November 9 coronavirus news

By Emma Reynolds, Zamira Rahim, Jenni Marsh, Joshua Berlinger and Stephanie Halasz, CNN

Updated 1:41 a.m. ET, November 10, 2020
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6:10 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

US reported record 74,000 new Covid-19 cases among children last week

From CNN Health’s Jen Christensen

There were nearly 74,000 new cases of Covid-19 among children in the US in the week ending November 5 -- the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Children account for more than 11% of all coronavirus cases in the US. There has been a 17% increase in Covid-19 cases among children over the past two weeks.

The AAP said 73,883 new cases among children 17 and under were reported from October 29 to November 5, with about 927,518 children infected in the US in total. More than 10 million people have been infected in the US.

Severe illness and deaths from Covid-19 are still rare among children.

As of November 5, children represented between 1% and 3.4% of total hospitalizations, depending on the state. Between 0.6% and 6.4% of all child cases resulted in hospitalization and in states that reported the information, up to 0.13% of children with Covid-19 died. Sixteen states reported no child deaths.  

The count is not complete, because not all states report data in the same way. These numbers come from 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. A smaller subset of states report information about hospitalizations and deaths by age. 

The AAP said there was an "urgent need" to collect more data on the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on children, including the ways in which the virus may hurt children physically and emotionally over time.

5:30 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Vaccine maker Novavax gets FDA fast-track for experimental coronavirus shot

From CNN Health’s Maggie Fox

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday it had won fast-track designation for its experimental coronavirus vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration – something that could help speed regulatory approval or emergency use authorization.

"Novavax expects to begin its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in the United States and Mexico by the end of November," the company said in a statement.

That would make it the fifth coronavirus vaccine to enter late-stage clinical trials in the US. Vaccines being made by Moderna and Pfizer have also received FDA fast-track designation.

The Maryland-based company has been awarded $1.6 billion from the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed to help it run clinical trials of the vaccine.

Like several other experimental coronavirus vaccines, Novavax’s would require two doses. It hopes deliver 100 million doses by the end of this year.

Novavax's vaccine is made by growing synthetic versions of the coronavirus spike protein in armyworm moth cells. The vaccine combines these particles with the company’s adjuvant -- a plant-based compound that helps boost the immune response to the vaccine.

5:16 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

California hospitalizations rise by more than 25% as governor warns people are "letting their guard down"

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Coronavirus rates are rising quickly in California with cases, positivity rate, hospitalizations, and the number of people in intensive care all climbing.

Hospitalizations are up 28.6% over the past two weeks and the number of patients in ICU has increased 27.3% over the past three weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday.

The positivity rate has gone up significantly in that time frame, from a low of 2.5% on October 19 to 3.7% today.

Newsom said the reason for the increase was obvious. 

"People are letting their guard down by taking their masks off. They're starting to get together, outside of their household cohorts. They're starting to see businesses reopen, and we're starting to get to see more people mixing," he said. "As it gets colder, we'll see more still."

Testing for coronavirus is also climbing in California, with 194,000 tests conducted on Sunday. 

"We anticipated seeing more cases with increased testing, but the positivity rate is a better indicator of what’s actually happening," Newsom said.

Newsom said he expects an announcement on Tuesday that some counties will move backwards in the state's tier system. For some areas, that could include closing some non-essential business and reinstituting stricter health orders.

5:03 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo gestures during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana
In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo gestures during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana Michael Conroy/AP

Michigan State's men's basketball coach Tom Izzo tested positive for coronavirus Monday morning, he said in a statement.

Izzo said he had "some minor symptoms," but remained in good health.

"I've been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines," said the National Basketball Hall of Famer. 
"I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out if there was a time where I let my guard down for just an instance. And while I haven't identified any area of exposure, what I have determined is that this shows the power of the virus.
"You'd be hard pressed to find a coach who's taken more precautions than I have, following all the protocols put in place by our medical team, and yet I still contracted the virus."

Izzo said technology would allow him to stay connected with his staff and players, and he would be following advice from medical staff, and taking all the steps necessary to return as soon as possible. 

He said he was "proof that no one is immune," but urged people to listen to experts and take steps to reduce their chances of contracting the virus.

4:55 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Pfizer vaccine "not a magic bullet," emergency physician cautions

From CNN's Lauren Mascarenhas

A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday, September 9.
A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday, September 9. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Despite promising early results from Pfizer’s trials, the coronavirus vaccine is "not a magic bullet," Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and CNN medical analyst, said Monday.

The drugmaker announced Monday that its vaccine appears to be more than 90% effective, based on early data. Wen said that efficacy figure refers to the vaccine's ability to prevent any Covid-19 infection, as opposed to severe infection from the virus.

"I think what most of us care about is the endpoint of preventing severe infection – preventing somebody from getting very ill, from being hospitalized, from dying – and we just don't have those data yet," Wen told CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Wen said she hopes Pfizer will make its data publicly available. The company is expected to do so when it applies to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization.

"What we do know is that if you get the vaccine, it appears that you have a much lower likelihood of getting infected with Covid-19, but we don't know whether getting this vaccine prevents you from the severe illness, and we also don't know whether this vaccination will reduce the risk of your transmitting Covid-19 to others," Wen added. 

