Worldwide deaths related to Covid-19 surpassed 5 million on Oct. 1, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain.

The number of coronavirus patients in U.S. hospitals breached 100,000, the highest level in eight months, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, as a resurgence of Covid-19 spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant strains the nation’s health care system.

Florida’s largest school district on Aug. 18 imposed a mask mandate in defiance of the state’s governor, another chapter in the coronavirus political battle in the southern United States where new infections are highest.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Aug. 18 the CDC is creating a new disease forecasting center to improve the ability to use data to predict and gauge emerging health threats.

The United States reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths on Aug. 17 – equating to around 42 fatalities an hour – according to a Reuters tally, as the Delta variant continues to ravage parts of the country with low vaccination rates.

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 200 million on Aug. 4, according to a Reuters tally, as the more-infectious Delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strains healthcare systems.

Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on June 17, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.

The United States reported the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in nearly a year for the week ended May 23, with new infections dropping 26 percent from the previous seven days to just under 180,000, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

More than 166.46 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 3,587,382​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

India’s coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on May 11, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international health authorities warning the country’s variant of the virus poses a global concern.