Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 30: Teacher Not Wearing Mask Infects Half the Class

By Anna Breuer on 30 August 2021
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An unidentified and non-vaccinated elementary school teacher who took off her mask to read to the class ended up infecting nearly half of them last May, public health officials in California reported Friday.

Members of the class went on to infect other students, family members at home, and people in the community at large.

The teacher reported for work despite having Covid-19 symptoms, it was reported in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 217.4 million Covid-19 cases and 4.51 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 194.3 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 156,886, a 20% 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 1,296, a change of 96% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 39.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 32.7 million officially recorded cases and 438,411 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.18 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 67 doses for every 100 people, a figure that remains virtually unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 204.4 million people in the United States – or 61.6% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 52.3%, or 173.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 368.9 million, which translates to one million shots dispensed on Sunday. Breaking this down further, 74% of the population over the age of 18 – or 191.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 63.3% of the same group – or 163.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In an effort to flatten a fourth wave, German authorities are offering residents of Berlin vaccinations in a converted S-Bahn train.  Max Kietzman, who was one of the first to get vaccinated on the train, termed it “super.” “It’s so easy.  It literally comes to you.”

Another conservative radio host, Marc Bernier, who called himself “Mr. Anti-Vax,” died of the coronavirus on Saturday.  He was hospitalized three weeks ago.

Finally, a Chicago judge revoked a mother’s custody after asking her if she had been inoculated against the coronavirus and receiving a negative reply.  The Washington Post reported that Rebecca Firlit told the judge that she had had bad reactions to vaccines in the past.

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