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Good morning. That is Jonathan Spira reporting. Right here now the information of the pandemic from throughout the globe on the 1,223rd day of the pandemic.

In information we cowl right now, the governor of North Carolina examined constructive, the norovirus is showing extra on cruise ships this yr than in prior years, and considerations over the WHO’s pronouncement over aspartame are elevating questions over its future.


In New York, many state companies apparently had much less turnover through the pandemic than earlier than it.  A Occasions Union evaluation means that retirements hit every state company in another way however most departments skilled decrease attrition within the interval 2020 to 2022 than in prior years.

In the meantime, senior residents are utilizing well being care providers extra typically, a significant insurer mentioned.

United Healthcare Group mentioned that rising demand for behavioral care and Medicare outpatient procedures are placing the squeeze on earnings in a few of its enterprise items.

Lastly, in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper mentioned that he had examined constructive for SARS-CoV-2.  The governor reported in social media posts that he feels “effective” and that he might be working from dwelling for the rest of the week.


Cruise traces are within the information once more however this time not as a result of outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2.  The cruise traces are battling outbreaks of norovirus and 13 such outbreaks had been reported on cruise ships by means of June, probably the most in any yr.


The World Well being Group mentioned that aspartame, a well-liked synthetic sweetener utilized in weight loss plan sodas and chewing gums, might presumably trigger most cancers. This seems to be very low for infrequent shoppers of those merchandise, nevertheless.

Aspartame was first found in 1965, and it exploded in recognition in america within the Nineteen Eighties, after its approval by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration.

Satirically, whereas aspartame is hardly the primary standard synthetic sweetener, the 2 hottest synthetic sweeteners to have preceded it – cyclamate and saccharin – had been each finally banned over considerations that they could trigger most cancers in people.


Now listed here are the day by day statistics for Monday, July 17.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 691.68 million Covid-19 instances, a rise of 0. 2 million from yesterday, and 6.89 million deaths, based on Worldometer, a service that tracks such info. As well as, 664.09 million individuals worldwide have recovered from the virus, a rise of 0.06 million from the prior day.

The reader ought to notice that rare reporting from some sources might seem as spikes in new case figures or demise tolls.

Worldwide, the variety of energetic coronavirus instances as of Monday at press time is 20,692,984, a rise of 150,000. Out of that determine, 99.8%, or 20,655,795, are thought-about gentle, and 0.2%, or 37,189, are listed as vital. The proportion of instances thought-about vital has not modified over the previous eight months.

America not stories day by day or weekly new Covid instances.  It final reported 72,136 new instances within the interval Could 4 by means of Could 10, a determine that’s down 26% over the identical interval one week earlier, based on information from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

The take a look at positivity fee for Covid for the week ending July 1 was 9.82, up from 9.28% the prior week, based on information from the CDC Respiratory Virus Laboratory Emergency Division Community Surveillance, or RESP-LENS. By comparability, the take a look at constructive fee for influenza was 2.14%, up from 1.98% and, for RSV, that determine was 0.55%, up from 0.46%.

The demise toll from Covid was 1% within the week ending July 8, 2023, a determine that’s down 9.1% over the previous week.

Lastly, the variety of hospital admissions from Covid for seven days ending June 24 was 6,220, a determine that’s down 8% over the previous 7-day interval.

As of March 25, 2023, the Morning Information Transient started to replace case information in addition to demise tolls on a weekly foundation.  As well as, as of Could 15, 2023, the Morning Information Transient has pressed pause on sure information units as we assess the replace of adjustments in reporting by U.S. well being authorities on the CDC.  The place acceptable, the Morning Information Transient has reintroduced information units are they’ve develop into accessible.

Because the begin of the pandemic, america has, as of Monday, recorded 107.37 million instances, the next determine than every other nation, and a demise toll of 1.17 million. India has the world’s second highest variety of formally recorded instances, 45 million, and a reported demise toll of 531,914.

The most recent information from Russia’s Rosstat state statistics service confirmed that, on the finish of July 2022, the variety of Covid or Covid-related deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic there in April 2020 is now 823,623, giving the nation the world’s second highest pandemic-related demise toll, behind america.  Rosstat final reported that 3,284 individuals died from the coronavirus or associated causes in July 2022, down from 5,023 in June, 7,008 in Could and 11,583 in April.

In the meantime, France is the nation with the third highest variety of instances, with 40.1 million, and Germany is within the quantity 4 slot, with 38.4 million complete instances.

Brazil, which has recorded the third highest variety of deaths on account of the virus, 704,320, has recorded 37.7 million instances, putting it within the quantity 5 slot.

The opposite 5 international locations with complete case figures over the 20 million mark are Japan, with 33.8 million instances, South Korea, with 32.4 million instances, putting it within the quantity seven slot, and Italy, with 25.9 million, as quantity eight, in addition to the UK, with 24.6 million, and Russia, with 22.9 million.


The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned that, as of June 15, the entire variety of up to date bivalent doses given in america was simply over 139.9 million.

Older – and not up to date – information from the CDC exhibits that over 270.2 million individuals in america – or 81.4% – have acquired no less than one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Could 11, 2023. Of that inhabitants, 69.5%, or 230.6 million individuals, have acquired two doses of vaccine, and the entire variety of doses which were disbursed in america is now over 676.7 million. Breaking this down additional, 92.23% of the inhabitants over the age of 18 – or 238.2 million individuals – has acquired no less than a primary inoculation and 79.1% of the identical group – or 204.3 million individuals – is absolutely vaccinated.

Some 70.3% of the world inhabitants has acquired no less than one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Monday, based on Our World in Knowledge, an internet scientific publication that tracks such info.  To this point, 13.48 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered on a worldwide foundation and 158,616 doses at the moment are administered every day.

In the meantime, solely 32.2% of individuals in low-income international locations have acquired one dose, whereas in international locations akin to Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK, and america, no less than 75% of the inhabitants has acquired no less than one dose of vaccine.

Solely a handful of the world’s poorest international locations – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% mark in vaccinations. Many international locations, nevertheless, are below 20% and, in international locations akin to Haiti, Senegal, and Tanzania, for instance, vaccination charges stay at or beneath 10%.

As well as, with the start of vaccinations in North Korea in late September, Eritrea stays the one nation on this planet that has not administered vaccines.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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