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Kalhan Rosenblatt

2h ago / 18:10 UTC

Oklahoma’s mega-church under fire for large indoor events amid Covid peaks

Victory Church, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based mega-church that has around 13,000 members, has been criticized for hosting large indoor events that appear to be maskless and do not appear to be socially left behind.

On Sunday, the church held a “Friendsgiving,” in which they encouraged members to bring a neighbor.

“You should be ashamed of yourselves. People are going to die because you have given priority to earning money in your little Jesus concerts over the lives of people in a global pandemic,” we said. added, with a photo of an event at the church.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended hosting virtual Thanksgiving events when possible.

Cases of Covid-19 in Oklahoma have been on the rise and this month Tulsa reported some of its highest daily totals since the start of the pandemic, according to the Kansas City Star.

A decree from the mayor of Tulsa states that gatherings of 500 or more people must submit a Covid-19 safety plan for approval to the Tulsa health department two weeks before the event. The Tulsa health department did not immediately respond to a request for comment made by NBC News.

It was unclear whether Victory Church had submitted a security plan to the department and what, if any, consequences she could face for hosting the recent large gatherings if she did not.

Victory Church and its pastor Paul Daugherty did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I am Kesslen

3h ago / 17:13 UTC

New York Governor Cuomo says he will prioritize keeping K-8 schools open

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday he would prioritize keeping kindergarten to grade eight in person as cases of Covid-19 increased in the state.

The governor said that “red zone” schools, which require them to go remotely, can reopen under a “test out” option, where students are all tested and allowed to return to teaching in person. He also said he would prioritize schooling for young children, saying high school students are “less responsible” and tend to have higher infection rates.

“Leading experts are saying to keep K-8 schools open,” Cuomo said. “It is safer for children to be in school than in the community.”

The governor also said that up to a three percent positivity rate, school districts can control what they do.

Allan Smith

3h ago / 17:09 UTC

New White House chief of staff says planning for Biden’s inauguration has reduced

New White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that Americans could expect to see a reduced inauguration on January 20 due to the continued surge in Covid-19 cases across the United States.

“I think that’s definitely going to have to be changed,” Klain said. “We have started consultations with House and Senate leaders on this. Obviously, this will not be the same kind of grand opening that we have had in the past.”

Klain said President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris “will try to have an inauguration that honors the significance and symbolic significance of the moment, but also does not lead to the spread of disease.” .

“I think we’ll have a mix of these techniques, a mix of, you know, scaled-down versions of existing lore,” Klain added. “People have a lot to celebrate on January 20.”

Reuters

4h ago / 16:18 UTC

WHO Covid Envoy Fears Third Wave, Calls Europe’s Response ‘Incomplete’

World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 Special Envoy predicted a third wave of pandemic in Europe in early 2021, if governments repeat what he said was a failure to do what was necessary to prevent the second wave of infections.

They missed putting in place the necessary infrastructure during the summer months, after bringing the first wave under control, WHO David Nabarro said in an interview with Swiss newspapers.

Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, well a third wave early next year, Nabarro said.

Nabarro praised the response from Asian countries like South Korea, where infections are now relatively low, saying Asia has not eased restrictions prematurely.

You have to wait until the number of cases is low and stay low, he said. Europe’s reaction was incomplete.

David K. Li, Katie Reimchen and Sam Brock

5h / 15h30 UTC ago

The joy of weddings leads to the misery of the coronavirus spread across America

The unholy union of wedding receptions and the coronavirus has public health officials begging Americans to say “I’m not doing this” at pandemic nuptials.

Between the Pacific Northwest and the forests of Maine across the country, joyous expressions of love have become Covid-19 super-spreaders, fueling the deadly coronavirus peak of the fall.

“Marriage is so dangerous these days, you honestly ask for nothing but trouble,” said Ali H. Mokdad, director of population health strategy at the University of Washington.

“Weddings are very dangerous right now, especially as the infection rate is higher and marriages are now taking place indoors and not outdoors,” Mokdad told NBC News.

“And you hug your friend, you hug your family, you do that. In many cultures, we embrace each other. We are kissing. You approach them, especially people you haven’t seen for a long time. You want You are laughing, you are joking and yes, you are spreading the virus more than ever. “

Read the full story here.

Reuters

6h / 13h54 UTC ago

France to start easing lockdown rules in three steps

France will begin to ease coronavirus lockdown rules in the coming weeks, leading the three-step process to avoid a further outbreak of the pandemic, the government said on Sunday.

There will be three stages to (lock-down) relax given the health situation and the risks associated with certain companies: a first stage around December 1, then before the end of year holidays, then from January 2021 , government spokesman Gabriel Attal told Journal Du Dimanche.

With recent data showing France is on track to curb the surge in coronavirus infections, the government is under pressure from stores and businesses to ease restrictions in time for the Christmas shopping season.

President Emmanuel Macron has said Frances’ second national lockdown, which began on October 30, will last for at least four weeks. He is expected to announce a partial easing of restrictions on Tuesday.

Julia Jester and Alicia Victoria Lozano

8h / 12:19 UTC ago

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler quarantined after inconclusive test results

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler is in quarantine after receiving inconclusive Covid-19 test results after several campaign appearances earlier this week, her campaign announced on Saturday.

The news comes a day after Loeffler, a Republican locked in a second-round race that could determine the balance of power in Congress, attended two campaign events on Friday alongside Vice President Mike Pence.

In photos shared on Twitter, neither Loeffler nor Pence appeared to be wearing masks.

According to his campaign, Loeffler passed two rapid tests on Friday morning before the events. The results came back negative. She was subsequently informed that her PCR test, considered the gold standard in detecting genetic material specific to the coronavirus, was positive.

She was tested again on Saturday after consulting with medical officials and this result was inconclusive, Loeffler campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said in a statement. Loeffler remains asymptotic and will remain in quarantine until he receives conclusive test results, Lawson added.

Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Associated Press

8h / 12:18 UTC ago

California pub tries to keep calm and obey virus rules A waitress serves beer to patrons at Ye Olde King’s Head Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. The British restaurant and bar have been beaten for the past nine months.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

SANTA MONICA, California. By most metrics of what keeps a pub afloat, the coronavirus pandemic should already have Ye Olde King’s Head on its last kegs.

The British restaurant and bar in Southern California has been beaten for the past nine months. The fake Tudor mount near the beach has withstood a long spring shutdown, a destructive rampage during police protests in May and public health orders that have required constant adaptation.

Gov. Gavin Newsom put most California businesses under the toughest restrictions on Monday and added a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for residents on Thursday that takes effect Saturday.

It’s like every week there’s a different rule to follow, said Lisa Powers, director of operations, who has guided the 46-year-old institution through an ever-changing public health prescription set.

When the pandemic hit, the King’s Head had to offer its traditional British dishes everything from bangers and mash and fish and chips to traditional Sunday roast to go. It has now reopened, as has the adjoining gift shop offering imported tea, cookies, Marmite spread and UK newspapers.

The Associated Press

8h / 12:16 UTC ago

Ben Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after battling virus Housing Secretary Ben Carson testifies at a Senate hearing last year. Zach Gibson / Getty Images File

STERLING, Va., Housing Secretary Ben Carson credits unapproved experimental treatments with saving his life after he became desperately ill from his coronavirus infection.

There is no medical evidence that the treatments cited by Carson worked.

A retired neurosurgeon, Carson said on Friday he believed he was out of the woods. “He revealed that his wife, Candy, also had COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Carson tested positive earlier this month.

Most people are recovering from the disease, which has killed more than 250,000 Americans and sickened nearly 12 million people, including President Donald Trump and members of his family.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Carson said he was extremely ill but saw dramatic improvement after taking a botanical treatment derived from oleander. Carson said he had underlying conditions, which he did not specify, and after a brief period of only experiencing mild discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill. .

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