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(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court will once again revisit the legality of affirmative action in higher education, after last upholding decades-old precedent in 2016.

On Monday, the High Court said it would take up a pair of cases challenging the use of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions at Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private college, and at the University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest public state university. .

The fact that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the cases together is seen by some experts as an indication that the conservative-leaning body may be willing to review its precedents and end race-conscious admissions in education. higher – which proponents say will have wide-ranging implications for schools and beyond.

Some studies suggest that policies—which consider race as one of many factors when considering applicants to foster diversity in the student body—have had a profound effect on opportunities for minority applicants, which in turn has an impact on their chances of employment and career. And they suggest stopping them not only decreases the number of black and Latino students enrolling in colleges, but increases those of advantaged groups.

“This is a very, very significant threat to the continued constitutionality of affirmative action,” Tanya Washington, a law professor at Georgia State University whose research focuses on educational equity, told ABC News. .

Opponents — including the conservative group Students for Fair Admissions, which brought both lawsuits against the universities — have argued that the policies are discriminatory and violate students’ civil rights and the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.

Since 1978, the court has said race can be used as one factor among others in college admissions, prohibiting the use of quotas or mathematical formulas to diversify a class.

In the landmark 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger, which the cases against Harvard and UNC seek to overturn, the court said the goal of a diverse student body justifies the use of race, as well as other factors, in admissions policies.

The court raised the bar for schools with its 2013 decision in the case of Abigail Fisher, a white woman who tried to end consideration of race in university admissions policies from Texas. In the majority view, former Justice Anthony Kennedy said institutions must first exhaust all racially neutral means to achieve racial diversity, such as recruitment and socio-economic indicators, before to consider race, Washington said.

The court last upheld affirmative action in 2016 when it considered Fisher’s case again, in a close vote that many expected at the time to upend gender-conscious admissions policies. race.

Since that ruling, the composition of the tribunal has changed in a way that suggests precedent could be overturned, according to Washington.

“The court moved to a more conservative block of judges — 6 to 3 — and I think there would be significant receptivity among that group of six to overturning Grutter v. Bollinger,” Washington said. , noting that the breakup is unlikely. change with the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer.

With this latest case, the court could rule in a number of ways, according to Washington. It could say that using race in admissions violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and overthrows Grutter, ending affirmative action. He could support Grutter and conclude that the use of race in admissions policies at Harvard and UNC was constitutional. Or he could support Grutter but find the use of race in these contexts unconstitutional.

The court could also potentially further restrict the practice or require “higher standards” for schools to use it, said Michael Olivas, holder of the William B. Bates Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, at ABC News.

The consolidation of the two cases signals to Washington that “a majority of the court may be prepared to overrule Grutter.” The fact that the court also seemed inclined to overturn another long-standing precedent in Roe v. Wade could also be pointing to the same thing here, she said.

Against the wisdom of convention at the time, Olivas said the court would uphold affirmative action in the 2016 case. He said he believed the same now, even with a different court composition.

“The world has changed, but the common law has not changed,” he said. “I hope 50 years of very clear law would hold.”
“Cataclysmic” impact

If the court ends affirmative action in higher education, the impact will be far-reaching, Washington said, because most institutions — except those in several states where it is banned from public universities — use race-conscious admissions policies.

“It won’t just impact the elite,” Washington said. “What we’re going to see, what I predict, is a cataclysmic drop in the number of Latino, Black, and Indigenous students attending institutions of higher education.”

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Higher Education that examined the impact of affirmative action bans in six states found that the share of students of color in medical schools fell after the bans took effect. .

In California, which has banned affirmative action policies at public universities in the state since 1996, education advocacy group EdSource found that there was a double-digit enrollment gap between the percentage of Latino high school graduates and those enrolled in the University of California’s 2019 freshman class. .

If Harvard were to stop considering race in its admissions process and use only race-neutral factors, the proportion of African-American students admitted to the Class of 2019 would likely have dropped from 14% to 6%. , and the proportion of Hispanic or “other” students from 14% to 9%, found a university committee. Meanwhile, “this decrease would produce a corresponding increase in the number of students of other races, primarily white students,” its report said.

Disparities in admissions have implications for those entering professional fields, such as law or medicine, as well as college professors, Washington said.

“I think it will make the quality of education less robust and less rigorous,” she said. “I think this will mean that we will also end up with fewer teachers and professionals of various races. This will have detrimental and far-reaching consequences for our society.”

For Olivas, one of the worst consequences of the potential end of affirmative action is the message it sends.

“I think this will send a signal to minority parents that their children are not wanted,” he said. “I think that would be a mistake for all of us. I want a better educated group no matter where they come from.”

Whether affirmative action is maintained or not, disparities in admissions would still exist thanks to policies such as inherited admissions, which tend to disproportionately benefit white applicants, he added.

In the case against Harvard, Students for Fair Admissions alleges that Asian American applicants were unlawfully targeted and rejected at a disproportionately higher rate, in violation of students’ constitutional rights. In the case against UNC, he alleges that the university has refused to use racially neutral alternatives to achieve the stated goal of a diverse study body.

