US approaches 190,000 COVID-19 related deaths, could be 400,000 by winter

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(NEW YORK) — COVID-19 has infected over 6.29 million Americans as of Monday and killed nearly 190,000 — according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, should social distancing guidelines be ignored, the country could suffer 400,000 deaths by winter.

As schools are now widely in session following the Labor Day weekend, several universities announced that they are either cancelling in-person learning or have expelled students for disobeying social distancing guidelines.  West Virginia University announced the suspension of nearly 30 students and have opted for all-virtual learning for the next three weeks following “increasing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those that occurred over the weekend, can serve as super-spreader events” and a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Northeastern University also announced that 11 students have been dismissed from campus after they were found in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.   New York University also announced that 20-plus students were suspended for defying the institution’s health and safety measures.

A study from the United Kingdom finds that a rise in COVID-19 diagnoses in the country were largely from “more affluent, younger people,” according to Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock.

“The problem is that spreading the disease amongst young people then leads to older people getting it,” cautioned Hancock. “We are seeing problems of social distancing in some cases.”

In tandem with breakouts affecting college campuses, the U.S. announced 31,395 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, which is half of the record high of 77,255 that was noted on July 16.

Sunday also saw an additional 403 fatalities, which is the lowest daily death toll since August 2. 

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