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More than 70,450 new coronavirus circumstances had been reported within the United States on Friday, the best determine since July 24, in keeping with a New York Times database. More than 900 new deaths had been recorded.

At least 9 states set single-day case data on Friday: Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. And as of noon Saturday, Indiana and Ohio had set data.

The virus has additionally been surging globally: a report 415,000-plus circumstances on Friday, a report.

Epidemiologists warn that just about half of the states within the U.S. are seeing surges in contrast to something they skilled earlier within the pandemic. Eighteen states and Guam added extra circumstances this week than in some other week. The nationwide seven-day common has elevated by almost 8,000 day by day new circumstances since final Friday.

The virus has been pummeling among the least populous states within the nation, however their comparatively low inhabitants numbers could make the entire variety of identified circumstances misleading. The surges in rural areas, when calculated by infections per individual, have been simply as extreme because the spikes in densely populated cities within the Sun Belt over the summer season.

Uncontrolled outbreaks within the Midwest and Mountain West are driving the surge, in keeping with The Times database. Some states with the quickest development had comparatively few circumstances till just lately, and now rural hospitals are strained.

Per capita, North Dakota and South Dakota are including extra new circumstances than any states have because the begin of the pandemic. Wisconsin — which reported greater than 4,160 new circumstances on Friday, a single-day report for the state — has seven of the ten metropolitan areas within the United States with the best charges of current circumstances.

Other states with giant rural areas — together with Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Alaska and Oklahoma — have just lately recorded extra circumstances in a seven-day stretch than in some other week of the pandemic.

In the extra populous states the place case will increase are being seen, together with Wisconsin and Illinois, the worst numbers are coming not from the biggest inhabitants facilities however from rural counties.

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Both the Austrian and Belgian overseas ministers have examined constructive for the coronavirus, their places of work introduced on Saturday, elevating the chance that they could have caught it at a gathering with European Union counterparts in Luxembourg on Monday.

Austria’s overseas minister, Alexander Schallenberg, his spokeswoman stated, might have been contaminated on the assembly, a gathering of the Foreign Affairs Council, including that the minister didn’t have signs and had been examined as a routine measure.

His Belgian counterpart, Sophie Wilmès, stated on Saturday she had additionally examined constructive after going into self-isolation on Friday with suspected signs.

But she didn’t put the finger on the Luxembourg assembly. “My Covid take a look at result’s constructive,’’ she stated on Twitter. “Contamination in all probability occurred inside my household circle given the precautions taken exterior my residence.’’

Mr. Schallenberg additionally attended an Austrian cupboard assembly on Wednesday, however cupboard members wore face masks, his spokeswoman stated. “As a precautionary measure all members of the government will be tested on Saturday,” she stated.

The virus additionally created some havoc at a gathering of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. The European Commission president and the Finnish prime minister needed to go away early as a result of they had been alerted that individuals they’d met with had examined constructive, whereas the Polish prime minister didn’t even attend, self-isolating in Warsaw after turning into uncovered to the virus.




Movie Theaters Outside N.Y.C. Can Reopen Next Week, Cuomo Says

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York stated some film theaters exterior of New York City could be allowed to reopen with restricted capability beginning Oct. 23, and introduced a brand new “microcluster approach” to combating the coronavirus.

“Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen, with up to 50 people per screen.” “This is outside of New York City, areas that are below 2 percent on their 14-day average, and have no cluster zones.” “We actually have data that is so specific that we can’t show it because it would violate privacy conditions. But we know exactly where the cases are coming from. OK, so then change the strategy, change the framework, the template, from a state, to a region, to a county, down to the actual targeting by the block, of the increase in the spread.” “This microcluster approach we’re going to continue through the vaccine, because this is not over until the vaccine.”

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York stated Saturday that chosen film theaters exterior New York City will reopen with restricted capability starting on Oct. 23.

During a briefing in Albany, Mr. Cuomo stated that film theaters will welcome individuals in counties which have 2 % an infection price or decrease with no identified virus clusters, together with areas of Long Island and Westchester.

