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    Joe Biden will hold a candlelight ceremony Monday at sunset as the United States stands on the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.  The president will address the nation at 6 p.m. ET to mark the lives lost to the deadly virus.  Then he, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown on the South Portico of the White House. Biden last month observed America's COVID-19 deaths on the eve of his inauguration with a sundown ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial's Reflecting Pool.  A little more than a year after the first COVID death in the country, the United States stands at the brink of the half-million mark. No other county has had so many deaths from the virus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives...
    ISRAEL has begun reopening its economy thanks to its pioneering vaccine rollout that has seen half of the population receive doses. Israelis enjoyed a sense of normality on Sunday as retail malls and shops with street access opened their doors. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   8Israelis enjoyed a sense of normality as shopping malls and other cultural facilities openedCredit: EPA 8But for some locations the so-called 'Green Pass' is required to gain access, proving peoples assumed immunity and proof of vaccinationCredit: AFP or licensors Gyms, synagogues, libraries and other cultural locations are also following suit - but only to those with a so-called 'Green Pass'. Those who have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine for over a week or have recovered from coronavirus and are assumed to have immunity will be granted the virtual vaccine passport. The 'Green Pass' will...
    BORIS JOHNSON sets out his road map to Covid recovery tomorrow. He is expected to present a cautious vision for a brighter future and vow to try to make this the last lockdown. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   2Amazing Brits across the nation have been heping to beat this gastly virusCredit: Oliver Dixon - The Sun But the key to unlocking will be the continued support of everyday people who, since last March, have been doing amazing things. Everywhere you look, the pandemic has created heroes. In this, our fourth and final special Sun on Sunday pullout, we pay tribute to the ordinary people doing extraordinary things. To Britain’s unsung army of pandemic heroes, we continues to salute you all. I WOULD like to nominate the whole team and fabulous volunteers at CHASE LIGHTHOUSE, a voluntary organisation based in Cannock, Staffs. They...
    White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt appeared stumped on Wednesday when asked to explain why California and Florida, which had very different methods of combating COVID-19, have similar trends when it comes to the virus. Slavitt told MSNBC that the virus was still very unpredictable and 'a little bit beyond our explanation.' In California, a little more than 8.5% of the population has been infected; in Florida, it's a little less. His comments come as a new study from The New York Times shows that about 512,000 more people have died since March than would have in a normal year - or about 20 percent higher than normal.  That's even when considering deaths that fall outside of ones classified as tied to the coronavirus - meaning more people have died overall, not just from the virus. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has put some of the strictest measures in place to combat...
    BORIS Johnson tonight insisted he wants the current lockdown to be the last ahead of a major speech on rolling back the restrictions next Monday. Appearing at a Downing St press conference the PM said he's "increasingly confident" the mass jabs programme will offer a permanent way out of lockdown. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson hailed the UK's major progress in rolling out vaccinesCredit: AFP And he hailed Britain's "unprecedented national achievement" as No 10's target for jabbing the 15 million most vulnerable people was smashed with a day to spare. He said: "It’s no moment to relax and in fact it’s the moment to accelerate because the threat from this virus remains very real. "So we have to keep our foot to the floor. If we can keep their pace up and we can keep supply steady we...
    WHEN two armies come face to face on the front line it usually means war. But when The Sun’s Jabs Army met Britain’s Armed Forces on the NHS front line they were working together to deliver the biggest homeland operation in peacetime history. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8The Sun’s Jabs Army met Britain’s Armed Forces on the NHS front lineCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 8Vaccinating Raluca Gordon, are duo John Astill from the Army and Katie Arnold from the RAFCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 8The Milton Keynes centre is giving hundreds of vaccinations a dayCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk Medical officers from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy did their bit to help...
    THE Chinese Year of the Ox has started nicely for President Xi Jinping. While the rest of the world continues to reel from the worst health emergency for 100 years, China is the only major global economy to have actually GROWN in 2020. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9It's no wonder China is celebrating after the WHO report dismissed the two main theories of where the virus originatedCredit: Getty Images - Getty Even better, a team of World Health Organisation officials on a fib-finding mission to China — sorry, FACT-finding mission — have dismissed the two main theories of where Covid-19 actually came from. The WHO concluded that coronavirus did NOT escape from one of China’s secret military laboratories and did NOT come from one of its filthy, nature-defiling “wet” markets. And the fact that Wuhan’s top-secret Institute of Virology — the only...
    Alaska has vaccinated more of its population than any other state in the US, despite the challenges posed by the nation's largest state with its frigid cold, frequent storms, and an expanse of land and few roads.  Roughly 18 percent of the population is American Indian or Alaska native – a larger share of indigenous people than any other state in the US has. Native Americans have been hit especially hard by the pandemic itself, but the state's large native population has turned out to be a major advantage in the rollout of vaccines.  Alaska has been receiving additional doses on top of its state allocation through Indian Health Services (as well as significant allotments through the military and DoD), which have come in monthly shipments, rather than weekly ones like most states get, since the start of rollout.  The state also has a pre-existing vaccine distribution program that is...
    (CNN)Native people have been disproportionately hit by Covid-19, experiencing higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death than White people in the US. But when it comes to vaccine administration, tribal health providers are often outpacing counties and states. For the most part, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the US so far has been beset by long lines, glitchy websites and canceled appointments. Meanwhile, many tribal nations and health clinics have moved efficiently through their vaccine allotments and distribution phases -- with some already offering shots to Native people as young as 16."We have some real crushing challenges in Indian Country," said Stacy Bohlen, chief executive officer of the National Indian Health Board. "We have a perfect storm for a pandemic like this to really knock us down. But we are also very, very resilient people."It's important to note that there are 574 federally recognized tribes, making it difficult to broadly...
    The Nation correspondent Jeet Heer raised eyebrows on Monday with his tweet "dunking" on the late Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, following his death from COVID-19.  Wright's office announced Monday that he had died over the weekend at the age of 67 two weeks after he and his wife Susan were hospitalized after testing positive for the virus.  The congressman, who had battled lung cancer for years, announced Jan. 21 that he was experiencing "minor" COVID-19 symptoms and had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. REPUBLICAN TEXAS REP. RON WRIGHT DEAD AT 67 AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 Following the announcement of Wright's death, Heer highlighted a tweet posted from the congressman's official account Friday that accused Democrats of "choosing teachers unions and special interests over the well-being of our students." "The CDC says schools can safely re-open if proper precautions are taken. What are we waiting for?" Wright asked, highlighting headlines from The New York Times and The Washingotn...
    THE health secretary is set to address the nation from Number 10 for another update. The Government is on course to hit its target to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups ahead of schedule. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates The health secretary is set to address the nation this evening What time is Matt Hancock's announcement? Matt Hancock will hold a press conference from Number 10 this evening at 5pm. He will update the nation from Downing St after the UK topped more than 12 million doses delivered, with the NHS now jabbing a thousand people every minute. What is Matt Hancock expected to say? He is expected to discuss the rapid pace of the vaccine roll out, which means the aim of vaccinating all four priority groups is set to be achieved three days ahead of target. But Mr Hancock will face...
    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is considered a bright new star in the Republican party and was feted as much during a Tuesday night appearance on The Ingraham Angle, during which she touted her own “unique approach” in handling the Covid-19 crisis in her home state. However, the inconvenient truth is that South Dakota has the sixth worse Covid-related death rate in the nation, per capita. Host Laura Ingraham lavished Governor Noem with praise in the context of, what else, a raft of media criticism shown to her viewers. “While the pandemic is basically over South Dakota,” Ingraham noted. “Look how far down the cases have dropped since the peak in November, and the death rate remains below Cuomo without any lockdown settled,” the Fox News host added with an impressive chart above her left shoulder. “They are so annoyed by you,” Ingraham announced to her guest. “Why is that,...
    MATT Hancock will address the nation today to update the nation on the battle against Covid-19. The Health Secretary will address the nation this evening (February 1). ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Matt Hancock is leading the coronavirus press conference todayCredit: Reuters What time is Matt Hancock's speech tonight?  Health Secretary Matt Hancock will give a press conference from Number 10 Downing Street today, February 1, it has been announced. The press briefing from No 10 this evening will air at 5pm, with Hancock flanked by scientific and medical advisors. He will address the nation before fielding questions, live on BBC News, Sky News, and other TV channels and media. What is the Health Secretary expected to say?  Hancock is expected to detail the vaccination rollout and its progress, as the Covid lockdown continues across the country. Based on the latest figures,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he is being restricted by the state to put more mitigation efforts in place against COVID-19. “I had implemented a mask-in-public order back when we were allowed to do that during the summer, and that drove down cases by 90%. Now, we’re not allowed to implement a mask-in-public order,” he said. He said he has asked Gov. Ron DeSantis for the mayors to have more authority, but that’s been met with no response. “I’ve tried to reach him on multiple occasions to tell him to give us the opportunity, not just here at the city, but in the county, to be able to institute things that we think are common sense, that we think are backed up by science and we can demonstrate are backed up by science,” he said. Trending On CBSMiami.com FIU Researchers...
    (CNN)The national reckoning over where and how schoolchildren should be educated as the pandemic drags on is finally here -- or at least it should be. So far this week, major districts in Chicago and New Jersey have shelved plans to physically return to the classroom at the last minute in the face of opposition from teachers. On Tuesday, the CDC released a study that found the risk of Covid transmission in the classroom is minimal when paired with precautions like mask-wearing and social-distancing.Related: How to choose the right maskWe know that remote learning is failing Black, Hispanic and poor students. Schools, as we've written before, are also at the fulcrum of unlocking the economy to get past Covid. Here's more evidence from Gallup about how parents of remote learners are less likely to work full time. The CDC's study focused on 17 K-12 schools in rural Wood County, Wisconsin,...
    (CNN)More than 9% of people in West Virginia have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, that number stands at less than 6%. "We continue to lead the nation," Gov. Jim Justice said in a news conference Monday.The governor's announcement comes amid continued struggles with vaccine rollouts across the US. States are still working to ramp up their administrations with the help of mass vaccination sites and volunteer vaccinators, while others say they're running out of supply and have appealed to the federal government for more doses. West Virginia is second in the nation in terms of vaccines administered per capita and share of distributed doses that have been administered, according to CDC data, and has often led the nation in these metrics. The state has so far administered about 106% of the...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to respond to the economic crisis during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response event in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, January 22, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters President Joe Biden has painted a bleak picture of the nation's coronavirus outbreak in his first few days in office, warning that it will take months to turn around the pandemic's trajectory and that fatalities are expected to dramatically rise over the next few weeks. "A lot of America is hurting. The virus is surging. We're 400,000 dead expected to reach well over 600,000," Biden said on Friday before signing two executive orders designed to reduce hunger and bolster workers' rights amid the pandemic. The U.S. surpassed 400,000 total Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, with a quarter of those coming over the previous 36 days, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While Pennsylvania’s plans to expand coronavirus vaccine availability are coming off the drawing board, the distribution network is clicking on all cylinders in West Virginia. The state is leading the nation in the percentage of vaccines administered. At the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, a group of people 80 years of age and older are being vaccinated after a year of isolation and worry. Residents like Dolores Ledergerber are relieved this day has come. “I’m happy that I’m getting it, and I think West Virginia is doing a fine job,” she said. In fact, West Virginia ranks No. 1 in the nation in efficient distribution of the vaccine, having administered 97 percent of the shots it has been issued. By comparison, Pennsylvania ranks 27th with only 48.5 percent of its shots used. (Photo Credit: KDKA) And unlike Pennsylvania, West Virginia is already vaccinating large numbers of the general...
    After all the drama, including denying the validity of a free and fair election with zero evidence of widespread voter fraud and even an insurgent uprising at our Capitol that resulted in five deaths, Joe Biden can finally be called President Biden.  I have read various posts about this, from those on the left who are elated not only that a Democrat is back in the White House but also that the party has majorities in both the House and the Senate, to those on the right who are saddened or even afraid of what a Biden presidency means for them and for this nation.   As a Democrat who prides herself on being a centrist and a moderate, more in line with the majority of Democratic voters and members of the House and the Senate, as well as our new president, I am confident that better days are ahead.    JUAN WILLIAMS: JOE BIDEN BECOMES WORLD'S...
    Several Brazilian politicians, including President Jair Bolsonaro and Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, have admitted that the country’s healthcare system is nearing collapse in several regions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to CNN, the admission from Brazilian leaders comes after the South American nation was rocked by reports that patients were dying from asphyxiation after stores of oxygen are close to running out in both the city of Manaus and its larger state of Amazonas. Demand for oxygen has jumped by 500 percent over the past two weeks alone. “I would say yes, there is a collapse in healthcare in Manaus. The line to get a hospital bed has grown a lot, today we have about 480 people waiting in line. And the reality is that there is a lower supply of oxygen — not an interruption, but a lower supply of oxygen,” confessed Pazuello while on a video...
    BRITS are fed up to the back teeth with Covidiots bending the rules. As our poll finds today, most want cops to crack down much harder on reckless imbeciles who put lives at risk. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Athena Picture Agency 4 Most people want cops to crack down much harder on reckless imbeciles who put lives at risk, according to our poll PA:Press Association 4 Boris Johnson has handled the crisis much better than EU or American leaders Just 12 per cent said the authorities had been too harsh, while 52 per cent said the police had not been tough enough in enforcing restrictions. With the NHS at breaking point, the public is rightly in no mood to tolerate anyone who plays fast and loose with the nation’s health. The supermarket giants must also play their part to...
    (CNN)States are racing to get Covid-19 vaccine supplies and distribution in order as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday of more contagious variants of coronavirus potentially exacerbating the spread.CDC officials implored Americans to continue with preventative measures against the coronavirus, while highlighting the variant first identified in Britain known as B.1.1.7.The B.1.1.7 variant appears to more readily infect human cells and one CDC simulation of its transmissibility raised concerns that it could become the most dominant form of coronavirus in March. New, contagious coronavirus variant could worsen pandemic, CDC warnsThe CDC called for continued and aggressive vaccine distribution to try and stem the tide. "Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public," CDC researchers warned.On Friday, 3,258 people died of Covid-19 in the US, as the total number of deaths from the pandemic edged closer to 400,000. The nation also recorded...
    The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccination to include older citizens across the United States has led to bottlenecks, computer system failures, and resentment in many states due to overwhelming demand for the vaccines. MiamiMundo / Apnews The Mississippi Department of Health stopped accepting appointments the same day it began due to a “monumental spike” in applications. People had to wait hours to book their vaccinations through a state website or toll-free number on Tuesday and Wednesday, and many were pulled from the site due to technical problems and had to start the process over. In California, counties were begging for more doses of the vaccine to reach millions of their elderly citizens. Hospitals in the south of the state ran out of available appointments in a matter of hours. Telephone lines collapsed in Georgia. Until a few days ago, health workers and nursing home patients had been prioritized in most...
    THE US has set another Covid death record on Tuesday with nearly 4,500 in 24 hours as the total death toll has now surpassed the past 10 flu seasons combined. The nation on Tuesday surpassed 380,000 total deaths since the first case of Covid was detected in the US in January of 2020. 5Covid cases in the US have continued to skyrocket in the past month 5The US logged another grim milestone in the ongoing pandemic on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The grim milestone comes as the US is averaging more than 3,000 deaths each day for the first time since the pandemic began. The numbers continue to skyrocket across the nation, as the latest figures show 230,000 people tested positive for the virus in the country on Tuesday. Health experts did warn that there would be a surge in Covid cases following the holidays, since many Americans...
    (CNN)Even before the pandemic hit, the Cherokee Nation was dealing with a crisis: the potential disappearance of its native language.Only about 2,000 people alive on this earth can speak the Cherokee language fluently. And as Covid-19 began to spread, that number started to dwindle.So when the Cherokee Nation began receiving shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine, the tribal government identified Cherokee speakers as among the first groups to be eligible for the shot."When you lose a speaker and you're a tribe that has only 2,000 fluent speakers left, you've lost something that isn't just irreplaceable, as all life is, but is really a national treasure," Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. told CNN. "Whether they survive and whether they pass down their knowledge will help determine in a couple of generations if there is a Cherokee language left."Vaccinating Cherokee language speakers alongside frontline health care workers is just the latest effort the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Some state are opening football stadiums, major league parks and convention centers, here in North Texas the fairgrounds in Dallas is the site of the first COVID-19 vaccination hub. The so-called mega-centers are meant to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people. After a frustratingly slow rollout involving primarily health care workers and nursing home residents, states are moving on to the next phase before the first one is complete, making shots available to such groups as senior citizens, teachers, bus drivers, police officers and firefighters. Similarly, in Britain, where a more contagious variant of the virus is raging out of control and deaths are soaring, seven large-scale vaccination sites opened Monday at such places as a big convention center in London, a racecourse in Surrey and a tennis and soccer complex in Manchester. Across the U.S., where the outbreak has entered its most...
    THIS is a war now and those of us who have known nothing but peace – everyone under the age of 76 – have struggled to get our heads around that reality. When it comes to combating, it feels like we still have our L-plates on. Too much complacency, too many cock-ups, too little comprehension that this virus wants to kill everything we love. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Brigadier Phil Prosser, Commander of the 101 Logistic Brigade, during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus Credit: PA:Press Association How else to explain that only from next week, with almost 80,000 dead, are we going to require anyone flying into the UK to produce a negative coronavirus test?  How else to explain that there were initially concerns Public Health England — the miserable quango tasked with protecting the health of the...
    On the same day that Donald Trump sent his followers to capture the Capitol and threaten the lives of lawmakers in an attempt to overthrow the nation, COVID-19 killed over 4,000 American in a single day. The 4,100 who were tallied at WorldOMeters by the end of Wednesday was, by far, a new record. That record held all the way until Thursday, when 4,200 died. Thursday also brought 261,000 new cases in a single day, also a new record. As Trump focuses on nothing but encouraging violence and protecting his own fading power, it appears that the federal government is giving zero attention to the crisis that has now killed 375,000 Americans. Nothing is being done to address the inadequate testing. Nothing is being done to provide guidance on the increased need for masks and social distancing. Nothing is being done to address the stumbling efforts to roll out vaccines. Nothing is...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union medicines agency recommends approval of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the 27-nation bloc. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Inflatable Christmas tree costume linked to 44 COVID-19 infections and one death at California hospital Three Kings Day: Are businesses missing out on the second Christmas? Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The Surgeon General Just Issued This Stark Warning About COVID A new year may have begun, but many of 2020's problems are still carrying over. As many medical experts feared, the pandemic is continuing to grow into record-breaking territory. In December, new COVID infections in the U.S. rose more than 40 percent from November, which had seen more than twice as many cases as any previous month since the pandemic started, according to a USA Today analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. Similarly, the country reported more deaths...
    By Danica Kirka and Anruddha Ghosal | Associated Press The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday. But authorities in France and elsewhere in Europe are coming under fire for slow rollouts and delays. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a sluggish start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total over the past three weeks to about 4 million. Britain on Monday became the first nation to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, ramping up its nationwide inoculation campaign amid soaring infection rates blamed on a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the virus. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at Oxford...
    A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid a coronavirus surge in Southern California on December 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images Three states across the U.S. have now identified cases of the new coronavirus strain in people with no travel history, a sign that the variant could already be spreading unknowingly among Americans. Florida health officials on Thursday announced that they found the state's first case of Covid-19 with the new, more infectious virus variant. The man, who lives in the county just north of West Palm Beach, is in his 20s with no history of traveling, the Florida Department of Health said in a Twitter post. The Florida man is among the first handful of people to be diagnosed with the new variant, known as B.1.1.7., first identified in the United Kingdom....
    (CNN)Native Americans are losing their elders to Covid-19. As death tolls continue to climb, tribes are struggling to protect some of their last remaining knowledge and language keepers. "Every time one of those elders leaves this world, it's like a whole library, a whole beautiful chapter of our history, of our ceremonies -- all that knowledge, gone," Clayson Benally, a member of Navajo Nation, said. "It's not written, it's not dictated, you're not going to find it on the internet."Native Americans were already decimated by a virus. Theyre scared it could happen againSelf-isolating in their Flagstaff, Arizona, homes, Clayson and his sister Jeneda Benally have been working to pass on the knowledge of their elder father, Jones Benally, during the pandemic. "I take it as the greatest responsibility I've ever had in my life to make sure that our knowledge keepers, to make sure that my parents, come out on...
    (CNN)As the US ushered in 2021, more than 125,300 Covid-19 patients remained hospitalized -- another record for the fourth day in a row. The high count is a grim reminder that even with 2020 behind us, the pandemic continues to ravage parts of the country. And some local leaders warn the worst is still ahead. "We are still going to have our toughest and darkest days," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told CNN.Los Angeles County, as well as state state of California, have battled brutal surges of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the past weeks, which in part were driven by Thanksgiving gatherings, health officials said. The surging hospitalizations in the county are pushing hospitals to the "brink of catastrophe," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Los Angeles County Health Services director.With Covid-19 hospitalizations rising, California doctor says sometimes beds only open up when patients dieIn Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said a...
    ^ 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 Yes, 2020 was a terrible year for live music. After a promising start, the entire industry shut down in mid-March as concerts were canceled and venues went dark; music-industry workers lost their jobs and scrambled to pay rent. But there were some bright spots in the darkness: Industry insiders united, musicians found new ways to create, and much of the scene showed up for the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are the ten biggest music stories of 2020: Related Stories The Ten Biggest Arts and Culture Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020 How Bandmates From Denny & the Way Outs Reunited Over Cancer The Beginning of the EndAs February bled into March, COVID-19 started...
    ABC Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and her Bachelor Nation beau Jason Tartick have contracted the coronavirus. Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and her Bachelor Nation beau Jason Tartick took to Instagram on December 24 to reveal they have contracted the coronavirus. According to the couple, they had been quarantining to see family over the holidays. During that time they allowed one person to come over for work after multiple days of getting tested for COVID-19. She found out a test the morning of her visit was positive after having already left the couple. Now, Tartick and Bristowe are exhibiting symptoms. Tartick described his symptoms as a fever, aches and sleep sweats. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jason Tartick (@jason_tartick) “I know so many people are suffering and going through so much. This 2020 year has been about overcoming things, this will be something...
    More On: Coronavirus Chicago hospital pauses COVID-19 vaccinations following allergic reactions Missouri mom shares bloody images of eighth-grade son’s COVID-19 hospital room What virus? More than 1 million travelers screened by TSA Friday Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu receives COVID vaccine With COVID still raging and public officials idiotically closing vast swaths of the economy, now shouldn’t be the time to start pinching pennies with another massive pandemic relief package, as Congress is doing while this column goes to press. Or maybe it is time. The deal on the table isn’t the largest of the stimulus packages that have been passed since the pandemic started. It’s “just” $900 billion — down from the $2.2 trillion the Democrats initially pushed, and the $2.4 trillion deal reached during the early days of the pandemic. But it does raise some thorny questions: When will all this spending be paid off, and who will...
    It's right - says Paul Hunter THIS lockdown in all but name is absolutely the right thing for Boris Johnson to do. I was expecting bad news from the Prime Minister yesterday.But not THIS bad. 4New restrictions stop people travelling out of Tier 4 areasCredit: JOHN MATHER/IMAGEVIEW It means I am under no doubt whatsoever that these restrictions — including restrictions on people travelling out of Tier 4 areas — are absolutely the right thing to do. It was what Boris said that scared me more than anything else. The line that stood out for me was when he said the estimated R value could rise by 0.4 or greater. At that point, I knew we were stuffed. Sadly, this lockdown had to happen. His words, in fact, have left me feeling depressed at the stark reality of what we face. Nothing is certain other than death and taxes...
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has called the coronavirus vaccine 'a free shot of toxic waste' in a speech urging his followers not to take it.   Farrakhan, 87, was speaking virtually at the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit on Saturday when he made the comments.  The vaccine roll out began across the United States Monday, with intensive care nurse Sandra Lindsay in New York among the first to receive the Pfizer shot on the day the death toll from the virus hit 300,000.    But Farrakhan, whose allegedly anti-Semitic, anti-white and anti-gay comments have previously prompted the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center to label him an extremist, said: 'We are so frightened over this Covid, now they're getting us ready for this vaccine.  'Do you believe satan is concerned about vaccinating you? You trust him? After all he has done to destroy us? How could you allow him to stick...
    We are on the cusp of a monumental achievement, the release of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, but the dark cloud of vaccine skepticism remains, serving as an even bigger threat to the nation’s health than the virus itself.  The only thing more unpredictable than viruses are people, so encouraging naysayers to get a double dose of the vaccine will be no small feat. Despite promising data that shows the vaccine to be 95 percent effective, skepticism remains understandably high, given the speed at which this vaccine has been developed. Read More: Black critical care nurse among 1st in US to receive COVID vaccine According to a Pew Research poll conducted from Nov. 18 to Nov. 29, 60 percent of American adults said they would “definitely” or “probably” take the vaccine when it becomes available, well below the 75 percent needed to achieve herd immunity. The outlook is even more bleak...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US government expects shipments of the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine to start arriving in states Monday morning. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The first coronavirus vaccine in the US has been approved by the FDA on an emergency basis at long last, officials announced Friday.  Pfizer's vaccine was given emergency authorization by regulators late Friday after the Trump administration pressed regulators to move quickly. Approval wasn't issued for more than 24 hours after an expert committee said the shot should be approved, drawing criticism from Trump himself, and alleged threats from his chief of staff.  An estimated 2.9 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine are expected to ship to every U.S. state and territory in the next 24 hours.  It will be up to states to decide who gets vaccinated first, but the CDC has recommended injecting health care workers and nursing home residents (who have equal priority) first.  The Department of Health and Human Services said Friday morning that the first Americans would be vaccinated Monday or Tuesday. At the time, Secretary...
    The president of the Navajo Nation has warned that the winter wave of COVID-19 is hitting harder than the first, as ICU units reach capacity and another three-week lockdown is implemented due to the 'dire' surge in cases.  President Jonathan Nez warned Sunday that healthcare workers will soon be forced to make 'difficult decisions' in treating patients due to a lack of resources, as confirmed cases reached 18,163 among the reservation's population of only 173,667. 'This second wave of COVID-19 is much more dire and much more severe than the first wave we had in April and May,' he said as he urged residents to wear masks and avoid travel. Nez' warning came on the eve of a new lockdown on the reservation, which straddles parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, and is the largest Native American territory in the U.S.  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez warned Sunday...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot talked about the state of the coronavirus outbreak in Chicago and her prospects for vaccine distribution. As “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan noted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the state of Illinois reported more coronavirus deaths than any other state in the nation over the past seven days. Chicago has been under a stay-at-home advisory since Monday, Nov. 16. Brennan asked the mayor if the advisory was having an impact fighting the spread of the coronavirus. “I think it has,” she said. “We went from well over 2,000 cases a day. Now we’re down to about 1,300. Not where we want to be by any stretch, but a significant improvement just over a couple of weeks.” Mayor Lightfoot noted that concern remains about a post-Thanksgiving surge. “But I think everything that we can...
    El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office staff lock-up the mobile morgues before moving bodies that are in bags labeled "Covid" from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in El Paso, Texas, U.S. November 23, 2020.Ivan Pierre Aguirre | Reuters For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the U.S. is reporting a weekly average of more than 2,000 Covid-19 deaths every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as infections rip through the country and record hospitalizations tax the nation's health-care system. More than 2,600 people died from Covid on Friday after more than 2,800 fatalities were reported on Thursday, a single-day record of the pandemic. More than 2,000 people have died everyday from the virus since the month began. The U.S. reported more than 227,800 Covid-19 cases on Friday, a record-breaking spike as more people are hospitalized with...
    CHICAGO — Another 148 Illinoisans have been killed by coronavirus in the past day — meaning the virus killed just under 1,000 people across the state this week. It’s been a particularly deadly week for Illinois, which saw more deaths than any other state. The state saw a record 238 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday; just one day later, 192 more deaths were reported, the second-highest ever in a day. In all, at least 953 Illinoisans were killed by the virus in the past seven days. That accounts for about 7.3 percent of all Illinois deaths since the start of the pandemic in March. Among the most recent victims were 26 people in Cook County. At least 12,974 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 808 deaths are considered to be probably related to coronavirus. “This virus is a killer,” Pritzker said Wednesday. “Let’s honor those it has taken by...
    The attacks of September 11, 2001, cost the lives of 2,977 people—not including the 19 terrorists. More than 6,000 were injured. It was a total that galvanized the nation, altered the shape of government, and ultimately generated two wars in which over 8,500 more Americans have fallen. But it’s also a total smaller than the numbers of American deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday alone. Different sites—from Johns Hopkins to WorldOMeters—report different numbers each day, but CNN set Wednesday’s number at a ghastly value of 3,157 COVID-19 deaths. WorldOMeters set the number at a slightly sub-9/11 value of 2,831 deaths, but even that number represents a new record high, surpassing the worst days of the initial surge. On the same day, hospitalizations from COVID-19 exceeded 100,000 for the first time. The 203,427 new cases logged on Wednesday was another record. One week after Thanksgiving, any additional cases from the ill-advised travel are only starting to...
    CDC Director, Dr. Robert Redfield, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine Covid-19, focusing on an update on the federal response in Washington, DC, on September 23, 2020.Alex Edelman | AFP | Getty Images The next few months of the Covid-19 pandemic will be among "the most difficult in the public health history of this nation," Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday. Redfield, speaking at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that about 90% of hospitals in the country are in "hot zones and the red zones." He added that 90% of long-term care facilities are in areas with high level of spread. "So we are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our health-care system," Redfield said. "The reality is December and...
    VIDEO4:1604:16FedEx vs. UPS: Shipping giants gear up for busy holiday seasonTrading Nation The shipping showdown has started. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday raking in record amounts of online sales this year, according to Adobe, delivery rivals FedEx and UPS are gearing up for a busy holiday season. FedEx shares appear to have the upper hand, up almost 28% in the last three months with 71% of analysts rating the stock a buy, according to FactSet. Barclays on Tuesday upgraded the stock to overweight from equal weight, citing "an abundance of growth opportunities" tied to the e-commerce expansion. UPS is up 3.5% over the same time frame and has Wall Street more divided: 54% of analysts rate that stock a buy, with 27% remaining neutral and 19% in the sell camp. Also, Morgan Stanley warned on Tuesday of "competitive secular threats" facing UPS that could erode its consumer-facing business. As...
    His majority HAS to end. It's been 199 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and 63 days since the House passed its compromise $2.2 trillion bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, back in town after a week off for Thanksgiving, once again trolled Democrats and the nation, saying on the Senate floor, "There is no reason why we should not deliver another major pandemic relief package to help the American people through what seems poised to be the last chapters of this battle." But there is a reason: He is still insisting on a liability shield for businesses that give them immunity from wrongful death lawsuits when they allow their workers to be exposed to a deadly virus. Which has definitely happened. McConnell seized on bad advice from one of former President Barack Obama's economic advisers, Austen Goolsbee, that Democrats should "should take half a loaf, and then...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the Central American nation. Within the last two weeks, Mexico has surpassed more than 1.11 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and reported over 105,000 deaths – the fourth highest virus death toll in the world, behind the US, Brazil and India respectively.  Mexico also has the second-highest case fatality rate per every 100,000 residents of any country in the world at 9.5 percent. Only Yemen, with a fatality rate of 28.3 percent, has fared worse. However, experts warn the country’s actual case and death tally is likely to be much higher partly because of low testing levels across the nation.  In light of the troubling virus surge, the CDC posted an update to its website on November 21 raising its travel warning for Mexico up to...
    Alexis Grenell used to work as Cuomo's deputy director of intergovernmental affairs when he was New York's Attorney General A former Cuomo aide has written a blistering attack on the New York Governor, calling him 'St Andrew of COVID' and claiming he is lapping up the limelight at a time when the entire world is in crisis. Alexis Grenell used to work as Cuomo's deputy director of intergovernmental affairs when he was New York's Attorney General.  In an article published by The Nation on Friday, she said that while he'd 'undeniably' shown good leadership at the start of the year, he has since descended into being snarky and argumentative. She used his recent outburst at journalists who had asked him if schools would be open the next day as an example, calling it the kind of 'tantrum' he was known for throwing before the pandemic turned him into a...
    Bradley Cortright November 25, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is imploring Americans to “recommit” themselves to fighting the coronavirus and follow the advice of public health experts as they head into the holiday season. In an address on Wednesday, Biden said, “I know how hard it is to forgo family traditions, but it’s so very important.” He continued, “Our country is in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases. We’re now averaging 160,000 new cases a day. No one will be surprised if we hit 200,000 cases in a single day. Many local health systems are at risk of being overwhelmed. That’s the plain and simple truth.” “I believe you always deserve to hear the truth from your president,” he added. Biden continued to say it is Americans’ “patriotic duty” to follow public health guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and limiting the size of gatherings to...
    President-elect Joe Biden delivered an upbeat Thanksgiving address Wednesday just minutes after President Donald Trump wrapped up a call into a Pennsylvania hearing, where he, again, contested the election results.  Biden said he believed 'this grim season of division and demonization will give way to a year of light and unity' and he talked about love and what to be thankful for after nearly all of 2020 was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.  'We don't talk about love too much in our politics,' the president-elect said. 'The public arena is too loud, too angry, too heated. To love our neighbors as ourselves is a radical act, yet it’s what we’re called to do.'   President-elect Joe Biden gave a Thanksgiving address Wednesday where he talked about love and sacrificing the holiday for the good of others, as coronavirus cases increase   THANKSGIVING GROUP: The president-elect (center left) said he'd be...
    As the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the nation, the state and the Bay Area, it’s time for the region’s health officials to take action as they they did in March. With the absence of any leadership from President Donald Trump, and with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bumbling and timidity, it’s time for Bay Area leaders to pave the way, much as they did at the onset of the pandemic. It seems that it’s not a question of if a shelter-in-place order will be necessary, it’s only a matter of when. And the sooner health officials act, the better the chances of flattening the curve, sparing our hospitals from being overwhelmed, and saving lives. In the past month, the number of coronavirus cases in the country, California and the Bay Area has approximately tripled. The nation and state are at unprecedented case levels; the Bay Area is close. It’s not just that...
    As the nation continues to face the novel coronavirus pandemic, we have lost 250,000 Americans. Among survivors, some live with long-term effects of the virus that we’re only beginning to understand. While no one is immune to the virus, we know that some subsets of the population—including people with compromised immune systems and older folks—are particularly vulnerable. We’ve seen instances of the virus spreading quickly among group settings from schools, to churches, to an enormous motorcycle rally (no, it wasn’t canceled). And yet some people still believe that instead of wearing masks or trying to mitigate the spread of the virus, we should just wait until the nation achieves herd immunity.  In speaking to Face the Nation on CBS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, chatted with host Margaret Brennan about developments on the COVID-19 vaccine, mask-wearing, Thanksgiving safety, and yes, herd immunity.  First, Fauci stressed that if he’s...
    China is using a new study about the early, hidden spread of coronavirus in Italy to cast doubt on the firmly held assumption that the Asian nation was the birthplace of the pandemic, according to reports. Officials in Beijing are pushing a new study that suggests the contagion may have been spreading in the European nation as early as September — three months before it was confirmed to be spreading in the long-assumed epicenter in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the Times of London noted. The Asian nation has also previously questioned Spain about the origins of the pandemic, as well as the US military, claiming it brought the virus to Wuhan in October last year during the Military World Games, the report said. TRUMP, BIDEN VOTERS BOTH SAY MORE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF NEEDED Chinese state media have now been strongly pushing the idea that the new study by the National Cancer Institute proves that the...
    Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday floated the idea of naming the COVID-19 vaccine "the Trump," saying it could dampen the blow of President Trump's defeat in the 2020 election. Rivera said, "I had an idea ... with the world so divided and everyone telling me 'he's gotta give up' and 'time to leave' ... Why not name the vaccine 'the Trump?' you know make it like 'Have you got your Trump yet?' " To soften the blow of defeat Fox's Geraldo proposes naming the vaccine after Trump. "It would be a nice gesture to him and years from now it would become kind of a generic name. Have you got your trump yet, I got my trump, I'm fine. I wished we could honor him in that way." pic.twitter.com/fM8qwFhxF6— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 20, 2020 Rivera's comments come one week after the president's Rose Garden speech, where he...
    It's been 184 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and 48 days since the House passed their compromise $2.2 trillion bill, both of which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to take up. More than 250,000 Americans are now dead from COVID-19. Tens of thousands of businesses have shuttered for good. Nearly 750,000 people filed first-time unemployment insurance claims last week. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which is supporting 4.4 million people right now, expires on Dec. 26. What's McConnell doing about it all? Running his judicial confirmation conveyor belt. On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed a 33-year-old lawyer, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, to a lifetime appointment on the Tampa division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association because she has never tried a criminal or civil case, has never even been co-counsel in...
    Joe Biden revealed on Wednesday there will only be three people at his Thanksgiving dinner this year as he holds a scaled-back event due to the coronavirus pandemic.  'It's going to cause problems in my family,' he said of the restrictions around the holiday. Medical experts are recommending no large gatherings and encouraging families to hold virtual events instead of in-person ones. 'I got a big family - you probably heard a lot about -  we do everything together. We're just not going to -- it's going to be three of us because you can't mix the families that have been away, that haven't been quarantining,' Biden told frontline healthcare workers during a virtual briefing. The president-elect said people needed hope as COVID cases are on the rise and the United States has seen more than 250,000 deaths.  'So all these difficult decisions people are going to be making, we...
    (CNN)Chris and John Bjorkman bought their home in De Smet, South Dakota, less than a year ago. The couple, who celebrated their 39th anniversary last June, thought they would spend the rest of their lives together on the idyllic land, home to the Little House on the Prairie's Laura Ingalls homestead.The small town, home to just over 1,000 people, according to the 2019 census estimates, is about 100 miles northwest of Sioux Falls.As the couple renovated their new home, they took caution to avoid the Covid-19 virus that swept the world into a pandemic in March. Despite keeping mostly to themselves, they both tested positive in September. Wearing masks could save more than 100,000 US lives through February, new study suggests"We wore masks all the time. We wore masks, we stayed home," Chris Bjorkman told CNN. "We were more worried about me. I have several underlying conditions. He didn't."But she...
    WE are constantly told that lockdowns are a tool of last resort.  But that is clearly not true. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Professor Karol Sikora explains why lockdowns won't contain the virusCredit: Getty Images - Getty With all the headline-grabbing failures we have seen over the past eight months, the one that has caused the most damage has gone simply unnoticed. According to research led by King’s College London, just 18 per cent of people who developed symptoms between March and August said they had followed the self-isolation rules. With staggering statistics such as this, efforts to contain the virus using lockdowns and other crude measures are utterly pointless. They just paper over the cracks. PROPER REFORM Having rearranged the deckchairs first, ministers are bailing water out of the sinking ship after an iceberg has smashed the hull to pieces. Instead...
    (CNN)The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, formerly one of the few places in the world untouched by coronavirus, has recorded its first Covid-19 case. This week, a 23-year-old man who'd returned from traveling to the US tested positive while he was quarantining. The man, who'd flown back to Vanuatu on November 4, was asymptomatic, Vanuatu's health ministry said Tuesday. "Physical distancing and personal protection measures were applied and maintained during the flight, throughout the arrival process, during transport to and during registration at the quarantine facility," the ministry said in a news release. What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, November 11The man will remain in isolation until health clearance is given, the ministry said. Coronavirus has spread to 217 countries and territories, and there are over 51 million cases of Covid-19 worldwide. Over 1.3 million people have died from the virus since China reported its first...
    Folks, wear a mask. On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his COVID-19 advisory board. While that board doesn’t currently contain some necessary experts—like NIH infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, who is currently busy being belittled by Donald Trump and threatened with beheading by Trump’s former campaign chief—it does showcase a list of notable experts in every area of public health.  On the same day, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced the first results out of the Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine. Those results indicate an effectiveness of greater than 90%, providing great hope that when the vaccine is available, sometime early in 2021, it will signal that the great pandemic is near an end. The news was greeted with relief by the stock market, and by a pandemic-weary nation. And, of course, it was treated as a sign of yet another conspiracy by Republicans who are convinced that Pfizer held off on the announcement until...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refusing to wear a mask while speaking about COVID-19 Here’s a fun statistic: In North Dakota, a staggering 6.8% of the population has tested positive for COVID-19. Not just had the virus, but tested positive. That puts North Dakota as the No. 1 state when it comes to the number of cases by population—and it’s managed that accomplishment despite the fact that when it comes to the rate of testing, North Dakota comes in as No. 30. Still, the state has ramped up tests somewhat this week, bringing its positivity rate down from the mid 30% to 15% range. That may not sound like much, but next door in South Dakota, the rate of positive tests is 52%. In both these states, the rate of testing is nowhere close to really indicating how the virus is spreading wildly across the area.  But focusing too much on locations...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The venerable New Orleans funk band Galactic purchased the historic music club Tipitina’s in late November 2018 and, according to bassist Robert Mercurio, was making a go of it. “It’s a tight-margin business but we were making our notes and fulfilling our bills and whatnot. So, it was moving along in a good direction,” he said. That was before the coronavirus pandemic forced shutdowns of public gatherings. Audiences last packed into Tipitina's for a March 12 performance by the Stooges Brass Band. Now, Mercurio is worried that COVID-19 could prove fatal to Tipitina's, a New Orleans cultural touchstone founded in the 1970s as the performance home for the late Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as rhythm and blues keyboard genius Professor Longhair. For Mercurio, the problem is twofold. Galactic is a band with nowhere to tour and a business whose operating...
    NEW ORLEANS – The venerable New Orleans funk band Galactic purchased the historic music club Tipitina’s in late November 2018 and, according to bassist Robert Mercurio, was making a go of it. “It’s a tight-margin business but we were making our notes and fulfilling our bills and whatnot. So, it was moving along in a good direction,” he said. That was before the coronavirus pandemic forced shutdowns of public gatherings. Audiences last packed into Tipitina's for a March 12 performance by the Stooges Brass Band. Now, Mercurio is worried that COVID-19 could prove fatal to Tipitina's, a New Orleans cultural touchstone founded in the 1970s as the performance home for the late Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as rhythm and blues keyboard genius Professor Longhair. For Mercurio, the problem is twofold. Galactic is a band with nowhere to tour and a business whose operating model — packing hordes...
    Savannah Rychcik November 1, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, and President Donald Trump are not on the same page regarding whether the nation is “rounding the corner” on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Things are getting worse around the country. I think Thanksgiving is really going to be an inflection point. I think December is probably going to be our toughest month,” Gottlieb said. He noted states are seeing an “accelerated spread” of the coronavirus. Gottlieb argued the nation is at the beginning of what seems like “exponential growth in a lot of states,” which include those in the Midwest, the Great Lakes region, Texas, Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin. Watch his comments below: #Pandemic Analysis: @ScottGottliebMD tells @margbrennan that #Thanksgiving will be an inflection point and December will be the toughest month for #COVID19 . "Things are getting worse...
    On Tuesday afternoon, the White House issued a statement that named “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as one of Donald Trump’s big “accomplishments from the first term.” Apparently if you turn the corner enough times, magic really does occur. Or dizziness. The claim of victory comes as the nation is seeing a broad-based “third surge” that has taken the number of new cases to record highs. Deaths always lag behind new cases, but after eight weeks of straight increases in COVID-19 across the nation, fatalities are also rising, reaching levels not seen since mid-August. So far this week, the nation is trending over 12,000 cases a day higher than last week, making another new record on Thursday or Friday a near certainty, and bringing the nation close to 100,000 cases a day as the election draws near. All those new cases mean that healthcare resources are strained to the limits, with full ICUs...
    On Tuesday, the United States will pass 9,000,000 cases of COVID-19. By Friday, the nation will almost certainly be racking up over 90,000 cases in a single day. And by the end of the week, the rate of deaths—always a lagging indicator—are again likely to be pushing above 1,000 a day. The most horrible thing about the COVID-19 crisis as America moves from a dark summer to a darker fall may be its utter predictability. Last week may have taken the nation above the peak rates of growth seen back during the June-July surge, but it was possible to predict that event well in advance. That’s because for eight solid weeks, the rate of infection has been marching upward with terrifying regularity. And that’s because this new surge in cases is very broad-based, and so nearly immune to any change in purely local actions. Though the weekend decline in testing tends to...
    The Czech Republic is facing a 'catastrophic' Covid-19 outbreak and needs a 'miracle' to avoid new restrictions, its prime minister said last night with its infection rate now the highest of any major country in the world.   Andrej Babis said the current lockdown measures 'are not working yet' after the country's coronavirus deaths doubled in the space of two weeks.  Like many countries which escaped lightly from the first wave, the Czech Republic is now seeing record numbers of fatalities, with average daily deaths rising from 14 at the start of October to 111 today - after a peak of just 10 in the spring.  Saturday saw a new record of 126 deaths along with 15,258 cases, and the current infection rate is the highest on the planet except for tiny Andorra.  In addition, the spread of the virus among doctors and medical workers is worsening the strain on Czech...
    Widely available vaccines are, unfortunately, still months away At the debate in Nashville on Thursday evening, Donald Trump once again insisted that the nation had turned the corner on coronavirus, and that COVID-19 was going to “go away.” But if any corner has been turned, it’s the one leading to Disaster Street. Because as Trump was speaking, the last states were reporting in — bringing with them what could be a single day record for new cases. According to NBC News, Thursday’s tally was 77,640 positive test results. That breaks their previous day record of 75,723 set back on June 29. The number comes as part of a “third surge” of cases in the U.S. However, unlike the peaks that were reached in April and July, this rise isn’t driven by a wave of cases in a single region. Instead, COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in a number of regions. These massive numbers...
    CDC Director Robert Redfield has, over and over, failed to stand up to Trump and defend the truth. The greatest cyberthreat this nation—and every nation—has faced isn’t the possibility of some foreign power grabbing control of the local electrical grid, or even interference in elections. It’s the erosion of authoritative sources for accurate, truthful information and the easy distribution of deliberately harmful disinformation. That threat may seem as ephemeral as the tweets and emails and pop-up “news sites” on which it’s built, but it has contributed enormously to racism, violence, and division over the past four years. There may be no more decisive factor, from helping to elect Donald Trump to putting violent militia on our streets, than the simple lack of a trusted source for accurate information. Disinformation is no longer something that happens occasionally: It’s  the medium in which much of the nation lives. In the best of times, that sort of environment...
    F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyoming — Mountain biking and long runs in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado in between 24-hour shifts 80 feet underground are how nuclear missile operator Capt. Emma Stonehill has coped with the isolation of COVID-19. “We’re not downstairs with the switch flipped on for two weeks straight,” Stonehill explained to the Washington Examiner about her responsibility to monitor up to 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles that are on-alert for launch at the president’s word. Ever since COVID-19 lockdowns began at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, where the 20th Air Force is responsible for the nation’s three wings of ICBMs, the highly trained airmen who “pull alert” at the controls were faced with increased isolation pressures to prevent the spread of the virus. The service members who oversee the nation’s 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles were forced to find creative ways to cope with the increased isolation....
    Savannah Rychcik October 14, 2020 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is placing blame on President Donald Trump for allowing individual states to fend for themselves in the midst of a global pandemic without federal assistance. During his appearance on PBS NewsHour Wednesday, host Judy Woodruff noted he goes into detail in his new book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” about Trump’s response to the outbreak. She asked Cuomo how much responsibility the president bares for where the nation stands now. “I would say total responsibility. I was a former federal employee. I was a cabinet secretary under the Clinton administration. I was secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This was a national pandemic. This was a federal crisis. Normally the federal government would take charge. This situation where you have a national pandemic but then you delegate to 50 states to do their...
    Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, wants every single citizen in his country to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Speaking during a televised announcement on Wednesday night, Duterte said that "all" 113 million citizens will be given a vaccination to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Duterte added that he prefers soldiers and civil servants to be vaccinated first because of their importance to the safety and security of the nation. “I need my soldiers and policemen healthy," Duterte said. "They are really vital to the security of the state." Although Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly are deep in trials for their coronavirus antibody treatments in the United States, Duterte said that he prefers a vaccine developed by two powerful nations to the north of his island nation. “For me, either China or Russia, I am OK," Duterte said about his preference for the vaccination's origin. Speaking of Russia,...
    Colorado has seen over $1.1 billion in marijuana sales since the COVID-19 pandemic began in this country, according to figures from the state Department of Revenue. Legal marijuana sales topped $200 million in August for the second month in a row, reaching the second-highest monthly total since recreational sales started in 2014. Counting back to March of this year, when Colorado and the rest of the nation began shutting down over the pandemic, dispensaries have sold over $1.1 billion in marijuana products — and that's not counting sales in September and October. Dispensaries sold over $218.6 million worth of marijuana products in August, DOR data shows. Recreational sales accounted for more than $176.5 million (also the second-highest monthly total since 2014), while medical marijuana sales remained strong at just over $42 million.Related Stories Marijuana Sales Smash Previous Monthly Record, Cross $200 Million Colorado Pot Prices Reach Three-Year High, Up...
    FOXBORO (CBS) – Patriots nation reacted to Stephon Gilmore’s positive COVID-19 case Wednesday. “Yeah, definitely disappointing, I’ve enjoyed looking forward to a good season,” said one fan. “It’s just the beginning of something that’s going to be going rampant,” said Marv Neal. The star cornerback is now the third Patriot to be placed on the NFL’s reserve-COVID list. “I think it’s going to be tough to finish the season,” said Luis Pedraza. On Wednesday, the NFL released information about its daily testing. Between August 1 and October 3, more than 370,000 tests were given with 31 positive player cases and 53 positive personnel cases. “We have said all along that we expect positive cases. As long as the virus is endemic in our communities, we will see new cases among our teams. Risk mitigation, not elimination, is the key,” said NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills. NFL Network’s Ian...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation, which sprawls across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 17 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Saturday. The total number of deaths related to the virus on the huge reservation remains at 558, and the total number of cases is now 10,421. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Doctor: Trump improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet — Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare — Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused — South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights to speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic. — Madrid has started its first day under a partial lockdown with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital. The...
    Trump in Minnesota on Wednesday night The most extraordinary thing about the press event held at Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday morning wasn’t the backflips Dr. Sean Conley made in his attempt to pretend that Donald Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen, nor his refusal to give basic information about Trump’s condition while pretending that all was well. The jaw-dropping moment of the morning was when Conley and other physicians speaking from the steps outside Walter Reed absolutely destroyed the timeline of Trump’s illness, and demonstrated one again the incredible scope of deception within this White House. According to Conley, Saturday morning was “72 hours” after Trump’s diagnosis. That’s extraordinary, because it means that Trump received the news he was positive for COVID-19 not early Friday morning, when he tweeted that news out to the public, but on Wednesday morning, shortly after completing his debate with Joe Biden. In...
    (CNN)A group you've probably never heard of holds powerful sway over which coronavirus vaccines will end up on the market. It's known as the DSMB. Members of a Data and Safety Monitoring Board are the only ones who get to look under the hood while a trial is ongoing. They know who has been given a Covid-19 vaccine, and who has gotten a placebo. The very doctors running the trials, the pharmaceutical companies that developed the vaccines, and even the US Food and Drug Administration don't know. With AstraZenecas vaccine trial still on pause in US, questions abound about study participants mysterious illnesses Armed with that secret, only the DSMB can monitor how safe and effective a vaccine is shaping up to be.One word from the DSMB, and a trial can be stopped. That's what happened to the AstraZeneca trial in early September after a study participant developed neurological...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump might address the nation "to prove he's fine" after he and Melania tested positive for coronavirus. Following the President and First Lady Melania's COVID diagnosis, Trump has given thought to whether he should address the public on Friday, according to the New York Times. 3President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have been diagnosed with COVIDCredit: AP:Associated Press 3Trump and his aides have reportedly discussed whether the President should address the public to 'prove he's fine'Credit: The Mega Agency Trump and his aides had an overnight discussion about the President addressing the public to "reassure" the nation that he is doing well, the report stated. The President reportedly talked about speaking from the White House or following through with some other form of making an announcement to "prove he is fine." There has been more than 207,600 deaths related to COVID-19 across the United States since the...
    Last March, a person with mild COVID-19 symptoms went to a two-and-a-half-hour long chorale practice in Skagit Valley, Washington. In the weeks that followed, more than fifty people — nearly everyone who attended that rehearsal — contracted the disease and two people died. Shelly Miller, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, led a recent study of that rehearsal, one of the nation’s first super-spreader events. The study states that singing indoors and unmasked can swiftly spread COVID-19 via microscopic airborne particles known as aerosols. In the study, she explains that although members of the chorale took precautions, like using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching each other or surfaces, and propping doors open, they didn’t wear masks. Members of the chorale were interviewed as part of the study, and researchers concluded that there simply were not enough opportunities for droplets and infected surfaces, known as fomites,...
    On March 11, when the NBA shut down its games in light of several positive Covid-19 tests and kicked off a rapid-fire series of events and news items that would trigger nationwide lockdowns, Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone had a few words of wisdom for how he planned to spend his time away from the game:  “I’m probably going to drive up to WeldWerks Brewery in Greeley, Colorado, get some Juicy Bits, get on my mountain bike and figure out how we’re going to move forward,” he told the Denver Post and other media outlets at a news conference. Words of wisdom — and words that could have come from just about any Colorado resident with a penchant for local craft beer and getting outdoors. Weldwerks, after all, has become one of the state's most popular breweries over the past few years, based partially on its flagship, Juicy Bits IPA....
    (CBS DETROIT) – MoneyGeek, a personal finance technology company, has published a report that analyzes recovered jobs and subsequent COVID-19 cases. The study identifies the states with the strongest employment recovery and the states with the highest rates of COVID-19 per jobs recovered. In the study, Michigan ranked No. 1 among states for employment recovery and was one of the states with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases per 100 jobs. Key findings about Michigan: Michigan has recovered the most lost jobs during the pandemic. Michigan lost more than 1.2 million jobs between February and April, the state’s lowest recorded employment. Nearly 72% of these jobs have been recovered as Michigan leads the nation in recovery. The employment recovery in the state represents nearly 20% of the available jobs in February 2020. Michigan reported one of the lowest COVID-19 rates compared to recovered jobs. There were roughly five COVID-19 cases reported in the state for every 100 jobs recovered (46th...
    Coronavirus cases in California have topped 800,000, according to The Times’ tracker, another milestone in a state that is leading the nation in infections. The sobering figure comes as California has seen declines in both new cases and deaths over the last month after a summer spike that alarmed officials and prompted the reversal of some business reopenings. California topped 15,000 COVID-19 deaths earlier this week and appears to have surpassed the death toll of Texas, which was reporting 15,267 fatalities as of Wednesday. But that number remains far below that of New York, which has recorded more than 33,000 deaths. New Jersey has reported more than 16,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Earlier this week, the state announced that nail salons across California could reopen. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services Department director, said Tuesday that state officials have worked with business sector leaders and county officials to ensure that...
    Top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warned that the 'divisive state' of the US is getting in the way of the nation's coronavirus response during an interview with the Daily Show's Trevor Noah.  'One of the things that gets in the way is that we are in such a divisive state in society that it tends to get politicized,' Dr Fauci said.  'People take sides, like wearing a mask or not is a political statement and that's really unfortunate, totally unfortunate, because that is a purely public health issue, it's not one side against the other.'  Noah noted the confusion and contradiction seeming to arise between various top health officials and agencies, as well as between those groups and the president.  'There has been switches in how the messages have gone out,' Dr Fauci acknowledged.  It comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance and...
    A man hold a sign that reads "The Lasting Monument to Trump's Presidency is Being Built One Death At a Time!" as he stands in Lafayette Square outside the White House on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.The nation has reached a tragic milestone: 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. It didn’t have to be this way. Public health experts, scientists, physicians, and policy experts have shown us the way forward—and yet our leaders still aren’t listening. Over the past few months, for our series Pandemic-Proofing America, we’ve asked experts from many disciplines how best to protect America against infectious disease outbreaks in the future. When it became clear that we’d reach 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, we got back in touch with a...
    CVS is expanding its COVID-19 testing capability, announcing more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites at pharmacy locations across the nation. Of the new sites announced, 50 are being added in Texas, adding three more to the over 20 locations in San Antonio. “Since opening our first test site in March, we’ve been able to quickly adapt to the changing landscape in order to make it easier for people in the communities we serve to access testing,” Jon Roberts, Chief Operating Officer of CVS Health said. By mid-October, more than 4,000 locations will be operating, the company said. The new locations are expected to open in waves over the next couple of weeks, according to a press release. Self-swab tests come at no cost to patients and made available if the person meets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Patients will have to register in advance before a...
    (CNN)With the timeline of a widely available vaccine still unknown, the nation's top doctor says the US doesn't have to wait to get Covid-19 under control. "We can do it right now," US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Thursday. "The tools to stop this virus are already in our communities."It's been done before -- in places like New York, Adams said. The state was the hardest-hit by the virus in early spring, implemented one of the earliest shutdown orders in the US and reopened regions only when they met several health requirements. In recent weeks, New York has maintained an infection rate lower than 1%.Internal AstraZeneca safety report sheds light on neurological condition suffered by vaccine trial participant "Our numbers continue to reflect the work of New Yorkers, who ultimately flattened the curve," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week. "As we head into the fall and...
    As the U.S. continues to grapple with the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the nation's doctors, nurses and other front-line health professionals are experiencing burnout amid the prolonged strain of caregiving during this time. "The COVID pandemic has magnified the issues faced by our front-line workers and health care providers," said UVA Physicians Group CEO Corey Feist during a webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report Wednesday. Corey Feist is the brother-in-law of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency medicine physician who died by suicide in April at the height of the pandemic in New York City. According to recent national survey data, "62% of our nurses and 42% of our doctors are feeling burnt out while battling COVID. Yet many of them continue to suffer in silence out of fear of professional stigma, out of fear of being ostracized by their families and...
    Scientific American was first published in New York on Aug. 28, 1845. Articles included one on the properties of zinc, another on improving railroad cars to make them both safer and more comfortable, and one was on a horse that navigated to the city to find its own way to a blacksmith. That was in the early days of the James Polk administration. Since then, the publishers of Scientific American have not felt compelled to make an endorsement in any election, including those involving a candidate named “Lincoln.” But after 175 years, the  oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States has decided that there’s an existential threat to both parts of its title; a threat to “America” and “science” great enough to take a step into politics. For the just released October issue, Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States, and they don’t hold back on explaining why. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump...
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican who is the first woman to lead that rural and sparsely populated state, is taking her turn in the national hot seat as the Mount Rushmore State has become the nation’s latest coronavirus “hot spot.”  In distinctly Trump-like fashion, the Trump-friendly Noem has turned to right-wing outlets like Fox News to lash out at critical media coverage and rail against an “elite class of so-called experts.” But as was the case with Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Arizona’s Doug Ducey, conservative media has rushed to circle the wagons around Noem just as the fuller picture of her failed handling of the coronavirus crisis becomes clearer. South Dakota is now considered in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases after ranking as the second-worst-hit state in the nation for new cases and test positivity per capita over the last two weeks, according to the latest document prepared for governors by the White House...
    Sophia Tesfaye September 12, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican who is the first woman to lead that rural and sparsely populated state, is taking her turn in the national hot seat as the Mount Rushmore State has become the nation's latest coronavirus "hot spot."  In distinctly Trump-like fashion, the Trump-friendly Noem has turned to right-wing outlets like Fox News to lash out at critical media coverage and rail against an "elite class of so-called experts." But as was the case with Florida's Ron DeSantis, Georgia's Brian Kemp and Arizona's Doug Ducey, conservative media has rushed to circle the wagons around Noem just as the fuller picture of her failed handling of the coronavirus crisis becomes clearer.  South Dakota is now considered in the "red zone" for COVID-19 cases after ranking as the second-worst-hit state in the nation for new cases and test positivity per capita over the last two weeks,...
    VIDEO1:3301:33Valuations are putting tech stocks in a danger zone, investor Paul Meeks warnsTrading Nation Tech investor Paul Meeks is waiting for the Nasdaq to fall 20% from its record high before making any big moves. Meeks, who's known for running the world's largest tech fund during the late 1990s, believes tech stocks are still too expensive despite this month's correction. "For the long-term, I'm uber bullish on tech," the portfolio manager at Independent Solutions Wealth Management told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Thursday. "That being said, my concern and really my only concern, is valuation. But it is a pretty big concern." With the Nasdaq on track for its worst week since March 20, Meeks believes another wave of selling could come before the end of the year, dragging popular mega-cap growth names even lower. He lists the contentious relationship between the U.S. and China as a potential catalyst for another wave of...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) accused President Donald Trump of being personally responsible for the coronavirus outbreak that devastated his state throughout the pandemic. During a news conference on Tuesday, Cuomo railed against the lack of federal action and tore into Trump for what he deemed a “ludicrous” threat to cut funding to cities that don’t crack down more on violent protests the country has seen lately. He went on to say Trump is “actively trying to kill New York City,” and slammed the president over a multitude of policy and funding issues. “Donald Trump caused the Covid outbreak in New York,” Cuomo declared. Cuomo made his argument by saying Trump repeatedly railed against the “China virus,” but failed to stop the European strain of the coronavirus from coming to America and spreading throughout the country. To that point, Cuomo slammed Trump for waiting until mid-March...
    Newfield Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut, prepares for its first day of classes. John Moore/Getty Images Schools are reopening for in-person and virtual learning, but there's still uncertainty on how it can be done safely. Economist Emily Oster and a team of researchers are setting out to provide school leaders and policymakers with information on how schools are reopening.  The team will survey public, private, independent, charter, and Catholic schools to gather baseline data that will be available to the public.  Teachers, principals, and school leaders can volunteer to participate in bi-weekly surveys.  Sign up for our new parenting newsletter Insider Parenting here. As schools across the country start the academic year, there is still uncertainty when it comes to how — and if — they can reopen safely.  Emily Oster, an American economist and professor at Brown University, noticed a lack of data on COVID-19 in...
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