COVID-19 Caused Nearly 300,000 More US Deaths, CDC Says

A FILE – Personnel at the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work at the Emergency Operations Center in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus, Feb. 13, 2020, in Atlanta.The CDC found that the number of excess deaths of adults between 25 and 44 years of age rose 26.5 during that time frame, the biggest increase among all age groups.  There was also a high percentage of excess deaths among people of color: Hispanics experienced a 56% increase, while Blacks sustained a 33% rise, far higher than the 12% increase among white Americans. Hispanics and Blacks, as well as elderly Americans, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE – A ‘promotora’ (health promoter) from CASA, a Hispanic advocacy group, tries to enroll Latinos as volunteers to test a potential COVID-19 vaccine, at a farmers market in Takoma Park, Md., on Sept. 9, 2020.The United States officially leads the world with more than 221,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s FILE – Police check details of residents in the Melbourne central business district in Australia’s worst-hit Victoria state, Aug. 9, 2020, as the city struggles to cope with COVID-19 pandemic.Experts are conducting genomic sequencing and other tests to determine if the man has been reinfected. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, the man would be the first Australian to be reinfected with the disease, and just the sixth case of reinfection in the world.   Impact on travel industry
The global coronavirus pandemic continues to extract a toll on the travel industry.  Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways announced Wednesday that it is cutting 5,900 jobs and shutting down its regional Cathay Dragon brand.   Cathay Pacific is also cutting another 2,600 unfilled positions from its payroll, which adds up to about 24% of the company’s total workforce.   FILE – Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragon Airways planes are seen at the Hong Kong International Airport, Sept. 6, 2019.The global coronavirus pandemic continues to extract a toll on the travel industry.  Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways announced Wednesday that it is cutting 5,900 jobs and shutting down its regional Cathay Dragon brand.   Cathay Pacific is also cutting another 2,600 unfilled positions from its payroll, which adds up to about 24% of the company’s total workforce.   The airline has been losing between $193 million to $258 million a month since the start of the outbreak, and it plans to operate at less than 50% of its pre-pandemic capacity in 2021.  Officials say the restructuring plan will cost nearly $284 million to implement.   


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