Coronavirus News Update – August 16: Texas Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Mask Mandate Ban

By Anna Breuer on 16 August 2021
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Texas State Capitol building in Austin

The Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s governor’s mask ban, at least for the moment. The court granted the state an emergency stay of an appellate court ruling that would have allowed mask mandates for schools. The ruling is temporary because the entire court must make a final ruling.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 208.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.34 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 186.6 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 130,808, a 64% 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 662, an increase of 113%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 37.5 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 32.2 million officially recorded cases and 431,900 officially 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 4.72 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 61 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 Monday, 198.1 million people in the United States – or 59.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.7%, or 168.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 356.4 million. Breaking this down further, 72% of the population over the age of 18 – or 185.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.7% of the same group – or 159.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security warned that new Covid restrictions may spark attacks by domestic extremists. The agency also warned of an increased risk of violence around the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

The Biden administration will offer funds to Florida school districts that defy the state’s governor’s mask man. The move comes as Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations surged throughout the state.  School districts can at their “sole and complete discretion” use funds to pay the salaries of administrators and board members withheld by the state for defying the order.

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