Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Thread - 2022 Breaking News

Here we go again.

In case anyone wants to easily find the previous threads:

Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Thread - 2020 Breaking News
Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Thread - 2021 Breaking News

As I did last year, when I update tonight I’ll use the stats I posted in the old thread but here are the stats as I found them at 12:01am on 1 January 2022:

288,538,474 total cases
5,453,217 dead
253,714,393 recovered

In the US:

55,696,500 total cases
846,905 dead
41,502,739 recovered

That’s 2 years from the announcement of the discovery of this new virus: from zero to this.

For those curious, here are the stats as I found them at 12:01am on 1 January 2021:

83,842,646 total cases
1,826,373 dead
59,345,329 recovered

In the US:

20,445,654 total cases
354,215 dead
12,125,806 recovered

Maybe some folks were more prescient than me, but I never thought we’d lose so many more people in 2021 vs. 2020.

The truly apocalyptic estimates of millions dead that first year in the U.S. never came to pass, thank the deity or vaccine of your choice. But I still recall those quaint days when some thought 2020 might just be like a “bad flu year” in terms of mortality.

Thanks again, @Snowboarder_Bo.

Hawaii has seen more than 3000 new cases both yesterday and today. Not looking good.

The Johns Hopkins site has been updated for December 31. Bearing in mind the warning someone gave that statistics over a holiday weekend might not be completely trustworthy, take this cum grano salis. But it looks believably bad

New seven-day-averaged records of reported new COVID cases in

New York: – 64795

Vermont – 630 Dec 30

New Hampshire – 1736 Dec 30

Maine – 1236

Massachusetts – 17826

Rhode Island – 7467

Connecticut – 7126 Dec 30

New Jersey – 27652

Pennsylvania- 17714

Delaware – 1777

DC – 2944 Dec 30

Virginia – 13836 Dec 30

South Carolina – 7686

North Carolina – 19822

Georgia – 21256 Dec 30

Florida – 68439

Alabama – 6498

Mississippi – 3647 Dec 30

Michigan – 12949 Dec 30

Ohio – 19020

Wisconsin – 7918

Illinois – 25649 Dec 30

Indiana – 9186 Dec 30

Missouri – 6079 Dec 30

Arkansas – 3773

Louisiana – 7664 Dec 30

Colorado – 8605 Dec 30

Washington (state) – 7067 Dec 30

California – 47046

Hawaii – 2636

Puerto Rico – 9756

That’s 29 states , the territory of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia all achieving record high daily reported cases of COVID (7-day average) on either December 30 or 31. That’s more than half the states. It seems to have hit the East Coast particularly hard, and the Midwest the least. Again, many states not listed here have either just rebounded from a record high, or are track to achieve on in the near future.

The United States as a whole hit a new world daily (averaged) record yesterday of 492,626 cases, almost twice the high reported last January and more than twice the number of cases reported by the nearest “competitor”, the UK (210,526 cases)

289,699,610 total cases
5,456,960 dead
254,133,915 recovered

In the US:

55,864,519 total cases
847,162 dead
41,518,472 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

Twitter has suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

“We permanently suspended Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement, as first reported by CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”

COVID is in Antarctica again.

This is seriously discouraging…

Despite being located in one of the most remote places in the world, two-thirds of the station’s total 25 staff members have been infected. No severe symptoms have been reported as of yet, the Belgian Polar Secretariat confirmed to Le Soir Mag.

“All those present have received two doses of vaccine, and one person has even received a booster shot,” said Alain Hubert, the station’s executive operator and head of security measures.

All staff members preparing to depart to the station had to undergo a PCR test in Belgium two hours before leaving for South Africa, take a PCR test five days after their arrival in Cape Town, where they also had to quarantine for ten days. Another test was required when leaving Cape Town for Antarctica and another PCR test had to be undergone five days after arrival.

Despite the strict measures, one positive case was detected on 14 December among a group of people who had arrived at the base seven days earlier, and although this person was immediately placed in isolation, tests revealed that two others had also contracted the virus.

All three people were evacuated on 23 December, but the virus continued to circulate.

How can the rest of us hope to escape it?

I don’t dare look but I get the feeling that the right-wing spinning this as “Why bother trying to escape?”

Today’s reporting of Record new High Daily Reported New COVID Cases (7-day average) as of January 1 from the Johns Hopkins site:

New York – 62374
Massachusetts – 15238
New Jersey – 31941
Pennsylvania – 20026
Delaware – 2514
South Carolina – 7686
Florida – 61174
Puerto Rico – 9328
Alabama – 5570
Arkansas – 4208
Hawaii – 2761

Definitely concentrated along the East Coast now (except for Arkansas and Hawaii) ten states and one territory with new record highs. All states are in the red (meaning rising cases) except for New Hampshire. The United States, as a whole, did not set a new record high for new cases today, having tumbled slightly since yesterday.

No doubt she’ll just get another flack to post on her behalf exactly as 45 has done with absolutely no enforcement action on the part of Twitter.

290,632,901 total cases
5,460,317 dead
254,530,059 recovered

In the US:

56,142,175 total cases
847,408 dead
41,543,060 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

Alot of states are now in the blue this morning. Many retreats from record high Saily New Reported COVID Cases (7-day average). But there are still a couple of record highs as of January 2:

Delaware – 3022
New Jersey – 31936
Maryland – 12740
Puerto Rico – 12261
Florida – 49444
Alabama – 7308
Pennsylvania - 24206
Arkansas – 3818
Hawaii - 3166

The US as a whole is continuing to fall from its record high a few days ago.



I know about this first hand:

I bought a 2020 Honda Civic Sport sedan with a 6-speed manual two days before Xmas 2019. It has a hair under 30k miles on it. I paid $19,500 for it.

I just did a cursory search. The average asking price for that model, that year, in that configuration is $24K.


I have an adult trike with a basket and all. I can no longer use it due to bad back and hips. We paid 600 for it years ago. We have it up for sale for 1000 and a buyer is coming over this afternoon to look at it.

I have a 2014 Escape. Shocked to find that used models in that year are selling for close to $20,000. I paid about $34,000 eight years ago.