Coronavirus Morning News Brief – September 5: 60 million people stranded in China, sea freight costs plummet
Hello. This is the report by Jonathan Spira. Now here is the pandemic news from around the world on the 879th day of the pandemic.
There is good news about the supply chain crisis caused by the pandemic, at least to some extent.
The cost of container shipping, which reached record highs per container at the start of the pandemic, has fallen on average by around 75% from pandemic peaks. The cost remains above pre-pandemic levels, but prices have yet to bottom out.
It would cost $5,400 today to ship a 40ft container from China to a US West Coast port, down 60% from January, according to data from the Freightos Baltic Index. Similarly, the cost of shipping a container from Asia to Europe would be around $9,000 today, down 42% since the start of the year.
To give you an idea of the increased shipping costs – which translated into higher prices in stores – the maximum cost for both routes was over $20,000 a year ago, in September 2021. In February 2020, at the very start of the pandemic, the cost was under $2,000, so we still have a ways to go.
Yet as inflation roared, the pandemic spending spree on consumer goods cooled and that relieved pressure on transportation channels. The wild card, of course, is whether fuel costs start to climb again, which will have a direct impact on the cost of ocean freight.
In the news we cover today, Israeli researchers claim that bats are not to blame for the pandemic and that 60 million Chinese are pandemic stranded across the country.
Here’s a look at what’s happened over the past 24 hours.
The New York State Fair manager said on Saturday he had tested positive for coronavirus and would miss the final days of the event. In a statement, the fair said Sean Hennessey “has met and mingled with many visitors to the fair…over the past few days. He urged anyone who came into contact with him to get tested for the virus.
China is battling a new wave of coronavirus cases, with new infections being reported in virtually every province. The country’s health authorities reported 3,083 cases on Monday, the fifth time since August 15 that there have been more than 3,000 new cases in a single day. The growing number of infections is pushing officials to respond with lockdowns and mass testing. Currently, some 60 million Chinese, including 22 million in Chengdu alone, are in partial or full lockdown.
Meanwhile, a new study from Tel Aviv University has found no evidence that bats were responsible for transmitting the coronavirus to humans. Noting that bats have a highly efficient immune system “that allows them to deal relatively easily with viruses that are considered deadly to other mammals,” the TAU researchers said the correlation between bats and humans “was not based on sufficient compelling scientific evidence and was causing unnecessary stress and confusion around the world.
Taiwan will resume visa-free entry for visitors from many countries, including the United States and Canada, government officials said Monday. The move is part of a plan to ease controls put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Now here are the daily stats for Monday, September 5.
As of Monday morning, the world recorded 610.4 million cases of Covid-19, an increase of 0.4 million cases and 6.5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. Additionally, 587.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.7 million.
Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Monday is 16,574,628, a decrease of 375,000. Of this figure, 99.7%, or 16,532,314, are considered mild and 0.3 %, or 42,314, are listed as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical has risen from 2% to 3% in the past 24 hours.
The United States reported 5,823 new coronavirus infections for the previous day on Monday, compared with 7,437 on Sunday, 88,353 on Saturday, 108,660 on Friday and 154,500 on Thursday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day incidence rate is now 84,886. Figures for the weekend (reported the following day) are typically 30%-60% of those shown on weekdays due to fewer tests being performed .
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 87,301, down 8%, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths over the same period is 492, an increase of 7% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 36,347, a decrease of 10%.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States on Saturday recorded more than 96.6 million cases, a figure higher than any other country, and a death toll of more than 1.07 million. India has the second highest number of officially registered cases in the world, more than 44.4 million, and a reported death toll of 528,007.
The latest data from Russia’s state statistical service Rosstat showed that, at the end of May, the number of Covid- or Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 820,307, giving in the country the second highest pandemic in the world. related death toll, behind the United States. Rosstat reported that 4,991 people died from coronavirus or related causes in June, compared to 7,008 in May and 11,583 in April.
Meanwhile, France is the country with the third highest number of cases, 34.59 million, although Brazil had the third highest number of deaths from the virus, 684,427, and recorded 34.52 million of cases, placing it in fourth place. .
Germany ranks fifth with more than 32.2 million cases.
The other three countries with total cases above 20 million are South Korea, with 23.6 million cases, rising to sixth position on Monday, the United Kingdom, with 23.52 million cases, placing it in seventh place, and Italy, with more than 21.9 million, in eighth position.
Meanwhile, Russia, with nearly 19.8 million recorded cases, will likely cross the 20 million mark in less than two weeks.
SPOTLIGHT ON IMMUNIZATION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, since last Thursday, more than 262.9 million people in the United States – or 79.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 67.5%, or 224.1 million people, have received two doses of the vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been distributed in the United States is now 610 million. Breaking it down further, 90.2% of the population over 18 – or 232.8 million people – have received at least one first vaccination and 77.3% of the same group – or 199.7 million people – are completely vaccinated. In addition, 51.6% of this population, or 103.1 million people, have already received a third dose, or booster dose, of vaccine.
Beginning June 13, 2022, the CDC began updating vaccine data on a weekly basis and releasing updated information on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT, according to a statement posted on the CDC’s website. agency.
Some 67.7% of the world’s population received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday, according to Our World in Data, an online science publication that tracks such information. So far, 12.59 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide and 4.81 million doses are now being administered every day.
Meanwhile, only 20.9% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries like Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% vaccination mark. Many countries, however, are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits or even lower.
Additionally, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not administered vaccines.
Paul Riegler contributed reporting for this story.
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