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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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.

5:59 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

France records most Covid-related deaths in 24 hours since April 

From CNN’s Pierre Bairin in Paris

France has reported its highest daily tally of Covid-linked deaths since April 15, according to data released by the French Health Authority on Tuesday. 

A further 854 people died from illnesses related to the virus in the past 24 hours -- an average of one person dying every 1 minute 41 seconds. That brings the country's death toll to 38,289.

The health authority also registered 36,330 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking France's total number of infections to more than 1.5 million.

There are currently 3,869 patients in intensive care units -- triple the number there were just a month ago, with 1,289 in ICUs on October 3.

4:46 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Netherlands shuts public gathering places and PM "urgently" advises against all foreign travel

From CNN’s Mick Krever and James Frater in London

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a press conference on November 3 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a press conference on November 3 in The Hague, Netherlands. Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images

The Dutch Prime Minister on Tuesday evening announced several measures to further strengthen the country’s partial lockdown.

It is not going badly, but certainly not going well enough,” Mark Rutte said during a news conference.

The new rules go into effect at 10 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET) on Wednesday.

In an effort to prevent new outbreaks brought into the country, Rutte said that the “urgent advice will therefore be, until mid-January, do not travel abroad unless it is really necessary.”

Other new measures announced by Rutte:

  • All publicly accessible buildings and places where people gather, inside and outside, must close for two weeks -- including theaters, cinemas, club houses, museums, monuments, zoos and theme parks.
  • Households are advised to “stay at home as much as possible."
  • People will be able to gather outside with at most one other person (down from three others), and receive at most two people per day at home.
  • Restaurants and bars remain closed for everything except takeout, as they have been since mid-October.

Gradual decline in cases: Data from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) shows that the number of new cases being reported in the past four days is gradually declining.

Figures show the number of new daily cases reached a record high on October 30 with 11,097 cases. Since then, cases have consistently fallen, with 7,776 cases reported in the past 24 hours. On average in the past week, 9,155 new infections have been reported each day; an average of 9,640 new infections were reported each day in the previous week.

Hospital admissions continue to rise: Data from the Dutch National Coordination Centre for Patient Distribution (LCPS) shows 364 people were admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 2,653 people now in hospital, 609 of who are in intensive care.

RIVM data takes seven days to be consolidated to allow for delays in receiving results from regional centers.

4:13 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Algerian president receiving treatment for coronavirus at German hospital

From CNN’s Taylor Barnes and Mohammed Tawfeeq

In this December 19, 2019 file photo, Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune delivers a speech during an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria.
In this December 19, 2019 file photo, Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune delivers a speech during an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria. Toufik Doudou/AP

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is receiving treatment for Covid-19 in a specialized German hospital, according to a statement from his office on Tuesday.

The president “is responding to the treatment and his health condition is gradually improving,” the statement read.

The Algerian president’s office announced last Wednesday, October 28, that Tebboune had been transferred to Germany for medical examinations but did not specify at the time whether the treatment was for Covid-19.

Last week, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Covid-19 cases are accelerating in some parts of Africa and governments should step up preparations for a second wave.

3:55 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Italy reports highest number of coronavirus deaths since May 

From CNN’s Livia Borghese in Rome

Italy reported 353 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, the highest daily figure since May 6.

This brings the country’s total death toll to 39,412, the Health Ministry said.

Italy recorded 28,244 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 22,253 on Monday, taking the total case number to 759,829

On Monday, the President of the Italian Association of Doctors Filippo Anelli warned Italy could reach the “saturation point” of ICU beds at the end of November if coronavirus cases continue to increase at the current rate.

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed this fear on Monday, saying he hopes that the “more stringent measures” put into place in late October will limit the spread of the of the virus in the country.

3:19 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Wisconsin forced to cancel second football game due to Covid-19 outbreak

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

The Wisconsin Badgers raise their helmets prior to kickoff on November 24th, 2018 at the Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.
The Wisconsin Badgers raise their helmets prior to kickoff on November 24th, 2018 at the Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI. Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

The University of Wisconsin has canceled its second football game due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases within the program. 

The game against Purdue University, which was due to take place Saturday, will not be rescheduled.

The school said that five more members of the football program -- three student-athletes and two staff members -- have tested positive since October 31. This increases the total number of active cases within the team to 27 -- 15 players and 12 staffers. 

All 27 positive tests have come since October 24. The Badgers have indefinitely paused team activities since October 28, canceling a scheduled game against Nebraska on October 31.

“I share in the disappointment of our student-athletes and staff,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “We have seen a level of improvement in our testing numbers, but not enough to give us confidence to resume normal activities and play our game on Saturday. We will continue to test regularly, take the proper health-related precautions and look forward to getting our team back on the field as soon as possible.”

The Wisconsin team's next scheduled game is Saturday, November 14, at the University of Michigan.

The Badgers remain 1-0 for the 2020 season and are ranked 10th nationally.