PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported the most important variety of extra confirmed COVID-19 circumstances since final January for the second day in a row and 125 extra virus deaths.
The state reported extra 8,220 circumstances as Arizona’s pandemic totals elevated to 1,389,708 circumstances and 24,354 deaths, in accordance with the Division of Well being Companies’ coronavirus dashboard. Arizona on Friday reported 7,720 extra circumstances.
The state reported over 8,000 extra circumstances on 13 days final January.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations dropped barely for the second straight day, with 2,283 virus sufferers occupying inpatient beds statewide Friday, the dashboard reported.
In response to Johns Hopkins College information, Arizona’s seven-day rolling common of day by day new circumstances in Arizona rose over the previous two weeks, rising from 3,058.6 on Dec. 16 to 4,325 on Thursday.
The rolling common of day by day deaths dropped from 77.1 to 52.8 throughout the identical interval.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
— Dozens of U.S. faculties transfer courses on-line briefly to counter surge of infections
— Over 2,400 U.S. flights canceled on New Yr’s Day as omicron rages on
— UK estimates 1 in 15 had virus in London earlier than Christmas amid omicron surge
— New COVID-19 circumstances in US soar to highest ranges on report
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:
DALLAS — For air vacationers, the brand new yr picked up the place the outdated one left off –- with plenty of frustration.
By late morning Saturday on the East Coast, greater than 2,400 U.S. flights and almost 4,200 worldwide had been canceled, in accordance with monitoring service FlightAware.
That’s the highest single-day toll but since simply earlier than Christmas, when airways started blaming staffing shortages on rising COVID-19 infections amongst crews. Greater than 12,000 U.S. flights have been canceled since Dec. 24.
Saturday’s disruptions weren’t simply because of the virus, nevertheless. Wintry climate made Chicago the worst place within the nation for vacationers, with 800 flights scrubbed at O’Hare Airport and greater than 250 at Halfway Airport. Forecasts referred to as for 9 inches of snow. Denver, Detroit and Newark, New Jersey, have been hit with at the very least 100 cancellations every.
Southwest Airways, which has main operations at Chicago Halfway and Denver, canceled greater than 450 flights nationwide, or 13% of its schedule, by midmorning. American, Delta, United and JetBlue scrubbed greater than 100 flights apiece.
LOS ANGELES — A yr after New Yr’s Day handed with out a Rose Parade because of the coronavirus pandemic, the floral spectacle celebrating the arrival of 2022 proceeded Saturday regardless of a brand new surge of infections because of the omicron variant.
The 133rd version of the Pasadena, California, custom featured actor LeVar Burton as grand marshal, 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian items and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream. Imagine. Obtain.”
After days of record-smashing rains, there have been sunny skies for the 8 a.m. begin of the parade, which has an uncanny historical past of postcard climate.
LeAnn Rimes kicked off the occasion with a efficiency of “Throw My Arms Across the World” adopted by a navy flyover of a B-2 bomber. Additionally on the efficiency record have been “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float and nation singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen.
The parade and the afternoon Rose Bowl soccer recreation between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes remained on observe regardless of an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, the place day by day new circumstances topped 27,000 on Friday.
The county Division of Public Well being mentioned it was the very best variety of new circumstances.
LISBON, Portugal — A cruise ship carrying over 4,000 individuals has been held within the Portuguese capital of Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak contaminated crew members, the German information company dpa reported Saturday.
German firm Aida Cruises informed dpa that it found the optimistic coronavirus circumstances throughout routine well being checks and has accommodated these contaminated ashore in coordination with Portuguese authorities in Lisbon.
Portuguese media reported that 52 members of the crew of over 1,000 employees examined optimistic. Not one of the almost 3,000 passengers had examined optimistic. All on board had handed a screening take a look at and have been vaccinated with two doses earlier than the ship set sail from Germany.
The ship is ready for the arrival of recent crew members to proceed its journey to Spain’s Canary Islands, dpa mentioned.
BOSTON — With COVID-19 circumstances surging simply as college students are about to return from winter break, dozens of U.S. faculties are transferring courses on-line once more for at the very least the primary week or so of the semester — and a few warn it might stretch longer if the wave of an infection doesn’t subside quickly.
Harvard is transferring courses on-line for the primary three weeks of the brand new yr, with a return to campus scheduled for late January, “situations allowing.” The College of Chicago is delaying the start of its new time period and holding the primary two weeks on-line. Some others are inviting college students again to campus however beginning courses on-line, together with Michigan State College.
Many faculties hope that an additional week or two will get them previous the height of the nationwide spike pushed by the extremely contagious omicron variant. Nonetheless, the surge is casting uncertainty over a semester many had hoped could be the closest to regular because the begin of the pandemic.
For some U.S. college students, beginning the time period remotely is changing into routine — many faculties used the technique final yr. However some concern the most recent shift might lengthen properly past per week or two.
Jake Maynard, a pupil at George Washington College within the nation’s capital, mentioned he’s high quality with per week of on-line courses, however past that, he hopes officers belief within the booster pictures and supply a conventional faculty expertise.
TOKYO — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito supplied prayers for individuals who died in the course of the pandemic, taking to video for the second straight yr for his New Yr’s greeting on Saturday, having canceled public palace gatherings to curb coronavirus infections.
Sitting earlier than a bonsai tree together with his spouse Masako, Naruhito praised and thanked medical doctors and different well being care employees, and expressed concern for nations missing entry to vaccines and enough hospital techniques.
