35% of 330M Americans Covid-infected, says CDC

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WASHINGTON, D. C.: About 35 percent of all Americans have been infected with Covid-19 over the past year, according to a new study of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC estimates that from February 2020 to March 2021, 114.6 million Americans were infected with Covid-19, 97.1 million had symptomatic illnesses and 5.6 million were hospitalized with Covid-19.

The current US population is about 330 million, according to the US Census Bureau website. The number of people who were infected with Covid-19, estimated by the CDC, is about 35 percent of the total US population, or a little more than 1 in 3 people.

Of those infected, nearly 50 percent are between the ages of 18 and 49, and 23 percent are 17 or younger. As for hospitalizations, about 47 percent are estimated to be 65 and older, according to the CDC.

Elsewhere, in Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday (Saturday in Manila) that his government is open to stricter penalties for travelers who violate the mandatory quarantine rules.

However, Trudeau said his government will not introduce stricter quarantine measures for people crossing the US-Canada land border as demanded by Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.

“We are always looking at doing more enforcement, at stepping up on the penalties on that, and we’ll continue to work with the provinces on that,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa on Friday. “We know that importation through the borders is extremely low in terms of cases in the country.”

But Trudeau said his government will acquiesce to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s demand to temporarily suspend the arrival of international students from overseas.

In a letter to Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair and Minister of Health Patty Hadju on Thursday, the Ontario government asked the Trudeau government to implement a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine program for people traveling across the land border with the United States.

“In the past two weeks, over 150,000 people — not including essential commercial truckers — have crossed Canada’s land borders.

This includes dozens of individuals who crossed between April 24, and April 26, 2021, after traveling from countries where direct flights to Canada are currently banned. This is not just an Ontario problem, it is a Canada-wide problem,” said the letter.

Unlike travelers arriving in Canada on commercial flights, travelers crossing the land border are not required to book a three-day stay at a hotel to await their Covid-19 test results but are allowed to quarantine at home if they can prove that they have a plan for their 14-day quarantine period.


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