COVID live updates: UK variant will likely become more ‘dominant’ in US, Fauci says

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 101.5 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 29, 4:19 pmCDC extends moratorium on evictions through MarchThe CDC is extending its moratorium on housing evictions through March 31, citing the health threat it poses. The order had been set to expire on Jan. 31.Bluu Davis speaks outside of City Hall about being served an eviction notice as she joins the Me…Read More“Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said in a statement.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Jan 29, 1:26 pmFauci: UK variant will likely become ‘dominant’ in USAt Friday’s White House press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United Kingdom variant will likely become more “dominant” in the U.S. toward the end of March or early April. There are 379 confirmed cases across 29 states of the B117 strain of the coronavirus, according to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.Fauci indicated that the evolving nature of the virus is something the medical community will have to continue dealing with going forward.“Even though the long-range effect in the sense of severe disease is still handled reasonably well by the vaccines, this is a wake-up call to all of us, that we will be dealing, as the virus uses its devices to evade pressure, particularly immunological pressure, that we will continue to see the evolution of mutants,” he said.Fauci also indicated that the fight to contain the new variants will impact the vaccine response. “We, as a government, the companies, all of us that are in this together, will have to be nimble to be able to just adjust readily to make versions of the vaccine that actually are specifically directed towards whatever mutation is actually prevalent at any given time,” he said.Jan 29, 11:59 amLimited indoor dining can resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayIndoor dining will return to New York City on Valentine’s Day at 25% capacity, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Indoor dining was shut down in New York City in December.On March 15, in-person weddings can resume in New York at 50% capacity, or up to 150 people, he said.Jan 29, 11:00 amUS numbers still high but trends are encouraging: CDC expertsDr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. has seen a decline in the last two weeks of new cases and hospitalizations, which is “encouraging,” but he added, “the numbers nationally are still high.”“The pandemic is not yet over yet,” Butler told the Infectious Diseases Society of America on Friday. “By the time we end our 45 minutes together, roughly 100 more Americans will have died of COVID-19.”Butler stressed that the vaccines are safe and effective and that mild side effects are normal.“The available data tells us that more than half of people have reported some degree of tiredness and pain at the injection site, although most are able to continue normal daily activities,” Butler said. “Many also report symptoms such as headache muscle pain or chills after getting their shots, particularly in the first couple of days. These data also suggest that it may be more common among younger persons, and after the second dose, but again this is expected based on some of the data that were available from the clinical trials.”Jan 29, 10:47 amEU approves AstraZenecaAstraZeneca’s vaccine on Friday was recommended for conditional marketing authorization in the European Union for people 18 and older. The two doses should be administered four to 12 weeks apart.This is the third vaccine, following Pfizer and Moderna, to be approved by the European Medicines Agency. The AstraZeneca vaccine now awaits final say from the European Commission.Jan 29, 8:43 amJ&J single-shot vaccine 85% effective against severe COVID-19 diseaseIn another promising development for vaccine science, Johnson & Johnson announced Friday that its COVID-19 vaccine — a single shot tested against a complex barrage of newly emerged variants of the virus — is 66% effective at preventing symptomatic disease and 85% effective against preventing severe illness.The U.S. pharmaceutical giant said the vaccine is also safe to take. Volunteers experienced mild reactions after the shot, with less than 10% experiencing fever, according to a company press release.The full data package will be made publicly available and will be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee sometime in mid- to late February.The FDA has said it will consider a vaccine that’s more than 50% effective, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine exceeds this threshold. An emergency use authorization could be given and people could start receiving shots before the end of February.Jan 29, 8:26 am‘We should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,’ CDC director saysAmericans should now assume there’s already more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus circulating in their communities, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“I think we should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,” Walensky told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“That is the way we’re going to control this pandemic,” she added. “Quite honestly, we know that these viruses are going to mutate. They generally mutate to the advantage of the virus and that’s how we get these more dominant strains.”Walensky’s remarks come a day after the United States confirmed its first cases of the B1351 variant, which was first identified in South Africa and has since spread to dozens of other countries.“We had always been worried that they were here and we hadn’t yet detected them,” she said.The B1351 variant was discovered in two people in South Carolina who were not in contact with one another and haven’t traveled recently, which concerns Walensky.“So the presumption is here that they became infected from other people in the community and that there’s community spread of this variant,” she said.Walensky explained that it “takes a while” for scientists to detect a variant.“From the time of symptoms to somebody getting a test to that test being positive and to us being able to sequence it, that turnaround time could be up to 10 to 14 days,” she said.Although the CDC has “done an enormous amount of scaling up of our surveillance of these variants,” Walensky said researchers are essentially starting from the ground up because “there has not been a public health infrastructure to track these variants.”“There has not been money, resources to be able to do mass sequencing at the level of infection that we have in this country right now,” she said. “That is part of the American Rescue Plan, is to be able to use resources to finance a mass scale-up of surveillance for these variants.”There are concerns that the variants wield increased transmissibility and mortality, or that existing treatments and vaccines won’t work as well against them.“The current vaccines we’re still studying against these variants,” Walensky said. “What I will say though is we have a 95% efficacious vaccine against the current strain. Even if we have some diminution of that efficacy against the South Africa strain, I still think we need to really go ahead, push the vaccination, because this just is still yet another tool in our toolbox to fight this pandemic.”Jan 29, 7:24 amRussia says it can supply Europe with 100 million doses of its vaccineRussia said Friday it will be ready to supply Europe with enough doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for 50 million people in the second quarter of this year.The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for worldwide marketing of the vaccine, announced via Twitter that 100 million doses can be provided to the European Union — pending regulatory approval — once most of Russia’s population has been vaccinated.After being developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Sputnik V was controversially registered by the health ministry in August before starting crucial Phase 3 trials, with Russia declaring itself the first in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine.The RDIF said the vaccine is now registered in 15 countries and that documents have been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for “rolling review,” which would mean that the drug regulator is reviewing clinical trial data on a rolling basis. However, last week, the EMA said in a statement that “currently Sputnik V is not undergoing a rolling review.”Jan 29, 6:25 amMexico overtakes India for third-highest COVID-19 death tollMexico now has the third-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world.According to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 155,145 fatalities from the disease since the pandemic began, overtaking India’s count of 154,010 deaths.Mexico, a country of 127 million people, has confirmed more than 1.8 million cases of COVID-19. Whereas India, home to some 1.3 billion, has confirmed over 10.7 million cases, the second-most in the world, according to Johns Hopkins data.Jan 29, 3:49 amUS reports over 164,000 new casesThere were 164,665 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Thursday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 3,872 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Thursday, down from a peak of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,766,735 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 433,195 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 24 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

