US virus cases surge past 9M as many state leaders resist steps to curb spread

Confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases have surged past 9 million as infections are on the rise in 47 states. But as cases strain hospitals, officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to stop the spread.

Days before a presidential election, new virus infections continued to spiral Friday, eclipsing record caseloads that set off national alarms in the spring and summer. But the new surge, despite being far more widespread, has brought a decidedly more limited response in many states.

Over the past two weeks, more than 76,000 new virus cases have been reported daily in the U.S. on average, up from about 54,000 in mid-October, according to Johns Hopkins University. Read more:

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  • Wall Street closed out another punishing week Friday with the S&P 500 posting its first back-to-back monthly loss since the pandemic first gripped the economy in March. The S&P 500 dropped 1.2% and ended the week with a 5.6% loss, its worst in seven months.
  • For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody drug for COVID-19 has been paused to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized patients. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Friday that independent monitors had recommended placing on hold enrollment of the most severely ill patients because of a potential safety problem and unfavorable balance of risks and benefits.
  • The NFL is recommending that players on the sidelines who are not participating in a game or about to go on the field wear protective masks. In a memo, the league’s management council also suggested the 32 teams enhance physical distancing on the sidelines while the NFL considers expanding the bench area.
  • The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year’s Day, organizers said.
  • Walt Disney World says it plans to lay off more than 11,000 unionized workers because of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of pandemic-related job casualties at the Florida resort to almost 18,000 positions.
  • Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, the annual Mexican tradition of reminiscing about departed loved ones with colorful altars, is typically celebrated Nov. 1-2. It will undoubtedly be harder for U.S. Latino families torn apart by the coronavirus.

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