Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Joe Biden projected to win Arizona as ballot counting continues; Georgia begins recount today
Based on the analysis of the vote, President-elect Joe Biden is the projected winner in Arizona.  The state’s 11 electoral votes now puts Biden’s projected total electoral votes at 290, 20 more than required to win the election.  President Trump currently has 217 electoral votes.  Only Georgia and North Carolina remain as states that haven’t been called.  Joe Biden currently leads in Georgia and President Trump leads in North Carolina.

At 9:00 a.m. local time, counties across Georgia this morning began to recount ballots from the 2020 presidential race by hand, and will have until midnight Wednesday, November 18 to finish the task.  All Georgia counties will first have to certify their election results before they can start the count, Secretary of State’s Office Voting System Implementation Officer Gabriel Sterling said in a news conference Thursday.

President Trump still hasn’t acknowledged the election results, even as world leaders continue to call Pres-dent-elect Biden to congratulate him, including Pope Francis, who called Biden Thursday.  At least 10 Republicans are now calling on the Trump administration to allow President-elect Biden to receive full classified intelligence briefings, a courtesy traditionally extended to presidents-elect.

Despite Trump’s unsubstantiated claims to the contrary, the Department of Homeland Security Election monitoring council, the Election Infrastructure Executive Committee, says the November 3rd election was the most secure in American history and there is no evidence that any voting system delayed, lost, changed votes, or had any outside group compromise the vote totals.

Check for the latest vote counts and other election updates.

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: 52,864,762
Global deaths: 1,295,403.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 242,436.
Number of countries/regions: at least 191
Total patients recovered globally: 34,229,510

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 10,557,451 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 242,436.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,975.
U.S. total patients recovered: 4,051,256
U.S. total people tested: 158,066,575

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in Texas, with 1,024,073 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.  This ranks fourth in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,736,329 reported cases; Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,156,652 reported cases; and England, which has 1,104,143 reported cases.

US posts another consecutive day of record new COVID-19 cases; CDC increases deaths forecast
The U.S. posted yet another record day of new COVID-19 infections Thursday.  The Covid Tracking Project reports there were 150,526 new cases Thursday, at least the seventh time in the past nine days that the daily new infection record has been broken.  There were also 67,096 people hospitalized with COVID-19, another new record.

The news came on the same day that California surpassed one million reported COVID-19 infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  California is now the second state to exceed a million reported cases, following Texas, which passed that milestone earlier this week.  Texas and California are now fourth and fifth in the world, respectively, in the total number of reported coronavirus cases.  Florida is next-highest after California, with 863,619 reported cases as of Friday morning.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise dramatically across the country.  The latest internal Department of Health and Human Services memo, obtained by ABC News, reports 52 states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, with one jurisdictions at a plateau and only two decreasing.  Some 850,472 new coronavirus cases were confirmed during the period of November 5-11, a 35.1% increase from the previous seven-day period, with 7,940 deaths recorded during that same time, marking a 30.5% increase compared with the previous week.  The national test-positivity rate increased to 9.8% from 7.7% in week-to-week comparisons, while 28% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled. That number was 17-18% during the summertime peak.

The news comes on the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their COVID-19 deaths forecast to project a total of 260,000 to 282,000 U.S. fatalities by the week ending December 5.  The previous CDC forecast was for between 250,000 to 266,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the week ending November 28.  As of Friday morning, there were 242,436 reported coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

Trump advisor, others now COVID-19 positive; recent total now at least 15
Corey Lewandowski, a senior advisor to President Trump who is helping to lead the White House efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s election win, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Lewandowski confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday, saying he is quarantining at home.  Lewandowski is the latest person in the president’s orbit to reveal this week that they’ve been infected with the coronavirus, including Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and White House political affairs director Brian Jack.  That brings to at least 15 the number of people in the president’s orbit who have revealed COVID-19 diagnoses since White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed a week ago Wednesday that he was infected.

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