Movie theaters can be required to implement a number of new rules, together with assigned seating, masks sporting and social distancing and capping attendance at 25 % capability, or as much as 50 individuals per display, Mr. Cuomo stated.

He additionally particularly dominated out some areas. “Not New York City,” Mr. Cuomo burdened. “Not some counties on the southern tier.”

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, stated he remained optimistic by the state’s total positivity price, which on Saturday hovered at 1.1 %. Nine individuals died on Saturday after being contaminated with the coronavirus, in keeping with state information.

For weeks, film theaters have been urging Mr. Cuomo to permit them to reopen as the town has crawled again to life with outside eating and the restricted reopening of retail shops, gyms and different companies. The managers of the Regal E-Walk theater in Times Square posted an indication that lobbied Mr. Cuomo to throw them a lifeline, saying, “48 states have reopened theaters so far. Why not New York, Gov. Cuomo? #ReopenOurCinemasNY.”

Mr. Cuomo additionally used his briefing on Saturday to foreshadow what he known as a “micro clusters” technique to preserve the virus at bay throughout the fall and winter. His plan, he stated, will name for elevated testing to establish future scorching spots: “That is how we are going to target going forward.”

Mr. Cuomo stated state officers would decide which neighborhoods wanted to tug again and which might stay open by analyzing how an infection charges fluctuate “at a block by block level.”

“We know exactly where the cases are coming from,” he stated.

In current weeks, Mr. Cuomo has grown deeply unpopular in components of Brooklyn and Queens the place, due to spiking circumstances, he imposed new restrictions that included limiting gatherings in homes of worship to 10 individuals or 25 % capability, whichever is decrease. Leaders of Catholic church buildings and synagogues in enclaves with giant Orthodox Jewish populations within the metropolis and Orange and Rockland Counties have stated the rules have an effect on their communities disproportionately.

When state officers received wind that 10,000 individuals had been anticipated at a marriage scheduled for Monday in a Satmar neighborhood of Williamsburg, the authorities moved to stop the big crowd from gathering, state officers stated Saturday. A state official briefed on the matter stated the New York Sheriff’s Department issued an order to maintain the gathering at a capability of fifty or decrease, as directed by tips set by the state’s Commissioner of Health. They have but to listen to again from the marriage occasion, the official stated.

Mr. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have blamed increased than common virus charges in so-known as pink zones on a disregard for social distancing and masks sporting.

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President Trump is in Wisconsin for a rally in Rock County, one in every of dozens of counties within the state which have been overwhelmed by a report surge in circumstances over the previous week.

Mr. Trump’s resolution to go ahead with the rally in Janesville, which was postponed after the president was hospitalized for Covid-19 remedy this month, flies within the face of repeated warnings from his personal White House Coronavirus Task Force, which urged officers in Wisconsin final month and once more this week to militate in opposition to giant social gatherings.

The warnings got here in a weekly report the duty power sends to governors and which aren’t launched publicly.

“To the maximal degree possible, increase social distancing mitigation measures until cases decline,” the duty power urged Wisconsin officers in a Sept. 27 report obtained by The Times.

Another process power report despatched this week, in keeping with the Center for Public Integrity, cautioned that Wisconsin remained within the “red zone” with the fourth highest price of constructive circumstances per capita within the nation, and that failing to restrict giant gatherings might result in “preventable deaths.”

Officials in Wisconsin reported greater than 4,160 new circumstances on Friday, setting a single-day report, in keeping with information compiled by The New York Times. The state can also be including new deaths at a report tempo, recording 135 within the final seven days alone.

State officers say they’re updating their laptop system and don’t plan to publish new an infection information once more till Tuesday, interrupting the flexibility to trace the size of the outbreak.

Wisconsin’s struggles to comprise the current outbreak have been compounded by numerous lawsuits difficult orders by Gov. Tony Evers aimed toward limiting gatherings and inspiring individuals to remain residence. Mr. Evers is a Democrat usually at odds with the Republican-controlled Legislature.

On Wednesday, a county choose blocked an order that had been limiting indoor eating at most eating places and bars to 25 % capability.

“This is a dangerous decision that leaves our state without a statewide effort to contain this virus,” stated Britt Cudaback, a spokesperson for Mr. Evers, in an e-mail on Thursday.

