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    New York : The analysis was prepared by the University of Southern California. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT / EFE The life expectancy of Latinos decreased by 3.05 years and stood at 78.77 years due to the high incidence of the coronavirus pandemic in this community, according to a study presented this Thursday. The analysis prepared by the University of Southern California (USC) found that the pandemic also reduced the life expectancy of African Americans by 2.1 years, who are left with an average of 72.78 years. For non-Hispanic whites, life expectancy also decreased, but in a much lower proportion, from only 0.61 years and to an expected average of 77.84 years. “The disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life expectancy of Latinos and African Americans probably has to do with increased exposure through their workplaces or contacts with extended family,” he noted Theresa Andrasfay,...
    The PSC will propose at Friday’s meeting in Parliament an alternative date to February 14 to hold the Catalan elections, in order to reach consensus, as La Sexta has advanced and socialist sources have confirmed this Thursday. This Friday, representatives of the Government and of the forces with representation in the Parliament must decide whether or not to postpone the elections of 14-F before the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in Catalonia after the Christmas holidays. According to sources from the PSC, given the possibility that the Government suggests delaying the elections until May or June, the Socialists will put forward a proposal in order to generate consensus around a date closer to 14-F, which is before Easter. For the socialists, it is preferable to hold the elections before Easter -This year Good Friday will be April 2– and not risk that a new election date in spring falls right...
    The Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Program of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mike ryan, argued that during the second year of the pandemic by coronavirus (Covid-19) could become more difficult. But what would be the motive? 1. The authority of the WHO, maintained that: « We are heading for a second year of this that it could be even harder because some of the transmission dynamics« , said Ryan, taking into account the spread of the virus, specifically in the northern hemisphere with the appearance of more infectious variants. 2. On the other hand, the technical director of the WHO of Covid-19, Maria van kerkhove, predicted that « after holidays, in some countries the situation will get worse long before improving, « according to the . news agency. During the first week of January, reported about five million new cases worldwide, according to data from...
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. No photos of the 84-yer-old pontiff receiving the shot have been released. The pope has advocated that everyone should get the vaccine, calling it an “ethical option” performed not only for one’s own health but for the “lives of others.” The Vatican has beefed up coronavirus restrictions amid a spike in cases in Italy. The pope, who is missing part of one lung since a surgery in his 20s, has been saying the traditional Angelus blessing from a library in the Apostolic Palace, and not a window overlooking St. Peter’s, in a bid to prevent gatherings. The Vatican launched its vaccination program this week, administering the Pfizer vaccine. Vatican City has had at least 27 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including a cluster among the Swiss Guards last fall. ___ THE...
    The Government has extended the current restrictions for one more week currently against Covid-19. The measures were launched on January 7 and ended on Sunday 17. He worsening data of the pandemic has made the Generalitat choose to extend them until Sunday, January 24. Thus, the municipal confinement every day of the week or on non-essential business closings weekend. This was announced by the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, at a press conference together with the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper, given the growth of the third wave of the pandemic, which has left in the last 24 hours 4,473 new infections and 122 deaths while hospital pressure continues to increase, with 497 in critical care units. These measures, in force since January 7, seek “slow the upward curve“of contagions, whose transmission, Vergés said,” is not accelerating but neither is it slowing down “and still does...
    BERLIN — Germany’s disease control agency has reported the highest single-day death toll from COVID-19. The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that 1,244 deaths from coronavirus were confirmed in Germany until midnight, taking the total number to 43,881 since the start of the pandemic. Data showed there were also 25,164 new cases confirmed in Germany by midnight. German officials are considering tougher restrictions to curb the continued rise in infections in the country. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Germany has risen over the past two weeks from 23.36 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 30 to 26.03 new cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 13. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins — ‘At 6 p.m., life stops’: Europe uses curfews to fight virus — Lebanon begins all-day curfew as virus spins out of control — California counties...
    The United States reached this Wednesday an accumulated of 23,047,409 cases of COVID-19 and 384,277 deaths, according to the independent count of John Hopkins University, at a time when the pandemic is nonstop. The figures are for 1:00 am GMT on Thursday. The country, the hardest hit in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, averaged 3,300 deaths daily in the last week, after registering this Tuesday another record of deaths in one day, 4,327, according to the data collected by the university. The daily average of the last seven days means one to217% increase since mid-November, according to the same source, whose figures also suggest that the five highest peaks of deaths since the start of the pandemic have been registered in the first weeks of 2021. New York State remains the hardest hit of the country due to the pandemic with 40,192 dead, followed by Texas (31,272), California...
    SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court has acquitted a religious sect leader of charges that he deliberately disrupted the government’s anti-virus response early last year after thousands of his worshippers were infected with the coronavirus. However, the Suwon District Court on Wednesday found the 89-year-old Lee Man-hee guilty of separate charges that he embezzled more than $5 million in church funds and organized unauthorized worship services in public spaces. His three-year prison term will be suspended for four years. Lee’s church, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, issued a statement denying his wrongdoings and confirming plans to appeal. Kang Susana, a prosecutor in Suwon, said her office would decide whether to appeal after analyzing the ruling. Prosecutors had sought a five-year prison term for Lee, who was arrested in August before his release on bail in November. They accused Lee and his church of violating the country’s infectious disease...
    The charity ‘Save the Children’ appealed for children in poor countries to return to school, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Greater urgency The pandemic of coronavirus has disrupted the education of millions of children around the world. Several schools, especially in poor countries, have had to close their doors until today. Tuesday January 12, the charity ‘Save the Children‘warned of the risk of “a lost generatione “, note Le Figaro.She therefore called for the mobilization of international donors to send children from poor countries back to schools. According to its CEO Inger Ashing, it is currently the “greatest educational emergency we have ever seen“. Almost 41 billion euros The organization disseminated research covering the 59 poorest countries in the world, including Uganda, Syria and Yemen.She thus estimated that the total cost for the 136 million children concerned would be 50 billion dollars (nearly 41 billion...
    UOne thing is certain at the start of 2021, the coronavirus has not finished talking about it, in Belgium as elsewhere. European overview. First case of the South African variant detected in Germany At least one case of contamination with the new variant of Covid-19 identified in South Africa was detected for the first time in Germany, the Baden-Würtemberg health department revealed on Tuesday. This is a person who returned with his family from a long stay in South Africa in early January. In an attempt to stem the spread of the virus, the German government extended its restrictive measures until January 31. If there is no strict containment applied, German citizens are nevertheless called on to stay at home as much as possible while shops deemed non-essential and cultural and sports infrastructure still remain closed. Germany had a total of 1,933,826 cases...
    Sweden has registered 17,395 new coronavirus cases since Friday, taking the total above 500,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. The statistics from the Healthy Agency, means that the country now has more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any stage of the pandemic as hospitals struggle to cope with a rampant second wave of the virus. Sweden has made headlines around the world by never imposing the type of lockdown seen elsewhere in Europe but it has started tightening measures in the face of a stronger than expected second wave over recent months. The figures show that December 17 was the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic with 116 deaths, surpassing a previous peak of 115 daily deaths set in April. While Sweden still has around 20 per cent spare capacity at intensive care units, there are worries the spread will accelerate...
    Boris Johnson launched a blistering attack on China, blaming its 'demented' traditional medical practices for the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech to world leaders yesterday he attacked people who 'grind up the scales of a pangolin' in a bid to become more 'potent'. He made the remarks, which risk a furious diplomatic row - in a speech to the One Planet Summit, hosted by France's President Macron. Pangolins are heavily-trafficked scaly anteater-like creatures, which have been blamed for transmitting the virus from bats to humans. The first documented cases of the Covid-19 were in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with a wet market trading in exotic animals being seen as the probable source. In comments that are likely to risk fury from Beijing, Mr Johnson said: 'Obviously it's right to focus on climate change, obviously it's right to cut CO2 emissions, but we won't achieve a real balance with our planet...
    Electric cars covered with solar panels. Solar-powered laptop and smartphone chargers. An AI-driven system to cut the energy use of a home or a factory. This year's annual Consumer Electronics Show puts environmental sustainability and self-reliance front and center. The increase in eco-friendly gadgets at the largest consumer electronics event in the U.S. continues an improbable trend begun during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a broad economic decline, many green industries — from rooftop solar to bicycling — have thrived. Once the pandemic is curbed, environmentalists say keeping these green habits going will be key if humans are to stave off another existential crisis: climate change. From the mundane to the fanciful, these CES technologies could help humans leave a lighter footprint. Powering down the home officeThe shift to work-from-home could have long-term environmental benefits — the equivalent of taking 14 million cars off U.S. roads every year, according...
    Madonna has reportedly visited five countries in just three weeks clocking up a massive 11,707 air miles, despite Covid travel bans. The Queen of Pop is said to have flown from Los Angeles to London then to Malawi and Kenya in east Africa as part of a lavish winter trip. The singer, 62, has been accompanied on the getaway by her boyfriend, American backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 26. She was also joined for much of the trip by five of her children. Madonna (pictured in Kenya this week) has reportedly visited five countries in just three weeks clocking up a massive 11,707 air miles, despite Covid travel bans  The singer (pictured on a bus ride to Blantyre in Malawi) is said to have flown from Los Angeles to London then to Malawi and Kenya in east Africa as part of a lavish winter trip The...
    The statement was given in the case of a defendant who sought to have his preventive (provisional) prison canceled, but whose request was encouraged by the pandemic | 01/11/2021 | ionicons-v5-c18: 50 | . | Lima.- A peruvian court claimed in a resolution based on conspiracy theories that the covid-19 It was a invention of the « criminal elites worldwide » made up, according to the magistrates of this court, by billionaires such as George soros, the rockefeller family and the businessman Bill gates. As a justification for the delay in issuing a ruling, the Chincha and Pisco Criminal Appeals Chamber assured that the pandemic had an « unpredictable » nature except for its creators, « who handled it and continue to direct it with extreme secrecy within their environments and global corporations « . Thus, this collegiate court of the Superior Court of Justice of Ica made up of judges Tito Gallegos, Luis Leguía...
    Pandemic-related gadgets are taking over the first-ever virtual Consumer Electronics Show. The popular technology event moved online due to the lingering coronavirus pandemic, but that has not hindered companies from showcasing new innovations that help keep the virus at bay. Firms shared first looks of technologies that will help people return to the office, ease anxieties among those under lockdown and stay safe while out and about in the real world. These gadgets include a coin-sized device that monitors vitals to identify possible coronavirus symptoms, a cat-like robot that mimics a real pet and smart masks that measure air quality.  Scroll down for videos  Pandemic-related gadgets are taking over the first-ever virtual Consumer Electronics Show. The popular technology event moved online due to the lingering coronavirus pandemic, but that has not hindered companies from showcasing new innovations that help keep the virus at bay Hundreds of thousands of people...
    (CNN)With Covid-19 hospitalizations surpassing 100,000 for 40 days in a row, officials are trying to ramp up the pace of vaccinations across the United States."We really need to get this vaccine out more quickly, because this is really our only tool," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.On Sunday, 129,229 people were in US hospitals with coronavirus, but the day marked only the sixth highest in pandemic history, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Experts have long said the best defenses against surging cases are preventative measures like masks and social distancing, as well as widespread vaccination. So far, at least 22.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed and nearly 6.7 million have made their way into patients' arms. Health officials had hoped to get 20 million people vaccinated at the start of the new year,...
    By The Associated Press BEIJING — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. The outbreak focused on the Hebei cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai is one of China’s most serious in recent months and comes amid measures to curb the further spread during next month’s Lunar New Year holiday. Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a massive scale. The National Health Commission said Monday that another 82 people had tested positive in Hebei and were showing symptoms. Around the country, another 36 people had tested positive without displaying symptoms, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many of those were in Hebei. Two other cases were reported in the northeastern province of Liaoning and one in Beijing, where more than 30 people have been sickened in...
    By The Associated Press TOKYO — The Japanese Health Ministry has found a coronavirus variant in people arriving from Brazil that’s different from the ones in Britain and South Africa. The variant was found in airport tests on a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and two teens, the ministry said Sunday. Japan was working with other nations, the WHO and other medical experts to analyze the new version of the virus, and it was still unclear whether available vaccines would work. The man who tested positive had no symptoms upon arrival but was hospitalized after his breathing became difficult. The woman suffered head aches, one teen, a male, had a fever, while the other female teen had no symptoms, according to the ministry. About 30 cases of variants from Britain and South Africa have earlier been reported in Japan. Experts are worried the variants appear to...
    By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Coronavirus infections have now surpassed 90 million confirmed cases around the world, as more countries braced for wider spread of more virulent strains of a disease that has now killed nearly 2 million worldwide. The number of infections worldwide has doubled in just 10 weeks, according to a tally by John Hopkins University on Sunday. COVID-19 infections had hit 45 million as recently as late October. As of Sunday afternoon, John Hopkins counted 90,005,787 infections around the world. The United States, now with more than 22.2 million infections, led the world with the highest number of infections recorded since the global pandemic began. The number of U.S. cases was more than double that of India, which has recorded nearly 10.5 million infections. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — California reports record one-day total of 695 coronavirus deaths — UK PM Boris Johnson under fire as...
    By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in South Africa could be because the country carries out more tests than many other African countries. South Africa is battling a resurgence of the disease, driven by a variant of the virus that is more contagious and spreading quickly. Many hospitals are reaching capacity, yet the numbers of those infected are expected to continue rising, according to health experts. South Africa’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks from 19.86 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 26 to 30.18 new cases per 100,000...
    Moviegoers wear face masks in a screening hall at a cinema almost six months after its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic on July 24, 2020 in Beijing, China.China News Service | China News Service | Getty Images In a year marred by a deadly global pandemic, Japan's box office set a new record. An animated film based on a popular manga called "Demon Slayer" became the highest-grossing film in the country's history, surpassing the record held by Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" in 2001. It has sold more than $322 million in ticket sales. Japan, an island country in East Asia with a population of more than 126 million, has had fewer than 300,000 coronavirus cases and only saw its box office receipts fall 46% in 2020 to $1.27 billion. For comparison, the domestic box office crumpled 80% to $2.28 billion, as U.S. coronavirus cases have topped 21.6 million since...
    BEIJING — More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing coronavirus outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. China’s National Health Commission reported Sunday that 69 new cases had been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, including 46 in Hebei. The outbreak has raised particular concern because of Hebei’s proximity to the nation’s capital. Travel between the two has been restricted, with workers from Hebei having to show proof of employment in Beijing to enter the city. Hebei has recorded 183 confirmed cases and an additional 181 asymptomatic cases over the last eight days. China does not include those who test positive but do not show symptoms in its official case count. Almost all of the cases are in Shijuazhuang, the provincial capital, which is about 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Beijing. A handful have also been found in Xingtai city, 110 kilometers (68 miles)...
    By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. The country has now topped 1.5 million total infections and over 133,000 deaths so far in the pandemic. Given Mexico’s extremely low level of testing, official estimates suggest the real death toll is over 180,000. Health authorities said 6,722 shots of coronavirus vaccine were administered Friday, for a total so far of about 75,000. In Mexico City, the current center of the pandemic in Mexico, 90% percent of hospital beds are full. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. The most populous U.S....
    By The Associated Press MONTREAL — A curfew meant to curb a rising tide of COVID-19 cases took effect across Quebec on Saturday evening. Premier Francois Legault says the measure is needed to prevent gatherings that have fueled the rampant spread of the virus, The French-speaking Canadian province has a population of more than 8.4 million The rules will see most residents face police questions or fines of up to $6,000 Canadian (U.S. $4,728) if they’re out between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the next four weeks. There are exceptions for essential workers, people walking dogs, and those who have medical reasons to be out, such as a doctor’s appointment. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. The most populous...
    By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Health officials in Austin say they will open space in the Austin Convention Center for COVID-19 patients because they expect that the area’s health care system will soon be overwhelmed. The state health department reported a record number of hospitalizations for the 13th consecutive day. Nearly 14,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide on Saturday. The Alternate Care Site in Austin was initially established during a summer surge of the coronavirus, but has not yet taken patients, according to a statement from the Austin-Travis County Health Authority. “Activating the Alternate Care Site means that we believe that it is inevitable that the healthcare system in Central Texas will exceed capacity and will soon be overwhelmed,” said Dr. Jason Pickett, deputy medical director of the health authority. The site is for patients who do not need high-level or intensive care, according to the statement. Patients...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County reported 318 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, setting a record during the pandemic. The grim milestone comes on the one-year anniversary of the first L.A. County health alert about the coronavirus. Vaccines are now being distributed to all three tiers of the first phase, which includes frontline workers, and staff and patients of long-term care facilities. Still, health officials say they anticipate hospitalizations and deaths to remain high throughout the months as people trickle into hospitals following possibly catching the virus during holiday gatherings, despite warnings. L.A. County also reported on Friday another 18,313 confirmed coronavirus infections, putting the county at 889,405 cumulative cases and 11,863 deaths. According to state officials, there were 7,966 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County of Friday, a slight decline from Thursday.  The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care rose to 1,714. The resources listed below...
    By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California health authorities on Saturday reported a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strained under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health said the number raises the state’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233. A surge of cases following Halloween and Thanksgiving produced record hospitalizations in California, and now the most seriously ill of those patients are dying in unprecedented numbers. Already, many hospitals in Los Angeles and other hard-hit areas are struggling to keep up and warned they may need to ration care as intensive care beds dwindle. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — France’s vaccine rollout is slowed by red tape — Low-income workers bearing the brunt of U.S. job losses — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and husband get COVID-19 vaccines — The most populous U.S. state needs more medical workers at facilities swamped...
    By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine after becoming the first Israeli to be inoculated last month. Israel is in the midst of a third nationwide lockdown after seeing a surge in cases despite unleashing one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns. The country has given the first of two vaccine doses to nearly 20% of its population, and Netanyahu said Saturday that it has secured enough vaccines to inoculate the whole adult population by the end of March. Netanyahu has placed the vaccination drive at the center of his campaign for reelection that month, when Israel will hold its fourth nationwide vote in less than two years. In the meantime, he has called on Israelis to make “one last big effort” to halt transmission by adhering to the tightened restrictions. Most schools and businesses were...
    By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has confirmed in an interview with an Italian broadcaster that he has an appointment to get the anti-COVID vaccine when the Vatican starts its vaccination program next week. The pope also said everyone should get the vaccine, calling it an “ethical option, because you are playing with your health, life, but also with the lives of others.” Excerpts from the sit-down interview were released by Mediaset on Saturday, a day before it is scheduled to be aired. It is the first confirmation that the 84-year-old pope who is missing part of one lung will get the vaccine, although the Vatican had already announced it would begin administering the vaccines later this month. The Vatican has previously said that it’s “morally acceptable” for faithful to receive COVID-19 vaccines whose research used cell lines from tissue obtained from abortions. Vatican City has had...
    By The Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan announced it is expecting the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine to arrive in the kingdom late Saturday. Wael Hayajneh, the Health Ministry’s official in charge of COVID-19, said the vaccines are coming from state-owned Chinese drugmaker Sinopharm. Another shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is expected to get to the Middle Eastern kingdom on Monday, Hayajneh said. Jordan plans to start its vaccination drive on Wednesday. It has arranged to secure 200,000 doses in the first quarter of 2021 from Pfizer and Sinopharm and possibly other vaccine suppliers. Jordan’s health minister has said the inoculations will first target 20% to 25% of the frontline workers and vulnerable groups. Jordan, with a population of 10 million, has recorded over 4,000 deaths and 305,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — France’s vaccine rollout is slowed by red...
    California recorded more than 600 deaths in a single day for the first time on Friday, marking the deadliest day in the pandemic amid a holiday season surge. California counties reported 682 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, as well as 49,423 cases. So far, 29,238 people have died from the virus in the state and 2.6 million have been infected. A forecast from the California Department of Public Health anticipates deaths will reach almost 36,000 by January 30. The state now has a seven-day average of 411 new deaths and 42,340 cases and has recorded more than 500 deaths in a single day four times since Dec. 31. During a summer surge from June through August, California peaked at 215 deaths and 16,521 new cases in a single day. Nearly half of the deaths on Friday — 318 of them — were in Los Angeles County, the latest and hardest-hit...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — Another 1,035 people in the U.K. have died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total death toll in the pandemic to over 80,000. The British government reported Saturday that the number of confirmed deaths has reached 80,868, the most in Europe and the world’s fifth-highest pandemic death toll. The United States, Brazil, India and Mexico are in the top four. Hospitals around the U.K. are under heavy pressure treating COVID-19 patients. London’s mayor declared the capital’s COVID-19 situation to be critical Friday, when the country’s daily reported deaths hit a record high of 1,325. Official data also show that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.K. has exceeded 3 million. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — France’s vaccine rollout is slowed by red tape — Volunteer California Health Corps getting few active recruits — Low-income workers...
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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County reported 318 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, setting a record during the pandemic. The grim milestone comes on the one-year anniversary of the first L.A. County health alert about the virus as it spread. Vaccines are now being distributed to all three tiers of the first phase, which includes frontline workers, and staff and patients of long-term care facilities. Still, health officials say they anticipate hospitalizations and deaths to remain high throughout the months as people trickle into hospitals following possibly catching the virus during holiday gatherings, despite warnings. L.A. County also reported on Friday another 18,313 confirmed coronavirus infections, putting the county at 889,405 cumulative cases. According to state officials, there were 7,966 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County of Friday, a slight decline from Thursday.  The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care rose to 1,714. The resources listed below...
    President-elect Joe Biden revealed on Friday that he strongly considered nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for Labor Secretary, citing his dedication to working Americans. After praising Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who will ultimately become Biden’s Labor Secretary, the president-elect announced that he had previously considered nominating Sanders prior to the Democrats’ Georgia Senate election victory. “I can think of no more passionate, devoted ally to working people in this country,” he said. “But after Tuesday’s results in Georgia, giving Democratic control to the United States Senate, and a tie vote, Bernie and I agreed, matter of fact Bernie suggested, we can’t put control of the Senate at risk on the outcome of a special election in Vermont.” Biden added that the two agreed to work closely with Walsh to address their shared agenda of protecting working Americans, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, which left thousands jobless month after month. Jobs dropped this December for the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – For the first time on Thursday, U.S. officials recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths — the most virus-related deaths the country has had in one day since the pandemic’s start. More than 11,700 people died in the last three days. It’s the third day in a row of record daily deaths from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, while the number of people who have been infected topped more than 21.56 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent forecast projected there will be between 405,000 and 438,000 deaths by the end of the month. The previous forecast, published December 30, projected up to 424,000 deaths by January 23. The ongoing spread of the virus and climbing number of deaths come even as the US is working to distribute vital COVID-19 vaccines — a process that has been criticized for being...
    Kim Jong Un has vowed to drastically improve his nation's ties with the outside world as he addressed a major political conference for the third day. State media said the leader also reviewed relations with rival South Korea but didn't explain what steps he said he wanted to take.  Observers have expected Kim to use the first congress of the ruling Workers' Party in five years to send conciliatory gestures toward Seoul and Washington as he faces deepening economic troubles at home. Kim Jong Un has vowed to drastically improve his nation's ties with the outside world as he addressed a major political conference for the third day In his speech on the third day of the meeting on Thursday, Kim 'declared the general orientation and the policy stand of our party for comprehensively expanding and developing the external relations,' the Korean Central News Agency said Friday. Kim also...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Facing a massive surge in coronavirus cases, California has been issuing waivers allowing hospitals to temporarily bypass the nation’s only strict nurse-to-patient ratios. Nurses say that being forced to take on more patients is pushing them to the brink of burnout and affecting patient care. At least 250 of about 400 hospitals in California have been granted 60-day waivers. They allow ICU nurses to care for three instead of two people and emergency room nurses to oversee six patients instead of three. Nurses in other states have demanded law-mandated ratios like those in California but so far have failed to get them. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant — US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus — Brazil’s pandemic deaths top 200,000 amid a return to fun — Britain’s National Health Service will from next week...
    Adobe While we were all thrilled to leave the year 2020, we have not been able to shake the COVID-19 pandemic and absolute madness of last year. Many Tampa Bay events have had to shift gears in order to adhere to state ordinances as well as CDC guidelines in regards to social distancing, crowd control and mask-wearing. For instance, Taste of the Beaches hosted in October 2020, completely reconstructed its annual event from hosting vendors in one central location to inviting attendees to purchase tasting tickets through the event's website allowing them to dine-in at participating restaurants. Talk about a pandemic pivot.  With 2021 events beginning to rev up, organizers have been forced to revise their game plans. One of those events is John's Pass Seafood & Music Festival. The annual event draws massive amounts of seafood enthusiasts for fresh bites and live music. The event was initially scheduled for October 2020,...
    DUBLIN — Alameda County’s jail is in the midst of its second-biggest outbreak of the coronavirus inside Santa Rita Jail, the largest it has seen since July. As of Thursday, there are 82 positive COVID-19 cases among jail inmates and staff. But the highest recent surge was reported by the sheriff’s office on Dec. 30, with 109 positive inmates and 12 positive jail staff or contractors. As of Thursday, there are 76 infected inmates and six staff members with positive cases. The jail’s current population is 2,124. The end of December spike was the second-largest surge in cases the jail has seen during the pandemic. In July, there were a reported 110 people who tested positive, and other smaller spikes were seen in August with 25 positive inmates, and again in September with 18 reported cases. Since the height of the surge on Dec. 30, the case numbers appear to...
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    THE United States suffered its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday – with the highest recorded deaths compared to anywhere in the world. The worrying data from John Hopkins University was revealed on the same day protesters in support of President Donald Trump wreaked havoc at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.  7On Wednesday alone, the nation reported a 24-hour toll of 3,865 coronavirus deaths.Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7The number of people hospitalized increased by 13,528 since Christmas Day, according to the Covid Tracking ProjectCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7 On Wednesday alone, the nation reported a 24-hour toll of 3,865 coronavirus deaths. The frightening number marks the fifth day in three weeks that that more than 3,500 Americans died from the virus. As of Wednesday, the US has recorded a total of 361,123 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The number of deaths is the highest...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland reports 2,970 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations remain above 1,800 though they went down slightly Thursday morning. Forty-four more Marylanders died in the last 24 hours, and now 6,004 Maryland residents have died with conditions related to the virus. There have now been 295,874 coronavirus cases in the state since the pandemic began. There are now 1,834 people hospitalized in the state with the virus, with 427 in ICU beds and 1,407 in acute care. Throughout the pandemic, 27,900 people have been hospitalized, with 9,404 released from isolation. The statewide positivity rate is down slightly by .13%, now at 9.31%. The state administered 39,644 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours, with 9,368 of them coming back negative. Maryland has conducted over 5.9 million COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help...
    GEORDIE Shore star Sophie Kasai has been branded "disgusting" for licking Georgia Harrison's face in the middle of a pandemic. The pair are in Dubai in the UAE, where a record number of coronavirus cases were detected yesterday. 4Sophie Kasai licked Georgia Harrison's face in a video on InstagramCredit: Instagram Geordie Shore star Sophie, 31, posted footage on her Instagram account today that showed her at a wild party with the Love Islander, 25. She is seen going up to her and lightly kissing her on the cheek several times before licking her face. One viewer called it "absolutely disgusting" while another wrote that they were "embarrassed" for the pair. Sophie and Georgia were hanging out at an outdoor party earlier today with fellow Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry. 4The reality stars were handing out together at a sun-drenched partyCredit: Instagram 4Former Love Islander Georgia is living out in Dubai...
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had pledged to increase funding to states and territories to expand COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts. On Wednesday evening, the agency announced it was committing $22 billion to jurisdictions by January 19. This includes funds for $19 billion testing, contact tracing and surveillance systems but just $3 billlion for coronavirus immunizations. It comes on the same day the U.S. reported 3,775 deaths to due to the virus, the highest single-day record since the pandemic began.  On Wednesday, the HHS announced it would be distributing $22 billion to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and major U.S. cities to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: A healthcare worker administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida, January 6 It comes on the same day the U.S. reported 3,775 deaths to due...
    Hard alcohol sales are through the roof over the past several months. According to a release from Ibotta, spirits and liquor sales are up 33% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Hard booze isn’t the only thing selling well. Wine sales are up 12%. Only beer is suffering, which is down two percent. Am I surprised that alcohol sales are through the roof? No. The past 10 months have been absolutely insane. In fact, I’d be shocked if booze wasn’t flying off the shelves. People love to drink, especially when they’re stressed! Having said that, how the hell are beer sales declining during this time in America? If anything, beer sales should be just as high as everything else. Who the hell opts for only hard liquor over beer? I’d way rather drink Busch Light than whiskey, and...
    China has denied entry to a team of World Health Organisation (WHO) experts who were due to arrive in the country to investigate the origins of the coronavirus.   The news comes amid growing suspicions of a cover-up in the country where Covid-19 is believed to have originated at the end of 2019, although its origins remain bitterly contested as China remains determined to control the narrative. The head of the World Health Organisation says he was 'disappointed' that Chinese officials have not finalised permissions for the arrival of the team of experts. A year after the outbreak started, WHO experts were due in China for a highly politicised visit to explore the origins of the coronavirus, in a trip trailed by accusations of cover-ups, conspiracy and fears of a whitewash. The WHO said China granted permission for a visit by its experts, with a 10-person team expected to arrive this week...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Amid a deepening pandemic, doctors are crediting masking, hand-washing and distancing with stopping one virulent disease in its tracks--the flu."The silver lining is we're not seeing the flu. The flu is almost absent," said Dr. Andra Blomkalns, Director of Emergency Medicine for Stanford Health.RELATED: 1st case of flu, COVID-19 co-infection confirmed in Solano County, health officials say"There's no question this year is an extraordinary year," said Kaiser Permanente flu expert Dr. Randy Bergen, who told ABC7 News that by early January, California would normally see a serious uptick in flu cases, but not this year."We are testing still thousands of people in our emergency room settings and in our hospitals for a combination of COVID and flu tests and we're essentially seeing no flu. Some weeks we'll have no cases, other we'll have maybe one or two cases."Some say all the precautions taken to prevent the...
    By The Associated Press TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday vaccine approval was being speeded up and border controls beefed up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and he promised to consider declaring a state of emergency. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa had asked the national government Saturday to declare the emergency after the capital saw a daily record of 1,337 cases on New Year’s Eve. Worries have been growing about holding the Olympics in July, which will mean the arrival of tens of thousands of athletes, officials and media. Suga stressed his determination to hold the Olympics, which he said will serve as “proof that people have overcome the coronaivus,” giving “hope and courage.” Preparations were moving ahead, he said. Japan issued an official emergency warning in April last year through late May, urging restaurants to close early...
    By The Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. —Bars and restaurants across Wyoming will be allowed to return to normal operating hours beginning Jan. 9 as COVID-19 hospitalizations decline in the state. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Gov. Mark Gordon made the announcement Saturday. He praised businesses for adapting to health orders and thanked residents for recognizing the strain on hospitals. The updated health orders allow bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and they allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25. Counties can still opt out of the requirements if local conditions move to safer levels in accordance with White House metrics. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India has approved two COVID-19 vaccines, paving the way for a massive inoculation program. The vaccines are from Oxford University and AstraZeneca and local firm Bharat Biotech. In Britain,...
    Blake Shelton is facing backlash for debuting a song titled "Minimum Wage" while people in America continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic.  "The Voice" coach debuted the new single on NBC’s New Year’s Eve television special alongside Carson Daly to help ring in 2021. The country singer told the host that his fiancee, Gwen Stefani, helped get her brother, Todd, to direct the video. The artist’s new song has to do with his love for the 51-year-old "Hollaback Girl" singer and contains a lyric in the chorus that upset many people who saw the broadcast.  "Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage." Given the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has caused many businesses to shut down and put countless Americans out of work, people were quick to take to Twitter to lambaste the singer for releasing a song they believed was "tone deaf" given the...
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    A GOVERNMENT official says the most "credible" theory about the origin of Covid-19 is that it escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. Top aide to President Trump Matthew Pottinger says leaders in China are "admitting" there is a chance theories suggesting Covid-19 started in a "wet market" are false. 5Matthew Pottinger said intelligence suggests theories of a Wuhan lab leak are "credible"Credit: AFP - Getty 5There have been various accusations levelled at the top secret Wuhan Institute of VirologyCredit: AP:Associated Press 5The Wuhan Institute of Virology Credit: AFP or licensors Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger told politicians from around the world that intelligence points to the likelihood of the virus leaking from China's biggest lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. "There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus", Pottinger said in a statement. He told leaders during...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — The U.K. has registered a record 57,725 daily coronavirus cases. Government figures show the U.K. has recorded five straight daily highs — all above 50,000 and nearly double the levels of two weeks ago. Also, hospitals in Britain have started receiving batches of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, approved by British regulators this week. Some 530,000 doses of the vaccine will be available for rollout across the country from Monday. Nursing home residents and their caretakers, those over 80 and hospital staff are set to receive the first doses. The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in southern England, was one of the first to get the vaccine. More than a million people in the U.K. have received their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The government says 445 people have...
    By The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — Greece has tightened its lockdown for the next week, closing retail shops, hairdressers and bookshops. The restrictions come as the government plans to open all schools, from kindergarten to universities, on Jan. 11. Churches will remain closed and won’t celebrate the annual Epiphany holiday on Jan. 6, nor will priests conduct the traditional blessing of the waters. Also, the nightly curfew will start at 9 p.m. The new rules take effect Sunday and run until Jan. 11. Greece announced 40 deaths and 262 new coronavirus infections on Saturday. There have been 139,709 confirmed infections and 4,921 deaths since the start of the pandemic. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: India, which plans to vaccinate 300 million people in its first phase, has tested its coronavirus vaccine delivery system with a nationwide trial of storage and delivery. Meanwhile, Tokyo’s Gov. Yuriko Koike is asking the national...
    By The Associated Press TOKYO — The Japanese capital, Tokyo, and three nearby prefectures have asked the national government to declare a state of emergency to curtail the surging spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “In the name of valuing life, we made this plea together,” said Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike after meeting for three hours on Saturday with the minister in charge of coronavirus measures, along with the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. Japan has seen a recent rise in reported cases of COVID-19, especially in urban areas. Tokyo saw a daily record of 1,337 cases on New Year’s Eve. Worries are growing about hosting the Olympics, set for July, with 11,000 Olympic athletes set to enter Japan, as well as tens of thousands of officials and media. “Corona knows no calendar,” said Koike, referring to her worries about infection growing during the New Year’s holidays. “Hospitals are getting...
    TOKYO — The Japanese capital, Tokyo, and three nearby prefectures have asked the national government to declare a state of emergency to curtail the surging spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “In the name of valuing life, we made this plea together,” said Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike after meeting for three hours on Saturday with the minister in charge of coronavirus measures, along with the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. Japan has seen a recent rise in reported cases of COVID-19, especially in urban areas. Tokyo saw a daily record of 1,337 cases on New Year’s Eve. Worries are growing about hosting the Olympics, set for July, with 11,000 Olympic athletes set to enter Japan, as well as tens of thousands of officials and media. “Corona knows no calendar,” said Koike, referring to her worries about infection growing during the New Year’s holidays. “Hospitals are getting packed, affecting...
    LONDON (AP) — British hospitals around the country face a perilous situation in January, medical workers warned Friday amid surging coronavirus infections blamed on a new virus variant. Authorities pressed to reactivate field hospitals previously mothballed just to handle the crush of new patients. Concerns are mounting about the ability of the already stretched National Health Service to cope with the anticipated increase in people seeking treatment for COVID-19 infections over the coming weeks that could be further fueled by holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year’s. On Friday, the U.K. recorded another 53,285 new infections, down slightly from the previous day’s record high of 55,892. Although comparisons with the outset of the pandemic are difficult given that testing was limited in the spring, the U.K. has recorded its four highest daily new infection numbers over the past four days — all above 50,000 and around double the daily number...
    By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British medics warned Friday that hospitals around the country face a perilous few weeks amid surging new coronavirus infections that have been blamed on a new variant of the virus. A day after the U.K. posted a record 55,892 new infections and another 964 coronavirus-related deaths, concerns are mounting about the impact on the overstretched National Health Service. Field hospitals that were constructed in the early days of the pandemic but that were subsequently mothballed are being reactivated. The Royal College of Nursing’s England director, Mike Adams, told Sky News that the U.K. was in the “eye of the storm” and that it was “infuriating” to see people not following the social distancing guidance or wearing masks. A leading physician also warned of burnout among health workers on the front line of the outbreak in hospitals, while also urging people to follow...
    On March 18, the Bay Area News Group and Southern California News Group published their first coronavirus daily tracker in all 15 of their California regional newspapers. Since then, the tracker has posted daily, providing readers with a comprehensive look at how the virus has spread throughout California’s 58 counties, as well as in the United States and around the world. Data is collected daily from more than 70 websites make up this tracker featuring charts, graphs and heat maps. More than 500,000 pieces of information have been published in the span of 289 days, and it is constantly changing to meet the needs of its readers. Here’s a look at how the pandemic and our daily tracker have evolved though 2020. MARCH The first tracker: On March 18, a large heat map of California counties highlighted total infections and total deaths by area. California had only 590 infections and...
    As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase nationwide, many individuals who once denied the virus are either apologizing for downplaying the virus or suffering from it. Amongst them is celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky, known as Dr. Drew, who revealed on Instagram Tuesday that he tested positive for the virus. His Instagram post included a picture of him in bed holding up an energy drink while his wife wore a face mask. “Drew is home, under survelliance and fever is down,” the post read. “Thanks Dr. Zelenko, Dr. Yo and Dr. Jeff for the superior care and advice. Drew is feeling better and will hopefully get well soon.” The caption also noted that his wife tested negative. Pinsky’s diagnosis follows the apologies he made earlier this year for both downplaying the virus and mocking individuals who warned against it. In various media appearances at the start of...
    President-elect Joe Biden will host a nationwide coronavirus memorial service on Jan. 19, the day before his inauguration. Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that the president-elect will take part in a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., at 5:30 p.m. ET. The committee invited towns and cities across the country to ring bells and “light up their buildings” at the same time in a “national moment of unity and remembrance.” (RELATED: Biden Vows To Give Congress His Plan For ‘What Comes Next’ On Coronavirus ‘Early Next Year’) WILMINGTON, DE – DECEMBER 29: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Queen Theater on December 29, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president in a scaled-down ceremony due to the pandemic in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) “The inauguration...
    New Year's Eve celebrations around the world have begun with people bidding goodbye to a tumultuous year that many would prefer to forget. Cities around the world have enacted strict crowd-limiting restrictions or banned massive gatherings amid rising coronavirus cases. Still, in many places, fireworks shows and other displays are still on schedule, giving at least a small opportunity to celebrate the start of 2021. The Pacific island nations of New Zealand and Tonga were among the first to ring in the New Year because of their proximity to the International Date Line. In New York City, the iconic Times Square ball drop is still happening at midnight, but the party, which usually sees hundreds of thousands of people cramming the famous LED-lit intersection, will be for an "extremely limited" group of socially distanced in-person "honorees." Follow below for more New Year 2021 updates. Mobile users click here.
    Nashville bombing: Girlfriend told police in 2019 bomber was building explosives in an RV, records show D.C. accepting proposals to redevelop historic building at 14th and U Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/27 SLIDES © Shutterstock (3) Love conquers all! The coronavirus pandemic has halted many things, but proposals are...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Who's going to be sorry to say so long to 2020? From the coronavirus pandemic that's killed thousands of Coloradans — and counting — to the blazes that ravaged so much of the state to the demonstrations that marched through a deserted downtown, this has been a real dumpster fire of a year. One with too much action to confine to a single roundup. So we've dumped the action into a series of stories, which you can read here: "The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Denver Political Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020" ...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us What restaurant and food news could possibly overshadow the disaster that was the 2020 coronavirus pandemic? Beyond losing jobs and revenue, restaurants also lost the ability to do what they do best: bring us all together as a community. But there were things other than COVID that made news on the Denver dining scene this year, though the virus had a way of infecting these developments, too. Related Stories Our Most Popular Beer and Brewery Stories of 2020 Our Most Popular Restaurant and Bar Stories of 2020 Project Angel Heart Continues Mission Despite Challenges Here are the ten biggest food and drink stories in Denver in 2020:The First COVID Dining Room LockdownIn early March, the seriousness of...
    By March 23, Apple had lost $435 billion in market value in about five weeks and many of its retail outlets were shut as the virus pandemic walloped the global economy and stock markets. Meanwhile, a report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 2% of small businesses surveyed had shut down permanently in March. On Dec. 21, Apple’s stock market value totaled over $2.18 trillion, up 121% since March 23. On the same day, Congress approved nearly $300 billion in additional relief for small businesses, money that many hard-hit owners only hope can help them survive until the pandemic finally eases What follows is a look at businesses that benefited from the pandemic and others that faltered: WINNERS Big Tech Big Tech was the big winner by far of the pandemic. Lockdown orders accelerated the big shift in life online that had already been underway. With work- and...
    The World Health Organization has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is 'not necessarily the big one' and that a more deadly virus could yet sweep the globe. Dr Mike Ryan, head of the WHO emergencies programme, said on Tuesday that the pandemic was a 'wake-up call'. 'This pandemic has been very severe… it has affected every corner of this planet. But this is not necessarily the big one,' he told a media briefing. The coronavirus has so far killed 1,799, 337 people world wide and the most recent SAGE estimates put its infection fatality rate at 0.5%, meaning it kills one of every 200 people infected.   Spanish Flu was the last major global pandemic and killed in excess of 50million people between 1918 and 1919. It was much more deadly to younger people and there was a high mortality rate among those aged 20-40 years old.  It's Infection fatality rate...
    Do you know about these surprisingly dangerous foods? Biden, Harris to campaign in Georgia in final push to win Senate Was 2020 the worst year ever? Historians weigh in. So, just to recap, the following events occurred in 2020: © Katherine Frey/The Washington Post With the White House in the background, 20,000 chairs, each representing 10 Americans killed by the novel coronavirus, are lined up Sunday on the Ellipse for the first National Covid-19 Remembrance. The coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, killing more than 1.7 million people (so far), including more than 337,000 (so far) in the United States. The president of the United States was tried and acquitted, after being impeached at the end of 2019. Protests stemming from several police killings of unarmed Black Americans erupted throughout the country, including just outside the White House, where federal law enforcement officers used tear gas...
    ​Auf wiedersehen, KCRW Berlin. The American presence on Berlin’s airways since 1945 that carried English-language news and music ended this month when the last US radio station in the German capital stopped broadcasting, Politico reported Tuesday. "It’s a sad moment embodying the end of a tradition," Anna Kuchenbecker, a member of KCRW Berlin’s board, said. She blamed the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic for the shutdown, saying it led to deep cuts and layoffs. COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT TO US TROOPS OVERSEAS GETS UNDERWAY The station operated in partnership with a California public radio affiliate with the same call sign. Because KCRW Berlin wasn’t eligible for the funds the German government collects to finance its public television and radio stations, it fell to KCRW in California and NPR, which receives some funds from the US government, to rescue it, former station staffers said. "The pain that we are feeling with KCRW Berlin...
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    President-elect Joe Biden warned Americans Tuesday they would face a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in the new year, thanks to Americans traveling and gathering during the holidays. “We have to anticipate that the infections over the holidays will produce soaring case counts in January and surging death tolls into February,” Biden warned in a speech in Delaware on Tuesday. The president-elect predicted that the United States would not see an improvement in coronavirus numbers until March. “The next few months are going to be very tough, the toughest during this entire pandemic,” he said. Biden was more critical of President Donald Trump’s administration for failing to vaccinate enough Americans before the end of the year. “The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is falling behind, far behind,” he claimed. He promised to ramp up vaccinations dramatically after taking office in January, demanding more funding from Congress. He congratulated...
    Talk about miserable timing. A self-described “private party app” urging people to “get your rebel on,” Vybe is all about hosting or attending parties in the thick of the deadliest, most brutal stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic. Suffice it to say the haters are out in force. To take just one example, Vybe encourages users on its website and on Instagram to enter a competition to attend the upcoming 17-day Zamna music festival in Tulum, Mexico. It’s a potential superspreader event in a coronavirus-wracked country one epidemiologist previously described to The Daily Beast as so risky as to be from a different planet. Winners will apparently get to stay at “The Vybe House,” which it promises is “new, modern and in a safe place” in Tulum, although the only images of the lodgings on the page are computer illustrations. In a TikTok video uncovered by New York Times reporter Taylor...
    As Congress weighs to increase coronavirus stimulus checks to individuals from $600 to $2,000, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday joined President Donald Trump’s call to increase the payout in the coronavirus stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. On FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Gingrich acknowledged the importance of balancing the federal budget but said that middle-class Americans have been the “big losers” from the shutdowns put in place to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in Democratic states. He added that $2,000 checks would “help” the average American struggling from the “mess” created by some governments. “This is like being in World War II. We have a disaster in this country made dramatically worse by Democratic governors in places like California, Illinois, New York who have been crushing small business, killing the restaurant industry,” Gingrich outlined. “You know, the big losers have been middle-class Americans. The big...
    THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic "is very severe" but worse pandemics "are still to come" the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Dr Mark Ryan, the head of the WHO emergencies programme said governments and citizens alike need to "get their act together" as something "even more severe" could be on the horizon. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Appearing on video link, Dr Mark Ryan said the coronavirus pandemic might not be 'the big one'Credit: world health organisation The comments come after NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens warned that Brits were in "the eye of the storm" with the second wave of the virus sweeping the UK and Europe alike. Speaking during an online briefing Dr Ryan said that other emerging diseases could be more dangerous than Covid-19. Before discussing other risks, he cautioned that what he had to say would "come as a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Chances are you've heard the message by now: stay home this holiday and don't travel. But new contact tracing information suggests that travel may actually pose a low risk of coronavirus transmission. It's the private household gatherings which happen after that are driving the spread, according to data.It's why health officials are so concerned.RELATED: Health officials fear next COVID-19 surge as Bay Area travelers return from holiday trips"We canceled everything," said Anna Silberman.Anna and Jeff Silberman from San Rafael are staying home this holiday, but their daughter is flying to Panama with friends."Four flights to an island somewhere, as a concerned parent I said, 'what are you crazy?'" said Jeff Silberman.Despite warnings from health officials, the TSA says millions of people have been passing through airport security checkpoints, the most since the start of the pandemic.RELATED: Traveling may require COVID vaccine passport in near futureContact tracing...
    Numerous politicians have violated their own coronavirus restrictions during the pandemic. Politicians have gotten haircuts after telling citizens to stay home, visited elderly relatives after emphasizing the pandemic’s risk towards older populations, and eaten inside at restaurants even after banning indoor dining. Here are the worst instances of politicians’ hypocrisy during the pandemic. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended herself for getting a haircut despite telling citizens to stay home except for essential activities. In a video posted March 30, Lightfoot urged citizens to “stay home” and “save lives” in compliance with the statewide stay-at-home order. A few days later, however, a photo surfaced of Lightfoot standing with a woman who gave her a haircut. Mayor Lightfoot Criticized After Post Shows Her Getting Haircut During Stay-At-Home Order https://t.co/JkluWJXgdN pic.twitter.com/8jyjReRdZQ — CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) April 7, 2020 “I’m the public face of this city and you know, I’m a person who...
    The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 a year that no one will ever forget, and many people are ready to move on.  With a number of vaccines already seeing distribution, people are looking ahead to 2021 and a return to normalcy at some point in the new year. Until then, the best that most people can look forward to is putting 2020 behind them. Normally, New Year's is a time to remember and move on, but the pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of life. Governments have already been working to account for the pandemic, hoping to avoid compounding the problems that hospital networks face as cases resurge around the globe.  Here’s how some of the most iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations have adapted to a global pandemic to close out 2020. Edinburgh, Scotland - August 15, 2017: The scenic summer fireworks in Edinburgh during the Royal Military Tattoo and...
    Chrishell Stause issued a response to her critics on social media after she seemingly ignored coronavirus restrictions to celebrate Christmas with her family.  The "Selling Sunset" star, 39, shared a series of photos on Instagram of herself introducing her new boyfriend, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe, to her family as they celebrated the holidays. The snaps showed the group in matching holiday onesies as they posed together indoors, complete with kids and dogs.  However, the family holiday post was quickly ridiculed by her followers on Instagram who noted that, at a time when cases of the coronavirus are spiking and people are being asked to avoid traveling for large, indoor family gatherings, the post felt tone-deaf and unsafe. The criticism prompted Stause to update the post’s caption to acknowledge that it may not have been the most sensitive or self-aware post.  CHRISHELL STAUSE SAYS SHE JOINED 'DWTS' CAST...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The latest numbers from the CDC show that California has the second-highest COVID-19 infection rate in the country. Only Tennessee has more cases per 100,000 people. As of Sunday afternoon, California is at 95.7 people infected per 100,000 and Tennessee is at 119.7, data shows. Bay Area medical experts are begging for people to use caution.Doctors say there are two likely reasons for the high numbers: Coronavirus fatigue and private gatherings.RELATED: Bay Area stay-at-home order likely to be extended, state officials say"We are very aware that there is pandemic fatigue, that people are tired, and I think that the ability for people to shelter and their willingness is definitely not the same as it was in the spring," says Dr. Ahmad Kamal of Santa Clara County. Dr. Kamal is the director of healthcare preparedness in the county. He says we need to be strong by not...
    Los Angeles, Dec 28: Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks believes movie theatres will “absolutely” sail through the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with Collider, Hanks addressed the impact of COVID-19 on cinema halls which led to the release of many anticipated titles on various streaming platforms. Hanks calls the shift to digital medium a “due” change. Elvis: Tom Hanks to Resume Shoot for Legendary Singer’s Biopic in Australia from September 23. “A sea change was due, anyway. It was coming… Will movie theatres still exist? Absolutely, they will. In some ways, I think the exhibitors, once they’re up and open, are going to have the freedom of choice of what movies they’re going to play,” the actor said. Hanks, whose latest big screen release is “News of the World”, believes theatres will always be the go-to option for big budget franchises, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).”Big event motion...
    “Wonder Woman 1984” had the best box office opening since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated sequel will Gal Gadot earned roughly $16.7 million this weekend. (REVIEW: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is Entertaining, But Not Even Close To Being As Great As The Original) That’s the best debut for a film since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Wonder Woman (@wonderwomanfilm) Not only did “Wonder Woman 1984” have the best opening since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but fans are also now locked in for a third. According to the same THR report, Warner Bros. Film chief Toby Emmerich has announced that Gadot will return for a third movie as the iconic superhero. Patty Jenkins will also return to direct. Despite the fact that “Wonder Woman 1984” was released on...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a warning to the American people that he believes the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come as the US is likely to suffer the effects of a holiday season travel boom. In appearance on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Fauci, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, was asked by host Dana Bash whether he agrees with President-elect Joe Biden that the darkest days of the pandemic lie ahead. Citing 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 being reported each day, and with 2000 Americans dying of the virus daily, Fauci insisted: ‘We are at a really critical point.’ ‘We very well might see a post-seasonal [surge] in the sense of Christmas/New Year’s,’ he said. ‘I’ve described it as a surge upon a surge because if you look at the slope, the incline of cases as we have experienced as we have gone...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of Up Close, a heavy dose of reality and brutal honesty from the next president of the United States about the coronavirus pandemic.This week, Joe Biden called it a nightmare for the American people as he tried to brace the country for what lies ahead.Is what's ahead going to be worse than what we saw in the Tri-State in the Spring?And why are some Americans not rushing to get the vaccines that are supposed to be the saviors of this crisis?Bill dives deep with ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.Plus, Eliot Engel has been a congressman from New York since George H. W. Bush was president.He's about to retire after a brutal primary loss to a newcomer to politics.The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs talks about what he has accomplished and what he is going to miss.WATCH...
    Bellator free fight: Gegard Mousasi denies Douglas Limas champ-champ attempt 6 Soda Habits That Are Shortening Your Life Americans focused on nesting during the coronavirus pandemic help lift US holiday shopping sales © Tashdique Mehtaj Ahmed/Getty Images Tashdique Mehtaj Ahmed/Getty Images Holiday shoppers in the US spent 3% more than the previous year, led by online spending spikes on furniture and home improvement, says Mastercard. "They shopped from home for the home, leading to record e-commerce growth," Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard, said in a statement.  Online sales in the 75 days prior to Christmas jumped 49% from the same year-earlier period, the company said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Holiday shoppers in the US spent 3% more than the previous year, led by online spending spikes on furniture and home improvement. Load Error As might be expected, online retail boomed as in-person...
    (CNN)December has been the nation's deadliest month since the Covid-19 pandemic's start -- with more than 63,000 Americans lost to the virus in the past 26 days. In comparison, the entire month of November saw about 36,964 deaths.The grim death toll comes on the heels of several brutal months for the US, with Covid-19 ravaging communities from coast to coast, crippling hospital systems and prompting new widespread restrictions. The authorization of two Covid-19 vaccines earlier in December offered some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel -- but experts continue to warn that while the end is in sight, the pandemic is not over and another surge stemming from Christmas travel and gatherings could be on its way. More than 616,000 people were screened at TSA checkpoints across the country on Christmas Day alone, and hundreds of thousands more traveled in the days leading up to the...
