Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 4: U.S. Records 21 Millionth Case, Larry King is Hospitalized

New York City on New Year’s Day

The start of the New Year continues to look much like the prior year. Cases have skyrocketed since Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a post-New Year’s Day surge is expected within a week.

The United States recorded its 21 millionth case since the start of the pandemic, while New York State surpassed the one million mark.  Globally, there are almost 86 million coronavirus cases and a death toll of over 1.8 million.

Officials in California reported a new one day high of over 45,000 new infections, as the country reported 125,000 new Covid-19-related hospitalizations.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to inoculate over one million city residents by the end of January, saying it was “the most important New Year’s resolution” he could offer.

News channel CNN reported that Larry King, its Peabody Award-winning long-time former talk show host, has been in hospital for more than a week with the coronavirus.  King, who is 87 and also a former radio show host and newspaper columnist, is undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, said that the government was considering a declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures for the first time since the spring.  This announcement was followed by a request from local officials in the capital city asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. to stem the spread of the virus.

Authorities in Thailand, which has largely been successful in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, announced new restrictions after the daily infection rate hit a new high, 745. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, urged people to stay home but did not declare a lockdown. “If we don’t want to get infected, just stay home for 14 to 15 days,” he said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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