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Post by 8DonCo Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:30 pm

The US surpassed 700,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, 108 days after the country reached 600,000 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The grim figure comes after another violent round of surging of infections, hospitalizations and deaths fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant and largely driven by unvaccinated people.

The toll means the US continues to have more Covid-19 deaths than any other the country in the world, with Brazil, which has the second-highest number, reporting more than 597,000 deaths while India, third, reporting more than 448,000 deaths.

Local leaders and businesses across the country have worked to implement vaccine mandates in hopes of encouraging more people to get their shots and help curb another surge of cases in the coming months. And while governors across the US have now begun reporting encouraging signs of slowing cases and hospitalizations, they stress the most powerful tool to keep those numbers from ticking back up are vaccinations.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday his state will become the nation's first to require Covid-19 vaccinations for students.

The mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance for the six million students in the state's public schools. Independent study is an option for those unvaccinated, Newsom's office said in a release. In August, the state required all school staff to either show proof of Covid vaccination or submit to weekly testing.

"This will accelerate our effort to get this pandemic behind us," Newsom told CNN's Ana Cabrera, minutes after making the announcement.

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