Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 22: Cashier Shot in Mask Dispute in Germany, U.N. General Assembly May Become a Superspreader

By Anna Breuer on 22 September 2021
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Straßenbahn Line 19 running on the Maximilianstraße in Munich

Germany remained in shock after the killing of a 20-year-old gas station cashier following an argument over a face mask.  The shooting, which took place in the western town of Idar-Oberstein, occurred, prosecutors said, after the cashier asked a 49-year-old male who wanted to buy beer to put on a mask in compliance with Covid rules.

“The perpetrator then pulled out t a revolver and shot the cashier in the head from the front. prosecutor Kai Fuhrmann told reporters.  “The victim fell to the floor and died immediately.”

The shooting resulted in posts in social media from Querdenker, or lateral thinkers, who deny the existence of the coronavirus and who showed sympathy toward the killer.  Politicians immediately came out against the Querdenker.

“The hate and incitement coming from these people who can’t be taught divides our community and kills people,” said Außenminister Heiko Maas in a tweet. “They have no place in our society,” he added.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 230.5 million Covid-19 cases and 4.76 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 207.2 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 134,036, a -12% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,046, a change of 36% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 43.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 696,982. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.6 million, and a death toll of 445,979, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year 6 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.01 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 78 doses for every 100 people, a one dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 212.3 million people in the United States – or 63.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.8%, or 182 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 386.8 million. Breaking this down further, 76.6% of the population over the age of 18 – or 197.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 66% of the same group – or 170.4 million people – is fully vaccinated.

New York City officials requested that those attending the United Nations General Assembly show proof of vaccination, a request that was diplomatically rebuffed.  Instead, the United Nations said it would operate “on the honor system,” a comment that did little to assuage fears.

“We are concerned about the U.N. event being a super-spreader event,” U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters.

Finally, Brazil’s health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, who is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly, said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.   Queiroga, who is a cardiologist, said he had been inoculated with the CoronaVac vaccine, made by Beijing-based Sinovac, earlier this year, and emphasized that he would be “following all health safety protocols.”  The minister accompanied the country’s unvaccinated president, Jair Bolsonaro, to New York and was seen shaking hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has recovered from his most recent case of Covid, when the two heads of state met Monday.

Meanwhile, Bolsonaro, who had a mild case of Covid in July, has said he’s in no hurry to get vaccinated.  “Get AstraZeneca vaccines,” Johnson told him, adding that he had had Covid twice.  “Not yet,” was the reply.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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