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The new restrictions in Europe appear to be slowing the spread of the virus in some of the worst affected countries, West. H. a. Says. UNICEF warns of a « lost generation » due to school closures.

Will police enforce a mask order in West Virginia? The governor says yes, and the attorney general says no.

The Trump administration’s Coronavirus Response Coordinator, who appeared in the White House with other senior federal health officials for the first time in months, issued a strict assessment of the epidemic on Thursday, along with an urgent warning to Americans to « increase their vigilance » pending approval of a vaccine.

Dr.. Deborah L.. Birx made the remarks after the White House Coronavirus Task Force met with Vice President Mike Pence – who gave a much better assessment as he defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic that has now claimed more than 250,000 lives in the United States, and killed nearly 2000 people. Americans are on Wednesday alone.

“America has never been more prepared to fight this virus than we are today,” Mr.. « We approach this moment with confidence, » Pence declared. We know the American people know what to do.

The press conference came late in the afternoon, in the White House Briefing Room, after President-elect Joseph R.. Biden Jr.. He denounced President Trump’s « unreasonable irresponsibility » in challenging the presidential election results and delaying the start of the transition process. the master. Biden indicated that the administration refused to grant his team access to planning the vaccine deployment.

He described the vaccine deployment effort as “one of the biggest operational challenges we will face as a nation,” Mr.. Biden said, “There is no excuse not to share the data and let’s start planning.

The White House briefing provided a stark reminder of the toll the pandemic has inflicted on the nation and the great disconnect between the master.. . Trump and Mr.. Pence and the federal health officials who advise them. Even like dr. Birx implored Americans to wear masks – and she stood at the podium wearing one while she spoke – Mr.. Pence greeted the journalists with his face uncovered.

Dr.. Birx, who has a fondness for data, came armed with sober stats. Flipping through a series of graphs, it showed a map of the United States that was a vast expanse of bright red – an indication that the entire country, with the exception of the East and West coasts, is being crushed by the virus..

The briefing, nine months after the spread of the epidemic, was like a full-fledged judicial press by the administration, despite its success in helping to develop two promising vaccines, it retreated again due to the virus.

A series of senior officials appeared, including Dr.. Anthony S.. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist; Health Minister Alex M.. Azar II Dr.. Robert R.. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The general. Gustav F.. Berna, who is coordinating the logistics for the vaccine effort; And dr. Elinor F.. Brooms Katz, head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. (Dr. Scott Atlas, mr. However, Trump’s advisor on the novel coronavirus was not in the evidence. )

Dr.. Fauci has sought to reassure Americans that approval for the two vaccines is imminent, saying that neither scientific nor safety has been compromised.. « We need to get rid of any notion that this was inappropriately rushed, » he said.. “This is really powerful.

General Turner pledged that the government would start distributing vaccines within 24 hours after receiving emergency approval from the Federal Drug Administration. He did not mention that doses would be rare at first and that vaccinations did not take effect immediately.

One vaccine developer, Moderna, said it will have 20 million doses ready by the end of 2020; The other Pfizer, meanwhile, has said it will have about 50 million by then – half for Americans. Both vaccines require two injections, so 20 million doses are enough for 10 million people.

As the United States grapples with rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday and consider canceling plans to spend time with relatives outside their homes..

The new guidelines, which contrast sharply with recent White House efforts to downplay the threat, clearly state that « the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, » by gathering with friends and even family members who Not living with you increases the chances of contracting the virus or influenza or transmitting the virus.

Officials said they strengthened their recommendations against travel due to the staggering rise in the number of infections just last week. Recent numbers of hospitalizations – more than 79,000 were reported on Wednesday – and daily new cases continue to shatter. s. Records. As of Wednesday, the average new cases nationwide for seven days surpassed 162,000, an increase of 77 percent from the average two weeks ago.. .

« In the midst of this critical stage, C.. Dr. C. She recommends against traveling during Thanksgiving, « said Dr.. Henry Walk, the agency’s Covid-19 accident manager, during a press conference.

He added: « We are concerned, » referring to the huge increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. «  What worries us is not only the actual situation of travel – be it plane, bus or car, but also transportation hubs.

« When people are lining up » to take a bus or plane, social distancing becomes more difficult and virus transmission becomes more likely, he said..

The agency’s biggest concern is that the holidays may accelerate the spread of the virus, C.. Dr. C. Officials said. Older family members are at high risk of complications and death if infected with the virus.

The agency’s guidance comes after similar warnings from a wide range of health experts, governors and other officials. Alex M.. Azar II, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, said recently that he wants Americans to listen to local and state directives and to « consult c. . Dr. C. Guidance on how to make assemblies as safe as possible.

And as he has repeatedly done in recent weeks, Gov. Andrew M.. Cuomo from New York on Thursday pleaded with people to avoid travel and large gatherings during the holiday. He had already banned private gatherings of more than 10 people, a rule that some officials have criticized as unenforceable.

“Please: Love sometimes does what is difficult,” Mr.. Como said. “This year, if you love someone, the better and smarter they are to walk away. It’s hard to say and hear.

A different message arrived from White House officials. White House press secretary Kylie McCannani criticized state governors ’health guidelines as inconsistent with American notions of freedom in an interview with the » Fox Friends & « program on Wednesday.. .

“I think a lot of the guidelines you see are Orwellian principles,” she said, referring to a rule in Oregon that gatherings be limited to six people.

President Trump’s advisor, Dr.. Scott W.. Atlas, a radiologist, not an expert in infectious diseases, argued against the exclusion of elderly people from Thanksgiving gatherings earlier in the week, saying that isolation « is one of the unspoken tragedies » of the epidemic and that « for many people this is the final thank you believe it or Do not believe.

He said on Fox News: « It is not just about stopping cases of Covid virus, we have to talk about the damage to the policy itself. ». .

c. Dr. C. Officials made pleas to avoid travel despite acknowledging that the prolonged outbreak has affected families.

Dr.. Walkie warned that family get-togethers – especially those that bring different families together – can unintentionally lead to tragic consequences..

“The tragedy that can happen is that one of your family members, from meeting together in a family gathering, may end up in hospital and become seriously ill and can die. We don’t want to see that happen, Dr.. Wook said. “This year we are asking people to be as safe as possible.

College students returning home for the holiday should isolate themselves and limit interaction with friends on campus before they return.. Once home, they should try to limit interactions with family members, interact outside rather than at home, and wear masks indoors if one of the family members has a chronic condition that puts them at risk..

Dr.. Wook said he himself would not visit his parents, although he had not seen them in several months urging him to come home, and he encouraged his adult children and college-aged children to isolate themselves before returning home for the holiday..

New virus concerns were reflected in air travel plans. United Airlines recently said it expects Thanksgiving week to be its busiest period since the start of the pandemic, but reported on Thursday that bookings have slowed and cancellations have spiked in recent days.. American Airlines reduced December flights between the United States and Europe as cases rose sharply on both sides of the Atlantic.

AAA Travel said last week that it expects at least a 10 percent drop in travel on Thanksgiving, the biggest one-year drop since 2008, when the country was in the throes of a major recession.. The organization said people who decide to travel are likely to drive shorter distances for fewer days than they would otherwise have. 4 car trips were expected to decline. 3 percent, much less than air travel. The AAA cited rising cases, quarantine rules, health concerns and increased unemployment as factors.

