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Weekly jobless claims higher than expected, labor market takes hit from rising Covid cases

The pace of first-time filings for jobless claims picked up last week, with the jobs market showing increasing vulnerability to the coronavirus spread.

Claims totaled 778,000 for the week ended Nov. 21, ahead of the 733,000 expectation from economists surveyed by Dow Jones and up from 742,000 the previous week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

Continuing claims for those collecting benefits for at least two weeks maintained their decline, falling to 6.07 million, a drop of 299,000.

The news comes amid an ongoing rise in coronavirus cases and worries that the national health system is becoming stressed. New daily cases have averaged 174,225 over the past week, and health officials worry that Thanksgiving could send that level higher as families across the country travel to celebrate the holiday.

Though weekly claims have been below 800,000 for the past six weeks, they are still well above the pre-pandemic record as governments

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Nurses, doctors use social media to plead for public to take COVID-19 seriously as cases surge

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and hospitals become full, nurses and doctors are taking to social media to beg the public to take COVID-19 seriously and follow safety guidelines.

“We are physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted,” Dr. Kate Grossman, a pulmonary and critical care physician in Columbia, Missouri, wrote in a message shared on Twitter.

“I have seen so many emergent intubations. I’ve seen people more sick than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Lacie Gooch, an intensive care unit nurse at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, said in a video that Nebraska Medicine shared on Twitter this week.

Gooch, 25, is a cardiovascular ICU nurse who has been working shifts in her hospital’s COVID-19 ICU since April.

She described a sense of frustration and exasperation at the disconnect between what she and her colleagues are doing to save lives inside the hospital, and

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Greek military setting up field hospital for COVID-19 cases

Greece’s armed forces are setting up a field hospital with more than 50 beds in the northern city of Thessaloniki as part of plans to tackle a surge in the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations

Deputy Defense Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis, who visited the site outside the city’s military hospital Monday, said the field hospital would be ready by the end of the week.

“This mobile hospital is being created in case of a particularly difficult situation and as part of the planning that the armed forces always have,” Stefanis said, adding that the military always plans based on

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Health experts urge against Thanksgiving gatherings as coronavirus cases explode nationwide

“If you look at the map of spread across the country, you can see the risk; it’s very visible. And moving through airports or travel hubs, I think that will increase people’s risk,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Even if they’re driving from point to point, unfortunately, we don’t know if we’re infected when we walk into a gathering.”

He referred to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said most infections are spread by people with no symptoms. The CDC, during its first news briefing in months on Thursday, recommended against traveling and gathering for Thanksgiving and said people should instead celebrate in their own households.

“The message for everyone is: You can’t assume you don’t have the virus, and you can’t assume the people whose homes you’re about to enter don’t have

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U.S. reports nearly 200,000 new cases as more than 1,500 people die daily

A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020.

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The United States reported more than 195,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, a record-high spike less than a week before Thanksgiving, which public health officials are warning could further exacerbate the outbreak.

Friday’s jump of nearly 200,000 cases brings the seven-day average of new cases up over 167,600, an increase of nearly 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of new cases are up by at least 5% week over week in 43 states and the District of Columbia, Hopkins data shows.

The rise in cases is driving a surge in hospitalizations and deaths. More than 82,100 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 across the country,

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Brazil coronavirus cases speed past 6 million amid fears of second wave

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil surpassed 6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the health ministry said, as the world’s third-worst coronavirus outbreak begins to surge again amid fears that a second wave is underway.

Passengers travel on a public bus amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 18, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The South American nation joined the United States and India as the only countries to have passed the 6 million mark. With almost 170,000 confirmed fatalities, Brazil has the world’s second highest death toll.

After three months of falling numbers since peaking in late July, infections are increasing again, government data shows.

Many places went into lockdown after the virus first appeared in Brazil in February, but life in the largest cities has largely returned close to pre-pandemic normality in recent weeks, with bars, restaurants and stores full of people, often

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College athletes blast Colorado State in handling sexual assault cases

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Current and former female athletes at Colorado State, angered by what they call mistreatment of sexual misconduct victims by the university’s athletic department, are making their grievances public in a show of solidarity.

They assert athletic administrators have repeatedly failed to notify the university’s Title IX compliance office within 24 hours after a reported incident, as required by federal law and university protocol related to sex discrimination protections.

They also claim those same leaders have delayed Title IX investigations by meeting with claimants multiple times and attempting to persuade them against filing a report to CSU police or Title IX, which places the victim at continued risk, while promising to handle the situation and make reforms that haven’t come.

The women said there is a growing mistrust among athletes of the athletic department’s

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Canada on track to hit 20,000 COVID-19 cases a day by end of December: media

By Moira Warburton



a person riding a snowboard down the side of a fence: Employees of a stretcher service wear personal protective gear as they return a resident to Parkview Place personal care home, which is experiencing an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Winnipeg


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Employees of a stretcher service wear personal protective gear as they return a resident to Parkview Place personal care home, which is experiencing an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Winnipeg

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is on track to record 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by the end of December, several media outlets reported late on Thursday, citing new modelling data which is set to be released on Friday.

The modelling, set to be released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), shows a worst-case scenario of 60,000 new cases per day if social contacts rise, the Globe and Mail newspaper and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The projections point to a sharp increase in daily cases from the current level. Canada’s national average stood at 4,788 new cases between Nov. 12 and Nov. 18, according to government data released on

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Forensic genetic genealogy: DOJ grant to Prince George’ could solve cold cases with DNA tracing

The funding could help investigators reopen as many as 60 cold cases over the next three years, Prince George’s prosecutors and police said at a news conference Thursday.

“This is just another area where we’re going to make a big difference in Prince George’s County,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said.

There are more than 600 cases of serious and violent crimes in the county in which DNA was collected from the scene but the sample did not generate a match in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, often referred to as CODIS.

The leads ran out, and the cases went cold.

But with this new funding, the county’s cold case task force will be able to spend thousands of dollars reprocessing those DNA samples against data from websites where users try to learn more about their family trees. Under the grant guidelines, the state’s attorney’s office and

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Tokyo Cases Hit Record as City Plans to Raise Virus Alert

(Bloomberg) — Tokyo reported a record 493 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, surpassing a previous daily high set in August as Japan faces an increased spread of the coronavirus ahead of winter.

The surge in cases comes as the Japanese capital is making arrangements to raise the city’s Covid-19 alert to the highest level, the Nikkei newspaper reported. Officials are expected to make the decision on Thursday at a meeting of experts. Among the measures considered is requesting stores to close early, the paper reported, citing several unidentified people.

Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures account for about a third of the nation’s gross domestic product, so any increased spread in the region could deal an additional blow to the Japanese economy, especially if officials take more stringent policy measures.



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Concern As Japan Sees A Spike In Coronavirus Cases

Tokyo recorded 298 cases Tuesday, and the figure

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