Coronavirus Live Updates: New U.S. Cases Hit Fresh Record

Nearly 46 million people have now been infected with the coronavirus world-wide, and nearly 1.19 million have died.

U.K.: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet was due to meet Saturday to discuss plans for a new nationwide lockdown in England to curb the virus’s spread, according to a government official, who stressed a final decision hasn’t been made. Scientists at Imperial College London estimate infections are running at almost 100,000 a day in England, and hospitalizations and deaths are creeping up. The seven-day average for deaths hit 213 on Tuesday, its highest tally since May.

The government has been experimenting with localized restrictions in England but cases have continued rising. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own public-health policies and have already closed some businesses and imposed curbs on household mixing. Mr. Johnson is due to hold a televised press conference at 4:00 p.m. London time on Saturday.

Greece: New restrictions, including mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors, will be take effect in Greece starting Tuesday. Other measures include a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew, and university courses will revert to online learning. In the Athens region and northern Greece, where the virus is circulating at higher levels, the government has also ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, museums and gyms.

While Greece has among the lowest infection rates in Europe, new cases are rising rapidly. Announcing the new measures, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the goal was to prevent the virus from spreading out of control.

“We must act now, before the intensive-care units are overwhelmed by people fighting for their life. Now, while we still have the ability to detect and track cases,” he said in a televised address.

India: The new-case count was below 50,000 for the sixth day in a row, with the country reporting 48,268 cases over the preceding 24 hours, and 551 deaths. Confirmed cases now exceed 8.1 million, with a death toll of 121,641.

Japan: The 778 new cases reported Saturday pushed the total past 100,000, and the 11 deaths brought the toll to 1,755. Starting Sunday, the government will allow business travelers returning from trips of seven days or less to any country to skip the two-week quarantine, provided they meet conditions including a negative test result.

The government has also lowered travel alerts on nine countries including China, South Korea and Australia. From Sunday onward, travelers from those countries won’t be required to take a coronavirus test upon arrival.

South Korea: With 127 new Covid-19 cases reported, it was the fourth consecutive day above 100. Locally transmitted infections have been rising this week, with new clusters around workplaces and social gatherings. Local authorities are on high alert this weekend, concerned that Halloween festivities could prompt a fresh wave.

China: Mainland Chinese authorities reported six new locally transmitted symptomatic cases, all in and around the city of Kashgar in the far western Xinjiang region and previously classified as asymptomatic. Chinese health authorities typically highlight and focus on positive cases showing

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Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Goes Live with MTBC’s CareCloud

CareCloud’s solutions will further modernize the school’s outpatient centers and enhance clinical operations for its post-graduate residency program

SOMERSET, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MTBC, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTBC) (Nasdaq: MTBCP), a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare IT solutions and services, today announced that Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine is live with MTBC’s CareCloud solutions, including revenue cycle management services (RCM), practice management (PM) software, electronic health records (EHR), and patient experience solutions. CareCloud’s platform will promote operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness at the University’s outpatient podiatry centers.

“At the Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute, providing state-of-the-art care and treatment for disorders of the foot and ankle, and a first-class patient experience, are our trademarks,” said Dr. Steven Becker, Clinics Administrator. “We are pleased to work with CareCloud to further enhance the patient experience with a new electronic health record platform, including an engaging, interactive patient portal and quick and easy online appointment scheduling.”

By implementing CareCloud’s full suite of RCM, EHR, and PM solutions, the University’s podiatry clinics will streamline clinical and operational workflows, enrich the overall patient experience, and identify and capture lost revenue opportunities. Each year, over 150 podiatry students participate in Barry University’s curriculum, and each one will have the opportunity to experience CareCloud’s robust clinical and operational solutions.

“More than 50 podiatrist students graduate from Barry University each year, and we are honored to provide the operational and clinical technology that supports the training of these future physicians,” said Wes Stolp, Executive Vice President of Sales, MTBC. “It is our mission to enable Barry University to maintain a growing, profitable clinic that, in turn, produces successful and well-trained Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.”

CareCloud is committed to supporting healthcare providers with cloud-based clinical, financial, and administrative software and services that enhance practice operations. Barry University is a prime example of such a partnership, not only leveraging CareCloud’s state-of-the-art tools to boost revenues but utilizing podiatric-specific features to enrich patient care.

