Cleveland, Ohio 2020-11-21 08:21:09 –
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The proliferation of coronaviruses is making increasingly dire sacrifices across the United States, just as vaccines are at hand. Currently, there are an average of more than 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day in the United States. This is the best since the tragic spring in and around New York City.
The total death toll has reached about 253,000, which is by far the highest in the world. The total number of confirmed infections exceeded 11.7 million after Thursday’s record daily increase (almost 188,000). And the number of people in hospitals infected with COVID-19 has exceeded a record high of 80,000.
Health experts are deeply afraid that next week’s Thanksgiving trips and holiday gatherings will contribute to the spread of the virus, and many states and cities impose blockades and other restrictions. California ordered a curfew from Saturday to 10 pm to 5 am, covering 94% of the state’s 40 million inhabitants.
El Paso, a Texas border area where more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 since October, advertises the work of morgue workers who can lift more than 175 pounds of bodies. Authorities offer more than $ 27 per hour for jobs that are described as “emotionally burdensome” as well as physically difficult.
The county has already begun paying prison inmates $ 2 per hour to help move the corpses, and ordered at least 10 refrigerated trucks as the morgue ran out of room.
COVID-19 deaths in the United States are at their highest levels since late May, when the northeast emerged from the first wave of crisis. They peaked at about 2,200 a day in late April, when New York City was the epicenter and forklifts were loading refrigerated trucks with bodies.
In tight new statistics, Pfizer said Friday it is calling on U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the first limited shot with healthcare professionals will be available as early as next month. Started the process of doing so. Other high-risk groups that are likely to be prioritized.
However, it can take months for the vaccine to become widely available. Pfizer states that the vaccine appears to be 95% effective in preventing disease.
In Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott ruled out another closure and elected El Paso County leaders as not enforcing the restrictions already in place. State Attorney General Ken Paxton likens the county’s chief manager to a “tyrant” after Paxton wins an appeals court ruling that prevents local leaders from closing Jim and other non-essential businesses. It was.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, also a Republican, couldn’t persuade GOP-controlled legislative leaders to reject legislation limiting his administration’s power to deal with the crisis.
At issue is state health issuing quarantine orders that force people not sick or sick, such as the Governor’s order to set a curfew at 10 pm on Tuesday. It is a Senate bill banned by the bureau.
Mr Dewin said he would veto the bill once it arrived at his desk. Republicans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have enough votes to veto their veto if they choose.
“This bill is a disaster,” Dewin said Thursday. “This is not a bill that could become a law.”
In California, curfew is enforced in 41 of the 58 counties. Its impact depends heavily on voluntary compliance. Sheriffs in some counties said they would not enforce it.Under the rules, those who are not doing essential errands must stay home after 10 pm
The curfew is less stringent than the nearly total ban on non-essential business and travel, which Governor Gavin Newsom imposed in March and admitted to leveling the COVID-19 case rate.
Among other developments:
— In Arizona, four Democratic mayors have called on Republican Governor Doug Duchy to require people to wear masks in public throughout the state. The move came about as health officials reported more than 4,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day.
Ducey’s Chief of Staff, Daniel Skalpinato, demanded that the mayor do little to enforce his own mask ordinance and to ensure that Ducey’s existing security measures are in place. Was pushed back.
— In New Mexico, where hospitals are facing a capacity crisis, the state has reopened a vacant former hospital in Albuquerque for use by COVID-19 patients. The State Health Department said the Gibson Medical Center will serve adults who do not require acute care but need to be quarantined or cared for.
— New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will convene a special legislative session next week in hopes of providing new relief to the unemployed and small businesses recovering from the pandemic. The proposed $ 300 million package includes a $ 300 weekly supplement for the unemployed.
— In Massachusetts, the state agency that operates Boston’s Logan Airport must cut about 25% of its workforce in the $ 400 million budget deficit brought about by the plunge in travel during a pandemic. Said.
Lisa Wieland, CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, said the combination of severance, buyout and severance would bring savings. Logan had 42 million passengers last year. According to Massachusetts, this year’s “optimistic” forecast is 22 million, with 13 million at worst.
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