GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Covid case surge in US as global infections pass 217 million
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GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Covid case surge in US as global infections pass 217 million

31 Aug 2021

31 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 217,257,000 with more than 4,512,000 deaths reported.

The surge in Covid-19 cases in the US is causing hospitals to reach their limits in several states.

Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina report their ICU occupancy rate at 70% or more.

In Florida, Orlando residents were asked to conserve water because liquid oxygen, used to treat the water supply, is needed for Covid-19 patients.

Health officials in the US expect cases to surge again in the Autumn and Winter as people move indoors.

Should vaccination levels remain stagnant, and with so many cases of Delta circulating, a new variant will likely emerge.

Looking at Delta surges in India and the UK once cases peak and decline they remain at higher levels than they were before the Delta variant took over.

This is due to the highly infectious nature of the Delta variant.

Additionally, as more adults get vaccinated, more cases are starting to spread to children under 12, for whom the vaccine has not yet been approved.

In Asia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan, record numbers of daily confirmed cases have been reported with 16,900 cases, 13,000 cases, and 21,500 cases, respectively.

Previously, Vietnam had managed to keep Covid-19 at bay through testing, effective contact tracing, and border restrictions.

However, daily confirmed cases have continued to increase since April when the Delta variant was first detected.

 

Ana Fernandez Menjivar, MSc DLSHTM, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData