Boris Epshteyn, a member of the Trump campaign legal team, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday a tweet.
“I tested positive for COVID-19. I have mild symptoms and follow all appropriate protocols including quarantine and contact tracing, ”he wrote.
Mr Epshteyn was present at a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters last week, along with Andrew Giuliani, a White House adviser, who announced the next day that he had tested positive for the virus.
Mr Epshteyn has spent a lot of time with Rudolph W. Giuliani, Andrew’s father and President Trump’s chief attorney, to discard the 2020 election results.
Mr. Giuliani attended a Republican legislature meeting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday afternoon to discuss allegations of electoral irregularities. President Trump was supposed to join him but his trip was canceled as they prepared to leave by car after Mr Epshteyn tweeted that he tested positive.
In Gettysburg, before the hearing began, more than 100 people crowded into the halls that led to the hotel’s conference room. Once seated, many sat shoulder to shoulder without a mask.
Despite a bottle of hand sanitizer and a tiny handful of masks placed on a table just steps from the conference room entrance, no further coronavirus protective measures were seen for the large indoor gathering.
Mr. Giuliani entered the room shortly after 12:30 p.m. He didn’t wear a mask when he spoke, but put it on once when he was finished. Very few of the lawmakers hosting the hearing wore masks, and many were seated closer than six feet together.
At least 45 people closely linked to the White House – including the president and first lady, aides, advisors, and others – have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.
A Malaysian company that makes disposable gloves around the world for protection against the coronavirus has been hit by a major outbreak of its workers, including many foreign workers living in overcrowded dormitories.
The outbreak at 28 Top Glove Corporation factories infected more than 2,400 workers this month, causing one of the largest spikes in coronavirus cases in Malaysia since the pandemic began.
So far, Malaysia has been relatively successful in containing the virus, reporting 59,817 cases and 345 deaths on Wednesday. The country with 32.5 million inhabitants reported a new daily high of 2,188 cases on Tuesday, beating the previous record of 1,884 the day before.
Top Glove said Wednesday that work at 20 factories had been halted to help contain the outbreak.
The company makes disposable gloves and face masks and has ramped up production due to the pandemic. The USA and Europe are among the largest customers.
Most of Top Glove’s employees are from developing countries in Asia – including Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal – and live and work in cramped conditions where the virus can easily spread. Malaysian Personnel Minister M. Saravanan was in the working-class neighborhoods days ago and said living conditions were “terrible” The star, a Malaysian newspaper.
“We have investigated and will not spare anyone if they are found to be violating labor laws,” he told The Star.
Andy Hall, a labor activist who has long criticized Top Glove, said its workers live in unsanitary and overcrowded dormitories that sometimes pack as many as 30 in a room.
“It was obvious that it was going to happen,” said Mr. Hall. “This company has never focused on the wellbeing of its employees.”
Company officials defended the treatment of workers and rejected claims that their quarters were overcrowded and unsanitary.
They said they were surprised by Mr. Saravanan’s comments and said that the dormitory conditions had improved since his visit.
Top Glove officials said the company had modernized the dormitories since the US, citing evidence the company had practiced forced labor, sanctioned Top Glove in July and imposed sanctions banned the import of some of its products. In response, Top Glove has also begun paying reimbursements to affected workers.
Top Glove officials said they hope the outbreak will be under control in two to four weeks. The company wanted to reassure its customers that the gloves it made were not contaminated with the coronavirus.
In other news from around the world:
Japan and China, the largest trading partner, has agreed to resume business travel between countries later this month, the Japanese foreign minister said on Wednesday. Business travelers are exempt from quarantine if they test negative for the coronavirus and submit an itinerary of their activities. The regulation does not apply to tourists and follows similar guidelines as Japan Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.
