Coronavirus Update: U.S. COVID cases tick higher as BA.5 takes hold, and U.K. to offer second booster to those aged 50 and older

by | Jul 18, 2022 | Stock Market

U.S. COVID cases are rising again after being steady for several months, as the BA.5 omicron subvariant becomes dominant. BA.5 is understood to be the most transmissible variant seen so far and to have an ability to break through vaccination and cause reinfection.

The daily average for new U.S. cases stood at 129,938 on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 15% from two weeks ago. The number is likely undercounted as so many people are now testing at home and the data are not being collected. The daily average for hospitalizations rose to 40,942, up 20% in two weeks. The daily average for deaths is up 9% to 420. See now: Are you confused about BA.5 and the current state of the pandemic? Here’s how the experts are thinking about it. Parents of very small children in Florida are finding it difficult to access the COVID vaccines that were recently authorized for babies aged six months up to five years, the Washington Post reported. And they are blaming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who warned parents not to get the “baby jabs” as regulators had done insufficient testing and trials. DeSantis, a Republican, said he would not stand in their way, however. But now parents are struggling to find places that carry the vaccines and are blaming the governor for failing to pre-order shots and prohibiting county health departments from administering or distributing them. DeSantis was the only state governor to take that action. As always, poor families are being hit the hardest, as they rely on county health clinics that are now barred from administering the vaccine to very young children. Coronavirus Update: MarketWatch’s daily roundup has been curating and reporting all the latest developments every weekday since the coronavirus pandemic began

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