“Every college applicant should be judged as a unique individual, not as a representative of a racial or ethnic group,” said Edward Blum, president of Students for Fair Admissions and longtime opponent of affirmative action. and conservative activist, in a statement. .

In its lawsuit against Harvard, Students for Fair Admissions also argued that racial classifications “have a stigmatizing effect” on applicants.

“Regardless of whether an African-American or Hispanic applicant is admitted to Harvard because of racial preference, so long as racial preferences exist, it will often be assumed that race is the reason for the applicant’s admission to Harvard. school,” the complaint said. . “This stigma can have a devastating effect on the psyche of impressionable students.”

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling this week, Harvard and UNC said their admissions policies were ruled constitutional by lower courts.

“Considering race as one factor among many in admissions decisions produces a more diverse student body that strengthens the learning environment for all,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement.

UNC spokesperson Beth Keith said in a statement that its holistic admissions process “allows for a deliberate and thoughtful evaluation of each student.”

Many experts, including Washington, expect the Supreme Court to hear arguments in the case during its next term, which begins in October.

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(NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, more than 5.6 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 872,000 Americans, according to compiled real-time data. by the Center for Systems Science and Systems at Johns Hopkins University. Engineering.

About 63.5% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s how the news evolves. All times Eastern:

January 26, 6:36 p.m.
1st participant to receive Moderna’s omicron-specific vaccine

Moderna announced Wednesday that the first participant has been dosed in the Phase 2 study of its omicron-specific booster candidate, in case it becomes necessary.

The Moderna trials will include people who received two doses of the original Moderna vaccine and people who received two doses of the original Moderna vaccine and a Moderna booster shot.

Pfizer announced on Tuesday that it has launched clinical studies to evaluate an omicron-based vaccine for adults.

January 26, 5 p.m.
NIH trial finds mixing and matching boosters safe and effective

A National Institutes of Health study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that mix-and-match boosters are safe and create an immune response similar to sticking with your initial vaccine.

An earlier version of this study, with more preliminary results, helped guide the CDC’s decision to allow mix-and-match.

The study authors do not claim that specific combinations are more or less effective. The study found that people who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) and then received the Johnson & Johnson booster had a significant increase in T-cell response, part of immunity.

The trial involved 458 participants who received a vaccine without prior COVID-19 infection. This data relates only to the first 29 days following receipt of the reminder; the researchers plan to follow the participants for a year, which will provide more data.

– ABC News’ Vanya Jain, Sony Salzman, Eric Strauss, Dr. Alexis Carrington

January 26, 4:47 p.m.
Unvaccinated child dies in Mississippi

An unvaccinated child has died in Mississippi of COVID-19, according to the state health department.

The department confirmed to ABC News that the child was between 11 and 17 years old, an eligible age range to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

This was the 10th child – including an infant – to die in Mississippi from COVID-19. None of the 10 children have been vaccinated, according to the health department.

-Josh Hoyos of ABC News

January 26, 10:40 a.m.
US hospital admissions set to fall for first time in months

Hospital admissions related to COVID-19 in the United States are expected to fall in the coming weeks, the first time the country has seen a drop in months, according to forecasting models used by the CDC.

Estimates suggest that between 4,900 and 27,800 Americans could be admitted to hospital each day by February 18.

Deaths from COVID-19 are expected to remain stable or have an uncertain trend. Estimates suggest about 33,000 more Americans could die from COVID-19 over the next two weeks.

– ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

January 25, 6:06 p.m.
All Super Bowl attendees will receive a KN95 mask

Every attendee at next month’s Super Bowl in Los Angeles will receive a KN95 mask, health officials announced Tuesday.

Additionally, “members of the safety team” will remind fans to keep their masks on unless they’re eating or drinking, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during the interview. a meeting of the county board of supervisors.

Super Bowl Experience attendees will also receive a free at-home rapid test kit, Ferrer said, with messages to test ahead of the big game on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium.

The county plans to distribute more than 60,000 take-out kits at the Super Bowl Experience, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 5-12.

-Jennifer Watts of ABC News

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(CHICAGO) – More than 350,000 Chicago public school students are expected to resume in-person learning on Wednesday after a tentative agreement was reached between the school district and the Chicago Teachers Union to strengthen classroom safety amid ‘a wave of COVID-19 infections.

A deal was struck Monday night to end nearly a week of classroom and distance learning cancellations. Tuesday marked the fifth day that students left classrooms after a long vacation break.

The more than 25,000 teachers and staff in the country’s third largest school district are due to return to their schools on Tuesday to prepare for the reopening of classrooms.

Negotiations between the CTU and the district focused on demands to expand student testing for the virus and create a package of measures designed to trigger school closures and the return of distance learning if coronavirus infections continue to skyrocket. The talks have at times become controversial, with union leaders accusing Mayor Lori Lightfoot of “intimidating” teachers in classrooms and school district officials accusing the union of organizing an “illegal walkout”.

The two sides filed complaints with a state labor commission.

