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TL;DR news on Covid at February 23, 2023

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed Thursday that the EU Digital Covid Certificate should be updated. Thursday's announcement comes as the World Health Organization warned earlier this week that the number of deaths from Covid in the region could exceed 2 million by March. European investors closely monitored the acute Covid crisis in the region this week amid rising infections that have prompted a handful of countries to introduce new Covid restrictions. With another wave of Covid sweeping through parts of the country, the worry has not subsided altogether for so many families. There is some overlap between these two groups, which means that about 40 percent of Americans now have some protection from Covid. Over the past week, another 12,000 Americans died of Covid. From mass testing sites in 2020 to mass Covid vaccine clinics in 2021, the coalition set out with a goal in mind: get shots in arms and save lives. Advertisement Continue reading the main story CoronavirusCovid News: U.S. As travel in the United States nears prepandemic levels, the federal government has ramped up prosecution of crimes on flights, especially by passengers refusing to abide by Covid protocols. And hospitals are seeing an influx of patients who need more complex treatment for health issues because they delayed visiting the doctor when Covid cases were higher. But at the top of the agenda is the worrisome spike in Covid cases that has thrust the country into its worst crisis since the pandemic began nearly two years ago. Covid Cases and Hospitalizations Are Surging Midwestern states, which largely avoided the summer rise in new coronavirus cases, are now seeing the most cases per capita in the country. Covid Policy Neil Ferguson, a leading epidemiologist, said the country had almost reached a state of herd immunity as it settled into a new normal of about 40,000 cases a day. The WHO's office covering Europe and Central Asia said Tuesday that those regions have surpassed a combined 1.5 million Covid deaths and could suffer 700,000 more fatalities by March 2022. Covid infections are also rising in the U.S., with more than 95,000 new cases reported daily on average, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The fully vaccinated should wear facial coverings indoors or in crowded outdoor areas in places with elevated Covid transmission, according to the agency. The Netherlands entered a partial lockdown on Saturday, while Austria's fourth full Covid lockdown began on Monday, with a nationwide vaccine mandate taking effect Feb. government has purchased 10 million courses of Pfizer's Covid treatment pill, Paxlovid, which demonstrated high efficacy in preventing hospitalizations during a clinical trial. Most recently, Shanghai Disneyland visitors had to take Covid tests in order to exit. 'Closed until further notice' The Asian giant is now battling the spread of its biggest Covid outbreak caused by the delta variant, according to Reuters.