Nepal said on Wednesday it would resume issuing visas to visitors to the tiny Himalayan country on arrival. Even if coronavirus numbers continue to rise in Nepal, government officials said they had decided to end a nine-month visa suspension to save the country’s critically important tourism sector from collapse. About a million tourists visited Nepal in 2019, but hiking trails have been virtually empty since the government imposed restrictions on international flights and visas as part of a virus containment strategy. The country with 30 million inhabitants reported about it 226,000 infections and 1,400 deathsAccording to a database from the New York Times.
President Emmanuel Macron of France said Tuesday that his country had passed the peak of its second wave and that stores could reopen on Saturday. Bars and restaurants are unlikely to reopen until mid-January, he said.
About 200 homeless men have to vacate a hotel in Manhattan’s Upper West Side that was used as emergency shelter during the pandemic, a judge ruled Wednesday. This was the final twist on a controversial case that was a focal point in one of New York City’s most liberal enclaves.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James said the court had no jurisdiction over the dispute and that she would dismiss a lawsuit by residents of the financial district after the de Blasio government decided to remove the men from the Lucerne hotel on West 79th Street to relocate to another downtown in September.
The Luzern is one of 63 hotels the city has temporarily used as a shelter since the epidemic began to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in dormitory-style accommodations where single men and women cannot be safely away from each other.
The city’s strategy sparked legal threats, protests, press conferences and the formation of several neighborhood groups – some against these shelters and others for it. Trapped in the midst of the political push-and-pull are the displaced, whose lives have often been changed by evictions, unemployment and other traumatic events.
Details of when the men from Lucerne, where they have been since July, will have to move to their new home, a Radisson Hotel in the financial district, were not immediately available.
The decision is a blow to many of the men who said they found a sense of belonging to the Upper West Side and some level of stability with the help of the community.
The city initially tried to move her to a homeless shelter near the Empire State Building, but the setback from local residents led to the decision to send her to the hotel in Lower Manhattan. A neighborhood group immediately sued the city to stop the move.
A lawyer representing some of the men at the hotel said moving would deprive them of services and jobs they could get by staying in Lucerne.
The N.F.L. postponed the Thanksgiving showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers to Sunday afternoon after nearly a dozen Ravens players and employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The game between two A.F.C. Northern rivals with playoff implications were slated as a national television broadcast for the football’s marquee.
“This decision was made out of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and match day staff and in consultation with medical experts,” said the N.F.L. said in a statement Wednesday.
The outbreak had forced the Ravens to close their training facility on Monday and Tuesday, and is the greatest single-team focus since late September, when two dozen Tennessee Titans players and staff tested positive. That round of positive testing, which occurred in the fourth week of the regular season, forced the league to postpone several Titans ‘games during the team and their opponents’ bye weeks. The team was too Fine of $ 350,000 for dealing with N.F.L. Virus log.
This final postponement will be in week 12 of the regular season, with each team exhausted and the N.F.L. with far fewer options for rescheduling. By moving the game on Thursday to Sunday, the league could not adjust the schedule any further.
The N.F.L. issued new guidelines on Monday to control the spread of the virus, according to which teams must force players to wear masks during the game if they are on the sidelines, limit the number of players traveling with a team to 62 and Require coaches to opt for face protection wearing additional coverage.
In the old days, Thanksgiving Eve was maybe that busiest bar night of the year. This year it could be a superspreader event that nobody is grateful for.
You may know it by a different name – drinksgiving or maybe Blackout Wednesday – but the gist is the same: college students who are home on vacation meet up with their hometown friends. It’s a night flirt and remember, then stumble home to sleep in a cot.
“You will see your family on Thanksgiving, but the night before is reserved for your friends,” said Mike Pesarchick, 22, editor-in-chief of The Griffin, the student newspaper at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
The problems here should be obvious. College students are already at high risk of spreading the virus to the people they love. That risk increases when they travel home as cases increase across the country.
And bars are notorious coronavirus hotspots: a Washington Post analysis of cell phone data found it The reopening of bars correlated with a doubling of cases. You can’t drink through a mask and alcohol will lower your inhibitions: Making out with a high school ex this year can be more than unfortunate.
