Approval of a vaccine in the United States usually takes years, but COVID-1
The global COVID-19 death toll was on the brink of 1 million Monday, less than a year since the new disease was first reported in central China before spreading to Europe and then rocking the United States.
In what was once the epicenter of the virus, New York reported an increase in cases over the weekend, seeing its first day with over 1,000 new cases for the first time since June. Many of the new cases focus on southern portions of the state and New York City.
“The key to these clusters is to jump on them quickly,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Monday.
Meanwhile, while public health officials have warned of the potential devastation the flu season paired with COVID-19 could have on the nation’s health system, a new survey in Michigan found that 1 in 3 parents say they won’t get vaccinated. their children against the flu. year.
Some significant developments:
- South Korean health officials reported the country’s lowest daily increase in coronavirus infections, with 50 new cases on Monday.
- India became the second country to report 6 million confirmed cases.
- Florida surpassed 700,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
- Areas with high numbers of black and non-white Latin American residents had higher infection rates than mostly white communities, a study on herd immunity found.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has reported over 7.1 million cases and 204,700 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. New case records have been established in Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data. Record numbers of deaths have been reported in Alaska and North Dakota. Globally, there have been more than 33.1 million cases and more than 999,000 million deaths.
📰 What we are reading: While parents nationwide are going through an entirely different educational landscape this year, many are disappearing from local public school shifts. Many large school districts that started the year with virtually all children learning report declining enrollment and a lack of large groups of children in the younger classes.
🗺️ Coronavirus mapping: Track the outbreak in the United States, state by state.
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A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 test at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Florida, pictured on July 6, 2020. (Photo: Lynne Sladky, AP)
New York has seen clusters of COVID-19 cases cause a spike in numbers across the state in recent days, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will deploy rapid COVID-19 test machines to address areas.
More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in New York on Saturday, the state’s highest peak since early June, when the new case load was decreasing from its April peak. The state reported 866 new cases on Sunday, and her statewide infection also hit 1.5 percent on Sunday, the highest level since July.
Most of the new cases are concentrated in the Mid-Hudson and Southern Tier regions. New York City has also seen clusters contribute to an overall spike, with the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens of particular interest to health officials.
Some communities have infection rates up to 30%, and Cuomo said around 200 quick test machines will be available based on the zip codes with the highest infection rates.
“The key to these clusters is to jump on them quickly,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Monday.
– David Robinson
Public health experts fear winter will bring seasonal flu to the top of the coronavirus pandemic and poll shows one in three parents say they will not get their children flu shots this year.
“The pandemic does not seem to change parents’ minds about the importance of the flu vaccine,” concluded the survey analysis. “This year could be a double flu season, as the nation is already facing a deadly viral disease with near-twin symptoms.”
The survey, published Monday by the C.S. Mott of Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor also reported that 14% of parents said they will not seek the flu vaccine because it keeps children away from health centers due to the risk of coronavirus exposure. Others may not receive reminders to get the flu shot because children’s health care professionals have limited the number of patients seen for in-person visits.
– Frank Witsil and Adrianna Rodriguez
Inovio’s vaccine trials have stopped amid questions from the FDA
Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are suspended as the Food and Drug Administration has asked the manufacturer for more information on its delivery device.
Pharmaceutical company Inovio said on Monday that its intermediate and late-stage studies for its vaccine candidate were “partially clinical pending” as it answers questions from the FDA and the agency responds. The company said the delay was not caused by any adverse effects of the potential vaccine in the first phase of its trial.
The company’s vaccine candidate relies on its Cellectra device, which uses small electrical pulses to open pores in the skin that allow DNA to enter the body. The company said it would answer questions in October and the FDA will have 30 days to respond.
Swedish health minister: 1 million deaths worldwide is “ quite a small number ”
Sweden’s health minister, the architect of the country’s approach to keeping much of the country open amid the coronavirus pandemic, said on Monday that the global death toll of 1 million people “is a fairly small number compared to many other diseases that cause death “.
Anders Tegnell made the comment on the radio and added that “we must not be fooled into thinking that this is the only problem we have in the world when it comes to global health”.
Sweden, unlike many of its European neighbors, has kept restaurants, gyms, schools and other businesses and services open as the pandemic has spread across the continent.
