WHO: Global Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Have Been Declining Since August
The U.S. reported the most new coronavirus cases of any country last week, according to a World Health Organization report.
Weekly coronavirus cases and deaths around the world have been declining since August, according to a World Health Organization report.
“All regions reported a decline in the number of new cases this week apart from the European Region which reported a number similar to that of the previous week,” the report said.
Most regions also showed a large decline in COVID-19 deaths except for the Americas and Europe, which reported a similar number of deaths compared to previous weeks. The Africa region reported the highest decline in weekly deaths.
The U.S. reported the most new coronavirus cases of any country. Still, national infections and hospitalizations are on the decline. The country surpassed a COVID-19 death toll of 700,000 last week.
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 44% of Americans are not yet fully vaccinated. And with the latest surge on the decline, health officials are urging the unvaccinated to get the shot.
“As these cases come down, the most important thing that we can do is continue to practice the mitigation strategies that we know work,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week. “Of course, that’s masking, handwashing, distancing, ventilation – but critically important is vaccination.”
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
French President Emmanuel Macron faced significant criticism for his comments claiming that he would like to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals.
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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