by Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A confrontation has erupted on Capitol Hill between the government’s top infectious disease doctor and a US senator, each accusing the other of lying.
Dr. Anthony Fauci angrily confronted Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in his testimony before a Senate committee. Fauci rejected Paul’s insistence that the US facilitate research in a Chinese laboratory that could have sparked the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fauci, speaking to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, said the study the senator referred to entirely referred to a different type of virus than the one responsible for the coronavirus outbreak.
“Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly,” Fauci said. “And I want to say officially. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“If anyone is lying here, Senator, it’s you,” he said.
It was the latest in a series of conflicts between Paul and Fauci about the origins of the virus that caused the global pandemic.
More on the pandemic:
— CDC: Delta version accounts for 83% of US cases
– UK hits highest daily virus deaths in 4 months
– Research: Millions of people may die during the pandemic in India
– Muslims celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Adha in the shadow of the pandemic
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Here’s what else is happening:
LONDON – Britain has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the delta version and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Government data on Tuesday showed 96 new virus-related deaths, the highest since March 24. Britain also recorded 46,558 confirmed cases. The numbers have traditionally been higher on Tuesdays due to the weekend reporting lag.
The rise in deaths comes a day after the British government ended lockdown restrictions, including social distancing and mask-wearing, in England. Critics have warned that this would lead to further spread of the coronavirus and possible deaths in the coming weeks.
The UK’s confirmed virus death toll stands at 128,823, the seventh highest in the world.
NEW YORK – Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to rise and accounts for an estimated 83% of US COVID-19 cases.
This is a dramatic increase from the week of July 3, when the variant accounted for nearly 50% of the genetically sequenced coronavirus cases.
“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants is to stop the spread of the disease, and vaccination is the most powerful tool we have,” said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday.
The delta variant is a mutated coronavirus that spreads more easily than the other versions. It was first found in India but now it has been recognized worldwide.
MEXICO CITY – Officials in Mexico say they have been given fake doses of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir for sale on the Internet and at a private hospital near the US border.
The Federal Medical Safety Commission said late Monday that the counterfeit antiviral drug, which it called a “health risk”, was found at a hospital in the Gulf Coast city of Tampico in the border state of Tamaulipas.
The commission said the supplements were purchased “irregularly” on the Internet, but did not state whether the drug was used there.
The drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, confirmed the falsification. Appearance and lot number on packaging do not match original.
The US and Mexico have approved remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19.
NEW DELHI – The most comprehensive research yet estimated that India’s excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were 10 times the official COVID-19 toll.
Most experts believe India’s official death toll of 414,000 was too low, but the government has dismissed those concerns. A report released on Tuesday estimated 3 million to 4.7 million more deaths between January 2020 and this June.
It calculated its figures by comparing deaths to pre-pandemic years, looking at the spread of the virus in the population, and using the current economic survey. The report also estimated that India’s initial virus surge last year killed many more people than reported, creating conditions for a horrific surge earlier this year.
The report was published by Arvind Subramaniam, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and two other researchers from the Center for Global Development and Harvard University, a Washington-based non-profit think tank.
Cairo – Muslims around the world are celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “the Feast of Sacrifice”, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s holiday comes amid growing concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant that has prompted some countries to impose new restrictions.
Indonesia is facing a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases and has imposed various restrictions.
Already, the pandemic has taken a toll on Hajj, a sacred mainstay of Islam, for a second year, the last day of which coincides with Eid al-Adha. Islamic pilgrimage has been reduced dramatically because of the virus.
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has broken another record in the country’s daily new coronavirus cases, even as Tehran and its surroundings are under lockdown.
Iran’s health ministry launched the week-long measure on Tuesday amid another surge in the pandemic, with 27,444 new cases and 250 deaths announced in the past.
The lockdown – the country’s fifth so far – lasts until next Monday. All markets, market places and public offices are closed, as well as movie theatres, gyms and restaurants in both Tehran province and the neighboring province of Alborz.
With over 3.5 million cases in the pandemic, the total confirmed death toll has reached 87,624.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease experts are advising parents to follow new COVID-19 guidance for wearing masks issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Academy is recommending that schools require face masks for children over age 2 and for all adults, regardless of vaccination status. Dr Anthony Fauci told “CBS This Morning” that the academy wants to “go the extra mile” to make sure kids are safe in school as cases blamed on the delta version of the coronavirus rise.
