The United States has reported the highest daily death toll from COVID-19, beating the previous record by 20 percent, as Los Angeles has again slipped into a widespread lockdown and the CDC is already urging people to cancel their Christmas travel plans.
There were 3,157 deaths recorded yesterday, well above the previous record of 2,603 reported on April 15 during the first peak of the pandemic.
Hospital stays and cases across the country continue to rise after Thanksgiving. Just over 100,000 patients were treated and 200,000 infections confirmed yesterday.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, more than 19,000 of those in the hospital are in intensive care units and nearly 7,000 are on a ventilator.
President-elect Joe Biden has even warned that 250,000 more people will die by January if he takes office, and the CDC, which warned of Thanksgiving gatherings, has urged Americans not to travel for Christmas.
“The best thing Americans can do during the holiday season is stay home and not travel,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s incident manager for the COVID-19 response, told reporters on a media call. ‘Cases rise. Hospital stays are increasing. The deaths are increasing. We have to try to bend the curve and stop this exponential increase. ‘
The surge prompted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to issue new lockdown orders yesterday when he warned the city could run out of hospital beds by Christmas if the current surge in cases continues.
Under the new restrictions, people were asked to stay inside their homes, all travel including walking was prohibited, and non-essential businesses were closed. Residents may be arrested for breaking the new restrictions.
There were 3,157 deaths recorded yesterday, well above the previous record of 2,603 reported on April 15 during the first peak of the pandemic
The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holiday season. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding at Denver International Airport in Colorado on November 24th
Los Angeles residents received emergency orders to remain in their homes with immediate effect on Wednesday amid a spate of coronavirus cases. Pictured above is a COVID-19 testing facility at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday evening
The record-breaking numbers for both hospital stays and new cases come as the CDC officially cut the quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus from 14 days to seven to 10 days. A leaked White House report found the US is at “historic risk” of uncontrolled coronavirus transmission.
The CDC now recommends that if you get a negative test, you can resume normal activity seven days after the first exposure. If you don’t want to get a test, you can resume daily activities after 10 days.
The fears led President-elect Joe Biden to warn that another 250,000 people will die at a round table on Wednesday through January
CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield issued a dire warning that the country has the prospect of a health system strained to collapse if current COVID-19 trends continue.
The virus has now reached every corner of the country – with 90 percent of all hospitals in areas designated as coronavirus hot zones – and continues to spread at a much steeper path than any previous wave of the pandemic.
“The reality is December, January and February will be tough times,” Redfield said in a livestream presentation from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Indeed, I believe they will be the most difficult time in this nation’s public health history.”
President-elect Joe Biden reiterated the dire prediction during a roundtable of workers and small business owners hard hit by the devastating economic consequences of the pandemic.
Warning of a “dark winter,” Biden made the terrible prediction that 250,000 more Americans could die in the next two months. He did not offer any details to support his assessment.
“We’ll probably lose another 250,000 dead by January,” Biden said. ‘You hear me? Because people aren’t paying attention.
“You can’t travel as much as you want this vacation.”
Hospital stays and cases across the country continue to increase after Thanksgiving. Just over 100,000 patients were treated yesterday
A leaked report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force found the US is at “historic risk” for transmitting COVID-19 and all Americans are at risk (see above).
A second map from the White House report shows that 27 states, including Dakota, New Mexico and Montana, suffered more than 100 deaths per 100,000 population last week
Dr. Cindy Friedman, director of the CDC’s travel health department, said that even a small percentage of people who leave their homes could lead to thousands of cases.
“Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread the virus while traveling and into communities where travelers visit or live,” she said. “We know it’s a tough decision and people need time to prepare, have conversations with family and friends, and make those decisions.”
Similar recommendations were issued by the CDC before Thanksgiving, with instructions on how to stay home and postpone travel.
Millions of Americans ignored warnings, however, and the number of people passing through Travel Security Administration checkpoints at airports was at its highest since mid-March.
A leaked report from the White House revealed“The risk of COVID for all Americans is at an all-time high.”
