Ambulances full of shortness of breath lined up in Brazil as countries around the world set new records in COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease has increased even in some countries that keep the virus under control.
In the United States, Detroit leaders have begun making plans to knock on every door to persuade people to make vaccines.
This week, Brazil became only the third country after the United States and Peru to report a 24-hour COVID-19 death toll of more than 4,000.. India has reached a peak of nearly 1
In the state of Rio de Janeiro, emergency services have been under the most pressure since the pandemic began, with ambulances carrying patients of all ages in overcrowded hospitals struggling to care for everyone. Authorities say more than 90% of beds in the state’s intensive care unit are occupied by patients with COVID-19, and many cities report people dying at home due to lack of medical treatment.
“We are already living the third wave. We have three times as many calls, “said Adriano Pereira, director of the mobile emergency service at the Duque de Caxias, a poor city outside Rio.
The death toll in Brazil has risen after 340,000, the second highest in the world after the United States, where nearly 560,000 people have been confirmed killed.
The 14-day creeping average death rate from COVID-19 in Rio State rose from 112 to 207 between March 1 and April 7, with some health analysts expecting even worse days over the next few weeks. Many hospitals warn of the risk of oxygen deficiency and sedatives for intubation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to get vaccinated, tweeting: “Vaccination is one of the few ways to defeat the virus. If you qualify for a vaccine, take a picture soon. “
The United States has now fully vaccinated nearly 20 percent of its adult population, and New Mexico has become the first state to receive shots fired at the hands of 25 percent of its population, stages that are still a long way off for many affected countries.
In India, where 1.4 billion people live, only 11 million are fully vaccinated. In Brazil, less than 3% of the country’s 210 million people have received both doses, according to the Our World in Data website.
South Korea reported another 700 cases, the highest daily jump since Jan. 5. Health authorities were expected to announce measures to increase social distance after a meeting on Friday.
In Thailand, which reported only 95 deaths during the pandemic, health officials reported the first local cases in the country of the coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK. The news comes at a time when only 1% of the population has been vaccinated and as Thais prepare to celebrate the traditional Songkran holiday next year next week, it is usually a time of widespread travel.
This option is more contagious, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that it is now the most common option. in the United States, raising fears that it would lead to infections and cause more people to get sick.
Michigan has an average of more than 7,000 new cases a day – a number that makes the country second in the country after New York. Michigan also has the highest number of new cases per capita, with 1 in 203 people diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 31 and April 7, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
In Detroit, which is about 80% black, officials said they plan to start visiting homes talk about the importance of protecting yourself from the virus with vaccinations and how to sign up to get the shots.
“We will knock on every apartment door in the city, making sure every Detroiter knows how to make an appointment,” Victoria Covari, executive assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Dugan, told The Detroit News.
Only 22 percent of Detroit residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with 38 percent for the entire Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
In recent days, other states in the Midwest have noticed alarming signs, including a school district in Iowa where 127 students and five employees have tested positive for coronavirus or are considered positive.
In Massachusetts, where the seven-day moving average of daily new cases has risen to more than 2,100 new cases a day, the Massachusetts Public Health Association has called on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to reinstate public health measures. The group called on Baker to limit indoor dining and other indoor activities, saying the increase in cases and hospitalizations followed Baker’s decision to ease those restrictions.
“We are currently competing between vaccines and their variants,” Carlen Pavlos, the group’s chief executive, said on Thursday. “Without these public health measures, even more innocent lives will be wasted.”
Associated Press writers Felipe Dana of Rio de Janeiro, Mauricio Savarese of Sao Paulo and Corey Williams of Detroit contributed to this report.