Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 8: Biden to Announce Plan to Fight the Pandemic

By Anna Breuer on 8 November 2020
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The U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

The world is approaching 50 million coronavirus cases as daily global counts of new infections rise to previously unseen highs.  New cases surpassed the 600,000 mark on Thursday for the first time, just as the number of daily deaths crossed 10,000.

The incoming Biden Administration is readying a plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic, as numbers continue to rise in the United States.“Our work begins with getting Covid under control,” the president-elect said in an address to the nation Saturday night.

On Monday, Biden is expected to name three co-chairmen of the 12-member panel: Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general, who has been a key Biden adviser for months; David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University professor.

“I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic,” Biden said.

The United States bested its own record of new daily cases for three days in a row.  The country reported over 100,000 a day since Wednesday. On Friday, officials there reported more than 126,000 new cases, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Six White House officials including the chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive for the virus as did Congressman Mark Gaetz, a lawmaker with close ties to the White House.

On Saturday, the prime minister of Greece announced a nationwide three-week lockdown amidst a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases.  The move comes after other nations in Europe announced similar measures over the past ten days.

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