Latest news updates: Clorox weighs further price increases as inflation bites

 Latest news updates: Clorox weighs further price increases as inflation bites

The month of October marked further signs of progress for the US as it seeks to bring its most recent wave of the coronavirus pandemic under control.

National trends in infections, hospitalisations and deaths have been in decline, while the vaccination rollout has been given an additional recent lift with commencement of the Covid-19 booster shot programme.

Two-thirds of the US population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 58 per cent have been fully vaccinated, according to data released on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine are the only states with more than 70 per cent of their populations fully vaccinated, while 12 states are yet to pass the 50 per cent mark.

At the end of October, 47,103 people were being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals across the US, a drop of almost 26,000 patients since the level at the end of September, according to a…

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