Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Derek Chauvin trial jury selection almost complete
Jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin resumes Monday morning.  Thirteen jurors have been seated so far, consisting of two white men, five white women, three Black men, one Black woman, and two multiracial women.  The trial judge is believed to want to seat a total of 15 jurors, which would provide three alternates.  Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd during an arrest on May 25, 2020, when Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.  Three other officers involved in Floyd’s death face trial in August.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 123,287,417
Global deaths: 2,716,696.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 542,359.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 69,874,318

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 29,819,108 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 542,359.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 57,505.
U.S. total people tested: 382,222,468

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,641,105 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,359,280 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,754,616 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 156,734,555 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 124,481,412 doses have been administered, with 81,415,769 people receiving at least one dose and 44,141,228 people fully vaccinated, representing 24.5% and 13.3% of the total U.S. population, respectively. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines each require two doses to be effective.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose to be effective.

AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective at preventing COVID-19, company says
Phase III U.S. trials of pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine showed it was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic infection, the company announced Monday.  It was also 100% effective at preventing “severe or critical disease and hospitalization” across all age groups.  The company further declared their trial of more than 30,000 volunteers, two-thirds of whom received the active vaccine versus a placebo, showed no increased risk of blood clots.  Some European countries, which have already authorized distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine, have cited reports of rare blood clots among a small number of vaccine recipients, which caused over a dozen countries to temporarily halt the vaccine’s distribution.  The vaccine, which has already been approved in more than 70 countries worldwide, will next need to receive emergency use authorization from the FDA before it can be distributed in the U.S., which is unlikely to happen until May.

Miami officials extend curfew through April 12 in response to Spring Break revelers
Spring Break revelers, most of them not wearing a mask, defied an 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. curfew in Miami Beach, Florida Saturday, prompting city officials at an emergency meeting Sunday to extend the three-day curfew, enacted Saturday, through Monday, April 12, considered the end of the Spring Break season.  Thousands of partiers jammed Miami’s Ocean Drive Saturday night in defiance of the curfew, prompting police to arrest dozens of people and use pepper balls to disperse the unruly crowd.  Spring Break revelers flocked to Miami Beach after Florida lifted most COVID-19 restrictions.  Governor Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed for easing pandemic-prevention measures and reopening businesses, despite Florida having the third-highest COVID-19 infection rate and third-highest death rate in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

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