Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Infections, Deaths, Hospitalizations All Hit Record Highs


By Adam Martin

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. hit a record high, as did deaths reported in a day, as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 1.5 million.

Hospitalizations also hit a record, with 100,667 people in the U.S. admitted as of Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Of those, a record 19,442 people were in intensive care.

The country reported 217,664 new cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 200,055 on Wednesday, and surpassing the previous record of 205,557 set Friday last week.

Newly reported deaths also surged Thursday, to 2,879, according to Johns Hopkins data, the second daily record in a row. The U.S. reported 2,804 deaths on Wednesday.

Nationally, more than 14 million have been infected and more than 276,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, more than 65.2 million people have been

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Virus surge, staff shortages hit Minnesota nursing homes; National Guard steps in


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Published 9:35 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A surge in COVID-19 cases has led to critical staffing shortages at some Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities, forcing the state to send the National Guard to help out and ask all state employees to consider volunteering in facilities.

New data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows 90% of the state’s nursing homes and 58% of assisted-living facilities have active virus outbreaks. The data includes more than 70 senior care homes that didn’t have any COVID-19 infected residents one month ago, the Star Tribune  reported.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that 47 long-term care facilities are in “a crisis staffing situation” and are receiving active support from the state, including help from federal health nurses.

Gov. Tim Walz’s administration has taken the unusual step of emailing all state employees and asking them

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Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America’s Hit Movies | Health News


By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If there was an Oscar for “most unhealthy food in a leading role,” many of America’s most popular movies would be serious contenders.

That’s the conclusion of a new review of food content featured in 250 top-grossing U.S. movies. More often than not, the fictional food choices were so bad they wouldn’t make the cut of real-world dietary recommendations, the study authors said.

“The overall diet depicted in movies would fail federal guidelines for a healthy diet — not enough fiber, too much saturated fat and sodium, and … more sugar and three times more alcohol than the average American consumes,” said study lead author Bradley Turnwald.

And the implications are big, he said.

“They solidify a norm that unhealthy foods are common and valued in our culture, consumed by famous actresses, role models and even superheroes,”

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Russia’s daily virus infections hit new record


MOSCOW — Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new high on Monday, with authorities reporting a record 25,173 new cases. The latest figure brings the country’s total to over 2.1 million. The government coronavirus task force also reported 361 deaths on Monday, raising the total since the start of the pandemic to 36,500.

Russia, which currently has the world’s fifth largest number of confirmed cases, has been swept by a rapid coronavirus resurgence since September. Despite this, authorities insist there are no plans to impose a second lockdown or to shut businesses nationwide.

The Siberian republic of Buryatia, which is near the border with Mongolia, last Monday closed a wide range of non-essential businesses for two weeks to curb the spread of the virus, and is currently the only Russian region to have done that.

When asked why other hard-hit Russian regions aren’t following Buryatia’s example, Kremlin spokesman

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Kentavius Street not fined for Drew Brees hit in 49ers’ loss to Saints


Kentavius Street avoided a NFL fine for the play that knocked Drew Brees out of the 49ers’ Week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.

But the NFL fined 49ers teammates Jimmie Ward and Fred Warner for plays in the 49ers’ 27-13 loss to the Saints.

Ward was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness on a play in which he was not penalized. He was fined for hit to the head of Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith that knocked him out of the game with a concussion.
Warner was fined $6,450 for a facemask penalty against Saints receiver Deonte Harris.

Street was called for a controversial penalty for roughing the passer, a key play in the 49ers’ loss. Referee Brad Rogers ruled Street landed with his body weight on Brees. But replays showed Street turned his body to avoid a full-force fall on Brees.

Street’s first NFL sack was nullified. Three plays

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Gary Barlow says he hit 18st after binging on Chinese takeaways as James Corden asks him for weight loss tips


GARY Barlow said he hit 18 stone after binging on Chinese takeaways as James Corden asked him for weight loss tips.

The Take That star, 49, said he had a “rough period with food” that caused him to pile on the pounds.

Gary in conversation with James Corden over Zoom

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Gary in conversation with James Corden over Zoom

Speaking to James Corden on Zoom ahead of their duet on Gary’s new album, Gary said: “I had a rough period with food that I’m not proud of, where I really lost control of myself.

“I remember one particular day just thinking: “How have I got here?” I was just so disappointed with myself. 

“So coming back from somewhere like that is a bit more serious than: “Oh, I want to lose a couple of stone here.” It was more of a condition that just couldn’t continue.

“So it started there for me and I turned my brain on

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US coronavirus hospitalizations hit record high as nation looks to a potential vaccine


The number of Americans hospitalized with Covid-19 and the number of new US cases reported rose to record levels for a second day in a row on Friday.



a person driving a car: Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) administer Covid-19 tests at a drive-thru testing site at the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a curfew on the vast majority of residents to curb coronavirus transmission, deepening measures to stop a rapid outbreak while stopping short of a full lockdown. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) administer Covid-19 tests at a drive-thru testing site at the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a curfew on the vast majority of residents to curb coronavirus transmission, deepening measures to stop a rapid outbreak while stopping short of a full lockdown. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than 82,000 people were hospitalized, according to the Covid Tracking Project, topping Thursday’s record. More than 193,000 new cases were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University data — the first time US cases have topped 190,000 in a day.

Over half of the country is now in

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2 states announce new virus restrictions as US cases hit 11M


Michigan and Washington on Sunday joined several other states in announcing renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in the United States — with the most recent million coming in less than a week — and as many Americans prepare to observe a Thanksgiving holiday marked by the pandemic.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in an attempt to curb the state’s spiking case numbers. The order also restricts indoor and outdoor residential gatherings, closes some entertainment facilities and bans gyms from hosting group exercise classes.

The new rules, set to last three weeks, are extensive but not as sweeping the Democratic governor’s stay-at-home order this past spring, when she faced criticism from a Republican-led Legislature

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US cases hit 11M; latest million took 6 days


BALTIMORE — More than 11 million cases of the coronavirus have now been reported in the United States, with the most recent million coming in less than a week.

Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker reached 11 million on Sunday. It had topped 10 million cases on Nov. 9.

It took 300 days for the U.S. to hit the 11 million mark since the first case was diagnosed in Washington state on Jan. 20.

COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly across the U.S. than it has at any time since the pandemic started. Deaths are also on the rise, though not at the record high numbers reached in the spring. The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths was more than 1,080 as of Saturday, more than 30% higher than it was two weeks earlier.


COVID-19 has now killed more than 246,000 people in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins.

Worldwide, more

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US daily cases hit record 150K ; Rand Paul on masks


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Public health experts say this year everyone should get a flu shot, if possible.

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As the governors of five states announced new coronavirus-related restrictions Friday, President Donald Trump addressed the public for the first time since losing the election and said a vaccine would be widely available by April.

Dr. Moncef Slaoui, scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, said two vaccines and two therapeutics could “potentially” receive emergency use authorization before the end of the year, and millions of Americans could begin receiving vaccinations next month.

“We plan to have enough vaccine doses available for use in the U.S. population to immunize about 20 million individuals in the month of December, and another 25-30 million per month on an ongoing basis from there on,” Slaoui said.

The U.S. keeps smashing its own records for COVID-19 cases as the fall surge is running rampant across the country. On

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