Critical talks scheduled for Monday could determine the fate of a COVID-19 stimulus package as the nation grapples with a growing number of new infections and hospitalizations.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi are expected to discuss the terms of a package that sees Democrats and President Donald Trump pushing for a costly and costly bill of around $ 2 trillion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many Republicans in Congress, however, are opting for a “targeted” and much cheaper solution.
Pelosi has set a deadline for Tuesday if a deal is to be reached before election day.
Average daily infections in the United States have exceeded 60,000. Coronavirus-related hospitalizations are rising steadily, with the daily count up more than 30% from just four weeks ago. One of the hardest-hit states is New Mexico, where Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said hospital admissions more than doubled in less than three weeks.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re young, it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe it,” Grisham said on Saturday. “The virus is real and it continues to spread, wreaking havoc in the lives of New Mexicans.”
The Upper Midwest continues to struggle. The ripple effect of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in August is difficult to decipher. In Wisconsin, Friday was the biggest day for infections yet. Trump visited the state on Saturday, urging Gov. Tony Evers to ease restrictions.
“I wish you had a Republican governor because frankly you have to open up your state,” Trump said in Janesville, 40 miles south of Madison. “You have to open up your state, get everyone back to school.”
Some significant developments:
- Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will resume his campaign in person on Monday with stops in Florida. Harris suspended his participation in events this week after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for COVID-19.
- More than 6 million households did not make their rent or mortgage payments in September, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America.
- Alabama football coach Nick Saban was cleared to return to normal activities after testing positive earlier this week for COVID-19, and he was on the sidelines when No.2 Crimson Tide played No. 3 in Georgia.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has reported more than 8.1 million cases and nearly 220,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Ten states set records for new cases in the week ending Saturday: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wyoming, as well as Guam and the Mariana Islands. North. Globally, there have been nearly 40 million confirmed cases and more than 1.1 million deaths.
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The number of infections and deaths linked to the Sturgis motorcycle rally is a mystery
More than 330 coronavirus cases and one death have been directly linked to the Sturgis motorcycle rally centered in the city of South Dakota two months ago, according to a Washington Post investigation of health departments in 23 states that provided informations. But the Post says many experts believe the 10-day event, which drew hundreds of thousands of bikers, was responsible for several times that number of infections. They say contact tracing often fails to capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread often goes unnoticed. Participants came from all states, packing bars, restaurants and tattoo parlors in the area.
“Holding a gathering of half a million people in the midst of a pandemic is emblematic of a nation as a whole that may not be taking (the pandemic) as seriously as we should,” Josh Michaud, epidemiologist and associate director of Global Health Policy for the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Post.
Alabama coach Nick Saban eliminates false positives, leads Tide to victory
Alabama won a college football game – as usual – on Saturday night with coach Nick Saban stalking the sideline after a COVID-19 alert. The Southeastern Conference eliminated Saban hours before the second-seeded Crimson Tide game against the No. 3 Bulldogs. Saban tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne. Team doctor Jimmy Robinson said Saban was tested the next three mornings and the initial result was considered a false positive. The news was all good for Saban and Alabama, but not so much for Georgia. They fell in the tide, 41-24.
Trump touts recovery from COVID, urges Americans not to fear virus
President Donald Trump claims victory over the virus in his re-election campaign announcements. An advertisement claims Trump is “recovering from the coronavirus, just like America,” adding that he “tackled the virus head-on, as leaders should.”
Although the announcement claims the United States is recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 70,000 new cases were reported across the country on Friday, the highest number since July, at the height of the mid-wave. summer. And while the vast majority of those who have been infected recover, about 2.7% of the more than 8 million confirmed cases in the United States have died, resulting in a rising death toll of nearly 220,000 Americans. every day.
“Don’t let him dominate you. Don’t be afraid, ”said Trump, who suggested he might be immune. “You will beat him.”
– Bart Jansen
6 million households missed their rent or mortgage payment in September
Persistent layoffs are slowing labor market dynamics, which bodes ill for the broader U.S. recovery as millions of unemployed Americans delay mortgage and rent payments.
More than 6 million households did not make their rent or mortgage payments in September, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America, a sign that the economic fallout from the pandemic is weighing on unemployed Americans then that Congress block the relief measures.
In the third quarter, the percentage of homeowners and tenants behind on their payments decreased slightly from the previous quarter. Yet the overall amount remains high, experts warn.
– Jessica Menton
New York theaters may reopen with limited capacity, says Cuomo
New York will begin allowing theaters to reopen on Friday with limited capacity in areas of the state where COVID-19 rates are low, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. Theaters will be able to reopen outside of New York in counties with an infection rate of less than 2% on an average of 14 days and that do not have COVID hotspots, which would exclude Rockland and Rockland counties. Orange, as well as a few northern counties, including Broome. Rooms will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 50 people per screen.
The announcement comes after cinemas lobbied to reopen in New York City, where the infection rate is among the lowest in the country.
– Joseph Spector, New York State Team
Nearly 10% of Swiss Vatican guards positive for COVID-19
The Vatican says someone who lives in the same Vatican hotel as Pope Francis has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding to the 11 cases of COVID-19 among Swiss guards, who serve as ceremonial guards at papal masses, guard the gates of Vatican City and protect the Pope. The Vatican said on Saturday that Domus Sanctae resident Marthae has moved temporarily and is in isolation, as are everyone who has come into direct contact with him.
The hotel serves as a residence for Vatican priests as well as visiting clerics and laity. Francis chose to live there permanently after his election in 2013, avoiding the Apostolic Palace because he said he needed to be surrounded by ordinary people. The hotel has a common dining room and a chapel where Francis celebrates mass every morning. At 83 years old and with part of a lung removed in his 20s due to illness, the Pope would be at high risk for complications from COVID-19.
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