Thanksgiving, Coronavirus, Presidential Transition: Your Weekend Briefing

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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.Image Credit…Scott McIntyre for The New York Times1. The U.S. is heading into a make-or-break holiday week.The country passed 12 million cases, adding one million new cases in the past week alone. New daily cases are approaching 200,000: On Friday, the country recorded more than 198,500, a record.At least 255,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus, and hospitalizations rose beyond 82,000. Above, a memorial in Miami for virus victims.Public health officials are urging Americans to avoid travel for Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with members of their immediate households.If you are gathering with others for the holiday, a negative test doesn’t mean you should skip other measures, like quarantining, wearing masks and social distancing.For many Americans, including the woman known as “Thanksgiving Grandma,” this will be the first Thanksgiving without a loved one at the table. Wanda Dench became internet famous when a misdirected text landed a stranger at her holiday table. Ms. Dench’s husband died from the coronavirus in April.[embedded content]ImageCredit…Chandan Khanna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images2. A pharmaceutical giant and …

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