(Bloomberg) — Chicago urged residents to stay at home, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot calling her advisory “literally a matter of life or death.” New York State reported more than 10,000 infections in two days. New York City is preparing for the possibility of closing its schools again, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine warned on Twitter: “We don’t want another shutdown,” as the state broke records for infections and hospitalizations.
Covid won’t be a pandemic for “a lot longer” because of rapid progress in vaccine development, according to Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official. The Trump administration is stepping back from negotiations on a new stimulus package, as governors become America’s first line of defense against the pandemic’s winter onslaught.
Hospitalization rates set a new record in France. The U.K. reported record infections despite the tightened lockdown, though new cases may be steadying or easing in some of Europe’s virus hot spots.
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Biden Adviser Doubts National Lockdown (3:42 p.m. NY)
A member of President-Elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force said Thursday that she doesn’t see a nationwide lock down as necessary, backing away from language used by another adviser the day before.
“With all due respect to Dr. Osterholm that doesn’t necessarily represent the entire advisory board or what the Biden-Harris transition team is planning to do,” Céline Gounder said on CNN, referring to comments Michael Osterholm made Wednesday. “I think you’re really going to have to adjust your interventions based on the local epidemiology and perhaps there are some places where you need to be more draconian, but I really don’t think that’s a national policy.”
Osterholm told Yahoo Finance a lockdown lasting four to six weeks combined with a fiscal “package” meant to support workers, businesses and local governments could help contain the virus.
Ohio Governor Says He Doesn’t Want Another Shutdown (3:38 p.m. NY)
Ohio is at a record for new infections, total hospitalizations and intensive-care patients, Governor Mike DeWine said as he warned: “We don’t want another shutdown.”
On Wednesday, the Republican governor re-issued the state’s mask mandate and tightened other restrictions, warning that bars, restaurants and gyms may be closed if people did not comply with anti-virus measures. On Thursday, Ohio reported 7,101 new infections, another record.
Portugal Extends Restrictions (3:17 p.m. NY)
Portugal is extending existing restrictions to more regions. From Monday, limits to movement that were already in place in 121 municipalities including Lisbon will apply to a total of 191 municipalities that have reported more infections, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said.
Portugal on Thursday reported 5,839 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a day, less than the daily record of 6,640 reported on Saturday. The number of patients in intensive-care units fell by eight to 383.
North Dakota Nurses Refuse to Work While Infected (3:07 p.m. NY)
North Dakota’s nurses are saying no to a move by state officials to keep infected health care staff on the job if they don’t exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. “The health and safety of nurses is paramount as is the health and safety of the patients they care for,” the North Dakota Nurses Association said. “We must remain vigilant with our actions to minimize COVID-19 spread within health care settings and to protect staff and patients.”
New York Cases Spike (2:54 p.m. NY)
New York State saw nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases over two days, as Governor Andrew Cuomo urged people to “buckle down.”
Of the more than 162,600 tests conducted on Wednesday, nearly 3%, 4,797 were positive, according to state data. The spike comes after nearly 5,000 new cases were reported the previous day.
There were 1,677 hospitalizations and 29 virus-related deaths on Wednesday.
If residents continue to be vigilant, wear masks, and practice social distancing, particularly as the holidays approach, the state can keep it under control, Cuomo said in a news release. “I know it has been a long time, but these next weeks are going to be key and we really need people to buckle down to fend off the tide.”
Chicago Issues Stay-at-Home Advisory (2:50 p.m. NY)
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday issued an advisory urging residents to avoid leaving home except for work, school and other essentials as new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations surge.
“This is literally a matter of life or death,” Lightfoot said. “We all have to step up and do our part.”
If the city continues on the current path at least 1,000 more Chicagoans could die from the virus by the end of the year, Lightfoot said during a press conference on Thursday. The city advises canceling traditional Thanksgiving celebrations and avoiding travel.
Illinois again reported record daily cases, 12,657, and the most deaths since May.
South Dakota Hits Record Amid Criticism (2:42 p.m. NY)
South Dakota reported a record 2,019 infections, a day after neighboring Minnesota criticized Governor Kristi Noem for failing to institute mask mandates or other anti-virus measures. Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, said he wished that the Republican Noem, a Trump ally, had done more to control the spread as he announced more aggressive measures for Minnesota.
“And this one’s a little bit personal because the governor of South Dakota has taken to traveling to other states and criticizing others,” Walz said.
New Jersey Governor Lashes Out Against Anti-Maskers (2:15 p.m. NY)
Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, where positivity has reached 12% amid a second wave, issued some of his harshest criticism to date of those who fail to mask and take other precautions. “You know what’s really uncomfortable and annoying? When you die,” Murphy, a typically mild-mannered U.S. ambassador to Germany, said at a Trenton news conference. “I speak to families almost every single day — some days, multiple families — who’ve lost a loved one. I’d love someone who’s jerking around by not wearing a mask, and making it political, to speak to some of these families I speak to.”
The state reported 18 deaths and its third straight day of 3,500-plus new cases. Starting today, the governor has ordered restaurants to stop indoor service at 10 p.m. daily, and alcohol may be served only to patrons seated at tables.
Kentucky High Court Upholds Governor’s Covid-19 Orders (2:05 p.m. NY)
A unanimous Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday overruled a lower court opinion that would have evicerated Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency powers and deleted dozens of orders issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only the health and lives of Kentuckians but also their own economic interests; the interests of the vast majority take precedence over the individual business interests of any one person or entity,” Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth Hughes wrote in the opinion.
