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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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.

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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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CDC Likely To Recommend Shortening Coronavirus Quarantine Period : Coronavirus Updates : NPR


The doorway to Jones Hall is shown at Utah State University in September, where about 300 students were being quarantined to their rooms as a precaution.

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The doorway to Jones Hall is shown at Utah State University in September, where about 300 students were being quarantined to their rooms as a precaution.

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Federal health officials are likely to shorten their recommendation for how long people should quarantine to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus from the current 14 days to as few as seven.

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations call for two weeks of isolation from the last contact with a person known to have COVID-19. However, Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday that health officials were rethinking that recommendation, citing “a preponderance of evidence that a shorter

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COVID-19 in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that he sees a “glimmer of hope” in recent downturns in the number of new coronavirus cases and the positivity rate in Illinois after a raging fall surge of infections but warned the public not to let its guard down.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Pritzker said at his daily coronavirus briefing. “This is going to take weeks, not days.”

Meanwhile, the state’s top public health official again sounded the alarm about the possibility that recent gains could quickly reverse if people don’t heed the advice of health experts to avoid holiday travel and limit Thanksgiving gatherings to their own households.

Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

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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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Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is moving into lockdown — its highest alert, what it calls grey status — as it tries to mitigate an increasing coronavirus emergency.

The Peel Region, just west of Toronto and including Mississauga, will also be placed in the grey status.

As part of the designation, public or social indoor gatherings are not allowed. Weddings, funerals or religious services may have up to 10 people indoors. All outdoor gatherings cannot include more than 10 people.

Also, restaurants and bars may have no indoor or outdoor service though takeout is permitted. Essential retail, like pharmacies and

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Nov. 13 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area


The number of new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus in Illinois topped 15,000 for the first time Friday, setting a record for the fourth straight day.

The 15,415 cases state public health officials reported Friday are 2,713 more than the previous record set a day earlier. Over the past week, the state is averaging 12,345 cases of COVID-19 per day.

The total number of known infections in Illinois now stands at 551,957 and the statewide death toll is 10,504 since the start of the pandemic, with 27 additional fatalities reported Friday.

The state also updated the data that it posts related to contact tracing, which involves reaching out to people diagnosed with COVID-19, urging them to isolate and asking them where they’ve been and whom they’ve seen during the two weeks prior to their positive test so those people can be asked to quarantine.

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Nov. 12 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area


As coronavirus cases in Chicago continue to spike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will impose a 10-person limit on weddings, birthday parties, funerals and some social events starting Monday morning. While stopping short of issuing a citywide shutdown order, Lightfoot also is urging residents to stay home during the coming weeks.

Later in the day, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned that he may again put in place some form of a “mandatory” stay-at home order, the farthest-reaching restriction to curb the spread of COVID-19 he’s used to date.

“If things don’t take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point when some form of a mandatory stay-at-home order is all that will be left,” Pritzker said. “With every fiber of my being, I do not want us to get there. But right now, that seems like where we are heading.”

The warnings came as Illinois health officials on

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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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