Some health officials are clearly concerned. Bars and restaurants are not permitted in Pennsylvania Sell alcohol after 5pm today. In Maryland, the police force has more staff to crack on Covid-19 violations and Keep drunk drivers at bay. On Long Island, Suffolk County’s General Manager is “particularly concernedAbout tonight.
But many other states have allowed bars to stay open even as cases rise.
With coronavirus cases rising in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to do so on Saturday Avoid all travel to Mexico and tasked its top levels with refusing to travel to the country that had exceeded one million coronavirus cases in the past week.
Although the Mexican border with the United States has been closed for months for unnecessary travel and will remain closed until at least December 21, Americans have been able to travel to the country by plane.
The agency’s notice warned that people who contract the coronavirus while traveling abroad may be refused re-entry into the United States.
“If you are exposed to someone with Covid-19 while traveling, you may be quarantined and not allowed to return to the US until 14 days after your last known exposure,” according to the C.D.C. warned.
The instructions of the C.D.C. came two days after agency officials asked Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving, but in the five days since that plea, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 4.8 million people. 912,090 people were examined on Tuesday, far fewer than the previous year (2.4 million).
The Mexican tourism officials expected that this winter would be busy. This month, Southwest Airlines announced that it would resume weekly nonstop service between Nashville and Cancun, and United Airlines announced that it would resume nonstop service between Cleveland and Cancun from December for the first time since August 2019.
People sticking to their plans and traveling for the Thursday holidays suggest a sense of pandemic fatigue that many are experiencing, travel industry experts said, but it could also be because many airlines are offering coupons and credits for travel at a later date but not refunds.
Coach Nick Saban tested positive for the coronavirus, and the senior Alabama said so on Wednesday despite having done so received an inaccurate diagnosis last month it was real this time.
Saban, who has won five national championships in Alabama, will miss the Iron Bowl this weekend. the in-state rivalry showdown with No. 22 Auburn.
“We hate that this situation happened, but as I’ve said many times before, this year you have to be able to deal with disruption and our players have been pretty mature at doing it,” said Saban, 69, in a conference call with reporters less than an hour after Alabama announced its positive test, the only one on the football program.
“We just want to carry on as best we can,” said Saban, who is in his 14th season in Alabama. He said he had a runny nose but none of what he called “the main signs of the virus,” like a fever or loss of taste or smell.
The morning after the college football playoff announced its first placements In the season marked by the pandemic, Alabama’s reveal rocked the sport again. More than 80 top tier games have been postponed or canceled due to virus issues, and a handful of coaches and popular players have included Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, have tested positive for the virus this season.
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Americans have tormented themselves over Thanksgiving this year and weighed the skyrocketing coronavirus numbers blunt warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to family reunions to a traditional, high-carbohydrate ritual.
The United States reported more than 2,200 virus-related deaths on Tuesday alone, the highest daily number since May 6. The country’s seven-day average for new cases also exceeded 175,000 for the first time.
According to interviews with the global data and survey firm, around 27 percent of Americans plan to dine with people outside their home Dynata at the request of the New York Times.
Views on whether to risk Thanksgiving gatherings appear to be in close line with political views, with those who identify themselves as Democrats are far less likely to plan multi-family vacations.
Megan Baldwin, 42, had planned to drive from New York to Montana to be with her parents, but last week she canceled her plans.
“I thought I was going to get tested and take every precaution to be sure, but how could I risk giving it to my parents who are in their 70s?” she said, adding that they were not satisfied with the decision.
“They just want to see their grandchildren,” she said, “but I couldn’t forgive myself if we made them sick. It’s not worth it.”
Others decided to take the plunge and concluded that the emotional rebound of being together outweighed the risk of infection after a dismal and worrying year.
“We all agreed that we need this – we have to be together in this crazy, lonely time and we’ll just be careful and hope we’re all well,” said Martha Dillon, who is with relatives of four Years she will meet different states at her childhood home in Kentucky.
