- Lockdown orders issued for Southern California & the San Joaquin Valley
- NY reports another 10K+ new case, 69 deaths
- California sees record 25K COVID cases
- North Carolina reported 6K cases
- US reports record COVID cases
- US 7-day average cases at record high
- 2.6K deaths confirmed Friday in US
- UK to start vaccinations Dec. 14
- Labour leader enters quarantine after staffer tests positive
- Moscow begins COVID vaccinations Saturday
- Cases in the Netherlands rise for 2nd straight day
- Saudi Arabia reports fewer than 200 cases for first time in months
- Iran 8th country to see deaths top 50K
- Russian cases top 2.4MM, 4th highest in the world
- More Danes infected by Mink farm mutations
- Hong Kong to test taxi drivers as cases rise
- Hungary sets another record for deaths
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Update (1650ET): Following today’s record numbers and rising hospitalizations, the state is imposing stay at home orders for two of the California’s five regions: SoCal, and the San Joaquin Valley. The new orders, which will remain in place for at least three weeks, are triggered when a region’s ICU capacity drops below 15%.
The Southern California region’s capacity was 12.5% as of Saturday and the San Joaquin Valley’s was 8.6% according to state data.
As the LAT points out, the order will be felt across the region, but much more dramatically in suburban counties like Orange County, Ventura and Riverside, which have much less restrictive rules than Los Angeles County, which imposed its own lockdown a week ago. The Southern California region includes the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
The new rules require personal service businesses, including hair and nail salons, playgrounds, zoos, museums, aquariums and wineries, to close. Overnight, short-term stays at campgrounds will be prohibited. Restaurants must return to takeout service only. Retail businesses will be limited to just 20% of their customer capacity inside at any one time, with requirements for store officials to ensure there’s no indoor drinking or eating.
Though, unlike Newsom’s order from earlier in the year, hiking and beach access won’t be affected.
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Update (1625ET): In its latest update, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo reported another 10K+ new cases as the statewide positivity rate hit 4.99%.
Today’s update on the numbers:
Of the 215,401 tests reported yesterday, 10,761 were positive (4.99% of total).
Total hospitalizations are at 4,318.
Sadly, there were 69 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/yY6bdNEjrm
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 5, 2020
The test positivity rate in the focus areas under NY’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 6.17%.
The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas is 4.59%.
We continue to take strong action to respond to outbreaks and to stop the spread.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 5, 2020
He also reported another 69 deaths.
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Update (1440ET): Saturday is shaping up to be another tough day with record numbers recorded in states across the country, while infections and hospitalizations climbed in NYC.
Less than a day after San Francisco joined LA in ordering a new lockdown, the state of California has reported more than 25K new cases, notching a new record (that’s a +1.9%).
Maine reported a record daily average number of cases, 265 over the last week, the state’s Center for Disease Control reported Saturday.
North Carolina reported 6K new cases, another record at the end of week in which daily cases topped 5K on three days/. Hospitalizations also climbed to a record 2,171.
Arizona reported 6,799 new cases on Saturday, the fourth time this week that the state recorded more than 5,000 daily Covid-19 infections. During the state’s earlier surge last summer, Arizona never hit the 5,000-a-day mark.
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Capping off another brutal week of COVID-19 infections in the US that saw LA and SF order up new lockdowns, health authorities from across the country reported a total of 224.8K new cases on Friday, a new single-day record.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the US is still reported more than 1.8MM daily COVID-19 tests, while the number of currently-hospitalized patients has climbed to 101K.
Daily deaths eclipsed 2K yet again on Friday, though the 2.6K new deaths was just below post-springtime highs reached earlier in the week. All told, the US has confirmed 269.8K COVID-19 deaths.
The 7-day average for daily cases is also at record highs.
As far as individual states are concerned, 35 are seeing hospitalizations continue to climb, even as governors and mayors tighten restrictions in some hard hit areas (though some governors have been less willing to impose tough mandatory restrictions, arguing compliance with all social distancing rules should be voluntary).
Notably, some of the hard-hit midwestern and plain states like ND, SD, IL & WI are seeing hospitalizations fall, though those declines are being more than compensated for by rising numbers elsewhere.
Regionally speaking, the South has taken over from the Midwest as the worst hit part of the US.
Globally, cases have exceeded 66 million, while deaths have topped 1.52 million.
In the UK, officials have set a date – Dec. 14 – on which the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be dispensed to the highest-priority patients (a group that includes health-care workers, nursing home residents and certain ‘essential’ workers). The NHS has a goal of delivering 975 doses per site to priority patients during that week, according to a copy of a letter sent to doctors on Friday. As cases continue to recede thanks to the BoJo’s tougher restrictions, Kier Starmer, the man who replaced Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the UK’s opposition Labour Party, has entered self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive.
As daily new cases reach record highs with Russian health officials reported 28.8K new cases over the last 24 hours, Moscow kicked off widespread vaccinations of frontline workers and other high-risk people on Saturday, following a Wednesday order from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Mayor of Moscow claimed that more than 5,000 people signed up in the first five hours of registration on Friday.
The Kremlin has resisted a broad lockdown, putting the responsibility for imposing restrictions on regional governments.
Russia now has reported a total of more than 2.4MM cases, the fourth-most in the world, behind India (No. 3) and ahead of France (No. 5).
Here’s more COVID-19 news from Saturday morning and overnight:
The number of new cases in the Netherlands increased for the second day in a row. There were 6,577 new reported infections on Saturday, up from 5,921 on Friday and 5,634 on Thursday, ANP said. Measures by the Dutch government had previously lowered the daily number of cases to below 5,000 from 10,000 or more.
Saudi Arabia’s health ministry reported 190 new cases, the first daily count below 200 in eight months (Source: Saudi Arabia).
Iran’s confirmed virus fatalities since the start of the pandemic have topped 50K, making Iran the 8th country to pass that milestone (Source: Bloomberg).
The nation had 321 deaths overnight, down from 347 a day earlier, while the number of new infections fell 9% in the last 24 hours to 12.15K, bringing total known cases to 1.03MM (Source: Bloomberg).
Germany will probably start mass vaccinations by summer and conclude the majority of its immunization efforts by the fall, according to Health Minister Jens Spahn (Source: Bloomberg).
There has been a marked increase in the number of Danes infected by a form of the coronavirus with mutations that originated in mink farms, Berlingske reported, citing SSI, the Danish government agency for fighting infectious diseases. The estimated number of cases is approaching 2,700 (Source: Bloomberg).
Hong Kong announced a one-time mandatory test for taxi drivers beginning Dec. 9. The city has seen 100+ new cases for 2 days in a row (Source: Bloomberg).
Hungary set another daily record for COVID related deaths, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban prepares to announce whether virus curbs will be relaxed for the holiday period (Source: Bloomberg).
There were 36,652 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in India, taking the official case tally to 9,608,211, the Press Trust of India reports (Source: Bloomberg).