November 7 coronavirus news

By James Griffiths, Brett McKeehan, Zamira Rahim and Jaide Timm-Garcia Timm-Garcia, CNN

Updated 2:50 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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9:37 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

North Dakota reported 500 new cases of Covid-19 for the 3rd day in a row

From CNN’s Claudia Dominguez

A medical staff member performs a Covid-19 test in Fargo, North Dakota, on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
A medical staff member performs a Covid-19 test in Fargo, North Dakota, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Dan Koeck/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Authorities in North Dakota reported 511 new cases of Covid-19 and 15 virus-related deaths on Saturday -- the third day in a row the state has recorded more than 500 new infections.

North Dakota has a total of 53,204 cases and 628 deaths, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

9:32 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

France marks grim milestone of over 40,000 coronavirus deaths

From Barbara Wojazer and Jen Deaton

A medical worker wearing a protective protective equipment speaks with a patient at the SNCF "MobilTest" COVID-19 test center at the Gare de Lyon station on November 5, in Paris, France.
A medical worker wearing a protective protective equipment speaks with a patient at the SNCF "MobilTest" COVID-19 test center at the Gare de Lyon station on November 5, in Paris, France. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images

France's overall coronavirus death toll surpassed 40,000 on Saturday.

The country's total death toll now stands at 40,169 after 306 new deaths were registered in a 24-hour period, according to the French Public Health Agency. France has the world's seventh highest coronavirus fatality count, according to official data from Johns Hopkins University, but that is still only a fraction of the death toll seen in the worst-hit countries: the United States and Brazil. 

This grim milestone comes after France had two consecutive days of record new daily coronavirus cases, with more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases announced on Friday alone. The French Public Health Agency has not yet specified the daily case count for Saturday to reflect the previous 24 hours.

As Europe experiences its second wave of coronavirus cases with winter approaching, French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that his country needs to live with the virus in the longterm.

"When I listen to the scientists, and the Scientific Council, we foresee [living with the virus] at best until next summer," Macron said, speaking during a visit to a health center.

6:52 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Illinois governor and staff test negative for Covid-19, on the state's third record high day of cases

From Brad Parks

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker at a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center on September 22.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker at a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center on September 22. E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Getty Images

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and his staff tested negative for Covid-19, after being exposed to someone who tested positive in a meeting on Monday, according to a statement released by the governor's office on Saturday.

The statement says, per the CDC, that the group will not be required to quarantine for 14 days, since they are not considered "close contacts because they met with the individual prior to 48 hours before symptom onset."

This was the second time the group tested negative, after undergoing a test on Wednesday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 12,438 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus and 76 deaths on Saturday, making this third consecutive day of record high coronavirus case numbers and the second day that Illinois has reported over 10,000 daily coronavirus cases.

Illinois underwent "resurgence mitigations" earlier this week, after test positivity rates soared in all regions of the state. All indoor restaurant and bar service has been banned, and all meetings, gatherings or social events are limited to 25% capacity or a total of 25 guests, whichever is fewer.

These numbers were released by the Illinois public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project

CNN is tracking cases of Covid-19 across the US here:

5:12 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Dozens of election workers who risked their health during pandemic are now self-quarantining

From CNN's Devan Cole

A poll worker holds a stylus for voters so they don't have to touch the voting machines at Park Tavern on November 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.
A poll worker holds a stylus for voters so they don't have to touch the voting machines at Park Tavern on November 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Megan Varner/Getty Images

Election workers risked their health this year to staff polling and ballot counting centers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, more than two dozen are self-quarantining after being potentially exposed to other workers who recently tested positive for the virus.

The reported cases underscore lingering concerns about the impact of in-person voting amid a troubling spike in the severity of the pandemic. The fall surge has seen some of the highest days of newly reported Covid-19 cases in the US. On Election Day alone, the US reported about 85,200 cases.

Democrats and public health officials advocated for mail-in ballots in the run-up to the election, urging voters to avoid polling centers to reduce risk of spreading the virus.

Read more:

4:38 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

At least 236,300 people have died in the US from Covid-19 

From Hollie Silverman

There are at least 9,796,902 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 236,360 people have died from the disease, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

As of 1:30p.m. ET Saturday, 36,086 new cases have been reported across the country.

