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A very Covid Christmas: Why some families are planning to break the rules

Boris Johnson is on course to join Oliver Cromwell, Fidel Castro and the Grinch on a list of people who have cancelled Christmas.Were going to be as safe as possible, but we probably will break the rules.Although ministers have promised to end the firebreak at midnight on 9 November, some rules could remain in place.Despite the importance of Christmas to many, the timing for a cheat day could, in a sense, not be worse.We are going to sing some carols on Christmas Eve via Facebook Messenger, including my aunt in Oklahoma, USA, and a Christmas family quiz on Boxing Day, he explains. read more...

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A U.S. Record: Two Million New Virus Cases in Two Weeks

Total cases and deaths by week The U.S. added 1.2 million cases in the past week.5,000 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total cases and deaths by week The U.S. added 1.2 million cases in the past week.5,000 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total cases and deaths by week The U.S. added 1.2 million cases in the past week.5,000 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total cases by week The U.S. added 1.2 million cases in the past week.Total new cases added each month 3.3 million cases in the first 23 days of the month 3 million 2 1.9 million cases in the entire month 1 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total new cases added each month 3.3 million cases in the first 23 days of the month 3 million 2 1.9 million cases in the entire month 1 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total new cases added each month 3.3 million cases in the first 23 days of the month 3 million 2 1.9 million cases in the entire month 1 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Total new cases added each month 3.3 million cases in the first 23 days of the month 3 million 2 1.9 million cases in the entire month 1 March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. read more...

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A Thanksgiving Parade, Unfazed by Snow or Wind, Takes on a Pandemic

Not snow, not rain, not gusting winds or the Great Depression have caused the cancellation of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in its 96-year history.The other parades of New York City have fallen one by one, as city and state officials determined it would be unsafe to proceed with the St. Patricks Day Parade, the Pride March and the Puerto Rican Day Parade because they draw such huge crowds.The West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day was forced to go virtual for similar reasons.But the Thanksgiving Day Parade is sailing forth, largely because the millions who typically attend have been told to stay home and the event has been scaled down to a television show, albeit one that many view as itself a ritual marker of the holiday.So the parade route will be one block long, not two miles. read more...

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A Medical Examiner Fought to Prepare Her County for the Virus. Then It Struck.

And all summer long, the coronavirus barely rose above a trickle in St. Croix County.Now dozens of her neighbors in St. Croix County are contracting the virus each day.Desperate pleas from officials, even as the United States surpassed 250,000 deaths from the virus, do little to stop the spread.She was a longtime emergency medical technician, a job that sent her out on an ambulance and racing urgently into peoples most difficult moments.When she began as a death investigator in 2003, she was struck by parallels in the work. read more...

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8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again

New Yorkers stood for hours in long lines to be tested for the coronavirus on Friday, a disturbing indicator that shows the basic public health challenges that the country still faces many months after the pandemic first hit.Others hoped to safely visit family on Thanksgiving, which suggested that the problem might only worsen over the coming holidays.And some, dissuaded by the prospect of lingering on sidewalks for more than three hours in the rain, walked away untested.Its so frustrating, said City Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan, who chairs the councils Health Committee.Several governors have warned that they are seriously considering further restrictions in a last-ditch effort to curb the outbreak. read more...

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6,000 participants wanted for coronavirus vaccine trial

The phase-three trial of the vaccine from pharmaceutical company Janssen starts on Monday and will be the first of its two-dose study.Prof Faust, who is principal investigator of the Janssen trial in the UK, said there are 40,000 people on the NHS vaccine registry who are in the postcode areas around the vaccine centres for the Janssen study.The vaccine candidate Janssen is trialling is an adenoviral vaccine, like the one Oxford University is working on.They add that recent vaccine trials suggest it generally takes six to nine months to get an outcome, but it could be longer for trials starting out now.MORE : More than 300,000,000 doses of vaccine to be delivered in EU by AprilMORE : Do you need the Covid vaccine if you have already had coronavirus? read more...

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20 pledges for 2020: Hand sanitisers are flying off the shelf amid coronavirus - but are there greener alternatives?

With Coronavirus causing such a panic at the minute, it's no surprise that antibacterial products like hand sanitisers and soaps are flying off the shelves.I can see why hand gels are popular - theyre small, cheap and you can even get them in fun scents, colours and packaging.But antibacterial gels might not be as pretty as they first look.Antibacterial soaps are no better.And according to the FDA, there is not even evidence proving that these antibacterial soaps are more effective than plain soap. read more...

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19% Positivity Rate as Outbreak Accelerates in N.J.s Largest City

NEWARK As the coronavirus started surging in New Jerseys largest city, officials introduced the states first new coronavirus lockdown two weeks ago, mandating an 8 p.m. indoor closing time for all restaurants, bars and nonessential businesses citywide.But then the number of new cases in the city, Newark, climbed even higher: Over the last four days, there have been 842 new reported infections, and 19 percent of people tested over three days last week were found to have the virus, city and county officials said.The uptick mirrors a troubling statewide trend that has resulted in a spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations across New Jersey to levels not seen since June.On Tuesday, New Jersey reported 3,877 new cases, a figure the governor called devastating. By the next day, 3,078 new cases were recorded.Hospitals also reported 15 coronavirus deaths, adding to the more than 16,400 New Jersey fatalities already linked to the virus. read more...

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1.8m young people fear homelessness as unemployment figures jump

Almost two million young people are frightened they wont have a safe place to stay if they lost their main source of income, according to new figures from Centrepoint that coincide with soaring unemployment figures.The news comes just a few weeks before the end of the furlough scheme, which is still supporting some three million recipients.It will be replaced by the new job support scheme (JSS) which dials back on state support.The original furlough scheme provided 80 per cent of an employees income while they could not work due to the pandemic.Influential think tank the Resolution Foundation warned this part-time JSS plan wouldnt significantly reduce the rise in unemployment. read more...

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'It will be a disaster': How the nightlife industry is being affected by coronavirus

As the public continues to stay at home, the nightlife industry is taking a devastating hit.Bars, pubs and clubs are set to reopen when the lockdown is lifted, but it remains unclear how these venues will open their doors while social distancing measures remain in place.Opening up with social distancing will not work, Andy Maddocks, CEO of bar and events operator Mothership Group, told The Independent.If the government says [venues] can open at 50 per cent capacity, that is when youll see the whole industry collapse like a house of cards.But some sectors of the industry are finding ways to adapt during the lockdown.Online music platform Boiler Room have launched Streaming From Isolation, a series which gives artists a platform to live-stream sets from their homes. read more...

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