The AAA predicts a 10 percent year-over-year decrease in Thanksgiving travel, the biggest year-over-year decrease since the 2008 recession. For those who travel by car, however, the change is far less at around 4.3 percent a large majority of those who want to travel – around 47.8 million people.
Around 912,000 people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday, 1.5 million fewer people than on the same day in 2019 Federal data published On Wednesday.
Airlines are grappling with a dramatic drop in demand that has forced them to suspend flights and make major capacity cuts, said Katherine Estep, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, an industry trade group. “Right now, cancellations are on the rise and airlines are consuming $ 180 million in cash every day to keep operating,” she said. “The economic impact on US airlines, their employees, travelers and the shipping community is amazing.”
The demand for train travel has fallen by around 20 percent year on year, said Jason Abrams, a spokesman for Amtrak.
Susan Katz, 73, said she canceled plans to spend Thanksgiving with her daughter last Friday after watching a monologue by Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC host, describes her partner’s coronavirus attack and fears it could prove fatal.
“Your emotions, Rachel Maddow’s emotions, made it so real it just moved us,” said Ms. Katz. “I probably called her within a few hours of seeing this.”
Ms. Katz, who lives in Raleigh, NC, said she would be spending the vacation alone with her husband. She is trying to decide whether to thaw a turkey breast.
The warning from experts led 33-year-old Laura Bult to cancel her Sunday flight to St. Louis two days before her scheduled departure.
“Doing the small part of being one less person circulating through an airport felt important enough to me,” she said.
The United Nations’ chief refugee official said Wednesday that the rise in coronavirus infections in much of the world had exacerbated a pre-existing toxic side effect of the pandemic: abuse of refugee women and girls.
“We are receiving alarming reports of sharp increases in the risk of gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and child marriage,” said official Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Refugees.
In one ExplanationThe UN Refugee Agency, the leading provider of assistance to many of the nearly 80 million refugees worldwide, attributed the rise in violence in at least 27 countries to a “deadly mixture of detention, increasing poverty and economic hardship” caused in part by the pandemic has been .
The refugee agency reported a double-digit increase in gender-based violence in the African countries of Cameroon and the Central African Republic. In Colombia, home of Venezuelans who fled dysfunction and chaos in their own country, gender-based violence rose 40 percent in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the previous year.
In Cox ‘Bazar, Bangladesh, where an enormous number of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar live, 42 percent of respondents said that conditions for women and girls “at home” are now more unsafe because of the coronavirus. In particular, according to the agency, women and girls “risk intimate partner violence resulting from tensions over containment, restricted mobility and financial difficulties”.
United States officials have been warning since the pandemic began that a pre-existing “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence against women and girls is worsening due to the health crisis. U.N. Women, an agency promoting gender equality, said in a Explanation On Wednesday, the coronavirus lockdown continues every three months, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.
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The front line health workers were the only constant. The medical soldiers formed row against row in the ground war against the rapid spread of the corona virus. But with cases and deaths rocking the daily records, hinting at one of the deadliest years in American history, the people whose life work cares for others are on the verge of collective breakdown.
In interviews, more than two dozen frontline medical workers described the relentless stress that has become an endemic part of the health crisis nationwide. Lots of related spikes in anxiety and depressed thoughts, as well as a chronic sense of hopelessness and increasing fatigue, caused in part by the carefree attitudes of many Americans who seem to have lost patience with the pandemic.
Surveys from around the world have found rising rates of depression, trauma, and burnout among a group of professionals already known for high suicide rates. And while some have looked for therapies or drugs to deal with, others fear that using these support systems could harm their records and discourage future employers from hiring them.
In Texas, an intensive care doctor is battling memories of the summer weeks when his entire family contracted Covid-19 after coming home infected from the hospital.
In New York, a nurse in the emergency room grapples with the trauma of the spring as the cases re-emerge before the winter months.
In Arizona, an ambulance is dealing with the déjà vu of a local outbreak – an eerie echo of the New York swelling he experienced in March, April, and May.