“Some will ask who won and who lost,” Lightfoot said Monday night. “No one wins when our students are not where they can learn best and where they are safest. After leaving school for four consecutive days, I am sure many students will be delighted to come back to school. the classroom with their teachers and peers. And their parents and guardians can now breathe a much needed sigh of relief. “

Pedro Martinez, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, said the district was committed to keeping its students, teachers and staff safe, and said the negotiations forged “some very good things.”

CTU President Jesse Sharkey said on Monday the union had fought to improve classroom safety for students and teachers.

“I’m finally proud that the Chicago Teachers Union has taken a stand,” Sharkey said at a press conference. “We’re going to continue to do what’s right as we navigate this area. It’s not a perfect deal but we’ll hold our heads up high because it was hard to come by.”

The agreement also includes new incentives to increase the number of substitute teachers in the district and establishes measures that will incentivize a return to distance learning, but for individual schools, not for protocols at scale. district requested by the CTU.

The district also offered to spend around $ 100 million to implement a safety plan that includes air purifiers for all classrooms. The district said it will provide KN95 masks to all teachers and students.

The union’s governing body, made up of 700 members, voted by a margin of almost 2 to 1 – 63% to 27% – to end distance education. Base members have until later this week to vote on whether to ratify the deal.

Like Chicago, school districts across the country are reeling from an increase in COVID-19 cases triggered by the highly contagious variant of omicron.

The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to reopen schools for in-person learning on Tuesday, although some schools in the nation’s second-largest school district have chosen to delay reopening due to an increase in reported cases of COVID- 19.

LAUSD officials are demanding that all students and staff be tested for COVID-19 before the first day of class. The district said Monday that at least 65,630 of those tests came back positive.

The Philadelphia School District announced Friday that 46 schools will switch to virtual learning as the omicron variant and a winter storm took its toll on staff.

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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 837,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, about 62.5% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

January 10, 9:21 a.m.
Uganda reopens schools, ending world’s longest shutdown

Uganda reopened its schools to students on Monday after nearly two years, ending the world’s longest school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools in the East African country of 44 million people have been fully or partially closed since March 2020, when the pandemic began. The closures have affected more than 10 million learners, according to data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Save the Children hailed the reopening of Ugandan schools, but warned that “the loss of learning could lead to high dropout rates in the coming weeks without urgent action.”

The London-based charity revealed in a report last November that up to one in five children in low-income countries, including Uganda, had dropped out of school due to rising poverty , child marriage and child labor, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. . In a statement released on Monday, Save the Children warned of “a ‘second wave’ of dropouts as returning students who have fallen behind in their learning fear they will have no chance of catching up.”

To address the potential crisis in Uganda, Save the Children has launched “catch-up clubs”, which assess children and teach them to the required level to help them regain literacy and other learning, with support for child protection and cash assistance for families struggling to send them to school.

“As schools begin to reopen across the country, it is essential that all girls and boys have access to the support they need to successfully return to the classroom,” said Edison Nsubuga, education manager to Save the Children in Uganda, in a statement. Monday. “Many children have fallen behind in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children who are behind in their learning are less likely to unleash their potential as adults. However, when children get the learning boost they need and have access to quality education, they can reach their full potential.

January 10, 6:37 a.m.
UK launches campaign urging pregnant women to get vaccinated and boost

The UK has launched a new advertising campaign urging pregnant women who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster to do so as soon as possible.

Testimonies from pregnant women who have had the injections will be broadcast in advertisements on UK radio stations and social media from Monday. New campaign urges pregnant women “not to wait to get vaccinated” and highlights risks of COVID-19 for mother and baby as well as benefits of getting vaccinated, according to UK ministry press release of Health and Social Protection.

The press release cites the latest data from the UK Health Safety Agency which suggests the COVID-19 vaccination is safe for pregnant women and provides strong protection against the virus for mother and baby. The press release also cited data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System which shows that more than 96% of pregnant women hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19 between May and October 2021 were not vaccinated, and a third of them needed breathing assistance. About one in five women hospitalized with COVID-19 must give birth preterm to help them recover, and one in five babies needs neonatal care.

“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do this year to protect herself and her baby as much as possible from this virus”, Lucy Chappell, science advisor in head of the UK Department for Health and Social Affairs. Care, said in a statement Monday. “We now have a lot of evidence to show that vaccines are safe and that the risks posed by COVID-19 are much greater. “

January 10, 4:55 a.m.
Spain reports more COVID-19 re-infections in 2 weeks than the rest of the pandemic

Spain has reported more COVID-19 re-infections in a recent two-week period than it has reported during the rest of the pandemic, latest data from a Spanish health research institute shows public.

Data from the Carlos III Health Institute shows that there were 20,890 repeated infections reported in Spain from December 22, 2021 to January 5, 2022. This figure exceeds the 17,140 re-infections reported in the European country since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to December 22, 2021. Data includes confirmed, probable and possible cases.

Alfredo Corell, professor of immunology at the Spanish University of Valladolid, told Spanish news site NIUS that the growing number of re-infections was due to the new, highly transmissible variant of omicron.

“Prior to this variant, re-infections were anecdotal globally,” Corell told NIUS. “Omicron has changed this paradigm.”