The president’s Wisconsin rally, which can comply with one other in Michigan earlier on Saturday afternoon, is the most recent in a string of huge gatherings Mr. Trump has held this week, even because the nation approaches a 3rd peak in its curve.

On Friday, the president hosted giant marketing campaign occasions in Florida and Georgia. Many attendees didn’t put on masks.

With simply over two weeks till Election Day, the president has resumed a full marketing campaign schedule, usually holding a number of in-individual occasions every day. Mr. Trump is predicted to carry two rallies in Nevada on Sunday.

Public well being officers have reiterated considerations concerning the Trump marketing campaign’s resolution to forge forward with giant rallies, significantly in states like Wisconsin that seem like getting into essentially the most extreme days of the pandemic up to now.

“We know that that is asking for trouble when you do that,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci stated in an interview on CNN on Monday.

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Nick Saban has been cleared to educate his second-ranked Alabama soccer staff on Saturday night time after a collection of damaging checks this week, simply three days after a regarding constructive take a look at outcome that despatched shock waves by means of the faculty soccer neighborhood.

The string of damaging take a look at outcomes, taken along with the truth that Saban, 68, by no means confirmed signs, led Alabama officers to conclude that he had most definitely acquired a false constructive outcome on Wednesday, and will safely return to educate the extremely anticipated matchup in opposition to the No. 3 ranked Georgia. The preliminary outcome got here from what is taken into account essentially the most dependable sort of take a look at for the virus, a polymerase chain response take a look at, generally known as a P.C.R.

The sudden turnaround for Saban marked the most recent false alarm during which constructive checks have thrown soccer video games into doubt, solely to be deemed incorrect by comply with-up testing. Since final Friday, each the Jets and the Colts confronted the potential of upended N.F.L. schedules after gamers examined constructive. Both groups introduced days later that retesting had proven that their gamers had been damaging.

The sport between Alabama and Georgia on Saturday options two of the strongest contenders within the Southeastern Conference, and it might do a lot to form the trajectory of the race to succeed in the College Football Playoff. Had Saban not examined damaging thrice over the previous couple of days, he wouldn’t have been capable of coach throughout the sport, both on the stadium or from residence.

On Saturday night, Dan Mullen, the pinnacle coach of the University of Florida’s soccer staff, introduced on Twitter that he had examined constructive for the coronavirus and was experiencing delicate signs.

Mullen just lately argued that the college, which has restricted soccer attendance to about 20 % of capability, ought to “pack the Swamp” — a nickname for the staff’s stadium — with followers.

“We have 90,000 in the Swamp to give us that home field advantage that Texas A&M had today,” he stated final week after his staff misplaced to Texas A&M.

Florida was set to host a sport in opposition to Louisiana State on Saturday, but it surely was postponed after 21 University of Florida gamers examined constructive for the virus.

[Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this item suggested incorrectly that Saban’s initial test was not a P.C.R.]

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An individual residing in the identical residence as Pope Francis has examined constructive for the coronavirus, the Vatican introduced on Saturday, including to considerations concerning the pope’s security raised by an outbreak among the many Swiss Guards, the colorfully uniformed power that protects him.

The individual newly recognized, who was asymptomatic, was moved out of the residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, or St. Martha’s House. He has been positioned in a brief isolation, as had been the individuals who had are available in direct contact with him, the Vatican stated.

The virus has primarily penned Pope Francis, 83, within the Vatican, curbing his journey and lowering his interactions with the trustworthy — and presumably interrupting his comparatively casual, pleasant relationship with the Swiss Guards, no less than 11 of whom have been contaminated. Francis had made a customized of shaking arms with them as he leaves his suite within the morning.

Masks are required contained in the Vatican, which has typically adopted Italy’s powerful measures to limit the unfold of the virus, although the pope himself has appeared maskless in public settings. Surgery in his early 20s left Francis lacking a part of one lung, leaving him with what one biographer known as a “pulmonary deficiency.”

Earlier this month, Francis criticized the failures of world cooperation in response to the pandemic in an encyclical doc that in any other case underscored the priorities of his hold forth.

