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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The headmaster in Florida’s capital announced Sunday that masks will be required for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students, making it the seventh district to oppose Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on such COVID-19 mandates opposes.
Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna said the district has skyrocketed positive tests for the coronavirus since the school opened Aug. 11 in Tallahassee and its immediate suburbs. He said parents who do not want their elementary or middle school student to wear a mask must receive a signed note from their child’s doctor or psychologist by Friday.
Leon, which has 32,000 students, initially withdrew from such a mandate after DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said that districts could only impose a mask mandate if parents could refuse their children themselves. They have threatened to cut funding from districts that impose stricter mandates and sanctions their elected officials.
Hanna said he was “fully for individual rights and freedoms and the rights of parents,” but that does not include the right to endanger the health of others.
“I don’t think masks are essential, but we know they make a difference. The vast majority of health professionals tell us they make a difference, “Hanna said in a statement broadcast on Facebook.
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HERE STILL HAPPEN:
WASHINGTON – U.S. surgeon Gen. Vivek Murthy says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine comes soon, and he expects this to spur more vaccine mandates from schools and businesses will.
Murthy said Sunday that he did not want to pre-empt the FDA’s announcement but did not argue that it could happen this week. He cited a wealth of data showing that Pfizer’s two-dose therapy is safe and effective.
The vaccine is currently marketed under emergency FDA clearance. Murthy said he believes that once the agency completes its full review and approves it, more Americans will be convinced to take the pictures.
He also expected more vaccine requirements, including for teachers and staff, and described mandates as a “sensible” measure to create a safe environment for children and others.
Murthy said that with the highly transmissible Delta variant, “We must take every step we can” when health and wellbeing are “at stake”.
He has appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week and Fox News Sunday.
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he tested negative for COVID-19 just four days after testing positive.
“I was told my infection was short and mild because of the vaccination I received,” Abbott said in a video clip posted on his Twitter account on Saturday. “So I encourage others who have not yet received the vaccination to consider getting one.”
When the Republican governor announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for the virus, his office said he was in good health and had no symptoms. Abbott said Saturday that he will continue to quarantine himself as recommended by doctors.
Abbott, who was vaccinated in December, has turned down calls to reinstate mask mandates as the highly contagious Delta variant increases in Texas. He tested positive for the virus without a mask the day after he appeared indoors near Dallas without a mask while speaking to a crowded room of GOP supporters, most of whom were older and unmasked.
TEHERAN – Iran has reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths from the pandemic in one day, according to state media.
The official IRNA news agency said on Sunday that 684 people had died of the disease since Saturday, while more than 36,400 new cases were confirmed in the same 24-hour period.
Iran’s previous daily record for COVID-19 deaths was recorded on August 16. The country reported the highest number of daily cases the next day, exceeding 50,000.
A five-day lockdown in the country ended on Saturday.
The current wave of infections is the fifth pandemic in Iran and is fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant. The country is also struggling to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus. About 7% of Iranians are fully vaccinated.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Japan, Australia and New Zealand all weathered the first year of the coronavirus pandemic in relatively good shape, but are taking different approaches to dealing with new outbreaks of the fast-spreading Delta variant.
The discovery of a single local COVID-19 case in New Zealand was enough for the government to put the entire country under strict lockdown for the past week.
Elsewhere in the Pacific, however, in the face of a record spike, Japan is resisting such measures and instead emphasizing its accelerated vaccine program. And Australia fell somewhere in the middle.
The different approaches could have far-reaching consequences for the economies of these nations and the health of their citizens.
Professor Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at New Zealand’s University of Otago, said countries around the world are struggling to adapt to the highly contagious variant.
“The old rules just don’t work with the Delta variant,” he says.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A Conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who was a vaccine skeptic of COVID-19 until he was hospitalized has died. He was 61.
The Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed the death of Phil Valentine in a tweet on Saturday.
Valentine was a skeptic about coronavirus vaccines. But after testing positive for COVID-19 and before going to hospital, he told his audience to think: “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?” If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he decided not to have a vaccination because he thought he was unlikely to die.
After Valentine was transferred to an intensive care unit, his brother Mark said the talk radio host regretted that “he was not a staunch advocate of vaccination.”
“I know if he could tell you that, he would tell you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Stop worrying about politics. Stop worrying about all the conspiracy theories, ”Mark Valentine told The Tennessean on July 25th.
“He regrets that he was not so persistent in getting the vaccine. Look at the Dadgum data, ”said Mark Valentine.
CHICAGO – Civil rights activist and two-time presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Saturday.
Vaccinated against the coronavirus, 79-year-old Rev. Jackson received his first dose in January during a publicized event when he urged others to get the vaccination ASAP. He and his wife, 77, are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both of them,” said a statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit Rainbow / PUSH Coalition.
“At this point there are no further updates,” says the message. “We will provide updates as soon as they are available.”
As a protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jackson was instrumental in leading the modern civil rights movement on numerous issues, including voting rights.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he has remained active campaigning for COVID-19 vaccines for blacks who lag behind whites in the United States’ vaccination campaign.
FRANKFORT, Kentucky – The governor of Kentucky’s efforts to fight COVID-19 have suffered a breakthrough legal defeat.
The state’s Supreme Court on Saturday cleared the way for laws that restrict its emergency powers to come into effect. The state’s Supreme Court ordered a lower court to overturn an injunction blocking new Republican-backed laws restricting the emergency powers of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.
The ruling revolves around a dispute between Beshear and the GOP-led legislature over the extent of the governor’s executive power in emergencies. It comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Kentucky increase.
The governor lifted most of his pandemic restrictions in June. However, as COVID-19 cases increased due to the Delta variant, he recently signed an executive order mandating inner masks in K-12 schools, childcare and pre-kindergarten programs across Kentucky.
One of the controversial laws limits the governor’s executive orders to 30 days in emergencies, unless extended by lawmakers.
PARIS – Thousands of protesters marched again in cities and towns across France against a COVID-19 health passport, which is required to enter restaurants and cafes, cultural and sports venues.
For the sixth Saturday in a row, opponents denounced what they see as a restriction of their freedom. Many have criticized the measure, claiming that the French government had implicitly prescribed vaccines.
In Paris, four demonstrations were organized by different groups. Over 200 protests took place elsewhere in the country.
Despite the protests, polls have shown that the majority of French support the health passport. More than 40.5 million people in France or 60% are fully vaccinated.
France has been registering a high number of infections since last month – around 22,000 daily.