If Americans choose to travel, they should do so as safely as possible, wear masks and maintain social distancing, even while having a Thanksgiving meal with others outside the home.

The American Hospital Association joined the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association, which represents many of the country’s physicians, urging the public to be vigilant over the Thanksgiving weekend.

In an open letter Thursday, groups urged Americans to « celebrate responsibility in a reduced fashion. ».

“We are all exhausted and sympathize with the desire to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but given the grave risks, we stress the importance of wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing and washing hands,” reads the letter.

Dr.. Anthony S.. Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease expert, has warned for weeks about the dangers of Thanksgiving dinner, saying families should make a « risk-benefit assessment of what they want to do. ». His family will drop out of a meeting and share a meal over video chat.

He said at Tuesday’s DealBook event: « My daughters, adult professional women in different parts of the country, have made a decision. ». “They want to protect their father.

In a rare sign of hope amid crushing blows across a pandemic that has claimed more than 1. 3 million people live worldwide, and the new European restrictions appear to slow the spread of the coronavirus in some of the worst affected countries..

The World Health Organization said Thursday that new case rates are declining for the first time in months across the region. Two weeks ago, the agency reported that about two million new infections a week were discovered across Europe. Last week, that number dropped to 1. 8 million – a decrease of 10 percent.

“It’s a small reference but a sign nonetheless,” Dr.. Hans Kluge, W.. H. a. Regional Director for Europe, said at a press conference. He said Europe could turn the tide, but warned that the virus remained a serious threat.

The restrictions, many of which were announced at the end of October, were less stringent than they had been in the spring – many businesses and gatherings of limited size were closed.. The restrictions on movement are much less stringent than they used to be. But schools generally remain open.

This approach stands in stark contrast to much of the United States, where responsibility for virus policy is largely left to states.. Many state governors have resisted imposing restrictions on daily life, but a number have changed course in recent days, particularly in the Midwest, where the virus is spreading out of control.. .

But while bars, restaurants, and gyms remain largely open in most parts of the country, sometimes with shorter hours, some public school systems have been closed to personal learning.. Students in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Boston are limited to distance learning, and New York City announced that it will go online starting Thursday..

Research is increasingly indicating that children under 10 are less likely to contract and transmit the virus, and that opening schools, at least for younger children, is generally safe.. Dr. Cluj described closing schools as ineffective in stopping the virus, and W.. H. a. She was committed to working with European countries to keep primary schools open.

Today, the United States and Europe approached the second wave of the Coronavirus in completely different ways. My colleagues, Matina Stevis-Gridnev and Mitch Smith, on what these responses looked like. It’s Tuesday 17th November..

Matina, you cover Europe for The Times and based in Belgium. So tell us how European governments are responding to this second wave of the Coronavirus.

Well, Michael, I think by mid-October the writing was on the wall that the second wave everyone feared would finally come with us.. We’ve been seeing massive increases in cases. Hospitals are saturated. The reason for this is that in Europe, we had a horrific first wave, followed by very strict lockdowns, which led us to a beautiful European summer where people were able to go to the beach, rest and pretend life was normal.. And that was cool. But the price they paid was too high. And so on a Wednesday in late October, I think it was October 28th, French President Emmanuel Macron –

On the way to a partial lockdown, the Dutch prime minister said many people had not adhered to the current rules as he announced a list of new, stricter restrictions..

Ireland has become the latest to tighten anti-Covid-19 measures, taking the country to the highest level of restrictions similar to the lockdown last March..

The majority of the continent was imposing restrictions on its citizens to contain what was apparently an uncontrollable second wave.

The House of Commons has approved the four-week lockdown in England, which begins at midnight.

And what are the general features of these shutdowns that happened, as I said, around the same time? How does it look

In general, European governments have made it very clear that you should stay home. In some countries, this has been enforced very strictly. For example, in Greece, you need to text a number and get some kind of automated permission for six different categories of reasons for which you need to leave your home..

So I wrote your name and number 6, which means that you will be out for a short walk or a walk for your pet. And if you come across a police officer, they’ll check if you actually sent this text. So, while enforcement measures in Europe ranged, people have been told to a large extent, to stay home, do nothing unless it is really necessary.. You know, don’t go out for coffee or a croissant or whatever. But the one thing that was different from the first wave was that across the board in the vast majority of European countries, governments really tried to keep schools open.. This is a hallmark of their response to the second wave. There was a real effort to get the kids to school or take care of the kids and not keep them at home.

So, the general approach here in these European countries over the past few weeks is to close most companies, severely limit the movement of people, but keep schools open, and prioritize education above everything else?

I’m curious how leaders in these countries explain these decisions given how disruptive they are.

– I understand your frustration. I know you are tired. French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, told his people –

– I know the feeling of the day that never ends. So they started by saying that we know we are asking for a big sacrifice. And here is the reason we brought it up. Key messages included how saturated European hospitals were.

Here in Belgium, for example, the government has made it clear that it’s so stressful that patients have to be sent to Germany for care..

There was such intense pressure that in some cities in Belgium, nurses were asked to go to work if they had COVID and were not showing symptoms.. So honesty and transparency about how serious the situation was, were really central to that message. Beyond that, this was the call for unity, for community cohesion, that we are in this together, and we must move together.. And in some countries, this message has been spread in very creative ways. So, for example, last week the German government, which is not famous for its humor, released a video clip or advertisement –

– about this old man who is being interviewed and talks about the great battle of his generation.

– Then proceed by saying that we are required to stay home, order food, watch TV, and not go out. And that was the battle of our generation.

I was also struck by what you seem to describe as the sort of coordinated messaging across different countries. Is that correct?

I think that’s definitely true. We’ve seen pretty much similar messages and indeed similar policies across the European Union. I think the reason for this is because there is a shared sense of reality. Of course, there are political and even social disputes over the best course of action. This is the case everywhere. I do not want to make it this way such a complete consensus in Europe. But the proximity of these countries means that they are able to look at each other, learn from each other, and in the end, the situation in a country across one border will affect what happens to its neighboring neighbor.. And there is a real sense of shared destiny in it.

Okay, so what is good for a country that is undoubtedly good for one or two neighbors?

accurately. Conversely, if your country is doing much worse than your neighbor, questions will arise as to why. You’ll look across that border at your neighbor and hold your government accountable and say, well, here in Belgium, we have really bad results. But at the border in the Netherlands, things are looking much better. why? So the ability to compare and exchange banknotes has kind of created a positive reinforcement mechanism that we hope will help all European countries out of the second wave and hopefully the last wave of Coronavirus.. .

Matina, from what you describe, this looks like a continent that pretty much accepts this second wave of lockdowns. Do I have this right? And if so, I wonder why you think this goes beyond the kind of collective understanding that you have described.

