Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 5: CDC Removes Holiday Guidance Amidst Confusion Over Fauci Comments

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 5: CDC Removes Holiday Guidance Amidst Confusion Over Fauci Comments

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Shortly after publishing holiday guidance for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed the content from its website amidst confusion over comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci. the chief medical advisor to President Joseph Biden. The content showed a family having a virtual Thanksgiving.

Dr. Fauci told NBC News that, despite the dramatic drop in new cases in recent weeks, “it’s just too soon to tell” what one should do for the holidays.  He later said that his comments had been misinterpreted and that he does plan on having a “normal” holiday with his family.

In a statement later on Monday, the CDC said it is working on an update.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 236.3 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.8 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 213.4 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 103,785, a -24% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,829, an increase of -12% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 44.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 722,439. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.85 million, and a death toll of 449,324, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 215.5 million people in the United States – or 64.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 56%, or 185.8 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 396.9 million. Breaking this down further, 77.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 200.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 67.3% of the same group – or 173.8 million people – is fully vaccinated

Meanwhile, in New York City, anti-vaxxers tore down a mobile Covid-19 testing tent in Union Square on Monday in the course of a protest against New York City’s vaccine requirements for public school employees.  No one was injured.

Finally, New York City’s vaccine mandate for all school employees went into effect on Monday.  Several thousand non-vaccinated employees including teachers and aides were placed on unpaid leave.  The city’s board of education said that 95% of its workers are now vaccinated, including 96% of teachers and 99% of principals.

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