Biden to step up effort to aid hospitals overwhelmed by omicron cases, and will procure 500 million more tests

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President Joe Biden’s administration will announce plans to deploy military medics to six states later on Thursday to help hospitals deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly permeable Omicron variant, according to media reports. be able to help.

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More than 1,000 people will be deployed to hospitals in Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island. The New York Times reported, Quoting White House officials.

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Medics will help people arriving at emergency rooms to free up staff to care for other patients. Biden said in December that he would use the military to help ease the strain on health care workers as Omicron keeps a record number of Americans in hospitals.

There were 145,005 Americans in hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday, According to the New York Times Tracker, 82% from two weeks ago and the highest level since the start of the pandemic.

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New cases average 781,203 per day, up 159% from two weeks ago, and deaths, which lag behind cases and hospitalizations, are now climbing, up 51% from 1,827 per day two weeks ago Is.

Case numbers are beginning to drop in some areas that have been hit hard by omicron, and scientists say there are signs the wave may be nearing a peak. And the World Health Organization said this week that studies indicate Omicron is less lethal than other types, although it is highly contagious and reduces the effectiveness of vaccines, which lead to success cases in people who There are those who have been vaccinated and even have a booster.

Scientists begin to predict that Omicron will peak in the US in the coming weeks, but hospitalizations will remain at record levels

The White House said Biden would also announce plans to buy another 500 million COVID tests.

Other COVID-19 news to know

• A day after he was forced to apologize for attending a “bring your own wine” party in the garden of his Downing Street office and residence in May 2020, in violation of government regulations at the time, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson had to cancel a planned visit to a coronavirus vaccination center after a family member tested positive for coronavirus. The news came after opposition politicians and others called on Johnson to resign, the Associated Press reported.

• Denmark will provide a fourth vaccine shot to at-risk groups and vulnerable groups, becoming the first European country to do so, ABC News reported. Israel has also started a similar program. A WHO panel of experts said this week that the world cannot work its way out of the coronavirus pandemic using existing vaccines, as they highlighted the need for new jabs that better keep people from getting infected in the first place.

World cannot pave way out of pandemic using existing vaccines, says WHO expert

• Less than two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already tired of the pressure of rising COVID cases, The Associated Press reported. French teachers on Thursday staged a nationwide strike organized by teacher unions to protest class disruptions linked to the virus and ever-changing isolation rules. France is at the center of Europe’s current fight against COVID-19, with the number of new infections a day exceeding 360,000 in recent days.

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• The Coachella music festival, which was canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, will take place from April 15 to 17 and April 22 to 24 this year, the organizers confirmed. The headlines of the festival will be Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West, and tickets go on sale Friday.

what do the numbers say here

The global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 317.2 million and the death toll surpassed 5.51 million, According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The US leads the world with 63.2 million cases and 844,562 deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Tracker showing that approximately 208 million people living in the US have been fully vaccinated, equivalent to 62.7% of the total population.

Some 77 million have received a booster, which equates to 37% of complete vaccinations.

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