“We are in a very dangerous place,” the task force said in the report sent to and received by the states on Tuesday NBC News.
The report, which is broadcast to U.S. states every week, appears to portray the entire country as one giant hotspot, with almost every county reporting at least 200 cases per 100,000 people.
New cases per capita are displayed on a gruesome map in the report, in which almost the entire US appears as one huge hotspot. 19 states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico, are classified as top problem areas according to reports at at least 500 new cases per 100,000 residents last week.
A second map shows 27 states, including Dakota, New Mexico and Montana, that have suffered more than 100 deaths per 100,000 residents last week.
As the virus grows coast to coast, the Midwestern states remain among the hardest hit in the country by cases and deaths per 100,000 people.
To date, Minnesota is the worst-hit state, with 100 cases per 100,000 people in the past week, CDC data shows. South Dakota follows with 98 cases, Wyoming with 95 cases, and Nebraska with 93 cases.
The worst hit states for per capita deaths are South Dakota with 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people in the past seven days. North Dakota follows with 1.5 deaths and Wyoming with 1.1 deaths.
In North Dakota, the hardest hit in both cases and deaths last month, one in 800 residents has now died of COVID-19.
LA residents are ordered to stay in their homes: Mayor Garcetti urges 4 million citizens to stay indoors, restricts travel, does not close essential businesses and says it is “time to cancel” as hospital stays and cases rise
Los Angeles residents are ordered to stay in their homes effective immediately as Mayor Eric Garcetti banned all travel including walking, closed non-essential businesses and threatened to arrest anyone who breaks the new lockdown rules as coronavirus cases and Hospital stays are increasing.
The city, home to 4 million people, was told the new move was “necessary to protect life and property in the city of Los Angeles”.
Garcetti urged residents to “cancel everything”. He said no one should hold meetings or go to meetings.
Los Angeles County, the largest country in the country with about 10 million residents, had the highest daily total of cases at more than 7,500 on Tuesday and fell to just under 6,000 on Wednesday, still one of the highest to date.
According to the regulation, “all travel, including but not limited to travel on foot, by bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, car or public transport is prohibited”.
However, basic needs such as food, health services, social services and others are listed as exceptions in the order.
“My message couldn’t be simpler: it’s time to squat. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it’s not essential, don’t do it. ‘
“Don’t meet anyone outside your household. Do not hold a gathering, attend a gathering, and follow our targeted safety order. If you can stay home, stay home. Just be smart and stay separate. ‘
However, the arrangement appears to have confused residents with its long list of exceptions. Some of these include that the beaches remain open for swimming and sunbathing, and the walking trails operate during normal business hours. And perhaps the most confusing thing is that all-day camps for children must be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Los Angeles residents are now forced to stay in their homes as Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) banned all travel including walking, closed non-essential businesses and threatened to arrest anyone who violates the new lockdown rules
Under the regulation, non-essential businesses may be allowed to perform basic basic operations, including inventory, security, custody, payroll, and employee benefits processing, and appropriate activities to maximize their employees’ ability to work from home ‘.
These companies must also use a sign on their entrances to notify the public that the company is closed to the public.
The city’s statement said: “Our city is now near a devastating turning point where hospital numbers would begin to overwhelm our hospital system, risking unnecessary suffering and death.
‘These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our city mean we have to resume some of the more restrictive measures we put in place this spring. The way to avoid this dreaded scenario is clear.
“Whenever possible, we are not allowed to meet people from outside our household. Angelenos have shown what is possible when we work together, listen, and protect our family, friends, neighbors, and favorite businesses.
‘This recent surge in COVID-19 cases gives us an opportunity to work together again to reduce the spread and smooth the curve. We have to keep contact with others as little as possible.
“Even if you don’t think the virus poses a particular threat to you, you should consider the impact of your decisions on others.
“Because COVID-19 can be transmitted from someone who doesn’t know they are carrying it, one person can unknowingly infect many people if they are not careful. The better we can stay apart now, the sooner we can get back together, ”the order says.
