According to the Johns Hopkins University, at least 3775 Covid-19 deaths reported – the highest number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic began

Nationwide at least 229055 new cases of Covid-19 reported So far there have been 21 in the US046195 cases of coronavirus at least 357258 people have died

Total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other US territories, and repatriated cases

California health officials have ordered that non-essential operations be delayed in regions with ICU bed capacity of 10% or less

The move was taken to ease the burden on California hospitals treating a record number of Covid-19 patients, according to the California Department of Health (CDPH) It works immediately and lasts three weeks

CDPH said the contract will help “relieve pressure on overburdened hospital systems and redistribute health care responsibilities across the state so patients can continue to receive life-saving care”

“California is experiencing an unprecedented and exponential rise in COVID-19 cases, and human resources and other resources are becoming ever scarcer,” said Tomás Aragón, public health officer for the public health service

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in California has increased seven-fold in the past two months, Aragon said, while the number of patients treated in intensive care has increased more than six-fold over the same period

California is the epicenter of the current surge in Covid-19 cases in the US on Tuesday, the state reported Jan.440 new cases and an additional 368 people died from the virus, bringing the death toll across the state to over 27000 increased

The federal government’s Operation Warp Speed ​​announced that it distributed more than 3 million coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday, meaning the government has now distributed more than 19 million vaccines in the U.S.

Officials in President Donald Trump’s administration have promised to speed up vaccine distribution, admitting they have fallen far short of promises to have vaccinated 20 million people by the end of 2020

Earlier Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 17 million doses of vaccine had been distributed and more than 48 million people had received their first doses of vaccine

North Korea started a rare political event that is slated to happen every five years or so About 5000 people – including Chairman Kim Jong Un – gathered in the house without a mask and sat close together on Tuesday

While it is impossible to verify that face coverings have been worn at any point, none of the images posted on North Korea’s state KCNA news of Wednesday’s Workers Party Congress show people wearing masks indoors

From a propaganda standpoint, the images make sense: North Korea claims not to have recorded a single case of Covid-19 A high-level meeting without masks is therefore a way to reinforce this narrative

But almost no one believes that North Korea has been spared a pandemic that infected more than 86 million people and killed nearly 2 million people. In fact, Kim’s regime recognizes the threat of the virus and has made incredible efforts to stop its spread

Almost all travel to the country ceased shortly after the virus emerged a year ago, and internal travel is also severely restricted.The North Korean state media regularly publishes articles that remind the population of the importance of their anti-epidemic Emergency Campaign Reminder Two people were reported to have been executed for failure to follow Covid-19 guidelines, including a customs officer who failed to follow virus prevention regulations when importing goods from China

Experts believe Pyongyang is triggering a vigilant response because it knows its rundown health infrastructure is unlikely to contain a major Covid-19 outbreak

The more puzzling are the photos from Tuesday’s meeting. Perhaps North Korea believes that the security arrangements in place were good enough to allow attendees not to wear masks when meeting, which is a unique event that North Korea does not want to postpone – it is only the eighth party conference in North Korean history and the second of Kim’s term in office. The last time before Kim took power was 1980

But holding it is a risk If only one of the 5000 people who had traveled from across the country to attend the meeting, had Covid-19 and was contagious, it means Kim may have just started an incredibly important political meeting with a super-spreader event

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have closed borders and imposed strict quarantine requirements that essentially isolate themselves from the world

For months, flight crews in various locations – including Taiwan and Australia – have been able to bypass the strict quarantine rules imposed on other international travelers, but rule violations by flight crews at both locations in December have raised questions about whether exemptions for aerospace workers pose an unnecessary risk to the airline Representing the public

But it’s a tough situation, while health experts say treating flight crews differently is a loophole in an otherwise difficult frontier approach, aviation industry officials say exemptions are needed to keep the industry going – and mental health the flight crews not to endanger

What happened in Taiwan? When Taiwan on Jan. December reported its first locally transmitted case in more than 250 days, authorities quickly identified a foreign pilot as the source of the infection

According to the Taiwanese media CNA, a New Zealand pilot in her sixties infected a woman in her thirties after completing the three days of quarantine required for pilots.This pilot has now been fined by the Taiwanese authorities for doing his full Has not disclosed contact history and fired from his company

What happened in Australia? A series of incidents in December raised questions about flight crew quarantine exemptions. A van driver from Sydney who was carrying international flight crews tested positive in early December

Later that month, New South Wales Police sentenced 13 international flight crew members to a fine of 1 each000 Australian dollars ($ 760) for going to a number of Sydney venues where they should have been quarantined. And just before Christmas, a Qantas crew member tested positive after flying from Paris to Darwin and then had boarded a domestic flight

The World Health Organization said China has blocked the arrival of a team investigating the root causes of the coronavirus pandemic, in a rare reprimand from the UN agency

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said two scientists from the United Nations team had already left their home countries for Wuhan when they were told that Chinese officials had not approved the required entry permits

Tedros said WHO “is keen to get the mission started as soon as possible” and has received assurances that Beijing is speeding up the internal process for “earliest possible intervention”

Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said there was a problem with visas and one team member had already returned home, the other was waiting in transit in a third country

WHO officials have long been negotiating with Beijing to give a team of global scientists access to key sites to understand the origin of the virus, which was first discovered in Wuhan in December 2019, and its likely leap from an unidentified host species to examine people

In May, the WHO agreed to conduct an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic after more than 100 countries signed a resolution calling for an independent investigation

The U.S. reported 131 on Tuesday195 current hospital stays in Covid-19 and, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP), set a new record high since the beginning of the pandemic

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the pace of Covid-19 vaccine administration in the US continues to slow

As of 9 on ET Tuesday, only 48 million of the 17 million doses distributed were given – or 28%, that number was closer to 30% on Monday and 33% on the weekend

Only five states have given at least half of the Covid-19 vaccine doses distributed to them according to the CDC data:

Meanwhile, 15 states have administered less than a quarter of the doses distributed, including three states that administered less than 20%:

Vaccine delivery is even slower in long-term care facilities Only 13% of 3 million doses, according to the CDC data, were administered and distributed for use in long-term care facilities

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