In southern Africa, where the variant was first identified in November, preliminary research suggests that omicron is three times more likely to cause re-infections than other known variants of the virus, including the highly contagious delta. However, the symptoms of re-infected individuals appear to be mild, according to Anne von Gottberg, a microbiologist at the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases who studies omicron.

“A previous infection protected against Delta,” von Gottberg said during a press briefing on December 2. “But now, with Omicron, that doesn’t seem to be the case.”

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(LONDON) – Duchess Kate begins 2022 with a milestone birthday.

The Duchess of Cambridge turns 40 on January 9, a birthday she is expected to celebrate privately with her family.

Kate, the wife of Prince William and mother of three, appears to be starting her new decade with a renewed emphasis on her royal role.

In the nearly 11 years that she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey, she has become one of the most popular members of the British Royal Family.

And in recent years, Kate has taken on an increasingly prominent role in the Royal Family amid family changes.

At 95, Queen Elizabeth II has reduced her public commitments, especially since a brief hospitalization in October. And Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to step back as royals has left William and Kate, now the only royals of their generation, to take on more duties.

The growing public profile was a “significant transformation” for Kate, who was propelled into the public limelight when she started dating William while in college, according to the royal ABC News contributor. , Victoria Murphy.

“I think her desire to do a good job, to be loved by the audience and respected by the family was palpable at first, and she was clearly very nervous when the spotlight was on her from speaking in. public, ”Murphy said. “She built up her workload very gradually, initially taking on a small number of sponsorships and taking time before making solo appearances and speeches.”

“But over the years Kate has gained tremendous confidence and is now a driving force behind the way she and William work and the causes they champion,” she said.

It was Kate, for example, who came up with the idea to focus on mental health as a cause, according to Murphy, which spawned the highly successful Heads Together campaign that started in 2016 and continues to be central to William and Kate’s work to this day. .

As the Cambridges prepare to one day become King and Queen Consort, Murphy says audiences can expect to see Kate grow even more in her role as she focuses on causes close to her heart.

“I’ve always thought Kate is a team player, a poise and a good listener, and these things have served her well over the year,” said Murphy. “I think she also has a lot of compartmentalizing ability, as the Queen has been said to do, which is an important quality in dealing with the pressures of the public role.”

Since becoming a mom eight years ago, Kate has focused much of her attention on supporting new parents and young children.

In early 2020, just before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Kate launched a nationwide inquiry to explore what Britons think about child rearing, with a focus on children under 5 years.

Then, in June last year, the Duchess launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, which she says is designed to “raise awareness of why the first five years of life are so important to our people. future outcomes in life, and what we can do as a society to seize this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy and more stimulating society. “

At the same time, Kate and the Royal Foundation, the charitable arm of William and Kate, published “Big Change Starts Small”, a research report on early childhood development.

Kate has also focused much of her work on including the outdoors in early childhood development. She helped design a ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, and the following year was named co-chair of the UK Scout Association, marking the first time that a royal woman has held the title of president or co-chair of the scouts.

“I think what’s changed over the past few years is that it’s become very clear what the main areas of Kate’s work are in a way that feels a lot more focused and immersive,” Murphy said. “She has always been interested in the outdoors and young people, but the fact that she makes these areas the cornerstones of her work has become much more evident.”

Murphy said Kate’s commitment to the cause of early childhood education is particularly striking, noting: “This is a difficult and very broad area, but she has shown real and serious commitment to it. over a long period of time which I think has earned him a lot of respect from the people who work in this field.

During the pandemic, Kate offered her support to parents, students and teachers, and spoke about the experience of quarantining and leading virtual learning for her own children, Prince George, 8 , Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.

The glimpse Kate gave her and William’s family life is just one example of how the Duchess’s growing confidence made her feel more comfortable, according to Murphy.

Kate and William launched a YouTube channel last year, where they share more behind-the-scenes content. And in 2020, Kate gave a rare interview to a podcast focused on motherhood, where she opened up about her mother’s guilt.

“The [podcast] It was a courageous move because it could have backfired on people if people had criticized the fact that she had access to a lot more help than most, “Murphy said.” But it ended up being being one of the best things she could have done because it made it clear how active she is and how she is raising her three children. “

Kate has also been more public in recent years about her own passions, whether playing in sports, like the tennis match that a big fan Kate played with US Open winner Emma Raducanu. last year, or photography.

Kate, a college art student who is often the photographer behind family photos shared with the public, started a photography project, “Hold Still,” last year to capture life during the coronavirus pandemic.

The photographs were compiled into a book in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is a patron.

Most recently, in December, Kate hosted her first Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey, honoring the people and organizations who have supported their communities during the pandemic.

During the concert, Kate delivered a surprise performance, showing one of her unknown passions, the piano, when she accompanied singer Tom Walker.

“These things show a willingness to step forward and show us more of who she is and what she loves,” Murphy said.

And while Kate seems to be more in her element when she’s outdoors or with kids, she’s also happy to embrace the “glamor side of royal life,” according to Murphy.

She was stunned in a gold evening gown at the world premiere of the latest James Bond film in September and won accolades the following month for wearing a recycled Alexander McQueen dress at the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards.

