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The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will split $US523 million in incentive payments among more than 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 related infections and deaths. The agency gave the first payments out on Wednesday, and said it is “exhausting all measures to ensure nursing homes nationwide are […]
The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.
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Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The former mayor of New York City was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Centre, according to The New York Times. Giuliani has made a string of public appearances in recent days […]
Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19
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Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health

Democrats think of themselves as the “party of science,” but a lot of prominent Democratic politicians have acted like they’re immune from COVID. While imposing restrictions on travel on gatherings, they have taken unnecessary pleasure trips and attended maskless indoor parties. We’ve come to expect COVID-denialism from Trump-sycophantic Republicans, but […]
Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health
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State Department reportedly sent out holiday gathering invitations for multiple parties — including one that was sent to 900 invitees — as COVID-19 surges

According to The Washington Post, large-scale holiday parties are being planned at the State Department, with one invitation sent out to 900 potential attendees. In Washington, DC, indoor gatherings are recommended to be limited to 10 people maximum. However, in a statement, the State Department told Business Insider it is […]
State Department reportedly sent out holiday gathering invitations for multiple parties — including one that was sent to 900 invitees — as COVID-19 surges
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5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it’s a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.

United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines, and JetBlue will be accepting a digital health pass as proof of negative COVID-19 status from December. The CommonPass shows the results of passengers’ COVID-19 tests, as is designed as an international standard. In the future, it could also be used […]
5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it’s a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.
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Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Bloomberg News first reported on Friday evening. A spokesman for Trump Jr. told Business Insider that the president’s son is asymptomatic and has been isolating since he received his positive test. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining
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Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw a fit when asked by reporters whether or not New York City schools would be open the next day. Casual Cuomo observers were shocked by the “Lov Gov”‘s fumbling belligerence. They shouldn’t be. He’s got a long track record of being a prickly, thin-skinned […]
Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth
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Sweden, having refused to lock down, is now bringing in tougher COVID-19 restrictions as cases and deaths soar. ‘This is the new norm,’ the prime minister said.

Sweden – the European country that refused an initial COVID-19 lockdown in March – unveiled tougher coronavirus restrictions Monday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a press conference the country would limit public gatherings to eight people. Previously, the limit was 50. “Don’t go to the gym, don’t go the library, […]
Sweden, having refused to lock down, is now bringing in tougher COVID-19 restrictions as cases and deaths soar. ‘This is the new norm,’ the prime minister said.
Tech

Zoom is removing its 40-minute limit for video chats on Thanksgiving

Zoom is removing its 40-minute video call time limit for Thanksgiving 2020, starting at midnight on November 26. The change comes as coronavirus cases in the US continue to climb and health officials urge Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving. Zoom is calling the gesture a “thank you to our […]
Zoom is removing its 40-minute limit for video chats on Thanksgiving
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‘We’re gonna win this race’: Biden doesn’t declare victory in Friday-night speech, instead focusing in on unity and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic

At the Biden-Harris campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by his side. Biden did not declare victory but urged patience and trust in the vote-counting process. Biden’s message revolved around unity, the mounting COVID-19 crisis, and the work ahead. Visit […]
‘We’re gonna win this race’: Biden doesn’t declare victory in Friday-night speech, instead focusing in on unity and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
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Nintendo is selling so many Switch consoles that it’s predicting a $4.3 billion profit for the year — 50% more than it previously anticipated

Nintendo’s sales have boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people stayed home due to lockdowns around the world. The Japanese video games company sold more than 12 million Switch consoles between April and September, and credited sales of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for its rising revenues. Nintendo’s sales were […]
Nintendo is selling so many Switch consoles that it’s predicting a $4.3 billion profit for the year — 50% more than it previously anticipated
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American Medical Association slams Trump’s claim that doctors are making money from listing COVID-19 as cause of death, as cases continue to climb

The American Medical Association hit back on Friday after President Donald Trump suggested doctors are inflating COVID-19 death counts for money, as cases continue to climb across the country. During a rally in Michigan, the president erroneously claimed doctors are improperly citing COVID as a cause of death in some […]
American Medical Association slams Trump’s claim that doctors are making money from listing COVID-19 as cause of death, as cases continue to climb
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US hospitals, which are already struggling with COVID-19, are being targeted in massive cyberattacks from Russia

Three US federal agencies warned that US hospitals are being targeted in cyberattacks using sophisticated malware that locks computer systems. The FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Department for Health and Human Services said they “have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and […]
US hospitals, which are already struggling with COVID-19, are being targeted in massive cyberattacks from Russia
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WHO warns that getting COVID-19 under control may require tougher lockdowns and ‘sacrifice for many, many people,’ as cases surge across US and Europe

As COVID-19 cases surge across the world, the World Health Organisation has warned that countries may need to impose stricter measures to get the virus under control. “We’re well behind this virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, a WHO official, said, adding that controlling the virus might “require a sacrifice for many, […]
WHO warns that getting COVID-19 under control may require tougher lockdowns and ‘sacrifice for many, many people,’ as cases surge across US and Europe
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Trump will host another White House gathering for Amy Coney Barrett even though the 1st one became a COVID-19 superspreader event

The White House will host a celebratory event following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation vote on Monday evening. Barrett’s September 26 Rose Garden nomination ceremony, which included a maskless crowd, became a COVID-19 superspreader event. Chief of staff Mark Meadows insisted on Monday that the Trump administration is […]
Trump will host another White House gathering for Amy Coney Barrett even though the 1st one became a COVID-19 superspreader event
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Costco is selling at-home COVID-19 tests for $130

