November 8 coronavirus news

By Jenni Marsh, Joshua Berlinger, Zamira Rahim, Jaide Timm-Garcia and Roya Wolverson, CNN

Updated 2:53 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020
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1:59 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020

US sets another new record for the highest number of daily cases

From CNN's Alta Spells

The United States reported 126,742 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University -- the highest number of cases identified in a single day since the pandemic began.

Saturday was the fourth day this week that more than 100,000 new patients were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus -- and the third day in a row cases topped 120,000.

At least 1,040 people died on Saturday from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 237,113.

Since the pandemic began, at least 9,860,558 Covid-19 cases have been identified in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University,  

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

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1:39 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020

Japan identified more than 1,300 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

A medical staff member conducts a test for the coronavirus at the testing center at the Narita Airport in Narita, Japan, on November 2.
A medical staff member conducts a test for the coronavirus at the testing center at the Narita Airport in Narita, Japan, on November 2. STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images

The Japanese Health Ministry said 1,329 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday -- the highest daily infection toll since August 14, and the third consecutive day authorities have identified more than 1,000 new cases.

Japan has reported 107,798 cases, according to the ministry. At least three people died Saturday, bringing the nationwide Covid-19 death toll to 1,825.

Cases are rising in Tokyo, too: Authorities said 294 cases were reported in the Japanese capital on Saturday, the highest single-day increase there since August 20. It was also the third day in a row the case count was north of 200.

Some 32,429 cases have been identified in Tokyo since the pandemic began.

12:57 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020

143 more people diagnosed with Covid-19 in South Korea

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

South Korean health officials from Bupyeong-gu office spray disinfectants at a shopping district in Incheon on September 17, amid the new COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
South Korean health officials from Bupyeong-gu office spray disinfectants at a shopping district in Incheon on September 17, amid the new COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea recorded 143 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, authorities said today. Of those, 25 were imported and 118 were locally transmitted, according to the Korea Disease Control Prevention Agency (KDCA).

Since the pandemic began, 27,427 people in South Korea have been diagnosed with the virus. At least 478 have died.

11:57 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Fauci says Covid-19 symptoms last “well beyond what you’d expect” from a viral syndrome

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a  committee hearing in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, September 23.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, September 23. Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States government's top infectious disease expert, said lingering Covid-19 symptoms last much longer than those from other viral syndromes like influenza.

Between 25% and 35% of Covid-19 patients have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sleep disturbances and “brain fog.”

“We do know for absolutely certain that there is a post Covid-19 syndrome -- referred to sometimes as long Covid, chronic Covid, long haulers. It’s got different names," Fauci said on Saturday during an event with the American Medical Association.

It's unclear exactly how long symptoms can last, as the virus was discovered less than a year ago, but Fauci said symptoms have been observed for months after an initial infection.

"A proud moment for the medical profession:" Fauci also said medical professionals should be proud of the work they've done in the past several months, as they have been “really putting their lives and their safety at risk” by continually taking care of people who have a disease that is highly transmissible and has the potential to kill.

“We all should be very proud of is what our physician population at the local level is doing,” he said. “People in the towns, the counties, the cities who are in the hospitals, be they local hospitals or big city tertiary care centers.”

Why the death rate is going down: Fauci said the United States' Covid-19 death rate has been declining in recent months because due to three factors: “age, experience and better drugs.”

“We just get better at treating people. More experience. You (know) what works," Fauci said. "You know what doesn’t work, including just fundamental, non-pharmacological approaches.”

There are also now treatments that can help people, like dexamethasone and remdesivir, Fauci said.

The fact that younger people are now getting infected -- but not dying -- is also a factor bringing the death rate down, he said. However, Fauci noted that college kids are going back to school, getting infected and then "infecting people in the community"

"They’re the ones that are sort of driving the infection,” he said.

11:46 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

The Australian state of Victoria, once the country's Covid-19 epicenter, is easing even more anti-epidemic restrictions

A view of a crowded Bourke Street mall in Victoria where it has recorded no new coronavirus cases or deaths for an eighth consecutive day on November 7.
A view of a crowded Bourke Street mall in Victoria where it has recorded no new coronavirus cases or deaths for an eighth consecutive day on November 7. Diego Fedele/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria will lift even more Covid-19 restrictions as the virus there appears to be under control.

Starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday:

  • Restaurants, bars and cafes can host up to 40 customers indoors and 70 outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues can open and host up to 20 people.
  • Gyms and sporting facilities can host up to 20 people, but with strict limits on density
  • Indoor religious ceremonies and funerals can be attended up to 20 people indoors, or 50 people outdoors

Australia's former epicenter: In early August, Victoria was recording hundreds of cases per day, leading state authorities to implement the type of strict anti-epidemic measures that governments in Western Europe and the United States have been hesitant to enact out of fear of damaging the economy. This included placing Melbourne residents under a strict seven-week lockdown and barring nearly all trips outdoors.

Though the decision to lockdown Melbourne was unpopular with some people, by late September, cases had declined to low double-digits, allowing the government to begin lifting restrictions.

9:30 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

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

Some 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 travelers 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.

11:39 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

Dr. Vivek Murthy
Dr. Vivek Murthy Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via 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.

11:36 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

France marks grim milestone of over 40,000 coronavirus deaths

From CNN's 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.

9:28 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

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.

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