Santa is still coming to town, but face-to-face visits will look different due to COVID-1



Less than nine months after the death of a 61-year-old man from a mysterious illness in sprawling Wuhan, China, the global death toll surpassed one million.

The New York Times, reporting the death in January, noted that the virus had “put the region on alert, but there is no evidence that it can spread to humans.”

In the United States, pandemic politics continues to grow inexorably. House Democrats unveiled a $ 2.2 trillion condemned coronavirus aid package. Republicans, who control the Senate, are holding out for a streamlined – and cheaper – bill.

Crowds of revelers gathered once again in Tallahassee, home of Florida State University, this weekend. Governor Ron DeSantis ditched state restrictions on COVID-19 and even encouraged college kids to party. No further stresses are required.

Some significant developments:

  • The Navajo Nation reported 22 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths on Monday.
  • With Thanksgiving less than two months away, the CDC recommends holding small gatherings for festive dinners. For people who usually travel to visit family, the agency suggests virtually celebrating the holiday.
  • India became the second country to report 6 million confirmed cases.

πŸ“ˆ Today’s numbers: The United States reported more than 7 million cases and 205,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. New case records have been established in Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data. Record numbers of deaths have been reported in Alaska and North Dakota. Globally, there have been more than 33 million cases and more than 1millions of victims.

πŸ“° What we are reading: There was fear in August when Florida made the controversial decision to reopen schools with in-person education. Many teachers and families have prepared for a spike in COVID-19 cases. According to an analysis by USA TODAY, it didn’t happen.

πŸ—ΊοΈ Coronavirus mapping: Track the outbreak in the United States, state by state.

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Samuel Nunez cries as he praises his daughter, Lydia Nunez, during a funeral at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Los Angeles on July 21, 2020. Nunez is one of more than 1 million victims of COVID-19 worldwide. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP)

Florida moves all-in on DeSantis

As it turns out, many Florida State University students are all in on Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision on Friday to lift virtually all coronavirus restrictions across the state. Tallahassee police say they spent most of the weekend answering more than a dozen calls about large crowds, some on or near campus.

“The crowd varied in size, including one with about 700 vehicles and more than 1,000 people” at an off-campus apartment complex, police said in a statement. “Most of the travel lanes were blocked throughout the complex. Thanks to the efforts of the TPD Patrol Bureau and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, the officers were able to disperse the crowd safely. “.

The school issued a warning last week that students hosting or attending a large gathering on or off campus were suspended. DeSantis responded, saying students should be allowed to socialize unimpeded “draconian” by suspension or expulsion from Florida state universities.

Tori Lynn Schneider, Democrat of Tallahassee

Nepal was ready to offer the Russian vaccine to the entire nation

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, a privately held corporation, has partnered with a major pharmaceutical distributor in Nepal, Trinity Pharmaceuticals, to provide the mountain nation with 25 million doses of Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The deal will allow 90% of Nepal’s population to have access to the vaccine, the companies say. The vaccine has sparked controversy around the world because it has been used without phase 3 studies used to test vaccines on thousands of people. Details of when the vaccine would become available across Nepal were vague. Kishor Adhikari, director of Trinity Pharmaceuticals, said his company “was waiting for the results of the final Sputnik V test. As soon as the vaccine is approved by the government of Nepal, we will make it available to the people of Nepal.”

House Democrats’ $ 2.2 trillion COVID-19 aid package looks set to fail

Democrats in the House presented a $ 2.2 trillion COVID-19 bill in a long-term push to break the impasse on bailout negotiations ahead of the elections, though the bill is likely to meet opposition in the Senate controlled by the Republicans if it goes to the House. The bill cuts $ 1 trillion from the Democrat’s previous plan, condemned as too expensive by the GOP. Many of the benefits previously approved by Congress ran out earlier this year, leaving millions of Americans waiting for urgent aid. Federal unemployment benefit subsidy of $ 600 has run out, a loan forgiveness program for small businesses has expired, and airlines have warned of mass layoffs as support for the industry expired.

The House could act on the bill as early as this week. The Senate is unlikely to act on the legislation, it represents a more than $ 1 trillion lower negotiating point than the previous Democratic proposal.

– Nicholas Wu

1 million people worldwide have died in less than a year from COVID-19

In the nine months since the first cases were reported in central China, more than 1 million people have died worldwide from COVID-19.

The news comes as countries around the world are at very different stages in managing outbreaks: some European nations are tightening some restrictions on fears of a second wave. Cases in the United States are rising after a summer peak followed by new restrictions and then a decline. Cases in India have skyrocketed in recent weeks and may soon become the country with the most infections. New Zealand appears to have passed a second group of cases. And South Korea is seeing its lowest case count since restoring some blocking measures during a resurgence of the virus.

Meanwhile, researchers around the world continue to make progress in clinical trials for vaccine candidates, but mass vaccinations may not arrive until at least mid-2021, a World Health Organization official said Sunday.

The Navajo Nation reports 22 new cases of COVID-19 but zero additional deaths

On Monday, Navajo Nation health officials reported 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 10,312. The death toll remains at 555 as no further deaths have been reported.

The latest numbers come after the Navajo Nation ordered residents to stay home Friday night through early Monday morning as officials review new case clusters from family reunions and off-book travel.

About 105,400 people were tested on reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, officials said. More than 7,200 have recovered from the virus.

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will soon reopen for weekend stays. Caesars Entertainment announced Friday that the casino resort will welcome guests at 10am on October 8th. While the casino floor will be open seven days a week, the hotel will only book stays from Thursday to Sunday.

The reopening will also debut the resort’s new William Hill Race & Sports Book, the company announced. Nevada casinos reopened on June 4 with new restrictions, including reduced occupancy, more space between players, and severely reduced limits on meeting and convention spaces.

Planet Hollywood’s return to The Strip follows the reopening of Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris and other hotels. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Nevada.

– Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal

WHO plans to distribute 120 million rapid tests to less wealthy countries

The World Health Organization plans to distribute 120 million rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests to low- and middle-income nations, under a plan that still lacks full funding. WHO, which approved the tests on an emergency basis last week, said it accepted the program with its partners on Monday.

Antigen-based testing costs $ 5 each, and the $ 600 million program – which may start as early as October – should provide better access in areas where it is more difficult to obtain the most accurate PCR tests that are commonly used in many countries richer . WHO tests can produce results in 15-30 minutes.

COVID-19 resources from USA TODAY

Contributing: The Associated Press

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