It's Monday morning in the US, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country and the rest of the world.
The World Health Organization received reports of 307,930 new Covid-19 cases worldwide in the past 24 hours — the highest single-day increase in global infections since the pandemic began. The previous daily high was set on September 6, when 306,857 cases were reported.
If you're just reading in now, here's what else you need to know to start the day:
- Fauci says the pandemic is far from over: Despite President Trump's claims that the nation is "rounding the corner" in the coronavirus fight, Dr. Anthony Fauci says we're nowhere near that point.
- Back-to-school outbreaks: Some schools are becoming petri dishes of disease. At least three teachers have died from complications of Covid-19 in recent weeks, according to CNN reporting and local media reports.Meanwhile, the Ohio State University announced it will cancel spring break next semester in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the university community.
- The race for a vaccine: There are 35 potential coronavirus vaccines in human trials across the world, and countries are making plans for how they will eventually be used. China says there's no need for everyone in the country to get vaccinated, just frontline workers and high-risk populations.