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"Herd immunity is another word for mass murder," expert says

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, said he is " extremely concerned that the President is being advised by people who speak of herd immunity."

“This is an unmitigated disaster for our country – to have people at the highest levels of our government countermanding our best public health officials,” Haseltine said.

In order to essentially create a herd of protection around other people, 60% to 70% of the population would have to become infected, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said later on New Day.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that Covid-19 is not going away any time soon, as he remarked on the state of the virus as colder months and the flu season approach.

We have a handful of people that are five to seven months out,” Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunobiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, told CNN.

Just because someone is close family does not mean that they’re safe, either,” she said on CNN’s “New Day. ”

“But you want to make sure that the number of new cases in your immediate area is between 5 and 10 per 100,000 people.

UK: In England, a new three-tier Covid Alert system emphasizing localized restrictions came into force on Wednesday as case numbers continue to surge.

It called for a two-to-three week “circuit breaker” lockdown in an attempt to reduce the nation’s R rate, or the number of people that those infected pass the virus on to.

In numbers: Coronavirus infections rose 60% over the seven-day period ending Monday in the Netherlands, compared with the previous week, according to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

In numbers: Italian health authorities said there had been 5,901 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

In numbers: On Tuesday, the country reported 8,325 new cases – its second-highest daily case count since the pandemic began.

In numbers: The Robert Koch Institute on Wednesday reported 5,132 new infections, taking the country’s total to 334,585.

Poland: The country has recorded its highest number of daily new coronavirus cases and the highest daily death toll from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

In numbers: There were 6,526 new Covid-19 cases and 116 deaths, the government reported Wednesday, the first time the daily death toll has crossed 100.

Her comments come after UK opposition leader Keir Starmer called Tuesday for a two-to-three week “circuit breaker” lockdown in England in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic and reduce the average number of people to whom one infected person will pass on the virus.

The shadow Cabinet minister said “the mantra used to be the government is following the science but that is no longer the case. ”

“We're engaged in something where we're attacking the government's top scientists, not speaking out about how to save lives, but instead undermining the credibility of the person who's the most knowledgeable,” the Microsoft founder and philanthropist said Tuesday during a Politico Playbook virtual discussion.

“Right now, testing, contact tracing -- we're doing among the worst of any country,” he said, calling the slow turnaround time for test results “just insane. ”

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