About Barry University

Barry University is located in Miami Shores, Florida, and is a private, Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. Founded in 1940, the University enrolls approximately 7,500 students across undergraduate and graduate programs. The School of Podiatric Medicine was founded in 1985 with the purpose of graduating competent podiatric physicians qualified to enter post-graduate training. This is accomplished by excellence in podiatric medical education, fostering life-long learning, expressing a commitment to social justice by serving the local and global community through patient care, and encouraging research and innovation that promotes the common good.

For additional information about Barry University, visit our website at www.barry.edu. To learn more about the School of Podiatric Medicine, visit www.barry.edu/podiatry.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Cases Surge in Several States

Nearly 44.5 million coronavirus cases have been reported world-wide, and the global death toll is approaching 1.2 million.

India: Total coronavirus cases in India surpassed eight million as the country reported 49,881 new cases. India has the second highest number of infections in the world behind the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll rose by 517 to 120,527.

China: Health authorities on Thursday reported 23 locally transmitted cases for the previous day, all in Kashgar, a city in the far-western Xinjiang region. Since last Sunday, the Kashgar government has tested 4.7 million of its residents and reported more than 100 local cases, most of which are tied to a local garment factory, according to local officials.

Australia: A day after lifting its strict lockdown, Australia’s Victoria state recorded three new coronavirus cases. New South Wales, home to Sydney, added four new locally acquired cases and a school closed after a student tested positive. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted to see the southern state’s contact-tracing system tested before she would consider reopening the state border. She said she received economic advice that it would be more prudent to reopen to all of Australia, New Zealand and possibly other overseas places than Victoria until the risk of another outbreak there was proven to be low.

Guam: The U.S. territory reported 48 new cases, bringing the total to 4,466. The number of hospitalized patients rose to 88, as the hospitals on the island start to reach capacity. Guam’s governor on Wednesday extended a public health emergency until Nov. 29 and a partial lockdown remains in place.

Japan: New cases topped 700 for the third time in the past seven days, as Japan reported 731 new infections. The country’s death toll stands at 1,733, including three fatalities logged Thursday.

South Korea: South Korea added 125 more cases, with many linked to clusters at nursing homes and other medical facilities. Health officials have shut down Seoul night clubs for the Halloween weekend and warned there could be more upticks as South Koreans travel during the fall.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: New Cases Climb Above 70,000

The world-wide total of confirmed coronavirus cases neared 44 million, with more than 1.16 million dead, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

India: New cases climbed, a day after dipping to the lowest daily level in more than three months. On Wednesday, India reported 43,893 new cases, as the total number neared eight million, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country’s death toll rose by 508 to 120,010.

China: Health authorities reported 22 symptomatic, locally transmitted cases for Tuesday, the highest single-day increase since early August. The rise comes as a cluster of cases in the city of Kashgar, in the far-western region of Xinjiang has emerged. As of Tuesday, authorities said the city had identified a total of 183 coronavirus cases after completing a mass testing program.

Japan: Starting Nov. 6, Hawaii plans to allow travelers from Japan who test negative for the coronavirus to enter the state without a two-week quarantine. Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese tourists. Travelers will still have to be tested and quarantine when they return to Japan, a Japanese Health Ministry official said. Japan on Wednesday reported 629 new cases, bringing the nation’s total to more than 98,100. The death toll stands at 1,730, including five additional fatalities logged Wednesday.

Australia: Victoria state recorded two new coronavirus cases and two deaths, as the capital, Melbourne, emerged from one of the world’s longest lockdowns. People flocked to the city’s bars and restaurants, some of which opened at midnight, when restrictions that have shuttered shops, cafes and hairdressers for months to stamp out a second wave were finally lifted.

Guam: Hospitalizations in Guam have risen to 81, the highest number since the pandemic began, adding more stress on the U.S. territory’s health-care system. Guam recorded 82 new cases, bringing the total to 4,418.

South Korea: The country added 103 cases, with many linked to clusters of infections at health-care facilities and other spots that have emerged in recent days. Health officials have ordered nightclubs in Seoul to close over Halloween weekend to avoid further potential spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus live updates: COVID-19 positivity rates rising in 37 US states, analysis shows

The number of new cases of COVID-19 recorded across the United States has increased substantially, as has the number of new deaths from the disease, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Monday night.

The memo, which is circulated among the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on a COVID-19 response, said 40 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while nine jurisdictions are at a plateau and seven others are in a downward trend.

There were 488,498 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 19-25, a 26% increase from the previous week. There were also 5,615 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 15.1% increase compared with the week prior, according to the memo.

