USA news live: Covid cases have increased nearly 70% over last week – Times of India

Delta variant now dominant worldwide, drives surge of US deaths: Officials

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is now the dominant strain worldwide and is driving a surge of deaths around the United States, almost entirely among unvaccinated people, US officials said Friday.Cases of COVID-19 are up 70% over the previous week and deaths are up 26%, with most of the surge occurring in counties with below average vaccination rates, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing.”This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” she said.

US has secured enough vaccine supply to deliver booster shots quickly and easily if they are needed: Zients

Zients says ready for booster shots ‘if and when’ science shows they are needed, adds ‘the science will guide us’

In past week, 5 states with highest case rates had a higher than average vaccination rate: Zients

5 million Americans have been vaccinated in last 10 days: Zients

Unvaccinated Americans account for virtually all recent Covid cases and deaths: Zients

White House’s Zients says one in five Covid cases occurring in Florida

We are dealing with a formidable variant

Fauci on Delta variant

About 100 countries now have detected Delta variant, Delta is dominant in the world, says Fauci

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are most effective against Delta variant when people get both doses: Walensky

Increasing numbers of counties in US now exhibit high risk of Covid transmission: Walensky

This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated

CDC director Walensky

Deaths from Covid are up 26% over the previous week: Walensky

CDC director Walensky says Covid cases have increased nearly 70% over previous week

US reported over 33,000 new cases yesterday: CDC

Biden to nominate Jane Hartley to be US Ambassador to United Kingdom: Reuters quotes Washington Post

US sanctions seven Chinese individuals over Hong Kong crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on seven Chinese individuals over Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, Washington’s latest effort to hold Beijing accountable for what it calls an erosion of rule of law in the former British colony.A separate updated business advisory issued by the Biden administration highlighted US government concerns about the impact on international companies of Hong Kong’s national security law.

US issues Hong Kong-related sanctions: Treasury

Tennessee inmate found dead after execution date request

Tennessee death row inmate Stephen Hugueley has died three days after the state filed a motion to set his execution date.Attorney Amy Harwell said she received a call just before 6am Friday from a Tennessee Department of Correction chaplain notifying her of Hugueley’s death.”He had been suicidal for years,” Harwell said, “But TDOC is telling me they do not think it was suicide.”Hugueley was sentenced to death in 2003 for fatally stabbing prison counselor Delbert Steed at the Hardeman County Correctional Complex the previous year.

Republican Representative Andy Biggs said transit mask rules ‘are only being kept in place by those who relish controlling our day-to-day lives’