I think people are definitely tired. They are definitely angry in some cases. Perhaps they feel that their government should have learned lessons from the first wave to avert or avoid the second lockdown. But overall, despite some opposition and certainly despite some groups who see this as either a conspiracy or an assault on their freedoms, I think if I take a few steps back, what I see is a very broad societal acceptance of these actions.. Remember, too, this is Europe. Governments are engaged in businesses for individuals, and there is an expectation that this will be necessary. Therefore, the country is expected to play an active role in managing the outbreak. People do not find these interventions strange or unusual. It is just part of the continent’s political and civic culture. And one more thing, maybe a little more. European governments, even those without much financial resources, have shown a somewhat humane approach to citizens suffering financially from this crisis by providing support through a set of measures costing them billions and billions of euros.. Let’s start with Germany, which is the largest, richest country in Europe and most generous in its response to the financial fallout. You know, suspending tax payments, suspending social security payments, paying companies money to keep their employees on board and putting them on vacation by covering most or all of their paychecks, instead of letting them go.. But they even paid checks to independent artists –

– which no other government has actually done. So if you were a freelance artist in Berlin – and of course, you know, there were no galleries. You have not been able to make a living – I registered with the government and within a week I got a check for 5,000 euros in the mail, which is not much. But it showed the government’s willingness to support people that governments had not explicitly seen, in the past, in other crises, such as independent artists, for example.. . And even in the smaller, poorer European countries that have much less flexibility in their budgets to do this kind of thing, efforts have been made to support people who are struggling.. For example, my parents live in Greece. And Greece does not have the finest financial resources, as many people know. But even so, my parents got an effective tax deduction, which was a real game changer for their financial planning for the rest of the year.. Moreover, the European Union is rallying for a historic stimulus package that will be distributed to its 27 members in addition to the national stimulus packages in the new year.. Thus financial aid continues in various forms. Of course, it cannot last forever. It is sure to stress these governments’ finances in the long run. But I believe that this is the main reason why the relationship between citizens and governments continues, even in these very strange times for relations between citizens and governments.. And people continue to feel connected to their governments, because it is a two-way street. They not only feel that their governments are telling them what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, or that their governments are just taking measures that eliminate their livelihoods.. They feel like they gain something back, too.

So the most important question of all, Mattina, is this second shutdown working? Have you started to flatten the curve?

Well, Michael, the first thing I will do is tell you what is happening in Belgium by searching my Coronalert app, which –

– It informs me that this week we saw 47 percent fewer cases compared to last week and 24 percent fewer hospital admissions, which means that here in Belgium, we are approaching the corner. Likewise, other countries that implemented lockdowns around the same time as Belgium are doing better. The Czech Republic, which was once the worst infection rate in Europe, is showing similarly promising signs. Finland, Ireland, similar trends. And there are every reason to believe that big countries, such as Germany or France, are directly behind us. They implemented their shutdowns soon after. They have their own conditions to deal with at home. But their infection rate is already slowing. So the feeling is that the actions are working, which means that they are actually being applied too.

Correct, which means that people are more likely to continue to follow them, because there is an immediate reward for sticking to these rules.

Specifically, you can see that things are getting better. And remember, there’s always the promise of a near-normal holiday season at the end of the year. And this, I think, is something that keeps people going, which is the hope that maybe there can be small festive celebrations, even though governments are cautioning and trying to convince everyone to stay and stay away from elderly relatives.. But there is a feeling that if we can get this under control by mid-December, we might be able to have a holiday season of sorts.

So, Mitch, you are a national correspondent for The Times and is based in the Midwest, the region that is now the most affected by the virus in the United States.. We just spoke to our colleague Mattina about how Europe is responding to its second wave. It is a story of coordination and communication. Let’s talk how that compares to what governments in the Midwest are doing now.

Yes, well, it looks very different here. But you are right. The Midwest is in a really terrible situation. And it has been for quite some time. Case numbers keep exploding. Thirteen of the 14 metro areas are located in the country with the highest recent case rates in the Midwest. Six of the seven states in the country have the highest recent case rates, in the Midwest. It is rising pretty much everywhere in the region. You have referees who talk about concerns about hospital capacity and get really close – using language we’ve never seen before.

A Covid storm has ravaged the nation that has brought Illinois from a low single-digit positive rate to its mid-teens. With virtually no mitigation in our neighboring states and no national strategy to curb the spread of the disease, we’re going through a very difficult few months ahead..

But – but even so, restrictions are generally more flexible than what you see outside. It differs greatly from state to state and province to province. It looks a lot different.

Sure, let me start with the fewest limitations. It will be South Dakota. This is a case where there is no mask mandate. There is no request to stay home. he was not there. Although cases are rising there, as is the case in most parts of the region, there appears to be no movement towards that.

And I want to remind you all of this. Because while we were working together and preparing as a country, many other countries were taking a completely different approach. Some ordered their citizens to take refuge in their place, ordered their businesses to close, and ordered their churches to close them..

Gov. Kristi Noem, she’s a Republican, and has been really candid for months about letting people make their own choices.

And day after day, night after night, they insisted that every decision I made was wrong, and that I was a fool to trust my people. And I was smarter in respecting the oath that I swore. They told me to close my term.

And she acted accordingly and didn’t impose the kinds of things we’d seen some of her peers go to. She’s even had it –

We are open to opportunities and always will be. I am Governor Kristi Noem. Celebrate what makes America great.

Are there any restrictions in South Dakota of any kind while the second wave is moving?

Statewide, not a right. Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city, last week sanctioned the mask and that failed. Sioux Falls is the 8th largest per capita in recent weeks of any metro area in the country.

Then, I’m going to Ohio, a state where Republican Gov. Mike Dwyane has been outspoken for months about how dangerous this is. This is a case she has a mask mandate now, and she’s had some restrictions on business, which was trying to kind of thread that needle.. They referred to the small congregations as the true posting center in this case.

We will issue a new order in the next few days that will place important new restrictions on these social activities.

For example, they released new guidelines for weddings. So guests should be seated all the time –

It also requires everyone to be seated, and everyone to wear a mask, unless they are actively consuming food or drinks.

But you can still dance for the first time. So not everyone can dance, but you can still dance first. You can throw the bouquet, that’s fine. You can cut the cake, but no buffets. And so we try to find some balance and – and not completely shut down, while organizing wedding dances. This is where you are in a place like Ohio.

But that’s news for me. Can you still throw an indoor wedding in Ohio?

Well, what’s the most restrictive Midwestern state at this point in the second wave?

Sure, well, Michigan will be the state further this time. It’s a state with a Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, which is the state legislature controlled by Republicans, and if you’ve ever paid attention to this year’s election, the citizens are very divided.. This is a place with huge disagreements and schools of thought on how to approach this. Over the weekend, Governor Whitmer went out and told high schools and colleges that they would have to close them.

We are on the edge of a precipice, and we need to take some action. Because as the weather gets colder and more time is spent indoors, this virus will spread. More people will get sick, and there will be more deaths.

She said bars and restaurants cannot open for indoor dining anymore. Casinos, movie theaters, and group exercise classes are all closed. It’s not a shutdown, but it’s the closest it has been anywhere in the Midwest since spring.

On the right, you have a serious criticism of the governor for shutting down businesses and closing schools. You had the state’s Republican president say it shows contempt for the elected representatives of the people by not going through the Republican-controlled legislature to implement these rules.. You have at least one state legislator who says it should be impeached.

And we know, Mitch, that there has been a debate about economic versus public health that has defined this division in the country to a large extent since the beginning of the epidemic.. But what is the story of resistance in the Midwest to these measures right now, given the deep contagion levels there?

