The US daily death average falls below 2,000 for the first time in a month – 104.5 WOKV
The US daily death average falls below 2,000 for the first time in a month – 104.5 WOKV

The US daily death average falls below 2,000 for the first time in a month – 104.5 WOKV

NEW YORK – While the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe, more than 5.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 935,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

About 64.7% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here you can see how the news develops. All times east:

February 22 at 10:36
Carnival Cruise Line facilitates mask mandates

Carnival has joined Royal Caribbean and Norwegian in easing mask mandates aboard cruises, and announces that masks will be recommended but not required from March 1st.

Norwegian has previously announced that it will drop the requirement for a mask for vaccinated passengers from 1 March. Royal Caribbean said it will reopen indoor mesh-free areas for fully vaccinated travelers on February 14.

-ABC News’ Mina Kaji

February 22 at 9.02
Modern researcher in combination vaccine for COVID booster, influenza vaccine, RSV vaccine

Moderna said it is in the early stages of research for a combination vaccine that would combine three vaccines into one: a COVID-19 booster, an influenza vaccine and an RSV vaccine.

There is no current vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, a virus that causes mild symptoms in most adults but can be fatal to older adults and young children. This new study will only test the vaccine in adults over 60 years of age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that RSV kills 14,000 Americans over the age of 65 each year.

February 22 at 06.25
Queen Elizabeth cancels virtual engagements

Buckingham Palace on Tuesday canceled some of Queen Elizabeth’s virtual engagements, saying the monarch continues to have mild COVID symptoms.

“As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms, she has decided not to take on her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties,” palace officials said in a statement.

The castle announced Sunday that the queen, 95, was tested positive.


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