According to Garcetti, 2,572 Angelenos were hospitalized on Wednesday evening, an increase of 5.5 percent since Tuesday
The mayor said there are only 479 beds left in the county. As things stand, the health authorities predict that the district will run out of beds in the next 2 to 4 weeks
Garcetti said Los Angeles County saw an increase of 5,987 new cases on Wednesday. Of these, 2,119 came from Los Angeles alone
During a press conference, Garcetti said 5,987 new cases emerged in Los Angeles County on Wednesday. Of these, 2,119 came from Los Angeles alone. The county now has a total of 414,185 cases.
“If we stay on that case, LA is expected to reach 574,644 cases by the end of the year,” Garcetti said.
A total of 40 new deaths were added on Wednesday, bringing the total to 7,740.
Garcetti said public health professionals predict that 11,130 people in Los Angeles could lose their lives by the end of 2020.
According to Garcetti, 2,572 Angelenos were hospitalized on Wednesday evening, an increase of 5.5 percent since Tuesday.
The mayor said there are only 479 beds left in the county. As things stand, the health authorities predict that the district will run out of beds in the next 2 to 4 weeks.
The surge in cases in both LA and the US could be curbed if a COVID-19 vaccine is introduced. Operation Warp Speed Chif Moncef Slaoui said he was expecting Pfizer’s shot approval in mid-December. Vulnerable older people and frontline workers will be the first to receive the vaccine. 100 million Americans are expected to be vaccinated by February.
County health director Barbara Ferrer said, “We’re seeing a terrible surge in the numbers.”
The number of cases in Los Angeles County rose 225 percent in three weeks in November, which was reflected in a steep and steady line that rose on a graph used in their briefing.
Ferrer urged everyone to mask themselves for any activity other than swimming when they were away.
Earlier this week, hundreds of people waited in line for COVID-19 tests in Lincoln Park
An aerial photo shows cars queuing for COVID-19 testing at Dodger Stadium on Monday
Los Angeles County banned outdoor dining on Monday to help contain the recent surge in the coronavirus. Empty patio tables, separated by plastic partitions adorned with American flags, can be seen at Mel’s drive-in diner in West Hollywood, California on Monday
Wednesday night pictures in Los Angeles showed empty streets as the city was locked. This photo shows an empty Venice Beach boardwalk
This photo shows a view of Pacific Avenue in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Wednesday evening after Garcetti’s new Emergency Ordinance went into effect
Ordinarily, the busy streets of Los Angeles were seen almost deserted on Wednesday night by order of the mayor
Empty streets were seen near the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night
Downtown Los Angeles looked almost deserted on Wednesday night near the Staples Center
Empty streets can be seen in Los Angeles just hours after the mayor announced the new home lockdown restrictions
“We have a choice, each of us,” said Ferrer. “Do we want to be part of a solution to this terrible rise or do we want to be the problem? Because where you fall into that effort now has a life or death consequence. ‘
Los Angeles County banned outdoor dining on Monday to help contain the recent surge in the coronavirus.
Restaurants already badly affected by home ordering and other restrictions were seen with empty outdoor seating areas. Restaurants and bars can only be picked up and delivered until at least December 17th.
Meanwhile, pictures in Los Angeles on Wednesday night showed empty streets as the city was locked.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, currently under quarantine after his family was exposed, has also warned that he may reintroduce statewide restrictions as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise.
California reported more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, shaking the state’s previous all-day record.
After an early summer spike that led to a new round of restrictions, cases plunged in California in August and September. The state eased restrictions so more businesses could operate, indoor religious services resumed, and many schools reopened to teaching.
However, in the past few weeks, new cases have exploded, leaving the state with an average of 15,000 new cases per day and the infection rate has more than doubled.
A record 8,500 people are hospitalized, including more than 2,000 in intensive care, and the state has fewer than 2,000 available ICU beds.
Meanwhile, California reported more than 20,000 new COVID cases on Wednesday, shaking the state’s previous all-day record. Gov Gavin Newsom is considering a new stay at home order that has sparked protests from some residents (pictured in Santa Monica on Tuesday).
Gov Newsom is expected to announce stricter lockdown orders as early as Thursday. Newsom warned Monday that “red flags are flying” and said if the numbers didn’t improve it would take “drastic measures”. The guests dine at a restaurant in Pasadena on Tuesday. Pasadena is the only city in Los Angeles County that still allows outdoor dining
People dine al fresco in Pasadena, California, the only city in Los Angeles County to continue offering this service as of Tuesday
The U.S. expects 100 million Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by February, says Operation Warp Speed chief
The U.S. is hoping to have 100 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of February, a top official said Wednesday, representing roughly 40 percent of the country’s adult population.
“We may have vaccinated 100 million people between mid-December and the end of February,” Moncef Slauoi, scientific advisor to the government’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS) program, told reporters.
This would cover the “at risk” population composed of the elderly, health workers and first responders.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators will decide whether to approve Pfizer’s shot on December 10th and Moderna’s shot on December 17th.
Operation Warp Speed also sent documents to states asking them to expect their first deliveries of Pfizer’s vaccine on December 15th.
However, the news about when vaccines will be delivered has been mixed. Operation Warp Speed previously said the vaccines would be distributed within 24 hours of approval. On the same day that states were told they would receive vaccines by December, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley said they would go out in “next week or two or three”.
Meanwhile, Americans are flocking to the wait for coronavirus vaccines after UK regulators temporarily approved Pfizer’s US-developed vaccine.
If it receives an emergency clearance next week in the US, its first rollout in December is expected to include 40 million doses of the vaccine.
There will be “enough” vaccines to immunize three million residents of long-term care facilities, said Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical manager at GlaxoSmithKline who was hired by President Donald Trump’s administration in May.
Jeder der beiden Impfstoffe, die für die Notfallgenehmigung (EUA) in Betracht gezogen werden – Pfizer und Moderna – erfordert zwei Dosen, die zweite nach drei Wochen bzw. vier Wochen.
Der Rest würde ausreichen, um den Großteil der Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen zu erreichen, wenn Staaten und andere Gebiete den Empfehlungen des Bundes zur Priorisierung dieser Bevölkerung zustimmen.
Mit der Ausweitung der Produktion der beiden Impfstoffe werden 20 Millionen im Dezember, 30 Millionen im Januar und 50 Millionen im Februar erreicht, was insgesamt 100 Millionen entspricht.
Diese Zahl schließt jedoch andere Impfstoffe von Johnson & Johnson und AstraZeneca-Oxford aus, die sich in einem späten Entwicklungsstadium befinden.
Newsoms eigene Mitarbeiter wurden getroffen. Ein Mitglied des Gouverneursbüros wurde am Mittwochnachmittag positiv auf COVID-19 getestet. Der Mitarbeiter hatte keinen Kontakt mit dem Gouverneur unter Quarantäne, soll jedoch mit anderen Mitarbeitern in Kontakt gekommen sein, die mit der Quarantäne beginnen werden, teilte das Büro mit.
Insgesamt hat Kalifornien mehr als 1,2 Millionen COVID-19-Fälle und mehr als 19.300 Todesfälle gemeldet. Der Staat meldete am Mittwoch 20.759 neue Fälle und übertraf damit das bisherige Hoch von 18.350, das erst letzte Woche festgelegt worden war.
Newsom warnte am Montag, dass “rote Fahnen fliegen” und sagte, wenn sich die Zahlen nicht verbessern würden, würde er “drastische Maßnahmen” ergreifen. Santa Clara County hat bereits neue Aufträge für den Aufenthalt zu Hause erlassen.
Es wird erwartet, dass Newsom den Landkreisen Santa Clara und Los Angeles bei der Erteilung neuer Aufträge für den Aufenthalt zu Hause folgt. Die neuen Maßnahmen würden in einer kritischen Zeit für Einzelhändler und Restaurants getroffen, die auf eine robuste Ferienzeit rechneten, um sich von einem Jahr zu erholen, das von Zwangsschließungen geprägt war.
