CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here is our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world Feb. 6-12, followed by our quotes of the week:
Ohio records 3,549 new coronavirus cases and 81 deaths.
Ohio reports 2,138 new cases and seven deaths, bringing the overall totals to 920,217 cases and 11,659 deaths. … It’s reported that Britain has given at least one vaccine shot to about 15% of its population, compared with 3% in the European Union’s 27 nations. … South Africa suspends plans to inoculate front-line health-care workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a trial suggests it isn’t effective in preventing some illness from the variant dominant in the country. … The Biden administration is considering a rule that would require negative Covid test results for domestic air travel, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on “Axios on HBO.” … Republican Rep. Ron Wright (above photo, bottom left) of Texas dies of Covid at age 67. … Super Bowl LV welcomes 22,000 fans through the turnstiles, a record for smallest attendance ever at the game, because of coronavirus restrictions.
It’s reported that close to 2 million Ohioans either have been vaccinated or known to have contracted the coronavirus. To date, about one in nine Ohio adults have been vaccinated, and about one in 13 Ohioans of all ages are known to have contracted the virus. … Only 1,926 new cases are reported – a low that hasn’t been seen since Oct. 19.
Ohio adds 3,207 new cases and 98 deaths Tuesday, making the total 925,350 cases and 11,793 deaths. … Cleveland records 108 new cases with patients ranging in age from 1 into their 80s. Two deaths are reported. Cumulatively, the deaths of 225 Clevelanders have been attributed to the virus. Average age of those who died is 73. Total number of new cases confirmed in the city is 24,268. … Iran – fighting an outbreak – launches an inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines. The nation’s death toll is 59,000; total population is more than 84 million. … The Wall Street Journal reports the virus that causes Covid probably went from one species to another before affecting humans and “is highly unlikely to have leaked from a laboratory.” A World Health Organization investigative team has been in Wuhan, China, investigating.
The Ohio Department of Health says the state had 3,281 new cases and 63 deaths. … Cleveland reports 59 new confirmed cases and five more deaths. … Ohio Department of Health announces as many as 4,000 Covid deaths may have gone unreported and plans to make adjustments in coming weeks. The news release came two days after cleveland.com questioned why some reports from the Centers for Disease Control showed Ohio with about 4,000 more deaths than what the state had been reporting. … About one in 10 Americans – almost 33 million people – have received at last the initial vaccine dose with about 9.8 million people completely vaccinated. … A poll says about one in three Americans say they definitely or probably won’t get the vaccine. The poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found while 67% of Americans plan to get or have been vaccinated, 15% are certain they won’t and 17% say probably not. … Double masking can significantly improve protection, according to the CDC. Layering a cloth mask over a medical procedural mask reportedly can block 92.5% of potentially infectious particles.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus increases by 721, bringing the total to 12,577 deaths as the Ohio Department of Health endeavors to correct the previously reported large data error of undercounted deaths. … Ohio’s overnight curfew to prevent the spread of Covid is not extended because the state’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have dropped to lower levels. … The same 84 Ohio counties remain on red alert on the Ohio Department of Health’s Covid-alert map for concern over potential spread of the virus. There has been almost no change in the map since before Christmas, with the same 84 counties being on red alert or above. The only counties on the lower concern level of orange are Gallia, Hocking, Monroe and Harrison – all in Southeast Ohio. … Seventy-two percent of Cuyahoga County residents live within a mile of a vaccination center. … Portugal – ravaged by the virus – sees the number of Covid patients in hospitals fall for the third consecutive day. But the nation’s seven-day average of daily deaths remains the world’s highest, at 2.05 per 100,000 people.
Melbourne – Australia’s second-largest city – is set to begin its third lockdown for five days. The Australian Open tennis tournament will go on without spectators.
Quotes of the week
• “What a true waste. (The British) rolled out the red carpet for this company, helping with financing and the set-up. … And we were powerless.” – Christelle Morancais, president of the Pays de la Loire regional council, to the Associated Press. Her comments stem from the news that in September French pharmaceutical startup Valneva offered a government contract for 60 million doses of its vaccine candidate. But the buyer was the United Kingdom – not the EU.
• “I’ve been on Zoom calls for the last two weeks about how we’re going to manage this. The big wall is about to hit us again and these are the new variants.” – Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, to CNN. Nearly 700 cases of Covid variants initially spotted in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil are now in the United States.
• “Did we change dramatically the picture we had beforehand? I don’t think so. Did we improve our understanding? Did we add details to that picture? Absolutely.”- Peter Ben Embarek, a Danish food-safety expert who spoke on behalf of the WHO delegation studying the genesis of the virus in Wuhan, China.
• “I didn’t even realize I had it.” – Sister André, a French nun believed to be the world’s second-oldest person. She survived Covid and turned 117 on Thursday. Once doctors declared her no longer infected, she was allowed to attend Mass.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and wire reports. Each Saturday morning, we recap news and stats regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
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