In California, the nation’s most populous state, every day brings grim new records. Confirmed infections have increased over 1.3 million. The state health department announced more than 30,000 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday.
Most of the state went into a new home lockdown on Sunday, lasting for Christmas and triggering setbacks in some parts of Golden State.
“This is my first episode of civil disobedience in my entire life. My whole family is in law enforcement. I’m a person who follows the rules, ”said Brenda Luntey, owner of the San Francisco Deli, a sandwich shop in Redding, more than 200 miles north of the restaurant’s namesake. She openly violates California’s order to close her restaurant for indoor dining.
“I want people to understand that we are not clearing our noses at the government,” Luntey said. “I’m trying to keep my business alive.”
Meanwhile, about 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine abroad were expected to be in place by the start of immunization on Tuesday.
About 50 hospitals in the UK’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) began administering the COVID-19 inoculation to persons over the age of 80 who are either hospitalized or have planned an outpatient appointment with workers in the nursing home.
Britain has Europe’s highest virus-related death toll of more than 61,000. Last week, the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for an emergency monitoring program closely monitored around the world.
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Colorado’s first lord in the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms
Colorado government Jared Polis’ longtime partner, first gentleman Marlon Reis, has been hospitalized as a precaution after having shortness of breath and a worsening cough eight days after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
The police office said in a statement late Sunday that the governor, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19, drove Reis to a hospital “for review and treatment.” Police did not experience severe symptoms, his office said.
Reis “has normal oxygen saturation, is in a good mood and looks forward to returning home soon,” a statement from the governor’s office said Monday night. The first gentlemen did not require additional oxygen.
Polis and Reis tested positive on November 28, and both had been quarantined at home.
Trump is holding a summit in the White House to take advantage of vaccine developments
President Donald Trump is set to launch a White House summit on Tuesday to highlight the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine, which he is eager to take credit for despite criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic .
The summit is designed to provide an update on the status of the administration’s ambitious plan to vaccinate all Americans against coronavirus. Trump has repeatedly credited Operation Warp Speed, his administration’s public-private coronavirus response initiative, for record vaccine development, but has not acknowledged a fatal increase in COVID-19 cases that has led to more than 282,000 deaths in the United States.
The White House was initially in talks to include both drug manufacturers, but decided their participation was not required following the decision to include Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biology Evaluation.
“It was more appropriate not to have one or more vaccine companies with pending applications before the FDA also participated,” a senior official said at a briefing with reporters.
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Wyoming issues state mask requirements
Wyoming will require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces across the state from Wednesday and into the new year, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Monday.
Earlier, Gordon had left decisions on mask mandates to county governments. 16 of the state’s 23 counties had local orders.
But when the state topped 32,000 cases Sunday, and Gordon tested positive on Nov. 25, he said that face clothing “will make a big difference, but it will take time.”
“These new orders are meant to support local leadership, and we should all know that in Wyoming, these mandates are not about quotes, but about caring for others,” Gordon said.
Also announced: indoor and outdoor gatherings without distance will be limited to 10 or fewer, changing from 25 or fewer allowed on November 24th. Bars, restaurants and cafes are forbidden to serve in the house between kl.
Warriors’ Draymond Green, James Wiseman test positive
Golden State Warriors leader Draymond Green, a three-time All-Star and former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and rookie center James Wiseman have tested positive for coronavirus, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
Both players missed Monday’s first group practice of training camp and will have to be quarantined for 10-12 days. The absence from the team can be particularly detrimental to Wiseman, the biggest pick in No. 2 in last month’s draft, as he begins his NBA career after playing just three games in college.
– Jorge Ortiz
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: COVID news: UK vaccines; Wyoming mask order; 283 U.S. deaths