“Over the years there has been a lot of excitement when she has worn tiaras from The Queen’s Collection,” said Murphy. “And even a decade into her public role, she still easily commands all of the front pages whenever she makes a red carpet appearance.”

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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 832,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, about 62.3% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

06 Jan 15:55
About 126,000 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19

An estimated 126,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Of these patients, about a sixth – or 21,000 – are in intensive care units.

The spread of the omicron variant is bringing the United States closer to the hospitalization record set last winter when 140,000 patients infected with the virus were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, the country records an average of 554,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day, five times more than a month ago, according to federal data.

Over the past week, the United States has reported an estimated 3.88 million infections with COVID-19, which on average represents about six Americans who test positive every second.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

06 Jan 14:34
More than 800 LA firefighters and police officers tested positive

More than 800 Los Angeles Fire and Police Department personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday.

Currently, 505 police officers and 299 firefighters are in quarantine after receiving positive results.

“These are big numbers. Figures that reflect the personnel issues we all face,” Garcetti said at a press conference outside a fire station.

He added that five out of six employees in the two departments are fully immunized, in line with the immunization mandate put in place for city employees.

Garcetti said that despite the number of officers and firefighters absent from work, the city is still protected.

“Both LAPD and LAFD have maintained the levels of personnel necessary to keep Angelenos safe, and we have maintained levels of personnel to make sure you, your family and our communities are safe,” he said. -he declares.

Jan 06, 12:33 pm
WHO says global cases rose 71% last week

Global cases of COVID-19 “have risen sharply,” the World Health Organization wrote in its weekly epidemiological update released Thursday.

Cases of the virus increased 71% in the week ending Jan. 2 from the previous week, meaning 9.5 million new COVID-19 infections have been reported globally, according to the ‘WHO.

The Americas saw the largest increase at 100%, followed by Southeast Asia at 78% and Europe at 63%.

The United States recorded the most cases of COVID-19 last week, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy.

The WHO added that there had been a 10% decrease in the number of new deaths from the previous week with more than 41,000 virus-related deaths recorded.

January 06, 11:17
1.3 million people in UK have long-standing COVID, data shows

It is estimated that 1.3 million people in the UK suffer from a lengthy COVID, according to new data released Thursday by the UK Office for National Statistics.

Long COVID is a condition in which patients who recover from the virus still show symptoms for weeks – even months or years – later.

The ONS said the figure, which is based on self-reported symptoms, equates to 2% of the population living with long-term COVID.

Fatigue was the most common symptom, reported by 51% of those surveyed. Other common symptoms included loss of smell (37%), shortness of breath (36%), and difficulty concentrating (28%).

About 64% said their long symptoms of COVID made it difficult for them to carry out their daily activities.

The longest COVID has been reported most often in people aged 35 to 69, women, people living in poorer areas or those working in health care or education, according to the ONS.

06 Jan 4:05 AM
American Medical Association criticizes new CDC guidelines

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest medical association, criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new quarantine and isolation guidelines for COVID-19, saying the recommendations “risk spreading the virus further.” .

The CDC updated its guidelines on Dec. 27, saying asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for five days instead of 10.

“The American people should be able to count on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for timely, accurate and clear advice to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Instead, the new quarantine and isolation recommendations aren’t just confusing, but risk spreading the virus further, ”American Medical Association President Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, in a statement.

Harmon referenced the data cited by the CDC in its rationale for shortening the isolation period, which estimates that 31% of people remain contagious five days after a positive COVID-19 test, suggesting that the data proves that thousands of Americans could resume their lives while being infected.

“With hundreds of thousands of new cases a day and more than a million positive cases reported on Jan. 3, tens of thousands – potentially hundreds of thousands – could return to work and school contagious. they’re following new CDC guidelines on ending isolation after five days without a negative test, “Harmon said.” Doctors are concerned that these recommendations put our patients at risk and could further overwhelm our healthcare system. “

Harmon said a negative COVID-19 test should be required to end isolation after a positive test, because re-entering society without knowing whether an individual is still positive ultimately risks further transmission of the virus.

While test availability remains a nationwide issue, Harmon also called on the Biden administration to increase test production and distribution, adding that “a shortage of tests at this time does not justify the omission. of a test requirement to get out of a now shortened isolation “.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

06 Jan 03:16
Chicago cancels school for day 2

Chicago officials on Thursday canceled all public school classes amid classroom safety discussions with city teachers.

Classes were canceled on Wednesday after a majority of Chicago Teachers Union members voted in favor of distance learning amid an increase in COVID-19 cases. School officials called their action an illegal strike.

“In a time of crisis related to this pandemic, the worst thing we can do is give up science and data,” Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said on Twitter. “If you care about our students and our families like we do, we won’t give in. We stand firm and fight to get our children back to learning in person.”

Teachers were excluded from their remote classrooms on Wednesday, according to the union. Union leaders asked members to try to log in again on Thursday, urging them to post photos on social media.

The union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday.

“We have security rights and we’ve been at the negotiating table for 20 months to secure those rights,” union president Jesse Sharkey said in a statement.

