Coronavirus

NY State COVID Infection Rate Under 1% For 30 Days

ABC New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 1% for 30 days — or an entire month. The governor said that 0.85% of Saturday’s tests were positive. Cuomo also announced that the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410, which is a new low since March 16. There were …

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POLL: Skepticism Grows Over Rushed COVID Vaccine

CBS News reports: Skepticism about getting a coronavirus vaccine has grown since earlier this summer, and most voters say if a vaccine were made available this year, their first thought would be that it was rushed through without enough testing. Just 21% of voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available …

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India Breaks Global Daily Record For COVID Cases

Reuters reports: India added more than 90,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. There were 90,632 new cases in the 24 hours to Sunday, according to the data from the Ministry of Health and Famlily Welfare, while the number of deaths rose by 1,065 to 70,626. The …

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Pope: Gossiping Is A “Plague Worse Than COVID”

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis went on at some length to say the devil is the …

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Harris: I Wouldn’t Trust Trump On Rushed Vaccine

Mediaite reports: Vice presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris says she wouldn’t trust President Donald Trump’s word alone if a coronavirus vaccine were rushed out before election day, telling CNN she would need to see more credible information on safety and efficacy. “I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us,” Harris said. “I will say …

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Bolsonaro: COVID Vaccine Should Not Be Mandatory

The New York Daily News reports: The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is once again making headlines for his handling of the coronavirus crisis.  “No one can force anyone to get a vaccine,” Bolsonaro told a supporter on Monday, according to the Brazilian news site UOL. The far-right leader of South America’s largest country was responding to a woman who …

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FL Gov Breaks With Trump On Coronavirus Vaccine

USA Today reports: Breaking ranks with President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis warned that a vaccine might not bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. “People should have tempered expectations on that,” he said at a press conference in Daytona Beach when asked about the hoped-for vaccine. “I don’t want people to think that in 2½ months it will be …

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Labor Dept: 1.4 Million Returned To Work In August

CNBC reports: Nonfarm payrolls increased by 1.37 million in August and the unemployment rate tumbled to 8.4% as the U.S. economy continued to climb its way out of the pandemic downturn. The unemployment rate was by far the lowest since the coronavirus shutdown in March, according to Labor Department figures released Friday. An alternative measure that includes discouraged workers and …

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WH Model Now Predicts 410K Deaths By Jan. 1st

ABC News reports: A key forecasting model often cited by experts and used by the White House has revised its prediction of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., now estimating a peak of 410,451 by January 1. The model created by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington posted an update Friday predicting an additional …

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WHO Forecasts COVID Vax Availability At Mid-2021

Reuters reports: The World Health Organization does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said on Friday, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. None of the candidate vaccines in advanced clinical trials so far has demonstrated a “clear signal” of efficacy at the level of at least 50% …

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The Batman Star Tests COVID+, Filming Suspended

Variety reports: Robert Pattinson has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting “The Batman” to suspend filming in the United Kingdom days after it went back into production, according to a source familiar with the situation. Warner Bros. confirmed earlier on Thursday that production was being halted after a crew member tested positive but did not confirm the person’s identity. Vanity Fair …

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Fauci: Vaccine Won’t Be Approved Unless Effective

“I mean I will look at the data and I would assume and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the case that a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was indeed both safe and effective. And I keep emphasizing both safe and effective. If that’s the case, Jim, I would not hesitate for a …

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NYC Council Speaker Calls For Return To Indoor Dining

New York City’s 1010 WINS reports: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Wednesday called for the resumption of indoor dining in New York City, saying restaurants in the five boroughs “need to begin planning for the colder months.” In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Johnson said indoor dining should be allowed “with reduced capacity and clear guidance to ensure social …

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Federal Debt To Exceed Size Of Economy In Next Year

The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. debt has reached its highest level compared to the size of the economy since World War II and is projected to exceed it next year, the result of a giant fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that federal debt held by the public is projected to reach or …

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FL Cuts Ties To Lab Over 75K “Dumped” Test Results

The Washington Post reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is cutting ties with the coronavirus testing lab responsible for reporting covid-19 test data to the state’s public database after the lab reported a backlog of nearly 75,000 test results dating back to April. The state Department of Health and the Division of Emergency Management severed its ties to Quest Diagnostics, …

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Pelosi Says She Was “Set Up” By SF Hair Salon Owner

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to apologize Wednesday for her controversial visit to a San Francisco hair salon, calling it “a set up” and suggesting that she had been tricked by the business owner. Pelosi said she took responsibility for falling for the “set up” to have her hair done inside at a San Francisco …

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Ex-Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Tests Positive For COVID

Bloomberg reports: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for the coronavirus and is continuing to work in isolation at his home near Milan, his spokeswoman said. The leader of the Forza Italia party will continue to support candidates of his group and of the center-right bloc with daily media interviews, the spokeswoman said. At 83, Berlusconi falls …

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CDC Now Links 134 Maine Cases To Wedding Reception

Portland’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Head of the Maine CDC, Dr. Nirav, Shah, says 134 cases of COVID-19 are linked to a Millinocket area wedding and reception in early August. On Tuesday’s CDC briefing, director Dr. Nirav Shah broke down the numbers. He said 123 cases are confirmed, 11 are probable. He also reported 56 people are wedding guests …

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Alabama Health Department Allows Buffets To Reopen

The Birmingham News reports: On Page 11 of the state’s revised “Safer at Home” Health Order that was issued on Tuesday is a tiny nugget that will make buffet fans – but especially, their owners — rejoice: Effective 5 p.m. Monday, all buffets, salad bars and self-serve drink stations are OK to reopen as long as there is an employee …

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Testing Czar Says Home COVID Testing Is Unfeasible

The Washington Post reports: White House testing czar Brett Giroir on Tuesday tamped down calls from many public health experts for the federal government to approve and fund more cheap antigen tests that can be taken regularly at home. But while in the past Giroir has suggested that kind of widespread coronavirus screening would be unhelpful, he now says it …

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