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First US Case Of Mutated COVID Found In Colorado

The Denver Post reports: Colorado public health officials on Tuesday confirmed the presence of the new variant of COVID-19 first discovered in the United Kingdom, saying the state is the first to identify the strain in the United States. The variant is believed to be as much as 70% more contagious, but not more severe in symptoms, than previous strains …

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Britain Reports Highest Ever Daily COVID Case Count

The Guardian reports: The UK has recorded a dramatic jump to more than 53,000 Covid-19 cases – its biggest ever daily case count, one day after it crossed 40,000 cases for the first time. Cases have been on the rise as the fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus makes its presence felt. The UK recorded 53,135 new daily infections, as well …

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TODAY: Biden To Address Nation On Surging Pandemic

The Washington Post reports: President-elect Joe Biden plans to deliver an address on the coronavirus pandemic as the nation experiences what his chief medical adviser on the issue, Anthony S. Fauci, described Tuesday as a surge in cases “that has just gotten out of control in many respects.” Biden’s remarks, planned Tuesday afternoon in Wilmington, Del., are expected to be …

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Record TX Hospitalizations Spur Business Restrictions

The Dallas Morning News reports: Texas has set a new record for how many of its residents are in the hospital because of coronavirus, with 11,351 as of Monday. The previous high of 10,893 was set on July 22. Twelve of Texas’ 22 trauma regions now have high hospitalization rates, triggering an automatic dial-back of restaurants and businesses to half-capacity, …

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Russia Triples Previously Claimed COVID Death Toll

The Guardian reports: Russia said on Monday that its coronavirus death toll was more than three times higher than it had previously reported, making it the country with the third-largest number of fatalities. For months, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has boasted about Russia’s low fatality rate from the virus, saying earlier this month that it had done a better …

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WSJ: Antibody Therapies Sitting Unused In Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal reports: Doses of monoclonal antibodies—Covid-19 therapies authorized for emergency use last month—are sitting unused in hospital pharmacies, even as cases surge across the country. Hospitals say the rollout of the therapies has been stunted by a lukewarm response from infectious-disease specialists, who say they want more clinical trial data before using them on a regular basis. …

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Arizona See Record COVID-Related ICU Admissions

Of particular relevance to the post below this one: Arizona is reporting a record number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) who have or are suspected to have the coronavirus, announcing more than 10,000 new cases and 42 more deaths due to the virus on Sunday. The Arizona Republic reported on Monday that 4,390 hospitalized COVID-19 patients were confirmed …

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Some CA Funeral Homes Turn Away Families [VIDEO]

CBS Los Angeles reports: As more people die from coronavirus, capacity at funeral homes in Southern California is also being impacted. Bob Achermann, the executive director of the California Funeral Directors Association, said the influx of patients in hospitals and intensive care have caused funeral homes to prepare for increases of their own. “I talked to one funeral home today …

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Fauci: The Worst Of COVID Is Still Yet To Come [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he believes the worst is still yet to come in the COVID-19 pandemic — and Americans should brace for post-holiday season “surge” in cases. “We very well might see a post-seasonal — in the sense of Christmas, New Years — surge or as I’ve described it, a surge …

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NYT: Coronavirus Vaccine Resistance Is Swiftly Eroding

The New York Times reports: In polls by Gallup, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Research Center, the portion of people saying they are now likely or certain to take the vaccine has grown from about 50 percent this summer to more than 60 percent, and in one poll 73 percent — a figure that approaches what some public …

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Pope’s Xmas Message: Vaccines For All, Ignore Patents

ABC News reports: Pope Francis made a Christmas Day plea for authorities to make Covid-19 vaccines available to all, insisting that the first in line should be the most vulnerable and needy, regardless of who holds the patents for the shots. “Vaccines for everybody, especially for the most vulnerable and needy,” who should be first in line, Francis said in …

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CA Doubles Case Count To 2 Million In Just Six Weeks

The San Jose Mercury News reports: It took more than nine months for California to record 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. It has taken less than six weeks to see 1 million more. Once regarded as a model for stopping the spread of COVID-19, California on Wednesday passed 2 million recorded cases of the deadly illness, reaching the milestone …

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US Adds 1M New Cases In Six Days, Passes 18M

Reuters reports: Total U.S. COVID-19 cases surpassed 18 million on Tuesday as health officials tried to tamper fears about a new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. The latest million cases were recorded in just six days, according to a Reuters tally, as U.S. COVID-19 fatalities approach 320,000, the most in the world. Some U.S. health …

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GOP Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Limits Public Gatherings

The Hill reports: In an address to Tennesseans on the governor’s website, Bill Lee called on state residents to avoid holiday gatherings without anyone outside of their immediate household and noted that public gatherings would be limited to 10 people under the order. Places of worship and some other activities will be exempt, he added. “It only took a matter …

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TN Official Warns Hospitals Could “Break” After Xmas

The Tennessean reports: Tennessee Department of Health officials announced Sunday that the state could “break” its hospital system if a Christmas surge of COVID-19 cases matches that of Thanksgiving. Commissioner Lisa Piercey said there have been multiple household gatherings where people have been affected statewide, as Thanksgiving surges proved. “We know how this happens,” she said. “We want to preserve …

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Maskless Covidiots March In Phoenix Target [VIDEO]

Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports: A new viral video of anti-mask protests sparked on Friday after a group from an organized demonstration entered a Christown Spectrum Target carrying flags and signs. Jenny Guzman was in the store looking for wrapping paper when she heard the protestors. “They were going through all the aisles screaming and chanting,” she said. The Phoenix …

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Saudi Arabia Closes Borders Over New COVID Strain

Reuters reports: Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended international flights and closed its land and sea borders to prevent the spread of an infectious new coronavirus strain first identified in Britain. The covid-19 variant has now been detected in at least five other countries, prompting several countries to ban flights from Britain. In a report late Sunday, the official Saudi Press …

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Senate Reaches Deal On Stimulus Relief Package

The Washington Post reports: Senate leadership announced a bipartisan deal on an approximately $900 billion economic relief package late Sunday afternoon that would deliver emergency aid to a faltering economy and a nation besieged by surging coronavirus cases. After months of contentious negotiations and seemingly intractable partisan gridlock, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. …

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Canada Halts Flights From UK Over New COVID Strain

CBC News reports: Canada joined several European nations by halting flights from the U.K. on Sunday in an effort to prevent a new, potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus from spreading to this country. CBC News obtained a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by Transport Canada stating that all commercial, private and charter flights transporting passengers from the U.K. …

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Covidiot GOP Minnesota State Senator Dies Of COVID

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: State Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, has died of complications related to COVID-19, the first Minnesota lawmaker to succumb to the virus. Relph, 76, was among a number of Republican legislators who contracted COVID-19 after contact with colleagues in mid-November. At the time, Rachel Aplikowski, the Senate GOP spokeswoman, said Relph tested positive after having had …

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