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Tampa Bay Times (September 7)

2021/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“For weeks, the virus preyed on America’s illusion of a defanged Covid. Most people returned to a semblance of their former lives.” Then, harsh reality set in. “The fast-spreading Delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many COVID-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.”


Philadelphia Inquirer (August 24)

2021/ 08/ 25 by jd in Global News

“This is a new phase of vaccinations’ Get tough. Restaurants, cruise lines, colleges, and a growing number of employers—hospitals, municipal governments, Amtrak, Citigroup—are telling workers and customers to prove they’ve been vaccinated or go elsewhere. And all that was before Monday’s full authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”


Wall Street Journal (April 19)

2021/ 04/ 21 by jd in Global News

In India, New Delhi became the first region “to reimpose sweeping measures like the ones employed last spring.” Though “India has sought to avoid the strict lockdowns that punished its economy last spring… the step was necessary to avoid an even bigger disaster: a complete breakdown of its hospitals.” Experts anticipate “a cascade of other Indian states” following New Delhi into lockdown.


LA Times (January 5)

2021/ 01/ 07 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus crisis battering Los Angeles County’s medical system is reaching increasingly desperate levels, with healthcare providers running low on equipment, ambulance operators being told not to bring patients who have virtually no chance of survival to hospitals, and officials scrambling to ensure they can provide enough lifesaving oxygen for critically ill patients.”


San Francisco Chronicle (December 30)

2020/ 12/ 30 by jd in Global News

“With hospitals across California at capacity and COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, the state has become the epicenter of the nation’s latest coronavirus surge despite aggressive measures to restrict movement and save hospital space.” On Monday, California hit a new record of 66,811 fresh cases. “As of Wednesday, California reported 99.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, far exceeding all other states.”


San Francisco Chronicle (December 15)

2020/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Even as the first precious caches of coronavirus vaccine arrived in counties across California Monday, the pandemic showed no signs of abating, with hospitals straining under an influx of COVID-19 patients and deaths climbing across the state and region.”


Boston Globe (December 8)

2020/ 12/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Coronavirus cases are reaching record highs. Hospitals are overflowing in several parts of the country…. But as the final weeks of 2020 begin to mirror the grim, early weeks of the pandemic, the shelter-in-place orders and strict industry regulations that helped flatten the curve in the spring are almost nowhere to be found. Instead, public officials are pursuing another approach to managing the virus’s spread: a plea for personal responsibility.”


Wall Street Journal (October 28)

2020/ 10/ 29 by jd in Global News

“France has emerged as the epicenter of the second wave of coronavirus infections now sweeping much of Europe, causing hospitals to brace for a surge of new patients.” Governments have been left “are struggling to respond to the second wave, loath to impose new lockdowns that would compound the economic pain the coronavirus pandemic has already inflicted on their countries, but concerned about the steady rise in hospitalizations and deaths.”


New York Times (August 17)

2020/ 08/ 19 by jd in Global News

“As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a new surge of Covid-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season, resulting in a ‘twindemic’” with more sufferers and similar symptoms. “Even a mild flu season could stagger hospitals already coping with Covid-19 cases.”


Bloomberg (December 15)

2015/ 12/ 17 by jd in Global News

“A surge in Tokyo’s elderly population over the next 10 years may overwhelm urban healthcare systems; while depopulation and stagnant economies in rural Japan are set to leave nursing homes and hospitals half-empty.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing “an audacious idea” of motivating urban elderly to relocate to Japan’s countryside.