“As I was writing this letter, the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities,” Francis wrote. “Aside from the different ways that various countries responded to the crisis, their inability to work together became quite evident. For all our hyper-connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all,” he added.

“Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality,” the pope stated.

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The first signal of defiance by a frozen yogurt store within the Colorado vacationer city of Durango appeared in entrance of the self-serve stations. “Your mask is as worthless as Dean Brookie,” the chalkboard message learn, referring to Durango’s mayor. Then some prospects complained staff weren’t sporting the face coverings as they scooped berries and sweets into bowls.

This week, the shop, Top That Frozen Yogurt, went even additional, writing on Facebook that anybody who got here in with no masks would obtain a ten % low cost, in keeping with The Durango Herald. A screenshot of the supply was additionally posted by a person on Yelp.

“And as always 10% off for no masks!! Merica!!” the screenshot reads. The retailer’s Facebook web page is now not public.

The supply introduced a wave of complaints from prospects who stated the shop was violating the masks necessities in Colorado, which has seen a current rise in coronavirus circumstances and deaths. Health officers in Durango, in southwestern Colorado close to the border with New Mexico, at the moment are contemplating what motion they will take in opposition to the store.

The retailer’s proprietor, Ryan Bartholomew, who couldn’t be reached for remark, isn’t any stranger to altercations over masks, which have grow to be an intense political challenge regardless of their widespread use by members of each events and proof that they assist stop the virus’s unfold.

The Herald additionally reported in August that Mr. Bartholomew had been punched within the face by a 23-12 months-outdated lady whereas in a line of shoppers at a automotive components retailer. The lady had requested the shop supervisor why the shoppers weren’t sporting masks, prompting an argument with some prospects, and stated that she had hit Mr. Bartholomew after he instructed her to “choke yourself with your mask.”

Mayor Brookie — the person that the store’s signal declared as “worthless” as a masks — stated in an interview that the frozen yogurt store was solely open as a result of different companies and residents had taken correct precautions, serving to the town to maintain its case rely comparatively low. But the store has stirred up the masks feud, he stated, forward of the approaching ski season, when vacationers flock to the town.

“We have one business that has decided to go the defiance route,” Mr. Brookie stated. “It comes at a very critical time in our community.”

Mr. Brookie stated the frozen yogurt retailer has introduced a lot consideration to the town that it rivaled the Gold King catastrophe in 2015, during which thousands and thousands of gallons of sludge poured from an deserted mine and turned a river that runs by means of the city a shiny mustard colour.

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Hawaii, the place new coronavirus circumstances have steadily declined since early September, started a serious reopening challenge this week that may permit guests to bypass the state’s obligatory 14-day quarantine course of.

The challenge, lauded by Gov. David Ige as a possible boon to Hawaii’s struggling restaurant and tourism industries, permits vacationers to bypass the quarantine in the event that they produce a damaging coronavirus take a look at taken not more than 72 hours earlier than their departure from the mainland.

Some county leaders have criticized the reopening, citing concern that elevated journey might put their residents in danger. The adjustments come amid a resurgence of the virus within the United States, the place the variety of new circumstances is climbing towards a 3rd peak.

On Thursday, Hawaii welcomed about 8,000 vacationers on the primary day of its reopening. Coupled with the resurgence of tourism, officers additionally began a $75 million program that may give some residents pay as you go playing cards to spend at native eating places.

“The restaurant and service industry has suffered so much during this pandemic,” Monica Toguchi, the proprietor of Highway Inn in Waipahu, stated throughout a information convention on Wednesday. “Restaurants have not received any federal relief since the spring, and are struggling to pay their expenses.”

The two packages might deliver a lot-wanted income to eating places, farmers, meals distributors and different companies that depend on Hawaii’s standing as a premier trip vacation spot.

According to the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, the state’s leisure and hospitality industries had been gutted by the pandemic, with a decline in employment from 128,000 jobs in January to 61,000 in August.

The Hawaii Restaurant Association has estimated that greater than 55 % of eating places might completely shut throughout the subsequent six months below present circumstances.

