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California pulls brake on reopening
- California has decided to pull an “emergency brake” on loosening the coronavirus-related restrictions and is currently assessing imposing curfews amid a surge of cases across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom said at a press conference.
- “We are sounding the alarm. California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet… That is why we are pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” Newsom said on Monday. “The notion of a curfew: we are assessing that as well.”
Facebook, Twitter CEOs to be pressed on election handling
- Prominent Republican senators have refused to knock down President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of voting irregularities and fraud, even as misinformation disputing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory has flourished online.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee to which the CEOs will testify Tuesday, has publicly urged, “Do not concede, Mr. President. Fight hard.”
- Both Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey promised lawmakers last month that they would aggressively guard their platforms from being manipulated by foreign governments or used to incite violence around the election results _ and they followed through with high-profile steps that angered Trump and his supporters.
Biden calls for US stimulus after meeting with business leaders
- President-elect Joe Biden on Monday called for a new stimulus package to help the United States recover from the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic.
- Biden renewed his plea for more aid following a meeting with business and labor leaders to lay out his plans for the world’s largest economy.
- The type of massive stimulus spending only Washington lawmakers can approve is regarded as key in getting the US back on its feet after the mass layoffs and sharp downturn in growth caused by Covid-19, but Republicans and Democrats have been unable to agree on a new package.
New vaccine breakthrough lifts global hope against pandemic
- The news from the US biotech firm Moderna comes after similar results were announced last week for a vaccine candidate developed by pharma giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
- Major stock markets surged Monday in response, building on a boom sparked by the Pfizer news one week ago.
- Moderna, whose results stem from a clinical trial of more than 30,000 participants, expects to have approximately 20 million doses ready to ship in the United States by year-end.
Over 1 million children in US tested positive
- More than 1 million children in the United States have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a statement.
- “As of Nov. 12, a total of 1,039,464 children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic,” the AAP said on Monday. “In the one-week period ending November 12, there were 111,946 new cases in children, which is substantially larger than any previous week in the pandemic.”
Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, but held off
- President Donald Trump asked for options on attacking Iran’s main nuclear site last week but ultimately decided against taking the dramatic step, a U.S. official said on Monday.
- Trump made the request during a meeting on Thursday with his top national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting defense secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.