Costco is selling COVID-19 tests that you can take in the comfort of your home. The test uses saliva samples, which buyers mail to a testing centre. They receive results in 24 to 48 hours. The test kit costs $US130 on Costco.com. Costco is charging an extra $US10 for the […]
Costco is selling at-home COVID-19 tests for $130
Tech

‘Final Fantasy’ maker says COVID-19 has stopped game development

Video game consoles and games were in especially high demand starting in March, as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of Americans to stay indoors. Sales of “video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards” topped $US1.6 billion for the month of March – the biggest March for the game business […]
‘Final Fantasy’ maker says COVID-19 has stopped game development
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‘Totally Under Control’ filmmaker Alex Gibney on Trump’s hapless coronavirus response, Jared Kushner’s ridiculous PPE strategy, and the breakdown of America’s institutions

“Totally Under Control” is the new film codirected by the Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney that depicts the Trump administration’s hapless early response to the coronavirus. From Trump’s lies about COVID-19’s lethality, to Jared Kushner’s ridiculous plan to have young volunteers armed with private laptops and Gmail accounts be in charge […]
‘Totally Under Control’ filmmaker Alex Gibney on Trump’s hapless coronavirus response, Jared Kushner’s ridiculous PPE strategy, and the breakdown of America’s institutions
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Chris Christie released from hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis and weeklong stay

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was released from the hospital on Saturday after a week-long stay to fight COVID-19. Christie, who aided President Trump in debate preparations, also attended the White House Rosen Garden event announcing the president’s Supreme Court nominee. Christie said that he would reveal more […]
Chris Christie released from hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis and weeklong stay
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Trump doesn’t respect science, or the American people

The president ridiculed safety precautions, held a superspreader event, contracted COVID, was hospitalized, is now back at the White House, and the American public has no idea if he’s even been tested, much less if he’s still contagious. Trump said COVID will “miraculously” disappear and rejected the reality of climate […]
Trump doesn’t respect science, or the American people
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Trump’s experimental treatment from Regeneron puts the company in a ‘very tough situation’ as others request early access, CEO says

President Donald Trump’s use of Regeneron Pharmaceutical’s experimental monoclonal antibody treatment puts the company in “a very tough situation,” CEO Leonard Schleifer says. The US President was given an 8 gram injection of Regeneron’s drug over the weekend under the FDA’s “compassionate use” option, as Schleifer said it “just wasn’t […]
Trump’s experimental treatment from Regeneron puts the company in a ‘very tough situation’ as others request early access, CEO says
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Donald Trump doesn’t care about you

Donald Trump doesn’t care about you. It’s more obvious now that he has COVID-19 than it ever has been before (and it was obvious before). The timeline of when Trump knew he may have been exposed, or might be sick, is fuzzy. But we know he likely had some idea […]
Donald Trump doesn’t care about you
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A month before the election, Trump’s world is upturned in just one week

President Trump’s whirlwind of a week started with his tax records being released and is ending with a coronavirus infection. On Sunday, the New York Times released a blockbuster report detailing Trump’s financial records. Days later, Trump’s highly anticipated debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden turned into a chaotic […]
A month before the election, Trump’s world is upturned in just one week
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RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday but made no mention of it in a Fox News appearance the next day

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, multiple news outlets reported Friday. McDaniel, who has mild symptoms, was with President Donald Trump last Friday and has been at her home in Michigan since last Saturday. The chairwoman didn’t announce her diagnosis until […]
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday but made no mention of it in a Fox News appearance the next day
Markets

Global shares and oil tumble after Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19

US stock futures tumbled 2% after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Gold and US Treasuries rallied, as investors sought stability in safe-haven assets, while oil and cryptocurrencies dropped sharply. “Stock futures are certainly going down at time of writing, however. Risk is off there,” Rabobank strategists said in […]
Global shares and oil tumble after Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19
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Workers say major retailers suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, and the agency meant to help workers and customers is powerless to protect them

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life for many retail workers, who risk catching or spreading the virus as frontline workers. Compounding those fears are “gag orders” from employers, which require employees to stay silent. While anxieties over the coronavirus remain top of mind for frontline workers, retail employees feel they […]
Workers say major retailers suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, and the agency meant to help workers and customers is powerless to protect them
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Infamous Halloween costume maker Yandy says that it won’t make a ‘sexy COVID’ costume, but promises more racy 2020-inspired costumes are on the way

Controversial sexy costume maker Yandy is drawing the line at “sexy COVID,” and will not be making a costume inspired by the virus. “I don’t think there’s anything sexy about it,” Pilar Quintana-Williams, Yandy’s vice president of merchandising, told Business Insider. Despite the pandemic, 85% of 18 to 24-year-olds plan […]
Infamous Halloween costume maker Yandy says that it won’t make a ‘sexy COVID’ costume, but promises more racy 2020-inspired costumes are on the way
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Novavax surges 10% after it begins phase 3 trial of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax said Thursday it initiated a Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. The trial will enroll up to 10,000 volunteers across the UK to assess the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine candidate. Novavax has scaled up its manufacturing capacity in anticipation of developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine, and will […]
Novavax surges 10% after it begins phase 3 trial of COVID-19 vaccine
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