In Colorado, a geriatrician struggles to find hope amid a string of nursing home deaths and the stigma of seeking mental treatment during the country’s crisis.
America’s health workers, they said, will not benefit from empty words of praise. The recent increases in cases could have been prevented. “It’s so daunting. We come here every day to work for public safety,” said Jina Saltzman, a medical assistant in Chicago. “But the public is not trying to protect the public.”
And on the front lines, health workers are no stronger or safer than anyone else. “I’m not trying to be a hero. I don’t want to be a hero,” said Dr. Cleavon Gilman, the Arizona emergency doctor. “I want to be alive.”
At the start of the pandemic, U.S. public health workers made efforts to trace outbreaks back to their origins, whether in busy restaurants or in overcrowded meat packing plants. But with the virus now spreading rapidly across much of the country, overwhelmed state and local health officials are reducing or even giving up these contact tracing efforts.
Uncovering the traces of transmission from one person to another is a key tool in containing the spread of an infectious disease. Within 48 hours of testing positive, patients receive a call from a trained contact tracer who will conduct a detailed interview and then chase down any new person who may have been exposed, warning them to quarantine and be tested.
At least that’s how it should work.
Now with the admission to the USA a staggering two million new cases in less than two weeks In 42 states with sustained increases in case numbers, health officials are making tough decisions about how much more they can realistically learn and recognize that contact tracing efforts can no longer be expected to stop the virus from spreading contain.
On Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new guidelines That prompted health departments to focus contact tracing efforts on people who tested positive in the past six days, particularly those who were at greatest risk of infecting others. Patienten, die vor mehr als 14 Tagen infiziert wurden, sollten nicht zurückverfolgt werden, heißt es in den neuen Leitlinien.
Staaten mögen Pennsylvania, die bereits ihre Rückverfolgungsprotokolle überarbeitet hatten, haben angekündigt, dass sie den neuen Richtlinien des C.D.C. folgen werden.
Dr. Nirav Shah, der die Coronavirus-Reaktion von Maine leitet, erklärte, wie sein Zustand seine Ambitionen reduzieren würde: Kontakt-Tracer würden die Basis mit jedem neuen Patienten nur einmal und nicht während des gesamten Krankheitsverlaufs berühren, um sicherzustellen, dass es ihnen gut geht und sie unter Quarantäne gestellt werden .
“Leider mussten wir in Zukunft eine schwierige Entscheidung treffen, und ich wollte, dass Sie von mir über diese schwierige Entscheidung erfahren”, sagte er, als er die Änderung ankündigte.
“Leider bewegt sich das Virus in Maine und im ganzen Land schneller und verbreitet sich schneller als die Fähigkeit der Staaten, neue Ermittler im Bereich der öffentlichen Gesundheit auszubilden und einzusetzen.”
Ähnliche Entscheidungen wurden im ganzen Land getroffen.
New Hampshire sagte letzte Woche, dass es nur Fälle von Menschen verfolgen würde, die mit Ausbrüchen oder in bestimmten gefährdeten Alters- oder Rassengruppen in Verbindung stehen.
In Itasca County in Minnesota wurde in diesem Monat die Kontaktverfolgung aufgegeben und der Öffentlichkeit mitgeteilt, dass “wenn Sie sich in einer Gruppe befinden, nehmen Sie einfach an, dass jemand Covid hat”.
In North Dakota Staatsbeamte sagte letzten Monat dass sie nicht länger Einzelgespräche mit allen führen konnten, die möglicherweise entlarvt wurden. Abgesehen von Situationen, an denen Schulen und Gesundheitseinrichtungen beteiligt waren, wurde Personen, die positiv getestet wurden, empfohlen, ihre eigenen Kontakte zu benachrichtigen, sodass die Bewohner weitgehend allein waren, um den Spuren des Ausbruchs zu folgen.
Experten für öffentliche Gesundheit sind weiterhin zuversichtlich, dass die Kontaktverfolgung weiterhin nützlich ist, um Cluster zu identifizieren und die breiten Konturen der Ausbreitung von Infektionen zu bestimmen.
