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The United States has set another daily record of coronavirus infections and the world passed a total of 50 million on Sunday when President-elect Joe Biden promised to “take control of the virus”.

The United States recorded 126,742 cases on Saturday, the third day in a row, the total number of cases exceeded 126,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Some infectious disease experts believe that the US and global numbers are cautious, saying that many people have no symptoms and have not been tested.

In the US, where more than 9.8 million cases – more than any other country – have been reported, the Midwest and the Delta are starting to face pressure on hospitals and staff. health care. North Dakota said that about 41 people died per 100,000 people in the past 30 days, the highest rate of any state.

Here are the latest headlines on Sunday:

  • Mark MeadowsPresident Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff and several other staff members have tested positive for the virus, media reports reported.
  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker tested negative for COVID-19 twice this week, his office announced on Saturday. Pritzker was isolated after his office was notified Friday of a person who had recently been exposed to COVID-19.

📈 Today’s number: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US has reported more than 9.8 million cases and more than 237,000 deaths. Global total: 50 million cases and 1.2 million deaths.

🗺️ Coronavirus mapping: Track US outbreaks in your state.

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The ‘peak’ of the pandemic could be Inauguration Day, the former FDA commissioner said

The pandemic won’t end in 2021 but it will be a much better year than 2020, said former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb also predicts that the country will see a record number of hospital admissions this week. When President-elect Joe Biden takes over in January, the country is likely to be “at the height of what we’re experiencing right now,” Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation.” Gottlieb also said he does not believe the US will have a traditional inauguration that brings together hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall.

The country will be in the “worst point” of the pandemic in January, he said.

Cuomo says he expects the Americans to ‘realize how serious this is’ eventually.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he thinks there will be another tone of coronavirus after the election and that “the Americans will finally see how serious this is”. Cuomo said that the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden should ease political pressure to deny the risks associated with COVID-19.

“I think you’ll even see some (Republican) governors start to have a different tone when Mr. Trump is out of office,” Cuomo told ABC’s “This Week.” “I think you should now see scientists speaking in a quiet voice.”

President-elect Joe Biden emphasizes ‘controlling COVID’

President-elect Joe Biden, speaking in front of the country for the first time since he was declared a winner on Saturday, said the coronavirus pandemic was for the first time on a list of problems he wanted to tackle. upon taking office on January 20.

Biden said he will bring together a team of scientists and experts that will begin implementing the Biden-Harris COVID plan on Monday.

“Our work begins with COVID control,” says Biden from Wilmington, Delaware. “We cannot repair the economy, revive or enjoy life’s most precious moments – hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the most important moments. for us – until we get this virus under control. ” He said the plan “will be built on a scientific foundation. It will be built on compassion, empathy and concern. I will not regret the effort – or commitment – to turn things around. This pandemic. “

North and South Dakota were hit hard; the governor denied the mask duty

North Dakota and South Dakota had the nation’s worst death per capita rates in the past 30 days. With winter approaching and hospitals scrambling for room for COVID-19 patients, health experts are concerned that viral mortality will continue to rise in an area where people are slow to adopt Mitigation measures such as wearing a mask.

The Republican governors of both states opposed government orders to help stem the outbreak, based on the ideology of a limited government.

North Dakota reported 309 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 30 days, more than all other stages combined. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the state ranks first in the nation in the number of deaths per capita in the past 30 days, with about 41 deaths per 100,000 people.

South Dakota reported 252 deaths, a 98% increase in the past 30 days. It has had a death rate of about 29 per 100,000 in the past 30 days, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, principal of the Brown School of Public Health, calls states a “cautionary tale” about the consequences of ignoring virus science and public health initiatives. plus. Jha noted that the area began to experience steep climbs after the Sturgis Motorcycle Race in South Dakota, a two-week event that attracted nearly 500,000 people.

Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, five other employees with coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has coronavirus, according to a report on Friday. It’s not clear when he got a positive result, but news outlets said Meadows informed a team of advisors about his diagnosis after Election Day. Five other White House officials also tested positive for the virus in the days before and after Election Day, people familiar with the diagnoses told The New York Times.

His positive test results came a month after Trump became infected with the virus, leaving him hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Army Medical Center in early October. After Trump’s diagnosis, several White House aides have also tested positive for the virus, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former adviser Kellyanne Conway. Melania and Barron Trump are also active.

According to the report, at least five aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including chief of staff Marc Short, also had a positive result last month.

– Jeanine Santucci

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has COVID-19 antibodies

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told USA TODAY on Saturday morning that he had tested “antibody positive”, showing that he had been infected with the virus at one point. He said he had no quarantine plan and didn’t know where he got the antibodies.

“There are no symptoms. Feel great. Today will go boating. “He told USA TODAY in a text message. In March, Gaetz allegedly unraveled the coronavirus outbreak when he wore a gas mask at Congress after one of his members died of COVID-19.

“Lighted out?!?!” I’m quite serious, “the Florida Republican tweeted in response to a Washington Post headline claiming he did exactly that.” The threat to Congress is real, as I explained based on travel and habits like taking selfies and shaking hands. “

– Ledyard King

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker tested negative for COVID-19

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and staff attended Monday’s meeting, where they contacted someone who tested positive for COVID-19 who tested negative, the governor’s office said in a statement on Saturday. The office ran a PCR test on Friday afternoon – the second negative test for the governor and staff after they underwent weekly testing on Wednesday, the office said.

The governor and staff attending the meeting are not considered close contacts because they met the infected person 48 hours prior to symptoms and, according to CDC instructions, will not be required to quarantine.

Meanwhile, Illinois reported more than 12,000 new cases daily on Saturday – the same week the state broke 10,000 new cases daily for the first time.

– Grace Hauck

What does Biden’s presidency mean for another stimulus?

President-elect Joe Biden voiced his support for a strong relief measure that included another federal bonus for weekly unemployment benefits, more support for struggling small businesses and businesses. state financial hardship, and another stimulus test for most households.

Big question: Which party has the majority in the Senate? Last month, the Democratic House of Representatives approved the $ 2.2 trillion package while the Republican Senate endorsed the $ 500 billion plan.

If Republicans retain control, lawmakers are likely to pass a $ 1.5 trillion stimulus, possibly later this year, according to Moody’s Analytics and Oxford Economics. If Democrats gain control, Moody’s Mark Zandi expects a $ 2 trillion package that could equate to a $ 600 unemployment allowance provided to unemployed Americans in earlier this year instead of a reduced amount.

But Oxford Economics economist Nancy Vanden Houten believes that even the Democratic Senate will opt for a $ 1.5 trillion measure to preserve space for other spending initiatives. Read more here.

– Paul Davidson

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