Coronavirus News Update – November 5, 2020: U.S. Records 100,000 Cases for the First Time

By Anna Breuer on 5 November 2020
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The United States reported 102,830 new cases on Wednesday according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, the first time the new daily case figure crossed that barrier. The number of new daily cases is up 51% over the past days.  Five states – Maine, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and Colorado – also set single-day case records.

The United Kingdom entered its second lockdown since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to close pubs, restaurants, and most shops last week starting November 5.“In this county, alas, as across much of Europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenarios of our scientific advisers,” he said at a news conference last week announcing the move.

Italy announced a lockdown in six regions including Lombardy, which encompasses Milan, the country’s financial capital, as well as a nation-die curfew.

Switzerland, which recorded over 10,000 new cases on Wednesday, was forced to call upon its army to support coronavirus testing, care, and transport services.  The Swiss cabinet agreed to deploy up to 2,500 members of the military for this purpose.

Finally, China promulgated new rules for those wishing to enter the country, including returning citizens.  Travelers will not only be required to take a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 but also a blood test antibodies against the virus within 48 hours of departure for China. Presuming the results are negative for both tests, the traveler will need to have the results approved by a Chinese consulate or embassy and also obtain via e-mail a stamped Chinese government form of approval.

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