“Es gibt sinkende Renditen, wenn der Ausbruch außer Kontrolle gerät, wie es derzeit der Fall ist, aber die Renditen sind nicht Null”, sagte Dr. Thomas Tsai, ein gesundheitspolitischer Forscher bei Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Der Diskurs um unsere Behandlungen ist in der Regel alles oder nichts.”
Crystal Watson, Assistenzprofessor an der Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sagte, Vertrags-Tracer sollten den Patienten, bei denen das Risiko einer Ausbreitung des Virus am größten ist, Vorrang einräumen.
“Es rettet immer noch Leben, es bricht immer noch Übertragungsketten”, sagte sie. “Jede Person, die wir zu Hause unter Quarantäne stellen können und die nicht in der Gemeinde ist, trägt zur Verringerung der Inzidenz bei.”
Rich DiPentima, New Hampshires ehemaliger Chef für übertragbare Krankheiten und Epidemiologie, sagte, dass die Kontaktverfolgungskapazität in den USA seit Beginn der Pandemie größtenteils schwach gewesen sei. Daher ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass sie jetzt nicht mithalten kann.
“Wir haben eine Situation, in der wir das Boot am Anfang verpasst haben”, sagte er über die Situation in seinem Bundesstaat. “Dann wirfst du deine Hände hoch und sagst, dass du das nicht mehr kannst.”
Letzte Woche kündigte Gouverneur Phil Scott aus Vermont neu verschärfte Quarantäneregeln für jeden an, der den Staat besucht, was bedeuten könnte weniger ausländische Besucher zu Skipisten in der Gegend und weniger Geld, das in eine von der Pandemie schwer verletzte Hotellerie fließt.
Da internationale Ziele außerhalb der Reichweite und inländische Flugreisen riskant waren, hatte der Staat den größten Skimarkt des Landes – New York und den Nordostkorridor – vor der Haustür, und die 20 alpinen und 30 Langlaufziele des Staates zeigten sich optimistisch .
Aber die Ankündigung des Gouverneurs vom vergangenen Dienstag, Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung von Viren in Verbindung mit einem enormen Anstieg in Fällen im Nordosten zu ergreifen, löste eine Welle von Stornierungen in Hotels und Gasthäusern aus und befürchtete unter tourismusabhängigen Unternehmen, dass Reisende Vermont diesen Winter wegen der Pandemie meiden würden .
Besucher, die nach Vermont reisen, müssen sich nun zu einer 14-tägigen Quarantäne (zu Hause oder im Bundesstaat) oder einer Quarantäne von sieben Tagen verpflichten, gefolgt von einem negativen Covid-19-Test. The new rules hit hard at a big market for Vermont — people who drive up for the weekend and who are unlikely to quarantine for a week for two or three days of skiing.
The Vermont economy depends on winter ski-season visitors who spend more than $1.6 billion a year in the tiny state, according to the Vermont Ski Areas Association. Vermont is something of a crown jewel of Eastern skiing, annually recording the most skier-day numbers in the East, around 4 million per season, a figure that rivals Utah. New Hampshire, by comparison, sees a little over 2 million per winter.
Ski resort operators, particularly in southern Vermont, which draws more weekenders from Connecticut, New Jersey, and the Albany and Long Island areas of New York than their northern counterparts, said the quarantine will hurt.
“We’re going to feel that,” said Bill Cairns, the president of Bromley Mountain Resort.
Though her mother lives in Arizona, Cecily Smith typically spends Thanksgiving in New York City with friends who feel like family.
Some years, they shared holiday meals at restaurants. Other times, they held potlucks in cramped apartments.
But with the country in the grip of a surging pandemic, Ms. Smith will spend Thanksgiving this year alone in her Harlem apartment, making herself cocktails and binge-watching Netflix. Her friends, she said, plan to do the same.