Well, I think it’s a real mix of things. These cases are not homogeneous. But I think some of that is rooted in the fact that some states that went above and beyond in the spring didn’t have that many cases.. And so maybe this is a sign that things are working. I think that in some angles, this is seen as a sign that they have lost their livelihood or lost their business when they may not have needed to.. I think you also have, in some parts of the region, real doubts about government, a liberal streak, an independent tradition in many of these countries and not necessarily a lot of trust in government to look for people like them, to see through that when this is over, they come out pretty well on the other side.. Finally, you have to look, too, to see how frankly the federal messaging was inconsistent with what some of these conservatives are saying.. You have a president that many people in this region respect, voted for, trust, and who already has conflicting messages about how to handle this.. . And I think you can still see this happen. And only on Sunday, for example, when Governor Whitmire issued new restrictions and almost immediately did Dr.. Scott Atlas, the president’s coronavirus advisor, slams her on Twitter. The only way this stops, he says, is if people rise up. You get what you accept. So there is a tension, a real dissonance at some point between the messages of the different leaders, between the state and the federation. And if you were a person in Michigan, you were told one thing by the leader of your state and another by the White House..

Correct. So if we go back to Europe for a moment, Mitch – and I know you are so far from Europe – what Mattina told us is the reason why things work in Europe, and why there is so much buying, because there is a history of government playing this role in people’s lives – not that. What you’re describing in the Midwest – there is a unified message from government leaders at multiple levels – again, we’re completely lacking that here, as I just explained – and finally, there’s significant federal financial help, which of course we didn’t get in the United States, because it wasn’t There’s been a big federal stimulus package for months now.

That’s right. This is the important context for understanding how to receive it. There is so much real fear that can be understood about what the future holds if we ever have to take shelter again.

Mitch, is there a version where the patchwork method could work in some way, so that it could flatten the curve?

Well, I think we definitely hope so. I think you are also seeing some signs that people are taking it more seriously. I spoke to the mayor of Sioux, Iowa not long ago, which is where he has among the most total cases per person in the country over the course of the entire epidemic.. Was in an event. He said almost everyone wears a mask. Until a few weeks ago, this was not the case. And he points to the Iowa governor coming out and saying, ‘You have to wear masks if you’re going to attend an event. And so I think the only thing that matters here is that some of those leaders who for a long time have been prevented from imposing restrictions that have frustrated, particularly some liberals about how they deal with this, when people in those states see them on TV with deep anxiety in their voice saying, Listen, Hospitals are filling up and we have to do something, I think there is a real hope that people will take, even if it is not spelled out literally in a business executive and trying to help themselves and their community. Because I think this is an area where people care a lot about others. This is an area where people care a lot about their cities and their neighbors. And so I think that as you can see this is escalating, you see anxiety building in the faces and voices of the people who elect them – that the sincere hope is that the effect begins.. At the very least, we can maintain hospital capacity and that people who get sick can get the best treatment available and have a combat opportunity.

It seems what you’re saying is that the scenario here that flattens the curve might be that things get so bad that people in the Midwest are listening to their government officials, not because they are required to, but because at a certain point, it appears that there is no other option..

I fear this is true. You’re still seeing case numbers soaring across the Midwest. I search every day, looking for some flashes that indicate that the state is at its climax, that the state has stabilized, and that there is – that there is progress coming. But so far, it looks really bleak. And it really is tragic.

Here’s what you also need to know today. A week after a similar announcement from Pfizer, pharmaceutical company Moderna said it had a coronavirus vaccine of 94. 5% effective in a large clinical trial. Both Moderna and Pfizer plan to quickly apply for emergency permission from the US government to start vaccinating the public. But there will likely be a widely available vaccine months away. The Times reported that President Trump is expected to order the withdrawal of thousands of US forces from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia by the time he leaves office, using his final weeks to pull out the largest possible number of troops around the world.. . But the plan faces resistance from Trump’s national security advisers, who have warned him that a quick withdrawal could have dire consequences within each of those countries.. .

Experts warn that it may take several weeks for public health measures such as mandates for masks, restaurant closures and restrictions on gathering to influence people’s behavior and begin to flatten the curve of the pandemic. The effect is delayed because the incubation period is 14 days, so a percentage of the population is already infected and some patients die after the changes take effect..

Thomas Hill, assistant professor of global public policy at Blavatnik State School, is leading an effort at Oxford University to track virus restrictions. He said the Oxford data showed that acting quickly and forcefully is the best way for governments to fight the virus. The faster they act, the shorter the lockdown pattern policies will be.

With the new restrictions in France, Spain, Germany and Italy, the rate of daily cases has decreased in these countries. In the UK, even with the new restrictions, cases are still increasing exponentially.

France, which announced its second lockdown in October. On November 28, the average new daily cases for seven days decreased from more than 54,000 in November. From 7 to 28,500 on Wednesday, according to the New York Times database. Among the countries that saw declines were also Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

As deaths tend to be delayed for new infections by several weeks, hospitals across the continent will remain under great pressure, and the number of deaths continues to rise, with 4,500 people missing every day in Europe.

NW. H. a. Still opposing the closures, except as a last resort, and Dr.. Cluj said that better compliance with the mask can help avoid more severe restrictions. He estimated that mask compliance across Europe was about 60 percent. He said if the percentage was higher than 90 percent, the lockdown would be avoided.

Acknowledging the tiredness and public anxiety ahead of the holiday season, Dr.. Kluge said that while people can take comfort from the promise of better days to come, “Six months will be tough.

Pandemic fatigue remains a concern across the continent, with many eager to roll back restrictions as soon as possible.. The government of the Spanish region of Catalonia announced Thursday that bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen from Monday, albeit by 30 percent indoors and by 9:30 pm.. . M. curfew.

Dr.. Cluj emphasized that today’s teamwork – and the promise of vaccines looming – were grounds for optimism.

California officials announced a curfew on Thursday aimed at trying to quickly curb the increase in infections with the new coronavirus. Almost all of the state’s most populous residents will be banned from leaving their homes to do unnecessary work or gather from 10 a.m.. . M. To 5 a. M.

“We are sounding the alarm,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “It is critical that we reduce transmission and slow hospitalization before the number of deaths increases. We did it before and we must do it again.

Mr.. Newsom has joined conservatives across the country in putting restrictions on residents in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Curfews are in place in Ohio, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Several rulers, including Gov. Republican Chris Sunono, a Republican from New Hampshire, has mandated the use of masks while others have ordered early closures of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.. Pennsylvania will require anyone entering the state to be tested prior to arrival.

Mr.. Newsom’s move comes amid what California officials and experts have described as a worrying – but not yet reversed – wave of new infections, heading into the dangerous week of Thanksgiving.. . According to the Times database, the state was reporting a seven-day average of 9,974 new cases per day, more than double the average two weeks ago..

The stay-at-home order will go into effect on Saturday night and will remain in effect until December morning. 21. It covers the counties where more than 94 percent of the state’s population lives and includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Clara and San Diego..

As with the state’s Spring Home Order, residents can still go out for walks or go to work in what are considered essential jobs. But it is effectively forcing all restaurants to close eating at 10 am. M. Even if they are working outdoors.

