The Ivy League schools cancelled the winter sports season because of a record-breaking surge in Covid-19 cases handled in the country.
The Ivy League Presidents Council said in a statement on Thursday that the decision of the Ivy League Presidents Council was unanimous. The spring campaign will also be postponed until at least February 2021. The autumn campaign was previously suspended in a decision announced in July.
The Ivy League Presidents Council said in a statement: “Student athletes, their families and coaches are once again asked to make great sacrifices for the benefit of public health. We will never make this decision lightly.
The council said: “Although these decisions are very disappointing and frustrating, our commitment to the safety and lasting health of student athletes and the wider community must remain our top priority.”
The league includes Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth University, Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania.
The alliance stated that its council will monitor the situation and may consider changes based on the epidemic, including the possibility of inter-school sports in the spring.
This decision is a warning that as the weather turns cold and forces more people across the country to enter indoors, the number of Covid-19 cases has increased.
What is imminent is holidays like Thanksgiving, where people usually gather here, which will cause warnings from health officials and governors and increase restrictions in some places.
On the same day that the Ivy League allies announced, the United States broke another all-time record of reported Covid-19 cases.
According to NBC News statistics, 161,651 cases were reported on Thursday, which is a daily record, second only to the second day of the previous daily record, which is 148,302 cases on Wednesday.
According to NBC News, more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases have been seen nationwide for 9 consecutive days; the first time was on November 4.
According to NBC News statistics, in the United States, more than 10.5 million cases have been confirmed, and more than 243,000 people have died.
NBC News confirmed that on Thursday, California became the second state to record more than 1 million Covid-19 cases. Texas reached this milestone on November 7.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced the early promising results of its Covid-19 vaccine trial on Monday, but it is not clear when it or any other drug candidates will be generally available.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said this week that it is possible in December to provide doses to those considered the highest priority.
The Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar recently stated that the government expects that there will be sufficient routine vaccination programs between the end of March and the beginning of April.
Experts warn that even if vaccines are available in April, there will be no increase in winter cases. Moreover, due to the challenges of storing and transporting vaccines, the product launch has been delayed.