Alyssa Lee, the co-proprietor and operator of Da Farm, 1 / 4-acre farm in Waimanalo, stated the resurgence of vacationers may very well be a lifeline for the hundreds of companies that depend on tourism. But she added that she hoped officers would intently monitor coronavirus case counts and make changes if numbers start to rise.

“I feel like we need to do something to help the economy,” Ms. Lee stated. “I think adding more people to the mix won’t necessarily be the best thing, but I almost feel like we can’t just sit back and let the economy fall apart.”

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A cluster of coronavirus circumstances in a rural space of Switzerland could also be linked to 2 yodeling live shows that attracted a whole lot of unmasked spectators on the finish of September.

About 600 individuals had attended the live shows on Sept. 24 and 25 within the German-speaking canton of Schwyz, which had seen comparatively few circumstances of the virus — however now has the best an infection price within the nation.

Nine days after the live shows, organizers had been knowledgeable that one of many yodelers had examined constructive for the virus. By then, it appeared that the virus had already begun to unfold within the space. On Friday, three weeks after the live shows, the native authorities reported 633 energetic circumstances, not together with individuals who had recovered. Over the final two weeks, Schwyz has recorded 474 circumstances per 100,000 individuals.

Petra Steimen-Rickenbacher, a authorities councilor in Schwyz, blamed the live shows for the spike, although she additionally famous “private parties” as a contributing downside.

Local officers introduced that beginning Friday, masks could be obligatory at occasions attended by greater than 50 individuals. But masks solely should be worn in shops if a distance of 1.5 meters — about 5 toes — can’t be stored.

Switzerland has seen a speedy rise in virus circumstances in current days, and on Friday recorded a brand new day by day excessive of three,105 circumstances. The nation has recorded no less than 71,317 circumstances because the begin of the pandemic — a few sixth of them within the final week — and greater than 1,800 deaths, in keeping with a Times database.

Franziska Föllmi, director of the Schwyz Hospital, instructed the Swiss broadcaster SRF that fifty % of current virus checks had been constructive, and that the hospital was operating out of beds. In a video posted to YouTube, hospital workers members urged residents to put on masks and chorus from gathering in giant teams.

Throughout the pandemic, the nation has maintained looser restrictions than most European nations, and was one of many first to reopen nightclubs and permit giant occasions. But that would change quickly. President Simonetta Sommaruga introduced on Thursday that the federal government was contemplating new virus measures, and known as on the Swiss to do their half to sluggish the unfold.

“It is just before the eleventh hour,” she stated.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to heed social distancing and masks guidelines and to restrict social contacts in a strongly-worded message on Saturday that comes amid a report variety of new infections in Germany.

“The pandemic is once again spreading rapidly, even faster than at the beginning more than half a year ago,” she stated in a weekly video podcast launched on Saturday. “We are now in a very serious phase of the pandemic.”

After a comparatively delicate first wave and a summer season throughout which infections had been typically stored low, German well being authorities registered 7,830 new circumstances on Friday, the third successive report-breaking day for the variety of infections in a 24-hour interval because the starting of the pandemic.

“We are facing difficult months,” Ms. Merkel stated, asking each particular person to curtain nonessential journey and gatherings and to remain at residence as a lot as potential. “How winter will be, how our Christmas will be, will be decided in these coming days and weeks. It will be decided by our actions.”

On Wednesday, Ms. Merkel and the nation’s 16 state governors agreed to a raft of measures limiting nightlife, mandating masks use, even in outside public areas, and lowering the dimensions of personal gatherings allowed. Ms. Merkel has repeatedly acknowledged that every thing could be accomplished to stop a second normal lockdown. But after Wednesday’s assembly, she stated that if the measures didn’t produce reductions in new circumstances inside 10 days, new measures could be required.

During the primary wave, Ms. Merkel had already used her vital widespread standing to name on Germans to comply with guidelines in what was then an uncommon TV look.

“What has brought us through the first six months of the pandemic so comparatively well?,” Ms. Merkel requested within the recording. “That we stood together and followed the rules.”