This guidance differs slightly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has advised wearing masks only for uninsured children and adults in schools.
Fauci says the CDC is “watching carefully” its COVID-19 school guidance.
Seoul, South Korea – South Korea’s prime minister has offered a public apology over the massive coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission in East Africa.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Tuesday that the government was “deeply sorry for failing to carefully care for the health of our soldiers who are dedicating themselves to the country.”
The Defense Ministry says 247 of the destroyer’s 301 crew members have been infected. It is the largest grouping for South Korea’s military since the pandemic began.
South Korea sent two military planes to bring back all 301 sailors.
On Tuesday, South Korea reported 1,278 new virus cases, taking the total caseload to 180,481, with 2,059 deaths from COVID-19. It was the 14th day in a row that South Korea has confirmed more than 1,000 new cases.
WASHINGTON – The United States has upgraded its travel warnings for Britain, Indonesia and three other destinations, advising Americans not to travel there because of a rise in coronavirus cases.
The CDC and the State Department on Monday issued revised advisory alerting US travelers to the increased risk of COVID-19 in Britain, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Fiji and the British Virgin Islands. Previously, all were covered by a less serious advice to “rethink travel”.
The advisories are recommendations that are subject to continuous review and are not binding, although they may affect group tours and insurance rates.
For example, the warning level 3 for the UK, or “reconsider travel,” and level 4, or “do not travel”, has fluctuated several times this year already.
Montgomery, Ala. – Alabama school officials say vaccines will not be needed in the fall and local systems can decide for themselves whether masks or other precautions are needed.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending schools require face masks for children over the age of 2 and all adults, Alabama Gov.
“Governor Ivey believes that students need to be in class without the need for masks of any kind. She continues to encourage all eligible Alabamians to roll up their sleeves and get a vaccine to make COVID-19 a distant memory,” spokeswoman Gina Maiola said Monday.
TORONTO – Canada says it will begin giving fully vaccinated U.S. citizens in Canada on August 9 and those in the rest of the world on September 7.
Canadian officials say the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived until August 9 for eligible travelers who are currently living in the United States and have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada. have done.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the date for the US to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to cross the land border is not yet known. Any Canadian can currently fly to the US
The Hague, Netherlands – The Dutch government says it is donating 745,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to countries that have appealed to the Netherlands for help.
The government says Tanzania and Namibia will be among the countries receiving the shots. The Dutch government will arrange for the transportation of the vaccines.
Most people who get vaccinated in the Netherlands get a shot made by either Pfizer or Moderna.
The government still has AstraZeneca stock in cold storage and is using little to no vaccine. Earlier on Tuesday, the health ministry announced that people who have had one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine can choose another shot from Pfizer instead.
MADRID – Spanish officials are celebrating that half of Spain’s residents, or about 24 million people, have already been fully vaccinated, though they say a steep rise in contagion is sending worrying numbers of patients to hospitals. has been
Occupation rates in Spanish hospitals climbed on Monday to 5.4% of all beds for COVID-19 patients and 11.4% of intensive care unit beds. Although there is still plenty of room, according to an official at the Health Ministry’s Emergency Coordination Centre, admissions to regular beds have increased by 65% and ICUs by 45% in just one week.
María Jose Sierra said hospitalizations are likely to rise, but officials expect them to be proportionately lower than in previous contagion waves because of higher vaccination levels.
The latest figures from the health ministry show that 50.7% of Spain’s 47 million residents were fully vaccinated as of Monday and an additional 5 million are awaiting their second dose of the coronavirus jab.
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he does not plan to reinstate a citywide mask mandate, even as COVID-19 cases rise, instead vaccinating more residents. Instead of focusing on
There have been calls for New York City to follow the lead of Los Angeles County, which announced last week that it would be required to wear a mask indoors amid a sharp rise in virus cases.
But de Blasio insists that vaccination is a better strategy for the country’s most populous city.
“The value of masks is undeniable, but masks are not getting to the root of the problem. Vaccination is there,” the mayor said during a livestreamed press briefing. “So we do not intend to have a mask mandate. We intend to double vaccination.”