Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Still no winner declared in presidential election; Trump campaign files lawsuits
Two days after Election Day polls closed, there is still no winner in the presidential election.  As of Thursday morning, Democrat Joe Biden had 253 electoral votes, with Republican incumbent Donald Trump earning 214.  A total 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.  Depending on each state’s progress, America could see a result today, though North Carolina election officials have said their count may not be complete until next week.  A record 100 million-plus early and absentee ballots combined were cast in this election, with nearly 160 million total votes cast, a number not seen in more than a century.

Ballots are still being counted in six states – Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  As of Thursday morning, Biden was ahead in Arizona and Nevada, with Trump leading in the remaining states, though the margins are tight everywhere but Alaska.  The Trump campaign filed suits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan, alleging their campaign workers have been barred from observing ballot counts there.  The campaign also filed suit in Georgia, alleging ballots there have been mishandled.  The president also tweeted “STOP THE COUNT!” Thursday morning, in all caps, as millions of ballots remain uncounted. 

Check for the latest vote counts and other election updates.

Additional 751,000 unemployment claims filed last week
Some 751,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending October 31, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor.  That’s the same number of claims that was reported last week, which has since been revised slightly higher to 758,000.  This is the 33rd straight week of historically high unemployment claims during the pandemic, with claims essentially stagnating at a high level for the last ten weeks.  Friday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will report the monthly jobs report for October, in which the current unemployment rate of 7.9 percent is expected to tick down slightly.

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: 48,215,732
Global deaths: 1,227,096.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 233,734.
Number of countries/regions: at least 190
Total patients recovered globally: 31,958,983

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 9,488,875 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 233,734.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,556.
U.S. total patients recovered: 3,743,527
U.S. total people tested: 150,969,797

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in Texas, with 959,811 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,698,198 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,123,299 reported cases.

Over 100,000 new US COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, for first time ever
For the first time since the pandemic began, more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S. in a single day.  Numerous databases, including the Covid Tracking Project, report that more than 103,000 new coronavirus cases were reported Wednesday, a new single-day record, with the seven-day average now standing at 88,971 new cases daily.  The Covid Tracking Project also reports 1,116 deaths from the coronavirus Wednesday, for a seven-day average of 858 daily fatalities.

There are currently 40 states and U.S. territories where new COVID-19 cases are high and staying high, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and a further eight states and the District of Columbia where cases are lower but trending upward.  The rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 is increasing in 46 states, territories and D.C., while there’s a daily increase in deaths in 26 states, plus Guam.

As of Thursday morning, there were at least 9,488,875 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University, accounting for just under 20% of global infections.  The U.S. also has the most deaths of any single country, with 233,734, or 19% of global reported fatalities.

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