Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 24 – Global Death Toll Near One Million Mark

A U.S. Airline Will Test Passengers for Virus Before Flights

By Anna Breuer on 24 September 2020
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The interior of Notre Dame several months before the fire

As the number of reported deaths from the novel coronavirus neared the one million mark, standing at over 983,000, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s senior infectious disease specialist, along with three other top U.S. health officials, told Congress they would in fact take a coronavirus vaccine that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson, a U.S. pharmaceutical house, announced plans to enroll 60,000 people in a coronavirus vaccine trial.

United Airlines said it will offer some passengers in-airport coronavirus tests. The airline will use a rapid Abbott ID Now test that provides results in roughly 15 minutes.  The fee will be $250.

Helsinki Airport is launching a new Covid-19 test that uses coronavirus-sniffing canines to detect the presence of the virus.  The test involves asking the passenger to wipe his neck, at which point the wipe is placed in a box and examined by one of the dogs.  The dogs are capable of confirming the presence of the virus in asymptomatic passengers in addition to those with symptoms.

In an attempt to keep its healthcare system from crumbling under the weight of new coronavirus patients, France announced new restrictions including a ban on public gatherings of more then ten people in Paris and other cities, and the closure of all bars in restaurants in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report that shows a pattern of young people getting infected by the coronavirus over the summer and then seeding a wave of new infections among older people. The new data directly links outbreaks that are linked from gatherings at bars, fraternity houses, college dormitories, and parties to the new waves in those over the age of 30.

As New York City’s public schools reopened for in-person instruction for only the youngest of pupils, officials there reported at least one coronavirus infection in over one hundred schools.  Six schools were closed temporarily as a result.

Finally, Israel, which began a second national lockdown prior to the start of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, said it would tighten the lockdown after officials there reported 5,000 new coronavirus cases per day over the past week.  The rate of infection per capita is currently the highest in the world. The additional measures go into effect Friday and will remain in place through mid October, with the exception of the Yom Kippur holiday that begins Sunday night. The restrictions include requiring most businesses to close and a limit on gatherings including those for prayer to 20 people outdoors within 1,100 yards or 1,000 meters.

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