January 5 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Kara Fox, Ed Upright and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, January 6, 2021
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12:26 p.m. ET, January 5, 2021

World Bank predicts 4% growth for global economy in 2021 — as long as vaccines are widely available

From CNN's Pamela Boykoff

The World Bank headquarters located in Washington DC, on October 1, 2020.
The World Bank headquarters located in Washington DC, on October 1, 2020. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

The World Bank expects the global economy will grow by 4% in 2021, after contracting 4.3% last year, assuming widespread deployment of Covid-19 vaccines.

In its Global Economic Prospects, the World Bank warned the pandemic may depress both incomes and economic activity for a prolonged period of time. The outlook is “highly uncertain,” and delays in rolling out vaccines could substantially hamper growth.

“While the global economy appears to have entered a subdued recovery, policymakers face formidable challenges—in public health, debt management, budget policies, central banking and structural reforms—as they try to ensure that this still fragile global recovery gains traction and sets a foundation for robust growth,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in a statement.
12:21 p.m. ET, January 5, 2021

UK coronavirus cases top 60,000 in one day for first time

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy and Nada Bashir

A deserted Leicester Square on January 5, in London, England. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a national television address on Monday evening announcing England will enter another coronavirus lockdown.
A deserted Leicester Square on January 5, in London, England. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a national television address on Monday evening announcing England will enter another coronavirus lockdown. Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Daily coronavirus cases in the UK have topped 60,000 for the first time since the pandemic began according to the latest UK government data. Some 60,916 cases were recorded on the government coronavirus dashboard, surpassing Monday's 58,784 cases. 

Another 830 deaths have also been registered over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people in the UK who have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test to 76,305.  

The UK reproduction rate sits somewhere between 1.1 and 1.3, according to the dashboard. 

In a statement, Public Health England’s Medical Director, Yvonne Doyle, said Tuesday that the “rapid rise in cases is highlight concerning” and will mean “yet more pressure” on the country’s National Health Service. 

“We must stay at home, reduce contacts and do everything possible to break the spread of this virus,” Doyle added. 

The new case record comes one day after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown in England to tackle this surge. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Monday that mainland Scotland would enter into a lockdown from midnight whilst the remaining UK nations Wales and Northern Ireland started lockdowns in December.

11:44 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

Covid-19 issues continue to plague the NFL's playoff-bound Cleveland Browns 

From CNN’s Dan Kamal 

Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday that head coach Kevin Stefanski, two players and two additional members of the coaching staff have tested positive for Covid-19, prompting closure of the team’s facility while contact tracing is ongoing. 

Last week, Cleveland was forced to close its practice facility on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday because of coronavirus infections among the team. 

With a win over the Steelers this past Sunday, the Browns clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 18 years. Those same two teams are scheduled to meet in an NFL Wildcard playoff game Sunday in Pittsburgh. If Stefanski is not able to coach, the Browns indicated in the statement that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer would serve as acting head coach.  

11:27 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

Arizona reports just 8% of ICU beds are available 

From CNN's Gregory Lemos 

As cases in the state of Arizona continue to trend upwards, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported just 8% of ICU beds were available as of Monday. There are just 8% of regular hospital beds available as well.

According to the state's Covid-19 dashboard, 62% of people in the ICU are Covid-19 patients. About 57% of the state’s available ventilators are in use.  

On Tuesday, the state reported 5,932 new cases and 253 Covid-19 related deaths, ADHS said. The state has a 12.7% positivity rate.  

Note: These numbers were released by the state's public health agency and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University, The Covid Tracking Project and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


11:14 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

Study estimates US Covid-19 infections may be 4 times higher than reported

From CNN's Deidre McPhillips

Covid-19 infections in the United States may have been four times higher than the number of cases reported, with 1 in 7 US residents infected by mid-November, according to a new study. 

As of November 15, about 10.8 million reported cases of Covid-19 were reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the study suggests the actual number of infections was closer to 46.9 million. 

The study also suggests that approximately 35% of Covid-19 deaths may not be reported.

"Reported Covid-19 cases do not represent the full SARS-CoV-2 disease burden," the researchers wrote in the study, published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Tuesday. 

Researchers tested randomly selected blood samples for the presence of Covid-19 antibodies in a series of surveys conducted in 10 states, as well as one nationwide. They derived estimates for the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the US as of Nov. 15 by comparing antibody prevalence in the samples to the number of reported cases to adjust for underreporting. 

Gaps between the number of reported infections and estimated number of infections decreased over time, suggesting more widespread access to testing in later months, according to the researchers. 

Data from this study may be helpful in monitoring progress toward herd immunity as infections continue to rise, but there is still a long way to go.

"Even after adjusting for underreporting, a substantial gap remains between the estimated proportion of the population infected and the proportion infected required to reach herd immunity," the researchers wrote.

