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The virus attacks universities: an analysis links more than 6,300 coronavirus infections to these centers
The United States has seen record rebounds of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The country has reported more than 4.3 million positive cases and 150,000 deaths, according to the latest statistics.
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An analysis links more than 6,300 coronavirus infections to university centers Trump plans an electoral visit to an area of Texas highly impacted by the virus Fauci assures that the development of a vaccine is progressing « at great speed » The COVID-19 pandemic has already left more than 150,000 dead in the United States
An analysis links more than 6,300 coronavirus infections to university centers
Data processed by The New York Times shed light on the extent of the pandemic in university centers, while the country is in full debate on how and whether to return to face-to-face classes in the midst of the pandemic.
After contacting nearly 1,000 public and private university centers, the New York newspaper has concluded that there are at least 6,300 confirmed positive cases linked to these institutions.
The Times states that there is no single method of collecting data related to infections in universities, nor that they all publish it. Hundreds of institutions have not answered their questions in this regard. Still, it has been possible to verify that there were dozens of centers with outbreaks of COVID-19, particularly in pandemic focal points such as New Jersey, Florida, Texas and California.
Part of the infections that occurred in university centers may not be reflected in the official statistics of the states because these do not usually include data regarding people residing in other places, according to the newspaper. Beyond that, the reported figure is likely to be lower than the actual number of infections, as information from many higher education institutions is still missing from this count.
In the country, meanwhile, the debate on how and whether to return to face-to-face classes in schools and university centers is in full swing. And more and more educational institutions are turning their strategies towards online lesson plans, as reported by USA Today.
« The virus defeated us, » said Robert Kelchen, a professor of higher education at Seton Hall University, New Jersey. The centers’ management faces several difficult-to-answer questions about how to guarantee the minimum functioning of teaching without risking that the infections are triggered.
Some students show frustration with the fact or the possibility that the change of plans is disrupting plans such as removals and other issues, as well as fear that their financial investments will not be profitable if the classes they are taught are not of the type the one who paid.
With information from The New York Times and USA Today.
Trump plans an electoral visit to an area of Texas highly impacted by the virus
The president, Donald Trump, is scheduled for this Wednesday for a visit for electoral purposes in an area of West Texas highly impacted by the coronavirus.
The president plans to participate in a fundraising event ahead of the November elections, where he plans to win up to $ 100,000 per person at a round table with supporters.
Trump will also pay a visit to a fracking center (a technique used to extract oil and gas) in the area, at a difficult time for the oil industry due to a global excess of oil and gas that is putting pressure on its faithful donors in this sector.
Texas is experiencing a time of great difficulty due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, with parts of its territory that have seen hospitals reach the limit of their capacities due to an avalanche of new infected in the weeks after the start of a rapid economic reactivation at the will of the state government.
Meanwhile, Trump and his likely Democratic rival in the November elections, former Vice President Joe Biden, focus particularly closely on his electoral efforts in this area, considered a traditional stronghold of Republicans and one of the key states to achieve the goal of being the next tenant of the White House.
With information from AP.
Fauci assures that the development of a vaccine is progressing « at great speed »
The country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said in an interview Tuesday that the development of a coronavirus vaccine is moving « at high speed due » to « the urgency of the situation. »
Fauci made these remarks on the same day that President Donald Trump vigorously defended the disapproved use of an antimalarial drug as a treatment for the coronavirus.
In a conversation with the news agency The Associated Press, the White House health adviser said that it is necessary to generate « a great community participation » and « a great community disclosure » because among people there can be « reluctance to be vaccinated. »
As the pandemic progresses worldwide, at least 150 projects are underway to create an experimental vaccine. Some have already had encouraging results in the first tests with human patients.
With information from AP.
COVID-19 has already left more than 150,000 dead in the United States
The coronavirus pandemic has already killed more than 150,000 people in the United States, according to a count by NBC News, Telemundo’s sister network.
This country is the most affected by the pandemic, having also added a number of confirmed infections higher than 4,300,000.
Brazil, with 87,000 deaths, and the United Kingdom, with 45,000, are the other two countries with the most deaths from COVID-19.
Florida, considered the current epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, added in 24 hours 186 deaths, the highest number of deaths in a single day since the beginning of the health crisis.
In this state, more than 6,100 people have died from the disease.