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(AP) – Ambulances with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections on Thursday. The disease has even increased in some countries that have kept the virus in check.
In the United States, Detroit leaders began knocking on every door trying to convince people to get vaccination shots.
Brazil this week was only the third country, after the US and Peru, to report a 24-hour list of COVID-19 deaths, with more than 4,000 deaths. India peaked nearly 127,000 new cases in 24 hours, and Iran set a new record of coronavirus infections for the third year in a row, reporting nearly 22,600 new cases.
In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the emergency services have been the most strained since the beginning of the pandemic. Ambulances take patients of all ages to overcrowded hospitals who are struggling to care for everyone. Authorities say over 90% of beds in the state’s intensive care unit are occupied by COVID-19 patients, and many cities are reporting people dying at home because medical care is not available.
“We are already living the third wave. We have three times more calls, ”said Adriano Pereira, director of the mobile ambulance service in Duque de Caxias, an impoverished city outside of Rio.
The death toll in Brazil has risen to over 340,000, the second highest number in the world after the US, where nearly 560,000 people have been confirmed killed.
The 14-day moving average of daily COVID-19 deaths in the state of Rio rose from 112 to 207 between March 1 and April 7, with some health analysts anticipating even worse days over the next few weeks. Many hospitals warn of the risk of lack of oxygen and sedatives during intubation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to get vaccinated and wrote in a tweet: “Vaccinations are one of the few ways we can beat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. “
The US now has nearly 20% of its adult population fully vaccinated, and New Mexico was the first state to shoot 25% of its residents in the arms – milestones that are still a long way off for many hard-hit countries.
In India, where 1.4 billion people live, only 11 million are fully vaccinated. In Brazil, less than 3% of the country’s 210 million people have received both doses, according to Our World in Data, an online research site.
South Korea reported 700 more cases, the highest daily jump since January 5. Health officials were expected to announce measures to strengthen social distancing after meeting on Friday.
In Thailand, where only 95 deaths were reported during the pandemic, health officials reported the first local cases of the coronavirus variant, first discovered in the UK. The news comes at a time when only 1% of the population has been vaccinated and Thais are preparing to celebrate the traditional New Year holiday in Songkran next week, usually a time of widespread travel.
This variant is more contagious, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week it is now the most common variant in the US, raising concerns that it will cause infections and make more people sick.
Michigan has an average of more than 7,000 new cases per day – a number that makes the state the second time in the nation, behind New York. Michigan also has the highest number of new cases per capita. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 1 in 203 residents of the state will be diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 31 and April 7.
In Detroit, which is roughly 80% black, officials plan to visit homes to talk about the importance of vaccinating yourself to protect yourself from the virus and signing up to receive the shots.
“We’re going to knock on every apartment door in town and make sure everyone in Detroit knows how to make an appointment,” Victoria Kovari, assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, told The Detroit News.
Only 22% of Detroit residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, compared with 38% in all of Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Other Midwestern states have seen worrying signs in the past few days, including an Iowa school district where 127 students and five employees tested positive or found positive for the coronavirus.
In Massachusetts, where the seven-day moving average of daily new cases rose to over 2,100 new cases per day, the Massachusetts Public Health Association urged Republican Governor Charlie Baker to resume public health efforts. The group urged Baker to limit the capacity for indoor dining and other indoor activities. The rise in cases and hospital stays followed Baker’s decision to relax these restrictions.
“We are currently in a race between the vaccines and the variants,” said Carlene Pavlos, executive director of the group, on Thursday. “Without these public health measures, even more innocent lives will be unnecessarily lost.”
Associated press writers Felipe Dana from Rio de Janeiro, Mauricio Savarese from São Paulo and Corey Williams from Detroit contributed to this report.