Coronavirus US News-January 18, 2021
The United States exceeded 24 million COVID-19 cases on January 18, 2021, since the pandemic began, reports USA today. The United States had registered 1.5 million new infections within the last seven days, 11% fewer than in the previous week, with the number of cases declining in 35 states, suggesting a flattening curve, says CNN. Almost 400,000 people had died of the disease in the United States as the global number of coronavirus cases and deaths stood at 95.4 million and over 2 million, respectively.
With a proclamation, President Trump announced that the United States of America would lift travel restrictions with Brazil, the European Union, and the United Kingdom on January 26, 2021. On the the same day, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated a negative coronavirus test must be presented upon entry. The proclamation stated that these three parties were trusted to follow the policy. Press Secretary Joe Bidens, who took office on January 20, 2021, said it was not the time to lift travel restrictions. The number of cases would increase worldwide, and new virus variants would spread. The new government, which will take office in two days, will immediately reverse this decision, as reported by NBC News.
The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, released a video with a farewell speech. Among other things, she addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and thanked essential healthcare staff for their fight with coronavirus as well as truck drivers. She called for patience and common sense to protect particularly vulnerable populations until enough vaccines are available.
Coronavirus California Bay Area
California: The Gold State has reported 3,005,830 cases of COVID-19 since the first case diagnosed in the state on January 26, 2020. California was the first state to have over 3 million infections. Meanwhile, 33,623 Californians had also died of COVID-19. According to CNN, the number of hospital patients with COVID-19 had fallen slightly to 21,000, and the proportion of positive test results was now 12%, after 14% a week earlier.
The California health authorities warned not to use vaccination doses from a shipment of 330,000 vaccine doses delivered by Moderna between January 5th and 12th. At a hospital in San Diego, several patients had had reactions after vaccination with doses from the shipment that needed treatment.