Coronavirus

Labor Dept Reports 898K Jobless Claims Last Week

CNBC reports: American workers continued to hit the unemployment line in large numbers last week, with 898,000 new claims filed for jobless benefits. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 830,000. The total for the week ended Oct. 10 was the highest number since Aug. 22 and another sign that the labor market continues to struggle to get …

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Fauci: You Should Consider Canceling Thanksgiving

CBS News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell that the United States needs to redouble its efforts to contain the coronavirus as we enter the fall and winter months. The surge could be made worse as families across the country travel and gather for the holiday …

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Mnuchin: Don’t Expect Stimulus Deal Before Election

The New York Times reports: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he did not expect an economic relief package to be enacted before the Nov. 3 election as he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California have continued to struggle to reach an agreement on a broad package to support the economy. Negotiators on Wednesday resumed discussions over a …

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Melania Says Barron Tested COVID+, Is Now Negative

From a statement issued by Melania Trump: It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news. Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief …

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Billboard Directs Iowa Cultists To Today’s Trump Rally

Des Moines’ ABC News affiliate reports: If you’re heading to President Trump’s rally at the Des Moines International Airport Wednesday, you may see a digital billboard along Fleur Drive. The billboard reads, “Trump Covid Superspreader Event,” with an arrow pointing toward the airport. Rural America 2020 posted the picture on Twitter commenting that it’s doing its part to warn Iowans …

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France Declares Emergency As COVID Cases Soar

Reuters reports: The French government on Wednesday declared a public health state of emergency, giving officials greater powers to impose new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Announcing the decision in a statement, the government said the epidemic was a public health disaster which endangered the health of the population and justified the adoption of strict measures. The government’s …

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Trump To Flout WH Guidelines With Today’s Iowa Rally

The Washington Post reports: Trump on Wednesday is seeking to shore up support in Iowa, a state he won comfortably four years ago but that polls show to be in play this year. The president plans to stage a rally at the Des Moines International Airport amid a flurry of travel this week to battleground states that he carried in …

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Labor Sec’s Wife Tests COVID+, Attended Barrett Event

Yahoo News reports: Trish Scalia, the wife of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, the Labor Department told staffers in an email on Tuesday night. Trish Scalia is “experiencing mild symptoms but doing well,” the Labor Department said, while the secretary has tested negative for the virus and has not shown any symptoms. Trish Scalia, …

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Pelosi Rages At CNN’s Wolf Blitzer After He Suggests Accepting GOP’s $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Package [VIDEO]

I’ve never seen Pelosi so fired up: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday ardently defended her decision to hold out on coronavirus negotiations and not accept the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer. In a heated exchange with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi pushed back on some dissent from members within her own party, saying they don’t understand how the negotiations are …

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COVID Drug Trial Paused Over Safety Concerns [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Eli Lilly’s late-stage trial of its leading monoclonal antibody treatment for the coronavirus has been paused by U.S. health regulators over potential safety concerns, the company confirmed to CNBC on Tuesday. “Safety is of the utmost importance to Lilly. We are aware that, out of an abundance of caution, the ACTIV-3 independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) has …

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Delta Air Lines Reports $5.4B Loss For Third Quarter

CNBC reports: Delta Air Lines on Tuesday posted another multibillion-dollar net loss after the coronavirus pandemic roiled what is usually the peak travel period of the year. The carrier warned it could take years to recover. Kicking off third-quarter reporting for the beleaguered airline sector, Delta said its net loss was $5.4 billion in the third quarter, compared with a …

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New DNC Ad Hits “Superspreader” Trump [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The Democratic National Committee highlights Trump’s own coronavirus diagnosis in a new television ad as evidence of his mishandling of the pandemic — one of the sharpest attacks on the subject yet. “He was warned but ignored the evidence, holding rallies indoors, turning the White House into a superspreader and contracting the virus himself,” the narrator …

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Russia Sees Record COVID Cases, No Lockdown Plan

The Guardian reports: Russia on Tuesday reported its highest daily coronavirus fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 244 deaths in the past 24 hours, but said it had no plans to reintroduce a lockdown. The country on Tuesday also reached a record number of new daily infections, at almost 14,000. Russia is the fourth worst-hit country in the …

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AK High Court Boots Witness Law For Absentee Ballots

The Anchorage Daily News reports: Alaskans do not need to have a second person sign their absentee ballots, the Alaska Supreme Court said on Monday, confirming a lower-court decision. A record number of Alaskans are voting absentee this year, and “improper or insufficient witnessing” has consistently been the top reason for rejected absentee ballots during the past few primary elections, …

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“Unexplained Illness” Pauses J&J COVID Vaccine Trial

Reuters reports: Johnson & Johnson has paused clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate due to an unexplained illness in a study participant, delaying one of the highest profile efforts to contain the global pandemic. The move comes around a month after AstraZeneca AZN.L also suspended trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine – which uses a similar technology – due …

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Canadian Anti-Mask Nut Arrested For Disrupting Flight Days After Being Charged With Quarantine Violations

Canada’s Global News reports: Toronto-based anti-mask activist Chris Saccoccia was arrested at the Moncton airport as he arrived to host an anti-mask event that was scheduled for Saturday. New Brunswick RCMP have confirmed that a 37-year-old man from King City, Ont., was arrested on Friday after they responded to reports of a disturbance at Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport. …

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Trump Campaign Now Planning Multiple Rallies A Day

But will there be balconies available for Covita? Trump is eager to increase his schedule to include multiple rallies a day, and his campaign thinks that the Barrett hearing will provide an enthusiasm boost with key groups, senior aides told reporters Monday. In a conference call held ahead of Trump’s return to the campaign trail after his coronavirus diagnosis, senior …

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Britain Imposes New Three-Tier Lockdown System

The Associated Press reports: The British government carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk on Monday in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the three-tier national system was designed to “simplify and standardize” a …

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Chinese City To Test 9.5M After 12 COVID Cases Seen

The New York Times reports: The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing all of its 9.5 million residents after it recorded the country’s first locally transmitted cases of the virus in almost two months. The authorities said that a dozen people in Qingdao, a seaside city in Shandong Province, had tested positive for the virus as of Sunday. Officials said …

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Gallup: Willingness To Get COVID Vax Drops To 50%

Just in from Gallup Polling: Americans’ willingness to be vaccinated against the coronavirus has dropped 11 percentage points, falling to 50% in late September. This sharp decline comes after the percentage dwindled from 66% in July to 61% in August. Meanwhile, according to Gallup Panel data from Aug. 17-30, the percentage of Americans who are inclined to delay returning to …

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