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Senate Republicans will attempt to advance two items of coronavirus aid laws subsequent week in an effort to power Democrats to dam narrower stimulus measures amid negotiations on a broader deal.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the bulk chief, stated in a press release on Saturday that he deliberate to carry votes to advance a stand-alone invoice to revive the Paycheck Protection Program, a preferred federal mortgage program for small companies, and a separate $500 billion bundle that would supply funds for this system, which has lapsed with out congressional motion, cash for colleges, testing and tracing, in addition to federal unemployment advantages.

As stimulus negotiations between Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, have limped alongside, Mr. McConnell has confronted strain from average members of his convention to behave on aid laws. President Trump’s resolution to abruptly finish talks, earlier than reversing course, prompted considerations amongst Republicans that he had in impact assured that Republicans would draw blame for the shortage of federal help.

“Working families have spent months waiting for Speaker Pelosi’s Marie Antoinette act to stop — they should not have to wait any longer,” Mr. McConnell stated. “It is heartless for Democrats to continue their total blockade of any aid whatsoever unless Speaker Pelosi gets her way on countless non-Covid-related demands.”

Either piece of laws is unlikely to obtain the mandatory Democratic help to advance within the chamber. This 12 months, Democrats objected to a roughly $350 billion proposal Senate Republicans put ahead as a result of they deemed it to be an insufficient reply to the mounting financial and well being toll of the pandemic.

Without congressional motion and a brand new spherical of federal aid, the nation’s financial restoration has continued to shudder, and thousands and thousands of Americans have slipped again into poverty. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Mnuchin, who spoke for greater than an hour on Saturday night time, have continued discussing the framework of a bundle that may value no less than $1.8 trillion, although Senate Republicans have warned that they’re reluctant to help a bundle of that measurement. (The newest Democratic supply would value round $2.4 trillion, in keeping with an estimate the Congressional Budget Office launched on Friday.)

In a press release describing the dialog, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi, Drew Hammill, stated variations remained “that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours.” He added, “Decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides for Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic.”

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In the latest episode of Eric Bolling’s show from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, “America This Week,” the conservative broadcaster perpetuated misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and measures that help slow its spread.

In the episode, which was posted to a number of Sinclair station web sites this week, Mr. Bolling made claims, which scientists have widely disputed, that the coronavirus was manipulated in a Chinese laboratory. He also questioned the effectiveness of face coverings and lockdowns, despite evidence that they are instrumental in limiting transmissions.

Mr. Bolling, a former Fox News host, also said that “closing down cities and economies and wearing your tube socks around your face hasn’t slowed the virus down.”

In an interview on Friday, after the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America raised concerns about the episode, Mr. Bolling said the segment was being edited to remove some of his statements before airing this weekend on dozens of Sinclair stations. Sinclair, which is identified for its conservative stances, owns or operates almost 200 tv stations throughout the nation and reaches 39 % of American households.

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Her face has graced magazine covers all over the world. Her leadership style has been studied by Harvard scholars. Her science-and-solidarity approach to the coronavirus has drawn legions of fans in other countries who write to say, “I wish you were here.”

The global left (along with a chunk of the center) has fallen hard for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, giving her a prodigious presence for a leader who manages a smaller population than many mayors do. Now her country’s voters have come around as well.

On Saturday, Ms. Ardern, 40, was well on her way to a second term. With most of the votes counted, her Labour Party was projected to win a clear majority in Parliament, with around 64 of 120 seats and 49 percent of the vote — its strongest showing by far since New Zealand overhauled its electoral system in the mid-1990s.

Three years ago, Ms. Ardern was a last-minute choice to lead the Labour Party, and in her first term she often struggled to fulfill her progressive promises like making housing more affordable, eliminating child poverty and attacking climate change.

But after managing the responses to the Christchurch terrorist assaults, the White Island volcano eruption and a pandemic — not to mention the birth of her first child — she has become a global standard-bearer for a progressive politics that defines itself as compassionate and competent in crisis.

Riding a wave of support for her “go hard, go early” response to the coronavirus, which has effectively been stamped out in the country, Ms. Ardern has now cemented her position as New Zealand’s most popular prime minister in generations, if not ever.

