November 3 coronavirus news

By Zamira Rahim, Lauren Kent, Joshua Berlinger, Brett McKeehan and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 12:22 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020
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9:12 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

WHO reports 46 million global Covid-19 cases, with a growing proportion among young people

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seen at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 17.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seen at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 17. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

As of November 1, there have been 46 million coronavirus cases and 1.2 million deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization’s weekly Covid-19 update.

An age and gender analysis shows younger people account for more coronavirus cases over the course of the pandemic, with the proportion of cases among 15- to 24-year-olds increasing from 4% in the beginning stages of the pandemic to 14% more recently, and from 50% to 65% among 25- to 64-year-olds. Among those 65 and older, the proportion of cases decreased from 40% to 15%.

The WHO also notes increasing reports of long-term effects of coronavirus, including among younger people.

While the trend in cases is shifting among age groups, older people remain the most vulnerable to illness and death from Covid-19.

Background: As CNN previously reported, the median age of people diagnosed with coronavirus keeps getting lower. In May, the median age of confirmed cases was 46. By July, that number had dropped to 37.

According to a September report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by August, 1 of every 5 confirmed cases in the US is a person in their 20s, and from June to August, Covid-19 incidence was highest in people ages 20 to 29.

 

7:28 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

New Mexico records highest number of new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Kay Jones

New Mexico's Department of Health recorded its highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday according to the US state's dashboard and the Johns Hopkins University Covid Tracking Project.

With 1,141 new cases, this is the third time the southwestern state has reported over 1,000 new cases since Thursday.

There are now 49,240 cases statewide since the start of the pandemic and 1,045 deaths.

There are 401 patients hospitalized with the virus, but the health department notes that the figure includes residents of other states who may have been hospitalized in state. It also says the number of hospitalizations does not include New Mexicans who have been transferred to hospitals in other states. 

The number of patients in hospital care is the most since the pandemic began, according to the state's dashboard. 

NOTE: These numbers were released by the New Mexico Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

6:56 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Governor says Kentuckians should be "alarmed" by Covid-19 surge

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear delivers a speech in September about the state's response to Covid-19 at the Kentucky State Capitol.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear delivers a speech in September about the state's response to Covid-19 at the Kentucky State Capitol. Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal/Imagn Content Services, LLC

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) said that “Kentuckians should be alarmed by the surge of Covid-19 cases in the commonwealth and renew their commitment to stop the spread of this disease before the crisis escalates further,” in a press release Tuesday.

Beshear also said the percentage of children getting Covid-19 is rising.

On Tuesday Kentucky reported 1,795 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 new deaths for a total of 1,503 deaths form the virus in the state.

These numbers were released by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project

5:43 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Wearing masks could save 130,000 US lives by March, NIH director says

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington DC on September 9.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington DC on September 9. Greg Nash/Pool/AFP

More than 130,000 US lives could be saved by March if most Americans wore masks, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a blog post on Tuesday.

“If most Americans pulled together to do the right thing and wore a mask in public, this simple, selfless act would save more than 130,000 lives in the next few months alone,” Collins wrote.

Collins said only about half of Americans wear a mask in public, citing a study by the team responsible for the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation coronavirus model. The team predicts that Covid-19 deaths could surpass 1 million in the US by the end of February on this trajectory.

He noted that an increase in mask use would also help the economy, by preventing the need for another lockdown. 

“Think about it in the same way you think about putting on your seat belt -- a minor inconvenience that can save lives,” Collins wrote.

6:16 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Hungary to reintroduce state of emergency amid coronavirus spread

From CNN’s Duarte Mendonca in London

People wearing face masks at a railway station in Budapest, Hungary on October 14.
People wearing face masks at a railway station in Budapest, Hungary on October 14. Attila Volgyi/Xinhua/Getty

Hungary will reintroduce its state of emergency from midnight on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced in a video posted on his verified Facebook page.

The country will close nightclubs and impose a night-time curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus infections, Orban said.

The Prime Minister said the government would also reinforce tighter control on entertainment venues – such as cinemas, theaters and sports events – to make sure audiences follow stipulated precautions for social distancing and mask wearing. If these protocols are not followed, police have authority to intervene, fine and even close venues if necessary.

The government will also “increase the frequency of public transport in the morning and during the noon rush hour” to avoid commute overcrowding, Orban added.