The squares and other sites where the state set up additional healthcare space earlier in the pandemic were once again ready to receive patients quickly, should hospitals become overcrowded..

The governor hinted on Monday that more restrictions may be on the way. He announced the curfew in a press release, abandoning his usual lengthy virtual press conference, following stinging criticism and anger over his decision to attend an expensive dinner to celebrate the birthday of a lobbyist friend at the French Laundry, a Napa Valley destination, with members of several other families. On Monday, he apologized for attending dinner, describing it as a « fatal mistake », referring to « Covid stress. ».

As record numbers of coronavirus cases emerge across the United States, cities and states are implementing strict new restrictions. But in New York state, which has been the epicenter of the epidemic, the response to the second wave was more calculated, as officials relied on a variety of less disruptive targeted measures that often rely on voluntary compliance..

The sinister signs are everywhere: In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio closed in-person classes at city schools starting Thursday when the average seven-day test scores average rose to more than 3 percent on Wednesday.. Thousands of new cases emerge every day statewide, and the number of hospital admissions has more than quadrupled since early September, approaching 2,300 on Thursday..

Numbers are also increasing in some areas that survived the worst of the spring: The Western New York area saw nearly 3,700 new cases in the past week alone, with positive rates exceeding 5 percent..

Altogether, more than a dozen counties across the state are experiencing major outbreaks, from Niagara County in the northwest of the state to New York City..

The government. Andrew M.. Cuomo says his response to the pandemic remains aggressive, highlighting his state’s achievements: New York continues to experience much lower positive rates than most states.. The number of daily deaths and hospitalizations pales in comparison to the spring, when thousands have died for several weeks in a row, and tens of thousands have fallen ill.

On Thursday, mr. Cuomo said the state is adding to areas that are subject to restrictions on schools, businesses and gatherings. Many of the newer areas are in the mid-Hudson Valley area that includes the northern suburbs of New York City.

New territories include a new « yellow zone », the lowest level of the boundary, in Westchester County that includes parts of New Rochelle, which had the state’s first detected cluster of the virus in March, and Yonkers, which is just north of the Bronx..

The state will also add a yellow zone in Orange County and expand the current yellow zone in Rockland County, where clusters of the virus emerged last month..

I want to say first to all families, to all parents, to all children, it’s a tough day. It was a tough decision yesterday. It was not something anyone could be happy with. And I want to say how I feel and understand the frustration of parents who want – many of them want their children to be in school. This is what I fought for when our schools reopened in September against all odds. We will return our schools. This is the most important point, we will reset our schools, but we will have to reset the equation. Just a matter of time before indoor food and other kinds of things shuts down – gyms and other things. Anyone who heard these Orange Zone words yesterday, the rules for the Orange Zone are clear, and New York City will be long after the Orange Zone is in status. . So for everyone who would honestly feel a little better if they knew that eating indoors was going to close or gyms would shut down, I regret to tell you that for the sake of business owners and everyone who loves those gyms and loves eating indoors, it’s just a matter of time..

However, some public health experts and officials are concerned that without a wider lockdown, the country may not be able to curb the spread of the virus, especially with residents bored with restrictions and the proximity of holidays..

“The odds are against us at this point in terms of keeping it under control,” said Dr.. Isaac Wesviews, former deputy health commissioner in New York City.

Mr.. Cuomo also said he would put New York City under new boundaries if state data showed that the average seven-day citywide positive rate rose above 3 percent.. These restrictions will include closing indoor gyms and restaurants, both of which remain open, a decision that frustrated parents and public health experts..

On Thursday, mr. De Blasio said he believed it was « just a matter of time » before the city reached the threshold of the state, adding that it was « a matter of time, not if. He said, « The closure of gyms and indoor restaurants » was very likely to take place in the next week or two. « .

The mayor also advised city business owners to prepare for another wave of capacity limits and other closings, given Mr.. Como remarks. He said, « I know that this is a very strong possibility. ».

On Thursday, the city health ministry reported a seven-day average positive rate of 3. 01 percent. Dave A.. Chukchi, the city’s health commissioner, said cases were rising across the city.

In the latest sign that the flagship coronavirus vaccines may work well for older adults, researchers reported Thursday that a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford produced a similar immune response when tested in older and younger adults.. .

The results published in The Lancet came from 650 participants, 400 of whom were over the age of 56. Participants were enrolled in a phase 2 component of an ongoing clinical trial in Britain. Results are expected to come soon from the study’s Phase 3 component, which will reveal how well the vaccine will protect against Covid-19.

« We’re getting very good immune responses – even in the 1970s, which look very similar to those in younger adults, » Andrew Pollard, the University of Oxford researcher leading the study, told reporters Thursday.. . However, it is not yet known whether vaccinated older adults will be able to maintain those immune responses over time..

Some vaccines, including those that protect against some viruses that cause seasonal influenza, may be less effective for older adults.. This raised concerns that Covid-19 vaccines would not work well in that age group that is particularly vulnerable to the disease.

But this week’s results reinforce hopes that the elderly will respond strongly to the leading vaccines.

Moderna announced Monday that a preliminary analysis found its vaccine to be 94. 5% effective. The vaccine appeared to be both safe and effective in all groups evaluated.

Pfizer, which announced the first full results of a late-stage vaccine trial, said its vaccine was 94% effective in the elderly, compared to 95% in the study overall.. .

More than 321,000 cases of coronavirus were reported in American colleges over the course of the pandemic, according to a New York Times survey of more than 1,900 colleges and universities..

More than 68,000 of these cases have been identified this month, a sharp increase that comes as many students prepare to go home on Thanksgiving.. Several governors in the Northeast have issued statements urging universities to test students before they travel for vacation.

“As the holidays approach, we are battling the“ living room spread ”of small gatherings in private homes – and adding interstate travel to college students would be like pouring petrol on a fire, Gov said. Andrew M.. COMO New York.

University cities emerged as hotspots this fall when students arrived on campus. Gatherings appeared in dormitories, sibling and sports teams. More than 65 colleges reported at least 1,000 cases during the pandemic, and more than 540 colleges reported at least 100 cases..

Although most universities have managed to keep their campuses open, the virus has never been contained, and the epidemic continues to reshape the school year. The Ivy League has canceled winter sports. In Michigan, health officials have ordered colleges to stop private tutoring. Across the country, many colleges will switch to online classes after Thanksgiving, with plans to resume in-person tutoring in 2021..

On the main campus of the University of Wisconsin, where more than 3,600 people have tested positive for the virus, officials have asked students leaving to celebrate Thanksgiving to stay away until the new year, and for those planning to stay on campus to avoid travel for holidays.

“If you have to finish the fall semester in Madison, we strongly recommend that you do not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Jake Bagot, the university’s executive director of health services, said in a speech.. «  Given the high rates of Covid-19 virus infection throughout Wisconsin and many other places, staying here is the safest thing for you and your family..

With the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, the Smithsonian Institution will again temporarily close eight institutions in the Washington area on Monday..

“The organization’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and employees,” Smithsonian said in a statement.. “We will use this time to reassess, monitor and explore additional risk mitigation measures.

Seven museums and the National Zoo, all of which reopen by September. The statement said that 25, will be closed again.