11:09 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

New York City mayor says city will create 5 mass vaccination sites, one in each borough

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the press in April.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the press in April. Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to create five “mass vaccination” sites throughout the city, with the goal of propping up two of them this weekend.

He described them as “public sites where anyone in the appropriate categories can come 24/7 and get vaccinated,” in all 5 boroughs of New York City. 

The first three will be in Bathgate Industrial Park in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building in Brooklyn and La Marqueta in Manhattan.

The Staten Island and Queens sites have yet to be announced. 

These sites are in addition to vaccine hubs, all H+H facilities, and DOH pop up sites, he said. 

“We’re going to have capacity all over the 5 boroughs, we want to make it easy and quick and accessible to all.”

10:53 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

Premier League reveals large uptick in new positive Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

Michael Regan/Getty Images
Michael Regan/Getty Images

The English Premier League has announced 40 new positive Covid-19 cases among players and club staff in its latest round of testing – more than double from the previous week. 

In a statement on Tuesday, the league said that between Dec. 28 to 31, 1,311 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19 of these, there were 28 new positive tests.

From Jan. 1 to 3, Covid-19 tests were administered to 984 players and club staff, with 12 tests coming back positive.

It is the first week players and club staff have been tested twice a week for Covid-19.

Last week, the Premier League announced 18 positive results, which was the highest weekly figure since the start of the current season. 

As of Tuesday, four Premier League matches have been postponed this season due to Covid-19 issues.

The statement added that it “continues to have confidence in its COVID-19 protocols, fully backed by the Government, to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled.”

10:48 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

A patient dies of Covid-19 every 15 minutes in Los Angeles County, public health official says

Overflowing hospital morgues, increased 911 wait times, beds only opening when patients die. Hospitals in California, where almost all of the state's 40 million residents are living under stay-at-home orders, are seeing historic stress points.

The surge of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations is pushing hospitals in Los Angeles County to the "brink of catastrophe," a top health official there said.

In a little more than a month, Los Angeles County doubled its number of infections, climbing from about 400,000 cases on November 30 to more than 800,000 cases on January 2, health officials said Monday.

The case deluge has translated to a surge of Covid-19 patients, overwhelming hospitals and plunging intensive care unit capacity across the region to zero. There are now more than 7,600 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in in the county, 21% of whom are in the ICU, officials said

With no hospital beds available, ambulance crews in the county were given guidance not to transport patients with little chance of survival. And the patients who are transported often have to wait hours before a bed is available.

"Hospitals are declaring internal disasters and having to open church gyms to serve as hospital units," Supervisor Hilda Solis said, calling the situation a "human disaster."

And a person is dying of the virus every 15 minutes, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said.

As hospitalizations climb, the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS) directed ambulance crews not to transport patients with little chance of survival to hospitals and to conserve the use of oxygen.

Before the pandemic, when healthcare workers and resources were more readily available, patients who were unlikely to recover could be transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

But Los Angeles hospitals are now at capacity and many medical facilities don't have the space to take in patients who do not have a chance of survival, the agency said. Patients whose hearts have stopped despite efforts of resuscitation, the county EMS said, should no longer be transported to hospitals.

"Effective immediately, due to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on EMS and 9-1-1 Receiving Hospitals, adult patients (18 years of age or older) in blunt traumatic and nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) shall not be transported [if]return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) is not achieved in the field," the agency said in a memo issued to ambulance workers last week.

If there are no signs of breathing or a pulse, EMS will continue to perform resuscitation for at least 20 minutes, the memo said. If the patient is stabilized after the period of resuscitation, they would then be taken to a hospital. If the patient is declared dead at the scene or no pulse can be restored, paramedics will no longer transport the body to the hospital.

And even after they arrive at hospitals, some EMTs have to wait outside for hours, as hospitals often don't have enough beds to take the patients in.

"We are waiting two to four hours minimum to a hospital and now we are having to drive even further... then wait another three hours," EMT Jimmy Webb told CNN affiliate KCAL.

Local officials have tried to encourage the public not to call 911 unless "they really need to," Dr. Marc Eckstein, the commander of the Los Angeles Fire Department EMS bureau, told CNN affiliate KABC.

"I think this next four-to-six week period is going to be critical with our system being taxed," Eckstein added.

10:18 a.m. ET, January 5, 2021

Alabama mayor hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid-19

From CNN's Tina Burnside 

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, pictured in 2018, has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, pictured in 2018, has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters/File

Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall Woodfin has been hospitalized nearly a week after announcing he tested positive for Covid-19. 

In a tweet, the City of Birmingham said Woodfin was admitted to the hospital on Monday night to address symptoms connected to Covid-19 pneumonia, according to his doctor. 

Woodfin tweeted last Wednesday that Covid-19 had "made its way to his doorstep" and at that time his symptoms were mild. 

The city said Woodfin is "receiving excellent care and is resting comfortably."

Read the tweet: