Coronavirus tracker: California’s steady decline in cases and hospitalizations continues as of Feb. 9

The steady decline in hospitalizations continues, marking on Tuesday, Feb. 9, a 49.6% drop in the number of people needing hospital care from a Jan. 6 high of 22,853.

There were 388 fewer hospitalizations on Tuesday, than there were the previous day, lowering the total number of hospitalizations to 11,516, according to end-of-day totals from California public health websites.

California communities reported 10,913 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,421,905, according to California public health websites.

The 14-day average of 14,768 daily new cases is down 65.2% from the Jan. 1 high of 42,468.

There were 513 new deaths reported Tuesday, for a total of 44,996 people in California who have died from the virus.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources

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African swine fever mutates, heightened biosecurity measures set to be put in place – ABC News

A pig-killing disease that has wiped out almost a billion pigs worldwide has mutated, establishing new variants.

Australia’s chief vet Mark Schipp said the new variant could have been established through the use of an illegal vaccine.

“As with any virus, we expect that there will be mutations and evolution of the virus in new environments, and it may be that this is a natural variation,” he said.

“But the deletions that we’re seeing in this virus are the same deletions that are being used in the development of vaccines.”

African Swine Fever does not yet have a vaccine.

Source: African swine fever mutates, heightened biosecurity measures set to be put in place – ABC News