The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 5.6% to 6.1% in week-to-week comparisons. Meanwhile, 22% of hospitals across the country have intensive care units that are more than 80% occupied. That figure is up from the summertime peak, when 17-18% of U.S. hospitals had 80% of ICU beds full, the memo said.

Arizona reported 848 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 21, its highest count since Aug. 26, according to the memo.

In the U.S. territory of Guam, which continues to be classified as a “red zone” for COVID-19 infections, an average of 89.7% of inpatient beds and 80.2% of ICU beds were occupied in the week ending Oct. 20, the memo said.

North Dakota saw a record high of 1,036 new cases on Oct. 20, surpassing the 1,000 mark of daily incident cases for the first time, according to the memo.

New Jersey reported 852 daily COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 22, its highest since late July, the memo said.

Oklahoma reached a record 956 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 22. The previous record was set just two days earlier, according to the memo.

Utah reported an all-time high of 314 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 21, as several hospitals in the state reached capacity, the memo said.

ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: New U.S. Cases Above 60,000

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The U.S. reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from the past few days but representing a rising trend, as the global tally surged past 43 million.

The newly reported cases follow two days in which figures topped 83,000, the highest single-day tallies yet seen in the U.S., and bring the nation’s total to more than 8.6 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of new cases reported tends to be lower at the beginning of the week because fewer people get tested over the weekend. Sunday’s tally is up from the 48,210 reported a week earlier, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 68,767 as of Sunday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, compared with a 14-day moving average of 62,387. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, it suggests cases are rising.

The number of those hospitalized with Covid-19 in the U.S. was 41,753 on Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That was down from 41,882 a day earlier but the fifth day in a row the figure surpassed 40,000, which it hadn’t previously done since Aug. 21.

The 340 U.S. deaths reported Sunday represented the lowest one-day tally since Oct. 12, when 317 people were reported dead. Overall, the U.S. has reported 225,230 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins data.

World-wide, 43 million people have been reported to have been infected, and more than 1.15 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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Illinois shatters daily coronavirus case record again with 6,161 new infections

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Illinois coronavirus resurgence took another severe, record-breaking step up Saturday as public health officials announced 6,161 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus statewide.

The stunning case count — which smashed Illinois’ previous daily record by more than 1,200 cases, set just two days earlier — was confirmed among 83,517 tests.

That means 7.4% of the latest tests submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health came back positive, the highest proportion of infections confirmed in a single day since the beginning of June.

And it sent the statewide average seven-day testing positivity rate up half a percentage point to 6.1%. That number, which indicates how rapidly the virus is spreading, hadn’t topped 6% in over four months.

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7:35 a.m. Confirmed coronavirus infections are continuing to soar in many parts of the U.S. and Europe

Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar Saturday in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. In some cases, so did anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide.

Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan were among states announcing new record highs in daily confirmed cases Saturday, a day after a nationwide daily record of more than 83,000 reported infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said it’s “now more important than ever that people take this seriously.” The 3,338 new COVID-19 cases in her state topped the old record by more than 1,300.

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7:15 a.m. Colleges scramble to help students adjust to COVID-19 restrictions

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows.

In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience exists only in catalogs, freshmen are being challenged like never before.

Amid pandemic restrictions aimed at keeping students safe and healthy, colleges are scrambling to help them adjust. But many are struggling.

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7:55 a.m. The simple math of ‘excess mortality’ — this pandemic kills

Just how deadly is COVID-19?

The answer to that question should guide every decision our nation makes as to how to keep ourselves and others safe, yet it has proven maddeningly difficult to nail down and agree upon.

In part, the problem has been one of science. Estimated mortality rates from COVID-19 have been revised, up and down, as scientists and health professionals have collected and analyzed new data and devised better medical treatments.

The problem has also been one of politics. From the very beginning, there has been desire by many political leaders, mostly on the right and most obviously President Trump, to downplay the deadliness of the virus. They have found it more expedient to denigrate the science

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Fauci Suggests a National Mask Mandate

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Reports of new infections poured in at alarming levels on Saturday as the coronavirus continued to tear through the United States. Six states reported their highest-ever infection totals and more than 76,000 new cases had been announced by evening, one day after the country shattered its single-day record with more than 85,000 new cases.

The country’s case total on Saturday, which was sure to rise through the evening as more states reported data, was already the fifth highest in a single day. Case numbers on weekends are often lower because some states and counties do not report new data, so the high numbers on Saturday gave reason for alarm.

