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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Covid-19 Live Updates: C.D.C. Warns Against Holiday Travel

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A student under quarantine in a dorm at Ohio State University last month.
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Citing the spiraling rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned Americans not to travel over the holidays, and outlined two ways to shorten the recommended quarantine times for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, especially those who may choose to travel anyway.

“The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” said Dr. Henry Walke, who oversees day to day management of pandemic response for the agency.

The C.D.C. previously had recommended a 14-day quarantine period following potential exposure, and officials said they still supported the longer period as the safest option. But officials also recommended two alternatives.

Those without symptoms may

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Covid-19 Live News and Updates

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California’s intensive care units could be overloaded by the middle of December, and its hospitals could be dangerously close to full by Christmas, according to sobering projections that Gov. Gavin Newsom presented on Monday.

And the strain could be even worse in the hardest-hit areas, like the San Joaquin Valley, which was projected to reach 83 percent of its hospital capacity by Dec. 24.

“If these trends continue, California will need to take drastic action,” Mr. Newsom said during a virtual briefing, adding that more severe restrictions, including full stay-at-home orders, could come within the next few days.

California is one of

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COVID-19 isn’t going away. The United States surpassed 8.3 million cases as of Oct. 21 and the country is averaging more than 40,000 new cases daily. Ten states recently saw record increases in new infections, and more than half are experiencing growing rates. Only three are seeing downturns. Beyond new infections, as of Oct. 12 there were two documented cases of reinfection in the United States, on top of more than 20 global cases of reinfection. Those in the U.S. were more severe than the original infections.

Spikes in communicable diseases occur in winter due to people interacting in closer quarters, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently warned us to prepare for a worsening of the pandemic in coming months with no real respite until late 2021. Even though a vaccine could be rolled out to frontline workers and those with

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Covid-19 News: Live Updates – The New York Times

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When infections began rising sharply in the U.S. in September, the growth was driven largely by outbreaks in the Upper Midwest. States like North Dakota and Wisconsin soon became the hardest hit in the nation, relative to their size, and the region continues to struggle.

Now, though, with the whole country’s daily average of new cases is as high as it has ever been — over 171,000 — the most rapid growth is happening elsewhere. Nine states are reporting more than twice as many new cases a day as they did two weeks ago, and none of them are in the Midwest.

The surges in those states — Arizona, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont — reflect a still-escalating national crisis. Officials warn that

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What It Was Like to Live in Australia’s Most Locked Down COVID-19 Area

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Healthline writer Elizabeth Pratt stands on the balcony of her home in Adelaide in South Australia after a strict lockdown was ordered. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Pratt

For 3 days, I lived in the most locked down region in Australia.

I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and for those 3 days, we had some of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions currently in place around the world.

It all started on a warm Sunday afternoon last week, when a woman in her 80s tested positive for COVID-19 at a hospital emergency department.

Two others then tested positive, one of them the woman’s child. By Monday, there were 17 confirmed cases, all close contacts of the woman and her family members.

Health authorities asked people living across South Australia to work from home.

Health officials said the woman contracted the virus from a person who worked as a cleaner at

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Watch Live: Pennsylvania’s health secretary holds briefing on plans for COVID-19 vaccines

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine is hosting a briefing Thursday to discuss plans for COVID-19 vaccines, as the state continues to battle a spike in cases.

Levine announced targeted efforts earlier this week to stem the surge of the virus. Under the new rules, anyone who visits from another state will soon be required to have a negative test within 72 hours before arriving. If they can’t or choose not to get a test, or they’re still waiting on results, they have to quarantine for 14 days.

How to watch Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s briefing on plans for COVID-19 vaccines 

  • What: Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine hosts a virtual media briefing to discuss plans for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. ET 
  • Location: Pennsylvania
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN Pittsburgh in the player above and on your mobile or streaming
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Watch Live: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives update on plan to reopen field hospitals

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is expected to speak Friday on a plan to reopen field hospitals in the state amid rising COVID-19 cases. He’ll be joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and MEMA Director Samantha Phillips, CBS Boston reports.

Back in the spring, five field hospitals were opened in Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Dartmouth and Hyannis to deal with a surge. All were closed by early June when cases went down.

How to watch Baker’s update on plan to reopen field hospitals

  • What: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives update on plan to reopen field hospitals
  • Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Massachusetts
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN Boston in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device 

Baker said Tuesday details had not yet been finalized on where the new field hospitals would open. “Where and when

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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Top 150,000 for First Time

Coronavirus cases are surging in Japan and South Korea, reaching levels not seen in months, as the weather turns colder and people gather indoors.

Japan on Friday reported 1,649 new cases, an all-time high, surpassing the previous daily record set on Aug. 7.

Clusters of infections have been linked to a wide range of places, including restaurants, offices, nursing homes and hospitals across Japan. The hardest hit areas in the latest wave of infections are Tokyo and Osaka, as well as Aichi prefecture—which includes the city of Nagoya—and the northern island of Hokkaido.

On Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to take preventive measures against the virus, warning that the upward trend in new cases was intensifying. Despite the rising caseloads, Mr. Suga said there wasn’t yet a need to issue a new state of emergency.

South Korea has also kept its current social-distancing measures in place, despite a

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