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Latest: US Representative Troy Nehls tests positive for COVID-19

by Associated Press

HOUSTON – US Representative Troy Nehls from Texas says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has moderate symptoms.

Nehls, a Republican from the Houston area, said Saturday that he has been fully vaccinated and expects symptoms to pass soon. “All Americans are free to make their own health decisions, but I strongly encourage getting vaccinated,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “It is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of serious illness and death from COVID.”

Nehls, the former Fort Bend County sheriff who was elected to Congress last year, said Wednesday that a close family member had tested positive. Nehls said he is staying at home and will continue to do so for at least the next 10 days.

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

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Here’s what else is happening:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The school superintendent in Florida’s capital city announced Sunday that masks would be required for eighth-grade students in preschool, becoming the seventh district to defy official Ron DeSantis’ ban on such a COVID-19 mandate.

Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna said the district has seen positive tests for the coronavirus since schools opened on August 11 in Tallahassee and its immediate suburbs. He said parents who do not want their primary or secondary school student to wear a mask must obtain a signed note from their child’s doctor or psychologist by Friday.

Lyons, which has 32,000 students, initially supported such a mandate, when DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran stated that districts could only enforce a mask mandate if parents could raise their children on their own. But can get out. He has threatened to cut funding from districts that enforce strict mandates and impose sanctions against their elected officials.

Hanna said she is “absolutely in favor of individual rights and freedoms and parental rights,” but that does not include the right to put the health of others at risk.

“I don’t believe that masks are essentially the end-all, but we know they make a difference. The vast majority of health care experts tell us they make a difference,” Hannah said in a statement broadcast on Facebook. said in.

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WASHINGTON – US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he won’t be surprised if Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full approval from the Food and Drug Administration soon, and hopes it will spur more vaccine mandates by schools and businesses. will promote.

Murthy said Sunday he did not want to go ahead with the FDA’s announcement, but disagreed that it could happen this week. He cited a wealth of data showing Pfizer’s two-dose regimen is safe and effective.

The vaccine is currently being distributed under the FDA’s emergency use authorization. Murthy said he believes that once the agency completes its full review and issues approval, more Americans will be persuaded to take the shots.

He also expected more vaccine requirements, including for teachers and staff, describing the mandate as a “reasonable” thing to do to create a safe environment for children and others.

Murthy said that given the highly permeable delta variant, “we have to take every step we can” when health and wellness are “on the line.”

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He spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union,” ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.”

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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has tested negative for COVID-19 just four days after testing positive.

“I have been told my infection was small and mild due to vaccination,” Abbott said in a video clip posted to his Twitter account on Saturday. “That’s why I encourage people who have not yet received vaccinations to consider getting vaccinated.”

When the Republican governor announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for the virus, his office said he was in good health and experiencing no symptoms. Abbott said on Saturday that he would remain in quarantine as advised by doctors.

Abbott, who was vaccinated in December, has refused calls to reinstate the mask mandate as the highly contagious Delta variant surges in Texas. He tested positive for the virus a day after coming indoors without a mask near Dallas, speaking to a crowded room of GOP supporters, most of whom were older and masked.

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Tehran – Iran has reported its highest single-day COVID-19 death toll of the pandemic, according to state media.

The official IRNA news agency said on Sunday that 684 people have died of the disease since Saturday, while more than 36,400 new cases have been confirmed in a 24-hour period.

Iran’s previous daily record for COVID-19 deaths was recorded on 16 August. The country recorded its highest number of daily cases with over 50,000 the next day.

The five-day lockdown in the country ended on Saturday.

The current wave of infection accounts for a fifth of Iran’s epidemics and is driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. The country is also struggling to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus. About 7% of Iranians have been fully vaccinated.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Japan, Australia and New Zealand have all gone through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic in relatively good shape, but are taking different paths to deal with the new outbreak, the fast-spreading delta variant.

The discovery of a single local COVID-19 case in New Zealand was enough for the government to put the entire country into strict lockdown last week.

Elsewhere around the Pacific, Japan is resisting such measures in the face of a record-breaking surge, insisting instead on its accelerated vaccination programme. And Australia has fallen somewhere in the middle.

The different approaches can have far-reaching consequences for the economies of those countries and the health of their citizens.

Professor Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at New Zealand’s University of Otago, said countries around the world are struggling to adapt to the highly contagious version.

“With the Delta version, the old rules don’t work,” he said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who was a vaccine skeptic until hospitalized from COVID-19 has died. He was 61 years old.

Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed Phil Valentine’s death in a tweet on Saturday.

Valentine was skeptical of coronavirus vaccines. But when he tested positive for COVID-19, and before his hospitalization, he asked his listeners to reflect on, “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it? Is?” If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he decided not to get vaccinated because he thought he might not die.

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After Valentine was moved to a critical care unit, his brother Mark said that the talk radio host regretted that “he was not a more vocal supporter of vaccination.”

“I know that if he had been able to tell you this, he would have told you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about politics. Quit worrying about all conspiracy theories,’” Mark Valentine told The Tennessean on July 25 told.

“He regrets not being more adamant about getting the vaccine. Look at the dadgum data,” said Mark Valentine.

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CHICAGO – Civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Saturday.

The Rev. Jackson, 79, has been vaccinated against the coronavirus and received his first dose during a promotional event in January as he urged others to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He and his 77-year-old wife are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Doctors are currently monitoring both of them,” according to a statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit, the Rainbow/Push Coalition.

“There are no further updates at this time,” the statement said. “We will provide updates as they become available.”

A disciple of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on a range of issues, including the right to vote.

Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he has been proactive and advocated for COVID-19 vaccines for black people, who lag behind white people in the United States vaccination campaign.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky’s governor’s efforts to combat COVID-19 have suffered a historic legal defeat.

The state’s High Court on Saturday cleared the way for the laws to rein in his emergency powers to come into force. The state’s Supreme Court ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction blocking new Republican-backed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency powers.

The ruling revolves around a dispute between Beshear and the GOP-led legislature over the scope of the governor’s executive authority in times of emergency. It comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Kentucky.

The governor lifted most of his pandemic restrictions in June. But with COVID-19 cases rising because of the Delta version, he signed a recent executive order enforcing an indoor mask mandate in K-12 schools, child care, and pre-kindergarten programs in Kentucky.

One of the controversial laws limits executive orders of the governor in times of emergency to 30 days unless extended by lawmakers.

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PARIS – Thousands of protesters march again in cities and towns across France against COVID-19 health passes required to enter restaurants and cafes, cultural and sporting venues.

For the sixth straight Saturday, opponents denounced what they saw as a restriction of his freedom. The measure has been criticized by many, claiming that the French government was indirectly making vaccines mandatory.

Four performances were organized by different groups in Paris. Elsewhere in the country, more than 200 protests were taking place.

Despite protests, polls have shown that the majority of French people support the health pass. In France, more than 40.5 million, or more than 60%, have been fully vaccinated.

Since last month, France has been recording a high number of infections – around 22,000 each day.

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