While those who argue against blockade orders often point to Sweden as a success story, the country fared worse than its Nordic neighbors.
Many teachers and families feared a spike in COVID-19 cases when Florida made the controversial push to reopen schools in August with in-person education.
But a USA TODAY’s analysis shows that the number of state-positive cases among children ages 5 to 17 declined through late September after a peak in July. Among the counties that have seen spikes overall, college-age adults, not school-age children, are leading the trend, the analysis found.
Early results in Florida show the success of wearing strict masks, socially distancing, isolating contacts, and quickly tracing contacts when needed, health experts said. But experts warn that just because things went well for schools in the beginning doesn’t mean they can’t be the source of future problems. And they warned against reading the data as a reason to reopen all schools or abandon security measures.
– Jayme Fraser, Mike Stucka, Emily Bloch, Rachel Fradette, Sommer Brugal
Mall Santas could miss concerts in the first holiday season of the pandemic
In a year like no other even Santa Claus may find himself out of work.
A visit to the mall to sit on the lap of the cheerful old elf could be another tradition thrown into oblivion by COVID-19, as wary parents keep their children at home. And while this is bad news for kids, it might be worse news for all those Santas who rely on department store concerts and office Christmas parties to earn extra cash or, in some cases, a large chunk of their income. annual.
“I normally have 20 to 30 bookings and right now I have two,” said Mike Hadrych, 72, of Canoga Park, California, who made up to 70 appearances as Santa in just one year.
– Charisse Jones
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Florida exceeds 700,000 cases as restaurants and bars reopen at full capacity
Two days after Governor Ron DeSantis ordered counties to reopen full capacity restaurants and bars, Florida’s number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 700,000 on Sunday, with a death toll of 14,202.
State data showed the new milestone at 700,564, about 10% of the national total of over 7 million. While Florida is still one of the nation’s hotspots, the number of new diagnoses fell from a monthly high of 24,864 recorded in the week ending September 5 to 18,227 recorded last week.
DeSantis acknowledged that the pandemic is far from over and there could be a second wave of cases. But, he said, the state has plenty of hospital beds available should that happen. Shutting down the economy and kicking people out of work, he said, won’t stop the virus. “I don’t think it’s feasible. I don’t think it’s acceptable,” he said.
– Tony Doris, Palm Beach (Florida) Post
Prince Charles: Students may need “urgent help to protect their future” from the pandemic
Prince Charles warned that up to 1 million young people in Britain may need “urgent help” to protect their future from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, as politicians debated whether to stop British university students from returning home. for Christmas.
The Prince of Wales said the social and economic crisis created by the coronavirus is reminiscent of the upheavals of the 1970s, when youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues for British society.
“There has never been a time as challenging as the present, when the pandemic has left perhaps another million young people in need of urgent help to protect their future,” he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. “The task ahead is indisputably vast, but it is not insurmountable.”
The comments came as the spread of COVID-19 accelerates across the UK, prompting the government to impose new restrictions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 1,600 COVID-19 investigations on commercial aircraft between January and August.
Main Leader: NYC doesn’t have enough teachers for classes this week
The New York City union leader who represents his principals on Sunday urged the state to take control of the school system by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mark Cannizzaro, chairman of the Board of School Supervisors and Administrators, expressed concern over the mayor’s plan that most of the city’s 1.1 million students would begin reporting to classrooms this week. Cannizzaro told the New York Times that the city doesn’t have enough teachers for school staff. But he also said the principals have no intention of going on strike.
“I think parents should be sure that every child who arrives in a building will receive the utmost care,” Cannizzaro said. The union executive council cast a unanimous vote of no confidence; City school officials said plans for elementary school students to return to classes on Tuesday and for middle and high school students to return on Thursday remain in effect.
WHO: People are likely to start getting vaccinated in mid-2021
Mass vaccinations for COVID-19 aren’t likely until next summer, World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said Sunday.
Swaminathan said the ideal vaccine would protect at least 70% of those who are vaccinated, but that a minimum standard is 50%. The ideal vaccine would only take one shot and last for several years, he said. Most of what he said is in line with predictions made by Dr. Anthony Fauci and other leading US experts.
“When people start getting the vaccine … it would be somewhere in mid-2021,” he said.
COVID-19 resources from USA TODAY
Contributing: The Associated Press
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