Like the rest of the country, the nation’s capital has seen a spike in cases in the past few weeks: 156 cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Washington on Wednesday, and the average of 155 cases per day was a 73 percent increase from the figure two weeks ago..

As of Thursday afternoon, at least 19,678 cases of coronavirus had been reported, and at least 667 people had died, in Washington since the start of the epidemic, according to the New York Times database.

The Smithsonian decision came as museums announced a second wave of closures in a number of states across the country.. In recent days, officials in Oregon, Illinois and several other states announced new virus restrictions that will require museums to close again, and several notable institutions in Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, announced plans this week to close them again.. .

Some governors who have issued new mandates for masks and other restrictions face public opposition from law enforcement officials who are unwilling to enforce the measures, and are testing the limits of rulers’ authority in combating the spread of the coronavirus..

In West Virginia, the issue led to a public row between the government. Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, who said he will not support criminal charges against people who fail to follow the governor’s statewide order.

The Governor of Justice indicated at a press conference that while violating a mask order cannot be considered a crime – the legislature must do so – a person who refuses to wear a mask or leave the company headquarters where when the police ask masks to do so can Accusing her of trespassing or obstruction.

“Let’s be clear: No one will be sent to prison, and this simply should not happen in relation to the executive orders of the governor,” he wrote. Act responsibly and know that we will use our constitutional authority to protect your freedoms and due process granted to you to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Mr.. Al-Adl responded with a statement saying that he was « sad » to see Al-Sayed. Morrissey post on Facebook described it as « very frustrating.

State governors have also faced resistance from county sheriffs over pandemic executive orders. At least five North Dakota mayor’s offices have said they will not issue quotes to enforce the mask mandate that the government issued last week.. Doug Borghum. « This is a health problem, and it should not be turned into a criminal case, » Sheriff Sarah Warner of Hettinger County wrote in a statement.. .

The sheriffs in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and Mississippi, among other states, have sometimes taken similar positions.. A sheriff in Florida went so far as to order his deputies not to wear masks while on duty.

The slaughter of mink animals in Denmark to prevent the spread of a new strain of the emerging corona virus has led to a political crisis in the country, as the Minister of Agriculture was forced to step down and the government is in danger of collapse.

The execution led to a political crisis in Denmark, with right-wing parties accusing the government of using the epidemic to try to end mink cultivation in the country. Denmark is home to some of the largest mink farms in the world, with an estimated population of over 15 million.

The opposition calls on Prime Minister Mitt Frederiksen to resign after an urgent decision to execute animals after discovering a mutant strain of the virus that jumped from animals to humans.

Danish health authorities were concerned that one set of mutations – which infected at least 12 people – could make a potential coronavirus vaccine less effective..

The mutation affected the spike protein in the virus – something many potential vaccines target. Laboratory studies have indicated, although not conclusive, that cells containing this type of virus do not work as strongly with antibodies as other variants of the Corona virus.. .

The mink – which is part of the weasel family – is given to its fur and kept in crowded conditions ideal for the virus to spread.. Unlike other animals, including cats and dogs, mink can get sick and die. Outbreaks of the disease in mink populations have occurred in other countries as well, including the United States and the Netherlands.

“Mink farms are a reservoir in which the Coronavirus thrives,” Dr.. On Thursday, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said.

The mutation found in Denmark has not been found in any other European mink population, and 12 human cases have also been reported to the West. . H. a. Officials said the only reported cases were in September. However, officials said the biosecurity around mink farms had yet to be strengthened.

Dr.. Kluge also praised Denmark for its work in both tracking the genetic sequence of the virus in about 14 percent of the country’s Covid-19 patients and disseminating this information to the public.. .

Last week, mink animals were found on at least two farms in northern Greece infected with MERS-CoV and W.. H. a. She said she was working with local health authorities to assess the situation.

When mrs. Frederiksen ordered the killing of all the animals in Denmark two weeks ago, and the army had to intervene to assist the country’s nearly 1,100 mink farmers with the slaughter..

Agriculture Minister Muggins Jensen denounced the government’s swift action, saying there was no legal basis for killing animals and destroying industry.

On Thursday, a Danish newspaper B.. T. , I mentioned that mr. Jensen and five other ministers warned in September that executions outside the affected areas were illegal.

The carnage was stopped midway and the focus shifted to culling only minks in the vicinity of the outbreak associated with the mutant strain of the virus..

But mr. Jensen had already lost government support and had to step down.

The execution of minke animals was met with widespread public reaction, with a study by Aarhus University finding a 20 percent drop in support for the government.

Danish authorities said on Wednesday that minke animals have been culled on all farms known to be infected.

Anchored in Milan, the capital of fashion and finance in Italy, Lombardy boasts cutting-edge industry and world-class medical facilities.. However, it was overshadowed by the first wave of the epidemic, forcing doctors to legalize ventilators and hospital beds, while specifying who lives and who died..

The disaster in Italy’s wealthier region was in part a result of too much of the public healthcare system entrusted to for-profit private companies while failing to coordinate their services.

Over the past quarter-century, there has been significant investment in lucrative disciplines such as cardiac surgery and oncology. Areas on the front lines of the epidemic, such as family medicine and public health, have been neglected, leaving people overly dependent on hospitals for care..

As Italy now grapples with the brutal second wave, Lombardy is once again nearing breaking point, with Covid-19 patients occupying three quarters of hospital beds – nearly twice the level the National Health Ministry considers a risk.

A doctor at the International Relief Agency, Doctors Without Borders, Dr.. Lepora never imagined it would be published in her country. She was accustomed to caring for people in countries like Yemen and South Sudan, amid extreme poverty and war.

But early this year, as the coronavirus spread from Asia to Europe, Dr.. Libora found itself squeezed into service in Lombardy, one of the richest places on Earth.

« If you consider profit the end of the healthcare game instead of health, some people will be left out, » Dr.. . Libora said. The epidemic exposes all of these vulnerabilities.

So say the best frontline healthcare workers in a new ad campaign, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the United States, breaking records nearly every day for deaths – and cases – in state after state.

The print and visual campaign, launched by about 100 of the largest and most well-known hospital groups in the country, on Thursday, aims to counter public resistance to wearing masks..

The letter pleads with Americans to protect everyone, including those at the forefront of the battlefield in many states as incoming patients await beds in overcrowded hospitals with employees tired of the relentless death march during the pandemic..

Major hospital groups sponsor ads in prominent newspapers, including The New York Times, and support a social media campaign that includes a powerful video clip expressing the frustration that some health care workers in the country are feeling over the refusal of so many Americans to do So wearing masks, a practice that could prevent tens of thousands of deaths.

The video, which contains stark black and white images of doctors and nurses leaning on Covid-19 patients in the midst of this crisis, urges the public to do more, and escalate, to prevent the accelerating rise of cases in their communities. It is a call to arms.

“We put our lives on the line every day to keep you safe. So, do something for us. Wear, wear. a. Mask, « the comment reads.

Participating hospital groups represent a wide range of institutions and companies with facilities across the country, including major academic medical centers such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mass General Brigham, NewYork-Presbyterian, and U. C. The. a. the health; Large for-profit chains like HCA Healthcare; And religious hospital groups such as Adventist Health and CommonSpirit Health.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued an emergency mandate for a set of drugs – the approved Covid-19 drug Remdesivir and a reusable arthritis drug known as baricitinib – to treat hospital patients with Covid-19 severe enough to require breathing support.

