Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Minneapolis police chief testifies that Derek Chauvin violated departmental policies
In some of the most significant testimony so far in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday that the former officer violated numerous use-of-force and ethics policies in the fatal arrest of George Floyd, including the force’s underlying motto to “protect with courage and serve with compassion.”  Arradondo, the highest-profile witness yet to testify for the prosecution, went over numerous pages of his police force’s policies on use of force, de-escalation and best practices, some of which he personally authored.  “I absolutely do not agree with that,” Arradondo answered when the prosecution asked him if he would describe the force Chauvin used on Floyd on May 25, 2020, as proper and according to the training of Minneapolis police officers.  Asked if the restraint Chauvin used on Floyd was a violation of department policy, Arradondo answered, “I absolutely agree that violates our policy.”

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: 131,906,989
Global deaths: 2,862,858.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 555,619.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 74,924,208

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 30,785,942 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 555,619.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 59,799.
U.S. total people tested: 399,706,574

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,682,861 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,814,424 cases.  Texas is second in the U.S., with 2,807,115 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 207,891,395 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 167,187,795 doses have been administered, with 107,515,428 people receiving at least one dose and 62,392,065 people fully vaccinated, representing 32.4% and 18.8% 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.

CDC updates guidance on cleaning surfaces to guard against COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance to say simple soap is enough to clean surfaces to guard against COVID-19.  “It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the CDC writes, noting “There have been few reports of COVID-19 cases potentially attributed to fomite transmission.”  The guidance concludes, “In most situations, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent, and not disinfecting, is enough to reduce risk,” but also advises “Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.”

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