Coronavirus US News on January 1, 2021
The United States started the new year with a milestone of 20 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University database. It is well ahead of the second-placed country India with 10.2 million cases. With 4% of the world population, the US is home to just under a quarter of COVID-19 infections. While there have been 82 million cases globally since the disease first appeared, by noon the US recorded 20,037,736 COVID-19 cases and 346,687 deaths from the disease. The United States also mourned about a fifth of COVID-19 victims worldwide. 125,057 patients had to be treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, slightly fewer than the day before, but 163% more than two months earlier.
In an interview with Newsweek published this Friday, Anthony Fauci said that he considers a national vaccination requirement to be unlikely with a view to his future position as a presidential advisor in the Biden administration. The US would seldom make federal health commitments. But he is sure that individual institutions such as companies or hospitals would require employees to have vaccinations. When asked about schools, Fauci said that this was an example of state or local regulation, but not the federal government. That is one of the measures that would be discussed under President Biden. Basically, however, all options for corona measures are on the table.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney criticized Donald Trump's Republican administration for not developing a comprehensive plan for carrying out the corona vaccinations. He described this as inexcusable.
On Twitter, the preacher Franklin Graham picked up a statement Biden that a dark winter was approaching. But he claimed that this was not because of COVID-19 but because of moral decline.
After the Duke Blue Devils women's basketball team canceled the season on December 25, a game for the men's team scheduled for Saturday, January 2, 2021, has now been postponed. The college basketball game against Florida State Seminoles had to be canceled due to a COVID-19 case at the Seminoles.
- Texas: The Supreme Court of Texas ruled in the plaintiff's favor on December 30 a lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General. The courts overruled Travis County and the city of Austin's decision to bann food in restaurants between 10:30 PM and 6:00 PM. The lower courts had ruled in favor of the city and the county.
- Virginia: Virginia Senator Ben Chafin Jr. died of COVID-19 at the age of 60. The flags on public buildings in the state were hoisted at half-mast.