“By treasuring greater than ever the connections amongst individuals, sharing our ache and supporting one another, I hope from the underside of my coronary heart that we’ll overcome these exhausting occasions,” he mentioned.
Japan has recorded greater than 18,000 COVID-19-related deaths, however the tempo of deaths has fallen in current months. Naruhito additionally voiced worries concerning the fast-spreading omicron variant.
LAS VEGAS — The annual CES gadget conference can be three days as an alternative of 4 amid a bounce in COVID-19 circumstances and the withdrawal of a few of its best-known tech presenters.
Conference organizer The Client Know-how Affiliation introduced Friday that CES will run from Jan. 5-7, someday shorter than deliberate. The occasion nonetheless has over 2,200 exhibitors confirmed to point out off their merchandise on the Las Vegas conference, spokeswoman Jeanne Abella mentioned.
The announcement follows the withdrawal of tech giants from CES final week citing well being dangers of the omicron variant, together with cellphone carriers like T-Cellular, whose CEO had been slated to ship a keynote speech.
Laptop maker Lenovo and social media firms like Twitter and Fb mother or father firm Meta additionally canceled plans to attend. Information shops together with CNN mentioned they’d cancel or scale back protection.
CES was held completely nearly final yr. It will likely be a hybrid of on-line and in-person this yr, with organizers providing digital registration permitting entry to round 40 livestreamed occasions, Abella mentioned.
TAMPA, Fla. — The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Friday reported greater than 75,900 new circumstances of COVID-19 in Florida.
That tally raises the 7-day common day by day to 42,600, which is twice as excessive because it was on the peak of this summer time’s surge when the delta variant fueled a surge of infections within the state.
Friday’s report marks a single-day report for the variety of new circumstances in Florida. It breaks the report set a day earlier when greater than 58,000 circumstances have been reported within the state. The omicron variant of the coronavirus has spiked in Florida and throughout the nation over the previous few weeks.
Hovering numbers in the course of the vacation season have despatched tens of hundreds of individuals to COVID-19 testing facilities throughout Florida, leading to lengthy traces in lots of areas.
Three individuals collapsed whereas ready in line at a Tampa testing website on Friday morning.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A whole bunch of unvaccinated workers who work at public faculties and universities in Nevada have been being fired Friday, a day after the state Board of Regents voted to maintain a workers vaccine mandate in impact.
The Nevada System of Increased Training Board of Regents on Thursday deadlocked 6-6 on a measure to repeal the workers vaccine mandate after which rejected a measure to push the efficient termination date again two weeks. With out majority help for a repeal, the mandate — which Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada College Alliance help — remained in impact.
Increased schooling officers mentioned on Friday that 379 workers have been being terminated, 188 attribution workers ended their contracts and 18 extra voluntarily resigned. Workers who’re fired can search reinstatement in the event that they present proof of vaccination in January, regents mentioned.
PARIS — Describing himself as “resolutely optimistic,” French President Emmanuel Macron has used the final New Yr’s deal with of his present time period to specific the hope that, with vaccinations, 2022 will see the tip of the coronavirus pandemic.
Macron stopped wanting saying that he’ll stand for re-election in April. He mentioned solely that he intends to proceed serving the French “no matter my place and the circumstances.”
The president appealed to the 5 million unvaccinated however eligible individuals in France to get coronavirus jabs, saying: “All of France is relying on you.”
France has misplaced 123,000 individuals to COVID-19 and new circumstances are at unprecedented ranges, surging with the extremely contagious omicron variant. France reported a report 232,200 new circumstances on Friday, its third day working above the 200,000 mark.
ROME — Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, has used the final New Yr’s Eve speech of his time period take to process those that “waste” alternatives to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, calling that selection an “offense” to all those that haven’t been capable of obtain the injection.
In a televised speech to the nation Friday night time, Mattarella, who’s head of state, famous that he was serving within the remaining days of his seven-year time period, with Parliament to elect his successor within the first weeks of 2022. Referring to current COVID-19 surges in Italy and plenty of different nations pushed by virus variants, Mattarella famous a “sense of frustration” over the setbacks.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal ambulance groups and extra Nationwide Guard members are headed for New York Metropolis, and western New York hospitals are getting extra federal assist as coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations maintain rising.
State officers introduced the brand new deployments Friday.
Gov. Kathy Hochul additionally mentioned college students at state universities and the Metropolis College of New York must get coronavirus vaccine booster pictures to be on campus within the spring semester and should take a look at damaging earlier than coming back from the vacation break.
New confirmed case counts have been breaking information by the day within the state, topping 76,500 on Thursday, Hochul mentioned at a information briefing.
A mean of 53,000 New Yorkers a day examined optimistic within the week that ended Thursday, in comparison with 13,000 per day two weeks earlier. Over 7,900 individuals with COVID-19 are hospitalized statewide, up 67% in per week.
ROME — Italian well being officers are warning that the speed of occupation by COVID-19 sufferers of hospital beds each in intensive care items and in common wards has surpassed the “crucial degree” nationally.
A prime Well being Ministry official, Gianni Rezza, additionally mentioned on Friday night that the incidence of circumstances is rising, with 783 confirmed COVID-19 infections per each 100,000 residents in Italy. The nation hit one other excessive for day by day new caseloads — 144,243 confirmed circumstances within the final 24 hours.
Practically 12% of some 1.234 million swab exams performed since Thursday resulted optimistic, in accordance with the ministry, which urged vaccinated individuals to get a booster shot if they’re eligible.
With the nation slammed by a surge of infections largely pushed by the omicron variant, the federal government banned public New Yr’s Eve celebrations.