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What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, October 15

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Experts say it is time to 'get rid of the virus so that life can get back on track' via lockdowns.

(CNN)A surge in coronavirus cases, which hit Europe for the first time in early spring, is back — but this time around, governments are imposing local restrictions and keeping their economies open, Zamira Rahim, Pierre Bairin and Gaëlle Fournier report.

But health and economic experts CNN spoke to disagree, saying in the long run, a short "circuit-breaker" lockdown, as recommended by the scientists advising the UK government, is better than the so-called "whack-a-mole" strategy of containing subsequent waves of the outbreak.

Johnson's fix, of a patchwork of local lockdowns and restrictions, will have little impact on the virus and hurt the economy more over time, say experts, especially when key systems used to control the epidemic -- like contact tracing and testing -- remain plagued with problems.

Melania Trump details Covid illness and reveals son Barron contracted it

Melania Trump also revealed that her son, Barron Trump, 14, eventually tested positive for the virus, a diagnosis the White House did not share.

'Safe and effective' Covid-19 vaccine may be widely available by April 2021, Fauci says

A Covid-19 vaccine may be widely available by April 2021, the US's top infectious diseases expert said in an interview with CBS News Wednesday.

"It is unfortunate, because that's such a sacred part of the American tradition, the family gathering around Thanksgiving, but that is a risk," Fauci said, adding that given the current spread of Covid-19 and the uptick in infections, people need to be very careful about social gatherings, especially older people and those with underlying conditions.

Herd immunity is not the way out of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say

During a call with reporters on Monday, White House senior administration officials discussed a contentious declaration written by some scientists that advocates for ending lockdowns, building immunity and pushing for those who are not vulnerable to Covid-19 to resume normal life.

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