Coronavirus Pandemic World Updates – August 16

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CNN: It’s Sunday, and in the US more than 5.3 million cases of coronavirus have been reported since the pandemic began.

Here’s what you need to know about the pandemic:

  • CDC teams at schools this fall: Leaders at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were blindsided this week when President Trump announced that the agency could deploy teams to assist schools with safely reopening in the fall/
  • New Zealand reports new cases: After 100 days without any community transmission, New Zealand has recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus in the past day, health officials said Sunday. On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Auckland — the city at the center of the new outbreak — will remain under a level three lockdown for another 12 days.
  • UAE and Israel on Covid-19 testing device: A United Arab Emirates company called APEX National Investment has signed an agreement with Israel’s Tera Group to develop a faster Covid-19 testing device, according to the UAE state-run news agency WAM. This partnership comes after Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they’re establishing full diplomatic relations.
  • US Postal Service warns about late ballots: USPS warned almost all of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that voters could be at risk of not getting their ballots back to election offices in time to be counted because election rules are not compatible with the time needed for delivery and return of absentee ballots through the mail, according to letters released on Friday night. House Democrats said Sunday they are “ramping up” their investigation of the Postal Service
  • South Korean church members to be tested: All 4,066 members of the Sarang-Jeil church in South Korea must be tested for coronavirus after a spike in cases was traced back to a religious service held by the group, according to an executive order by the acting mayor of Seoul, Seo Jeong-hyup.
  • New York Covid-19 positivity rate: For the ninth straight day, New York state was under 1% positive for Covid-19 testing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. There were 607 people who tested positive for Covid-19, and the state reported six deaths, including three in the New York City area.
  • CDC Forecast: The CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects nearly 189,000 US coronavirus deaths by Sept. 5. There are more than 5.3 million cases and 169,000 deaths in the US.
  • Resurgence of cases: South Korea, France and New Zealand are among countries seeing a resurgence of cases amid a record (294,237) global infections within a 24-hour period, according to a report published by the World Health Organization on Saturday.
  • Herd immunity warning: Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that if the US allows coronavirus infections to run rampant to achieve possible herd immunity, the death toll would be massive, especially among vulnerable people.
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