February 14 coronavirus news

By Jenni Marsh, Jessie Yeung, Amy Woodyatt, Melissa Mahtani and Michael Hayes CNN

Updated 6:09 a.m. ET, February 15, 2021
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1:17 a.m. ET, February 14, 2021

New York state's positivity rate drops below 4% for the first time since November

New York state’s Covid-19 average positivity rates have dropped below 4% for the first time since late November, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release Saturday.

The state’s seven-day rate is currently 3.9% -- the lowest since November 29 and down 51% from a post-holiday peak in early January.

The state’s daily positivity rate is 3.46% -- the lowest since November 25, Cuomo said.

6,888 New Yorkers are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, marking the lowest number of hospitalizations since Christmas Day, state data shows. 

The state reported 11 new cases of the UK variant, bringing the total to 70 variant cases across New York, Cuomo said.

12:59 a.m. ET, February 14, 2021

UK to discuss global cooperation on Covid-19 during virtual G7 summit

From CNN's Schams Elwazer in London

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual news conference in London, on Ferbruary 10.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual news conference in London, on Ferbruary 10. Steve Reigate/WPA/Pool/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use Friday’s virtual G7 summit to call for global cooperation in the battle against the “common foe” of coronavirus.

The virtual meeting, hosted by the UK, will also include leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US, European Commission and European Council. It will be President Joe Biden’s first major international engagement.

At the meeting, Johnson will discuss how countries can work together to provide equitable vaccine distribution and rebuild post-pandemic, according to a statement Saturday.

The statement added that Johnson will call for greater global cooperation "that brings an end to the nationalist and divisive politics that marred the initial response to coronavirus.”

“Quantum leaps in science have given us the vaccines we need to end this pandemic for good. Now world governments have a responsibility to work together to put those vaccines to the best possible use. I hope 2021 will be remembered as the year humanity worked together like never before to defeat a common foe,” Johnson said.

The UK will also hold the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in February, with Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab using the chairmanship “to galvanize international action on coronavirus, climate change and conflict.”

11:59 p.m. ET, February 13, 2021

More than 600,000 Americans will have died of coronavirus by June 1, model forecasts

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

The casket of a person who died after contracting Covid-19 is loaded into a hearse in El Cajon, California, on January 15, 2021.
The casket of a person who died after contracting Covid-19 is loaded into a hearse in El Cajon, California, on January 15, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images

More than 600,000 Americans will have died from Covid-19 by June 1, according to the latest forecast from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The model predicted a death toll of 614,503 Americans -- down slightly from the previous forecast released last week, which projected 631,000 deaths.

Warmer weather and wider vaccination could help drive transmission down between now and August, according to the IHME. 

“We expect vaccination to reach 145 million adults by June 1 and that scale-up will prevent 114,000 deaths,” IHME said in a statement. 

More than 50 million doses of vaccine have been administered nationwide, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And if 95% of Americans started wearing masks in the next week, 34,000 lives could be saved.

The UK variant: Spread of the B.1.1.7 virus variant, first identified in the UK, could complicate any potential decline. At least 981 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been found in 37 states, the CDC said this week.

The team said it had factored in the expected variant spread into its projections for this forecast. In the worst-case scenario, US deaths could reach 645,000 by June 1.

Other factors: Progress could also be reversed if people let their guards down, said IHME.

“Transmission has been contained over the winter through mask wearing, decreased mobility, and avoidance of high-risk settings such as indoor dining,” IHME said. “As daily case counts decline and vaccination increases, behaviors are likely to change towards increased risk of transmission.”
11:48 p.m. ET, February 13, 2021

More than 50 million vaccine doses administered in the US, according to CDC

From CNN's Lauren Mascarenhas

A nurse loads syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Bloomfield, Connecticut, on February 12.
A nurse loads syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Bloomfield, Connecticut, on February 12. Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has administered more than 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, according to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The CDC reported that 50,641,884 total doses have been administered so far -- about 72% of the 69,883,625 total doses delivered nationwide.

More than 37 million people have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 13 million people have been fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.

Data published by the CDC may be delayed, and doses may not have been given on the day reported.

11:48 p.m. ET, February 13, 2021

British PM Boris Johnson says Covid-19 could become “something we simply live with”

From CNN’s Eleanor Pickston in London

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the QuantuMDx Biotechnology company in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on February 13.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the QuantuMDx Biotechnology company in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on February 13. Ian Forsyth/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he agreed with comments by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday that vaccinations and new treatments could make Covid-19 “another illness we have to live with, like we do flu” by the end of the year.

"I do think that in due time [Covid-19] will become something that we simply live with. Some people will be more vulnerable than others -- that's inevitable,” Johnson said Saturday, replying to a reporter’s question.

Johnson also said he was feeling “optimistic” ahead of a planned announcement on February 22 of his road map for England to exit lockdown -- but added that “we have to be cautious.”

Asked about the scheduled February 22 announcement, when details of how the lockdown will be eased are expected to be outlined, Johnson replied that he will "be trying to set out as much as I possibly can in as much detail as I can, always understanding that we have to be wary of the pattern of disease.” 

The UK government is hoping to meet its target of offering Covid-19 vaccinations to 15 million people in the most vulnerable groups by Monday, February 15. To date 14 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Here's some context: There have been more than 4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

In March last year, the UK government said it was hopeful the country could cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. But more than 116,500 have died, according to figures from JHU -- and the country has one of the highest number of confirmed deaths in the world, proportionate to population.

11:46 p.m. ET, February 13, 2021

For the first time in 100 days, the US is averaging fewer than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day

From CNN’s Amanda Watts and Haley Brink

For the first time in 100 days, the United States is averaging fewer than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The nation has a current 7-day average of 96,609 new cases per day, according to JHU data. The last time this metric was below 100,000 was on Election Day, November 3, 2020. 

On November 3, the US saw an average of 925 deaths per day. Right now, the US is seeing an average of 3,024 deaths per day, which is more than a 200% increase in daily deaths since November.

Over those 100 days -- from November 3, 2020 to February 12, 2021 -- the US tallied 18,141,364 new Covid-19 cases and 248,148 reported deaths, JHU data shows.