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5 things to know for October 21: Coronavirus, election, economy, Nigeria, Google

5 things to know for october 21: coronavirus, election, economy, nigeria, google

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Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Coronavirus The US just saw about 60,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day, triple what the daily average was back in June when restrictions began to ease. It’s another sign that the US is nearing what experts say is a “rapid acceleration” of the disease. In other words, yes, the fall surge may get worse. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, says the US is about two to three weeks behind whatever’s happening in Europe. And right now, it’s pretty bad. The UK’s daily coronavirus death toll tripled from Monday to yesterday, and cities like Paris are dealing with curfews and other new restrictions. The Czech Republic seemed to have vanquished the virus in the summer thanks to intense safety measures, but the government is now bringing back a strict mask mandate as daily case counts are far higher than just after the pandemic began.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘business/2020/10/20/ …

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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 40.8 million, 1.13 million deaths and U.S. death toll tops 221,000

coronavirus tally: global cases of covid-19 40.8 million, 1.13 million deaths and u.s. death toll tops 221,000

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 40.8 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.1 million. The U.S. has the highest case total at 8.3 million and deaths at 221,078. The pandemic has caused the deaths of nearly 300,000 people, according to a CDC report published Tuesday, that counts deaths directly caused by the coronavirus as well as ones that would not have occurred were if not for the virus.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 154,837 and is third by cases at 5.3 million. India is second in cases with 7.7 million, and third in deaths at 115,914. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 86,893 and ninth highest case tally at 860,714. The U.K has 44,057 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 765,487 cases.

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‘Collateral damage’: Cancer patients fear research delays amid pandemic disruptions

‘collateral damage’: cancer patients fear research delays amid pandemic disruptions

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As the death toll from the coronavirus climbs, Karen Hilton, of Dalkeith, Scotland, sees herself and others fighting cancer as “collateral damage.”Hilton, 48, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer four years ago. After a double mastectomy, surgeries to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes that were also at risk of cancer due to a BRCA1 gene mutation, and many rounds of chemotherapy, Hilton said her treatment options are dwindling.In March, she received a prognosis of six to 12 months. Still receiving chemo, she wasn’t looking to enroll in a trial at the height of the pandemic. But as lockdowns return, she fears another disruption could ruin her chance to enroll in clinical trials which might help prolong her life.“We feel like we’ve been robbed of our life twice,” she told NBC News by phone.Karen Hilton and her husband, Alistair, on their wedding day in July. Hilton, of Dalkeith, Scotland, was first diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer with a faulty BRCA1 gene in May 2016.Craig SteedmanThe pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions in medical research for potentially lifesaving cancer treatments. Research projects have been delayed, scientists have had to renegotiate funding deals …

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US is nearing ‘rapid acceleration’ of Covid-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections top 60,000

us is nearing ‘rapid acceleration’ of covid-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections top 60,000

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The prediction comes after several state leaders reimposed some measures to help curb the spread of the virus, fueled by small gatherings increasingly moving indoors with the colder weather, as well as other factors such as college and school reopenings. The national seven-day case average has increased at least 18% since the previous week and is now a staggering 61% higher than what it was five weeks ago. And as multiple experts have warned, things will likely get worse before they get better.”It’s going to be a difficult fall and winter,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC Monday. “I think we’re about two or three weeks behind Europe — so we’re about a week away from starting to enter a period where we’re going to see a rapid acceleration in cases.” The difference is many European countries were able to suppress their numbers of new cases over the summer, but the US entered the fall season with a relatively high baseline average of new infections — something experts warned wouldn’t help in containing another surge of cases. Dr. Anthony Fauci said earlier this week European Union countries were able to bring their baseline …

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Coronavirus update: Washington state reports 24 new deaths due to COVID-19

coronavirus update: washington state reports 24 new deaths due to covid-19

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Over 20 people in Washington state died due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours according to the latest reporting from the Washington Department of Health. The Washington State Department of Health reported 489 new COVID-19 cases, 47 additional hospitalizations and 24 more deaths due to the virus. As of Tuesday, state health officials confirmed 99,150 COVID-19 cases, 8,124 hospitalizations and 2,282 deaths since the pandemic began in March. Gov.

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Citing coronavirus issues, doctors ask Trump to cancel rally

citing coronavirus issues, doctors ask trump to cancel rally

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of Pennsylvania doctors have called on President Donald Trump to cancel his Erie campaign rally on Tuesday night, citing the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. A letter signed by more than 75 physicians from around the state said such campaign events endanger public health and give a false impression that the coronavirus is “no longer with us. ” The doctors also raised concerns about what they claimed was Trump spreading misinformation about the virus.

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‘It Has Hit Us With a Vengeance’: Virus Surges Again Across the United States

‘it has hit us with a vengeance’: virus surges again across the united states

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As the coronavirus races across the country, it has reached every corner of a nursing home in Kansas, infecting all 62 residents inside. There are so few hospital beds available in North Dakota that patients sick with the virus are being ferried by ambulance to facilities 100 miles away. And in Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the virus than at any other time during the pandemic.After weeks of warnings that cases were again on the rise, a third surge of coronavirus infection has firmly taken hold in the United States. The nation is averaging 59,000 new cases a day, the most since the beginning of August, and the country is on pace to record the most new daily cases of the entire pandemic in the coming days.But if earlier surges were defined by acute and concentrated outbreaks — in the Northeast this spring, and in the South during the summer — the virus is now simmering at a worrisome level across nearly the entire country. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming each set seven-day case records on Tuesday. Even New Jersey, once a model for bringing the virus under control, has seen …

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The Pandemic’s Real Toll? 300,000, and It’s Not Just From the Coronavirus

the pandemic’s real toll? 300,000, and it’s not just from the coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic caused nearly 300,000 deaths in the United States through early October, federal researchers said on Tuesday.The new tally includes not only deaths known to have been directly caused by the coronavirus, but also roughly 100,000 fatalities that are indirectly related and would not have occurred if not for the virus.The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an attempt to measure “excess deaths” — deaths from all causes that statistically exceed those normally occurring in a certain time period. The total included deaths from Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, that were misclassified or missed altogether.Many experts believe this measure tracks the pandemic’s impact more accurately than the case fatality rate does, and they warn that the death toll may continue an inexorable climb if policies are not put in effect to contain the spread.“This is one of several studies, and the bottom line is there are far more Americans dying from the pandemic than the news reports would suggest,” said Dr. Steve Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose own research recently reached similar conclusions about excess deaths.“We’re likely …

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