Chicago’s public schools are among the largest in the country, with approximately 340,000 students in 636 schools.

06 Jan 02:43
TSA reports over 3,000 employee cases

The Transportation Security Administration reported 3,037 current COVID-19 infections on Wednesday.

The agency’s infections increased by about 16% in two days, according to data from the TSA.

The agency, which employs around 60,000 people, said it has accumulated 15,191 cases of COVID-19. The agency said 12,154 employees have recovered and 33 have died.

-Sam Sweeney of ABC News

Jan 05, 9:02 PM
CDC signs Pfizer boosters for 12-15 year olds

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given children ages 12 to 15 the final green light to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 recall.

“It is essential that we protect our children and adolescents from infection with COVID-19 and complications of serious illness,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement endorsing the recommendation of the CDC advisory committee. extend eligibility for recall.

The CDC recommends that teens between the ages of 12 and 17 receive a Pfizer booster five months after their second dose.

-Cheyenne Haslett from ABC News

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(NEW YORK) – In a mishmash of face-to-face, remote and delayed re-openings, millions of students across the country are set to return to school after several weeks of winter vacation.

School districts in every state are using a variety of approaches and precautions to determine how best to protect children and staff amid the latest and largest outbreak of COVID-19 on record.

The return to school comes as the hospital admission rate among children has reached its peak in the pandemic. Pediatric case rates are also approaching record highs.

During an appearance on ABC NewsThis week Dr Anthony Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that even with the surge, he was still in favor of keeping children in school as much as possible.

“I beg parents to seriously consider vaccinating their children, wearing masks in school settings, getting tests to stay when children are infected,” Fauci said. “I think all of these things put together, it’s safe enough to get these kids back to school, outweighed by the deleterious effects of keeping them out.”

Many districts in major cities across the country are moving forward with plans to reopen, with some requiring face masks or tests on students and staff before return as an added precaution. However, dozens of other districts – including Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan – are remotely starting the spring term.

Atlanta

Citing a rapid rise in infections locally, Atlanta public schools will open virtually Tuesday for all students and staff. The city plans to reopen in-person education on Jan. 10, according to public guidelines from the school district.

All staff are required to report to work on Monday, January 3 for mandatory COVID-19 surveillance tests.

Boston

Boston students will return to class on Tuesday as the district rolls out its share of state-provided rapid COVID-19 tests.

Over the weekend, members of the Massachusetts National Guard began providing 227,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to school districts across the state for use by teachers and staff.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced Monday that so far 155 teachers and school staff have reported positive COVID-19 tests.

Chicago

In Chicago, students returned to class on Monday, according to public guidelines from the school district.

Testing is only required for unvaccinated students who have traveled to an “orange” state, according to the city’s travel guidelines, which now include all states except Montana.

Unvaccinated students who are close contacts of a known case of COVID-19 should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days. Vaccinated students who are in close contact can attend school as long as they are free of symptoms of COVID-19.

The district also distributed 150,000 take-home test kits to schools to support return.

Cleveland

Citing a “significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the community,” the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will switch to distance learning for the week of January 3.

After a professional day for the staff, students will log in and follow their class schedules from Tuesday to Friday.

Detroit

The spring semester in Detroit won’t start until later this week at the earliest.

Employees will be required to take a COVID-19 test on Monday and Tuesday in the district, according to public guidelines from the school district. All students are also encouraged to take a test in the district this week.

The district said it couldn’t start the semester online because not all of its students had laptops.

School officials said they plan to announce their plans for Thursday and Friday Wednesday afternoon or evening.

Los Angeles

Staff at all Los Angeles County schools are required to wear upgraded masks – a surgical mask or higher-level PPE, according to the latest district guidelines. It is “strongly recommended” that students wear properly fitted masks.

The district also strongly recommends that all eligible staff and students receive a booster injection.

COVID-19 testing is required for all close contacts who are allowed to stay in school immediately after exposure, regardless of vaccination or booster status.

Miami

All staff will be required to wear face masks inside any Miami-Dade County public school facility. Students are not required to wear face coverings, but masks are “strongly encouraged”.

Improved disinfection and cleaning protocols for classrooms and common areas, which were implemented at the start of the pandemic, will continue, according to the district.

New York City

Starting Monday, schools in New York City will distribute take-home COVID-19 tests to any student or staff member who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been potentially exposed in a classroom where a positive case was identified.

“The number of transmissions is low; your children are in a safe space to learn and continue to thrive. We have lost almost two years of education… we cannot do it again,” said the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, in Stephanopoulos. This week.

Unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case will no longer need to be quarantined, as long as they are free of symptoms and do not have a positive COVID-19 test.

After an exhibition, all students and adults will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over five days. For 3-K and Pre-K students, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that students who were in the vicinity of a positive case will still need to be quarantined for 10 days.

Newark

Newark Public Schools began the semester Monday with distance education that will continue through January 14. The school plans to return to teaching in person on January 18.

Seattle

In-person school in Seattle is scheduled to resume on Tuesday. COVID-19 tests are available Monday for students and staff.

Washington DC

Last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DC Public Schools would require all students and staff to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to school on Thursday.