These are the big sellers – where more than one house sells for every day of the year

first_imgSuburbs with a large number of new houses such as North Lakes, where this home at 40 Wallarah Pde, is listed for sale, are popular with buyers. Picture: realestate.com.auSurfers Paradise chalked up 1589 unit sales – that’s the equivalent of 4.3 units a day – selling in the past 12 months.With a median unit price of $370,000 that means almost 800 of those buyers paid less than that to secure a property.Southport in second spot had a massive 987 unit sales, while Hope Island chalked up 619, Labrador, 578 and Biggera Waters, 511. Buderim, where this home is listed for sale at 1 Mayfair Lane is popular with house buyers. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago GET all the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here The suburb has a median house price of $465,500 and has numerous housing estates under development.Suburbs with a large amount of new housing development proved most popular with buyers, with 463 houses selling at North Lakes, north of Brisbane.The suburb has a median house price of $472,500.Further south Forest Lake chalked up 441 sales and had a median house price of $430,000 followed by Kallangur, to the north again, with 433 sales and a median house price of $367,500.In the unit market it was once again the Gold Coast and in particular Surfers Paradise which by far blitzed any other area. With views like this on offer at Buderim, it’s not hard to see why the suburb is so popular. Picture: realestate.com.auTHE term sea change has been around for some time now but buyers don’t seem to be tiring off it, with Buderim leading Queensland for the highest number of house sales in the past year.The Sunshine Coast suburb proved the most popular with house buyers with 571 changing hands during that period.With a median house price of $600,000 that means the suburb catered to a wide variety of buyers with half of the sales during the period for more than that and half for less.The second most popular suburb for house buyers as at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast, with 518 houses changing hands in the past 12 months.last_img read more