French Hospitalizations Break Record (1:45 p.m. NY)
Covid hospitalizations in France reached 32,683, topping the peak reported in April, even as some indicators signal that curfew and lockdown measures are starting to slow the virus spread. Positive tests fell for a fifth day to 18.7%, down almost two percentage points from six days ago.
Hospitalizations climbed above the previous April 14 record, after the country reported record infections in the past three weeks. New confirmed cases rose by 33,172 to 1.9 million, health authorities said. The seven-day average of cases, which smooths out fluctuations over the course of a week, fell for a fifth day to 42,478.
Separately, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told Le Monde newspaper that the government will decide whether to loosen or tighten lockdown measures based on scientific data. Castex noted a “small slowdown” in the spread of coronavirus, but “it’s certainly not the moment to loosen the reins.”
Michigan Officials Warn of Rising Hospitalizations (1:15 p.m. NY)
Michigan health officials warned that hospitalizations from Covid-19 are doubling every two weeks, and cases are rising “exponentially,” the Detroit Free Press reported. The increase is 40% per week, they said.
“At that pace, we will top our late spring hospitalization peak this month,” Gerry Anderson, a leader of the Michigan Economic Recovery Council, said in a statement with CEOs of five health systems.
Greece Climbs to Records, Spain Dips (12:55 p.m. NY)
Greece recorded 3,316 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began. The country also reported 50 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, also a record one-day increase. Meanwhile, Spain reported 7,759 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, down from the 8,943 daily infections the previous day.
NYC Prepares for Possible School Shutdown (12:26 p.m. NY)
New York City is preparing for the possibility of closing its schools and going to an all-remote program as the city recorded a 2.6% seven-day rate of positive coronavirus tests, approaching the shut-down level of 3%, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“We’re preparing for that possibility,” de Blasio said. “It’s a rule we put out very clearly. If any day we see in the morning indicators come out and they reach that level, then we will move immediately, the next day, schools will be shut down.”
The city also reported 870 new cases of Covid-19 virus on a seven-day average as of Nov. 10, which is above the 550 public health warning threshold, and 100 hospital admissions with Covid-19 symptoms, of which 36 were confirmed as testing positive. That level remains within city hospitals’ capacity, the mayor said.
White House Retreats From Stimulus Talks (12:21 p.m. NY)
The Trump administration is stepping back from negotiations on a new stimulus package and leaving it to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to revive long-stalled talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to people familiar with the situation.
While the White House probably would consult with GOP lawmakers on details of a Covid-19 relief bill, it’s now unlikely to take the lead on talks, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The White House would only take over if negotiations have to be restarted completely, the people said.
Another Trump Adviser Tests Positive, NYT Reports (12:18 p.m. NY)
Corey Lewandowski, an adviser to President Trump, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, the New York Times reports, citing an unidentified person briefed on the matter. Lewandowski believes he contracted the virus in Philadelphia, the Times says.
El Paso Outbreak Surpasses Houston’s (12:11 p.m. NY)
Active virus cases in the remote Texas border town of El Paso have surpassed those in Houston’s Harris county, which has almost six times the population.
El Paso county’s active cases rose to 29,492, exceeding Harris County’s 29,145, according to state health department figures. Governor Greg Abbott said additional medical teams have been dispatched to aid local public-health officials in El Paso and other Texas hot spots such as Lubbock.
U.K Breaks Record (11:55 a.m. NY)
The U.K reported more than 33,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began.
Some 33,470 new cases were reported on the government’s dashboard, significantly higher than the seven-day rolling average of 22,524, according to Bloomberg calculations. The number also exceeds the previous record for the pandemic of 26,688 reached on October 21.
Yesterday the country’s death toll for the pandemic crossed 50,000, making it the first country in Europe to do so.
Italy Deaths Rise as Cases Slow (11:35 a.m. NY)
Italy registered 636 deaths related to Covid-19 on Thursday, a seven-month high, compared with 623 on Wednesday. New daily virus cases rose to 37,978, from 32,961 the day before.
The rate of increase of new cases has been slowing since last week, the first sign the curve may be flattening after latest restrictions. Six more Italian regions saw curbs tightened on Monday, and others have just approved new measures to reduce gatherings.
Austria Daily Cases Reach Record, 10 Days Into Lockdown (9:27 a.m. NY)
Austria reported its biggest-ever daily increase in cases on Thursday, 10 days after a second, limited lockdown kicked in. The government is scheduled to review the lockdown’s impact on Friday and may announce further steps. Schools and shops are still open while restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theaters and gyms closed Nov. 3.
Fauci Says Covid Won’t Be Pandemic Long (8:55 a.m. NY)
Covid won’t be a pandemic for “a lot longer” thanks to rapid progress in vaccine development, according to Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official. The coronavirus could nonetheless remain endemic for a long time, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said at an event organized by Chatham House, a U.K. think tank.
Fauci spoke after Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE reported earlier this week that the vaccine they’re developing is more than 90% effective, according to preliminary results of a broad study. Findings from the trial of a similar shot, developed by Moderna Inc., are expected soon.
U.S. Cases Hit Record Again, Deaths Most Since May (7:53 a.m. NY)
The U.S. recorded 152,255 new infections on Wednesday, another record as the virus spreads across the nation, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. The seven-day average is now more than 130,000, up from just under 50,000 a month ago. Fatalities reached their highest point since May, with 1,987 reported on Wednesday. The seven-day average is about 1,140, compared with just over 700 a month ago.
Merkel Warns Germany’s Curbs May Get Extended (6:55 a.m. NY)
Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the door to extending coronavirus restrictions into December as Germany struggles to regain control of the pandemic. While rapid increases in new cases have slowed, levels are still too high, Merkel said on Thursday. Germany is looking to reduce cases to 50 per 100,000 people over seven days from 138 currently.
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