CLEVELAND, Ohio – From the distribution of tests at the Air Force assisting Cleveland Clinic to the drop in Netflix shares, here is our regular round-up of coronavirus facts, figures and figures regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world from January 15 to 21, 2022, followed by our quotes of the week:
Bloomberg reports that Austria will fine those who are not vaccinated from mid-March. England will start giving boosters to people as young as 16, while Saudi Arabia will allow injections for children from the age of five.
Ohio is reporting 26,117 cases, a high number due to a backlog of cases.
Novak Djokovic returned to a hero’s welcome in Serbia after Australia expelled the men’s tennis world No. Grand Slam record. Many Australians had wanted him gone; Serbian supporters congratulated him on his arrival in Belgrade, reports Reuters. … CNN says early data from Israel suggests a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccine may lead to a surge in antibodies, but that still might not be enough to protect against breakthrough infections caused by the virus. ‘omicron. … In response to Covid, tickets for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics will not be sold to the public. Instead, they will be distributed by authorities, the organizing committee for the Beijing Winter Olympics said.
Ohio is reporting 15,077 cases. … A day ahead of schedule, the https://www.covidtests.gov website where US residents can order free at-home coronavirus tests from the federal government is accepting orders. The site is operated in conjunction with the US Postal Service. The measurement is part President Joe Bidendistribute 500 million rapid home tests to the public. … The U.S. Department of Education has distributed all of the $122 billion in Covid relief school funding from the U.S. bailout to states, the Biden administration announces, a milestone as school districts continue to grapple with the omicron surge. … Reuters reports that Hong Kong ordered the culling of 2,000 hamsters (pictured above, bottom left) and warned pet owners not to kiss the animals after a cluster of cases of Covid was traced to a pet store. The outbreak of human delta variant cases linked to a store clerk prompted testing of hundreds of animals, 11 of which tested positive. An official said around 2,000 hamsters in 34 stores and storage facilities would be culled “humanely”. …Former editor of Vogue magazine and fashion icon Andre Leon Talley (pictured above, top right) dies after contracting Covid. He was 73 years old.
Ohio is reporting 20,483 new cases. Except for a few days, the number of new cases has remained above 19,000 since late December. … A team of 20 Air Force medical personnel arrives at the Cleveland Clinic to assist with the health system’s response to the coronavirus. The group includes nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists. … According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 63% of the total US population is fully immunized.
Ohio is reporting 21,664 new cases. … Cincinnati Public Schools is reporting more than 1,300 new cases among students and staff this week. The latest weekly update shows that 11 school districts have reported at least 300 combined cases (students and staff) and 17 have reported at least 200. A total of 55 districts have reported at least 100 new cases. Nearly every school district in northeast Ohio fell out of the top 25. The highest in the region was Akron Public Schools, 26th in the state, with 87 student cases and 53 staff cases. . … CNN, citing figures from Johns Hopkins University, says more than a quarter of total US Covid cases were reported in the past month during the omicron surge. … The United States has had nearly 69 million total Covid cases, and nearly 18 million of those have been reported in the past month.
January the 21st
Netflix’s “stay-at-home market darling” is crashing in the market, Reuters reports. The streaming service joins a broad drop in the market value of other pandemic favorites as investors eye hope for a return to normal as countries gradually ease restrictions. The sale began after Netflix and Peloton released disappointing quarterly results. … Japan is acting to contain a record rise in Covid cases with a return to restrictions, Reuters reports. The government allowed authorities in Tokyo and 12 other prefectures to implement measures as nationwide infections hit a record high of around 46,000 a day earlier.
Quotes of the week
• “I hope that’s the case.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a World Economic Forum. He was referring to whether the pandemic could progress to a manageable, endemic stage of the coronavirus, although he said it was too early to declare. An endemic disease means it is permanently present in a population but does not affect alarming numbers of people or disrupt society, as is typically seen in a pandemic, CNN said.
• “It’s definitely a trend in the right direction. We want this to continue. – Palm tree jeans, director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association. The omicron surge, which emerged in late December in northeast Ohio, appears to be over. On Wednesday, the number of hospitalized Covid patients in Ohio fell for the 10th day in a row. In the 18 counties of the two hospital regions that include Cleveland and Akron, the number of Covid patients fell 24% last week, while it fell only 1% in the rest of the state. The decline was even steeper in the Five Counties area of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Ashtabula counties. The figures there show a 36% drop from a peak of 1,754 patients on January 5 to 1,124 this week.
• “What we are saying is that in the coming months and years, we are going to have to think, without hesitation and according to what science tells us, how to manage the pandemic with different parameters.” – Spanish centre-left Prime Minister, pedro sanchez, who wants the European Union to consider changes now that the omicron push has shown that the disease is becoming less deadly. With one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe and its economies hardest hit by the pandemic, the government hopes to treat the next surge of infection not as an emergency but as a disease that is here to stay.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and dispatches. Every Saturday morning, we recap news and statistics regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap January 8-14.
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