“I know I’m going to be lonely,” said Ms. Smith, 46, who has lived in the city for about 20 years. “It is lonely. This is a whole lonely experience.”
The pandemic has altered holiday plans all over the United States this year. But in a bustling city where traditions often extend beyond family to bring friends and acquaintances around the table, the loneliness can especially gnaw.
With a second wave bearing down, officials have urged Americans not to travel, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo limited private gatherings to 10 people for the foreseeable future and Mayor Bill de Blasio implored people to skip the crowded feasts that generally mark the holiday.
The city’s holiday staples will also be missing. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has cut its route to one block, and movie theaters, long an antidote for holiday loneliness, remain closed. Restaurants have limited capacity, a rainy forecast does not favor outdoor dining and many people remain uncomfortable eating indoors.
Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States rose for the second week in a row last week, the latest sign that the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to undermine the economic recovery.
More than 827,000 people filed first-time applications for state unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That was up 78,000 from a week earlier, before adjusting for seasonal patterns, and more than 100,000 from the first week of November, when weekly filings hit their lowest level since pandemic-induced layoffs began last spring.
Another 312,000 people filed for benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which covers freelancers, self-employed workers and others who don’t qualify for state benefits.
Unemployment filings have fallen dramatically since last spring, when more than six million people a week were applying for benefits. But progress has stalled in recent months, and the data reported Wednesday suggests it could be going in reverse.
Other evidence tells a similar story. Consumer confidence fell in November, the Conference Board reported Tuesday, and private-sector data on job postings, hours worked and consumer spending show either a loss of momentum or outright declines in November.
“We have definitely seen a slowdown since Labor Day, and in the last few weeks it’s actually gone into a decline,” said Dave Gilbertson, a vice president at UKG, which provides time-tracking software to about 30,000 U.S. businesses.
Economists worry that the slowdown could deepen in coming weeks, as consumers pull back on spending and cities and states reimpose business restrictions, something that has already begun to happen in California, Michigan and other states.
For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States, the country has added more than one million cases in each of the past two weeks. Covid deaths, which lag reported cases by weeks, are also at a level not seen since the spring.
In the past week, the United States added an average of 173,000 new daily cases. If this growth pattern holds, the total number of cases reported for the full month of November is likely to hit 4.5 million. That would be more than double the number of any previous month.
With several days still left in the month, about 3.3 million people in the United States had already tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday.
North Dakota continues to have the country’s worst outbreak when adjusted for population, a position it has maintained since early September. Almost one in 10 North Dakotans have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began, a vast majority in the last two months.
But cases there as well as in other parts of the Upper Midwest and Mountain West that drove the initial fall surge have leveled off slightly, while cases are growing on both coasts and in the South and Southwest.
A Chinese state-owned vaccine maker has filed an application with the country’s Food and Drug Administration to market coronavirus vaccines in China before the completion of late-stage trials that will determine their safety and efficacy.
Vaccines made by CNBG, a subsidiary of the state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, are in late-stage trials with more than 50,000 volunteers in 10 countries, including Argentina, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Peru and the United Arab Emirates.
The announcement was made by Sinopharm’s deputy general manager, Shi Shengyi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. The article, by the agency’s finance arm, gave no further details and did not specify whether the application was for one or both of the coronavirus vaccines that CNBG manufactures. The company did not respond to requests for comment.
The Chinese government has approved three coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, including two made by CNBG.
Even before the completion of the late-stage trials, Chinese officials had considered those vaccines and one by a rival firm so effective that they allowed tens of thousands of people to be injected. That prompted criticism from scientists that the government was ignoring the risks posed to public health.
Last week, Sinopharm’s chairman, Liu Jingzhen, said the company had injected nearly a million people and that none had reported adverse reactions, with “only a few having some mild symptoms.”
Mr. Liu said those people included construction workers, diplomats and students who took the vaccines before traveling to more than 150 countries. None were infected during their trips, he added.
Many scientists have said that such data is anecdotal and should not be used as evidence that the Sinopharm vaccines are effective.