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US coronavirus latest: headlines

- England and France enter month-long lockdown

- 17-year-old dies of Covid-19 in North Dakota

- US registers 100,000 Covid-19 cases in one day, a new world record

US covid-19 latest: 22:30 PT on Tuesday 3 November  01:30 ET / 7:30 CET on Weds 4 Nov.

Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide

Cases: 47,250,964
Deaths: 1,210,548
Recoveries: 31,452,582

US

Cases: 9,358,469
Deaths: 232,374
Recoveries: 3,674,981

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NFL broadens face covering requirements

The National Football League (NFL) is enhancing its Covid-19 safety protocols, instructing teams to broaden the use of face coverings and improve social distancing after more players tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a memo distributed to teams on Tuesday, the league said it is requiring players and staff to wear masks during any pre- and post-game interactions between teams, and at any time while inside the locker room on game day.

Clubs must also expand their sideline 'Bench Area' to the 20-yard line. The document confirmed that two teams that competed on Sunday had at least one player each who later tested positive for Covid-19, but it did not specify which teams or players were impacted. NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills told reporters on Tuesday that the players with Covid-19 positives who played on Sunday had their samples obtained prior to competing but that the results did not come back in until Monday.

Of the two teams, the first 'had numerous game day close contacts,' including six who were subsequently placed in isolation for a minimum of five days, while the other had just one player identified as a 'High Risk Close Contact' through contact tracing. 

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US entering “most deadly phase” of pandemic - Dr Birx

Dr Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has warned that the US is approaching the “most concerning and most deadly phase” of the pandemic, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated recent claims that the country is “rounding the corner” in its battle against covid-19.

We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic […] leading to increasing mortality,” Birx said in an internal report, The Washington Post has reported. “This is not about lockdowns — It hasn’t been about lockdowns since March or April. It’s about an aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented.”

Her comments mirror those of Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’ top infectious disease expert, who told the Post on Friday that the nation is “in for a whole lot of hurt” in the winter months.

"I need to vote and I can't"

Covid-19 patient Idella Becks is not able to vote because she is in the hospital being treated for the virus. Becks explained how getting coronavirus opened her eyes to the dangers of the virus and expresses her sadness in not being able to vote in the 2020 election.

In Indian country, covid-19 another obstacle to casting a vote

About a week before Election Day, the Wind River Reservation was bracing for snow, and Wyoming State Rep. Andi Clifford squeezed in some roadside campaigning outside of a community hall in Arapahoe.

Most voters in Clifford's district have waited until Election Day (today) when they can vote in one of four polling places on the reservation. The only early voting center in Fremont County is the county clerk's office in Lander. Depending on where you live on Wind River and what the weather's like, that drive can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour.

"However I'm encouraging people to go because the coronavirus is at a spike here, and I don't want them to be quarantined and not be able to go and vote," Clifford said.

Americans head to polls amid harrowing covid-19 surge

CNN - As Americans head to the voting booths on Tuesday, the devastating covid-19 pandemic looms: surging across the US yet again, setting grim records and forecast to take tens of thousands more lives across the country in the coming months.

Experts have warned this bout with the virus will be the worst one yet and alarming trends are already pointing in that direction. In just one month, the country's 7-day case average jumped by more than 97%. Last week, the US reported 99,321 new cases - the highest single day number of infections recorded for any country. And at least 31 states set daily infection records last month.

One Parisian infected with covid-19 every 30 seconds

Reuters - One Parisian is getting infected with covid-19 every 30 seconds, while every 15 minutes there is a Parisian arriving in hospital as a result of the disease, health minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday.

Veran made the comments to RTL Radio in response to demands by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to open up small bookshops and other smaller stores to try to keep commerce and social activity ticking over despite a new lockdown in France.

Veran said any such move was too risky given the high covid-19 infection rates in the French capital.

“She cannot ignore the fact that every 15 minutes, in the hospitals of Paris, there is someone ill who has been hospitalised with covid. She cannot ignore the fact that every 30 seconds, there is a Parisian who has been contaminated,” said Veran.

“We want to save the Parisians and the French people and we do that with determination and consistency,” he added.

France reported a record 52,518 new covid-19 on Monday, while the country’s covid-19 death toll rose by 416 to 37,435.

Covid-19 may increase premature births 

In an analysis of preliminary data, the rate of premature births was higher in women who had contracted covid-19 than the general population in 2019.  These data are primarily for women with second and third-trimester infections and are consistent with other CDC reports. However, studies comparing pregnant women with and without covid-19 are needed to verify the true risk. 

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Price of crude oil falls

Oil prices lost ground on Tuesday on concerns over surging covid-19 cases rising in Europe and the US and that supply will increase as Libya rapidly ups output after coming out of an eight-month blockade.

Coronavirus live US updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, US-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, As we begin our coverage at 05:00 ET on Tuesday 3 November, more than 46.9 million cases and over 1.2 million deaths have been registered worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the United States, the world's worst-affected country, positive covid-19 cases continue to climb past the 9 million mark, while more than 231,500 people have died from the virus.

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