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(NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, more than 5.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 904,000 Americans, according to compiled real-time data. by the Center for Systems Science and Systems at Johns Hopkins University. Engineering.
About 64.1% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
-Connecticut to end statewide school mask mandate
-New Jersey governor to end mask mandate for schools
-All states reporting declining or stable new case rates
Here’s how the news evolves. All times Eastern.
February 07, 4:56 p.m.
Cases in children continue to drop but are still ‘extremely high’
After the United States reported an unprecedented number of new pediatric COVID-19 infections last month, updated data released Monday shows new cases among children have fallen for the second consecutive week.
Nearly 632,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a huge drop from the record high of 1,150,000 reported the week ending Jan. 20, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the Children’s Hospital Association.
However, the organizations warn that pediatric cases remain “extremely high” and are still double the level seen during the Delta’s summer surge.
The AAP and CHA noted that there is an “urgent” need to collect more age-specific data to assess disease severity related to new variants as well as potential longer-term effects.
ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos
February 07, 4:34 p.m.
Connecticut to end statewide school mask mandate
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday that he recommends ending the statewide mask mandate beginning Feb. 28.
Starting in March, the decision on masks in schools will rest with superintendents and mayors based on individual cities’ needs, he said.
It comes hours after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said his requirement to wear face masks in schools would end on March 7.
The CDC said it continues to recommend masks for all students 2 and older, regardless of their vaccination status.
February 07, 2:50 p.m.
The White House has contracted 569 million free tests so far
President Joe Biden’s administration has so far contracted for about 569 million rapid home tests as it works to fulfill Biden’s pledge for 1 billion free tests nationwide, has a White House official told ABC News.
According to an ABC News analysis, testing company iHealth is supplying the government with the most tests to meet this goal, with a contract to supply 354 million tests. Roche, Abbott and Siemens are other companies providing testing.
White House officials said about 60 million households have placed test orders so far, for a total of 240 million tests (each household can order four).
The U.S. Postal Service said on Friday it had mailed tests to “tens of millions” of those households.
ABC News’ Cheyenne Haslett, Ben Gittleson, Lucien Bruggeman
February 07, 11:54 a.m.
New Jersey governor to end mask mandate for schools
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the state’s requirement to wear face masks in schools will end on March 7.
“Balancing public health with returning to some semblance of normalcy isn’t easy. But we can take this step responsibly due to declining COVID numbers and growth in vaccinations,” Murphy tweeted.
Murphy, a Democrat, has imposed some of the toughest pandemic-related mandates in the country. New Jersey, an early hotspot for COVID-19 cases, has lost more than 31,000 residents to the virus.
The move follows a move last month by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, to rescind his state’s mask mandate for schools.
Meanwhile, Democratic governors in New York and Connecticut have said they are reassessing school mask mandates set to expire later this month.
ABC News’ Aaron Katersky
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