Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 20: 3 Vaccinated Senators Test Positive, Texas Won’t Enforce School Mask Ban

By Anna Breuer on 20 August 2021
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Three fully vaccinated senators, Roger Wicker, a Republican of Mississippi, Angus King, an independent of Maine, and John Hickenlooper, a Democrat of Colorado, said on Thursday that they had tested positive for the coronavirus. This adds to the number of breakthrough cases among lawmakers.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 211.1 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.4 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 188.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 143,827, a 44% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 911, an increase of 108%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 38.2 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 32.4 million officially recorded cases and 433,622officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 4.88 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 66 doses for every 100 people, which is virtually unchanged over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 199.9 million people in the United States – or 60.21% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 51.1%, or 169.6million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 359.6 million. Breaking this down further, 72.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 187.3million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 62% of the same group – or 160.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, the Texas Education Agency said it would stop enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on face mask mandates after the State Supreme Court issued a ruling that allowed school districts to require students and teachers to don a face covering.  Both decisions are temporary.

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