As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Over 1,700 people died from COVID Tuesday in the United States. It’s the deadliest day of the pandemic in at least six months. As public health officials across the country brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday and already record-high infection rates, some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, including Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who imposed a limited mask mandate Tuesday. But many of these same governors continue to hold off on implementing other public health measures. In Texas, where coronavirus cases have reached record highs for a second…

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More than half of schools in Hull have seen class closures as infections soar

More than half of schools in Hull have seen coronavirus (Covid-19) related closures as the city’s infection rates continue to be the worst in England. Hull’s director of public health Julia Weldon said 57 of the city’s 97 schools have seen closures in some year groups but only one primary school had been completely closed to all children “for a very short period of time”. But Weldon told BBC Breakfast the council was not asking the government for the power to close more schools. It’s with a heavy heart that we share these figures with you again. Any loss to #COVID19 is tragic, but today we have also…

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Serco profits soar while Test and Trace reaches lowest ever proportion of contacts

The NHS Test and Trace system has reached the lowest ever proportion of contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in England.Four in 10 close contacts of people who tested positive are still not being reached by the system, at the same time as it recorded its highest weekly number of positive cases.A total of 137,180 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to 28 October – an increase of 8% on the previous week and the highest weekly number since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.According to the latest figures, 59.9% of close contacts of…

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The price of groceries could soar in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Import costs for everyday items could rise by around a third in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This would make the household shopping basket “much more expensive”, a major UK business group has warned. Red tape The cost of moving goods could also rise due to import taxes. And restrictions to the number of UK lorries that can enter the EU could put businesses across the country at risk, Logistics UK said. Logistics UK chief executive David Wells urged the government to keep working towards a deal. He said a no-deal scenario could drive inflation up as a result of the rise in prices for imported goods.…

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Serco profits set to soar as contract for ‘broken’ Test and Trace system is extended

Outsourcing giant Serco has said it expects profits to exceed expectations in 2020 as a result of the uptick in work since the global pandemic. Updating the London Stock Exchange in an unexpected announcement, the company said the excess profits could now be returned to shareholders, with a consultation on dividend payments under way. The company which is leading the UK government’s Test and Trace scheme said it had achieved strong revenue growth in the three months from July, highlighting extensions to contracts to provide test sites and call handlers. Test and Trace has been described as a “broken system” and ‘unfit for purpose’. Satisfaction Serco bosses claimed…

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Pressure is building on hospitals as coronavirus cases soar

Pressure is building on NHS hospitals, with a steep rise in the number of people needing urgent treatment for coronavirus (Covid 19), senior government advisers have said.England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said that while cases are rising fastest in the North of England, it is of “concern” that they are “heating up” in more parts of the country compared with a week ago.(PA Graphics) Speaking at a press briefing ahead of an announcement on further restrictions from prime minister Boris Johnson, Van-Tam said other regions are now following the North West of England pattern where the virus moved through the age bands, having started spiking…

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Donald Trump makes flippant and dangerous coronavirus comments as US cases soar

Donald Trump has told Americans not to let coronavirus ‘take over your lives’ despite having overseen the highest number of deaths in the world. The US president has made several comments understating the effects of the virus after his short hospital stay. He arrived back at the White House on the evening of 5 October. In a statement, he said: Don’t be afraid of [coronavirus], you’re going to beat it. He added: now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know. But don’t let it dominate your lives. Trump and coronavirus Trump announced that he and Melania had tested positive for coronavirus on 2 October. Later that…

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‘Absolute scandal’ – Covid-19 cases soar in dozens of areas of England following error

The weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases has soared in dozens of areas of England, following the addition of nearly 16,000 cases that went unreported by because of a technical error with an Excel spreadsheet.The problem has led to a delay in testing and tracing the contacts of those who tested positive for the virus, in some cases by around a week.Prime minister Boris Johnson was unable to say on 5 October how many contacts of positive coronavirus cases had been missed.Analysis by the PA news agency shows that Manchester now has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days to 1 October…

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