“We will govern as we campaigned — positively,” Ms. Ardern said in her acceptance speech in Auckland Saturday night, adding: “We will build back better from the Covid crisis. This is our opportunity.”

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Britain’s space agency has backed an innovative medical drone delivery service that aims to carry coronavirus test samples, testing kits and personal equipment to hospitals and other sites of the country’s National Health Service, authorities said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed this 12 months to arrange a “world beating” system for virus testing and make contact with tracing within the nation, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic in Europe. His program, nonetheless, has been dogged by technical glitches, poorly trained contact tracers and overburdened laboratories, leaving many scrambling for tests.

The delivery service, known as Apian, aims to make logistical tasks more automated while minimizing physical contact, according to its creators, Hammad Jeilani and Christopher Law, two trainee doctors at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The U.K. Space Agency has awarded their company £1.3 million, or $1.7 million, to develop the project.

“We are confident that by setting up a medical drone delivery service, we’ll be able to fly samples to labs more regularly, reliably and quickly, improving patient health outcomes,” Mr. Law said.

Apian’s drones have the rotors of a typical drone and the wings of a plane. They can carry a maximum weight of 2 kilograms (about 4.4 pounds) and fly about 60 miles. The company’s founders say they plan to coordinate with the space agency and emergency services to develop secure air corridors for the drones to fly between hospitals.

The first drones are planned to fly between two hospitals and a laboratory in eastern England, according to British news reports, all located less than 20 miles from each other.

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For the first time since May, Thailand on Saturday confirmed multiple locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus in a border town with Myanmar, which has suffered a rapid rise in infections over the past few weeks.

Thailand has so far prevented runaway transmission of Covid-19, partly by all but barring foreign visitors. But the new infections have fueled longstanding concerns that insecure borders could lead to fresh outbreaks.

Thailand has confirmed about 3,700 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but Myanmar has reported around 10 times as many — and experts believe its true caseload is even higher because the rate of testing is among the lowest in the world.

Nearly a 3rd of Myanmar’s circumstances had been reported prior to now week, in keeping with a New York Times database, and components of the nation are below stay-at-home orders. Doctors say that Myanmar’s underfunded medical system will be quickly overwhelmed if the virus is not contained.

Myanmar is one of the primary sources of migrant workers in Thailand, and the new cases have been linked to cross-border trade along the usually porous border that separates the two countries. But the Thai authorities have tightened border controls in an effort to prevent illegal immigration.

A husband and wife who are citizens of Myanmar and live in Thailand tested positive after having contact with a driver from Myanmar who entered the country with the virus, Thai officials said on Saturday.

Three others who live in the same house as the couple have also tested positive, but the health authorities are awaiting confirmation from a second test, the officials said.

Three truck drivers from Myanmar, who were engaged in a border trade that has been limited by a coronavirus lockdown, tested positive for the virus this month after visiting a hospital in the Thai town of Mae Sot.

In September, a D.J. in Bangkok who was arrested on drug charges tested positive, but contact tracing turned up no further cases related to him.

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As the weeks of coronavirus quarantine stretched into months, hugs are among the many things isolated people found themselves aching for. Hugs are good for humans — perhaps more valuable than many of us realized, until we found ourselves missing them.

Research has proven that hugs can decrease our cortisol ranges throughout hectic conditions, and can increase oxytocin ranges and perhaps even decrease our blood strain. A 2015 paper revealed in Psychological Science even found that study subjects who got more hugs were less likely to get sick when exposed to a cold virus than those who weren’t hugged as often.

So when hugging is deemed safe again, will we remember how navigate when you should and shouldn’t hug someone — and how not to hold on too long?

The first rule of Hug Club: You don’t have to hug anyone you don’t want to, and it’s best to ask before going in for a squeeze — especially if it’s someone you don’t know well.

Once you’ve established that your hugging partner wants a hug, you’ll probably pick up on cues as to how long it should last, like pats on the back.

And don’t worry too much about hugging too tightly. The HuggieBot 1.0, a hugging robot, had three pressure settings: light, medium and extra squeeze. Alexis Block, the inventor of the squeeze machine, said that in her research, study participants most often rated the tightest hugs as their favorites.