All teachers in the U.S. state of California will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly drug tests, the governor said, as authorities grapple with rapidly increasing infection rates.
The number of people testing positive for the disease has increased across the United States in recent weeks, with the highly infectious Delta variant blamed for the bulk of the new cases.
This worries parents and educators as the country’s most populous state prepares to send its largely unvaccinated children back to classrooms for the new school year.
“To give parents confidence that their children are safe as schools resume full in-person learning, we urge all school staff to get immunized,” Governo Gavin Newsom said.
“Vaccinations are how we will end this pandemic. As a father, I look forward to the start of the school year and to seeing all the California kids back in class.”
As with many children around the world, the last school year in California was severely disrupted, with classes shifted online, and many children without adequate internet connections missed out on much of their education.
Along with the rest of the country, the state managed to bring the worst of its coronavirus outbreak under control earlier this year and life has largely returned to normal.
But the return to in-person learning for this academic year has been compromised by growing infections; more than 10,000 new cases are recorded every day in the state, a tenfold increase in two months.
Doctors say these infections are mostly in the unvaccinated.
The vaccines are free and widely available in the United States.
The ordinance – the first such statewide mandate in the country – applies to both public and private schools and is the responsibility of administrators to ensure staff are fully immunized or tested. Covid-19 at least once a week.
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About two-thirds of Californians over the age of 12 have been fully immunized, according to the state’s health department.
Children under this age are not eligible for the shots.
Coronavirus infections in Finland hit new daily record
Finland has seen a record number of new coronavirus infections within a day, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare said.
The total of 1,024 new infections peaked in March of this year. Hospital admissions have also increased.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced a week ago his intention to require Finns to show proof of vaccination before going to restaurants and other leisure services, as well as to start vaccinating 12 to 16 year olds.
While Finland remains among the countries least affected by the pandemic, infections began to rise in June and accelerated further in July when football fans returned home after Euro 2020 matches in the foreigner.
To date, the nation of 5.5 million people has recorded 109,983 cases and 995 deaths. There are currently 83 people hospitalized with Covid-19.
More than 82% of Finns have now received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 48% are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
France to share 670,000 doses of vaccine with Vietnam
France will share 670,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine with Vietnam to help the Asian country fight the virus.
French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement on Twitter.
French health authorities reported 30,920 new daily infections yesterday, a figure above the 30,000 threshold for the first time since April 28, as the country was on the verge of emerging from its third lockdown.
The seven-day moving average of new daily cases now stands at 23,288, above the 23,000 limit for the first time since May 1.
That figure is almost 13 times higher than a June 27 low of 1,816 as the most contagious Delta variant spreads across the country.
Earlier, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said France would tighten lockdown rules in the overseas territory of Guadeloupe to bring the virus under control.