On a gloomy day for Americans, the number of cases and deaths in the United States resulting from the coronavirus causing COVID-19 continued to rise to lead the world, prompting Dr. Anthony Fauci to express frustration at the “lack of success” that the United States had in containing the epidemic when the pandemic reached six months.
The case toll in the United States rose to 6.43 million on Friday and at least 191,800 people have died, according to data provided by the New York Times. This comes after 37,786 new cases were reported Thursday, above the daily average of 35,629 in the past week and with the death toll increasing by at least 915.
“Never, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic,”
Fauci, who is head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and a White House advisor on coronavirus, said Thursday in a Harvard Medical School webinar that every day looks at COVID-19 data, he becomes “more depressed and more depressed”. that everyday cases have never gotten to the baseline he would like.
He said that while new daily cases dropped a bit – the daily average dropped 16% from the average two weeks earlier – he said it was still a “remarkably unacceptable baseline” when you consider that the economy. is reopening. When he presented the data showing the reason for the high baseline, relative to other countries, it was likely that the United States had not shut down to the extent of other countries, “it received a little pushback from people in government.”
If there is a lesson to be learned, given that Friday marks six months since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, Fauci said: “Never, ever underestimate the potential of pandemic. And don’t try to look at the rosy side of things. “
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His comments come when President Donald Trump took a backlash over his interview with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in which the president claimed to know the dangers of the coronavirus but downplayed them so as not to create panic.
And in a rally in Michigan on Thursday, Trump defended his optimistic tone by comparing it to that of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, who advised people to stay calm and move on.
In other news:
• Despite some recent claims that the US death rate was one of the lowest in the world, data from the New York Times showed that out of 169 countries, the US had the 51st highest rate at 3.0%. which places it in the 70th percentile. And for deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, it was among the highest at 58.61.
• Although 34 U.S. states have shown a drop in new cases in the past week, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 33 states also reported a drop in testing per 1,000 people. Meanwhile, 30 states had more than 5% of the tests that yielded positive results, which the WHO has defined as a threshold that positivity rates should stay below.
• A New York Times survey of more than 1,600 universities and colleges in the United States indicated that there have been at least 88,000 cases and at least 60 deaths since the start of the pandemic. And research published in JAMA this week showed that of 3,222 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 who required hospitalization for COVID-19, 21% (684) required intensive care, 10% ( 331) required mechanical ventilation and 2.7% (88) died. .
• A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were about twice as likely to have reported having recently eaten at a restaurant than they were. people who tested negative. Read more.
• The pandemic changed the way 9/11 was commemorated. At the New York memorial, thousands of family members are still invited, but the names of the people who have died have been heard on a tape, rather than live as in previous years. Read more.
There are now 28.27 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, Johns Hopkins data shows. At least 911,282 people died and at least 19.05 million people have recovered.
The US case and death toll is by far the highest in the world. In cases, India is second with 4.56 million and Brazil is third with 4.24 million, followed by Russia with 1.05 million and Peru with 710,067.
Brazil has the second highest death toll after the United States with 129,522, India is third with 76,271 and Mexico is fourth with 69,649 deaths. The UK ranks fifth in the world but first in Europe with 41,703 deaths.
As for recoveries, the United States is third with 2.40 million, behind India with 3.54 million and Brazil with 3.66 million.
China has 90,139 confirmed cases and 4,733 deaths, according to its official numbers, while 85,021 have recovered.
What do companies say?
• Peloton Interactive Inc.
last Thursday it reported its profitable first quarter, as the home fitness company’s maximum and profit results both exceeded expectations. “The strong headwind we experienced in March when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold continued to drive demand for our products in the [fiscal] fourth quarter and the first two months of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, “said CEO James Foley, as reported by Jeremy Owens of MarketWatch.
• Oracle Corp.
reported late Thursday’s first-quarter earnings and tax revenues that rose above expectations and provided a better-than-expected second-quarter outlook. One of the reasons for the better-than-expected first quarter results was the revenue of Zoom Video Communications Inc.
one of the beneficiaries of the pandemic-accelerated work-from-home trend had more than doubled in the fourth quarter, MarketWatch’s Wallace Witkowski reported.
• BMO Capital Markets analyst Simeon Siegel said that while the pandemic has hurt the retail sector in many ways, forcing some businesses to close some stores is not one of them. He said companies’ rapid reaction to “shrink to grow” is providing an opportunity to thrive that doesn’t appear very often, as MarketWatch’s Tonya Garcia reports.
• Hologic Inc.
raised its fiscal fourth quarter revenue forecast, to put it well above analyst expectations, citing increased production and strong sales of COVID-19 tests. The medical imaging and diagnostic products company said it now expects revenue to increase 54% to 60% from a year ago to $ 1.225 billion to $ 1.275 billion, up from the previous forecast of $ 925 million to $ 1.025. billions. The FactSet consensus was $ 986.5 million.