Coronavirus update: Latest news from around the world

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55 min ago

From CNN's Akanksha Sharma in Hong Kong

Travelers push their luggage in the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport on October 19.
Travelers push their luggage in the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport on October 19. Jerome Favre/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Flights between Singapore and Hong Kong will go ahead as part of the planned travel bubble which begins November 22, despite a recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong.

There will be additional measures, however, according to Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS.)

Travelers from Hong Kong will be required to take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arriving at Changi Airport that will cost 196 Singapore dollars ($145), except for the first week, to give travelers time to "adjust to this change." Travelers will need to self-isolate until they receive their results, which will take about six to eight hours.

"The additional requirement is a precautionary measure given the rise of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong over the past few days, and is provided for under the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB agreement," CAAS said.

The travel bubble will be suspended if the seven-day average of unlinked cases, or cases with an unknown origin, exceeds five per day, CAAS added. Hong Kong's current average is 2.14.

"The threshold will be exceeded if there are more than 22 unlinked cases in Hong Kong over the next three days. This will trigger a two-day notice period, after which suspension will come into effect," a news release from the CAAS said.

If this happens, there will be a two-day notice before the bubble is suspended and a seven-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) will be applied for travelers from Hong Kong into Singapore.

"Hong Kong has a comprehensive public health surveillance system and the overall incidence rate is still low," CAAS said.

1 hr 36 min ago

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

TheUnited States reported 195,542new Covid-19 caseson Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the second consecutive day that the country has posted its highest one-day total of the pandemic.

The previous daily high was recorded on Thursday with 187,833 cases.

A further 1,878virus-related fatalities were also reported Friday.

At least11,910,858Covid-19cases, including 254,413deaths, have now been reported nationwide.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

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1 hr 58 min ago

From CNNs Andy Rose

TheNavajoNation reported 351 new coronavirus cases Friday, surpassing the previous one-day record set in May by 47%.

This is not only devastating, but it indicates that the uncontrolled spread of the virus is impacting all communities on theNavajoNation and in nearby border towns and cities, President Jonathan Nez said in a written statement.

It comes as theNavajoNation is under a three-week stay-at-home lockdown, with most businesses closed and residents told to remain in their homes, except for emergencies and essential activities.

The nations total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic is 14,441. TheNavajoNation is located within parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Our health care system is struggling and may soon be overwhelmed, said NavajoNation Vice President Myron Lizer. We have to do everything within our power to protect our children, elders, and those with existing health conditions.

2 hr 22 min ago

From CNN's Maggie Fox

A sign reminding people to wear masks is seen by the pier on September 7 in Manhattan Beach, California.
A sign reminding people to wear masks is seen by the pier on September 7 in Manhattan Beach, California. Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

Most coronavirus infections are spread by people who have no symptoms, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said innewly updated guidance.

It's one of the main reasons mask use is so important, the CDC said.

"Most SARS-CoV-2 infections are spread by people without symptoms," the agency said in a section of its website devoted toexplaining the scienceof how to use masks to control the spread of the virus.

"CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who are not exhibiting symptoms," it added in the guidance posted Friday.
"This means at least half of new infections come from people likely unaware they are infectious to others."

According to the CDC, 24% of people who transmit the virus to others never develop symptoms and another 35% were pre-symptomatic. It also said 41% infected others while experiencing symptoms.

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2 hr 54 min ago

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

Commuters queue in line to wait for a bus during rush hour in Tokyo, Japan on November 20.
Commuters queue in line to wait for a bus during rush hour in Tokyo, Japan on November 20. Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Japan recorded a daily high increase of new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row on Friday.

The country's Health Ministry announced there had been 2,427 new coronavirus infections and 20 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The nationwide toll currently stands at more than 128,377 Covid-19 cases and at least 1,976 fatalities.

Osaka prefecture also reported another daily high with 370 new cases.

Osaka Gov. Yoshifumi Yoshimura asked residents Friday to avoid dining with more than five people and for longer than two hours for the next two weeks. The Osaka government also asked that high-risk elderly citizens only make essential outings during the same period.

Japan's capital Tokyo added 522 new cases, bringing the city's total to 36,778.

4 hr 25 min ago

From CNN's Dave Alsup

A healthcare worker administers a free Covid-19 test to a person in a car at the Columbus West Family Health and Wellness Center in Columbus, Ohio on November 19.
A healthcare worker administers a free Covid-19 test to a person in a car at the Columbus West Family Health and Wellness Center in Columbus, Ohio on November 19. Stephen Zenner/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has reported193,079Covid-19 cases so far on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the highest one-day total of the pandemic for a second consecutive day.

The previous daily high was recorded on November 19, with 187,833 cases.

At least11,908,395 Covid-19cases, including 254,383 deaths, have now been reported nationwide.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

Note: The numbers are not the final count for the day, and could rise further.

CNN is tracking the US cases:

4 hr 24 min ago

From CNN's Gisela Crespo

Shoppers walk through the Eaton Centre in Toronto on November 20. Retail will be allowed to operate for curbside pick-up or delivery only under lockdown rules that take effect Monday.
Shoppers walk through the Eaton Centre in Toronto on November 20. Retail will be allowed to operate for curbside pick-up or delivery only under lockdown rules that take effect Monday. Steve Russell/Toronto Star/Getty Images

Toronto, Canada's biggest city, is going into lockdown for at least 28 days to limit the spread of Covid-19, according to a news release from the Office of the Premier of Ontario published Friday.

The lockdown will go into effect Monday and it includes Peel Region, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in the news release that Covid-19 numbers are "rising rapidly in certain regions," adding the lockdown will protect "hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province."

"We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions ... We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus," Ford said.

These are the lockdown rules:

  • Indoor social gatherings or events won't be allowed except with members of the same household, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people, according to the release.
  • Wedding services, funerals, and religious ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained indoors or outdoors will also be limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Retail will be allowed to operate for curbside pick-up or delivery only. Certain businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to open at 50% capacity.
  • Schools and childcare will remain open, and post-secondary education will move to virtual learning except for training that can only be provided in person.

Other parts of the province will move to higher levels of restrictions starting Monday as well, according to the release.

5 hr 44 min ago

From CNN's Ben Tinker and Maggie Fox

The US Food and Drug Administration said Friday it has scheduled a meeting of its outside advisory panel to discuss Pfizer and BioNTechs application for emergency use authorization for a coronavirus vaccine.

TheVaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will meet on Dec. 10.

The companies submitted their application for an EUA earlier Friday. Its the first application for an FDA regulatory OK for a coronavirus vaccine.

"The FDA recognizes that transparency and dialogue are critical for the public to have confidence in Covid-19 vaccines. I want to assure the American people that the FDA's process and evaluation of the data for a potential Covid-19 vaccine will be as open and transparent as possible," FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.

"The FDA has been preparing for the review of EUAs for Covid-19 vaccines for several months and stands ready to do so as soon as an EUA request is submitted.While we cannot predict how long the FDA's review will take, the FDA will review the request as expeditiously as possible, while still doing so in a thorough and science-based manner, so that we can help make available a vaccine that the American people deserve as soon as possible.

The FDA is supposed to post the VRBPAC meeting schedule in the Federal Register at least two weeks ahead of time. The agency has promised to fully consider input from the committee, which is made up of vaccine experts and others with no ties to the companies submitting vaccines for FDA approval or authorization.

A discussion about the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine with this committee, made up of outside scientific and public health experts from around the country, will help ensure clear public understanding of the scientific data and information that the FDA will evaluate in order to make a decision about whether to authorize a vaccine for emergency use for the prevention of Covid-19, Hahn said.

The FDA said it will livestream the VRBPAC meeting on the agency's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels and from the FDA website.

4 hr 22 min ago

From CNN's Kaitlan CollinsandVeronica Stracqualursi

Donald Trump Jr. attends a book signing to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, on Sunday, October 18.
Donald Trump Jr. attends a book signing to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, on Sunday, October 18. Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a personal spokesman told CNN on Friday.

"Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result," the spokesman said. "He's been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines."

Bloomberg was first to reportTrump Jr.'s positive result.

Trump Jr. becomes the latest figure close to the President to test positive for Covid-19. In addition to himself, first lady Melania Trump, his youngest son Barron, his chief of staff Mark Meadows anda number of other top aidesboth in his campaign and in the White House have tested positive in recent months.

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