Conditional consent – given to Eli Lilly, which makes baricitinib – offers frontline doctors a new option in treating some Covid-19 patients. But it wasn’t immediately clear in what circumstances the doctors who relied on steroids to treat these patients should use them.

« The question is: If everyone is using steroids now, and there is a mortality benefit, then what does that mean? » Dr. said. Walid Gilad, chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescriptions. “Does baristenib may help treat remdesivir? What do we do with steroids?”

The F. Dr. a. Healthcare provider guidance said there was « currently limited » information on using paricenib in combination with steroids to treat COVID-19 patients, although the agency said using the two together was an option..

Conditional approval was based on the results of a clinical trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health that compared the results of patients who had taken baritecinib and remdesivir with those who had just taken remdesivir.. The group that got the group recovered the day before.

Baricitinib was first approved in 2018. Last month, Team F. . Dr. a. Issued first full approval for Covid-19 use in remdesivir, which Gilead Sciences makes and has had emergency clearance since May. The drug is approved for hospitalized patients over the age of 12.

Increased mobility and large gatherings, and even small gatherings at the household level, could lead to new clusters of cases in parts of Africa that would previously have been avoided.. This comes at a time when African countries are seeing an alarming increase in cases that now number more than two million Covid-19 cases in Africa.. Unfortunately, 48,000 people lost their lives. In 47 states of W.. H. a. The African region, especially sub-Saharan Africa plus Algeria, there are more than 1. 4 million cases and 31,800 deaths have been reported. In the past 28 days, cases have increased compared to the previous month in 19 countries in the region, including countries such as Kenya, Algeria, Ghana and Angola.. In most of the affected African countries, the rise in new cases comes from workplaces and family gatherings, and of course we know that there are several political elections coming in a number of countries – ongoing campaigns and rallies as far as that are concerned.. We know that outbreaks are social, and we can prevent them through safe social interactions. So I would like to ask everyone to pay attention to your individual risks, the risks of your loved ones, friends and neighbors. We therefore encourage outdoor meeting wherever possible, avoiding group gatherings, altogether, maintaining physical distancing, practicing frequent hand hygiene and wearing a mask, especially around the elderly and people with diabetes and high blood pressure – those comorbidities that put them at risk of infection. Severe forms of disease and even risking their lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Machidisu Moeti, said in a press briefing on Thursday that Africa is witnessing a worrying increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and has now crossed the two million mark.. More risk of disease outbreak.

While the continent has largely escaped some of the terrible predictions made early in the pandemic – including the deaths of as many as 190. 000 people because of it in the first year, or at least 29 million people may be infected – officials warn countries need to be prepared for a second wave of infections.

Test data is still low in Africa, and the epidemic may have stabilized to a much greater degree than the numbers show.

There are three main factors driving the second boom, according to a global health professor who was also involved in W.. H. a. Briefing, Salem S.. Abdel Karim: Young people outnumbered, especially in South African universities. December vacation period is approaching; And complacency.

He said: « Epidemic fatigue is a widespread reality, and people do not maintain social distancing and wear their masks to the same degree. ».

In fact, masks are being worn under the chin, after all, in many places across the continent. It is possible to cross the largest city in Africa, Lagos in Nigeria, without seeing a single mask. W.. H. a. In Africa, a campaign has been launched on social media, Mask Up Not Down, to try to address this problem, and it aims to reach 40 million young people by the end of the year..

Vaccines developed in Europe should be effective in African countries as well, because the virus circulating there originated from people traveling from Europe.. But vaccine nationalization, and the $ 4 billion gap in financing to purchase vaccines in Africa, may mean that countries there are not getting the vaccines they need..

“If we all work to prioritize the most vulnerable and the most important healthcare groups to the economies, then I believe we can have a fair process for more equitable access,” said Dr.. . Moiti. And not the usual African countries at the back of the waiting list we’ve seen in the past.

With Coronavirus cases rising in all but one state, and the recent death toll of Americans reaching 250,000, this does not appear to be the right moment for the United States to take a patchwork response to the pandemic..

But this is what I did, and perhaps this was not clearer than what happened this week as mayors, school boards and governors fought to ward off the attack.. .

In Ohio, there was a night curfew. In Mississippi, it was an expanded mandate for the mask, and in Iowa statewide – the first state ever.. In Maryland, all bars, restaurants and nightclubs have been ordered to close by 10 am. M. And in Pennsylvania, authorities said anyone traveling to the state would need to be tested before arrival.

“The new normal is no longer sustainable,” Minnesota Governor Tim Falls said Wednesday evening as he announced sweeping new restrictions.. “The earth is literally moving under our feet.

But there is a stark exception to Walz’s new restrictions: Houses of worship, funeral homes, and wedding venues are allowed to host people as long as they meet certain requirements, one of which is to ensure that there are no more than 250 people in the indoor space.

Only eight weeks after the school opened its doors, New York City said it would close its doors again. Denver also said it will move to remote tutoring, as has Kentucky.

A day after the California governor said the state « pulls the emergency brakes » when reopening, Los Angeles County stepped forward and announced a corporate curfew. Illinois also imposed new restrictions.

For her part, she will enter Rhode Island no governor. Gina Raimondo called for a two-week « pause » beginning in November. 30. The new measures will lead to the closure of all bar areas, fitness centers, entertainment venues and many offices, and to impose certain restrictions on other gatherings, including limiting internal social contact for members of the same family.. The restrictions were necessary as hospitals are running at 97 percent due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, Ms.. On Thursday, Raimondo said, a full lockdown could take place after three weeks if numbers do not drop.

Using an index that tracks policy responses to the pandemic, The Times analyzed outbreaks in each state in relation to the state’s most recent containment measures.

Early in the week, Dr.. Anthony S.. Fauci, the government’s chief infectious disease expert, said the nation needs a « unified approach, » not a « disjointed » response for every country, city by city. Public health experts say the lack of a coordinated strategy has been the main reason the United States leads the world in infections and deaths.

Even before the election, there was disagreement within the Trump administration over how to contain the virus. The chaos became more apparent in the aftermath of the election, as President Trump directed his aides not to cooperate with the transition. .

On Wednesday, President-elect Joseph R.. Biden Jr.. He asked the government to now grant him access to federal resources to help him plan the response to the Coronavirus. He said, « It’s like going to war. ». “You need a commander in chief.

As the day draws to a close, more than 172,000 new cases have been announced in the United States – the second-highest daily total for the epidemic.. More than 1,900 Americans have been killed.

Tyson Foods said Thursday it has arrested employees named in a lawsuit alleging that the manager of the Tyson pork factory in Waterloo, Iowa, organized a pool betting between supervisors to bet on how many workers would get sick.

The lawsuit, filed by Isidro Fernandez’s son, a meatpacking worker who died in late April, said the betting was « buy cash, winner takes all. ». The plant was the site of this spring’s deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Dean Banks, President and CEO of Tyson Foods, said in a statement on Thursday that those accused of being involved in the betting pool were suspended without pay.. . Tyson has also recruited law firm Covington & Burling to conduct an independent investigation, led by Eric H.. . Holder Jr.. , Former yo. s. Attorney General.

