The months of pandemic COVID-19 are setting records for the highest number of new cases and deaths in a week since the pandemic began.
There are indications that the ups and downs may be underway as the United States reports more than 90,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a second week since the pandemic began.
While 21 states set records for new cases in a week, CNN polls show that COVID-19 wasn’t the top American issue this year, with Only 1 in 6 voters said the pandemic was most important to their vote. Meanwhile, one-third of voters say the economy is their most important issue and one-fifth say racial equality.
Ballots continued to be counted in one of the election’s most disputed states, Wisconsin, where health officials reported a record 5,771 new cases and an additional 52 deaths. In addition to being a battlefield state, Wisconsin has also been one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots for the past few weeks and officials are concerned about an average increase of 44% in daily cases. View live election results here.
Here’s what to know today:
- Across the Atlantic, new restrictions are in place in Austria, Greece and Sweden. Germany imposed a partial decommissioning on Monday, with Italy, France, Kosovo and Croatia also taking stricter measures. The UK is scheduled to return to the course on Thursday, although schools and universities are expected to remain open.
- A Republican candidate for the state legislature in North Dakota, who passed away October 5 after suffering from COVID-19 disease, won a seat of state representation for District 8 on Tuesday.
- The group representing cruise lines with 95% global seafaring capacity said on Tuesday that its members had agreed to extend the period of the suspension of US seafaring operations through 2020.
📈 Today’s number: The United States reported over 9.3 million cases and 232,600 death, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 47.5 million cases and 1.21 millions of people died.
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USA TODAY analysis shows that 21 states record COVID-19 case weekly
A US TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through the end of Tuesday found 21 states set a record for new cases in a week while three states had record deaths in a week. .
New case records are established in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah , Virginia and Wyoming.
Record deaths were reported in Montana, North Carolina and South Dakota.
Meanwhile, 40 states had more cases in the most recent week than the previous week, an analysis of Johns Hopkins University data showed. Forty-one states have a higher proportion of people with a positive test result than last week, an analysis of the COVID Tracking Project data showed.
– Michael Stucka
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The candidate for the North Dakota legislature died because COVID-19 won the election
North Dakota election officials said Republican candidate David Andahl, who passed away on October 5 after suffering from COVID-19 illness for a few days, won a seat of state representation for District 8. on Tuesday.
Andahl, 55, was still on the ballot, in part because early voting began a few weeks before his death. His mother, Pat Andahl, told the Bismarck Tribune that she wasn’t sure how he got the virus because he was “very careful.”
Republicans are set to choose someone to replace Andahl by using a committee to schedule appointments, as previously stated by the North Dakota attorney general. But voters can call for a special election.
The pandemic has hit North Dakota heavily in recent months. Last month, the University of Washington Medical Metrology and Evaluation Institute criticized the state for its alarming mortality after a loosely documented approach to medical tasks in state.
– Joel Shannon
The UK launched the COVID-19 test rapidly in Liverpool
Half a million people in the UK city of Liverpool will be routinely tested for the COVID-19 in Britain’s first citywide rapid test that the government hopes will be a new weapon against pandemic.
The government said in a statement on Tuesday testing will begin this weekend at locations in the city using a variety of technologies, including new methods that can deliver. results in an hour or less. All people who live or work in the northwestern UK city will be tested, regardless of symptoms or not.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes the mass testing will help escape the coronavirus crisis, which killed more than 46,000 people across Britain during Europe’s deadliest outbreak. The UK is expected to begin a second national lock on Thursday as the government struggles to control a second wave of infections that risk flooding hospitals and emergency rooms.
Liverpool is one of the countries with the highest infection rates in the UK, with more than 410 cases per 100,000 people, compared with 225 per 100,000 nationwide.
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Kentucky passed a “grim milestone” by 1,500 people dead
Governor Andy Beshear said the coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky surpassed 1,500 on Tuesday as the increase in COVID-19 continued with the sixth highest daily viral infection reported in the state, Governor said director Andy Beshear.
Beshear called the passing 1,500 dead “a grim milestone” when it released the latest numbers. “It looks like we will lose a significant number of Kentuckians unless we take it in, unless we do better,” he said.
Beshear and public health officials have repeatedly urged residents of Kentuck to work harder in steps to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus, including wearing masks in public places. Prepare to be in contact with others and wash your hands often.
Beshear reported 1,795 new infections statewide on Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 111,000 since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, the number of virus-related hospitalizations in Kentucky continued to rise, with 1,037 cases, the governor said. The state positive rate is 6.24%.
– Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal and Associated Press
Record number of new cases in Wisconsin
Wisconsin health officials reported a record 5,771 new coronavirus infections and added 52 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, along with an ever-higher follow-up rate of positive test rates. .
Hospital admissions increased by 247 people in the state, ranking for weeks one of the nation’s worst viral hotspots. According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the state’s average daily incidence rate has increased 44% in the past two weeks, making it the fourth worst nationally in terms of new cases per capita. .
The seven-day average positive rate in Wisconsin increased over the past two weeks to 14.72% on Monday.
Wisconsin has recorded 2,102 deaths from the virus.
Europe tightens restrictions as hospital admissions for the virus increase
Coronavirus infections hit new daily highs this week in Russia and Germany and the UK announced plans to expand virus testing on Tuesday as European countries face infections and hospitalizations COVID-19 increased rapidly.
According to Johns Hopkins University, countries have put in place limited measures to try to get past a virus that has caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally, more than 270,000 of which are in Europe, and are straining the health care system.
The new measures came into effect on Tuesday in Austria, Greece and Sweden, after Germany partially shut down on Monday and stricter regulations in Italy, France, Kosovo and Croatia. The UK faces an almost complete shutdown starting Thursday, though schools and universities will remain open.
Infections spiked in Russia, where authorities reported 18,648 new cases on Tuesday. It is the fifth consecutive day that more than 18,000 new cases have been confirmed, compared with the country’s daily record of more than 11,000 in the spring. Russia has the world’s 4th highest reported coronavirus population with more than 1.6 million confirmed infected people, of which more than 28,000 people died in the pandemic.
The Indiana AG candidate wins the election after testing positive for COVID-19
Former US Representative Todd Rokita, a Republican candidate for Indiana Attorney General, tested positive for COVID-19 after developing “some symptoms,” his campaign announced. .
Hours later, Rokita beat Democrat challenger Jonathan Weinzapfel in Tuesday’s statewide election. Rokita was quarantined from his family after he was told “by someone not involved in any campaign activity that he had come into contact with COVID-19,” Rokita’s campaign said in a statement. declare.
The campaign says Rokita “recently got a positive result after developing some symptoms” and is doing well and working from home.
The yacht industry gets stuck in 2020, looks like 2021
Days after Carnival and Norway extended their travel suspension later this year, the group representing travel agencies said on Tuesday that their members had agreed to extend the suspension of activities. seafaring of the United States until the end of 2020.
The announcement comes just days after the US government effectively lifted a boat ban ban despite a global surge in coronavirus infection.
The Cruise Lines International Association – which includes travel giants Princess, Carnival and Royal Caribbean – said members of the association voluntarily chose to keep the current suspension of travel in the US until the end of the year. now on.
The association said members “will use the rest of the year to prepare for broad measures to address COVID-19 safety,” with the guidance of public health experts. and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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