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New lockdowns and restrictions sweep across the country as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

by Corky Siemaszko | Story Source    Tuesday November 17, 2020 - 8:09 AM
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New lockdowns and restrictions sweep across the country as Covid-19 cases continue to rise
The wave of Covid-19 infections sweeping across the United States was followed Monday by a spate of new lockdowns and calls to reimpose restrictions after a week when more than a million new cases were reported.

With two promising vaccines still months away from the start of widespread distribution and President Donald Trump slowing the transition by refusing to concede his apparent election loss to Joe Biden, mayors and governors were battening down the hatches and not counting on guidance from Washington.

In Chicago, a sweeping stay-at-home advisory to slow the spread of the virus was scheduled to go into effect Monday.

In Philadelphia, new restrictions were expected to be announced later Monday as the numbers of new cases soared and the holidays loomed.

And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that public schools will stay open for now but that if the positive testing rate goes over 3 percent — and it has been edging ever closer to that —- he would be forced to close the country's largest public school system and resume remote learning.

Over the weekend, the governors of several Northeastern states that were hit the hardest early on in the pandemic held a summit in which they discussed, in particular, the private gatherings that have been fueling the Covid-19 spread and sending the hospitalization rate back up.

"Please, God, it doesn't get to the levels that we saw in the spring," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think our peak hospitalization in the spring was 8,300. We are now at about 1,900, 2,000. So, thank God, we're not at those levels, but it's going to get ..

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