355 test positive for COVID-19, 10 succumb

first_imgA statement from the Ministry of Health stated that, 296 patients had recovered from the disease, with 202 being from the Home-Based Care program and 94 from various hospitals.The total number of recoveries now stands at 18,453.10 patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the fatality to 542.Nairobi continues to lead with 118 cases followed by Mombasa and Nakuru with 25 cases each.Kiambu has 23 cases, Kajiado 20, Migori 20, Machakos 18, Lamu 15, Kisumu9, Narok 9, Laikipia 9, Homabay 7, Busia 6, Bomet 6, Taita Taveta 5, Kitui 5, Kericho 5, Garissa 4, Uasin Gishu 4, Murang’a 4, Kirinyaga 4, Kisii 3, Samburu 2, Vihiga 1, Marsabit 1, Meru 1, Kwale 1, Kilifi 1, Embu 1, Nandi 1, Nyandarua 1, Tana River 1.Also Read  2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of ParliamentSub County distribution: 118 cases in Nairobi are in, Westlands (20), Embakasi East (13), Langata (12), Kasarani (11), Dagoretti North (9), Embakasi South (8), Embakasi West (6), Kibra (6), Roysambu (6), Starehe (6), Makadara (5), Dagoretti South (3), Embakasi Central (3), Embakasi North (3), Ruaraka (3), Kamukunji (2) and Mathare (2).In Mombasa, the 25 cases are in Likoni (17), Mvita (7) and Nyali (1), while in Nakuru, the 25 cases are in Naivasha (11), Nakuru East (4), Nakuru West (4), Rongai (4) andGilgil (2). In Kiambu, the 23 cases are in, Thika (10), Ruiru (5), Lari (3), Kikuyu (2), Kabete, Kiambu Town and Limuru (1) case each.Also Read  KNCCI training to help special group SMEs cope during COVID-19In Kajiado, the 20 cases are in Kajiado East (15), Kajiado North (3) and Kajiado Central(2). In Migori, the 20 cases are Suna East (12), Awendo (4), Kuria West (3) and Nyatike (1). In Machakos, all the 18 cases are in Athi River, while the 15 cases in Lamu, are all in Lamu West, and in Kisumu, all the 9 cases are in Kisumu Central.In Narok, the 9 cases are in Narok North (6), Transmara West (2), and Narok West(1), and the 9 cases in Laikipia, are in Laikipia East (8) and Laikipia West (1). In Homabay, the 7 cases are in Rachuonyo South (5) and Ndhiwa (2) while in Busia, the 6 cases are in Teso North (4) and Matayos (2). The 6 cases in Bomet are all in Bomet East, the 5 cases in Taita Taveta, are all in Voi, the 5 cases in Kitui, are in Kitui Central (3) and Kitui West (2), while the 5 cases in Kericho, are all in in Ainamoi. In Garissa, the 4 cases are.Also Read  Kenya marks World Alzheimer’s day amid renewed hopeIn Dadaab (3) and Garissa Town (1), the 4 cases in Uasin Gishu, are in Ainabkoi (3) and Turbo (1), the 4 cases in Murang’a, are in Mathioya (3) and Maragua (1) while the 4 cases in Kirinyaga, are all in Kirinyaga Central. In Kisii, the 3 cases are all in Kitutu ChacheSouth, while in Samburu, the 2 cases are all in SamburuCentral.The case in Vihiga is in Sabatia, the case in Marsabit is in Moyale, the case in Meru is in Imenti North, the case in Kwale is in Lunga Lunga, the case in Kilifi is in Kaloleni, the case in Embu is in Manyatta, the case in Nandi is in Chesumei, the case in Nyandarua, is in Ndaragwa while the case in Tana River is in Garsen. 355 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours from 5,724 samples tested bringing to 32,118 the number of confirmed positive cases in the country.The cumulative tests done so far are 417,804.Out of the new cases 339 are Kenyans while 16 are foreigners with 213 are males and 142 females. The youngest case is a two-year old-baby while the oldest is 81 years.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

NCAA turns down USC sanctions appeal

first_imgThe National Collegiate Athletic Association turned down USC’s appeal to gradually reduce scholarship sanctions in a statement Friday, according to multiple media reports.USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts met with NCAA President Mark Emmert Wednesday to discuss the sanctions following the NCAA announcement that Penn State’s sanctions would be reduced. The NCAA, however, said that the two universities’ situations are not comparable.“There is no comparison between the USC And Penn State cases,” the NCAA said in a statement. “USC’s appeal was denied and there is no further consideration being given.”The NCAA sanctions, which came as a result of the 2010 Reggie Bush case, reduced the total number of annual scholarships from 85 to 75. Haden cited the crippling effect the sanctions has had on the university and the NCAA community as reason to explore other solutions.“Given the changing landscape impacting intercollegiate sports over the past year, the recent action regarding Penn State, the impact of the sanctions on our program and the efforts we have undertaken at USC to compete with integrity, we again argued for some considering regarding the 2010 sanctions during the last year of our penalty,” Haden said in a statement.The 75-player roster limit is set to expire with the class of 2014 in February. Follow Yasmeen on Twitter @YasmeenSerhanlast_img read more

