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The FDA approved an antibody cocktail from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. for Covid-19 treatment. California reportedrecord infections for the second consecutive day as total U.S. cases surpassed 12 million.
Australia’s Victoria state announced a further easing of restrictions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention escalated its warning against traveling oncruise ships to the highest level. Cases and deaths slowed in the U.K. and Italy, while New Jersey broke a record.
President Donald Trumpstayed quiet on sharing U.S.-made vaccines as leaders of the world’s richest countries pushed for equality in the race to vaccinate people against the coronavirus.
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Australian States Ease Restrictions (9:00 a.m. HK time)
The Australian state that’s been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic announced a further easing of restrictions after recording no new infections for 23 consecutive days.
It will no longer be compulsory for people in Victoria to wear masks when outdoors, though it remains mandatory in public indoor venues. The state’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced the new rules that will apply from Monday, just over two weeks after removing a strict three-month lockdown on Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city.
South Korea Confirms 330 Cases (8:30 a.m. HK)
South Korea confirmed 330 more coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 30,733.
China Reports Three New Local Cases (8:20 a.m. HK)
China reported three new local coronavirus cases on Saturday, one in Shanghai and two in Inner Mongolia. Shanghai city reported one local case on Saturday, after testing 15,416 people following two new ones on Friday. Local authorities said at a press conference Saturday that the two local cases are a married couple – the husband is an airport cargo security inspector and the wife is a nurse.
Brazil Cases, Deaths Rebound for Second Week (7:31 a.m. HK)
Brazil reported 32,622 new cases, at the end of the second straight week of rising infections and fatalities, according to the Health Ministrywebsite. The virus’s spread in Brazil, which has the most cases after the U.S. and India, had been weakening for roughly two months. The nation has more than 6 million cases and almost 170,000 deaths with 376 more reported on Saturday.
President Jair Bolsonarosaid at the virtual G-20 summit on Saturday that it was up to each individual to decide whether to be vaccinated, and that the pandemic should not justify any attacks on personal freedom.
Oregon Breaks Record for Second Straight Day (7:12 a.m. HK)
Oregon reported 1,509 new infections, breaking a record for the second consecutive day. A two-week “freeze” ordered by Governor Kate Brown went into effect Wednesday, limiting social gatherings, restricting restaurants to takeout and closing gyms, museums and other indoor facilities.
England Set for Tougher Virus Tiers When Lockdown Ends (5:36 p.m. NY)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirmthe end of the national lockdown in England on Dec. 2 and reintroduction of the tier system when he announces the U.K.’s Covid winter plan in Parliament on Monday.
The plan is set to be discussed and signed off by his Cabinet on Sunday, according to an emailed statement from the prime minister’s press office. It will include guidelines for family visits over Christmas, “despite ministers being clear this will not be a normal festive period.”
The rate of growth in infections in the U.K. is slowing, according to latest data. Still, more than 2,800 people have died in the past week and total cases are approaching 1.5 million after surging 50% this month.
CDC Advises Against Cruise Ship Travel (5:08 p.m. NY)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has escalated itswarning for cruise travel to the highest level and continued to recommend avoiding any trips on cruise ships worldwide.
The agency raised its warning to Level 4 from Level 3, citing “very high” risk of Covid-19 on cruise ships. Passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of Covid-19 and should get tested and stay home for at least seven days after travel, according to its website.
New York Daily Cases Approach 6,000 (4:47 p.m. NY)
New York reported 5,972 cases, the fifth straight day over 5,000 and the most since April, when the state was the nation’s early epicenter of the virus. While cases have risen rapidly in the last several weeks, the state’s overall positive test rate is 2.9%. That is among the lowest in the nation.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has set restrictions on a growing list of “micro-clusters” around New York City and upstate, with positive rates as high as 10%. Overall positivity of those clusters is 4.3%, he said in a press release.
California Reports Record Cases Again (4:05 p.m. NY)
California added 15,442 new coronavirus cases, hitting anew high as the state’s nighttime curfew kicks in Saturday night.
The new cases topped Friday’s record of 13,005 infections, bringing the total to almost 1.1 million. The number of deaths increased by 86 to 18,643, state data showed. The increased patient load left California’s hospitals with just 1,921 intensive-case unit beds available, near the low in July.
A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be imposed in most counties for a month to ease the rate of infection.
The rise of #COVID19 cases in CA could put millions of lives in danger & impact our health care system.
To #stopthesurge, all non-essential work & activities must stop from 10PM-5AM in purple tier counties under the new Limited Stay at Home Order. http://covid19.ca.gov5:30 PM · Nov 21, 2020
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