Covid-19 live updates: Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated as union protests heat up

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imageAnthony S.Fauci, the United States’ top infectious-disease expert, is urging police officers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus — saying the resistance “doesn’t make any sense” as “more police officers die of covid than they do in other causes of death.”Police departments are facing an infection crisis, as departments around the country seeking to mandate vaccines clash with police unions and officers who oppose the requirements .Law enforcement officers are considered to be at higher risk because they are exposed to more people in the line of duty.Fauci urged Americans in critical jobs to consider “the implications of not getting vaccinated.” He added: “I’m not comfortable with telling people what they should do under normal circumstances, but we are not in normal circumstances right now.”Hundreds of police officers have died of covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.The disease caused by the coronavirus was the leading cause of death for officers in 2020 and 2021; five times as many died of covid-19 than of gunfire in the same period, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page , which tracks the on-duty deaths of U.S.police officers.Meanwhile, some police unions and officers are filing lawsuits to block mandates.

In Chicago, a deadline for police officers to report their vaccination status passed Friday as the head of the police union urged officers not to comply — and the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot (D), vowed to put noncompliant officers on unpaid leave starting this week.

The department is preparing for possible shortages by restricting time off for the rest of the police force , local television station WLS reported.U.S.coronavirus cases tracker and map Here’s what to know Here’s what to know about the top coronavirus stories around the globe from news service reports.Sydney starts to live with covid after 106-day lockdown.First stop: The pub.

Over the weekend, President Biden attended an event at the Capitol paying tribute to law-enforcement officers who had been killed in the line of duty.“Tragically, in the past two years,” he said, “covid-19 has caused more deaths in the line of duty than all the other causes combined.”That is true.The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) tallies the deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty each year and has counted nearly 500 deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus.

That’s not just more than other causes of death combined, it’s more than all other deaths for the past three years.

Advertisement Updates continue below advertisement Analysis: Republicans like Delta’s vaccine policy — even though it’s tougher than Biden’s By Aaron Blake 4:08 p.m.Link copied Link

For the second time in a week, Republicans who have criticized President Biden’s vaccine-or-testing mandate are favorably citing a policy that looks suspiciously like it — and is actually tougher.Last week, it was Fox News’s Tucker Carlson pointing out that Fox’s own policy wasn’t technically a vaccine mandate, in that it allowed for a testing alternative.(Nevermind that he had attacked Biden’s similar policy and called it a vaccine mandate .)Now, it involves conservatives praising Delta Air Lines.

Advertisement Updates continue below advertisement Why so many teachers are thinking of quitting By Leslie Gray Streeter 3:27 p.m.Link copied Link

One in four American teachers reported considering leaving their job by the end of the last academic year, in a survey taken in January and February by the Rand Corp., a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization.

That’s “more than in a typical pre-pandemic year and at a higher rate than employed adults nationally,” the report explained.Teachers, in general, “were more likely to report experiencing frequent job-related stress and symptoms of depression than the general population.” The study also noted that Black teachers were particularly affected.And a National Education Association survey of 2,690 members released in June found that 32 percent of respondents said the pandemic had led them to plan to leave the profession earlier than anticipated.Whoever said “those who can’t do, teach” obviously never experienced the modern educational system, where teachers do everything.

They’re more than the people who give math and science lessons: They might find themselves makeshift social workers to troubled students, surrogate parents checking if children eat, security guards breaking up fights and funders of the most basic of classroom supplies from their own shallow pockets.Teachers aren’t the only American workers taking part in the so-called “Great Resignation,” which has seen many people in many industries leave their jobs since the start of the pandemic to find better pay and satisfaction.

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Key update 76 million more people globally suffered from anxiety brought on by the pandemic By Lateshia Beachum 3:08 p.m.Link copied Link

The number of people suffering anxiety and major depression rose sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent study published in the Lancet .Researchers found that an additional 76 million more people endured anxiety throughout the pandemic, an increase of 26 percent from 2019 to 2020.Some 374 million people reported enduring anxiety, according to researchers who combed through data from 48 studies encompassing 204 countries and territories.The number of people coping with major depression also increased, by 27 percent, with 53 million more people with major depressive disorder across the world, according to the report.Researchers found that women were affected with anxiety and depression more than men and that younger people were impacted more than older people.Countries hit hardest with covid-19 cases and strict prevention measures that decreased mobility had the greatest increases in prevalence of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, according to the report.The findings show a need for strengthened mental health systems in most countries, researchers wrote.

Saying, “Hell yeah, I still want to play football,” free agent quarterback Cam Newton announced that he so badly wants to do so that he has been vaccinated against the coronavirus , something he had initially been reluctant to do.“I still get that urge to go out and perform and do something that I’ve been doing since I was 7 years old,” Newton said in a video posted Sunday to his YouTube channel.

“But also, it’s like, man, I’m so much more than just a football player.Respect me as such.”Newton, the NFL’s MVP six years ago, said he has been contacted by teams but added that the ideal situation has yet to present itself.Another factor may be the injuries that have diminished his numbers over the past few years.

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More vaccinations can prevent a winter surge, Fauci says.

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Anthony S.Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said it’s “within our capability to prevent” yet another surge from hitting the country, as long as more people get vaccinated.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday that even as the most recent pandemic surge wanes, and case and hospitalization numbers drop, any progress could plateau if vaccination numbers don not improve and the virus continues to circulate.Asked in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” whether indoor gatherings during the colder months and upcoming holiday travel could lead to another surge, Fauci said, “It’s going to be within our capability to prevent that from happening.”

