Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Latest: Education Department OKs Georgia Relief Fund Plan

by Associated Press

ATLANTA – The US Department of Education approved Georgia’s plan to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds.

Federal officials have already distributed two-thirds of the $4.2 billion that Georgia schools received under the US rescue plan, a relief bill backed by President Joe Biden. Most of the funding is being allocated directly to Georgia’s more than 180 school districts, with $425 million organized by the state board of education to meet needs across the state.

Georgia’s plan calls for deploying state-level educational reform specialists, increasing summer and after-school education, and establishing school-based health clinics. US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visited a DeKalb County school Friday to highlight federal aid.


More on the pandemic:

– Some US states trail virus reporting despite case surge

Tanzania receives 1 million J&J vaccines from US

– Vietnam closed the capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases increased

– Solidarity races resume in parks across England


– Get more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine


Here’s what else is happening:

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city’s private sector businesses should establish vaccine requirements for their employees.

He says that “the limit of a purely voluntary system” has been reached. On WNYC radio on Friday, de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer that private hospitals in the city, as well as other private employers, should get vaccinations or weekly tests.

Daily COVID-19 infections in New York state have risen 327% since June 25, with most illnesses occurring in unvaccinated people.

De Blasio announced a policy Wednesday that would require workers at New York City hospitals and health clinics to be either vaccinated or tested weekly.


DES MOINES, Iowa – A state board charged with helping oversee Iowa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can’t get enough because it doesn’t have enough members.

The Des Moines Register reports that seven of the 11 seats on the Iowa State Board of Health are vacant. The Board of Health is made up of private individuals, including medical and public health professionals, and advises the Iowa Department of Health.

The members are appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds. State law states that a political party cannot have more than half of the membership of the state board. There are currently three Republicans on the board, one politically independent and no Democrat. It last met on 12 May and is not scheduled to meet again until 8 September.


LONDON – Organized runs resumed across England on Saturday for the first time since the start of the pandemic, days after all remaining lockdown restrictions were lifted.

After 16 months of solo jogging, the return of the weekly 5-kilometer Mass Park Run in England was met with widespread gaiety.

The runs, which are open to all, regardless of age, gender or ability, have become increasingly popular over the years and have likely improved the country’s fitness.

And people don’t need to run away. will walk. “It’s been a very lonely time and it’s quite uplifting to be here,” says runner Cameron Dockrill.


OMAHA, Neb. — Several states withdrew their reporting on the coronavirus this month, just as cases tripled in the country. In some states, the delta form of the virus is spreading rapidly among those who are not vaccinated.

Fewer details were given about the virus in Florida and Nebraska, with changes to weekly rather than daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Some officials have described the move as part of a return to normalcy. However, the average number of new virus cases across the country rose from 11,500 on June 20 to nearly 38,000 this week.

In Florida’s last two weekly reports, the number of new cases rose from 23,000 to 45,000 and then to 73,000 on Friday, averaging more than 10,000 a day. Hospital space has started running out in some parts of the state.

In Nebraska, the government stopped reporting on the virus altogether for two weeks after Gov. Pete Ricketts declared an end to the official virus emergency, allowing journalists to file public records requests or visit national websites. Forced those who track state data to know about the COVID statistics. Nebraska officials withdrew two weeks later and posted a weekly site that provided some basic numbers.

Public health communications specialist Joseph Capella says these reporting changes are part of a return to normalcy, not fitting in with the recent number of cases. The state’s coronavirus dashboard has become a staple for closely tracking case counts and trends to navigate the crisis that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.


Paris – Far-right activists and members of France’s Yellow West movement are protesting against new virus measures on Saturday.

French lawmakers are debating a bill that requires everyone to enter restaurants and other places to have a special virus pass and mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all health care workers.

French virus infections are on the rise and hospitalizations are rising anew. The government is trying to speed up vaccinations to protect vulnerable populations, protect hospitals and avoid new lockdowns. Most French adults are fully vaccinated and surveys indicate the majority support the new measures.

