Coronavirus News: Monday, September 7 – India Surpassed Four Million Cases, Israel Announces Curfew

By Anna Breuer on 7 September 2020
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The worldwide number of reported virus cases crossed the 27 million mark on Sunday, and now is at 27.28 million, an increase of over 231,287 cases in the past 24 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over just over of 887,000, an increase of 4,129 deaths in the past 24 hours, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

There are now over 7 million active cases across the globe. In addition, over 20 million people have recovered.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, and now has 6.46 million cases. Officials reported over 42,000 new infections on Sunday and over 31,000 cases on Monday, and the coronavirus death toll stands at over 192,818.

Meanwhile, India now has the second highest number of coronavirus infections in the world after the United States, based on reported figures, overtaking Brazil with 4.2 million cases. The country reported over 91,000 new cases on Monday, the highest since the start of the pandemic. Brazil now has 4.14 million cases and the United States has the aforementioned 6.46 million.

Russia now has over one million cases as of Sunday, with 1.03 million, putting it in the number four slot, and Peru is number five, with 683,702 cases.

Meanwhile, Israel announced a curfew on some 40 towns and cities hit hard by the coronavirus. The new measures go into effect Monday night.

In New York State, once the site of some of the most severe outbreaks in the country, the number of virus tests with positive results there has stayed below the 1% threshold for 30 days in a row, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  This suggests that the state’s aggressive approach to containing the virus has thus far succeeded.

The University of Virginia announced plans to expand its testing and monitoring of students on campus.  In conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, it will test wastewater at residence halls for the presence of the coronavirus.  This strategy has been successful at several other schools in predicting outbreaks before students became symptomatic.  It will also conduct random coronavirus tests and, later this month, introduce a rapid saliva sample test.

Northeastern University dismissed 11 students for partying but said it would keep their tuition, while Ohio State University suspended 225 students before classes even began for similar infractions.

In Cuba, one week after schools reopened in Ciego de Ávila, they are returning to televised teaching because of an outbreak.  The province reported 30 new infections over the past 15 days.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News is reporting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to pull funds that were to be used for disinfecting schools, government buildings, and the city’s subways

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