COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high as US braces for new surge | CIDRAP

Yesterday there were 104,600 people in the hospital for their COVID-19 infections, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project. An analysis of federal data by the New York Times shows that more than a third of Americans live in areas that are running short of intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The analysis revealed that hospitals serving more than 100 million Americans reported having fewer than 15% of ICU beds still available.

Meanwhile, the federal government has fallen well short of its goal to shore up the country’s emergency stockpile of respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), the Wall Street Journal reported.

Source: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high as US braces for new surge | CIDRAP

Global cases stabilizing, but COVID-19 deaths continue to climb | CIDRAP

The United States remains the leader in new reported infections (reporting more than 1.2 million new cases over the past week), followed by Brazil, which reported more than 295,000 cases, a 35% increase from the previous week.

The Russian Federation, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom reported the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the region.

Germany saw a 3% increase in new cases and 26% increase in COVID-19 deaths. Although the partial lockdown that the country has been under for the last 6 weeks has helped slow the rise in new cases, today German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported calls for tougher restrictions recommended by Germany’s National Academy of Science, according to DW News.

The recommended measures include an extended Christmas break for schools, full closure of all but essential businesses starting Dec 24, and as many people working from home as possible. Merkel’s comments came the same day that Germany reported a record daily high of 590 COVID-19 deaths.

“Five hundred deaths a day is unacceptable,” Merkel told German lawmakers.

 

Source: Global cases stabilizing, but COVID-19 deaths continue to climb | CIDRAP

Boris Johnson and EU agree to extend Brexit talks until Sunday

Translation: he got nothing – his bluster does not count when he lacks talent or good argument.

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Significant gaps remain between PM and EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen after Brussels dinner

A Brexit deal must be sealed by Sunday or there will be no deal, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen agreed after a “lively and frank” three-hour summit that set the stage for a dramatic final act of the negotiations.

Despite nine months of troubled talks, “very large gaps” were said to remain between the UK and EU. The leaders said they should come to a deal or no deal outcome by the end of the weekend, with pressure on both sides to find time for parliamentary ratification.

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California has most coronavirus deaths in a single day – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s death toll, 219, edged out the previous single-day high of 214, which was recorded July 31, according to data compiled by The Times.

The latest figure may be a harbinger of higher death tolls. Until this past week, California had topped 200 daily coronavirus-related deaths only four times. That number has been exceeded twice in the last five days.

Source: California has most coronavirus deaths in a single day – Los Angeles Times