Coronavirus News: Wednesday, August 26 – 24 Million Cases, Fauci Warns Not to Rush Vaccines

By Anna Breuer on 26 August 2020
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The worldwide number of virus cases currently stands at 24.11 million, an increase of almost 250,000 cases in the past 24 hours.  The number of deaths stands at 825,000, and 16.65 people million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, with almost 6 million as of Wednesday.  The coronavirus death toll crossed the 180,000 mark over weekend, and now stands at 182,625.  Officials reported almost 40,000 new infections on Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly issued new guidelines that perplexed some doctors by saying that people exposed to Covid-19 may not need to be tested. Previously, the CDC said that viral testing was appropriate in such circumstances.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against fast-tracking a coronavirus vaccine through an emergency use authorization before it is proven safe in large clinical trials, explaining that such an action could have a chilling effect on the testing of other vaccines.  Doing so, he told the news service Reuters in an interview, could jeopardize the trials of other vaccines.

Researchers in Hong Kong reported what appears to be the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection.  The case involved a 33-year-old man who was first infected by the novel coronavirus in late March and then, four and a half months later, seemingly contracted the virus again while traveling in Europe.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he has currently “no plan” to allow indoor dining to return, citing a link between eating in restaurant dining rooms and a resurgence of the coronavirus in other parts of the world. The mayor also said that 20% of the city’s new coronavirus cases come from individuals who traveled from states on New York State’s quarantine list.

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises said it was canceling voyages into 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions. The cruise line cited ongoing health and government authorities’ ongoing restrictions on border and port access for the move.

Lufthansa has a novel solution for those who claim they cannot wear a mask when flying due to medical reasons.  The airline is requiring a test taken within 48 hours of departure as well as a doctor’s note stating that the passenger cannot wear a mask “due to an underlying medical condition” but is still fit to fly.

Finally, the Vatican announced on Wednesday that, starting in September, Pope Francis would resume his weekly Wednesday audience in public. The move comes six months after the coronavirus put a halt to the audiences.

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