The Prime Minister listed other improvements, such as the increase in doctors salaries, as well as making more equipment available to hospitals in need across the country.

These measures come as the numbers in Hungary continue to rise, leaving the government concerned about reaching December with hospitals on the brink of their capacity limit.

5:57 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Covid-19 patients in Utah intensive care units highest in 8 weeks

From CNN's Kay Jones

The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care in Utah is at its highest level in eight weeks, according to the state Department of Health's latest dashboard.

There are 366 patients hospitalized with the virus and 152 of them are currently in intensive care units.

The health department dashboard states that 73.7% of all ICU beds are currently in use statewide. Utah Department of Health (UDOH) says that when ICU capacity is at 72%, it "creates major strains on the healthcare system. When 85% capacity is reached, Utah will be functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system."

UDOH also reports six new deaths today bringing it to a total of 620. There were 1,669 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 119,375

Utah's 7-day rolling positivity rate for Covid-19 also continues to go up, as the state shows an average of 19.1% on Tuesday. 

5:53 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Charlie Hebdo trial further suspended as three defendants test positive for Covid-19

From Pierre Bairin in Paris 

Police officers patrol outside Paris' courthouse, on September 2, the opening day of the trial of 14 suspected accomplices in the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Police officers patrol outside Paris' courthouse, on September 2, the opening day of the trial of 14 suspected accomplices in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The trial in Paris over the 2015 attacks on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been further suspended until November 12 after three of the 10 defendants appearing in court tested positive for Covid-19, the press office of the anti-terrorism prosecutors in France announced Tuesday.

On Sunday, the trial was delayed until Tuesday after one of the lawyers tested positive for the virus.

Fourteen people have been on trial since September over their alleged involvement in a series of deadly terrorist attacks in the French capital in January 2015. Ten defendants are currently in custody. Three people are on the run and one is facing charges, but is not in custody.

A total of 17 people were killed in the attacks which began in the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and ended at a kosher supermarket two days later.

Those charged are accused of having provided logistical support to the perpetrators -- brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi and their accomplice Amedy Coulibaly -- and face charges of participating in a terrorist criminal association.

 

5:43 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Covid-19 now third-leading cause of death in Arkansas

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson updates the media on the state's COVID-19 response on November 3.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson updates the media on the state's COVID-19 response on November 3. Governor Asa Hutchinson

Covid-19 is the third-leading cause of death in Arkansas, preceded only by cancer and heart attacks, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson.

So it is a deadly virus that takes people's lives. We want to make sure everybody understands the seriousness of it,” Hutchinson said during a news briefing on Tuesday.

The state today reported 878 new cases of Covid-19, bringing it to a total of 115,519 cases. Arkansas is also reporting 18 new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 2,003 deaths, according to the Governor. 

Bed capacity in northeast and central areas of the state is currently “tight,” Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association said Tuesday.

  • 10% of occupied beds have Covid-19 patients in them
  • 26% of occupied ICU beds have Covid-19 patients in them
  • 31% of ventilators are in use by Covid-19 patients

Ryall said these were “some of the highest numbers that we've seen in those areas."

While hospitals are not currently seeing any major deficiencies in PPE or testing supplies, there is a shortage of healthcare workers caused by fatigue, competition from other states, increasing costs and community exposure, Ryall added.

“If we continue to see these cases escalate, we in turn will have hospitalizations increase, and the stress on the health care system will be felt. Hospitals are stretched thin in some areas and we ask that you please adhere to the safety measures again,” Ryall said.
4:41 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Iceland's President is quarantining after staff member diagnosed with Covid-19 

From CNN’s Inga Thordar

President Guðni Jóhannesson seen in March.
President Guðni Jóhannesson seen in March. Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The President of Iceland will quarantine until November 9 after a staff member at his official residence (Bessastadir) was diagnosed with Covid-19.

President Guðni Jóhannesson is showing no symptoms of the virus and his family does not need to quarantine, his office said in a statement Tuesday.

Iceland increased its coronavirus restrictions on October 31 as it tries to get to grips with a rise in daily infections. The new rules, including limiting gatherings to 10 people and a ban on all sports activity, will be in place until November 17.

Iceland has reported 4,957 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths since the pandemic began, according to government figures.