The U.S. broke another record of daily coronavirus cases Thursday, topping 118,000 new infections in the second straight day with over 100,000 new cases.
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon‘s Twitter account was suspended Thursday after allegedly calling for the nation’s leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci‘s head “on pikes” on his podcast. Source: Steve Bannon’s Twitter account suspended | TheHill
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) shared that he believes “counting every vote is at the heart of democracy” after President Trump …
Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan took to Twitter to condemn the comments Trump made during a Thursday night …
Trump has again alleged voting fraud without providing evidence, filed lawsuits and called for at least one state recount.
In addition to rising cases, US hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients rose to over 52,500 on Thursday, up for an 11th day in a row and getting closer to the record of 58,370 set in July.
Source: US COVID-19 cases climb by record for second day in a row, up over 109k – The Jerusalem Post
Introduced with iOS 14 in September, the feature lets users translate foreign language webpages natively in Safari by tapping on the “aA” icon in the address bar. The button, initially implemented to control page font size, has now become a catchall menu for native Safari functions including website settings and privacy reports.
The Safari capability was restricted to U.S. users at launch, but has since expanded to other countries the release of iOS 14.2 on Thursday. According to 9to5Mac, the feature is now live in Brazil and Germany. Other countries might also see the translation function roll out in the coming days.
Source: Safari translations in iOS 14 rolling out to more countries | AppleInsider
Starting on Friday, restaurants must reduce their capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent and close their dining rooms by 10 p.m. Only eight people maximum can sit at a restaurant table at one time.
Venues will limit their capacity to 25 people indoors and 50 people at outdoor locations.
Churches will also be subjected to the measures, with the government allowing no more than 50 percent capacity or 100 people at a time.
Source: Connecticut limits gatherings to 10 people amid COVID-19 rise | TheHill
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic and Jewish attorney general, is the man charged with ensuring the legality of the state’s electoral processes this year.
Some progress has been made in shutting off much of the formerly robust wildlife trade related to meat consumption. But virtually nothing has been done to address potential threats from fur farms and operations raising wildlife for use in Chinese pharmaceuticals, leaving open the potential for fur and pharmaceutical operations to be a future source of zoonotic diseases like Covid-19. It also increases the potential for these industries to serve as a hub for illicit wildlife trade.
If China does not tackle zoonotic disease seriously and systematically, say advocates of the One Health approach to simultaneously protecting the health of animals, people and the environment, future outbreaks stemming from the wildlife trade or captive breeding are certain. Some could have devastating global impacts.
Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty, a veterinary scientist and microbiologist at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, says that cultural perspectives are one of the main issues countries have in combating emerging infectious diseases. Those perspectives lead to incongruities between how scientists say we should reduce the risks of those diseases and the policies used to address them.
“We can say there’s no real strict implementation of biosecurity, and even if some of those strict protocols are there, there can be violations,” he says. “One of the answers to China’s [specific problems] is all the factors combined: the environment, the huge [animal and human] populations, and population density that allows the infectious agents to transmit easily and cross species between animals and people.”
Source: How effective are China’s attempts to reduce the risk of wildlife spreading disease to humans? | Ensia