More Data for YouTube’s Partners: Google Integrates Content ID and YouTube Insights

first_imgTags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Google just announced that it is integrating its Content ID system, which alerts YouTube’s 1,000 partners when one of their videos or audio tracks is being used without authorization, and YouTube Insight, the analytics package that gives uploaders usage stats for their videos. Content ID gives copyright owners the ability to block a video or audio track, but most importantly, it also allows them to make money from these uploads by selling ads against these new videos (like Sony did with the JK Wedding Entrance Dance). Until today, YouTube’s partners only got a very basic set of stats about these videos, but they will now get the same stats that the uploader gets as well.Liz Gannes over at NewTeeVee had a chance to talk to the Content ID team and offers a lot more detail about the technical details behind the system. One interesting aspect of the system is that it is now being used more often to geoblock videos in certain regions. Google also told Gannes that Google regularly does ‘legacy scans of its entire library’ so that it can compare older videos against new claims from its partners. It is also interesting to note that Google now actually checks videos for copyrighted material before they even go live on the site. In the early days of Content ID, Google would only check after the video was already live.Giving Partners a Better Idea How their Content is Being UsedThis will hopefully mean that fewer copyright owners decide to completely block videos that use their content. After all, there is a lot of interesting demographic data in these mashup videos that YouTube’s partners and their marketing firms can use. According to Gannes, Google’s partners who leave user videos up “have seen their overall views more than double.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NSWTA Blues Dinner

first_imgThe Blues Dinner recognised NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. Gary Brickell was awarded the prestigious Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts as a referee and administrator of the Wollongong Touch Association of which he has been involved for over twenty-five years. The Canterbury club had much to celebrate with members Gary Sonda (Men’s Player of the Year), Peter Forrester (Coach of the Year), and the Winchester sisters (Joint Female Players of the Year) claiming awards on the night.NSWTA also inducted four individuals to their Hall of Fame – Gabrielle Rose, Katrina Toohey, Gary Mournehis, and Judy Malcolm. A full list of winners is below: Affiliate of the Year State winner:Wallsend TASix regional winners:SunsAlbion Park TA RebelsEast’s TA MetsLower Blue Mountains TA ScorpionsRyde Eastwood TA HornetsWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan (Easts TA) and Elijah Van Der Kwast (UNSW TA)Region of the Year Mets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Gary Brickell (Wollongong TA) Coach of the Year Peter Forrester (Canterbury TA) Selector of the Year Bob Monkley (Yass TA)Male Player of the Year Gary Sonda (Canterbury TA) Female Player of the Year Clare Winchester and Louise Winchester (Canterbury TA) Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan (Penrith TA) Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury (Wests TA) and Amy Regal (Wollongong TA) For further information, go to the new NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

a month agoWillian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishing

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told chelseafc.com”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.” last_img read more

Neil Diamond To Perform At Event Honoring George Clooney

first_imgThe Carousel of Hope, the world’s premiere charity event benefiting childhood diabetes, hosted biennially by Barbara Davis, and presented by Mercedes Benz, has announced that Rock and Pop icon Neil Diamond will perform at the 26th gala taking place on Sat., Oct. 20, in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the Beverly Hilton.Neil Diamond will join previously announced artist, R&B sensation Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, as the evenings performers under the direction of the event’s Musical Director, David Foster. Past awardees Quincy Jones and Clive Davis will act as Music Chairmen.The legendary, star-studded gala benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the country’s leading care and research center for type 1 diabetes. Jay Leno will encore as Master of Ceremonies at the event which will honor Oscar-winning actor, producer, director and philanthropist George Clooney with the “The Brass Ring Award” for his outstanding artistic achievements and unprecedented humanitarian undertakings.For the fifth consecutive time, Mercedes-Benz will be the presenting sponsor and a highlight of the evening will be the auctioning of a Mercedes-Benz. Other major sponsors include Guess? Inc., American Airlines, Estee Lauder, Moët Hennessy USA and The Beverly Hilton.Since its founding 35 years ago by Marvin and Barbara Davis, The Carousel of Hope has raised over $75 million on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colo. Over 6,000 children and adults with type 1 diabetes from around the globe visit regularly for specialized care. The Center also cares for children with type 2 diabetes. Both forms of the disease are increasing at an epidemic rate.Find out more here.last_img read more