Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Officer in Breonna Taylor shooting files countersuit against Taylor’s boyfriend
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville, Kentucky police officer shot and wounded during the March 13 raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment that resulted in her police shooting death, has filed a counterclaim against Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, in Walker’s lawsuit against the city of Louisville and others.  Mattingly’s filing reads, in part, “Walker did intentionally shoot Mattingly or acted recklessly in firing his pistol in the direction of the Police Officers who were serving a search warrant,” conduct the filing claims is “outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality.” It also reads: “Walker’s conduct has caused Defendant Mattingly severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress.”  Mattingly is asking for a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.  

Walker fired his licensed handgun when he heard police at his door executing a no-knock warrant on Taylor’s residence the night of the incident.  While an FBI ballistics report determined Walker shot Mattingly, Walker and his attorneys continue to dispute this.  Taylor was killed by return police gunfire as she slept in her bed.  Initial charges against Taylor were dropped, and on September 1 he filed suit against the commonwealth of Kentucky, and city of Louisville and the Louisville Police Department, seeking immunity from future prosecution under Kentucky’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.  Walker is also seeking damages.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 45,126,200
Global deaths: 1,182,368.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 228,675.
Number of countries/regions: at least 190
Total patients recovered globally: 30,346,618

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 8,947,862 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 228,675.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,435.
U.S. total patients recovered: 3,554,336
U.S. total people tested: 142,674,796

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 924,323 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,666,668 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,108,860 reported cases.

US sets single-day COVID-19 infection record, nears nine million reported cases
The United States on Thursday posted the greatest number of reported COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.  According to the Covid Tracking Project, there were 88,452 reported cases, more than ever recorded in a single day in the U.S. and a 24% increase from the previous week’s numbers.  The seven-day average for reported infections is 76,302 per day, the Covid Tracking Project reports, with 46,095 Americans currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, and 1,049 deaths reported Thursday. 

The news comes as the number of total COVID-19 infections in the U.S. nears nine million, with at least 8,947,862 reported cases as of Thursday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That number remains more than in any other country and accounts for just under 20% of global infections.  To put those numbers into perspective, the U.S. didn’t surpass 500,000 reported cases until early April, nearly three months after the country reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case.

CDC forecasts up to 256,000 COVID-19 deaths by Thanksgiving; states posting record case numbers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now forecasting over a quarter of a million COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by Thanksgiving.  The agency estimates there will be between 243,000 and 256,000 coronavirus fatalities by the week ending November 21.  The CDC’s previous forecast estimated there would be from 235,000 to 247,000 COVID-19 deaths by the week ending November 14.  The current U.S. COVID-19 death toll stands at 228,675.

Meanwhile, many states continue to report record COVID-19 infection increases, pushing hospitals to capacity.  According to the latest ABC News analysis, 42 states and the District of Columbia are reporting increased rates of test positivity, while 41 are showing an increased rate of hospitalizations and 30 are reporting increased coronavirus deaths.  Eight states — Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Oregon – reported a record number of new cases Thursday, while those states and an additional six reported record numbers of hospitalizations.

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