Wen added that "there is a long road between actually getting the vaccine approved and getting it distributed to hundreds of millions of Americans," emphasizing the importance of basic public health measures in the meantime.

4:43 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

As hospital capacity shrinks, Utah Governor hopes increased testing will help with Covid-19 surge

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

In this Thursday, April 30, file photo, health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
In this Thursday, April 30, file photo, health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer/AP

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said Monday that the state's hospitals were almost at capacity, explaining this was the reason a state of emergency and statewide mask mandate were declared yesterday.

They are really at the brink of not being able to take any more people [...] particularly in our intensive care units," Herbert said.

Utah's Covid-19 dashboard reports that 78.2% of the state’s ICU beds are currently occupied. The state hit record highs in its 7-day case average and test positivity percentage today, which reached 2,437.4 and 21.25% Monday.

"It's at the point where we are now having to turn away people coming into our state from Nevada, turning away people have been coming to our state from Idaho, Montana," Herbert said.

He laid the blame for the surge in Covid-19 cases largely with young people and "unstructured events."

"It is coming from these casual gatherings where we get together with family and friends and, probably, our guard goes down -- we're a little more complacent," the governor said.

He said the highest infection rates were among 15- to 24-year-olds, and said he would "accelerate the testing program today" to include college students, who he said should be tested once a week.

The Governor said this was "less about government mandates and us telling you what to do -- it's more about taking personal responsibility."

"We all, as a society working together, should unite and do our part to do the right thing without having to have somebody come and say 'we'll find you if you don't do it.'"

 Herbert also bemoaned the injection of politics into the pandemic response nationwide.

"I think it is, in fact, unfortunate that we've had this pandemic during a political year," he said. "The politics has gotten in the way of really doing the right thing and the right way as soon as we can and uniting the public."


4:18 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Italy declares five more "orange zones" as official says epidemic is worsening

Soldiers patrol Milan's main train station in Italy on Saturday, November 7.
Soldiers patrol Milan's main train station in Italy on Saturday, November 7. Antonio Calanni/AP

Italy has declared five more coronavirus "orange zones" in which tighter restrictions will come into effect, starting Wednesday and lasting at least two weeks.

The regions of Abruzzo, Umbria, Toscana, Liguria and Basilicata will join Puglia and Sicily, which were declared orange zones last Wednesday.

The restrictions mean that:

  • "Non-essential" shops will close
  • Bars and restaurants are limited to serving takeout
  • Residents are restricted from leaving their towns

Lombardy, Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont and Calabria were declared "red zones" last week -- residents there face the tightest restrictions, including stay-at-home orders except for work, study, health and "essential needs."

Small-scale street protests, by local residents angry at Italy's central government, took place in several red zone areas on the eve of the lockdowns.

Stricter measures have also been imposed starting from Monday on the autonomous province of Bolzano -- Alto Adige in northern Italy, because of an increase in cases there. 

The epidemic is worsening,” Gianni Rezza, head of the Health Ministry’s prevention department, said in a video message. 

Rezza said the average transmission (R) rate is 1.7 in Italy, which has more than 500 positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 citizens. 

"We also notice an increase in hospitalizations and in people that required intensive care," Rezza said, adding: "this situation justified the further restrictions."

On Monday, Italy registered an increase of 100 patients needing intensive care, bringing the total ICU admissions to 2,849, Health Ministry daily figures show. 

There were 356 deaths, bringing the total to 41,750, and 25,271 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's total to 960,373.

4:05 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

Trump adviser tapped to oversee campaign's legal challenges tests positive for coronavirus, sources say

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kate Bennett

An adviser for President Donald Trump's campaign, David Bossie, has tested positive for coronavirus only days after he was tapped to oversee legal challenges contesting the outcome of the election, two sources confirmed to CNN. 

Bossie did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has been in the campaign headquarters in Virginia several times in the last week and has traveled extensively.

Bloomberg News first reported the diagnosis. 

Earlier Monday, CNN confirmed that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had tested positive for coronavirus.

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4:03 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

French health agency director says second wave of coronavirus has yet to peak

From CNN's Pierre Bairin in Paris

Director General of Health Jerome Salomon speaks during a press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic in Paris, France, on November 5.
Director General of Health Jerome Salomon speaks during a press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic in Paris, France, on November 5. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

The second wave of coronavirus has yet to peak in France, the country's national health agency director Jerome Salomon said on Monday in Paris.

The peak of the epidemic is still ahead. The second wave is still progressing," Salomon said. "The epidemic is progressing, in Europe as in France, at different speeds depending on the country and territory."

Salomon said the second wave was affecting all metropolitan areas, but he added that cities where a curfew and other restrictions were put in place early are now beginning to observe a slower progression of the epidemic.

On Monday, France reported 20,155 new coronavirus cases, with 551 deaths occurring in the last 24 hours in French hospitals. France has reported a total of 1,807,479 cases and 40,987 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Salomon and the latest data from the National Health Agency.

Salomon noted that France ranks fourth highest in the world for total cases.