Coronavirus News: Monday, August 17 – 22 Million Cases, Travelers Slowly Return to the Skies

By Anna Breuer on 17 August 2020
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Security checkpoint at the new LaGuardia Airport

The worldwide number of virus cases is approaching the 22 million mark as of Monday and currently stands at 21.88 million.  Over 773,000 people have died thus far and 14.6 million have recovered.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases, with 5.57 million as of Monday.  The coronavirus death toll there is now over 173,000. Over 1,000 deaths from the virus have been reported each day this month.

The number and rate of cases of the coronavirus in children in the United States have been “steadily increasing” since March, the Centers for Disease Control and Infection said.  The center believes that the transmission of the disease to and among children may have been reduced in spring and early summer due to shelter-at-home orders and school closures.

The number of people traveling is slowly returning. The Transportation Security Administration reports it screened 862,949 people on Sunday, the second time the agency screened more than 800,000 people in a single day since the numbers fell below 100,000in April.  The TSA screened nearly 2.6 million people on the third Sunday in August last year, by comparison.

The Democratic National Convention, the first party convention of the Coronavirus Age, starts Monday.  Slated to take place in Milwaukee, there will be no physical gathering as the risk of infection is thought to be too great.  There will be no cheering crowds, no balloons, but there will be keynote speeches by a variety of leading figures including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, two former presidents, and a former Republican governor.

An inexpensive and fast coronavirus test gained approval Saturday. The SalivaDirect test, developed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

Even as it prepares to resume classes solely online, the nation’s second largest major school district said it will test hundreds of thousands of teachers and students.  The Los Angeles Unified School District will roll out the program as it awaits permission from public health officials to resume instruction in classrooms.

Amidst a cluster of new coronavirus cases, New Zealand said it will postpone its national elections by four weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.  The outbreak is in Auckland, its largest city.  The elections were scheduled for September 19, and will now take place on October 27. The country’s prime minister has sole authority over national election dates.

Health officials in Hong Kong said they were extending current social distancing measures, including restrictions on mandatory face masks and in-restaurant dining, through at least August 25.

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