Coronavirus News Update – March 8: Fauci Warns Against Prematurely Ending Restrictions

By Jesse Sokolow on 8 March 2021
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As of Monday, the coronavirus has sickened 117.6 million people, and killed over 2.6 million people, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such data.

Since vaccination rollouts began at the end of last year, over 58.8 million people in the United States have received at least one dose, including 30.6 million who have received both doses. Approximately 23% of the population in the United States over the age of 18 has received at least one dose and 12% has received both doses.

However, people in the country continue to disregard social distancing guidelines. In Georgia, video surfaced of a large party at a housing complex near the University of North Georgia. Few if any of the merrymakers were wearing masks, and none were social distancing.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, warned against prematurely eliminating pandemic precautions after the governors of two states – Texas and Mississippi – eliminated mask mandates and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity.

The Centers for Disease Control said Monday that individuals who have been fully vaccinated could safely have small indoor gatherings, without masks and without social distancing. The center said that participants of such gatherings should not include anyone who has not had the vaccine. However, those who have been vaccinated should continue to wear masks in public and social distance.

In Alaska, residents of remote villages are struggling with the disease, as getting the vaccine to them is proving a hard task. In some cases, the pandemic infected over 60% of a village’s population. At least one person, a 37-year-old man, died in a remote village because a medical evacuation plane was unable to reach him due to weather conditions. In order to get the vaccine out to these villagers, the state is using snowmobiles, sleds, planes, and boats to deliver the vaccine.

In England, students ages five to 11 went back to in-person learning for the first time since January. The country will reintroduce in-person schooling to older students in phases over the coming weeks.

Finally, resident Bashar al-Assad of Syria announced that he and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19. His office said that the two will quarantine for two weeks while continuing to work from home.

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