But not everyone. Last weekend, more than 100,000 people protested around France against the measures.

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Tokyo – Olympic host cities often offer excursions to thousands of journalists to advertise their tourist destinations.

But this time, they are attempting to do so while keeping Olympic spectators within a carefully controlled bubble, which is different from Tokyo’s 14 million residents. Efforts include a lottery for night tours to history museums and historic gardens, where journalists have to pledge not to talk to locals.

The first stop until recently was the 400-year-old Hama-Rikyu Garden on the shores of Tokyo Bay. About 600 people came that day. Then they closed the park, the locals went outside and the visitors arrived.

Several people trained their cameras on an exhibition about the 1964 Olympics, held less than two decades after World War II. At that opening ceremony, 8,000 white doves were released as a symbol of peace.

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Now the games are here again, though less festive: In the world around them, a virus has killed more than 4 million people in less than two years.


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Tanzania has received the first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government.

Tanzania was among the few countries in Africa that had not yet received vaccines or started vaccinating their population, mainly because its former leader claimed that prayer had defeated COVID-19 in the country. The vaccines were received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the US Ambassador at the airport in Dar es Salaam.

Former Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who died in March, refused the vaccine as he claimed that three days of prayer had cured the country of the virus in June 2020.

Magufuli’s deputy, Samai Suluhu Hassan, took over as president in line with the country’s constitution and became the first female president in Tanzania.

Hassan has reversed Tanzania’s practice of denying the spread of COVID-19 in the East African country.


BEIJING: China’s government says everyone will be tested for the coronavirus following a surge in infections in a county in the southwest near Myanmar.

The announcement said businesses and schools in Yunnan province’s Jiangcheng County will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday while nucleic acid tests are carried out. There will be a ban on movement in the district.

Yunnan has reported a spike in infections detected in nearby Myanmar, where a military government that seized power in February is struggling to contain a surge in cases. The Yunnan health agency says 297 people are treated for the virus, including 218 people believed to have been infected abroad.


MIAMI – Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under the latest ruling from a federal appeals court while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tries to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the rules.

A three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked a previous ruling in favor of Florida officials last Saturday, but the court reversed that decision on Friday, explaining that the CDC pending appeal. Failed to demonstrate an authority for. . Last weekend’s temporary stay enforced CDC rules regarding Florida-based cruise ships.

The lawsuit, championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, claims that the CDC’s multi-step process to allow cruises from Florida is overly cumbersome, harming a multi-billion dollar industry that accounts for nearly half of what the state collected. Provides 159,000 jobs and revenue.

However, the CDC said keeping the rules in place would prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19 on ships that are vulnerable to the spread of the virus because of their close quarters and frequent stops at foreign ports.

“Indisputable evidence suggests that unregulated cruise ship operations will exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, and the harm caused to the public by such operations cannot be undone,” the CDC said in a court filing.


HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam has announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region.

In the order of lockdown issued late on Friday night, the gathering of more than two people in public has been banned. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses can remain open.

Earlier in the week, the city suspended all outdoor activities and ordered non-essential businesses to close following a surge in cases.

On Friday, Hanoi reported 70 confirmed infections, the city’s highest, part of a record 7,295 cases in the country. About 5,000 are from southern Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest metropolis, which has extended its lockdown until August 1.


Sydney: Thousands have taken to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases.

The police made several arrests after the mob broke barriers and threw plastic bottles and saplings. Masked participants marched from Sydney’s Victoria Park to the Central Business District’s town hall, carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “truth”.

There was a heavy police presence in Sydney, including mounted police and riot officers, to which officials responded by saying it was unauthorized protest activity. Police have confirmed several arrests. New South Wales Police said it recognized and supported the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, but the protest was in violation of public health orders.


Latest: Education Department OKs Georgia Relief Fund Plan
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