Schools were closed Monday due to inclement weather in the district.

The district will provide rapid and free antigen testing on Tuesday and Wednesday. DCPS families will need to upload their child’s negative test results.

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(ATLANTA) – Georgia plans to send the National Guard to hospitals and testing sites as the state sets a one-day record for COVID-19 cases.

In a statement on Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp announced that of the 2,500 troops who will eventually be deployed, a total of 196 will begin providing assistance on January 3.

About 100 are sent to hospitals while 96 will help the Department of Public Health at testing sites.

Kemp said that over the next few days, the Georgia Department of Community Health will assign assignments to the remaining 2,300 soldiers based on which centers need help the most.

“I want to reassure the Georgians that we have already overcome this and will do it again,” said the statement from Kemp.

“As we work diligently to provide assistance and reduce wait times for people at testing sites, we urge Georgians to be patient and compassionate towards their neighbors. “

It comes as Georgia recorded 13,670 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the most reported in a single day and breaking the previous record of 10,165 set on January 8.

The increase in cases has led to an increased demand for testing. Driving centers have seen cars lined up for blocks with people waiting for several hours to be checked.

Dr Lynn Paxton, chief of the Fulton County Board of Health, which includes Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the National Guard will help reduce long waits for testing.

“Basically the cavalry is coming,” she said.

In his statement, Kemp said it was encouraging to see data suggesting that people fully vaccinated with a booster are well protected and – if they have a breakthrough infection – tend to develop only mild symptoms.

The fully vaccinated and beefed up governor said he would continue to urge residents to get vaccinated, but did not plan to institute vaccines or masks.

“It is time to trust our citizens to do what is right for them and their families,” the statement said.

“That is why I will absolutely not implement measures that would shut down businesses or separate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated or the masked from the unmasked.”

This is not the first time that Georgia has requested National Guard assistance.

In August, during the state’s delta-fueled surge, Kemp deployed more than 2,500 National Guard troops to Georgia hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

The recent surge in cases has also led Atlanta to cancel the annual Peach Drop celebration – Georgia’s New Year’s Eve ball drop celebration. Additionally, Emory University has announced that spring semester courses will be distance learning until at least January 31.

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(PLAISTOW, NH) – Since the start of the school year, some New Hampshire teachers have said they are on edge over a new policy they say punishes those who teach oppression in the past and the present of America.

“If you are raising a generation without a moral foundation to recognize oppression, to recognize exclusion, to recognize racial supremacy, then you are raising a generation that will be amoral when they become leaders,” said Ryan Richman, teacher at Plaistow. , New York. Hampshire.

“We will have no sense of right or wrong, for we have considered this even looking at ourselves in the mirror and recognizing that the realities of the past are criminal.”

The law states that educators cannot teach that a person’s race, sex, gender identity, or other social status is inherently superior to someone else, or that someone is inherently racist. or sexist, among other restrictions. Teachers can be reported by fellow teachers, parents, or others and punished for potentially violating this policy.

Some educators, teachers’ union members and parents have lodged a complaint, saying vague language limits their ability to teach about racial and gender oppression and can hamper discussions of American history and literature.

“We’re supposed to inspire students to think about the world as a whole, help them connect with ideas and broaden their horizons,” said Deb Howes, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Hampshire. “They must also allow for honest teaching, history, current affairs and literature.”

She added: “You could lose your career just because you say something wrong or someone thinks you said something wrong.”

In the lawsuit, AFT-NH is joined by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industry Organizations, “New Hampshire public school teachers” and “parents or guardians of New Hampshire public school children.”

This new law is one of many that have arisen across the country and have been touted by conservative activists targeting “critical race theory” in K-12 schools. However, critical race theory is a discipline taught at the college and university levels, according to legal experts and academics.

He analyzes American legal systems and how they were shaped by racism and continue to impact the progression of racism in America. Educators across the country told ABC News that critical race theory is not on their agenda.

New Hampshire State Representative Jess Edwards, who co-sponsored the bill, said lawmakers have seen what is happening across the country regarding critical race theory.

GOP lawmakers have said classrooms feel divided or children feel bad about their race. Supporters of the law and similar legislation, including Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Texas State House Representative Steve Toth, also say certain lessons about the breed can make or offend people. white students.

“I think our experience with our fellow lawmakers made us realize that something bad is happening in society,” Edwards said.

The legislation does not mention “critical race theory” – a strategic choice to avoid inflammatory arguments against the policy, Edwards said.

He said New Hampshire lawmakers had found a parent who was trying to challenge critical race theory in individual schools, and said the school was “not really interested in listening to his position.” .

Edwards said some schools were deploying material “such as: minorities will always be oppressed in this nation, whites will always be the oppressors.”

A conservative national organization, Moms for Liberty, tweeted in November that it would offer $ 500 to New Hampshire’s first family who successfully filed a lawsuit.

Moms for Liberty did not respond to ABC News requests for comment.

