(NEW YORK) – The United States faces a wave of COVID-19 as the most contagious delta variant continues to spread.
More than 696,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while more than 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns University Hopkins.
According to CDC data, only 65% of Americans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:
01 October, 19:38
American Airlines will require vaccination of its employees
American Airlines told employees on Friday that all U.S.-based employees and some international crew members needed to be vaccinated in light of the federal vaccine mandate.
“While we are still working on the details of the federal requirements, it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines,” wrote CEO Doug Parker and Chairman Robert Isom in a letter obtained by ABC. New.
Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons “can request accommodation,” they continued.
No deadline has been set.
Reuters reported on Friday that the White House had urged CEOs of U.S. airlines to require staff vaccines by early December.
Delta Air Lines said in a statement Friday that 84% of its employees were vaccinated and the airline continues to “assess the administration’s plan.”
Southwest Airlines said it “continues to strongly encourage employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
United Airlines has already implemented a vaccination mandate; 99.5% of its employees based in the United States are vaccinated.
-Mina Kaji from ABC News
October 01, 6:48 p.m.
‘Aladdin’ performances until October 10 are now canceled
“Aladdin” is canceling further Broadway performances after more cases of COVID-19 were detected in the company, the show said on Friday.
The musical returned on Tuesday for the first time since Broadway was shut down for the pandemic, although Wednesday night’s performance was canceled after COVID-19 cases were confirmed among the company.
“Aladdin” was back Thursday night, although now all performances until Oct. 10 have been canceled after more groundbreaking cases were detected on Friday, the show said.
“We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience this causes to ticket holders, but we hope the public will agree that safety must be at the forefront of our return to Broadway,” the show said in a statement posted on its website.
Members undergo PCR tests six times a week and must be vaccinated.
October 01, 5:20 p.m.
Deadline for New York School Employees to Get Vaccinated
The deadline for public school employees in New York City has passed: at least 90 percent of public school employees are vaccinated, including 93 percent of teachers and 98 percent of principals, according to the Department of Education.
About 500 employees benefited from an exemption, which represents 0.03% of the workforce.
Employees who have not provided proof of vaccination by 5:00 p.m. on Friday will be upgraded to leave without pay status. Employees who get vaccinated this weekend and provide proof of vaccination on Monday can report to work as usual.
The DOE said 9,000 vaccinated substitute teachers are on hold.
01 Oct 5:04 PM
U.S. death toll expected to exceed 700,000
The death toll in the United States is expected to exceed 700,000, although the latest wave continues to subside.
About 1,500 new deaths are reported each day on average in the United States. The country’s daily average of cases fell to just under 106,000 cases per day, down about 33% in the past month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
However, this number is still significantly higher than it was three months ago.
There have been nearly 43.4 million cases of the coronavirus in the United States, which means that about 1 in 7 Americans have tested positive and 1 in 469 Americans have lost their lives to the virus.
Some states – like Alaska and West Virginia – are experiencing record surges, while other states – including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Texas – have a unit capacity of intensive care of about 10% or less.
In other states – Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire – infection rates continue to rise.
About 97% of counties nationwide report “high” or “substantial” community transmission as the country approaches the grim milestone of 700,000 deaths.
-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News
October 01, 3:02 p.m.
White House COVID-19 Team on Rapid Testing and Vaccine Updates
The White House COVID-19 team told ABC News it aims to double the number of rapid tests available on the market over the next two months.
“You’re right that the rapid home test is in high demand,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said. “Manufacturing is increasing dramatically, doubling over the next two months, and we will just continue to encourage these manufacturers to increase their capacity and reduce the cost of these tests.”
Zients added, “Overall, we will continue to pull every level possible to further expand the manufacturing and production of these tests to make them more widely available and to reduce the cost per test.” He did not offer further details.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy also said injections for children aged 5 to 11 were “on the horizon”. Murthy has relied on the FDA and CDC’s “rigorous review process” and independent advisory committees to determine further absolutes.
The White House team is urging Americans not to let their guard down even though the latest wave of COVID-19 may abate. White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said this was no excuse for unvaccinated Americans to remain unvaccinated.
“I think people who are not vaccinated, when they see the curve start to go down, that’s no reason to stay unvaccinated, because if you want to make sure that we get down to a very low level and that we won’t resurface again, ”Fauci said. “We still need to vaccinate a very large proportion of those 70 million people eligible for vaccination who have not been vaccinated, we need to get them vaccinated. “
-Sasha Pezenik of ABC News
October 01, 2:11 p.m.
California To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For All Students
California will be the first state to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all eligible students, faculty, and staff in public and private schools. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the COVID-19 vaccine will be one of 11 vaccines required to attend schools in California.
The vaccine will be required at the start of the next school term after full vaccine approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Terms of office begin in January and July.
The government has only fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older.
School staff will need to be vaccinated within the same timeframe as students in Grades 7 to 12, the first group to gain full FDA approval.
There are exemptions for medical reasons and for personal and religious beliefs.
-Matthew Fuhrman of ABC News
01 Oct, 12:20 pm
Vaccine acceptance at high level amid Delta outbreak: polls
Polls have found acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine to be high – with surveys showing that 80% to 82% of people say they have been or are likely to be vaccinated. These are the highest percentages [since the vaccine rollout began] ().
The CDC reports that 77% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Vaccinations have increased since August, and a study of [health policy research organization Kaiser Family Foundation] () indicates that the differences by race and ethnicity are almost eliminated – 73% of Hispanics, 71% of whites and 70% of blacks would be vaccinated.
However, vaccine gaps persist between parties – KFF found that 90% of Democrats say they have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 68% of independents and 58% of Republicans.
However, unvaccinated people continue to express doubts about the effectiveness of vaccines and their resistance to mandatory vaccines in the workplace.
In a survey of [the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index] (), 71% of unvaccinated Americans believe that vaccine booster shots and breakthrough infections are signs that vaccines are not working as well as claimed.
According to the Axios / Ipsos Coronavirus Index, only about 29% of unvaccinated workers say they would get vaccinated if their employer requires it.
October 01, 8:35 a.m.
Merck announces breakthrough in the fight against viruses in pill form
Merck announced on Thursday morning the results of an ongoing Phase 3 study of an antiviral pill that could reduce the risk of being hospitalized or dying from the virus by 50%.
The study’s results are so compelling that an independent oversight committee recommended, in consultation with the FDA, that the trial be terminated earlier so that companies can quickly seek clearance.
Read the full story here.
Sep 30, 4:33 p.m.
Daily hospitalizations down 32% last month
Since early September, the United States has seen a drop of more than 27,000 patients in hospitals nationwide, according to federal data. Just under half of these patients are from Florida.
Daily hospital admissions fell nearly 15% last week and 32% last month, according to federal data.
The daily average of cases in the country fell to 107,000, a drop of 33% last month. However, about 97% of counties still report “high” or “substantial” community transmission.
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