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NEW YORK – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 838,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

In the United States, about 62.6% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Jan 10 5:48 PM
Record 580,000 new pediatric COVID-19 cases reported in United States

Amid the country’s largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections to date, new data released Monday shows more than half a million children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to a weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital. Association.

Last week alone, 580,000 children tested positive for COVID-19, nearly three times more than two weeks earlier, according to organizations.

A total of 8.47 million children have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic, and nearly 11% of those children have tested positive in the past two weeks alone.

Children made up about 17.3% of weekly COVID-19 cases reported last week, again down from previous weeks, when children made up more than a quarter of all new cases. For context, children under 18 make up 22.2% of the US population.

Yet recent COVID-19 data could be skewed due to erratic and volatile reports after the holidays. An artificial increase in the number could have resulted as more Americans get tested.

Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

January 10, 4:44 p.m.
Harris County Increases COVID Threat Level

In Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo raised the threat level of COVID-19 to “red” – the highest level – due to a slight increase in hospitalizations.

COVID-19 patients occupy 18% of all intensive care beds in the county.

ABC News’ Matt Fuhrman

January 10, 4:29 p.m.
8 home tests per month soon to be covered by insurance

The Biden administration is moving forward on a rule to make rapid home tests reimbursable for insured Americans.

Starting January 15, Americans will get up to eight covered tests per month, plus an unlimited number of covered tests if prescribed or administered by a doctor or nurse.

“Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter home tests per covered person per month. This means that a family of four, all on the same plane, could get up to 32 tests covered by their health plan per month There is no limit on the number of tests, including tests. home tests that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions, ”said the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release.

ABC News Cheyenne Haslett

January 10, 3:54 p.m.
Republicans vow to block DC vaccine mandate

In Washington, DC, a vaccination mandate for restaurants, nightclubs, bars and indoor venues is expected to begin on January 15.

But 19 House Republicans sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday saying the mandate “will not stop the virus from spreading.”

“This far-reaching mandate, however, will hurt the district’s economic recovery and exclude many Americans from their capitals,” the Republicans wrote, adding, “We urge you to withdraw the order.”

The city is seeing some improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases, DC Health senior deputy director Patrick Ashley told reporters on Monday.

“We are optimistic based on this data that we are coming to a better place,” said Ashley. “It’s still certainly high. It’s still a concern and we don’t expect it to go down overnight.”

ABC News Beatrice Peterson