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The United Kingdom reported the world’s first publicly confirmed death from COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant, USA Today reports.
The variant has been identified in at least 30 states, according to a Washington Post tally.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.3 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 798,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Chinese authorities in the northern port city of Tianjin said they had detected the mainland’s first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, putting what China has called its “zero tolerance” COVID-19 strategy to a further test, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 49.9 million COVID-19 cases and 797,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 270.3 million cases and more than 5.3 million deaths. About 72% of people in the U.S. have received at least one vaccine shot, and about 61% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Among U.S. adults, 84% have received at least one shot, and about 72% are fully vaccinated.
Kane County recorded its highest weekend death toll in months, with eight additional deaths posted today.
The total number of Kane County residents who have died from COVID-19 is 922, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
Kane County recorded 786 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend for a total of 77,279 positive cases since the pandemic began.
The county’s seven-day test positivity rolling average is 7.1%.
Illinois added 19,515 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and 105 additional deaths.
The statewide totals since the pandemic began are 1,904,259 positive cases and 26,906 deaths.
In Kane-DuPage Region 8, ICU bed availability remains at 16% — four percentage points under the state threshold.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Region 8 continues to climb. The seven-day rolling average of Region 8 hospitalizations is now at 334.
Recent COVID-NET data show that cumulative #COVID19 hospitalization rates are about 12 times higher in unvaccinated adolescents ages 12-17 years compared with fully vaccinated adolescents. Vaccinations are critical to preventing serious illness. More: https://t.co/ikJpMcvyCb pic.twitter.com/6o9p2a71Ql
— CDC (@CDCgov) December 3, 2021
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‘This too shall pass away’ this famous Persian adage seems to be defeating us again and again in the case of COVID-19. Despite every effort