Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 2: Vaccinations Approach 200 Million Mark in U.S., California Mandates Jabs for Pupils Over 12

By Paul Riegler on 2 October 2021
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Saturday will be marked by the 200 millionth person receiving a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.  The number at the start of the day was hovering at the 199.95 mark.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 235.2 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.8 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 211.9 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 109,192, a -27% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,883, an increase of -5% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 44.4 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 719,037. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.79 million, and a death toll of 448,636, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 214.6 million people in the United States – or 64.6% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 55.7%, or 184.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 393.8 million. Breaking this down further, 77.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 199.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 67% of the same group – or 172.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for eligible studentsthroughout the state. The move makes the Golden State the the first to put into place K-12 school mandate in the nation. The vaccine mandate will apply to students 12 and older after they become eligible for a fully authorized vaccine

The vaccine mandate for New York City teachers went into effect after the Supreme Court turned down an appeal contesting it.  Several teachers had filed for the injunction with Justice Sonia Sotomayor to keep the mandate from going into effect.  Those teachers who don’t get inoculated will face suspension without pay on Monday.

Finally, authorities in Hawaii arrested two visitors from California, charging them with submitting fake Covid-19 test results to avoid a mandatory quarantine meant to curb the virus’ spread in the island. A 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman uploaded forged negative test results into the Hawaii Safe Travels portal and arrived in Lihue on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles earlier this week, Kauai police said.

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