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More COVID-19 shutdowns ahead of Thanksgiving

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/18/20, 04:49 pm

New York City pulled the plug on in-person classes in public schools on Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s seven-day positivity rate had passed the 3 percent threshold set this summer. That means more than 1 million public school students are now fully learning online.

What about the rest of the country? Governors across the country rolled out new restrictions and asked residents to revise their Thanksgiving plans as the United States broke record after record in COVID-19 case counts. As of Monday, 73,000 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus, and the United States recorded an average of 1,145 deaths per day. But Pfizer revised up its predicted vaccine effectiveness to 95 percent and said it’s ready to apply for emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. New data indicates it’s effective for older individuals, too.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about how charities have fared during the pandemic.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/18/2020 10:46 pm

    In San Francisco the homeless can defecate on the sidewalks with impunity; in Portland throwing frozen water bottles or bricks at police results in no charges; shooting up a kid's birthday party does not result in arrests in Chicago. 

    But getting together with family and friends in your home for Thanksgiving?  SWAT Team kicks in your door, shoots the turkey, knocks Grandma out of her wheelchair, and hauls everyone off to jail. 

  • BF
    Posted: Wed, 11/18/2020 11:18 pm

    OldMike, you forgot the Antifa woman in Seattle who lit 7 homes on fire and then was released the next day.

    But then perhaps it's just too common to remember. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/18/2020 11:25 pm

    Yeah, it's crazy isn't it. Do these people get released because judges are afraid they will become the radicals' next targets?

  • MS
    Posted: Thu, 11/19/2020 08:06 am

    Pfizer's vaccine's not all it's cracked up to be.  Unfortunately, you'll never hear that from mainstream media and in my opinion, World has done a poor job accurately reporting pandemic/vaccine information. Del Bigtree talks about/exposes the vaccine's "90% efficacy" here - don't be fooled.

    Posted: Thu, 11/19/2020 02:16 pm

    World verifies sources and talks to experts.