Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 4: On Deadliest Day of the Pandemic, L.A. Mayor Says ‘Cancel Everything’

By Anna Breuer on 3 December 2020
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The United States plunged into what may be the darkest days of the pandemic, with a record number of deaths and new cases in the past 24 hours.

On this, the deadliest day of the pandemic, there were 2,885 new deaths and 199,988 new cases, as the total number of Americans who have tested positive for the coronavirus passed 14 million.

The CDC extended the travel warnings it issued for Thanksgiving into the Christmas and Hanukkah travel season. “The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager.

For those who must travel or who choose to travel against prevailing wisdom, the CDC recommended that travelers get tested for the coronavirus three days before the start of a trip and again three to five days afterwards.  Upon return, an individual should avoid any non-essential activities for one week.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California will take its most aggressive steps since March to stem the increase in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, saying it was “the most challenging moment” since the start of the pandemic.  In areas where hospitals become overburdened, the state will issue stay-at-home orders when hospitals in any of the state’s five regions hit the 85% capacity mark. Most businesses would be required to shut down, including restaurants indoor and outdoor dining areas, barbershops, beauty salons, and gyms. Parks and beaches would remain open, in contrast to lockdowns there in the spring.

The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, told residents in a blunt message to “cancel everything.”

New York City’s positive test rate rose above 5% for the first time since May, although the state’s figures for the city show the rate to be 3.34%.  The city’s mayor told New Yorkers that the second wave of the virus “unfortunately, is right upon us,” although he added that the city was far better prepared to address the pandemic than it had been in the spring.

In Delaware, Governor John Carney issued stay at home order, telling residents there that the move was necessary “to interrupt the dangerous winter surge of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations” in the state.

A New Orleans swingers event is now officially a superspreader after 41 attendees tested positive for Covid-19.  At least one person had to be hospitalized with a severe case of the virus.  The 2020 Naughty N’awlins convention had no dance floor and strict coronavirus guidelines.  Approximately 250 people attended the event in mid November.

Officials in Belgium, a country that reported more coronavirus-related deaths per capita than any other country and a higher rate of infection than all but three, will ease measures there for Christmas, officials there said.  Just as non-essential shops were permitted to reopen in order to allow for holiday shopping, Belgians were told that they could invite one person from outside their immediate household to celebrate, and someone who lives by himself could invite two.  Regardless of the number of guests, the government only wants one guest to use the W.C. during the visit.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin said he would like to see the country launch a “large-scale” coronavirus vaccination program starting next week.  Teachers and doctors would be the first to receive the country’s Sputnik V vaccine, Putin said.

Finally, the coronavirus has taken the life of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who was 94.  Giscard d’Estaing, who became president in 1974, sought to transform France into a country more responsive to the will of the people, after assuming office following Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou.

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