Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 5: Covid death rate 5 times higher for low-paid workers, Republican candidate guilty of embezzlement of pandemic funds

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Hello. This is the report by Jonathan Spira. Now here is the pandemic news from around the world on the 787th day of the pandemic.

A new study by a University of South Florida epidemiologist has found that most working-age Americans who died from the coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic were essential workers in socioeconomic positions. which required prolonged contact with others.

The study found that Covid-19-related mortality was five times higher for adults with low MS than for adults with high MS. Specifically, the figures were 72.2 deaths per 100,000 members of the population compared to 14.6.

The study, led by Jason Selemi, a professor of association in the university’s College of Public Health, appears to confirm what many had long suspected even at the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, namely that people who had no no jobs that allowed working from home and who worked in low-paying jobs with little or no benefits were at a much higher risk of dying than others.

In other news we’re covering today, the Marlboro man has died of complications from the coronavirus, more than half of New Jersey’s counties are now in the CDC’s high-risk category, and a Republican candidate for Congress now faces 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to the misuse of pandemic relief funds.

Here’s a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours


The Marlboro man died of Covid. Brad Johnson, an actor best known for the role, died aged 62 in February, although his death was first reported this week. Johnson has appeared in several movies and had a recurring role on the TV show “Melrose Place.”

In Idaho, a Republican candidate for Congress pleaded guilty on Wednesday to taking pandemic relief funds intended for employee payroll and using the money for personal expenses such as car payments and a 2020 political campaign.

In 2020, the candidate, Nicholas Jones, applied for and received $753,600 from several Covid-related assistance programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Disaster Loans.

Jones, who faces 40 years in prison, also pleaded guilty to falsifying records to conceal the time and work his employees put into his campaign in a report to the Federal Election Commission.

More than half of New Jersey counties are now listed by the CDC as being at “high” risk for Covid transmission. The state reported 3,317 new cases on Saturday along with five new deaths from the virus.

New Jersey’s 7-day incidence stands at 2,902 on Saturday, down 22% from a week ago but up 29% from a month ago.


Hong Kong officials reported another 76 coronavirus cases on Saturday from clusters at four nightclubs in the city’s central district. This brings the total number of cases from nightclubs to around 200.

The city reported a total of 466 new cases on Saturday, including 64 “imported” cases, health officials said.


The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved three island destinations, namely Anguilla, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands, to Level 3, its highest risk category.

The Travel Health Advisory System provides coronavirus risk ratings for non-US destinations.

Levels 3, 2 and 1 are primarily determined by the 28-day incidence of Covid, and as of mid-April Level 4, previously the highest category, is reserved for “special circumstances, such as a trajectory rapidly escalating cases or extremely high cases”. the number of cases, the emergence of a new variant of concern or the collapse of health infrastructures.


Now here are the daily stats for Sunday, June 5.

As of Sunday morning, the world recorded 535.2 million cases of Covid-19, an increase of 0.4 million new cases over the previous 24 hours and 6.33 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks these information. Additionally, 506.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus, an increase of 0.6 million.

Worldwide, the number of active coronavirus cases as of Sunday is 22,763,713

22,887,618, a decrease of 124,000. Of this figure, 99.8%, or 22,727,028, are considered mild and 0.2%, or 36,685, are listed as critical. The percentage of cases considered critical is unchanged in the past 24 hours.

The United States reported 43,611 new coronavirus infections on Sunday for the previous day, compared with 146,062 on Saturday, 111,323 on Friday and 219,367 on Thursday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 7-day incidence rate continues to remain above 100,000 and is now at 105,690. fewer tests performed. Monday was a holiday in the United States.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 102,307, a decline of 6%, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The average number of daily deaths over the same period is 270, a decrease of 14% over the same period, while the average number of hospitalizations for the period was 28,756, an increase of 16%.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic, the United States has on Wednesday recorded 86.5 million cases, a figure higher than any other country, and a death toll of more than one million. India has the second highest number of officially registered cases in the world, more than 43.2 million, and a reported death toll of 524,692.

New data from Russia’s state statistical service Rosstat showed in late April that the number of Covid- or Covid-related deaths since the pandemic began there in April 2020 is now over 803,000, giving the country the second highest pandemic-related death in the world. toll-free, after the United States. Rosstat reported that 35,584 people died from coronavirus or related causes in March, compared to 43,543 in February.

Meanwhile, Brazil has now recorded the third highest death toll from the virus, 667,044, and has 31.2 million cases.

France continues to occupy the fourth position in the total number of cases with 29.6 million cases, and Germany is in the fifth position with 26.5 million. The UK, with 22.3 million cases, is now number six and is the only other country in the world with a total number of cases above 20 million.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Sunday, 258.8 million people in the United States – or 77.9% – had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 66.7%, or 221.5 million people, have received two doses of vaccine, and the total number of doses that have been distributed in the United States is now 588.9 million. Breaking it down further, 89.3% of the population over 18 – or 230.7 million people – have received at least one first inoculation and 76.6% of the same group – or 197.9 million people – are fully vaccinated. In addition, 50.3% of this population, or 99.6 million people, have already received a third dose, or booster dose, of vaccine.

More than 65.9% of the world’s population received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, according to Our World in Data, an online science publication that tracks such information. So far, 11.86 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide and 5.88 million doses are now being administered every day.

Meanwhile, only 16.2% of people in low-income countries have received a dose, while in countries like Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK and the United States, at least 75% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Only a few of the world’s poorest countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia and Nepal – have reached the 70% vaccination mark. Many countries, however, are below 20%, and in countries like Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits or even lower.

Additionally, North Korea and Eritrea are now the only two countries in the world that have not administered vaccines.

Paul Riegler contributed to this story.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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