Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Derek Chauvin trial testimony continues to focus on officer training
Testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday continued to focus on the training Chauvin and other city police officers received.  The jury was told that Chauvin underwent training in 2016 and 2018 on how to defuse tense situations with people in crisis and how police must use the least amount of force necessary to get someone to comply.  Sgt. Ker Yang, the Minneapolis police official in charge of crisis intervention training, and use-of-force instructor Lt. Johnny Mercil became the latest department members to testify as part of an effort by prosecutors to discredit the argument that Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest on May 25 of last year. 

When prosecutors showed Mercil a photo of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, Mercil stated that the technique shown is not and has never been an authorized restraint technique taught by the Minneapolis Police Department.  He added that while the technique Chauvin used is not technically an unauthorized use of force under the department’s policy, he believes the technique wouldn’t be authorized because Floyd was under control and handcuffed. 

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: 132,544,153
Global deaths: 2,876,084.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 556,529.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 75,300,641

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 30,847,926 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 556,529.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 59,887.
U.S. total people tested: 400,866,033

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,685,045 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,816,361 cases.  Texas is second in the U.S., with 2,811,460 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 219,194,215 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 168,592,075 doses have been administered, with 108,301,234 people receiving at least one dose and 63,016,976 people fully vaccinated, representing 32.6% and 19% 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.

Fears of a new COVID-19 surge increase among experts
For six consecutive weeks, the World Health Organization has recorded increases in the number of COVID-19 infections reported worldwide.  Last week there were four million new cases, WHO COVID-19 technical lead Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said on Tuesday, also saying that’s likely an underestimate of the true infections that have been occurring globally.  The Americas are among countries reporting increased transmission, driven by Brazil, Canada, Colombia and the U.S. 

As states and municipalities continue to ease pandemic restrictions, nearly half of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. are in just five states — New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey — which together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections. That’s nearly 197,500 new cases in the latest available seven-day period data.  Total U.S. infections during the same week numbered more than 452,000, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the White House pandemic task force, said Tuesday, “We’re really on the brink of a surge…it’s really a critical time right now. Because we could just as easily swing up into a surge. That would be a setback for public health. But that would be a psychological setback too because people are really have what we call COVID-19 fatigue. And we just don’t want to have to go back to really shutting things down. That would be terrible.”

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