“This is exploding all over the country,” said Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky, whose state is among 16 that have added more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. “We’ve got to tamp down these cases. The more cases, the more people that end up in the hospital and the more people die.”

Officials in Alaska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Illinois announced more new cases on Saturday than on any other day of the pandemic.

Rural areas and small metropolitan regions have seen some of the worst outbreaks in recent weeks, but by Saturday, many large cities were struggling as well.

The counties that include Chicago, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Anchorage and El Paso all set single-day records on Saturday. Across the country, hospitalizations have grown by about 40 percent since last month, and they continued to rise on Saturday. Around Chicago, where new restrictions on bars and other businesses took effect Friday, more than twice as many cases are now being identified each day than at the start of October.

“This moment is a critical inflection point for Chicago,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said.

States in the Midwest and Mountain West have been reporting some of the country’s most discouraging statistics, but worrisome upticks are occurring all over. New cases have emerged at or near record levels recently in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas and New Mexico.

“Over the next week, two weeks, three weeks, please be extremely conservative in deciding how much time to spend outside of the home,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico said Friday as she imposed new restrictions on businesses. “The visit to friends can wait — it’s not worth your life, or theirs.”

Experts worry that the growing numbers in need of hospital care will only get worse if cases continue to mount, especially in rural areas where medical facilities could be quickly overwhelmed.

The high case count in part reflects increased testing. With about one million people tested on many days, the country is getting a far more accurate picture of how widely the virus has spread than it did in the spring.

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Expect to live with virus at least till mid-2021

PARIS (Reuters) – France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

Macron, who was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Pointoise, near Paris, said there were no plans at this stage to reduce curfews aimed at preventing the virus spreading but that curfews could even be extended.



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“When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next Summer,” he said, adding it was too early to say if France was headed towards new full or partial lockdowns.

The coronavirus is spreading through France faster than at the peak of the first wave in spring, a government scientific advisor said earlier on Friday.

France reported 41,622 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily record, and will break through the 1,000,000 cumulative tally on Friday – a grim milestone for the government as it and other European capitals battle to keep their economies open.

France has announced plans to extend a curfew to 38 more administrative departments from midnight on Friday. In all, two thirds of the country’s 67 million population will be confined indoors each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until early December.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Chizu Nomiyama)

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Harrowing New Surge Rages Across America’s Heartland


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The latest coronavirus surge is raging across the American heartland, most acutely in the Midwest and Mountain West.

This harrowing third surge, which led to a U.S. single-day record of more than 85,000 new cases Friday, is happening less than two weeks from Election Day, which will mark the end of a campaign dominated by the pandemic and President Trump’s much-criticized response to it.

As of Friday evening, 15 states have added more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch of the pandemic: Wisconsin, a battleground in the presidential election, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Montana, Arkansas, Alaska, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and North Dakota. And four states have added more deaths this week than in previous weeks: Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Dakota and Oklahoma.

North Dakota leads the nation in coronavirus cases per capita. Illinois is averaging more than 4,100 new cases per day, up 85 percent from the average two weeks ago. And Pennsylvania, another battleground state, on Friday reported a record of 2,258 cases.

The virus will be front of mind for voters in several key states: in Ohio, where more people are hospitalized than at any other time during the pandemic, and especially Wisconsin, home to seven of the country’s 10 metro areas with the highest numbers of recent cases. On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ emergency order restricting the size of indoor gatherings to 25 percent capacity on Friday.

Experts worry that the growing numbers in need of hospital care will only get worse if cases continue to mount, especially in rural areas where medical facilities could be quickly overwhelmed.

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Citing a rise in hospitalizations across the state, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced a strengthening of coronavirus restrictions in certain counties, capping gatherings at 10 people from no more than two separate households. For the third straight day, Colorado announced a new single-day cases record on Friday.

Overnight, nearly 2,500 people were hospitalized in Illinois, the state’s top public health official, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said in a news conference Friday afternoon. The mayor of Chicago, Lori E. Lightfoot, announced a curfew on nonessential businesses beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday.

In the latest presidential debate on Thursday night, President Trump asserted that the virus was “going away” as he defended his management of the pandemic. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, attacked Mr. Trump’s handling, calling for much more aggressive federal action for the “dark winter” ahead.

President Trump and many supporters blame restrictions on business activity, often

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