California coronavirus hospitalisations hit highest point in months Jul 22, 2021 0 362 12345 dpaLos AngelesA spate of new coronavirus infections is striking California’s health care system, pushing Covid-19 hospitalisations to levels not seen since early spring - lending new urgency to efforts to tamp down transmission as a growing number of counties urge residents to wear masks indoors.Statewide, the number of coronavirus patients in the hospital more than doubled in the last month, and the numbers have accelerated further in the last two weeks.Even with the recent increase, though, the state’s health care system is nowhere near as swamped as it was during the fall-and-winter surge. And many health experts are confident that California will never see numbers on that scale again, given how many residents are vaccinated.But with the continued spread of the highly infectious delta variant, which officials fear could mushroom in communities with lower inoculation rates, the next few weeks are key in determining how potent the pandemic’s latest punch may be.The recent increases confirm that nearly everyone falling seriously ill from Covid-19 at this point is unvaccinated.“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. And so, if you care about getting back to normalcy once and for all, please get vaccinated,” Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters Tuesday.The fact that about 52 percent of all Californians are already fully vaccinated sets a ceiling on how many people remain exposed to potential infection.Still, LA County Health Services Director Dr Christina Ghaly said on Tuesday that “the individual consequences of a choice not to get vaccinated can be dire for that person and his or her family and friends.” Ghaly said seeing a continued stream of Covid-19 patients, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated, triggers a range of emotions in health care workers who have long been on the front lines of the pandemic: frustration, sadness and “some level of disbelief that, after all of the pain and suffering that we’ve all seen . there’s still people who either don’t believe it or don’t believe that it can affect them.” The highest-risk Californians - notably the elderly - have been vaccinated at high rates. But the numbers drop off for younger segments of the population, and children under the age of 12 still aren’t eligible to be vaccinated.“I think sometimes the mentality is that people think, ‘Well, I’m not going to get that sick. I’m going to be OK. I’m not going to die from Covid-19; I’m young; I’m healthy,’ “ Ghaly said. “And I can tell you, hopefully that’s the case, but that’s not necessarily the case.” From June 22 to July 6, the daily number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in California increased from 978 to 1,228, a nearly 26 per cent bump, state data show.Over the last two weeks, the daily count swelled by an additional 76 per cent, reaching 2,164 as of Monday.California’s intensive care units also are filling up. As of Monday, 552 coronavirus-positive individuals were in ICUs statewide, more than double the total a month ago. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Anger, accusations worldwide as Pegasus spy scandal deepens Jul 22, 2021 0 390 Russia launches rocket carrying new lab to International Space Station Jul 22, 2021 0 279 Inmates take guards hostage in Swedish prison, demand pizza Jul 22, 2021 0 50 Tunisian minister sacked after call for mass vaccination turns chaotic Tunis A rush on coronavirus vaccination centres that required police intervention and resulted in overcrowding and property damage was quickly followed by the dismissal of Tunisia’s health minister on Wednesday. .. WHO cites two studies showing danger, contagiousness of Delta variant Geneva The list of countries where the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been detected grew by 13 in the span of a week and now stands at 124, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO cited two studies on .. US extends travel restrictions at Canadian, Mexican borders Washington The US borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed at land and ferry crossings for at least another month as the pandemic continues to pose a threat to “human life or national interests,” federal .. Pfizer partners with Biovac for COVID vaccine delivery in Africa dpa New York City Pfizer BioNTech announced on Wednesday the signing of a letter of intent with Biovac Institute Ltd, a South African biopharmaceutical company, to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for .. Infection rate still rising as Germany sees more than 2,200 new cases dpa Berlin The seven-day incidence rate of new infections per 100,000 residents has been rising steadily in Germany for more than two weeks. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control and ..