USA news live: Covid-19 cases rising again, driven by Delta variant – Times of India

US State Department ‘surging’ staffing to cope with backlog of up to 2 million passport applications: Official

Americans are waiting 12-18 weeks for new passports after delays due to Covid-19: Official

The Biden administration announces it will begin evacuation flights in late July for Afghans who aided the US military

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

This unique moment in history requires us to be a global leader in delivering safe and effective vaccines. This donation to Costa Rica is another meaningful step in eradicating Covid-19

Spokesperson Ned Price

US sends 500,000 Pfizer Covid-19 doses to Costa Rica

The United States donated 500,000 doses of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine to Costa Rica on Wednesday as part of Washington’s coronavirus diplomacy to send surplus shots overseas to help fight the global pandemic, the US State Department said.

Evacuation will be of Afghan translators going through the special immigrant visa process: Reuters quoting sources

Sources say evacuation will charter commercial aircraft

Biden administration expected to announce start of ‘Operation Allied Refuge’ that will evacuate Afghan visa applicants, two sources tell Reuters

Joe Biden nominates two prominent Indian-American doctors to key roles

The five states with the biggest two-week jump in cases per capita all had lower vaccination rates: Missouri, 45.9%; Arkansas, 43%; Nevada, 50.9%; Louisiana, 39.2%; and Utah, 49.5%

Nationally, 55.6% of all Americans have received at least one Covid-19 shot, according to the CDC

Parts of the country are running up against deep vaccine resistance, and the Delta variant is accounting for an larger share of infections

And all but two states — Maine and South Dakota — reported that case numbers have gone up over the past two weeks

Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to Johns Hopkins University data

US Covid-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks

The Covid-19 curve in the US is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings