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              This is Part Three of a three-part series. Part One is available here and Part Two is available here. A Nashville attorney who represents Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk owner Steve Smith said Mayor John Cooper misstated facts when he said White House officials influenced him to close bars on lower Broadway to contain COVID-19. That attorney, Kirk Clements, said so to The Tennessee Star and in a document he said he’s already disseminated to the public. “He [Cooper] claims the White House told him to shut down bars, but they [members of the White House] didn’t make that phone call to the cities until July 22. Cooper shut the bars on July 2,”...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The situation is far from ideal. ”It’s just very emotional,” Stephanie Byrd said. “It hit me this morning when I woke up, but I was so happy for her though.” “It was very emotional, more so than I thought,” Michael Byrd said. On Tuesday, they were getting ready to head to Fayetteville, Arkansas. They couldn’t wait to witness their daughter, Caroline, marry the man she fell in love with while attending the University of Arkansas. Unfortunately, one of their younger daughters, Ava, tested positive for COVID-19 later that day and they were told they’d have to quarantine inside their University Park home for 14 days. They wouldn’t be able to make it to the wedding. “I started...
    (CNN)Over the past two weeks, an alarming 24% rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases confirmed on a daily basis in the United States has raised the daily infection average to nearly 43,000. Twice last week the US broke 50,000 new cases confirmed in a day. While that's below the daily average of 65,000 in July's deadly spike, it's still well above the 35,000 daily new cases seen just a few weeks ago. Dean ObeidallahDoes that mean Donald Trump is now going to stop having rallies where he jams thousands on top of each other with few wearing masks — as he did Saturday night in Pennsylvania — and instead promote social distancing to prevent any further upticks...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Lakeview's Southport Lanes first opened in 1922, and a lot has changed since then with the neighborhood and the city.Once a speakeasy and illegal gambling parlor in the '20s, Southport Lanes evolved into one of Chicago's most beloved billiards halls and bowling alleys, which until this year still used human pinsetters rather than a machine.EMBED More News Videos Tucked away in a Chicago neighborhood speakeasy, you can go bowling like it's 1922 all over again! Then the pandemic hit."I've been telling everybody. It's not a wake, it's a celebration. It's a celebration of what we've done here," said Southport Lanes General Manager Phil Carneol. "I don't want people to be sad. I want people to keep their...
    (CNN)A Maryland man was sentenced to a year in jail for holding two large parties and violating the state's order against large gatherings, according to the Charles County state's attorney's office. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested after holding the parties in late March. Maryland's Covid-19 social distancing rules banned gatherings of more than 10 people, according to the office of Gov. Larry Hogan.Parents and child charged over party that forced Massachusetts high school to delay in-person learningMyers was convicted Friday of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order and will serve his one-year sentence at the Charles County Detention Center, the state's attorney's office said in a press release. Myers' attorney, Hammad S. Matin, did not...
    President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will forgo a handshake at their first presidential debate on Tuesday, one of several ways Covid-19 has impacted the way the candidates’ first face-to-face showdown will play out. Peter Eyre, a senior adviser for the Commission on Presidential Debates, said the candidates also won’t exchange handshakes with the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. Once on stage in Cleveland, Ohio, the three men will not wear masks. The size of the audience will be limited compared to previous debates, and everyone attending the debate at Case Western Reserve University will undergo testing for Covid-19 and follow other health safety protocols. Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria said on Monday its daily rise in new coronavirus infections fell to single digits for the first time in more than three months, as the state began winding back some restrictions. Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, placed nearly 5 million residents of its capital Melbourne into a hard lockdown in early August but lifted a night curfew on Sunday thanks to a steady fall in new daily case numbers. The southeastern state reported just five new cases and three deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, after daily cases topped 700 in early August. The two-week average of new infections in Melbourne fell below 21. Authorities have flagged that more curbs...
    Cubs were the only team to have a perfect COVID-19 free regular season.  The Chicago Cubs may not have been the team to secure the best record in the MLB’s shortened season, but they earned another distinction that in 2020 is quite a thing to be proud of. According to Russ Dorsey, a Cubs beat writer, the Cubs were the only team to have a COVID-free regular season. The Chicago Cubs will finish the 60-game regular season as the only team in MLB without a single player testing positive for COVID-19. Thats a pretty remarkable feat. — Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) September 27, 2020 Regular-season is the distinction because, of course, we haven’t entered the post-season yet. The Cubs clinched...
    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has scheduled three live online panel discussions to address the challenges health care workers face and the lessons being learned during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the school. URI faculty, alumni and community leaders will share their personal experiences and discuss how interprofessional teams can have a lasting effect on individual and community health during the crisis. The discussions are being hosted by the university's Academic Health Collaborative and Interprofessional Education and Practice Initiative. The first discussion, “From the Front Lines: The Experience of Treating Those with COVID,” is scheduled for Wednesday and features alumni working in health care sharing their experiences battling the coronavirus. The second,...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 7,059,087 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 49,871 infections from its previous count, and said the nation's death toll had risen by 853 to 204,033. The new CDC case tally is as of 4 pm ET (2000 GMT) on Sept. 26 versus its previous report a day earlier.(https://bit.ly/2FWikc8) The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states. (Reporting by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Berkrot) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Since its inaugural in 2002, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run has grown into one of the biggest annual running events in New York City — raising millions of dollars for first responder families while honoring the legacy of a firefighter who died while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  The run through the Hugh Carey (nee Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel to the World Trade Center site usually takes place on the final Sunday in September, with tens of thousands typically huddling at the starting line near the Brooklyn entrance to the tubes. But the crowd was absent on Sept....
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MAKINI BRICE, LAUREN YOUNG, MARIA CASPANI AND ANDREW HAY Mel Solomon loved to sing. He knew the lyrics to entire Broadway musicals and shared them with his granddaughters Zoe and Madeline during their annual summer visits from Brooklyn, New York, to Kansas City, where he was a renowned architect. Even after Alzheimer’s Disease stole most of his memory, Mel sang to his newborn grandson Joshua, who was born in 2019, his daughter Laura Solomon recalled. “My father couldn’t really articulate himself well any more, but the music never disappeared,” she said. Mel, age 83, died of complications from COVID-19 in...
    (CNN)Nicholas Gismondi was in the hospital when he found out his older brother, Ralph, had died from the coronavirus April 5.Nicholas, 65, had gone into the hospital after experiencing trouble breathing. Five days later, he went into the intensive care unit because his breathing got worse.It didn't take long for doctors to determine that Nicholas and his wife, Mary Jane, both had Covid-19. While hospitalized, he learned of his older brother's death, and 12 days later, Nicholas, too, succumbed to the virus.The brothers' bond Family members said Nicholas and Ralph, 68, were great friends and enjoyed spending time together, especially on family vacations. Read MoreMary Jane and Ralph's widow, Ann, described their husbands as being "big family men" and said...
    By Makini Brice, Lauren Young, Maria Caspani and Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Mel Solomon loved to sing. He knew the lyrics to entire Broadway musicals and shared them with his granddaughters Zoe and Madeline during their annual summer visits from Brooklyn, New York, to Kansas City, where he was a renowned architect. Even after Alzheimer's Disease stole most of his memory, Mel sang to his newborn grandson Joshua, who was born in 2019, his daughter Laura Solomon recalled. "My father couldn't really articulate himself well any more, but the music never disappeared," she said. Mel, age 83, died of complications from COVID-19 in Roseland, New Jersey on April 22, where he had lived in an assisted living community near his...
    Manny Pacquiao will fight former UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2021 to raise money for victims of the coronavirus. On Friday, McGregor — who sensationally retired in June — claimed he was set to step into the ring with boxing legend Pacquiao in the Middle East next year. Pacquiao’s camp confirmed the bout Saturday, with the Pacquiao’s Filipino aide Jayke Joson saying via ESPN: “For the sake of all the Filipino COVID-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year. “The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.” McGregor, who has not fought since his win over Donald Cerrone in January, lost to unbeaten boxer Floyd...
    They aren’t going to the chapel. COVID’s arrow has prompted couples to cancel their wedding plans in droves this year, city data shows. Last year, from May through Sept. 10, the city issued 29,948 marriage licenses. During the same period this year, the number plunged 65 percent to 10,517. In May alone, with the pandemic ravaging the city, licenses issued plummeted 88 percent, from 5,735 to 663. Emily Johnson, 31, postponed her May 24 wedding in Manhattan until the same time next year. “At first we toyed with rescheduling for fall or winter of 2020, but finding a date that worked for everyone then was a challenge,” the bummed-out bride-to-be told marthastewart.com. “Some information also suggested it may still...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE will not shake hands at their first debate next week in Ohio due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, campaign sources told Politico. The move is one of several adjustments the campaigns are ironing out to comply with social...
    27 States With a Game Plan To Reopen the US Economy Talus Expedition Gear: An RV in a Box Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Eat This, Not That! 5 Popular Disinfectants Proven to Kill COVID-19 There are many household cleaners on grocery store shelves to choose from. But with all kinds of scents, ingredients, and purposes, it can be hard to find the right one. Not to mention the fact that some shelves have been empty. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect us at home and around the world, it's...
    Dennis Quaid is slated to appear in President Trump's new $300million coronavirus awareness ad campaign that is scheduled to air ahead of the presidential election.  The Hollywood actor, who has previously voiced his support for the president, is among several celebrities who will participate in the Health and Human Services Department's 'defeat despair' commercials, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has been described by officials as an 'immediate surge in public advertising and awareness' and is being funded by money previously allocated to the CDC, Politico reported. Dennis Quaid is slated to appear in President Trump's new $300million coronavirus awareness ad campaign Quaid will be joined by gospel singer CeCe Winans, and the HHSD has...
    A U.S. district judge in Laredo, Texas, on Friday blocked Texas from eliminating straight-ticket voting in the state nearly a month ahead of the 2020 presidential election, citing coronavirus concerns as a major reason behind the ruling. "Forcing Texas voters to stand in longer lines and increasing their exposure to a deadly virus burdens the right to vote," Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, whom former President Barack Obama appointed in 2010, wrote in her decision. Stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) She argued that it could take voters a longer amount of time to fill out a ballot without straight-ticket voting — which allows voters to choose one party's entire lineup of candidates with just one ballot mark...
    They aren’t going to the chapel. COVID’s arrow has prompted couples to cancel their wedding plans in droves this year, city data shows. Last year, from May through Sept. 10, the city issued 29,948 marriage licenses. During the same period this year, the number plunged 65 percent to 10,517. In May alone, with the pandemic ravaging the city, licenses issued plummeted 88 percent, from 5,735 to 663. Emily Johnson, 31, postponed her May 24 wedding in Manhattan until the same time next year. “At first we toyed with rescheduling for fall or winter of 2020, but finding a date that worked for everyone then was a challenge,” the bummed-out bride-to-be told marthastewart.com. “Some information also suggested it may still be...
    It wasn’t easy nabbing a near-perfect 1590 on the SAT, but Matthew Chekhlov earned every point. After his original March 14 test date in Manhattan was called off because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Stuyvesant High School senior was then shut out of full or canceled exams in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In August, he finally traveled nine hours to Lancaster, Ohio, to take the SAT, which is used for college admissions. “I had a very difficult time. The test was canceled every time I knocked on the door,” said the 16-year-old from Midtown, who endured roughly 20 cancellations for both the SAT and ACTs over the past six months. According to Inside Higher Ed, of 402,000 US...
    Between social distancing and continued closures, New York City can feel limiting. But there’s one group of locals who has found freedom in wearing masks. “I probably would have put getting my neck tightened on hold if I didn’t have the mask,” said Maggie, 34, who asked that her last name be withheld. “I don’t need everyone talking about it.” The stay-at-home mom from Long Island had the procedure done on Thursday and says that, normally, she would have had to come up with excuses for avoiding her friends so they wouldn’t see the tell-tale wounds. Multiple patients told The Post that the obligatory mask has been the biggest benefit of getting work done now, even convincing those on the...
    Nearly half of all Americans, 42 percent, have spent less in the last six months, and even more plan to shop online for the "foreseeable future," according to a study conducted by TopCashBack.com. Eighty-one percent of respondents to the cashback site's survey indicated that they would shift the majority of their shopping online in coming months.  The company offered 10 shopping tips to help consumers combine these trends--saving money and shopping online. Price check your purchase: before you click "go to check out," check other online retailers to see if your item is available at a lower price. Look for savings: look for discounted items and use search engines to find coupon codes for online stores and brands Get...
    Rochester police announces first female chief Honey is one of the most faked foods in the world, and the US government isnt doing much to fix it Syracuse – Georgia Tech game delayed due to COVID-19 re-tests While many people spend the week cheering the return of college football across the nation, each Saturday seems to bring with it a fresh reminder that we are not out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19 by any means. © Provided by The Comeback We were all reminded of that right off the bat as the game between Syracuse and Georgia Tech, set to kick off around noon on Saturday, was delayed following the announcement that three members of the...
    Hundreds of thousands of Chinese have been given experimental, emergency-use COVID-19 vaccines by the government since July, despite concerns over their safety and efficacy. China was initially criticized for for giving the vaccine to their top executives and leading researchers before human test trials. But in recent months, according to The Associated Press, they’ve given the jab to many more citizens under an emergency-use designation approved in June. Chinese health officials say they’ve almost wiped out the coronavirus but want to ensure that it never comes back. Zheng Zhongwei, of China’s National Health Commission, claimed that China gained the “understanding and support” of the World Health Organization before starting to administer the vaccines. Zheng has said that some people in...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    China, which has largely eradicated the disease, should take action to prevent it from recurring, a Chinese health official said on Friday. But an external expert questioned the need for emergency use when the virus was not spreading in the country where it was first detected. So far it is not clear who or how many were vaccinated, but Chinese vaccine makers have provided some clues. CNPG, a state-owned Sinoform subsidiary, has given the vaccine to 350,000 people outside its clinical trials, of which about 40,000 have been registered, a senior CNPG executive recently said. Another company, Sinovac Biotech, has injected 90 percent or about 3,000 of its employees and family members, most of them under emergency use arrangement, CEO...
    A new proposal could require Californians to work remotely three days a week - even after the COVID-19 pandemic - to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to aid in environmental efforts. A number of Bay Area residents, including employees at large tech firms, were concerned over a new proposal approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday. The controversial proposal would effectively ensure that sizable, office-based companies kept 60 per cent of their workers at home on any given workday to curb climate change.   'Given the changes in travel patterns during the coronavirus pandemic, there was strong support for bolder policies on this front in the Final Blueprint, including a mandate for office-based employers,' the proposal read. 'To ensure this strategy...
    A judge denied Democratic donor Ed Buck's request to be released on Friday, claiming he posed a danger to the community.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver said that the conditions presented by Buck's attorney were 'insufficient' to ensure that the embattled donor would show at trial, KCAL reports.  Oliver also said that Buck's legal team failed to show how the medical staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center were incapable of handling their client's medical needs, after the defense expressed concern with Buck getting COVID-19.  She added that he did not appear to have any medical conditions that seemed to put him at risk for catching the virus at 66 years of age.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19. Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the pandemic, “the very notion of the international community looks tattered.” “Never again must we wage 193 separate campaigns against the same enemy,” he said. Johnson set out a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans. Johnson — who contracted COVID-19 in the spring and spent three nights...
    Texas A&M’s five Yell Leaders ran into an almost empty Kyle Field as Friday night crept into Saturday morning for their Midnight Yell. It’s a tradition almost 90 years old, normally held in front of more than 25,000 people before every football game. No fans were allowed this year because of the coronavirus, leaving the Yell Leaders to perform only to the school’s band, their voices echoing in the cavernous space. “It was a little eerie, but I think it went well,” head Yell Leader Keller Cox said through his mask moments after it ended. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Texas A&M doesn’t have cheerleaders, but instead a group of five male Yell Leaders. The esteemed unit...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19. Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the pandemic, “the very notion of the international community looks tattered.” “Never again must we wage 193 separate campaigns against the same enemy," he said. Johnson set out a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans. Johnson — who contracted COVID-19 in the spring and spent three nights...
    Loading the player... The Trump Administration has been enlisting celebrities for a series of advertisements seeking to reassure citizens as the natoin continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic to re-assure. Among the celebrities chosen is CeCe Winans, and fans are not happy about it. As reported by Politico, the White House has tasked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create an ad campaign to address how the federal government has handled COVID-19, how to combat the virus and how to stay optimistic. About $250 million in taxpayer dollars is being used for the $300 million campaign as an effort to “defeat despair.” CeCe Winans (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) The HHS has paired celebrities...
    Connecticut is on track to enter the third phase of its reopening plan soon as the country continues combating the COVID-19. Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state will enter Phase 3 of reopening the economy as of Thursday, Oct. 8, which will ease some of the restrictions put on businesses and gatherings due to the outbreak. "This Oct. 8 date is a date we've been working for a while and I like to think that Connecticut we've sort of earned it by working together," Lamont said. "We've earned the right to take a little more risk I've got to admit it when it comes to restaurants and some of these events and some of these gatherings, but I...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some parents on the North Side are getting a “shame on you” after some fifth graders came down with COVID-19. The Village of Lake Bluff says all fifth grade students will now be learning from home until at least Oct. 5. At least two students have COVID-19. Village leaders came out strong Friday night about the reasons why. A statement from the village president says, “For months we have told our community that social gatherings during a pandemic will have consequences.” School District 65’s board president said, “Families that can’t or won’t make the hard choices that keep COVID-19 out of our buildings should take advantage of remote learning until this crisis is over.” The village said in...
    Tens of millions of people are going hungry in the United States as Senate Republicans refuse to pass a new coronavirus stimulus bill. According to new data from the Census Bureau, 23 million adults live in households that had sometimes or often had “not enough to eat” over the previous seven days—a huge increase over 2019. And though adults in most families will go without food before letting their children go hungry, 9% to 14% of adults with children said those children sometimes or often didn’t have enough to eat. Another survey, from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that one in six households is delaying payment on or missing major bills to buy food....
    I’ve been library hopping this whole week long, exploring the rich offerings of the Los Angeles Public Library system. I’ve been to free classes and events hosted by the Central Library and quite a few of the 72 branches spread out across the breadth of our city. Through the library, I’ve joined in a book club, a writing class and a career day. I’ve seen children read aloud to a dog. I’ve learned from a master gardener how to turn the pages my columns are printed on into pots for seedlings. I’ve heard people grapple with systemic racism in a learning circle focused on the New York Times’ “1619 Project.” I’ve watched volunteers helping people learn English explicate idioms: “dog-tired,”...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could be moving too slowly to tackle the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases because of a lag between case numbers and deaths which means fatalities have remained relatively low, a government adviser said on Saturday. Graham Medley, a professor of infectious disease modelling, said he worried the country could end up in a position it had tried to avoid. "My concern is the lag, is the fact that we end up in a position that we didn't intend to, either government or the population ..., because the numbers of deaths at the moment look very low, even though, as scientists, we say look infections are increasing," he told BBC Radio. "And unfortunately that lag means that...
    A woman at a Co-op supermarket in Surrey, England, smashes up wine bottles. Co-op A woman in an English supermarket ransacked shelves holding dozens of wine bottles after being told to follow the store's one-way system, put in place to help customers social distance. As she screamed abuse, she smashed dozens of bottles onto the floor, leaving a trail of destruction. As she left the store, she hurled herself against the plastic partition guarding the checkout staff. The Co-op supermarket chain released the CCTV footage amid growing concerns about the verbal and physical abuse of shop workers who attempt to enforce social distancing measures. A new law to increase the penalties for assaulting shop workers was due to...
    Trump to name SCOTUS pick, Breonna Taylor protests, California wildfires: 5 things to know this weekend Mushrooms linked to Salmonella outbreak Tennis: Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay (Reuters) - Andy Murray said a delay in receiving his COVID-19 test result on his return to Britain made him wait to seek treatment for a pelvic issue, but he was fit ahead of the French Open, which begins on Sunday. © Reuters/Robert Deutsch Tennis: US OPEN Murray reached the second round at the U.S. Open this month in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year, but after developing a pelvic issue at Flushing Meadows the 33-year-old had to wait for a few...
    By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M’s five Yell Leaders ran into an almost empty Kyle Field as Friday night crept into Saturday morning for their Midnight Yell. It’s a tradition almost 90 years old, normally held in front of more than 25,000 people before every football game. No fans were allowed this year because of the coronavirus, leaving the Yell Leaders to perform only to the school’s band, their voices echoing in the cavernous space. “It was a little eerie, but I think it went well,” head Yell Leader Keller Cox said through his mask moments after it ended. Texas A&M doesn’t have cheerleaders, but instead a group of five male Yell Leaders....
    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian state of Victoria, a hotspot in the country's COVID-19 outbreak, said on Saturday social distancing restrictions will be eased earlier than previously announced as daily new infections held near three-month lows. Victoria said 12 COVID-19 infections have been detected over the past 24 hours, near a three-month low of 11 recorded on Sept. 21. With case numbers well below the thresholds defined in the government's phased removal of restrictions, state Premier Daniel Andrews said he will on Sunday update the schedule for easing curbs. "We have had a very good day and I will back before you tomorrow to make some substantial announcements," Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. Andrews did not specify...
    LAKE BLUFF, Ill. (WLS) -- More than 50 fifth graders at Lake Bluff Elementary School taking part in in-person instruction have been sent home after at least two cases of COVID-19 were reported.Lake Bluff School District is suspending in-person instruction for all fifth graders at the school just weeks into the school year due to the cases. Students will learn remotely."We have been planning for this and preparing for this all summer. We have a solid plan and we are implementing our plan," said Dr. Lisa Leali, Lake Bluff School District 65 superintendent.Only some of the students were exposed to COVID-19, and will need to isolate at home and monitor for symptoms. District officials said the cases could be connected...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Google maps is also rolling out a new feature, allowing users to see how prevalent Covid-19 is in a given area. Here’s how it works: you can click on the upper right-hand corner of your screen when looking at an area on the map. You can then click “Covid-19 info” where it will show a 7-day average of new cases in the area and notify you if they are increasing. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    The worlds nations must do all they can to understand the origins of COVID-19, Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday, comments that could worsen tensions with China. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Morrison said an inquiry into the roots of the virus would minimize the threat of another global pandemic. "This virus has inflicted a calamity on our world and its peoples. We must do all we can to understand what happened for no other purpose than to prevent it from happening again," Morrison said via a teleconference video link. "There is a clear mandate to identify the zoonotic source of the COVID-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans." Morrisons comments came after similar comments...
    HUGHESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A Charles County man who held multiple large gatherings earlier this year in violation of Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency order banning gatherings of 10 or more people due to the coronavirus has been sentenced to a year in jail, the county’s state’s attorney’s office said Friday. Judge W. Louis Hennessy sentenced Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, of Hughesville, to a year in jail on a charge of failing to comply with an emergency order. RELATED COVERAGE: Coronavirus Latest: Charles County Man Shawn Marshall Myers Held Without Bail After Hosting Bonfire With 60 People, Violating Emergency Order Coronavirus Latest: Charles Co. Man Arrested For Hosting 60 People, Violating Gov. Hogan’s Emergency Order Police responded to Myers’...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Latinos continue to represent a big portion of the front line and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.So it's no surprise that in San Francisco, Latinos make up half of all reported cases of COVID-19. The mayor says it's time to do more. Oakland, with similar issues, is stepping up testing.RELATED: Health advocates push for better COVID-19 testing in Oakland's hard-hit Fruitvale DistrictIn Oakland, the virus continues to affect Latinos disproportionately with a rate six times higher than that of white families.Today and through the weekend, testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of La Clinica de la Raza in the Fruitvale District.Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered this message in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dancers are back at The Joffrey Ballet school after a six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic."To be back in the studios is just amazing because dancing in your living room is quite different than dancing with live music," said Derrick Agnoletti.Dancers had been taking classes virtually but they say it is not the same as being back in the Joffrey Tower studios in Chicago's LoopAlthough, being back is not exactly the same."We take classes in pods, kind of the way the NBA is doing a bubble where we are kind of in our own little bubbles," Agnoletti said. "And hopefully as time goes on, and as we all do our part to flatten the curve, I...
    California will conduct its own independent review of potential COVID-19 vaccines, signaling its distrust of the Trump administration’s accelerated “Operation Warp Speed” initiative. To vet a vaccine before distribution to state residents, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Friday that the state will assemble a “review board” of leading scientists at academic institutions to assess the safety and effectiveness of any vaccine candidate. “We think it is an appropriate approach to take, especially because things are moving so quickly,” Ghaly said. “We want to make sure – despite the urge and interest in having a useful vaccine — that we do it with the utmost safety of Californians in mind.” Several other states, including New York,...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another 22 coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday, bumping the death toll up to 1,204. An additional 282 cases were also reported, totaling 52,904 positive cases since the pandemic began. Since Sunday, the county has reported 77 virus-related deaths, which have actually been spread out over the past few weeks according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. The agency said a delay in reporting is common since the data comes from multiple sources. Last week, the OCHCA reported a total of 34 fatalities, which was down from 42 the week prior. Hospitalizations dipped from 168 to 157 on Friday, but ICU patients jumped from 42 to 50. Officials were hoping that trends would improve enough...
    WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- During this pandemic, keeping surfaces clean and people safe is a non-stop fight! One new product available could be a game changer on that front.Jump Gym is like many businesses; still shutdown because of COVID and desperately trying to stay afloat. But teaching gymnastics by Zoom has limited benefits."It's not the same. They don't have the equipment. It's even not safe, because they don't have a coach to help them," said gym owner Alvaro Llosa.The facility in Woodland Hills already has visible safety protocols in place for when in-person operations resume. But they are counting on an invisible defense against COVID called microSURE, a multi-surface sanitizer that doesn't require PPE to apply and is...
    Taylors family joins protesters in Louisville Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Heres everything you need to know about the retailers delivery trials. Red Sox ace finally cleared to walk on treadmill as he recovers from COVID-19-related heart issue Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez finally received good news after three months of complications stemming from his COVID-19 battle. According to Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke, the 27-year-old left-hander has been cleared to begin walking on a treadmill early next month and is hopeful to go through his normal offseason routine as he continues his recovery from a COVID-19 related heart issue. Red Sox front office and doctors met to discuss Eduardo...
    They survived Hurricane Sandy, 9/11 and even the 1918 Spanish flu. Now New York’s oldest and most storied restaurants, bars and cafes are struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Naysayers feared that the city was on the cusp of losing its most beloved eateries when COVID-19 shuttered restaurants. After all, 87 percent of NYC bars and restaurants couldn’t pay rent in August and more than half of US restaurant closures are now permanent due to the coronavirus. And even though 25 percent capacity indoor dining returns on Wednesday, many still worry that the reopening phases are too little too late. But these institutions are nothing if not resilient: Neir’s Tavern in Queens, age 190, almost closed earlier this year, but...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy spoke briefly Friday about how the state will handle COVID vaccines when they become available. “We’re going to have our own process and our own checks and balances, not just on efficacy, but also on equity and other factors in terms of how we think about not just is it safe, but what’s the order of distribution, et cetera,” he said. This comes a day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York state will have its own health officials to screen any federally approved vaccine, saying, “I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion.” MORE: Gov. Cuomo: ‘I’m Not Going To Trust The Federal Government’s Opinion’ On Potential...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump skewered Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday after he threatened to slow-roll a COVID-19 vaccine in New York — telling the Democrat he should have trusted his guidance on nursing homes, too. “Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York wants to put New York at the END of the Vaccine List in that he doesn’t trust the FDA or Federal Government, even though the Vaccines are being developed by the finest Labs in the World,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Wish he trusted us on Nursing Homes!” he went on, referring to the city’s tragic COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes under Cuomo’s leadership. Cuomo told reporters on Thursday that he would set up his own review...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump skewered Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday after he threatened to slow-roll a COVID-19 vaccine in New York — telling the Democrat he should have trusted his guidance on nursing homes, too. “Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York wants to put New York at the END of the Vaccine List in that he doesn’t trust the FDA or Federal Government, even though the Vaccines are being developed by the finest Labs in the World,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Wish he trusted us on Nursing Homes!” he went on, referring to the city’s tragic COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes under Cuomo’s leadership. Cuomo told reporters on Thursday that he would set up his own review board...
    People who get enough vitamin D are at a 52 percent lower risk of dying of COVID-19 than people who are deficient for the 'sunshine vitamin,' new research reveals.  Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the immune system and may combat inflammation. These features may make it a key player in the body's fight against coronavirus.  Rates of vitamin D deficiency are also higher in some of the same groups who have been hardest hit by coronavirus: people of color and  elderly people. It's by no means a causal link, but suggests that vitamin D could play a role in who gets COVI-19, who gets sickest from it, and who is spared altogether.   Boston University's Dr Michael Holick found...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Doctor Deborah Birx is responding to reports she felt her role had been quote "diminished" on the white house coronavirus task force."Do I look like a person that is diminished? I'll tell you that is the first time those adjectives have ever been used in describing my behavior," Birx said at a news conference Thursday.Birx is the coordinator of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force.She was responding to a CNN report that said she was frustrated with the direction of the national response to the pandemic.Birx said she is not considering leaving and believes the best service she can provide right now is continue with her work.What to know about coronavirus:Back to school informationHow coronavirus changed...
    He’s serving hard time for hard partying. A Maryland man was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for hosting two parties in defiance of the state’s coronavirus orders barring large gatherings, a local Fox affiliate reported. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, had 50 to 60 people over in his Hughesville home for the first bash he threw on March 22, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived to shut down the soiree, Myers was “argumentative…but eventually agreed to disband his party,” the county State’s Attorney alleged. But he went right back to raging, throwing another party with more than 50 people less than a week later on March 27, the station reported. “Officers told Myers to disband...
    There are "early signs" that coronavirus transmission is on the rise again, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly in an afternoon briefing. He said he wanted to "raise an early flag" that things aren't trending in the right direction, especially in the Greater Sacramento area and Northern California.If current trends hold, short-term forecasts predict hospitalizations to go up 89% in the next month, Ghaly said.California currently has 2,578 people hospitalized with COVID-19. That number could rise to 4,864 by Oct. 25, Ghaly warned.MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesWe may be starting to see the effects of Labor Day socializing, which was two and a half weeks ago. Increased transmission may also be...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the second time this week, South Carolina health officials said a lab failed to report thousands of COVID-19 tests over several months. Urgent care clinic chain Doctors Care reported the results of more than 7,000 COVID-19 tests from July through this week. About 400 of them were positive, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a news release Friday. The delay in testing both prevents the agency from tracing any contacts that a person testing positive had and prevents DHEC from getting an accurate picture of the spread of a virus on a particular day, the agency said. The health agency reminded labs that they are required to report both positive...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    Researchers say that a mutated strain of COVID-19 appears to be more contagious when compared to other strains of the virus, and transmission of the virus is less likely to be prevented by wearing a mask or washing hands. The mutation, according to researchers, could be due to the virus's response in circumventing masks and other social distancing-related efforts to tamp down the spread of the virus. What are the details? According to a Wednesday report from The Washington Post, scientists say that the study — conducted in Houston and released on Wednesday — appears to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., and is comprised of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus....
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press A system to provide child care to Vermont children during the COVID-19 pandemic so parents can return to work on days their children aren’t in school is continuing to expand, officials said Friday. Speaking at Gov. Phil Scott's regular virus briefing Friday, Holly Morehouse of the organization Vermont Afterschool says that in just over four weeks, they have established 35 hubs in 87 locations serving more than 5,000 children from almost 110 towns and more than 130 schools. The system was designed by officials at afterschool programs, parks and recreation departments, child care centers and others working with state officials. “We knew that after months of being out of school children needed access to programming,...
    REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonPandemic of ignorance. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.” Related: “Minnesota downgraded to ‘uncontrolled’ COVID-19 spread” More gunshots, more police sirens. KARE 11’s Deevon Rahming reports: “Amid fear and frustration over the spike in crime, residents on the south side reached out to the city’s Public Safety Committee during a meeting Thursday with a proposal to help. ‘We were hoping that they would listen to us,’...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday the next cities to get free COVID-19 testing sites next week as part of the four-week push to track how the virus is spreading in the state. During the week of Sept. 28, the “no barrier” testing will be offered in Bemidji, Bloomington, Maplewood, Marshall, Moorhead, and Thief River Falls. The testing will be available regardless if someone is showing symptoms or not. No insurance or identification is needed. However, to avoid long lines, officials are urging people to sign up for a specific testing time slot. RELATED: Nearly 1,200 Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported, With 6 More Deaths Last week, the free testing was offered in Grand...
    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a 35 million pound ($45 million) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch’s money-manager said Friday. Releasing the royal household’s annual accounts, Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens said a lack of income from visitors to royal buildings was likely to bring a general funding shortfall of 15 million pounds ($19 million) over three years. He said the impact of the pandemic is also likely to cause a 20 million-pound ($25.4 million) shortfall in a 10-year, 369-million-pound program to replace antiquated heating, plumbing and wiring at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s London home. Officials have said the palace’s aging infrastructure, which had its...
    NORTH EAST, Md. (WJZ) — Cecil College has closed all of its campuses Friday after a positive COVID-19 case was reported. In a post on social media, the college said it would be reopening Tuesday. Online classes will continue, in-person checks on Blackboard. Read the latest here. 
    Actor Varun Sharma has shared the woes of not being able to travel abroad owing to the ongoing pandemic. Varun, who is known for his sense of humour, shared an Instagram picture posing next to a wallpaper featuring a tram, with illuminated buildings by the road side. Sushant Singh Rajput’s ‘Chhichhore’ Turns 1: Co-stars Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma Remember Late Actor “Abroad Abhi Ghoomne Jaa nahi sakte Wallpaper ke saath photo toh khichwa hi sakte hai (can’t go abroad, but can always take a picture with the wallpaper)!!” he captioned. Earlier this month, Varun along with filmmaker Mrig Lamba, announced that the script for the third installment of the “Fukrey” franchise is ready. Mrunal Thakur, Varun Sharma, Aparshakti Khurana and More...
    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a 35 million pound ($45 million) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch’s money-manager said Friday. Releasing the royal household’s annual accounts, Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens said a lack of income from visitors to royal buildings was likely to bring a general funding shortfall of 15 million pounds ($19 million) over three years. He said the impact of the pandemic is also likely to cause a 20 million-pound ($25.4 million) shortfall in a 10-year, 369-million-pound program to replace antiquated heating, plumbing and wiring at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s London home. Officials have said the palace’s aging infrastructure, which had its last...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is backing a proposal from Congressman Dwight Evans to add renter and homeowner assistance to any federal COVID-19 relief deal. He spoke Friday morning at a virtual press conference that included housing advocates and other elected officials. “The rental assistance proposed will help achieve just that, and it will also have greater impacts. Rental assistance doesn’t just benefit the tenant, it also benefits landlords, many of whom are small mom and pop businesses,” Kenney said. Congressman Evans introduced his Making Housing Matter plan last week. The U.S. House passed two COVID relief bills in May. They have yet to be brought up by the Senate.
    GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) - The death toll from the coronavirus could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday. "Unless we do it, all the number you speak about (2 million deaths) is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely," Mike Ryan, head of the WHO emergencies programme, said in a briefing on Friday. His assessment came as the total number of deaths nine months since the virus was discovered in China neared the grim milestone of 1 million. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebenay and Emma Farge in Geneva and Michael Shields in Zurich; Writing by Josephine...
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Some Greek retail stores must close earlier from Saturday until Oct. 4, authorities said, further tightening restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the greater Athens area and other parts of the country. In a state address on Thursday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cautioned Greeks to stick to mask-wearing and social-distancing to help avert a second lockdown which would have a "dramatic impact" on the economy. On Friday, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said that kiosks, mini markets and wine stores will close from midnight until 5 a.m. in Athens and other areas with a high caseload, including the islands of Lesbos and Mykonos. Drug stores and gas stations will be exempt from the new...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain recorded 6,874 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, a new record, up from 6,634 on Thursday, data published on the government website showed. (Reporting by William James and Andy Bruce) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The governor of Virginia announced on Friday that he and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor's office said in a statement that Ralph Northam is showing no symptoms, while those of Pam Northam are mild. Northam and his wife plan to isolate for the next 10 days while working remotely. Northam, a Democrat, is the only governor in the United States who is also a doctor.  Ralph Northam, the Democrat governor of Virginia, and his wife Pamela tested positive Some Republican politicians have criticized his restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling them too stringent. Northam said in a statement that the positive test result shows that the virus is 'very real...
    An Oregon family is searching for answers after new testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that their son, once presumed to be the youngest COVID-19 victim in the state, did not actually have the virus. What are the details?Matthew Irvin, 26, died suddenly in early July after falling severely ill just a few days prior. At the time, state health officials said his death was likely the result of the coronavirus due simply to the fact that he displayed several of the symptoms. According to KGW-TV, Irvin was listed as the state's youngest coronavirus victim. "When including him in the death count, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) used information from Irvin's death certificate, which listed COVID-19...
    PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORREECTIONS/FACEBOOKFlorida has added a dozen inmate deaths from COVID-19 during the past week, with the total up to 131, according to numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Corrections. The department, which reported 119 inmate deaths on Sept. 17, also has seen steady increases in inmates and corrections workers who have tested positive for the contagious disease. As of noon Thursday, 16,207 inmates had tested positive, an increase of 10 cases from a Wednesday count. Also, 3,090 workers had tested positive, an increase of 28 from a Wednesday count. The number of reported inmate deaths jumped from 127 on Wednesday to 131 on Thursday. As of Wednesday, 18 of the deaths...
    Breonna Taylors family attorney: Ky AGs investigation was a coverup UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons are rationing toilet paper and hand sanitizer as fears of panic buying return. One worker said their store was worse than a bad Christmas. Home remodeling during Covid-19—expect it to cost 50% more and take 50% longer, says finance expert So you're thinking about doing a major home renovation. You've been stuck indoors since the pandemic — and you plan to be for a while longer. So why not put some money into making it look nicer? © Provided by CNBC If you've never remodeled your home before, getting through the process can be a complete nightmare. I've been through four projects, and none of...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister said on Friday that Mexico has signed a commitment agreement to buy potential COVID-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization's global COVAX plan, which aims to deliver at least 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of next year. "Mexico ensures its participation in the principal multilateral initiative to guarantee universal access to the vaccine against COVID-19," Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter. (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    SYDNEY- Thousands of Australian students on Friday protested to demand investment in renewable-energy projects, though COVID-19 restrictions confined the events to small gatherings and online activism. About 500 protests were held across Australia, with other demonstrations expected worldwide on Friday. In Sydney, gatherings were limited to no more than 20 people, while in Melbourne, which is under a stringent lockdown after a second wave of COVID-19, protests were held online. Those who could protest in person carried signs and gave voice to their message alongside climate advocates. “Their future is on the line,” Gillian Reffell, a Sydney resident, told Reuters. “We want to see our governments fund children’s futures, renewable jobs and not gas.” The demonstrations comes a year after...
    Boulder County announced a new public health order Thursday barring all college-aged individuals from gathering for at least two weeks. The order bars all indoor and outdoor gatherings for people in the 18 to 22 age group and cites University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) students as causing a surge in COVID-19 infection. The order said the county has seen 1,392 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases among CU Boulder students in the age group since classes began August 24. That represents “78% of Boulder County’s COVID-19 cases for this time period,” the order stated. “We must take stronger action to stop the spread of this virus in our community,” Boulder County Public Health Executive Director Jeff...
    Some friends have missed going to A’s or 49ers games during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others have longed for concerts, live theater or dinner at a favorite table in a favorite restaurant. I’ve missed going to movies. My favorite way of enjoying a few hours of collective entertainment has always been to join a crowd of strangers in a dark cineplex or arthouse theater. So, it was a little exciting to learn that health officials had given movie theaters in Marin County the go-ahead to reopen. In the past week, several Marin theaters have begun screening the few films showing in theaters, including Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated, time-bending spy thriller “Tenet.” I was curious. I also missed movie popcorn, so I...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The reproduction "R" number of COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom has risen to a range of 1.2-1.5 from last week's figure of 1.1 to 1.4, the government said on Friday. "An R number between 1.2 and 1.5 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people," the government said, adding that the number of new infections was growing by 4% to 8% each day. (Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by Paul Sandle) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    He’s going to fight for their “rights” to party. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to seek a “bill of rights” to protect college students from being expelled for partying hearty during the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis on Thursday called policies that punish social students for defying rules that limit the size of gatherings “draconian” while appearing at a virtual public health roundtable. “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing, but I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do,” DeSantis said. DeSantis didn’t provide more details about his proposed “bill of rights” or whether he would try to pass it as...
    By SAM McNEIL, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories. Capacity is expected to reach 610 million doses by the end of this year, Zheng Zhongwei from the National Health Commission said. “Next year, our annual capacity will reach more than 1 billion doses,” he said at a news conference. American pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna aim to produce a billion doses each in 2021 as well. Zheng said distribution of the vaccines would prioritize groups such as medical workers, border personnel and the elderly before they are made...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco’s Latino community continues to disproportionately bear the brunt of COVID-19, but that could soon change. The mayor’s office announced on Thursday a $28.5 million boost to be allocated to the city’s Latino community to combat the virus. The money will go toward COCID-19 testing, including community pop-up hubs. Also, food support, housing subsidies and even eviction prevention. “We have to do a better job to address this disparity,” Mayor London Breed said on a UCSF zoom forum which focused on San Francisco’s flattening of the curve over the last 6 months. As KPIX 5 recently reported, Latinos make up 15 percent of the city’s population and 51 percent of those testing...