BERLIN – Germany’s disease control center reports new daily records in new coronavirus infections as the pandemic continues to spread across the country.
The Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday that German states reported 23,300 new cases overnight, surpassing a record 21,506 cases set the day before, which was the first time the country had recorded more than 20,000 daily cases.
It said another 130 people died from the virus, a number that is also likely to increase but remains significantly lower than the 315 deaths reported one day in April.
Worried about a rapid increase in numbers, Germany has imposed significant new restrictions to prevent the health system from becoming overwhelmed. A four-week partial suspension took effect on Monday, with bars, restaurants, recreational and sports facilities closed and new contact restrictions imposed. Shops and schools remain open.
Germany as a whole has recorded 642,488 coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic with 11,226 deaths.
HERE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OUTBREAK VIRUS:
– Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows was diagnosed with the corona virus
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– In India, polluted air causes problems for virus patients
– China October exports increased, driven by US demand
HERE WHAT ELSE HAPPENED:
Moscow – Russia on Saturday reported that the country’s death toll from COVID-19 had exceeded 30,000. The national coronavirus task force said 364 people died as of Friday, bringing the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 30,251.
It said 20,396 new cases of infection were recorded, down slightly from Thursday’s record of 20,582. In all, about 1.75 million people in Russia have been diagnosed with the infection.
AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas district judge on Friday upheld orders from top El Paso County officials to shut down businesses while the region battles an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.
The ruling from Judge Bill Moody of El Paso’s 34th District Court comes as a federal military medical team is deployed to the border region at the state’s request.
The district’s top official, El Paso District Judge Ricardo Samaniego, ordered a halt to non-essential activities for two weeks last weekend.
In making his decision, Moody pointed out that during the Spanish flu pandemic in the early 20th century, municipal and county officials had the authority to respond because they “thought it was necessary to protect the health and financial interests of their respective communities. “
Chris Hilton, a lawyer at the Texas attorney general’s office, said the state would appeal. Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that Samaniego’s order was illegal as it contravened a statewide order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reopen businesses.
Meanwhile, three Air Force medical teams are expected to arrive in El Paso by the weekend, according to Seth Christensen, head of media and communications for the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
El Paso joins a list of 10 other cities, including Houston, San Antonio and many communities in the Rio Grande Valley area, to receive assistance from the Department of Defense at the request of Texas officials, Christensen said.
CHICAGO – Facing 20,000 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the past two days, a stay-at-home order is possible if the spread does not slow down, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Friday before his office announced he was self-isolating. after he caught the virus.
With a record 10,374 new infections reported as of Friday, and 10,000 deaths having passed this week, Pritzker was asked if he would order people to stay in their homes as requested by Illinois and many other states during the COVID-19 spring offensive.
“We are in a bad situation (but) I don’t see a broader mitigation than staying at home … as in something I’ll be doing in the coming days or weeks. But I can’t guarantee what two weeks from now or three weeks will be, ”he said. I just don’t know.
About an hour after his daily COVID-19 briefing, Pritzker’s office announced that the governor was isolating himself after learning that an infected person attended a meeting with Pritzker last Monday. He is waiting for the test results.
This is the third time during the pandemic Pritzker has been exposed to the virus – the previous two times it was caused by a staff member getting sick.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said he and his staff tested negative for the coronavirus after a staff at the Capitol building tested positive on Friday morning. The prosecutor’s office later said the employee believed to have caught the virus was negative on Friday night.
Justice said he was tested for the virus minutes before a Friday afternoon press conference, during which he announced a record high of new cases. The state reported 540 confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours.
The employee who initially tested positive on Friday morning worked for the attorney general, said Curtis Johnson, spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
But after testing staff and individuals again Friday night, “all our tests came back negative,” Johnson later told the AP.
“The office is taking appropriate precautions that include testing to ensure the safety of not only its employees, but everyone in the Capitol building and surrounding communities,” Johnson said Friday afternoon after testing positive.
The governor’s office declined to say exactly how many people were tested and whether anyone would consider quarantine.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky reported 2,302 new COVID-19 cases and 10 other virus-related deaths on Friday, as the coronavirus continues to surge statewide. More than 1,000 people remain in hospital with the virus.
Democratic Governor Andy Beshear also urged 80 Kentucky counties classified as “red zone” counties to follow state emergency recommendations. In last week’s report, 68 Kentucky counties were on the red zone list, because of their high case prevalence.
“I know we’ve been in this fight for so long it’s easy to be numb to the terrifying headlines and the high number of cases,” said Beshear. “That’s normal. It’s human nature. But you have to understand that this is the most dangerous COVID-19 that has ever existed in the Commonwealth and it is causing more of our Kentuckian colleagues to become sick, hospitalized and dying.”
Kentucky set Thursday’s high with 2,318 new cases.
The country’s test positive rate on Friday hit 6.77%, the highest since June.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Officials in Anchorage plan to step up enforcement of the expanded mask mandate and limit the size of indoor gatherings in an effort to curb coronavirus cases.
The updated mask mandate, which took effect Monday, requires the use of masks, with a few exceptions, in indoor public or communal areas and outdoors where distance from non-household members is not possible.
Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said the revisions would, in part, remove gaps in the existing order. He said the city government plans to step up its enforcement efforts in response to concerns from the business community.
TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas added a record 5,418 new coronavirus cases over two days as hospitals warned staff were under serious tension.
The increase in confirmed and likely cases reported on Friday brings the state total to 97,633, an increase of 5.9% from Wednesday.
Data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed that the state averaged 1,779 new cases a day for the seven days ended Friday. The state also added 79 deaths from COVID-19 to bring the total to 1,166. Deaths have more than doubled since mid-September.
The head of the state health department and Dr. Lee Norman said cases were “spiking” as people spent more time indoors and attended public events and family gatherings without diligently wearing masks or keeping their distance.
He said he feared cases would spike again from the Thanksgiving family gathering. And Norman said many local officials had “done nothing” to check the spike.
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