic that may carry out Covid-19 oral swab checks in 35 seconds grew to become the star attraction on the World Robotic Convention 2022 in Beijing.  Out of the 36 featured robots on show, one quarter of them have been constructed for a pandemic-specific goal reminiscent of this.

In a weird twist of Covid testing presumably gone mad, medical staff have been seen testing reside seafood in Chinese language coastal cities reminiscent of Xiamen.  The testing is seemingly a part of China’s so-called “zero Covid” coverage.

Lastly, police investigators in Brazil are calling for the nation’s supreme courtroom to cost President Jair Bolsonaro for having unfold false info referring to the pandemic in an October 2021 social-media broadcast.


Royal Caribbean introduced plans to set sail from Hong Kong after pausing operations there through the pandemic. The cruise line plans a cruise to nowhere from the particular administrative area and has requested for presidency approval to function the cruise.


Whereas nearly all masks mandates at Broadway theaters ended on the finish of June, one present is bringing them again on a weekly foundation.  “The Kite Runner,” which is enjoying on the Helen Hays Theater within the Theater District,  will mandate using face masks beginning Friday, August 19, and each Friday thereafter throughout its run.  The transfer was taken, the present’s producers mentioned, to permit theatergoers who’re immunocompromised or who’re in any other case uncomfortable in a darkened theater with over 500 individuals until everyone seems to be masked.

Eighty-nine-year-old singer Willie Nelson instructed the New York Occasions that he had a severe case of the coronavirus in early Might.   Whereas his band had cancelled live shows attributable to Covid inside the group, it was not specified on the time who had contracted the virus.  Nelson apparently was sleeping in his tour bus and wakened in the course of the evening unable to breathe.  “There have been a few occasions after I wasn’t certain he was going to make it,” his spouse Annie instructed the paper.

Lastly, a theater chain is the newest casualty of the pandemic.  Cineworld Group, the proprietor of Regal Cinemas, is reportedly to file a chapter 11 petition in the US and is contemplating submitting an insolvency continuing in the UK.  The corporate mentioned that, whereas there was a gradual restoration in attendance since theaters reopened final 12 months, its theaters have struggled to revive numbers from pandemic lows.


Now listed here are the each day statistics for Friday, August 19.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 599.2 million Covid-19 instances, a rise of 0.9 million instances, and over 6.46 million deaths, in keeping with Worldometer, a service that tracks such info. As well as, 573.2 million individuals worldwide have recovered from the virus, a rise of 1 million.

Worldwide, the variety of lively coronavirus instances as of Friday is nineteen,549,788, a rise of 20,000. Out of that determine, 99.8%, or 19,505,661, are thought of delicate, and 0.2%, or 44,127, are listed as vital.  The proportion of instances thought of vital is unchanged over the pat 24 hours.

America reported 126,323 new coronavirus infections on Friday for the day before today, in comparison with 160,103  on Thursday, 119,903 on Wednesday, 129,460 on Tuesday, and 10,704 on Monday, in keeping with knowledge from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers.  The 7-day incidence charge is now 96,539.  Figures for the weekend (reported the next day) are usually 30% to 60% of these posted on weekdays attributable to a decrease variety of checks being carried out.

The typical each day variety of new coronavirus instances in the US over the previous 14 days is 96,275, a 19% lower, primarily based on knowledge from the Division of Well being and Human Providers, amongst different sources.  The typical each day demise toll over the identical interval is 475, a lower of three% over the identical interval, whereas the typical variety of hospitalizations for the interval was 41,256, a 6% lower.

As well as, because the begin of the pandemic the US has, as of Friday, recorded 95.2 million instances, a better determine than another nation, and a demise toll of over 1.06 million. India has the world’s second highest variety of formally recorded instances, 44.3 million, and a reported demise toll of 527,253.

New knowledge from Russia’s Rosstat state statistics service confirmed on the finish of Might that the variety of Covid or Covid-related deaths because the begin of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 820,307, giving the nation the world’s second highest pandemic-related demise toll, behind the US.  Rosstat reported that 4,991 individuals died from the coronavirus or associated causes in June, down from 7,008 in Might and from 11,583 in April.

In the meantime, France is the nation with the third highest variety of instances, 34.29 million, though Brazil has recorded the third highest variety of deaths on account of the virus, 682,276, and has recorded 34.25 million instances, inserting it within the quantity 4 slot.

Germany is within the quantity 5 slot with over 31.7 million instances.

The opposite three international locations with complete case figures over the 20 million mark are the UK, with virtually 23.5 million instances, in sixth place, South Korea, with 22  million instances, inserting it within the quantity seven slot, and Italy, with over 21.6 million, as quantity eight.


The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned that, as of Friday, over 262.3 million individuals in the US – or 79% – have obtained no less than one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that inhabitants, 67.4%, or 223.7 million individuals, have obtained two doses of vaccine, and the full variety of doses which were disbursed in the US is now 607.5 million. Breaking this down additional, 90% of the inhabitants over the age of 18 – or 232.5 million individuals – has obtained no less than a primary inoculation and 77.2% of the identical group – or 199.4 million individuals – is absolutely vaccinated.  As well as, 51.5% of that inhabitants, or 102.7 million individuals, has already obtained a 3rd, or booster, dose of vaccine.

Beginning on June 13, 2022, the CDC started to replace vaccine knowledge on a weekly foundation and publish the up to date info on Fridays by 8 p.m. EDT, an announcement on the company’s web site mentioned.

Some 67.5% of the world inhabitants has obtained no less than one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Friday, in keeping with Our World in Information, a web based scientific publication that tracks such info.  Thus far, 12.49 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered on a world foundation and 5.72 million doses at the moment are administered every day.

In the meantime, solely 20.7% of individuals in low-income international locations have obtained one dose, whereas in international locations reminiscent of Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK, and the US, no less than 75% of the inhabitants has obtained no less than one dose of vaccine.

Solely a handful of the world’s poorest international locations – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. Many international locations, nevertheless, are beneath 20% and, in international locations reminiscent of Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for instance, vaccination charges stay within the single digits, if not decrease.

As well as, North Korea and Eritrea at the moment are the one two international locations on this planet that haven’t administered vaccines.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.


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