“If these allegations are confirmed, we will take all necessary measures to eradicate and eliminate this disturbing behavior from our company,” Mr.. Banks said.

A Tyson spokesperson said in an email that the company has taken multiple steps to protect its workers at Waterloo. These measures included taking employee temperatures, relaxing attendance policies, and erecting barriers on the production floor to create social distancing.

At the time of mr. Fernandez’s death, the Tyson plant was a virus hotspot, although the plant leadership initially denied there was an outbreak and rejected efforts by local officials to close the facility, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Iowa..

The workers have been told to continue working despite showing symptoms of illness. The lawsuit said one worker was told to stay on the production line even after he vomited.

In all, about 1,000 workers – about a third of the workforce – have tested positive for the virus. Some of the problems at the Waterloo plant were detailed in an article in The New York Times in May. But allegations about the betting group between supervisors and managers were revealed this week after the master’s lawyer. The Fernandez family amended the original lawsuit. The betting pool claim was first reported by The Iowa Capital Dispatch.

« We are saddened by the loss of any of the Tyson team members and we sympathize with their families, » the company said in a statement.. . Our top priority is the health and safety of our workers.

At an abandoned Hong Kong airport, cleaning crews constantly spray luggage trolleys, elevator buttons, and check-in counters with antimicrobial solutions.. In New York City, workers frequently disinfect surfaces on buses and subways. In London, many pubs spent a lot of money on extensive roof cleaning to reopen after the lockdown – before closing again in November..

All over the world, workers are working to clean surfaces with soap, wipe them and smoke them with an urgent sense of the goal: to combat Coronavirus. But scientists increasingly say there is little evidence that contaminated surfaces can spread the virus. In crowded indoor places like airports, they say, the virus that infected people exhale and remain in the air is a much bigger threat..

Hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds – or sanitizer in the absence of soap – is still encouraged to stop the spread of the virus. Experts say cleaning surfaces does little to mitigate the threat of the virus indoors, and health officials are urged to focus instead on improving ventilation and cleaning indoor air.. .

“In my opinion, a lot of time, energy and money is wasted on disinfecting surfaces, and most importantly, diverting attention and resources away from preventing transmission through the air,” said Dr.. . Kevin B.. Fennelly, a respiratory pathologist at the National Institutes of Health.

The government reported on Thursday that new unemployment insurance claims in the United States remained high last week amid an increase in coronavirus cases..

More than 743,000 workers filed new claims for state benefits last week, before adjusting for seasonal factors, an increase of 18,000 from the previous week.. Taking seasonal fluctuations into account, the Labor Department said the latest figure was 742,000, almost unchanged from the previous week.. .

Claims have declined in recent weeks, but are still well above levels reached in previous recessions. Moreover, the emergence of the Coronavirus in most parts of the country in recent weeks has caused new restrictions on business activity, which have led to further job cuts..

“The economy has made great progress in recovering from the Covid shock, but there is still more work to be done, and layoffs are continuing,” said Michael Mayer, President of U. s. Economics at Bank of America.

New claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program targeting self-employed and independent contractors, totaled 320,000.

News that competing vaccines from two companies have shown strong evidence of their effectiveness against the virus has led to a surge in the stock market and raised hopes that the virus can be brought under control next year.. Many experts say this will pave the way for renewable growth.

“We are likely to be entering a period of softness, but the medium term is more promising,” Ms.. Mayer said.

On Monday, President-elect Joseph R.. Biden Jr.. He called on the two parties to « work together » and enact a stimulus package along the lines of a $ 3 trillion proposal passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Despite all the physical blows in the past year, consumer demand has remained relatively good, according to the woman. Mayer. « We are still seeing incredible strength in the housing sector, and car sales are still strong, » she said.. Consumers are still spending on more expensive goods.

Among them is Dublin Zoo, which issued a fundraising appeal this week to prevent it from shutting down permanently. By Wednesday evening, just hours after the appeal was launched, the zoo had received over a million euros (about $ 1. 2 million) donations from the public, as well as pledges from the government.

“We found ourselves in lockdown for the second time this year and sad to say that the future of Dublin Zoo is uncertain,” read a post on the zoo’s Facebook page, accompanied by a video of employees asking for donations. The zoo has been closed for five months this year.

The closures had a devastating effect on Dublin Zoo, with sponsorship costs rising to € 500,000 per month. The 69-acre zoo, within Dublin’s Phoenix Park, is a major attraction with more than one zoo.. 2 million people visited last year. Since its opening in 1831, it has become something of a national treasure, making its claim the third most visited attraction in Ireland and a regular destination for families..

The mayor of the city, Hazel Chu, was among the Dubliners who donated and posted on Twitter about caring for a baby elephant. Irish celebrities and politicians have also supported the campaign, along with thousands of others posting on social media, many of whom have shared their own memories of childhood visits to the zoo, under the hashtag #SaveDublinZoo..

But the campaign also sparked calls from political parties demanding the government come up with a long-term financing solution for the zoo.

The government has already started working towards a sustainable solution. Malcolm Noonan, the minister who oversees Ireland’s heritage, said in a tweet that he met with representatives from Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park, another zoo in County Cork, to assess the scale of the funding challenges.. . He had hoped his ministry would provide short-term financial support « to help transcend the two primate gardens after this immediate challenge, » but said the public donations were « evidence of the high esteem these places hold in our public consciousness. ».

BRUSSELS – European Union leaders made little progress during a conference call on Thursday to break the deadlock over the stimulus bill. . Leaders confront Hungary and Poland, as the package’s veto threatens to derail a plan to bail out the bloc economies. .

The two countries broke ranks with their counterparts earlier this week and blocked a stimulus bill worth 750 billion euros (or $ 886 billion), plus E. Yo. A multi-year budget, due to an allocation connecting e. Yo. Fund adherence to rule of law standards, such as maintaining an independent judiciary and providing transparency in spending bloc funds.

The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, claimed the bill was a covert attempt by E.. . Yo. To force Hungary to receive immigrants, although there is no connection between the criteria and E. . Yo. Immigration law. Polish Prime Minister Matthews Murawiecki endorsed Mr.. Urban position, call E.. Yo. The « oligarchy » and its comparison to the communist regime in the comments earlier this week.

The two countries found one ally out of the other 25. Yo. Says: Yaniz Jansa, Prime Minister of Slovenia, who defended his peers in Eastern Europe and suggested that. Yo. Dropping the provision from the invoice. But among the other 24 commanders, the warning was not good. Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, rejected the states’ demands, describing the proposed rule of law mechanisms as « minimal.

The leaders agreed that a personal meeting will be necessary in order to solve the last-minute obstacle to the crucial stimulus package, which the European Parliament has just approved and is on track for publication in early 2021.. Their next meeting is scheduled for December. 10, but as Europe combats a second wave of the epidemic, it is not yet clear whether conditions will allow them to gather in person..

If they are unable to do so, the use of the veto in Poland and Hungary could delay the distribution of stimulus money to members of the bloc, many of whom depend on it to fund programs to bail out their economies from the depths of a catastrophic recession..

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