    The Los Angeles Lakers Now Have Two Dynamic Duos, Which Seems Unfair The Best Costco Foods of 2020 Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © ThewayIsee / Shutterstock.com 2020 has been a year for the books, mainly due to the global effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As a leading economic indicator, the stock market has predictably had a volatile year. Market participants have struggled to sort out the economic impact of the pandemic, as well as the likelihood of the development of a successful vaccine. Time To Invest? 50 Stocks That Rode...
    By The Associated Press DALLAS — Coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas on Friday approached a peak equaling the summer’s surge even as health officials warned that holiday gatherings and travel are likely to further spread the virus and pressure health care services. The state health department reported 10,868 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Christmas, less than 30 behind the record high set in July. Intensive care units in several parts of Texas were full or nearly full, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas on Friday reported 200 more death from COVID-19. There were 3,123 newly confirmed cases of the virus and another 973 probable cases, according to the health department. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Curfews, quarantines and even border closings complicated Christmas celebrations, but ingenuity and determination helped many keep the day special — Canceled and scaled-back holiday magnifies the...
    A giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California, on October 23, 2019.Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty Images The tech industry was ahead of the Covid curve from the beginning. Faster than the public and even governments, tech companies were among the first to understand the coronavirus threat back in early 2020 and respond with short-term measures. As the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down into 2021, tech companies are also quickest to make long-term changes to employee policies and priorities. That may be no surprise, though, since they will benefit most from the post-pandemic digital world. First to respond to the threatBack in January, February and even early March, many were were still minimizing the coronavirus' threat to the U.S. — at times comparing it to the flu — and White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci was saying there was...
    Human rights activists were generally downbeat about the global state of affairs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, often pointing to 2020 as one of the worst years in memory for declining civil liberties. Here are seven ways governments have used the Chinese coronavirus pandemic to diminish human rights and civil liberties. Freedom of Speech: The United Nations was among many agencies and advocacy groups to worry about the damage inflicted on freedom of speech during the pandemic, which included both rampant disinformation and ham-handed restrictions on speech in the name of controlling “disinformation.” “People have died because governments have lied, hidden information, detained reporters, failed to level with people about the nature of the threat, and criminalized individuals under the guise of ‘spreading false information. People have suffered because some governments would rather protect themselves from criticism than allow people to share information, learn about the outbreak,...
    A new music video from the duo Brown & Gray pays tribute to nurses during the coronavirus pandemic. The song, 'You Didn't Have To,' spotlights all the selfless ways in which nurses help their patients and thanks them for their hard work. The subject is particularly near and dear to singer Sam Gray's heart: His own mother is a retired nurse who spent decades helping others. Touching song: A new music video from the duo Brown & Gray pays tribute to nurses during the coronavirus pandemic The song, ' You Didn't Have To ,' spotlights all the selfless ways in which nurses help their patients and thanks them for their hard work Paying tribute: Sam and his bandmate-turned-wife Kaci Brown praise nurses for all that they do The subject is particularly near and dear to singer Sam Gray's heart: His own mother is a retired nurse who spent...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The year 2020 was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a year we will not forget. For many, it changed the way we lived our lives. Wearing masks in public, social distancing, restaurants closed except for take-out or delivery and then reopened, hospitality industry workers taking a major hit, curfews, and students embracing distance learning. Some of CBMiami.com’s most-viewed stories of the year involving the pandemic include more than a dozen friends testing positive for coronavirus after a night out at a reopened bar, Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly ordering health officials not to discuss COVID-19 with the public, and steps to take so you don’t contract it in the first place. Here on the top 10 coronavirus pandemic stories on CBSMiami.com. 10. Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months (10/17/2020) Florida reported its highest coronavirus numbers in two months with another uptick in new infections...
    CNBC's "College Voices 2020" is a series written by CNBC fall interns from universities across the country about coming of age, getting their college education and launching their careers during these extraordinary times. Colette Ngo is a senior at Chapman University double majoring in broadcast journalism and business administration. The series is edited by Cindy Perman.VIDEO6:2006:20How Covid upended college sports and how they recruitInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.The coronavirus pandemic has upended sports seasons for high school student athletes across the country. Games, tournaments and training camps were all canceled. That has left many student athletes worried about their sports scholarships. How will college recruiters be able to see what they have to offer? In a recent T-D Ameritrade survey, 47% of student athletes said they now believe the cancellation of sports during the pandemic could put their college scholarship at risk. "That was my moment to have colleges...
    The first national poll of COVID-19 survivors is out, and it reveals that most Americans become more concerned about the virus after they contract it.  54% of coronavirus survivors said they started taking the pandemic more seriously after contracting the illness themselves, the Axios poll found. 35% of respondents said they began considering the threat “much more seriously,” compared to only 15% who took it less or much less seriously. About a third of those surveyed said their opinion didn’t change much. (RELATED: Congress Finally Compromised On A Coronavirus Relief Bill. Here’s What’s In It) 54% of people who survived a coronavirus infection say the experience made them take the pandemic more seriously, according to an Axios/Ipsos survey — the first to focus exclusively on people who have contracted the virus. https://t.co/eQcmd0dMle — Axios (@axios) December 23, 2020 Those who have made it through a bout with the sickness...
    By The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates’ highest Islamic authority, the UAE Fatwa Council, has ruled that coronavirus vaccines are permissible for Muslims even if they contain pork gelatin. The ruling follows growing alarm that the use of pork gelatin, a common vaccine ingredient, may hamper vaccination among Muslims who consider the consumption of pork products “haram,” or forbidden under Islamic law. If there are no alternatives, Council Chairman Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah said that the coronavirus vaccines would not be subject to Islam’s restrictions on pork because of the higher need to “protect the human body.” The council added that in this case, the pork gelatin is considered medicine, not food, with multiple vaccines already shown to be effective against a highly contagious virus that “poses a risk to the entire society. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Trump threatens to torpedo COVID relief...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates’ highest Islamic authority, the UAE Fatwa Council, has ruled that coronavirus vaccines are permissible for Muslims even if they contain pork gelatin. The ruling follows growing alarm that the use of pork gelatin, a common vaccine ingredient, may hamper vaccination among Muslims who consider the consumption of pork products “haram,” or forbidden under Islamic law. If there are no alternatives, Council Chairman Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah said that the coronavirus vaccines would not be subject to Islam’s restrictions on pork because of the higher need to “protect the human body.” The council added that in this case, the pork gelatin is considered medicine, not food, with multiple vaccines already shown to be effective against a highly contagious virus that “poses a risk to the entire society. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Trump threatens to torpedo COVID relief with...
    The President-elect has warned the American public that the Coronavirus pandemic’s “darkest days” are ahead as the country moves into the winter months. President-elect Joe Biden made the ominous warning Tuesday to Americans during his press conference in Delaware, according to CNN, promising Americans that he would “tell it to you straight” and tell the truth during the crisis. “And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us.” Biden said, as reported by CNN. (RELATED: Deborah Birx Says She’s Retiring After Criticism Of Thanksgiving Weekend Trip) Biden warns that the “darkest days” of the pandemic are still to come and calls on Congress to be ready early next year to produce another stimulus package https://t.co/5lZpOpuSlU — Bloomberg (@business) December 22, 2020 While Biden acknowledged that most Americans were frustrated to hear about buckling down for the winter months,...
    Despite rising numbers of cases of the coronavirus nationwide, travelers are increasingly turning to air travel as the holidays approach. For the first time since March, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on two consecutive days for a total of 2,140,310 travelers throughout the weekend. The new figures come on the heels of a spike in cases associated with travelers returning home to celebrate Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, the TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide, after which the seven-day average for cases rose to 196,882. JUST IN: For the second consecutive day, @TSA screened more than 1 million people at airport checkpoints nationwide. On Saturday, Dec. 19, TSA screened 1,073,563 individuals. On Friday, Dec. 18, TSA screened 1,066,747. First time since pandemic two consecutive 1M+ screened.— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) December 20, 2020 Public health officials have continued to ask people to exercise caution...