Coronavirus News: Thursday, September 3 – Cases in Europe Almost Back to March Levels, College Campuses See Spike

Tom Seaver, Pitcher Who Led ‘Miracle Mets,’ Dies of Covid-19

By Anna Breuer on 3 September 2020
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The worldwide number of reported virus cases crossed the 26 million mark on Thursday, and now is at 26.24, an increase of over half a million cases in the past 48 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over 868,460, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

There are 6.88 million active cases across the globe. In addition, 18.5 million have recovered.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, crossing the 6 million mark last Thursday to currently stand at 6.3 million cases. Officials reported over 40,000 new infections, and the coronavirus death toll stands at over 190,000 although 94% of the deaths involved other contributing causes and only 6% are attributed solely to coronavirus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which now predict that the death toll will be over 195,000 by September 12.

The number of cases in nine U.S. states is still rising or setting records. In particular, in the Midwest, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota all added more cases in a recent seven-day period than at any point prior during the pandemic.

The director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, said that case levels on the Continent are “almost back” to March levels.  Speaking during a debate held by EU Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Ammon said that “the virus hasn’t been sleeping over the summer so it didn’t take vacation and that is something that we see now.”

Officials in Thailand said that the country had reached 100 days without any new locally transmitted cases.

Tom Seaver, the pitcher who led the “Miracle Mets” to glory, died of dementia and the coronavirus at the age of 75.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, predicted a “safe and effective” coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020. He said he would not hesitate to take such a vaccine once available. In an interview on CNN, he said it was “conceivable” but “not likely” that a vaccine would be ready by late October.

The University of South Carolina reported 1,000 new infections on campus Thursday.  More than 1,200 students at the University of Alabama have tested positive since returning to campus in late August.

In travel, Beijing reopened to international flights for the first time in five months.

France announced a €100 billion ($118 billion) economic recovery plan that it said was the “biggest stimulus package of all European countries.” The plan is centered on three themes, namely ecological transition, business competiveness, and social and territorial cohesion.

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