Im vergangenen Monat hat die bedrängte Restaurant- und Gastgewerbebranche des Staates 66.000 Arbeitsplätze geschaffen, da die Arbeitslosenquote des Staates zum ersten Mal seit März unter 10 Prozent gesunken ist. Aber neue Beschränkungen bedrohen diese Gewinne.
Und die Zunahme neuer Fälle fällt mit einem Ausschlag von Politikern zusammen, die genau gegen die Regeln verstoßen, zu deren Einhaltung sie die Öffentlichkeit auffordern, und ihre Glaubwürdigkeit beeinträchtigen.
Laut staatlichen Gesundheitsbehörden handelt es sich bei der Gesamtzahl der Rekordfälle am Mittwoch nicht um eine echte Veränderung von Tag zu Tag, da die Anzahl Fälle aus früheren Tagen enthält. Aber sie erkannten die alarmierende Zunahme an.
Experten sagten, dass die explodierenden neuen Fälle wahrscheinlich noch nicht Reisen und Versammlungen rund um Thanksgiving widerspiegeln.
Brad Pollock, stellvertretender Dekan für öffentliche Gesundheitswissenschaften an der Davis School of Medicine der University of California, sagte, er erwarte, dass Fälle von Thanksgiving um Weihnachten in Krankenhäusern auftauchen werden.
“Ich denke, die Intensivstationen werden zu Weihnachten sehr beschäftigt sein”, sagte er.
Kalifornien meldete am Mittwoch 113 Todesfälle im Zusammenhang mit Coronaviren, die meisten seit 162 am 13. Oktober. Dennoch stellte Pollock fest, dass die Sterblichkeitsrate gesunken ist, da das Virus eine jüngere Bevölkerung infiziert hat.
Newsom war am Mittwoch immer noch in seinem Haus in Sacramento isoliert, nachdem drei seiner Kinder von einem infizierten Beamten der California Highway Patrol dem Virus ausgesetzt worden waren. Ein Sprecher von Newsoms Büro sagte, der Gouverneur werde bis zum Wochenende zu Hause bleiben.
Der Gouverneur hat bereits 51 der 58 Bezirke des Bundesstaates, die fast die gesamte Staatsbevölkerung von fast 40 Millionen Menschen umfassen, einschließlich 22 bis 5 Uhr morgens, die strengsten Beschränkungen auferlegt. Ausgangssperre für alles andere als wesentliche Besorgungen und Arbeiten.
Einige lokale Regierungsbeamte haben sich jedoch geweigert, diese Regeln durchzusetzen, darunter der Sheriff Scott Jones aus Sacramento County, der am Mittwoch bekannt gab, dass er sich mit dem Coronavirus infiziert hatte, nachdem er einem Mitarbeiter nahe stand, der ebenfalls positiv getestet hatte.
“Der Sheriff ist nur einer von Dutzenden Mitarbeitern des Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, die sich trotz strenger institutioneller Sicherheitspraktiken und der Einhaltung aller empfohlenen persönlichen Sicherheitsprotokolle mit dem Virus infiziert haben, während sie ihre wesentlichen Aufgaben erfüllen”, sagte Sheriffs Sprecher Sgt. Sagte Rod Grassmann.
Andere Kommunalverwaltungen verhängen ihre eigenen drastischen Maßnahmen. In Santa Ana, einer Stadt mit mehr als 300.000 Einwohnern im südkalifornischen Orange County, stimmte der Stadtrat dafür, eine verbindliche Gesichtsmaskenregel zu genehmigen und von der Polizei durchzusetzen.
„Die Öffentlichkeit sollte wissen, dass es Konsequenzen geben kann, wenn sie sich nicht daran hält. Aber wir würden solche Maßnahmen lieber nicht ergreifen müssen “, sagte der Sprecher der Stadt, Paul Eakins.