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Nearly one-third of the U.S. is fully-vaccinated; India sets another grim record as global cases top 150 million

Covid-19 patients are seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a care center in New Delhi on Thursday. (Tauseef Mustafa//AFP/Getty Images)
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The wave of U.S. coronavirus cases that began in early spring is on the wane, with the daily average of new infections around the country falling to their lowest level since mid-October. The trend is not equal nationwide, with pockets of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, seeing a surge in outbreaks due to the emergency of new variant strains of the virus.

Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus catastrophe is worsening. The White House on Friday announced plans to restrict travel from India as the country reported another record number of new cases over the preceding 24 hours. The army opened its hospitals and patients struggled to access beds, oxygen and lifesaving treatment.

India’s crematoriums are overwhelmed, and the health system is crumbling. Anger toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi is growing, especially over his decision to hold huge election rallies as infections soared. India’s official death toll has passed 208,000.

The first batch of U.S. aid arrived in India on Friday. President Biden has promised more than $100 million in support, including 1,100 oxygen cylinders and 15 million N95 masks.

Here are some significant developments:

  • 100 million U.S. adults — nearly one-third of the total U.S. population — are fully vaccinated, the White House announced Friday.
  • India’s Health Ministry reported 386,452 new infections Friday — a global record — and 3,498 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s confirmed cases to more than 18.7 million.
  • Global cases of the coronavirus topped 150 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, with the death toll reaching 3.15 million.
  • Disneyland, California’s renowned theme park, will reopen to visitors on Friday after a shutdown of more than a year.
  • The Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended a federal mask-wearing requirement through Sept. 13 for travelers on buses, trains, commercial flights and at airports.
  • The rate of cases in the United States continues to fall, with the seven-day average estimated to be about 52,000 daily on Thursday. More than 574,000 people have died in the United States since the pandemic began.

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