Advertisement Updates continue below advertisement Pandemic-fueled deregulation makes it easier to sell home-cooked food By Emily Heil 12:29 p.m.

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Martha Rabello is ready to start baking again.The mother of three from Fanwood, N.J., had seen her dream of someday owning a storefront bakery slip away.Rabello started a cookie company a few years back, and then the rent for the commercial kitchen she needed to legally produce the treats she once sold to neighbors and friends eventually became too much for her to justify.Cooks like her across the country are increasingly taking advantage of loosening laws allowing them to make and sell baked goods — from cupcakes to cocoa bombs — from their homes.

While every state has dropped its outright ban on such businesses, many still have varying levels of restrictions.Some require permits or food-safety training, and many set caps on how much income a home cook can bring in.The pandemic accelerated the trend toward deregulation of all kinds of homemade-food sales.

Amid lockdowns, many people were out of work, particularly in the restaurant business , and looking for ways to make a little cash.And consumers, wary of supermarkets and restaurants, embraced delivery and takeout like never before.

Advertisement Updates continue below advertisement Miami private school cites discredited information in vaccination policy By Jaclyn Peiser 11:41 a.m.Link copied Link

In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students.Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.The email from Centner Academy leadership, first reported by WSVN , repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has debunked claims that the coronavirus vaccine can “shed or release any of their components” through the air or skin contact.The coronavirus vaccines do not contain a live virus, so their components can’t be transmitted to others.

D.C.to hire more substitute teachers, contact tracers to help understaffed schools By Perry Stein 10:57 a.m.Link copied Link

The District plans to spend nearly $40 million to hire additional contact tracers, substitute teachers and workers who would handle coronavirus logistics in schools to try to address staffing shortages that have hampered the reopening of campuses.In all, the school system will spend $22 million to hire nearly 250 new employees as part of the pandemic-related hiring spree.There’s also funding for each of the 120 campuses to hire an additional coronavirus-related staff member.The new positions highlight the complexities and steep costs required to operate schools during the pandemic.

Positive cases in classrooms and subsequent quarantines require more communication with families, putting extra administrative duties on educators.And frequent testing of students necessitates more staff members to watch children outside the classroom and conduct tests.

Analysis: Colin Powell’s death shows need to tamp down on coronavirus cases broadly to help protect those most at risk By Philip Bump 10:05 a.m.

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Former secretary of state Colin L.Powell died Monday morning from complications related to covid-19.Powell’s disease resulted from a breakthrough infection; he was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.But instead of demonstrating that the vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective in preventing death, which was known, his death better serves to show the need to tamp down on coronavirus cases more broadly to help protect those most at risk.That group included Powell.He was 84 years old when he died, well into the elderly age group that has been most ravaged by the virus.He had also been diagnosed with multiple myeloma , which can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections .

Allison Williams to leave ESPN over coronavirus vaccine mandate: ‘I cannot put a paycheck over principle’ By Andrea Salcedo 9:09 a.m.Link copied Link

A week before ESPN’s vaccine mandate goes into effect, veteran reporter Allison Williams announced she is parting ways with the network over her decision not to receive the coronavirus vaccine.Citing conversations with her doctor and a fertility specialist, Williams said the vaccine is not in her “best interest” as she and her husband try to conceive a second child.“I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals — ultimately I need to put them first,” Williams, who joined ESPN in 2011 , said in a video posted to her Instagram account on Friday.

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Key update Russia crosses threshold of 8 million covid-19 cases as region suffers from new surge By Annabelle Timsit 9:02 a.m.

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More than 8 million covid-19 cases have been reported in Russia since the pandemic began, the Associated Press said Monday, citing national coronavirus task force figures, as the wider region experiences a surge fueled by low vaccination rates and the more contagious delta variant.Russia also reported a record daily infection rate , with 34,325 new cases, compared to 20,174 around the same time last month.Experts said the unprecedented figures could actually underestimate the true toll of this “fourth wave” in a country where only 35 percent of the population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.Northern, eastern and central European countries are battling similar dynamics as fragile health-care systems begin to buckle under the pressure of rising cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Romania, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania and Latvia have all seen covid-19 deaths jump between 21 and 41 percent over the past seven days, according to a Washington Post tracker .In Slovenia, cases have risen by 197 percent in the last week; in Georgia, by 67 percent.On Oct.11, Latvia declared a three-month state of emergency and limited private gatherings, asked those who could to work from home and closed nonessential shops in some places on weekends.In Romania, a nonprofit representing physicians in the capital, Bucharest, issued an open letter this month warning that the medical system has “reached the limit .”“We are desperate because every day we lose hundreds of patients who die in Romanian hospitals,” they wrote.“We are desperate, because, unfortunately, we have heard too many times: I can’t breathe.… I’m not vaccinated.”Trends in Western Europe are generally more positive, with near-mandates and some of the highest vaccination coverage in the world.

A notable exception is the United Kingdom, which reported more than 300,000 new cases in the past seven days, a jump of 15 percent week-on-week, and where deaths and hospitalizations are also climbing but have remained relatively low due to high vaccination rates.On Monday, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said the European Union has exported more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to more than 150 countries since the start of the pandemic.

They are our relatives, cousins to us all, to old and young, to those who have been vaccinated and those who refuse.Last week, all seven of the orangutans at the National Zoo got their coronavirus shots, the zoo said.The jab went also to other zoo creatures sharing genes with us — a western lowland gorilla, a white-eared titi monkey and two emperor tamarins.Close as their kinship may be to us, they apparently did not get the same vaccine that we do.

On Wednesday, the zoo said, staff members wielded needles to give “animal-specific” vaccines..

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