“It’s very scary,” Richman said. “You have this message coming from the Education Commissioner restricting what we’re allowed to talk about, the kinds of lessons we’re allowed to talk about, what our students are allowed to talk about and the kinds of honest discussions that we can. have about race, inequality and power. And then it snowballs. “

According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Department of Justice, teachers are not prohibited by law from teaching United States history, and they are permitted to teach. provide students with historical concepts related to discrimination.

The policy also states that nothing in this document “should be construed as precluding discussing, as part of a larger course of academic teaching, the historical existence of the ideas and topics identified in this section”.

However, the lawsuit argues that teachers have been targeted and intimidated because of this growing controversy over race and gender inclusive education in schools under the guise of student protection.

“Teachers, including a plaintiff in this action, have been subjected to online harassment, obscenity and vicious attacks as a direct result of the climate of political intimidation created by and with the facilitation of various defendants,” we read in the trial.

Some educators argue that not only are their jobs on the line because of New Hampshire’s new policy, but their students’ education and future preparation are also at risk.

“If we don’t teach them this, then they are unprepared for the world around them,” Howes said. “They won’t understand why things work or don’t work in society at large, and they won’t be able to change the things that don’t work or support the things that work. They will have a harder time doing their job. path Through life. “

In a message to the students, Richman added, “We see you. We see your worth and we see that you have a right to have a conversation about the race, injustice, history that you deserve, and we will we fight for you so that you can be the kind of leaders our country deserves. “

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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 793,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, only 60.4% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

Dec 10, 5:25 p.m.
So far, 50 million Americans receive booster injection

More than 50 million Americans have now received a COVID-19 recall, according to recently updated federal data.

More than half of fully vaccinated people 65 years of age and older have received a booster.

On average, around 2.03 million shots in total are administered each day, according to the data. More than half – 1.1 million – are booster doses.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 3:50 p.m.
Significant growth in cases expected in much of the United States, cases could double in New York

The Philadelphia Children’s Hospital PolicyLab predicts “significant” growth in cases across much of the United States over the next four weeks.

Major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast, are seeing significant growth in cases after Thanksgiving, forecasters say.

Cases in the New York City area are expected to at least double through December, forecasters said.

The metropolitan areas of New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina are expected to see rapid increases in cases, forecasters said.

Forecasters also noted a “sudden” increase in cases in Florida over the past two weeks.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 1:10 p.m.
No deaths among 43 omicron patients in the United States

There have been no deaths and one hospitalization among the 43 known omicron patients in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Early indications show that omicron may cause less severe disease than previous variants, public health experts say, but it’s still too early to say for sure. It is also possible that omicron only appears less severe because many infected people have been vaccinated, younger adults.

-Sony Salzman of ABC News

Dec 10 11:31
More than 7,400 Americans admitted to hospital with COVID every day

The United States is now reporting more than 118,000 new cases every day, up nearly 85% since the end of October, according to federal data.

On average, more than 7,400 Americans are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every day – an increase of almost 16% last week, while pediatric hospital admissions have climbed more than 40%, according to the data.

More than 7,600 Americans died from COVID-19 last week. West Virginia currently has the highest death rate in the country, followed by Wyoming, Montana and Tennessee.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 10, 10:04 AM
Masks or vaccination documents required in all indoor public places in New York

Masks will now be mandatory in all indoor public places in New York state, unless the business or location requires proof of full vaccination, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday.

The new measure goes into effect Monday and lasts at least until January 15 as the state tries to disrupt a winter wave.

New York’s seven-day average case rate has jumped 43% since Thanksgiving, according to the governor’s office.

“We shouldn’t have reached the point where we are facing a winter wave, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share the frustration of many New Yorkers that we have not yet passed this pandemic,” Hochul said in a statement. “I want to thank the more than 80% of New Yorkers who did what it took to get a full vaccine. If others follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.”

Dec 09, 7:33 p.m.
At least 25 states have confirmed cases of omicron

At least 25 states have now reported cases of the omicron variant, just over a week after California identified the first case in the United States

Iowa, Michigan and Virginia became the last states on Thursday to confirm positive cases of the worrisome new variant.

Other states with confirmed cases include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky told The Associated Press on Wednesday that most cases were mild, although there was at least one hospitalization.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

09 Dec, 4:22 p.m.
The daily average of cases in the United States has increased by almost 83% since October

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the United States have increased 47% over the past month, according to federal data. Almost 80% of adult intensive care beds are full.

The United States is now reporting more than 117,000 new cases every day. The daily average of cases has jumped nearly 83% since the end of October, according to federal data.

New Hampshire has the highest case rate in the country, followed by Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Indiana, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 09, 2:54 p.m.
More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 fully immunized

More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 are now fully immunized, said White House COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar.

These children are among more than 200 million Americans of all ages who are now fully immunized, according to the White House.

Shahpar’s tweet added: “Early evidence indicates that boosters increase protection against Omicron. Get boosted!”

However, about two-thirds of parents of school-aged children delay or refuse to have their youngest children immunized, according to a survey published Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Parents of teenagers are more willing to get their children vaccinated, but so far only about half of this age group have been vaccinated, KFF found.

The new findings come despite growing evidence that the vaccine is safe and that children and adolescents are now helping to increase the number of cases.

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