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

CNN is tracking cases of Covid-19 across the US here:

2:00 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

President-elect Biden plans to name a coronavirus task force on Monday

From CNN's Dan Merica and Jeff Zeleny in Washington

An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31 in El Paso, Texas.
An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31 in El Paso, Texas. Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Joe Biden plans to announce a 12-person coronavirus task force on Monday, two sources with knowledge told CNN.

The task force will be headed by three co-chairs: Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

The announcement, which will come just days after Biden was declared the winner in the presidential election, signals how seriously he plans to focus on the pandemic from the outset of his transition.

Biden is not expected to announce cabinet nominations for weeks and may wait until control of the Senate is clear, the sources said. Biden has potential people in mind for most every top position, but the announcement of the task force underscores the priority he intends to place on that challenge.

2:01 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Joe Biden has won the US presidential election. Trump aides blamed his approach to the pandemic

From CNN's Jim Acosta in Washington

Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 6.
Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 6. Angela Weisss/AFP/Getty Images

America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president, CNN projected on Saturday afternoon, following an election that the former vice president sought to turn into a referendum on President Trump's mismanagement of the pandemic.

Three advisers to the President said Trump's handling of the coronavirus was a massive factor in his election loss. A senior adviser said Trump's dismissive attitude and misinformation about the virus alienated senior voters who rejected the President's performance on Covid-19.  

The adviser said Trump could never understand elderly voters were the most at-risk for contracting and succumbing to the virus, making them fearful of how the President was responding to the pandemic. 

A separate adviser said Trump chose to reopen the economy rather than get the virus under control and suffered the consequences on November 3.  

Biden's victory comes a day after the US racked up more than 126,000 new daily coronavirus cases -- the highest one-day tally yet, Johns Hopkins data show. As of Saturday morning, more than 9.7 million cases have been recorded in the US.

America also reported more than 1,140 coronavirus deaths Friday, the fourth straight day that count has risen above 1,000. The last time that happened was in August.

On the same day, at least 17 states reported record high cases counts for a single day, per the Johns Hopkins data. Sixteen states reported record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations, according to the COVID Tracking Project. More than 54,000 coronavirus patients are now hospitalized across the country -- not far from the country's pandemic peak of 59,940 in mid-April.

12:41 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

413 more die of the coronavirus in the UK as cases rise by nearly 25,000

A billboard with UK Government signage asks people to stay home in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, London, as the four week national lockdown for England to combat the spread of Covid-19 continues.
A billboard with UK Government signage asks people to stay home in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, London, as the four week national lockdown for England to combat the spread of Covid-19 continues. John Walton/PA Images/Getty Images

24,957 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in the UK, the government said Saturday, and 413 died of the virus, a toll which continues to rise.

10,274 patients have been admitted to hospital in the last 7 days, and 2,333 have died.

England entered a second national lockdown on Thursday, and passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus cases on October 31.

The strict lockdown has shut pubs, restaurants and non-essential businesses, including hair salons and gyms. Schools, universities and playgrounds will stay open.

Earlier today, the UK banned travellers arriving from Denmark because after the country reported a widespread outbreak of a new variant of the virus which causes Covid-19 in mink farms.

11:16 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Austria reports new daily record with 8,241 Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Martin Goillandeau

Yellow colored coronavirus Covid-19 positive samples are seen, as Viennese research institutes and the Agency for Health and Food Security present a new coronavirus Covid-19 test method called "LAMP" during a media event on October 21, in Vienna.
Yellow colored coronavirus Covid-19 positive samples are seen, as Viennese research institutes and the Agency for Health and Food Security present a new coronavirus Covid-19 test method called "LAMP" during a media event on October 21, in Vienna. Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP/Getty Images

Austria reported a new daily record of 8,241 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, according to data on the country's interior ministry website.

In total, 147,220 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Austria since the start of the pandemic, and 1,377 people have died.

Austria entered its second national lockdown this week, with new measures including a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the closure of leisure and culture facilities.

Lockdowns are multiplying throughout Europe as Covid-19 cases rise exponentially, threatening to push health services across the continent to breaking point.

Fearing all of its intensive care beds could be full by mid-November, France implemented nationwide restrictions at the end of October -- as did Belgium and Ireland. Germany's softer, so-called "lockdown light" restrictions began on Monday, and Austria followed suit on Tuesday.