COVID-19 Deaths Cross A Staggering 3 Million Globally

Lula Sharp
April 17, 2021

Johns Hopkins reports the US has 31.5 million of the world's 140 million cases, followed by India with 14.5 million cases and Brazil with 13.8 million.

What age groups comprise the breakthrough cases?

Even as the USA and Britain see their vaccination drives hit their stride, other places both rich and poor, France and India among them, are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as cases soar. The CDC sent ABC Action News new data on breakthrough cases, explaining those cases are defined as someone who gets COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. The U.S. has averaged 70,117 cases a day in the past week, up 8% from the average two weeks ago. It reports 29% percent of those people were asymptomatic, 65% percent were female, and 40% of infections were people over the age of 60.

"Until we know more about those questions, everyone - even people who've had their vaccines - should continue taking steps to protect themselves and others when recommended", the CDC adds. "However, a little over 40% of the infections were in people 60 or more years of age".

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Mr. Dr Tedros added that globally, the number of new cases per week has almost doubled over the past two months.

The CDC tells News 5 it now has a database for states to contribute information about breakthrough cases as investigators work to see if any of these cases have common factors or demographics that can be addressed.

"We're still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes Covid-19", as well as how well they keep people from spreading the disease and how long they can protect people, it says.

Recommendations are already different for people who have been fully vaccinated.

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